Sunday, July 26, 2020

AECP #1 Level 2 Beyond Basic Backgrounds

Hi friends and welcome to my first, Level 2 class, for my AECP Certification. I've completed the first 10 and passed the Level 1 challenge and am onto the next 10!

The set of six classes were by Lydia Evans and called Beyond Basic Backgrounds:
The class technique I choose was to make your own printed paper background by measured repeat stamping. I choose the floral stamps from the Crafty Friends Stamp Set  - look way down in the bottom right of the set:

To begin, using my Tim Holtz ruler, I drew a soft pencil line from each corner to corner as Lydia shows in the class. This gives a center point where the stamping begins. Next, placing one of the lines of the ruler along the first pencil line, draw a parallel line allowing enough room for your image to be stamped. Keep drawing these parallel lines until the card is covered. 
I used 3 different Altenew colors to stamp the floral images: Chamomile, Snapdragon and Marigold. Lydia taught that the stamps should go all the way to the edges, so that it looks like a piece of patterned paper. I thought the overall feeling was a bit retro. Reminded me of wallpaper I had growing up. 

Next, all the pencil lines are erased with a soft eraser. I decided to create an eclipse card with the Thank You Die from Altenew. 
I cut the "Thank You" several times out of white card stock and once from Coral Crush card stock from My Favorite Things. The Coral Crush was on the bottom. The white pieces were glued together first, then offset on top of the Coral Crush. It gives a drop shadow which was also discussed in the class.
I added a few flowers cut with the Vintage Flowers Die Set with the same card stock colors. Layered them up and added Swarovkski crystals I have had in my stash for the longest time. I good brush with Spectrum Noir sparkle pen over the letters gave just the right amount of sparkle.  I tried to capture the sparkle with an outside picture, but not sure that is working very well.

Lydia Evans had so many tips and tricks in her class - there is always something new to be learned. Thank you for visiting today - look through your stamps and find a good small image for repeat stamping!
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Hello, welcome to Stampin With Anita. I love crafting in all forms. It gives me great joy to create something special. I hope you enjoy your visit.


  1. That is such a beautiful card! I love the offset sentiment. Pinned.

  2. This looks great! Nice colours too.
    Thank you for entering your work to the AECP assignment gallery.



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