Saturday, October 17, 2020

Altenew Educator Certification Card for Polychromatic Class

Today I wanted to share a card I made for the Altenew Education Certification Program. I am on Level 2 and this is my 5th class called Polychromatic taught by Nina-Marie Trapani.
I wasn't actually sure what Polychromatic meant, so I Googled it and here is the definition I found:
"The term polychromatic means having several colors. It is used to describe light that exhibits more than one color, which also means that it contains radiation of more than one wavelength."

There are 6 classes, all with great techniques and tips & tricks. I choose Class #2 Monochromatic...a quote from the class "the use of a single color or multiple shades of one color. In this case, we'll be using the latter and creating a background of different shades of the same color."  This was fun and a technique I've never tried. That is was so great about these classes. They are very inexpensive, compared to an in-person class or even a Zoom class, are self-paced, can be watched over & over (which I do!) and there is always something new to be learned and tried.
I started with a yellow piece of card stock, but I couldn't think of what to use for the die cut word that I would like. But it is still good practice for me - you can see the really dark line on the flower on the right. No fixing that! 
I switched to a piece of My Favorite Things retired Coral Crush card stock. Next, I used Altenew's Marigold Crisp Dye Ink and an acrylic block and stamped one image from Altenew's Poppy Garden randomly over the A2 size piece of card stock. Originally I had tried Altenew's Peach Parfait to stamp images, but when I came back to it a few hours later I couldn't see the lines at all. So you want a light image, but not an invisible one! 
The idea is that you color using the same monochromatic tones. Nina used 2 different copics on each card, she made a rainbow of different cards, but I used 3 of the Altenew markers that are in the same coral family - Y512 Sunkissed, Y514 Orange Creme & R101 Peach Perfect. This give a little more depth. 
If you have not used Altenew's alcohol markers they are of high quality, refillable and have a small bullet end and a brush end. I like these ends better than other alcohol markers that have a large flat brush end which I never use. The are reasonably price, too!
I used a flicking motion to color in the flowers with the alcohol markers and when I was happy with them added gold dots to the center with a Signo Uniball Gold Pen. The word "happy" is from Altenew's Halftone Happy Stamp Die set and "Birthday" is from the Halftone Happy Stamp set

As Nina demonstrated, I first cut "happy" from the stamped and colored card stock about 1/3 of the way down. I just had to trim the sides to the the top and bottom half separate. The bottom 2/3rds was adhered to a Neenah 110lb. white card stock base with liquid glue, making sure to adhere around where the word was die cut.

I cut "happy" from gold foil card stock and "birthday" was stamped with Altenew's Marigold Crisp Die Ink and sprinkled with Altenew's Crystal Clear Crisp Embossing Powder right away. With dye ink, it stays wet for a brief minute, so if you work fast you can clear emboss it.
Next, I used Lawn Fawn's Just Stitching Double Rectangle die around the base and top before the word "happy" was adhered. This leaves the double stitching line around the card, but does not cut through.
The die cut gold "happy" slipped right in like a puzzle and adhered with liquid glue. The word "birthday" was die cut with my Avery Elle Sentiment Strips and popped up with foam tape.
I used the leftover word "happy" and adhered it to the inside after I had determined the "Day" (from Halftone Happy set) would fit between the "P" and "Y" and had stamped it. A few gold metallic pearls from my stash finished the front.
This would all be much clearer if you watch Nina's class, but hopefully you got the gist of it! Thank you for sticking to the end!
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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. Gorgeous and a very well written post too!
    Thank you for submitting your card to the AECP assignment gallery.



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