I am so excited to show you what I have been up to. Last week, I was snowed in so all day Saturday I was in the Studio- my first few ideas did not work well, so I stepped away for a bit and went back. Has that ever happened to you? Well after that brief timeout, this beautiful ensemble was born. It is a gift bag of all occasion cards for that special someone. Included is 6 cards with envelopes. And how about that awesome gift bag that the receiver can pay it forward if they choose? Pretty fun indeed!
This project is for my Level 1- Final Challenge for my Journey to Certification. Create a gift set using three techniques from the courses along with packaging. So I did just that. Now on to my step-by-step process.
The techniques I am showcasing are: Clean and Simple Boutique Cards, Easy Ink Blending and Let it Shine
Clean and Simple Boutique Cards: If you've followed me for any length of time, you will know that I do mostly Clean and Simple, I like 'white" space, white space can be any color but it basically is open space. I am a firm believer in less is more. I also am a Focal Point Artist. I always ground my designs with a focal point, I feel they are pleasing to the eye and tell a story. I want to take your eyes to the beautiful images our designers create. Altenew has some of the most beautiful floral images out there. Tip: always use GOOD quality cardstock, don't settle for flimsy cheap cardstock. Your cardstock is your canvas and to create good art- you need a great foundation.
Easy Ink Blending: Did you know Altenew Inks are water-based? I love this because I love to color and splatter with inks. I use a craft mat to dab ink onto and then I spritz water to create the color hue I am going for. I also love the spatter look on cards so you will often see me flick watercolor onto my project. I also like to create my own cardstock colors for the perfect match to my project- to do this you can either direct apply the pad to cardstock dragging it across or you can use ink daubers to apply. I like doing both.
Let it Shine: is all about glitter and shine! I will admit I don't use a lot of shine because I struggle with taking good photos. its hard to deflect the glares. But, my family and friends always love my SHINE cards the most. They always looks so much more elegant in person. Some ideas to add shine are : embossing, use of embellishments, glitter pens, metallic paper, and my favorite, glitter washi tapes.
Now onto my project! Enjoy!!
stamp • emboss • color • assemble • embellish
Packaging as a Gift:
I decided to make a gift bag for my packaging, I used a plain Kraft bag, added some cardstock cut to size and I stamped some flowers with Embossing Ink Next, I applied a strip of corrugated cardstock. You only glue the short ends so you can slip one of the cards through. How awesome is that? What a fun way to decorate a dull, Kraft bag. :-) Because my cards are layered and not flat, I would include a few clear card boxes and/or clear card sleeves. These cards are not mail-able without a box or padded envelope- I would personally hand deliver these cards because they are so special.
Well, friends, I hope you love these as much as I do, but more importantly I hope you re-create a set of cards as a gift. When you do please tag me or email me a photo or two. There is nothing more exciting than knowing I have inspired you to get inky too. Thank you all the Altenew instructors, your courses were fun and educational. My wish list for more stamps is LONG. Smiles.
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May you have a wonderful day!
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