• Mandi Chau

AECP Level 1 Final Challenge

Hello crafty friends!

Hope you all doing well! Today, I am sharing my Level 1 Challenge of Altenew Educator Certification Program. Fingers cross! I hope I can pass.

Rules for the challenge:

_Create 2 sets of cards : 1 set of Masculine and 1 set of Feminine.

( 4-6 cards per set )

_The cards need to be a cohesive for various occasions.

_Chosen 3 components from AECP Level 1 classes.

_Use 1 recycle element on the cards or on the package.

Here are the AECP Level 1 techniques I used:

_ For The Guys: I Chose graphic, geometric theme that I believe would fit

boys and men.

_Easy Die Cutting: I used various technique which is including Inlaid Die

Cutting, Stencil With Die, Negative Die Cutting and Embossing With Die.

_Easy Ink Blending: I created some background with Ink Blending,

Emboss Resist and Direct-on-Paper Inking throughout the card sets.

Occasionally, I add little embellishments to the card to dress up the final

looks. Of course, I learned it in Carissa Wiley course “ Let it Shine”.


Let’s get started:

For Masculine cards, I approach it with a more simple design. I don’t think guys would like a busy or colorful design cards. So, I decided to use basic geometric shapes which you will see throughout the set. I also used the same ink colors family to meet cohesive requirements for the challenge.





Card #1

Happy Retirement



I started this card by ink blending the card base on a A2 size panel, set it aside. Then, I stamped the circle background and the sentiment on a white panel with different shades of ink colors to create a gradient ocean theme. Next, I used the palm tree die to cut out the palm tree from the stamped background. I also used the same die to cut out more palm tree from black cardstock for a stacked dimensional look. Next, I used a stitched rectangle die to trim down the panel a bit smaller size. Afterward, I applied adhesive to the stamped background on the ink blending panel, added the dimensional piece inside the negative space, finished up with few enamel dots.


Supplies:

_Altenew Gradient Sunset Stamp & Die Set

_Altenew Sweet Dreams Ink

_Altenew Rock Collection Ink

_Altenew Rock Collection Enamel Dots

_Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock 110 lbs & 80 lbs.


Card #2

Happy Father’s Day



This card, I randomly arrange Star dies on a 3 3/4 “ x 5.5” white card panel and die cut them out. I only use the the negative piece of the panel and adhered it to a blue card base. I also added a black cardstock stripe and a metallic washi tape strip on the left side of the panel to create a interesting look. Afterward, I stamped a sentiment on a gift tag die piece with two tones of ink to create a gradient look. I also added star enamel dots, few colored thin strips of cardstock and a twine to accent this card. Popped it up with foam squares on the panel, then adhered the panel on a card base.


Supplies:

_Altenew Halftone Stars Stamp & Die Set

_Altenew Best Dad Stamp Set

_Altenew Sweet Dreams Ink

_Altenew Cool Summer Night Enamel Dots

_Hero Arts Tag Infinity Dies

_Recollections Cardstock

_Recollections Washi Tape

_Recollections Twine

_Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock 80 lbs.


Card #3

Happy Birthday



This card I kept it quite simple. I stamped all layered images from the Halftone Stars set to create a background. Then, I ran the Mega Happy Die diagonally cross the panel as a focal point. I also cut a dark blue fun foam with the happy die to create a dimensional inlaid. Afterward, I stamped “ birthday” word and trim it into a sentiment stripe, glued it directly on the background panel.


Supplies:

_Altenew Halftone Stars Stamp Set

_Altenew Mega Happy Die

_Altenew Sweet Dreams Ink

_Altenew Rock Collections Ink

_Pink & Main Stitched Rectangle Die Set

_Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock 80 lbs.


Card #4

Congrats



This card is very easy to put it together. I am obsessed with the inlaid technique, just saying ;). I created this card with 3 different ink cube colors. I swiped the ink cube diagonally cross a panel, then I ran the Framed Congrats die over the inked panel and used a rounded corner rectangle die to trimmed the panel a bit smaller. I also used the Framed Congrats die to cut out an addition frame from a silver card stock, inlaid it in the negative space, then mounted it on a grey card base and my card is finished.


Supplies:

_Altenew Framed Congrats Die

_Altenew Rock Collection Ink Cube

_Altenew Sweet Dreams Ink Cube

_Grey Cardstock

_Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock 80 lbs.

_Recollections Foil Cardstock



Card #5

Thanks



I should say this card turned out unexpected unique design. I pull out various shades of ink cubes to create an abstract inked background. This basically is a form of Direct-to-Paper ink application where you take the ink pad and swipe it onto the paper. Then I used dry emboss technique ran over the panel with Color Wheel Die, glued it onto a white note card. Since the sentiment is the focal point, I used complimentary color cardstock to cut out “Thanks” with Bold Thanks die and adhered directly on the inked panel. Finally, I attached the panel on a white card base. Finished off the left side edge with a light blue card stock strip, it really brings the card together.


Supplies:

_Altenew Rock Collections Ink Cube

_Altenew Bold Thanks Die

_Altenew Color Wheel Cover Die

_Hero Arts Cardstock: Mist

_Grey Cardstock

_Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock 80 lbs. & 110 lbs.



Card #6

Congratulations



Final card of the masculine set. I started this card stamping the background with various sizes of triangles in the Trigonometry set on a A2 size panel. Then, I used Sweet Dream washi tape, individually adhered it on 4 different white card stock strips, used the coordinate dies cut out various sizes of triangles, popped them up and placed on the stamped triangle to create a layered dimension look. For the sentiment, I stamped and heat emboss the sentiment on velum paper, trimmed it down about an inch wide, placed it across the stamped panel and adhered it to a side fold card base.


Supplies:

_Altenew Trigonometry Stamp & Die Set

_Altenew Mega Succulent Stamp Set

_Altenew Seashore Washi Tape

_Altenew Sweet Dreams Ink

_Altenew Rock Collection Ink

_Clear Vellum

_Wow Silver Embossing Powder

_Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock 80 lbs. & 110 lbs.




For Feminine cards set, I used more toward to girly colors like pink and purple. I also added some rhinestones, pearls, clear drops, sequins and foil to add some shine and bling throughout cards set.


Card #1

Happy Birthday



I stamped a poppy flower with clear VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with with white embossing powder on a panel. Then, I ink blended the panel with pink and purple ink colors to create a radiant look. Afterward, I used the same ink colors to watercolor the flower and three different shades of green for the leaves and stem. Finally, stamped the sentiment directly on the panel, and ran it through with A2 stitched rectangle die, adhered it on a white card base. Finished off with some purple rhinestones to add some bling to the card.


Supplies:

_Altenew Paint - A - Flower: Poppy Stamp Set

_Altenew Shade of Purple Ink

_Altenew Spring Bouquet Part I Ink

_Altenew Cherry Blossom

_Pinkfresh Studio Essentials Collection - Jewels Mix

_Pink & Main Stitched Rectangle Die

_Wow White Embossing Powder

_Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock 80 lbs.



Card #2

Follow Your Dreams



For this card, I randomly stamped the images onto a 4” x 5 1/4” white panel, then used a stitched scallop round die to cut out partial circle from the panel. Popped up the negative piece on the left hand side A2 size purple card base, which created beautiful contrast edges with the white card panel. Next, I stamped a sentiment on the cut out circle piece and directly inlaid onto the card base. Adding fews sequins over the panel and the card is finished.


Supplies:

_Altenew Happy Dreams Stamp Set

_Altenew Mini Delight: Strength Stamp Set

_Altenew Permanent Black Crisp Ink

_Hero Arts Ombre Hydrangea Ink

_Hero Arts Ombre Purple Sequins

_Hero Arts Premium Cardstock: Amethyst

_Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock 80 lbs.



Card #3

Celebrating You Today



This card was quite a labor of love. I foiled the panel with Spellbinders Woven Glimmer Hot Foil Plate, then dry emboss the panel with Altenew Watercolor Stripes Die. Next, I ink blending the panel with Altenew Hydrangea Ink, starting from top and gradually adding little by little ink to the bottom to create a gradient looks. I also added some splatter with the same ink pad. Then, I stamped the flowers and leafs in Peony Blossom Stamp set on color vellum with clear VersaMark ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. Die cutting them with the coordinate dies. I used a darker pink card stock for the center of the flower which is making the flowers popped. I arranged the flowers and leaves on the panel till I was satisfied. I adhered some with glue dots and other with foam squares. For the sentiment, I printed it with a label maker, popped it up on the panel with form squares and my beautiful card is finished.


Supplies:

_Altenew Build-A-Flower: Peony Blossom

_Altenew Watercolor Stripe Cover Die

_Altenew Shade of Purple Ink

_Spellbinders Woven Glimmer Hot Foil Plate

_Spellbinders Silver Holographic Speckle Foil

_PA Paper Accents Assorted Vellum

_Hero Arts Premium Cardstock: Azalea

_Brother P Touch Label Maker

_Wow Silver Embossing Powder

_Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock 80 lbs.& 110lbs



Card #4

Happy Anniversary



For this card, I used direct inking to paper technique again, using shades of pink and purple of ink cube swiped over the panel to create the background. I stamped the cake and gift packages, and cut them out with coordinate dies.

Next, I used 2 different circle thin frame dies to cut out 2 frames with matte silver card stock, then arranged and glued/popped everything on the larger size of the negative die cut piece. Then, I adhered the frames and the negative die cut panel onto the inking background. For the sentiment, I printed it out from a label marker and popped it up with foam tape. Before I matted the whole background onto a card base, I decided to trim off the 1/4” of the panel and mounted on the card base. This creates a little subtle border that just adds to its appeal. Finishing the card with some purple rhinestones for the bling bling.


Supplies:

_Altenew Cake Love Stamp & Die Set

_Altenew Cherry Blossom Ink

_Altenew Enchanted Garden Ink

_Simon Says Stamp Circle Thin Frames Die Set

_Recollections Foil Cardstock

_Rhinestone

_Brother P Touch Label Maker

_Recollections Cardstock

_Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock 80 lbs.



Card #5

Hello Beautiful



This card is very easy to put together, but yet has amazing elegant results. Starting this card with dry emboss with Striped Leaf cover die on a white panel. Then, I stamped and die cut the flowers and leaves from the Triumph Tulip Stamp/Die set. Arranged the flowers and leaves on the panel and adhered to the card base. Next, I stamped the sentiment in the same stamp set onto the embossing panel. Touching up the imperfections sentiment (which caused by embossing) with a black gel pen, adding some pearls to accent the card.


Supplies:

_Altenew Build-A-Flower: Triumph Tulip Stamp Set

_Altenew Striped Leaf Cover Die

_Altenew Shape of Purple Ink

_Altenew Green Fields Ink

_Purple Cardstock

_Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock 80 lbs.



Card #6

Sending Lots Of Hugs



This is my favorite card in all of the sets. I stamped a flower and some leaves from Wallpaper Art stamp set, die cut them with coordinate dies, then colored them with Altenew Artist Alcohol Markers. I also used a white gel pen to add some white dots in the center of the flower to make it more realistic. Next, I used Garden Trellis die, cutting a piece of thick white card stock as a stencil. Ink blending with the stencil to almost the entire panel from dark to light. I also die cut “hugs” from Hello and Hugs die set with black and white card stock. I also printed an additional sentiment from my label maker to finish the sentence for the sentiment. Finally, I arranged and adhered everything on the panel and popped the flower up with foam squares. As always, I like to trim the panel a bit smaller than the card base to create the finished look.


Supplies:

_Altenew Wallpaper Art Stamp & Die Set

_Altenew Hello & Hugs Die Set

_Altenew Garden Trellis Cover Die

_Altenew Artist Marker: Shade of Purple & Green Fields

_Altenew Shade of Purple Ink

_Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock 80 lbs.& 110lbs



Gift Packages:

My final step in the challenging was to create "recycle elements packaging" for my card sets. I found a cereal box in the recycle bin to create the cards set holder.




I used cardstock to wrap around inside and outside the box base.


I put my cards in the box and wrapped it up with clear bags, tied it up with some ribbons.


I am so happy to complete this challenge by the deadline Whee!

Thank you for stopping by today and reading through this extra long post.

Have a lovely day!

Mandi C

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