Saturday, January 28, 2017

Beyond Basics Backgrounds

This week I've been taking Altenew Academy's Beyond Basics Backgrounds.  Lydia Evans was the instructor and we had 6 lessons on creating different backgrounds.

Each day was very unique!  Some techniques I've seen, but none had I tried.  I really enjoyed this class and learned a lot!  I've only managed to get 3 of the days lessons done.  I'm not sure I have what I need to achieve a couple of the other lessons, but will be looking through my stash to see what I can come up with!

Lesson 1 is DIY Stencil and creating an ombre look for your card.

Altenew Freeform Greenery; sentiment from Floral Shadow
Ink:  Hero Arts Ombre tide pool to navy
Embossing powder:  SSS Fine Detail

Lesson 3 is Foiling Stamped Images without a Laminator.  Well, I have a Minc Mini so I used it for the butterflies as I just wasn't getting good results otherwise.
Altenew Botanical Garden; sentiment from Floral Shadows
Foil:  Heidi Swapp rose gold
Embossing powder: JudiKins Sticky Stuff, Stampendous Stamp N' Bond (similar results with both)

Lesson 5 is Water Bleaching.  I really enjoyed this one and I think this card is my favorite!

Altenew: Botanical Garden; sentiment is from Spring Daisy
Distress Inks: Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn
Embossing powder: SSS Fine Detail white

This was an awesome class and I would definitely recommend it!!  Thanks for taking a look!!

I'm entering the last one in Darnell's NBUS Challenge #9.  My NBUS for this is Altenew's Botanical Garden stamps.


  1. Three lovely cards, Carol! You got such beautiful results trying the new techniques. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment on my card.
    PS: I have joined as your newest follower :-)

  2. Love these! I took this class too. Mine won't look this good as you did such a great job.

  3. All 3 are just gorgeous but I have to agree that #3 is my fave!

  4. I'll have to check out that class. Thanks for sharing about it and your beautiful cards, Carol! They really are all stunning and two of these techniques I've never tried! I love how your bleached card turned out and the lovely colors you achieved! Thank you for playing again in #9! Hugs, Darnell


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