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Build a Flower Magnolia for AECP

Hi Everyone.

Happy Saturday.

I was thrilled to find an email yesterday with the subject line: 

Welcome to the Altenew Educator Certification Program!

I had to look at it at least 4 times before I realized what it was..... and once I realized, I must admit I let out a little squeal of delight!   As my regular blog followers know, I am a great advocate of Altenew.  The team stormed onto the market and they haven't stopped since.  Their flowers are incredible, I love their inks and am a fan of their customer support.  So, when they announced this new program, I couldn't wait to sign up.   If you are interested in the program and would like to consider signing up - check out the website here.

As there are multiple classes to take - and homework.... you will be seeing lots of cards over the coming weeks as I create homework cards for the classes.  Now, certification isn't a given, so we have to work for the Educator badge.  It's been a long time since I did homework...... I think the last time I did homework was when I did my History of Art classes at UW. Yep, that was quite a few years ago!

The first of the classes we had to take for the Academy was Layering 101.  As any of you Altenew users know, the layering can be a little challenging.  However, Altenew does provide layering guidelines with each of their stamps.  You can also download the layering guidelines from the Altenew site.

The Layering 101 class goes through the simpler stamps and provides really helpful tips on how to line up the stamps.  It was really good for me to go back and revisit the basics.  

For my first card, I used one of my favorite Altenew stamps - Build a Flower: Magnolia.  This is such a gorgeous set and I have used it several times for my challenge cards.  

I began with a piece of grey art paper and stamped the magnolia several times across it.  I used a light grey ink so that it would provide a background to my main stamp, but not detract from it.  Nicole used a lot of shimmer pen in the class, so I decided to emulate that.  I took my gel pen and went over the shadow outlines of the stamped magnolias.   Here's a closeup:

Magnolia closeup (1 of 1)-2

Once I had stamped the background, I die-cut it with a stitched oval and mounted the oval to the card base using fun foam.

I then stamped the outline of the magnolia with Versamark ink and heat embossed with some Altenew Superfine Gold embossing powder.   I then stamped the individual layers of the flower and branch and die-cut the flower using my (wonderful) new mini die-cutting machine from Altenew.   I LOVE this new toy.  I got it for Christmas and it sits next to my crafting table and I use it for all the smaller elements that I have to die-cut.   I love the fact that it doesn't require a lot of pressure to die-cut and hasn't warped my cutting plates yet!

I mounted my magnolia to my shadow stamped layer using Stampin' Up! foam strips.  I love these things - they are amazing for putting behind these tiny areas like the branch of the magnolia.  For the flowers, I doubled up some normal foam tape and cut it to fit the flowers.

All that was left to do was to stamp the sentiment, cut it and adhere it to the focal layer and assemble the card.

Here's my full card:

Build a Flower Magnolia (1 of 1)

The light was so bright in the dining room (where I normally take my photos) that it was hard to get the details of the multiple layers of stamping on the flowers... but I promise you they are there!  Hopefully, you can see it!

You can check out all the Altenew Academy classes HERE.  The specific class I am currently taking is All About Layering 1

On a personal note:

Well, we had a little visitor at our feeder yesterday.   We haven't seen this guy for quite a while and, in fact, we don't generally see him during winter.  But the slightly warmer days must have convinced him that it was time to go out and see what he could muster up!

I didn't dare go out onto the deck to get a better photo of him, as I knew he would scuttle off before I could, so I had to take a photo through the deck door - and through the deck railing.... but he is a cutie:-)

Possum (1 of 1)-2

Look at those cute little feet and nose!

Possum2 (1 of 1)

I'll be back tomorrow with my Paper Players card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



  • Stamps:  Build a Flower: Magnolia.  Sentiment:  Label Love.  Both Altenew
  • Cardstock:  Fog - Simon Says Stamp; grey drawing paper; Black Recollections
  • Embossing Powder:  Altenew Superfine Gold
  • Inks:  Altenew