Altenew Educator Certification Program – Level 1 Challenge

Hey crafty friends!

It’s hard to believe I’ve already completed all of the courses for Level 1 over at Altenew Academy. Before I move on to Level 2, I’m taking on a final challenge to showcase the skills I learned in all those awesome Level 1 courses.


In today’s post, I’ll be sharing a bit about some of my favorite key points from the courses I’ve completed and walking you through the process of two cards I made using similar supplies and styles. These cards are similar, but one is a more masculine take while the other is more feminine. The theme for my cards is ‘encouragement,’ so I used sentiments that conveyed that feeling for my projects. Let’s get started!


There are 2 courses featuring tips and tricks on lining up those layering stamp sets just right. These courses, All About Layering 1 & All About Layering 2, show you how to line up each stamp set and also contain a card example for each set. This is so useful if you’re struggling with getting those images lined up. In my project, I used the Garden Treasure stamp set and got busy layering. I love how incredible detailed these floral images are.


In Irresistible Inking Techniques, you’ll learn new and exciting ways to add interest to your projects with the product we all have – ink! Whether you’re applying ink directly to your paper with the ink pad or using a blending tool to apply your color, you’re sure to get amazing results with the techniques for this course. In my card examples today, I used the ‘direct to paper’ method taught in one of the lessons to create my wood grain backgrounds. I built upon the techniques in the lesson and made them my own for a one of a kind result every time!


Let It Shine had to be one of my favorite courses of Level 1. I love all thinks glittery and sparkly, so this was a match made in heaven. In this course you learn so many different ways to add a fun bit of sparkle or shine (or mega-watt sparkle as Carissa calls it!) to your projects. The techniques range from subtle shine to sparkle that packs a glittery punch. I was actually excited to learn ways to reign in my urge to ‘glitter all the things’ and use just a subtle approach for big results. That’s what I chose to showcase in my projects today – just a few sequins and a hint of Wink of Stella can make a big impact on your card without overwhelming all of the other design elements.


Now that we’ve talked about the elements I’ll be incorporating in my projects today, let’s get into the card making! I created a YouTube video so you can follow along and catch the whole process for each card. For both of my cards, I started off by scoring my paper at 3/4 an inch all the way down.  Then, I used the direct to paper ink methods to apply color to my paper.

For my masculine card, I went with a much darker color palette. I loved the rustic effect this game my card. Once my background was complete, I selected stamps. I chose two cactus images from Be Strong and colored them using Copic markers. I also chose a sentiment from Crafty Life to fit my encouragement theme. I fussy cut the cactus images and adhered them to my card front. I used foam tape to pop my sentiment off the page and I also did some direct to paper inking around the edges to give the sentiment panel a little more interest. I mounted my card front on to my card base and added just a little sparkle with these adorable green sequins.


For my feminine card, I used the same techniques for my background, but I did a much lighter and ‘sparse’ version of the direct to paper inking. This gave my background more of a ‘ship lap’ look versus the masculine card. I really love how different these backgrounds turned out using the same techniques! I used my layering skills from All About Layering 1 & 2 to line up gorgeous floral images from Garden Treasure in my Mini MISTI. I would definitely recommend using your stamp positioner for those layering images – it makes it so much easier! I fussy cut my images and adhered them to my card front. I chose another encouraging sentiment from Crafty Life and popped my panel up on foam for dimension. I did add some heavier direct to paper inking on my sentiment panel as well. I cut a sweet little envelope from Crafty Life to add some extra interest, too! To finish off my card, I added subtle sparkle with a few purple sequins and a healthy coat of Wink of Stella over my flowers. The photos never pick up the sparkle, but it’s so pretty in person!


These cards both feature the same techniques and similar supplies, but look at how different the final results were! I hope you enjoyed this walk through and got a little inspiration to use the next time you get crafty.

Hugs and love to you all,


2 thoughts on “Altenew Educator Certification Program – Level 1 Challenge

  1. Virginia L. says:

    So pleased to see that you stepped up the challenge and share it in an tutorial video!! Totally fab with the his and her designs!! I am so glad that you enter your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!


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