Oh, I have to admit this Seasonal Scene Building class had me stressed out! I just do not put myself into the same playing field as these amazing crafters, especially the work that Nichol Magouirk shared with us. But, I was able to buckle down and let my mind just run with it!

I’ve always been a sucker for sunsets. My grandfather was the first person I ever lost that had that really strong place in my heart and the sunsets always brought me back to my memories I had stored away. I knew that a sunset would be the focus for my scene and then it was time to let everything else get worked out.

For my sunset, I started ink blending with Honey Drizzle and then added a little Marigold and finally brought in some Firebrick to darken it up a bit. For the sky coloring, I ink blended a combination of Nimbus, Desert Night and Dark Night until I had the hues I was looking for.

I don’t have many stamp images that would work for this project, but I remembered a tree die I had from an Altenew workshop I’d participated in using the Globe Builder Die Set. I pulled out the kit and decided to make my own stencil out of vellum from the die by running it through my die cutting machine. I used Mountain Pine to blend in the tree image and just kept adding more ink until I got the shading I liked. I also added in some Evergreen to give a little bit of extra depth in the color. Using the actual tree shape from my vellum stencil, I asked this tree and laid down the cut out to shade in the additional trees. By masking the tree shape, I was able to give the appearance that they were truly behind the other trees. I felt the ink blending left the trees a little flat, so I used a few Altenew Artist Markers in varying shades of green to add definition to the trees. I was worried because the marker left very distinct lines but over time, the line blended itself into the tree but still kept the texture alive!

For the card front, I used the wood grain stamp from Altenew’s A Walk in the Woods Stamp Set. First, I used Mocha to lightly ink blend a light wood shade for the card. Then, I used the same Mocha color to stamp the wood grain image onto the card front. I used a globe shape from the die kit and die cut out a window for the front of my card. I also used another globe shape die to give a narrow wood piece to give an idea of a window sill. I taped a piece of clear film onto the back of the card front so that it would give the appearance of some kind of window glass.

I colored the cardstock with the same Mocha color, but tried to shade it a bit darker to keep it accented from the rest of the project. Using a die from Spellbinders, I ran it through my die cutting machine to get the perfect cut out that I was looking for. I used a sentiment from the A Walk in the Woods set and stamped it in Permanent Black. I scuffed up the edge a bit with the ink pad to set it apart, as well. I put some double-sided adhesive on the back of it and attached it to the card front.

I decided that I really didn’t like the inside of the card. It was a mess. Think about what  needlepoint looks like on the back… the masterpiece that you get to enjoy sports a mess on the other side! Well… that’s what the inside of this card looked like! So, I taped it all up and attached the whole thing to a piece of brown cardstock and then added a white panel on the inside for a personal message! I was definitely pleased with this decision!

This class officially wraps up my 10th and final class for Level 1 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program! I’m so grateful for everything I’ve learned and look forward to seeing what’s in store for Level 2! Thanks for sharing the journey with me!

God bless!


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Globe Builder Die Set by Altenew

Stamp and Sentiment from A Walk in the Woods Stamp Kit by Altenew

Honey Drizzle from the Pocketful of Sunshine Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set by Altenew

Marigold from the Golden Sunset Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set by Altenew

Firebrick from the Warm & Cozy Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set by Altenew

Nimbus and Dark Night from the Tranquility Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set by Altenew

Desert Night from the Cool Summer Night Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set by Altenew

Mountain Pine from the Green Valley Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set by Altenew

Evergreen from the Green Fields Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set by Altenew

Mocha from the Coffee Break Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set by Altenew

Shapeabilities Die Set Fancy Tags Two by Spellbinders on Amazon Permanent Black Crisp Dye Ink by Altenew

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Saturday 21st May 2022

FANTABULOUS!!!! Thank you for sharing.

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