Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Altenew Academy Project #13...

Hi! As promised I am back with my next project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program. My card is based on the Beyond Basic Backgrounds class by Lydia Evans. This class is really great as it teaches several techniques for creating beautiful backgrounds. I especially loved the Matt Watercolor Resist technique. Here is my card using this technique.

As I didn't have any freezer paper, I decided to do some experimentation or 'jugad' as we say in Mumbai. I die cut several pieces of regular card stock with the Dodecagram set. I applied Aleene's Tack-It Over & Over glue to the reverse with a blending sponge and allowed the pieces to dry. Once dry, I temporarily adhered the die cuts to a large sheet of watercolour paper. I sprayed the paper generously with water and then started dropping Camlin Photo Inks randomly. I went for a sort of rainbow effect. I allowed the sheet to air dry completely before removing the die cuts.

I cut part of the sheet to size for my background panel. For the gold mat, I simply covered two sides of a black paper with Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold EP. I tied a narrow black satin ribbon towards the bottom and mounted the sentiment panel over it with some foam tape. The sentiment is from the Birthday Greetings stamp set and I heat embossed it with Sparkle Gold EP. I mounted the whole panel on a black card base with foam tape.

I really love this bold background. Since I made an entire sheet, I have enough left to make 3-4 more cards. My only problem was that I didn't test the 'masks' I created on the watercolour paper. They did stick quite a lot. But I was able to remove them with a little patience. Since the watercolour paper was already quite textured, the damage didn't show much.

Here is a closer look at the card.

I had a lot of fun and learnt some wonderful new techniques in this class. I am looking forward to putting more of them to practice.

I am entering this card in the STAMPtember celebration by Simon Says Stamp.

Also entering the card in the following challenges:

Freshly Made Sketches #355:
I rotated the sketch for my card.

Back To The Basics and Beyond Challenge #12 - Inky Backgrounds:

Try It On Tuesdays - Slap It On:



  1. Beautiful inky background. Thanks for joining us at Back to Basic and Beyond. :)

  2. Beautiful effect and so pretty. It's great to read how you did it.

    Thank you so much for sharing your art with us at TIOT. I hope to see you next time!

    Cath x

  3. Just so beautiful! Thank you for joinng us at Try It On Tuesday! Susi

  4. A wonderful card.

    Thank you for joining us at TRY IT ON TUESDAY

  5. A beautiful background for your lovely card. Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesdays.

  6. Love the artsy background that you created with freezer paper, Neha! The sentiment fits the design perfectly! I am so glad that you enter your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!

  7. A lovely colourful card with a great background,
    Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday.

  8. Gorgeous card Nandini, I love the bright colours. So pleased you shared with us at Back to Basics and Beyond, Caz. DT.