07 July 2021

AECP 2 - With a Twist

Hello Crafty Peeps, and welcome back to my corner of Blogland.

Before I start, just a warning that this is a long post, with five card descriptions.

Today's post is another AECP Level 2 submission, based on Therese Calvird's class 'With a Twist'. In this class, Therese demonstrates several ways to take an alternative look at the supplies in your stash, with new ideas for getting more out of your current supplies. It is a useful exercise and a lot of fun, too!

Whilst Therese's projects use Altenew's stamps, I chose to use a layering stencil for my submission and one of my favourites is the new 'Polka Dot Buds' two-layer stencil. As you will see, the stencil is split into two parts - the large, regular polka dot pattern and the leaf and small polka dot pattern. I thought it would be fun to use the two layers not only together but separately to see what results I could get. 

A list of all the supplies I used (for those I know, at least) is at the end of this post, as usual. 

Card One

For this card I used the stencil in its intended form. I used inks from my stash - mostly Lawn Fawn and Nuvo - as my Altenew inks have been used so much they are drying and need to be reinked. I love the sunflower vibe from the bright orange and green. 

The only 'twist' I put on this card was to cut out a square in the middle to frame the sentiment, which comes from a Simon Says Stamp set called 'XL  Greetings 2 - All the Feels'. I used a little frame die from my stash (which I think might have been a freebie, along the way) to cut the square, and used the narrow frame around the sentiment. 

This is a 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) card base and I cut down the stencilled image a little smaller to leave a narrow white border around the card.

I popped up the outer frame on some fun foam for dimension, and made a co-ordinating envelope to finish. 

Card Two

Originally I was going to simply use the stencil with a different colour way, and the result was quite lovely. But I had an idea to mimic the flower shape to add to the card, and this is what happened!

Apologies for the photography - I didn't get decent shots because this card was rushing out of the door to its recipient! The blues are quite vibrant in real life.

Again, I used a little frame die (part of the same set I used for card one) to cut out the centre, and the same stamp set for the sentiment. I popped up the outer frame on some fun foam for dimension and used the little frame around the sentiment on the card front. I added some Nuvo Crystal drops in 'Caribbean Ocean' around the sentiment and some 'Sea Breeze' Nuvo Jewel drops around the flower centres. 

I am on the bench about this card - perhaps it would have worked better if the flowers I made had been a little smaller.

Card Three

For this card I used only the leaves and small polka dot layer of the stencil. I inked the leaves in the intended direction in a darker green ink, and added the dots in a dark grey. Then I turned the stencil around, lined up the 'stalks' and then inked the leaves again in a lighter green.

I had the feeling of wings when I looked at the finished pattern, so I heat embossed a little butterfly onto vellum as the only embellishment for the card. The stamp was from the Concord & 9th 'Bold Butterflies' set and I inked it in black then embossed it with a holographic powder from my stash.

Using the same sentiment stamp set I stamped 'Thinking of you' in simple black on white. I die cut the sentiment and then also die cut again three times from white card, inking up the edges with the colours of ink I had used, and offsetting each layer behind the sentiment for an extra detail. 

Card Four

I thought the solid shapes in this stencil would lend themselves to heat embossing, so that was the focus for my next card. I rarely use black for my backgrounds, so this was an opportunity to do something completely different. 

I used Altenew's gold pigment inks - 'Enchanted Gold' for the large polka dots and 'Antique Gold' for the leaves - and laid down a solid layer through each layer of the stencil with a foam applicator. I then used clear embossing powder to set the ink and preserve the two colours of gold.

All this card needed was a simple, bold sentiment - I used Simon Says Stamp 'You Shine' die and cut this from gold mirror card. I also cut three small stars from the same cardstock, to act as little highlights.

A pale gold envelope finished off this striking card - I'm really pleased with the end result. 

Card Five

My final card in this set uses only the large polka dot layer of the stencil and I used Altenew's 'Martian Terrain' ink set to ink an ombre background.

I created flowers and leaves using Altenew's 'Craft-A-Flower: Cistus Layering Die Set' in co-ordinating colours, with pops of gold. I also cut additional leaves from vellum using Altenew's 'Leaf Mix' die set, and used a die cut frame that I had left over from another project. I played around with the elements until I had an arrangement I was pleased with and then stuck everything down, using foam dots to lift the centre flower for dimension.

I used a scrap of orange cardstock and gold embossed a sentiment from Avery Elles' 'Banner Bits' sentiments stamp set to finish.

Well, that's it, five very different ways to use the same stencil - I think that's quite a twist, isn't it? And not a single sequin in sight!

Thank you for your time, Peeps. Until next time, keep crafting.


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  1. I think you did a fantabulous job with one stencil and especially with this class,Peri! Love the way you stretched the stencil. Well done!
    Thank you for submitting your work to the AECP assignment gallery.

  2. Thank you, Erum - it was fun!

  3. All absolutely gorgeous. I'm saving this post for inspiration! I LOVE the big flowers on the teal one you're not sure about. They look FAB!!!!

  4. Thank you - how lovely to know you're inspired by my work. Xx

  5. Really gorgeous cards Peri. Love both the colours and the designs alike and the combinations are stunning.


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