Hello, everyone! Today is a special day as we introduce to you our March 2021 Guest Designer, Amy Hill. We are so thrilled to have Amy here as she will be sharing not one but two incredible projects with you!
Get to know Amy
Hello, my name is Amy Hill, and I am an avid crafter who loves making cards and gifts to give to friends and family. My style is pretty clean and simple but with a lot of texture and detailed elements. I started my craft blog in 2017 and became an Altenew Educator in 2019 to share my love of crafting and all things Altenew with others. It is my hope that by sharing what and how I craft, I will inspire others to spread the love and joy from making something unique.
Using your supplies to make your own design elements
Have you ever not had exactly the right embellishment? Or have you ever been frustrated by not having exactly the right colored cardstock? Well, I am so excited to be on the Altenew Mixed Media blog today where I will share with you ways to make your own embellishments and colored cardstock. In today’s projects, I am sharing how I made a personalized framed art piece and a scrapbook page. There is a lot going on…so let’s get started.
Project 1: Personalized Wall Art
The place to start with wall art is with the end in mind – more specifically, the frame of the size of the end piece in mind. I found a 12” x 12” frame that has an 8” x 8” opening, so I started by trimming a piece of white cardstock to 8.5” x 8.5”. As this project will end up being a personalized piece for my daughter, Savannah, I felt that the Altenew Mega Alphabet S Die would be perfect. The frame I was using is gray so I focused on that color for her name. On a piece of cardstock, I blended Gray Denim Crisp Dye Ink and then cut out three S shapes using the Altenew Mega Alphabet S Die: one from the blended piece and two from gray cardstock. Using the S for reference, I stamped “annah” onto the 8.5” x 8.5” piece using the Altenew Mega Brush Alphabet Stamp Set. These script letters make such a nice contrast with the straight, bold S die, and the letters connect so it makes it look like it was really written out. I then re-stamped using embossing ink and embossed the letters using Altenew Crystal Clear Crisp Embossing Powder. I also embossed the S die-cut to make the S stand out a bit more.
Now that the letters were on the project page, I used the Foliage Stencil in Frosty Pink and Coral Berry Crisp Dye Inks to add some depth to the page. This color is perfect to add some interest but not detract from the main scene.
For the leaves, I made my own colored paper using the Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers in a variety of greens including Sweet Leaf, Moss, Limeade, Lime, and Paperbag, a large flat brush, and some watercolor paper. I wet the paper and then added ink from the watercolor brush markers and then water continuing to mix and smooth out the ink until I liked the color on the paper. I like the variation and striations the cardstock achieves using this method. Once the paper was dry, I used it with Just Leaves Die Set to cut out different leaf branches. I also used the Hanging Gardens Die Set to cut out some vellum.
I wanted to add some floral elements to the piece so I stamped the single flower from the Vintage Garden Stamp Set in Frosty Pink Crisp Dye Ink. I love this stamp set, as the detail lines are part of the stamp, and therefore, are helpful when going for a no-line coloring look. Using the Woodless Watercolor Pencils, I watercolored the image. I like a lot of variation on my flowers which is easy to get using the Woodless Watercolor Pencils. I first colored in a bit of each petal with the darkest color. Then I added complementary colors and blended the colors together using the Altenew Waterbrush. I love how easy the pigment from these pencils blends together. I also like how I can go back and easily add more color by drawing lines and then blending those lines out. For even more floral elements, I used the flowers from Adore You Stamp Set which I white heat embossed, and then watercolored it using the same palette.
Once the leaves and flowers were all die-cut, then I had to figure out the placement of these items and finally assemble the project. Placement for me is typically trial and error. Sometimes, I have to take a step back and return to my project. Once I am ready and have all the pieces where they work best, I take a picture for reference, add adhesive to all the elements and then adhere them to the page. I love how this turned out.
Project 2: Scrapbook Page
For the scrapbook page, I wanted to use the Mega Alphabet S Die again. This time, instead of the S starting Savannah’s name, I used it within the title. The title is Super Star and so I embraced this theme and grabbed the Milky Way Stencil to build a diagonal star pattern to mimic the stars moving from the top right to the bottom left. I pulled the colors for the page from the picture: Red Cosmos Inks (Pink Frost and Coral Berry) and Glacier Cave Inks (Iceberg and Caribbean Sky) and used the lightest inks in these sets for the base layer of stars and the second ink in the set for the star accent. I placed and replaced the stencil over and over to get a flowy look.
Once the base layer was completed, I set about building each of the elements for the page.
The title, Super Star, was die cut three times for each letter using the Mega Alphabet S Die for the S and the Bold Alphabet Die Set for the other letters. I really like the Bold Alpha for scrapbook pages as it is clear and really makes an impact on your page. After die cutting and pasting the layers together, I heat embossed the letters with Altenew Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder. I added two layers of embossing powder to get a smooth finish. I love the letters because they look like a purchased embellishment.
I quickly realized that I did not have the right colored cardstock for this page. This happens to me a lot so I decided to make my own cardstock. I took the third and fourth darkest inks from the Red Cosmos and the Glacier Cave Inks sets and blended them onto paper. I then took a scrap piece of paper, added embossing ink and Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder. I then die cut hearts and stars using the Illusion Heart Die and Envelope Liner Die Set out of each of the papers. In addition, the Red Cosmos blended paper made the mat for the photo and the journaling. The final embellishment is a die-cut Illusion Heart Die from Altenew Gold Mirror Cardstock. I love how the colors are repeated throughout the page. I placed the smaller hearts and stars in a trail from the top right to the bottom left making sure to place the pieces in groups of threes. Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you are feeling inspired to make your own elements and think about using your supplies in different ways. Happy crafting!
Well, thank you Amy for sharing your beautiful projects with us and for being our March Guest Designer. We are looking forward to having you again!
I am sure you guys enjoyed Amy's lovely projects and must have seen her host Facebook Lives for Altenew 🙂 If you want to have a closer look at her work, do check out her blog and Instagram. You can also catch her on Facebook and Pinterest!
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Amy, the personalized frame is absolutely gorgeous! And your scrapbook page is so sweet. Love both projects!
Thank you, Linda. I am so glad that you enjoyed both of the projects. They were so much fun to make
Beautiful projects!! I love that you showed two ways to incorporate the same Mega Alphabet die into very different projects. And the milky way stencil was a great choice for with the super star title.
What a wonderful presentation of 2 lovely projects! I love your choice of colors especially how you pulled the colors from the picture when designing your flow of stars and hearts. You used so many techniques that would be fun to learn. LOVE the mega large letter dies too! Just beautiful finished projects!!
I loved both of your projects!! The embellishments and colors perfectly complemented your photo. I loved the way they popped out of the page. The colors and various techniques used in the flowers also were a perfect match.