AECP-What is it?
Within the AECP, once accepted, you complete 10 classes and showcase a project for each class culminating in a final project before receiving level one educator status. To achieve level two educator status, you take ten more classes and complete a final project. Level three status has some additional challenges but the benefit is the ability to teach for Altenew. Since I am a teacher and I love crafting, I figured this program was up my alley.
The first class is All About Layering 1 which is a series of video lessons that showcase 10 of Altenew’s layering stamp sets. Within the lessons, the instructor had a lot of tips about working with layering stamps.
Tip 1: practice
Tip 2: outline image first, than add the solid image followed by the stamp with the most surface area.
Tip 3: use the layering guide to draw arrows into specific areas on the outline image to help you line up the stamps.
I noticed that the examples were very clean and simple which showcased the intricate details of the layering stamps. I used that inspiration to make two cards. My first example uses Altenew’s Teacher’s Rule layering stamp set.
Teacher thank you notes are always appreciated and I really liked this set from Altenew because of the depth the layered apple shows. I first practiced my layering with different color combinations and to figure out how to line up the stamps. The final color combination I used was Distress Ink in candied apple and Hero Arts Burgundy. The leaf was stamped using Momento Bamboo leaves and Momento pear tart. I wanted the sentiment to look like it was written on a chalk board so I used some slate cardstock from my stash and cut it to size, used Versamark ink and Brutus Monroe Alabaster Embossing Powder to highlight the sentiment. Ranger enamel dots in white added a whimsical touch. A piece of 80lb Neenah solar white was embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder and mounted to the card with a piece of funfoam underneath to add dimension. The apple was adhered with foam squares to add further dimension. The whole panel was attached to a piece of Gina K Red Velvet cardstock cut to side folding A2 size.
For the inside of the card, I attached a piece of Neenah index cardstock on which I had added a sentiment from the stamp set, punched the side using an EK success ABC123 punch and cut out a thin strip and some apples on a piece of scrap cardstock I had colored with Distress Ink candied apple and then spritzed with Tseukineko Shimmer Spray.
On the envelope, I stamped a Hero Arts plaid background on the envelope flap and adhered some more apples to the front. This card is now ready to make a teacher’s day.
My favorite thing about using Altenew layering stamp sets is how the different colors add such interest and dimension with little effort. I also like Altenew’s sentiments that really inspiring and thoughtful. Thank you for joining me on this first step of my crafty journey with Altenew. I hope this gives you some inspiration to try a layering stamp set and check out the classes Altenew offers on their website. I’m looking forward to my next Altenew video class. Have a great crafty day.
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