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AECP: Level 1 Final

The first thing I want to say is “Thank You” to Erum Tasneem and Virginia Lu for their feedback, encouragement and support. I sent multiple enquiries over this first level of courses, and they were both generous and supportive with their answers.

Now on to my “Final” for Level 1.  The basic criteria is to create a set of His and Her Cards using 3 components from the Level 1 Courses, a recycled item, a minimum of 4 cards each, a cohesive theme, with some type of packaging.

So here we go. This first photo above is my completed project. The following photo is all the cards I created for this project together.

AECP: His and Her Final Project for Level 1

I concentrated first on the 3 components I wanted to use. I chose, Easy Ink Blending Techniques, Easy Die Cutting Techniques, and Layering. I determined to create a mini “All Occasions”  kind of set. Each card focuses on fairly common life moments. i.e. birthday, sympathy, etc. Each card has at least one of my chosen components, and often more than one.

I then chose my color palette, and  decided to use the same key elements in each of my cards. Each of the cards has some kind of “dotted” technique, and they all have varying hues of the same colors. I have done the same card for each occasion, one for “him” and one for “her” for my final. I will have a list of all my products at the end of this post.

AECP: His and Her Sympathy Cards

For my first set of cards I used the Altenew Inks to “watercolor” my flowers. I actually blended ink very lightly to the back of my vellum and then pressed it into my background, and I got some very subtle dots on my background. I adhered the vellum by adding an additional 1/4 inch to fold over the side and the adhered it to my background so there is no glue showing, and it created a kind of muted effect to the card.

AECP: His and Her Sympathy Cards 2

This is the very subtle dotted effect on my sympathy cards.


AECP: His and Her Birthday

For my birthday cards, I ink blended my background and then “spritzed” it with water to give that dappled and dotted effect.

AECP: His and Her Smile Cards

As you can see these are full on with color. I purposely did that because color can help lift the spirit! Again I used the cover die to give me that dotted look I was after.

AECP: His and Her Thank You Cards

I used a die cut piece of the Halftone Cover Die as an embossing stencil to create the background here behind the embossed “thanks”.

For the remaining aspects of my project I created envelopes for all my cards using the envelope punch board and recycled paper. I also recycled an old favorite with the 5 x 7 Notepad Holder. I created a Note Pad Holder for the cards and a matching notepad. I then put them in a pretty cellophane bag with a ribbon. This helped me create both a pretty and a practical gift. The directions for creating the notepad holder are below.

Creating a 5×7 Notepad Holder

I actually found this a fun challenge, and I really was able to use so many of the elements taught in the classes.  I really learned quite a lot of new techniques I hadn’t used before, and my family has even remarked on the how much better my cards are looking! At any rate, I have done my best, and put my best foot forward to complete the final challenge! Stay tuned for results soon, and thanks for stopping by today!



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