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Hey y’all! I advanced to Level 2! check out my completion badge on my blog home page! Yay!!

So now on to Level 2 of the Altenew Educators Certificate Program.

My first lesson in this level is “Beyond Basic Backgrounds”.

Just to update you about the program, each lesson is approximately 6-8 videos, each video is about 8-12 minutes in length showing a different technique focusing on that lesson. In this case, creating more advanced backgrounds. I then choose at least 3 techniques to demonstrate what I’ve learned, and my projects that go along with it. You can see why I might be excited to keep moving forward!

So here is the first technique I am choosing.  “Inlaid Die Cutting”

In Laid Die Cutting

I ink blended a piece of cardstock and then die cut to create the ombre effect on my background piece. I then die cut another piece of white card stock and saved all the pieces to “inlay” them back onto my background. Now after all this work I used a simple sentiment and embellishments to show off my background.


I used a piece of foiled cardstock for the background of my embossed vellum just to create some interest and glitz!

My second technique is the “Foiling Stamped Images Without A Laminator”.

This card was created by stamping the images randomly onto the card base with Versamark ink, and clear embossing powder and then “rubbing” the foil paper onto the image. It was a bit tricky, and I had to add heat from heat tool constantly while lifting up the foiling sheet, but the result is magnificent!


The inconsistencies are normal, as the heat is being applied with a heat tool rather than a laminator,and therefore creates additional texture to the background.

My last technique is “DIY Stencil”

This was created using the same die cut as my first card, but using the background from the ink blending and die cutting to create my stencil. I then added the foil (without heat, using tape) for my side strip and banner for my sentiment.

So a lot to cover in one post, but I love the results, and I hope you will too. Thanks y’all for stopping by.



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