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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Leonard

Beyond Basic Card Backgrounds

I just loved this class! Doesn't it feel great to challenge yourself? Learn a new skill? Then master it? This is what the AECP is allowing me to accomplish! I was such a "plain Vanilla" card maker in the past and honestly felt embarrassed to share my cards! Now I can't wait to learn a new skill and pass that excitement onto others! I'm thankful that my friend lets me call her each day and listen to me babble about "Guess what I learned today?"

I successfully passed Level One of the AECP ( what a thrill!) and here is my first entry as a Level 2 Participant! I decided to take Beyond Basic Card Backgrounds with Lydia and once again, was inspired! I learned to create my own stencil from die cuts~that is a money saver right there! I learned to bleach images onto my card front AND make my own patterned paper from single stamps! This is a game changer for me! Here is the first card I created showcasing my own patterned background!

Prior to stamping the images, I made a grid line surface using a ruler so my images would be equally spaced apart. Once the lines were created, I took aqualicious, dew drops and turquoise inks and using one of the stamps in the Enchanted Beauty Stamp Set created the background.

From here, I cut out the die cut "Love" image 3 times and adhered together for dimension. I then added glossy accents for the glaze look. I attached the sentiment to a vellum circle and added Altenew's Metallic Thread in Silky Lilac.

My next card features making your own stencil. Lydia taught us that with smaller die cuts, you can use the die cuts on card stock and make a stencil. I began with using Altenew's Build a Flower Fashion Monger Dahlia, specifically the leaves. Once the stencil was created, I then used distress ink oxides to create an hombre effect from dark to light. I then took the leaf stamp and stamped the inked image with Versamark Ink. Versamark Ink accepts embossing powder very well gives you a crisp finish with your embossing powders.

Once my sentiment was stamped and added to the card, I finished off with a few sequins and thread. Thanks for stopping by today! Hugs! Jen

I took my first leap into the world of you tube videos! Here is my link to watch how to make the stencil card! Hey you gotta start somewhere right?

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Erum Tasneem
Erum Tasneem
Aug 27, 2021

Cards look fab, Jennifer!! Good job on the video.

Thank you for submitting your work to the AECP assignment gallery.


Jennifer Leonard
Jennifer Leonard
Aug 20, 2021

hahaha...bear with me as I am learning so many new skills at once. I sound silly at the beginning as I forgot the name of my channel! I can certainly laugh at myself!

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