All about Layering 1 & AECP

Hello and welcome! I’m glad to be back here with some exciting news.

A few weeks ago I was perusing my email and discovered I had a message from Altenew letting me know I was accepted into the Altenew Educator Certification Program or AECP for short. I can’t tell you how hard it was to keep that email a secret for almost a month. Classes officially began in early May and I’ve been learning, playing and experimenting with my first Level 1 Class – All About Layering.

I fell in love with Altenew several years ago for their diverse and beautiful line of stamps. Many of which feature an element of layers that provide beautiful detail to the completed, stamped image.

I’ve learned so much in my first class with the AECP. First, I’m a bit of a perfectionist, LOL! I tried several sets of Altenew layering flowers, butterflies. Some were more detailed and some were intended to be loose, free flowing images. I had lots of failures and some that weren’t too bad, but I didn’t feel that they were card worthy. Unexpectedly, layering was difficult for me, but I learned a lot about the process and what works for me.

If you’re interested in learning about stamp layering, the Altenew All About Layering 1 class is free so you can enjoy and learn all about the same stamp layering techniques that I did in Class 1. Additionally, Altenew is having a sale on all of their online classes. There’s so many different classes and now is a great time to sign up for your favorites. Here’s a link to the Altenew online classes

As I mentioned, I had experimented with many different layering stamps from Altenew. I settled on the Peony Bouquet. I chose this stamp because as I learned about the various layering stamps, I learned that the larger stamps seemed easier for me to layer up. This set features a 4-step layering process and provides beautiful detailed peony flowers and leaves. Also, peony flowers always remind me of summers I spent with my grandma. She had some beautiful Peony’s in front of her home that would bloom in gorgeous shades of pink in front of her home. They smelled amazing too!!

As I experimented with my stamps, I also experimented with my inks. Altenew has a stunning line of ink colors to choose from. I used the mini ink cubes. They really take the guess work out of matching up colors because their inks are sold in coordinating color bundles. The coordinating colors make the process of stamp layering easy. Of course I had to test the color boundaries a bit.

When I originally started stamping with this set I was stamping the large, solid flower with my lightest ink color. This was the method outlined with the stamp layering guide that can be downloaded from the Altenew web site. The stamp layering guide shows you points on the stamps to help get your alignment correct. However, I learned that stamping the outline image with the Poeny Bouquet actually made it easier for me to line up the rest of the images.

Using my MISTI stamp positioner, I stamped the outline of my Poeny Bouquet using Pinkalicious ink. It’s a shade darker than the lightest ink. The darker ink helps in aligning the other layers of stamps as well. Stamping it a couple of times to gets a good, clean impression. I stamped two sets of the outline flowers on 110lb white cardstock.

Next, I grabbed the solid flower image and was able to line up the stamp edges to the outline of the Peony flower that I’d stamped previously. This helped me ensure that my solid image would be stamped within the outline image. I inked up the solid Peony with the lightest pink ink called Pink Diamond. If you experience any blotchy stamping with your ink, it just means that you should prime your stamps. You can do that by using an eraser and running it all over the surface of the stamp or by rubbing it with your hand.

Now I was ready to experiment with color. The final two layers of the stamp provide the detail. For my first flower, I stuck with the remaining two colors in my Altenew pink ink cubes. I lined up the 3rd layer using the key points on the stamp layering guide and inked it with Rubellite and then I added the final stamped layer using the Razzleberry ink. I just love the names of their inks, LOL!

On the second flower, I wanted to mix things up just a bit. I decided to vary from the color family and add in a hint of orange. I had lots of trial and error with mixing/matching inks to stamp these images. Some colors just didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped. More experimentation is needed I think.

For the 3rd layer I used the Snapdragon orange color and just lightly inked up some areas on the stamp detail. I inked and stamped a couple of times.

On the final layer, I switched back to the Rubellite ink from the pink set.

I loved the hint of color variance that it gives to the Peony.

Using the Peony Bouquet coordinating die, I cut the flower out and set it aside. Altenew sells the Peony Bouquet and coordinating die as a bundled set which is a nice option.

Next, I used my teal inks to layer up the gorgeous leaves from the Peony set. I love these leaves – they’re so pretty. Originally, I’d stamped with the traditional green inks, but decided that I actually didn’t like that color combo with the pink flowers.

These leaves are a 3 layer stamp. I started with the solid image using the lightest ink in the teal family, Mountain Mist. Once again, I inked and stamped a couple of times to get a crisp image.

Next, I stamped the 2nd layer of the leave image using Volcano Lake and the final detail image using Lagoon. I didn’t use the darkest ink on the last layer but I certainly could have.

I created two of the leaves and once again die cut them with the coordinating leaves die. I added just a hint of shimmer pen to the leaves to give them a bit of shine. I did have to be careful since the Altenew inks are water based and react a bit with the addition of the shimmer pen.

To create a card base that popped, I paired up some bright yellow linen cardstock cut to an A2 size of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and then I used the Gradient Stripes cover die from Altenew and cut a piece of teal colored cardstock to place over my solid yellow background.

For a fun sentiment, I used the Altenew Label Love stamps. These are great sentiment stamps that pair well with so many things. The fun part is that they look like they came from a label maker.

I stamped the Celebrate sentiment using Altenew’s brand new Obsidian pigment ink. This is a great ink for stamping detailed sentiments and detailed images. This ink is going to be a staple in my crafting arsenal. Once stamped, I cut the sentiment down in order to add some dimensional foam to the back.

For the other part of my sentiment, I used a LOVE word and outline die set from Simon Says Stamp. I cut the outline from white 110 lb cardstock and the scripty love word was cut from some pink mirror cardstock to pull in the color from the flowers. I added some dimensional foam to the back and layered it so parts were overlapping the celebrate label sentiment.

The flowers and leaves were arranged on the lower portion of the card background and added using some dimensional foam.

The panel was added to a side fold card base made from some white 110 lb cardstock.

For a finishing touch I added some white pearls to the card front. This added a bit of shimmer and shine to the card front.

I really enjoyed All About Layering 1 class. Being a person that has honed my skills with coloring images using alcohol markers, this class was a welcome variety for me and I really learned a lot about myself and the stamp layering process.

I hope you’ll follow along with me as I continue on the AECP classes. I’ll be sharing my projects here and over on my personal Facebook page. All comments and advice are welcome!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Have a crafty day!



I’ve listed the ink sets I’ve used in this card below: