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All About Layering 4 AECP Class Projects

Updated: Apr 14

Hello and welcome back to my blog; today I am sharing my latest class projects for the Altenew Educator Certification Program! The next class that I took in the line up of Level 1 classes for this program was All About Layering 4 (which by the way is a great FREE class that you can take). This is was a super fun class about Altenew's Layering Stamps that I really enjoyed. During the class you will get step by step how to video instructions from Lydia Evans (the class instructor) with different tips and techniques to make the most of your layering stamps from Altenew. So, let's get into the projects that i created for the class homework.

All About Layering 4 Class Cards

All About Layering 4 AECP Class Projects:

Clover Peek Through Card:

For my first card today I used the Build-A-Flower: Clover Layering Stamps & Dies. I have had this set for a little while now and actually had not put ink to paper with it until today. And boy I regret not using it sooner. I stamped the two sets (the larger clover and the smaller clover heads) of four layering stamps in this set four different times in my Stampwheel. I did this for two different reasons; 1. to have multiple images to create a bouquet, and 2. just incase I messed something up in the layering process. In my opinion it's better to go ahead and stamp more than one set of anything while you have the tools set up.

Clover Card by Rick Adkins

And with Altenew's Stampwheel it is even easier to do multiples at one time. Because all you have to do is set up each layer once in a different corner and stamp one side, turn to the next corner and stamp the next layer. For my inks for this l started out with my Red Cosmos Ink Pads. I stamped the first layer with the Frosty Pink Fresh Dye Ink and went up to the Ruby Red. On the smaller flowers I stamped the first layer with 2nd generation Frosty Pink, then stamped Frosty Pink in full strength and ended up adding in different pink shade of ink from my stash.

For the leaves and stems I stamped them in Forest Glades and Evergreen inks from the Green Fields Fresh Dye Inks. After everything was stamped and dried I cut each one out with their matching dies. Once I had all the die-cutting complete it was time to build the clover bouquet. One tip from the class when it comes to creating floral arrangements is to "Place your flowers in a bouquet that is in odd numbers; this makes for a nicer look." Once I had the arrangement the way I wanted it I used a piece of washi tape to hold everything together while I added Instant Dimension Foam Tape and a little liquid glue to the stems. I used the Instant Dimension Foam Tape to hold the clover tops together and a little liquid glue to hold the stems together.

Clover Card by Rick Adkins Over Head View

Once I had the bouquets made I took a two pieces of colored cardstock from the Boho Smooth Cardstock Paper Pad (from from one 6" x 8" piece. I cut one panel to fit over my A2 card base (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") and cut the other piece to 3 3/4" x 5". I took a few post it notes and masked off the a 1/2" on all four sides. I did this so that I could use one of my stencils from the Build a Garden Elegant Tulips which was from my Build a Garden Monthly Subscription to add a little interest to card front. If you are unaware Altenew offers six different subscriptions that you can pick from and each contains different products. So, you pick the kit or kits that you like to work with as your subscription. I love the Build A Garden Monthly Subscription. In my monthly kit I get at least a 4" x 6" Altenew Stamp Set, a Coloring Stencil (to match the stamp set), and a Mini Blending Brush (some months we even get coordinating dies in our kits) all for the low price of $29.99. You can then use the products on other projects as well.

Once I had the ink blending of the lattice stencil (from the kit) completed on the card front. I removed the post it notes and took my 3 3/4" x 5" piece of matching cardstock and cut out a section so that I could pop up the top and bottom sections. (tip from class: "By cutting away some parts your card front, you can get a fun peek through effect."). I then layered my clover bouquet over the opening with a little liquid glue. I added a heat embossed sentiment over the center of the stems to finish it off.

Torched Ginger Card:

For my second card I used the Build-a-Flower Torch Ginger Stamps and Dies. I stamped the outline layer for the Torch Ginger (in Obsidian Black Pigment Ink first for both of the images I wanted to create. Then I used the layering stamps to fill in each of the layers with different shades of ink. I started out with the first layer with Frosty Pink ink and then used other ink colors from my stash to get the different purple shades. (I had to result to different colors of ink because I didn't have any purple Altenew Inks. But I have some new Altenew Inks on order and they should be here soon). I then moved on to stamping the leaves and used Fresh Dye Inks from the Green Fields and Forest Trail Ink Families. I even through in a little Mountain Mist Ink from the Sea Shore Color Family for a little more interest.

Torch Ginger Card by Rick Adkins

Once the stamping was completed I cute out each image with their coordinating dies. I layered a piece of yellow smooth cardstock onto my top folding A2 card base. And took Maple Leaf Artist Marker (from the Pocket Full of Sunshine Set) and flicked on a little color to the background. I repeated this process with my Rubellite Artist Marker (from the Cherry Blossom Set). I then took those markers and colored the white die-cut outline around each of the die cuts. Which was another tip I pick up from the class; "Use markers to color the edge around die cuts when adding to a dark or colored card base, it makes the flowers pop." Which was very true because the colored leaves and flowers pop from the yellow cardstock instead of the white edge around the stamped images. So, I will be using this tip among many others from the All About Layering 4 Class on more projects.

Torch Ginger Card by Rick Adkins Over Head View

To finish off the card I arranged the flowers and leaves in a triangle pattern in the center of the card front. I popped the Torch Gingers up on Instant Dimensional Foam Tape for more dimension as well as the sentiment (for the sentiment I cut smaller pieces of the foam tape and placed behind the sentiment). I finished off the card by adding a few sequins sprinkled around the card in a triangle arrangement around the sentiment.

(Wondering what I used in this video/project? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

Thanks for dropping by today, I hope that you found something that will inspire you as much as I was inspired from the All About Layering 4 class projects and tips.

Rick's All About Layering 4 Class Projects

If you have never taken one of Altenew Academy Online Classes before I highly encourage you to check out the selection of classes. They are self paced so you can take your time and really learn a lot from the se affordable classes.

Materials Used:

Here you will find the list of supplies that I used to create today's card. All supplies are linked to supply sources below. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Participant Badge for the Altenew Educator Certification Program

Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins

Rick Adkins


Apr 03

AGAIN -- BRAH the purple and yellow so bold and so adventurous. I LOVE your work. (Your insta link is broken but I found you on FB) LOVE your work

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Apr 04
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Thanks I will check the link and thank you for the sweet comment about my work


Apr 02

OMG! Look at that POPPING card! And the other one is so soft-looking! Fab work, Rick!

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Apr 04
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Thanks Erum this comment makes me excited especially from a fabulous colorist

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