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Let It Shine Class Project: AECP

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am sharing my project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) class Let It Shine Class. This class is all about how to add shine and sparkle to your projects. This online class is lead by Carissa Wiley (from Sprinkled with Glitter) and I could not have thought of a better person to teach a class on adding sparkle and shine to your projects.

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Let It Shine Class Project:

Ways to Add Shine:

I never thought there was so many ways to add a little shine and sparkle to your projects until taking this class. And "WOW" was my mind blown! There are so many different techniques that Carissa teaches in this class it was hard to pick just one. So, for my project I combined a few of the class techniques to create my card using the Build-A-Garden Blooming Delight Bundle. I stamped the captivating large floral image onto a piece of Neenah 110 lbs Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock in embossing ink and covered it with gold embossing powder. Once I had the image heat set I had started the process to add a little shine to my project.

Let It Shine Class Project by Rick Adkins

Once I had the heat embossing done I then took the Blooming Delights Color Layering Stencils that matched the Blooming Delights Stamp Set and used my Rose Petal Fresh Dye Ink Mini Cube Set and added the color to the floral images. I used Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart, and Purple Wine to shade the floral images. To add color to the leaves and stem I used Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades Fresh Dye Inks from the Green Fields Fresh Dye Ink Mini Cube Set. To add color to the center of the florals I picked two of the colors from the Summer Afternoon Fresh Dye Ink Mini Cube Set. I used Warm Sunshine as my lightest color and Paper Bag as my shadow color. All my blending is done with the Altenew Mini Blending Brushes I can add as much or as little ink as I want with them to my projects. Plus, they really help you get into the small areas of your stencils.

Let It Shine Class Project by Rick Adkins Side View

Once my ink blending was complete I used the coordinating die and cut my card panel by using the partial die cutting technique. I lined up the large floral die a little over half way but not quite three quarters, and secured it in place with a little low tack tape. I ran the panel through my die cutting machine. I then took the left over white cardstock and cut the shadow layer for my hello sentiment. I then took a Mini Blending Brush and colored the shadow layer with Cosmic Berry Fresh Dye Ink (from the Rose Petals Mini Cube Set). Next I took one of the pieces of the Gilded Glitter Cardstock and cut it down to fit behind my die cut window. Once I had the piece of Citrine Glitter Cardstock (one of the six colors of glitter cardstock in this pack) cut to size and knew where my floral would fall I took the rest of my hello die and cut it out from that piece. I layered the glitter sentiment onto the shadow layer with a little liquid glue.

Let It Shine Class Project by Rick Adkins Close Up View

To hid the seam of the card front and the glitter cardstock I cut another panel of white cardstock and attached on the inside of the card. I then popped up my glitter sentiment with a little Instant Dimensional Foam Tape cut to fit behind. Now with all the shine going on I still needed just a little more. So In the white of the floral image I used a glitter brush pen to add just the slightest subtle hint of shine to the flower. With the remaining strip of glitter cardstock I took a cover die I had in my stash and cut out small circles to create my own glitter embellishments that matched my project.

Let It Shine Class Project by Rick Adkins Inside of card

I also took that small strip of glitter cardstock and cut down a strip of white cardstock that fit jut behind it. I took the remaining ink from my Mini Blending Brushes and did an ombre ink blending on the white cardstock strip before attaching the glitter cardstock. I placed this ink blended glitter strip on the inside of the card right at the bottom edge. This allowed me to add just a touch of shine to the inside of the card and helped to tie the inside to the front.

Let It Shine Class Project by Rick Adkins Over Head View

And there you have it my friends my card for the Let it Shine Card Class for AECP. Let's recap the ways that I and you can add a little shine to your projects.

  1. Heat Emboss your image with a metallic embossing powder.

  2. Add Glitter Cardstock to your card in some way, be it behind a die cut edge or as an embellishment cut with a cover die.

  3. Add subtle shine with a glitter brush pen.

  4. Add a metallic or glitter die cut sentiment.

I hope that you find these few tips as helpful as I did when it comes time to add that touch of shine to your next project. I will see you again real soon, and remember Creativity is in your fingertips!

Happy Crafting!

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Altenew Educators Certification Program Participant Badge

Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins

Rick Adkins


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Apr 19
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Thank you


Apr 15

Rick, your card is absolutely STUNNING! I particularly love the added shine to the inside of your card and sentiment. The colors you used on your florals are Fantastic! You are doing such an excellent job with the program!

Apr 19
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Thanks 😊

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