Seasonal Scene Building: AECP Level 1

Continuing in my Altenew Educator Certification Program journey, the next session I completed was Seasonal Scene Building by Nichol Magouirk. It is listed under Classes/Monthly on the Altenew website. There are six lessons included in this block: Masking a Scene, Oversized Scenes, Background Building, Framed Scene, Window Scene, and Shaker Scene. I decided to do a framed scene.

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Stenciling and Stamping for Scene Building

Starting this project, I used the Let’s Go stamp, die and stencil set. I stenciled the sky using Misty Morning and stenciled the water using Ocean Waves. Next, I stamped the background trees with Sweet Leaf and the foreground trees with Hunter Green. I added waves using Desert Night and the sailboat with Jet Black. Then, I die cut the black circle frame and attached it bordering the scene. Finally, I stamped the sentiment in Jet Black. I placed the completed panel on a black cardstock base, leaving a border.

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What I Learned

A very easy, simple element such as the black frame can instantly transform a card. The image pops within the frame in a way that it can’t without it, much like framed photos on a wall. Scene building can be as simple as stenciling a background and using a few well-placed stamps. Lining up the images can take a bit of time. I find it’s easier if I use a stamp platform for stamping images, as I can place the clean, un-inked image on the paper and move it around to the perfect position, then drop the lid to capture the stamp. Stenciling is easy with Altenew’s Stampwheel. The sticky pad in the base of the stampwheel is simply awesome for making sure your paper does not move while you’re working.

See my previous AECP homework assignments: layering 3layering 4, and stencil.