Handmade with Love

20 May 2021

With A Twist - AECP


Hello and welcome back! I am working my way through my level 2 AECP classes and today is With A Twist. This class is taught by the wonderful Therese Calvird. In this class she taught us to look at our supplies in a different way than we normally would, use colours we would not use and to think out of the box.  For my card I decided to use a colour that I rarely, if ever use...brown and I especially don't ever use it for flowers.  I think brown is always (or at least I do) thought of as a sad kind of meh boring colour and not so cheerful.  So that is the colour I was using and on flowers too!

 I started out heat embossing in gold the sentiment, flowers and the leaves (I did those 2x) from the Cherished Memories stamp set on watercolour paper.  Next I sprinkled on just a small amount of the powder and spritzed it  with water.  I tried not to spray with too much water as I didn't want the colours to blend too much.  I let it sit for abit to dry on its own but of course helped it along in the end lol.  It's just incredible the colours that come out when you spray this powder...absolutely gorgeous!  And how the colours settle into each stripe on the flowers...LOVE!

Once they were all dry I hand cut them out.  I am not a fan of fussy cutting as it gives my hands a bit of a problem, but sometimes it is worth it!  A tip when fussy cutting...make sure to move the paper and not your scissors.  Try to keep your scissors in the same position and it'll make it alot easier.  I had initially decided to put this on a kraft stencilled cardstock and base, but after going back and forth several times I thought it was too much and the flowers didn't stand out enough.  So I went through my patterned paper stash and settled on a light blue pattern.  

  I cut out the blue patterned paper using a scalloped curve die to give it a little bit of interest and adhered it directly to my ivory cardstock measuring 5"x3.75"and then popped that up using some craft foam on my cardbase.  Next I arranged my flowers and leaves and used some glue and foam tape to adhere them.  All that was left was to add my sentiment and few ivory pearls.  And that's it!
I absolutely adore this!  I wanted to keep the rest of the card fairly simple to keep the focus on these flowers.  The flowers are most definitely a colour that I would never have used but I love the effect!  And also that all of these colours came from 1 powder!  Did I cheat a bit by having other colours in with the brown???  I don't think so as this is still not something or colours that I would have ever used before.  But brown will for sure be on the rotation from now on and thinking outside of the box too.  It is always good to change things up as bit and keep them fresh and exciting.

Thank you so very much for joining me today...it is always greatly appreciated!  Be sure to join me for my next class on my AECP journey!  I hope you have yourselves a wonderful and crafty day!  
Until next,
Michelle 💗

Supplies Used:
  • Altenew Cherished Memories stamp set
  • Lindys Gang Magical Shaker - Bratwurst Brown  
  • Canson Montval Watercolour paper
  • Versamark embossing ink pad
  • Ranger Fine Detail embossing powder
  • My Minds Eye 6x6 paper pad - Chalk Studio
  • MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edge die
  • Little Things from Lucys Cards - ivory flatback pearls
  • ivory cardbase and cardstcok
  • Tombow Multi Mono glue
  • 3M foam tape
  • craft foam

6 comments on "With A Twist - AECP"
  1. This is absolutely gorgeous Michelle!! I can’t wait to try this technique.

    1. Thank you so much! It is really such an effortless and very effective technique! The results are just incredible!

  2. So pretty! It is hard to believe those colors all came from the brown!

    1. Thank you :) I know....it's crazy they all came from the brown!

  3. Have you seen me do the scribble-spritz watercolor technique? It is quite similar to this and I also quite enjoy it a lot only because it is as effortless as this!! Your florals look beautiful and your card is gorgeous! Thank you for submitting your beautiful work to the AECP assignment gallery.

    1. Thank you very much Erum for your always kind and encouraging words! I will most definitely have to go and check out your technique!


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