AECP Level 2 Final Challenge – Part 1

AECP Level 2 Final Challenge – Part 1

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Hi All,
I’m so excited to share with you the first part of my final challenge at AECP course level 2. 

The task was to create a set of four masculine cards, with the following subjects: Birthday, Love/Thinking of You, Anniversary, and Encouragement. I hope you’ll enjoy this post about the process and the results. Click the photos for a bigger version!

Getting Started

I was asked to choose three main components to use in the project. The components I’ve focused on are:
1. Over all look and styling from Clean & Simple Boutique Cards: I’ve used this component for my previous challenge and it is still my favorite and dictates most of my card designs. I’ve tried to keep all of the cards clean, simple and fun.
2. Color Scheme from In the Mood for Color: I opted for the blues, keeping my cards calm and relaxed.
3. Surprise component! For each card I chose another class to focus on, as I learned so much from them. You’ll find the class in each card’s description. 

Planning

Planning is everything!  
I first chose my color palette to be Cool Summer Night, a lovely set of blues. Luckily, Altenew have coordinating products, so between the Mini Ink Set, Enamel Dots and Alcohol Markers I was good to go!  
I then chose my typography. For a cohesive look across the set, I’ve used the Hello and Hugs Stamp Set in all of the cards. I decided not to use heat embossing – I’ve done so in the first challenge – and opted for the Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink which went well with the strong-but-calm feeling I was trying to achieve.

The Cards (and some tips!)

Birthday

I can’t get enough of shaker cards!  The challenge was to keep it clean & simple, yet fun and colorful. 

I was inspired by the Celebration: Stencil Techniques class and used the Weave Builder Stencil. the frame and the background are one piece for a continues look.

Tip: don’t fill your shaker too much. I usually fill about a quarter – this allow the filling to move freely but it doesn’t look too empty.

Love/Thinking of You

This card was inspired by Beyond Basic Backgrounds class – I’ve decided to use the sentiment to create my own background. 

Tip: Use the grid on your crafting mat to achieve evenly spaced stamping.

Anniversary

As it so happens, my significant other and I celebrated 6 years in January.  This card was created with him in mind.

I really like the enamel dots layout and thought it might be cool for once not to use single dots but the whole row. I achieved this by placing washi tape over an entire row and removing the dots from the plastic as a group. Then I set them on the cardstock and removed the tape. This took several tries… I am now in need of more dots! 

Encouragement

I just had to use what I learned from the incredible Beautiful Details class. It was by far the most inspiring and motivating class I’ve watched.

I’ve used Alcohol Markers to color the leaves from the Darling Rose Stamp Set

Tip: stamp your image on the edges to create a feeling of seeing just a part of a bigger picture.

In Summary

I’ve really enjoyed the courses and learned a lot from them. I’ve started the certification program in May, and it helped me to stay focused and motivated to create during the pandemic, the lockdowns and the gloomy uncertainty in the past year. Being able to complete the second challenge is a big win for me. 

Thank you for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it.

Check out the upcycled notebooks I created for the second part of the AECP challenge!  

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Erum Tasneem

    Treat to my eyes! For real, girl! LOVE the clean and simple look of these. LOVE the colour too!
    Thank you for submitting your beautiful work to the AECP assignment gallery.

  2. Virginia Lu

    Love your creative take and execution on this challenge! I love that the overall design has a cohesive look and yet each card is different from the next. AWESOME design and use of elements! Bravo on the theme and photo tutorial (of Part 2) as well!

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