Hi everyone! I am excited to be guest designing for Altenew once again for their latest release. If you have come from the talented Nicole Watt, you are in the right place! If somehow you get lost along the way, you can start over at the Altenew blog. There you will find more information on this fantastic release!
There will be $300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 06/09/2021 for a chance to win.
My first card inspiration is the Inky Bouquet Stamp, Die and Simple Coloring Stencil combo. I stamped the flower cluster with Silver Lake which is a lightest ink from the Gentleman’s Gray mini ink cube set. I did this because I wanted to do no line coloring with colored pencils. I used the simple coloring stencil to “color” in the base color for the flowers and leaves. I used the detailed blending brushes to be able to blend into specific areas. For the Rose, I used Fresh Lemon crisp dye ink (Pocketful of Sunshine set) and for the middle of the bloom, the Aqualicious (Sweet Dreams set) crisp dye inks. For the Hydrangea, I used Ocean Waves (Cool Summer Night set) and Hydrangea (Enchanted Garden set). The pink flower I used only one color, Frosty Pink (Red Cosmos set) but blended it a little darker in the middle. The leaves, I used Bamboo and Olive from the Tropical Forest set of mini crisp dye inks.
After I ink blended the colors, I used Prismacolor pencil in coordinating colors to outline the images and to darken some areas. I also used three shades of Warm Grey to color in the shadow. I simply love how this turned out, it looks like I spent hours upon hours coloring this, but it only took less than an hour. Then I added ink blots with a slighly darker grey ink, Gray Denim, stamping it randomly around the flower cluster. The ink blots, by the way, is included in the set. Then I stamped the sentiment “Have a lovely day” with Black Obsidian ink.
For my second card, I went in a totally different direction and color palette. I took one of the images from the Sisters of the Heart Stamp set an colored it in with alcohol markers. I went really bold and gutsy with this one — using contrasting colors of yellow and purple (the purple for some reason is not showing up as well in the photo). The inner parts of the flower, I used a deep blue marker.
For the background of the flower, I used one of the beautiful papers in the Dreamy Sunset Paper pack and embossed it using the Waffle Diamond Embossing folder. I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out, given the paper from the back is a bit on the thinner side. The embossing caused it to crack a little, showing the white core of the paper but it gave it a beautiful distressed feel. I added some gold heat embossing on the edges to give it a more elegant look.
I then die cut the flower with the coordinating die and added it on the front. I stamped the sentiment “Choose Kindness” from the Eucalyptus Jar stamp set and gold heat embossed it on black cardstock. I thought the swirly font of the sentiment went very well with the swirls in floral image.
My third and final inspiration is a pair of cards. I used the beautiful papers in the gorgeous Dreamy Sunset 6×6 paper pack for an in-lay die-cutting technique.
For the first card, I die-cut the oultine of the main flower and all the other elements from the Whimsical Garden Layering die set using silver mirror cardstock. To vary the colors in each section of the flower, I chose certain colors I thought would fit the design. To save on paper, I put the die on top of each color of paper and cut around the section I needed. Then I added the double sided adhesive sheets and cut it to the same shape as the piece. I brought it to my die-cutting machine and die-cut it out. I have a small bowl next to my die-cutting machine to put all the pieces.
After I finish die-cutting all the sections of the flower and setting all the pieces aside, I used a piece of scrap cardstcok and cut the shadow filler piece of the flower cluster. I adhered the gold mirror outline on that piece. Then I in-laid all the pieces . This is my most favorite part!
If you are pressed for time or do not have the patience to do paper piecing, this next card is much easier to do. I just used the filler die and die cut straight using only one of the papers in the paper pack. I used the one with a beautiful gradiation of color from dark red all the way to a gray.
For the background of both cards, I used the papers from the paper pack. Both the green and the grayish purple papers have a faux embossed look that gives the background of my images an illusion of texture.
The sentiment “hello” and “thanks” is also die-cut from silver mirror cardstock and its from an old Altenew sentiment die set.
I hope these projects inspired you. Please let me know which one is your favorite.
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Up next on the hop is the wonderful Virginia Lu. Her lovely creations will certainly blow you away!
‘Til next time!
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