Washi Tropical Fun

Today I was able to just play a bit and check out some of my new Altenew dies that I haven’t had a chance to use yet! My first card since finishing my required AECP courses. ?

I wanted to use one of my new cover dies, but I also wanted to put a new spin on it. So, I got out my Altenew Misty Meadows washi tape and covered a piece of white card stock with it. This washi tape has beautiful green leaves as well as shiny gold accents. After thoroughly adhering the tape, I die cut the Layered Geo Cover Die B from the washi-covered card stock.

I was so excited by how well the washi tape cut! It turned out beautiful! Next I used spray adhesive to adhere the cut out die piece to another piece of white card stock. I then used liquid glue to adhere the center circle from the middle of the die back into the the whole piece. I decided that I wanted to make the card feel a bit tropical, but I don’t have any hibiscus stamps or other florals in that category. I finally decided to use one of the first Altenew stamp sets that I purchased: Garden Treasure. I have used this several times, and it always turns out beautiful.

I chose the Altenew Gold Sunset crisp dye inks and stamped the largest flower twice. There are 4 layers in the flower. I followed the Layering Guide, except that instead of stamping the outline stamp as the first stamp (#1 of 4), I saved it for the last stamp (#4 of 4). I had to make sure that the first 3 layers of ink were completely dry. Then I used an anti-static powder tool on the flowers and stamped the outline in sticky embossing ink. Finally I heat embossed the image with gold embossing powder.

I also wanted to try out the new Altenew Leaf Mix Die Set — how much fun is this? So many combinations of various leaves. I chose 3 styles and cut them out of shiny gold card stock. Next I laid out all of my elements on the card and made some decisions:

  1. To trim off 1/8″ from the left and right edges of the washi background panel so I could add another backing in orange cardstock. (I felt that there needed to be another pop of orange besides the flowers.
  2. I didn’t stamp any leaves from the Garden Treasure set because I originally thought that the gold die cut leaves would be enough. However at this point I decided I wanted some green leaves as well, and I remembered that I had some extra leaves that I had stamped earlier from the Clover Build-a-Flower set, so I decided to use them.

Once I had my general plan in mind, I laid out all of the elements on the washi panel until I was pleased with the design. Then I attached the gold leaves with liquid glue. Next I adhered the first flower and the green leaves, again using liquid glue. Finally I attached the uppermost flower with foam tape to add dimension to the card.

I chose the sentiment from the Sentiments and Quotes stamp set and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder on a piece of green card stock from my stash. I didn’t have any label dies that were the right size for this sentiment, especially because I wanted it to have rounded corners, since the whole card design is curved. But I found that the smallest die in the Rounded Rectangles Die Set was perfect!

I attached the sentiment with foam tape. Then to finish the card, I attached the whole front card panel to a piece of orange card stock background (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″) with foam tape to give it some raised dimension. And finally I added a few gold sequins as embellishments.

I really love the way this card turned out! I was very happy to discover a new and different way to use my washi tape, and although orange is not generally one of my “go-to” colors, I love the way the orange flowers look with the green accents and the shiny gold.

Thanks so much for joining me on my card-making journey. I appreciate you! ….Sande