Hi my crafty friends! This is my second card that I have completed after finishing the All About Layering 2 course in the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP). I used the Altenew Build-a-Flower Columbine stamp set. I have just started subscribing to this monthly club, so this is the first time that I have worked with these stamps. This stamp set is SO versatile! You can mix and match colors for the different parts of the flower in so many ways! I am looking forward to trying a bunch of color combinations, but for the first time, I decided to just go with three coordinating shades of Altenew Crisp Dye Ink: Baby Pink, Fuschia, & Magenta. The great thing about these Altenew inks is that they come in color-coordinated sets! I only have a few so far, but I have ordered several more and I’m anxiously waiting for them to come!
The first thing I did was to cut some 80# Neenah Solar White cardstock into two 5 1/2″ x 4/1/2″ pieces. I used one piece to stamp all of my flowers and leaves in my Misti Stamping Platform. Fortunately, the Layering Guides that come with Altenew stamp sets make the layering process pretty easy. In addition, I learned many more tips and suggestions in both the All About Layering 1 & 2 courses, so it made the stamping even more simple! When I finished stamping, I die cut all of the individual pieces.
I used the second piece of white cardstock as the main section of my card panel. I wanted to give the front of the card some additional texture, so I dry embossed it with the Altenew Elegant Swirls stencil. Did you know that you can dry emboss with your stencils? It is so easy, and it greatly expands your different embossing patterns besides whatever folders you may have. After embossing, I cut it down to a 5 1/4″ x 4″ panel. Check out the embossed pattern close-up here….
The stencil I used is called “Elegant Swirls,” and I think that it really adds just the perfect amount of interest behind the flowers! The white-on-white pattern doesn’t conflict with the stamped pieces, but it is definitely visible and a significant part of the design.
At this point, as I laid out the flowers on the card panel, I decided that it still needed some “oomph,” so I decided to add a 3/4″ strip of some pink striped patterned paper that I had in my stash on the left side of the front panel. It made all the difference in the world! Just what the card needed! I had to cut the white panel one more time to adjust for the new addition.
The next step was to choose a sentiment, and I decided to go with the “Thinking of you” that is included in the stamp set. I first used my powder tool on some black cardstock, and then stamped the sentiment with clear sticky embossing ink. Then I heat embossed it with WOW Ultra Fine White embossing powder, and die cut a banner shape.
Finally I assembled the card by gluing the striped pattern paper strip and the white embossed cardstock to an A2 black card base (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″). Next I glued the flower and leaves pieces to the card, using white glue on some and propping others up with foam tape. Then I used foam tape to elevate the sentiment and give the card some added dimension. Finally I added a few iridescent sequins to finish the card completely.
I love the way this card turned out! I always love pink and black together. Mixed with the stark white, the end result looks so crisp and clean! I am looking forward to working with more of the Altenew inks and the Build-a-Flower sets as I begin to get them delivered monthly. I hope you will give this one a try!
Until the next card…. Sande