I hope you are having a lovely, crafty weekend!
The May 2018 Altenew release is amazing - I totally fell in love with the Bride-to be set even though I have been married for 34 years I absolutely needed this very versatile set, it is gorgeous!
I started my card by stamping the largest flower from the set several times in shades from the Cherry Blossom collection of Altenew crisp inks; Rubellite, Razzleberry, Pinkalicious, Pink Diamond. I also stamped some of the smaller flowers adding details in Teal Cave, Galactic Stream and Maple Yellow (Don't you just love the names of the Altenew inks?!) and the centers in black. These were all cut out with coordinating dies.
I didn't use all of the flowers, nor the ink blended background in this pic above, I loved the pink and teal together but it was a bit dark, I wanted something brighter. These will be used in a another project, I see many more cards coming - versatile set, right?!
If you are anything like me you prefer to make everything on your cards, I never use background papers and very rarely any store bought embellishment. Nothing wrong with those, I just usually prefer to make it all from scratch using stamps, inks and paper. (see further down, not always true, ha!)
So using stencils to make my own background is right up my alley but this time I decided to try it on black paper for a different look.
I started by selecting a few Altenew stencils and some black card stock, I taped the card to the stencil from the back and then the whole thing down to my craft mat. Then I sponged white Hero Arts pigment ink through the stencil. The result was quite striking!
On some of these I also tried sponging Altenew crisp inks, it sort of worked on top of the white pigment ink but was almost invisible on the black card stock, looks interesting in the picture but is even more subtle in real life. To at least use up the ink on the stencil I spritzed it with water and used…
Several years ago we rented a summer house on the French Atlantic coast in Vendée, the house was beautiful and a lovely surprise as we compared it to what we had rented the year before in that same region! This house was surrounded by hydrangeas in blues and purples and it was the most gorgeous thing having breakfast, lunch or dinner in that beautiful garden.
The Altenew April Inspiration Challenge made all that come back to me and I am squeezing in a card to the challenge before the end of the month! This what I came up with:
Using the colors in the inspiration photo as a guide, I dug through my paper scraps that I keep in color family boxes and found quite a few that I could use.
I cut several with the dies for the Striped Florals dies. Initially I had thought I might stamp and emboss the images in gold but decided against that - it seemed to make everything much too busy.
Then I started placing my die cuts inside a circle pattern as I wanted my arrangement to show through a circle …