Today I have a very quick post featuring the Peruvian lily (am I the only one who only knew the name Alstromeria for this flower?) set from Altenew and some background texture as well.
This layering set is easy to stamp out and gives spectacular results - the flowers look fantastic! I decided to stamp these using all the pink, orange, red and yellow color families of the Altenew Crisp Inks and they all look great. Now what I did not do was stamp the insides in another color family - so you could have a pink outer and a yellow inner flower for example, the possibilities are endless!
Once I had all my flowers stamped and cut I pulled together some cards using inspiration from Svitlana Shayevitch - she is so clever with texture and I used some of her techniques adding color to wood cardstock. The first card has a natural wood color which was blended right on to the white woodgrain cardstock
For the second card I imagined painted, weather-stained wood that was created using Distress Oxide…
There are a couple of stamp sets that are close to my heart, more so than others because they are unique in some way.
One of these is the Altenew Rain or shine set. It came out last year but I have not seen it used that much (see a link for more inspiration at the bottom of this post), however it is so fun and ideal for an unusual Valentine, won't you agree?
Currently I am taking Altenew Academy classes in the pursuit of the Altenew Educator Certification Program, it's a lot of fun!
The latest class I finished was taught by the excellent Yana Smakula, the class is called Easy Die Cutting Techniques and as I am fairly new to die cutting (having been a stamper for 20 years but a die cutter for only 2...) this was a really fun class to take.
I used several techniques in this card, inlaid and negative die cutting and also partial die cutting.
To start off I stamped a couple of clouds using the following Altenew inks; Silver stone, Limestone and Dusk, these were then die cut using…
Watercolor Wonders is a beautiful stamp set from Altenew, very free flowing and watercolor inspired. For some reason this set has always intimidated me, it was hard to get it to look right.
Now I think I know why - I was not taking this seriously, it was so free flowing and lose that I didn't pay enough attention when stamping. So to get good results I needed to look carefully and think where I wanted the petals to be and how I wanted to layer the colors. What kind of flowers are these?
I really love the resulting card.
Like all Altenew's layering stamps this one has a layering guide included in the packaging, it helps :)
I think these are poppies, how about you?
Stamp sets: Watercolor Wonders and Label Love
Crisp inks: Ruby Red, Velvet, Crimson, Jet Black, Forest Glades, Evergreen