April 28, 2018

Hydrangeas

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 die cut on the front of my card. Once I was happy with the pattern I pressed a small piece of Press n' Seal onto the arrangement, lifting it up as once piece, ready to be glued down on the inside of my card. This makes things so easy, great tip learned watching many talented cardmakers on the Internet.


To finish up I cut out the letters so out of the beautiful gold mirror card stock from Altenew, the shine is fantastic, love the stuff! (The thing is to use it sparingly). Then I stamped a part of a sentiment from the Baby Zoo set onto a spare die cut leaf shape and glued all these pieces to the front of my card.


This card is also my submission into the AECP Level 1 program, inspired by a fun class in Altenew Academy called Let it Shine.


Here are a few more pics of this card. Please tell me what you think in the comment section, I would love to hear from you!






April 21, 2018

Sending our love



Today I wanted to share a couple of cards showing how you can use your stamp sets in new and perhaps unexpected ways. This starts with taking a close look at what you have and what you see in those images.

Let me show you.
Here is a close up of the Vintage Roses set, my very first Atenew set, bought back in 2014. As you can see it is well loved and stained but no worries, this is absolutely not a problem, it stamps really well since it's well seasoned!

This particular image stamps a rose base layer.
However if you take a close look it also looks a lot like a cloud, no?




And how about these rose layers, couldn't they be bushes our mountains or just some kind of texture?



So this is what I used them for; clouds, bushes and giraffe markings.



I started by stamping "clouds" in Hero Arts white pigment ink onto blue paper.
Then the "bushes" were added in Olive Crisp Ink from Altenew to set the scene for the two giraffes that were die cut from white card stock and their markings were added in Maple Yellow.
On a strip of brown paper I heat embossed "Sending our love" in white and added some red "rose-hearts" to the bushes and the card was done!



I love the faces on these giraffes, so fun!

Here are a two more cards using these same stamp sets in a different way.
The first keeps the idea of roses, even though only one of the layers is stamped, very close together to simulate a bouquet. I then gold embossed the leaves to add another layer of interest.


The second card has the animals in front of rose hills, I particularly love the color combo on this one.



That is all for me today - this post is part of the AECP and refers to the Altenew Academy class With a twist taught by Therese Calvird - such a great class, I highly recommend it!





April 9, 2018

A study in pink

I have been traveling for work (to celebrate 50 years of the company I work for) and for vacation (visiting my kids in France) all was lovely but when I got back I got the worst cold and it's been hard to get back to normal.
Last weekend I finally did some stamping and this weekend I actually got a lesson called Irresistible Inking Techniques in AECP done, yay for me!

So that got me thinking of  different ways to use ink on card stock and got me experimenting with my beloved Altenew crisp inks a little bit. I came up with two cards, using the same stamp set Arabesque Medallion in the same colors from the Cherry Blossom family.


For my first card I used the very simple ink smooshing technique, smearing some of the Razzleberry ink onto my craft mat, spritzing with water and then dipping my Bristol card stock into the watered down ink several times, drying the card stock in between layers using my heat tool.
On top I stamped the medallion in black Versafine ink. The splotchy background goes so well with the clean and very defined lines of the stamp, don't you agree?


With all the water and several shots of heat my paper was quite warped so I decided to mount it to a piece of fun foam, this makes it all nice and flat and also adds dimension.

Then I needed a sentiment so I turned to my trusted Label Love set and since I had a piece of card stock I decided to stamp out  several of the labels - easy to keep in the stamp pocket and ready next time I need one! This is really a must have set from Altenew and I need to get the French version :)


For my card I used the Just for you label. Here are the ingredients for this very simple card;



For my second card I decided to do a bit of ink blending even though this technique is not my strongest point. I recently saw one of Jennifer McGuire's brilliant videos where she ink blended Distress Oxides over white embossed stamping and then watercolored withe clean water to remove some of the color. 
Now this didn't work so well with the Altenew inks so instead I added color to certain areas of my stamped image and this turned out really well.


For this card I stamped the medallion in Versmark sticky ink, embossed in white ink then ink blended a gradient of pinks using all the four Cherry Blossom inks. Then I water colored certain areas of the image with Razzleberry which is the darkest tone of ink in this family, and to make these areas stand out even more I went over them with my Wink of Stella. Since all this had made my white embossing become pinkish I thoroughly dried the card before over stamping the medallion once more and white embossing again.


So two cards for you today, tell me which one do you prefer? I can't choose!
Have a great week and thanks for visiting!

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