The layering stamps from Altenew make really beautiful cards that look like you spent hours watercolouring them. I played with the Watercolour Wonders stamp set and came up with two distinctive different style of card.
To get used to how these stamps layer I just got out a sheet of mixed media cardstock and, using the guide that comes in the back of the stamp set, practised layering these stamps.
The first card I made was the “Hello Lovely”. I used the three ink colours from Altenew. The buttercream ink is my lightest colour. The second layer was stamped with Caramel Toffee, and the third layer was stamped with Paper Bag. I love these crisp inks from Altenew!
I used two of the leaf layering stamps to create a border of foilage around my flower. My lightest green is Frayed Leaf, the darkest is Forest Glade. I also wanted to try the hello die cut that matches with the Half Tone Hello Stamp set.
I die cut the larger hello from a piece of green cardstock, smooshed it into Versamark and used some white embossing powder to heat emboss it. I then smooshed it into Versamark again to add another layer of embossing powder.
It hasn’t all covered with embossing powder, but with the green border “outline” around the sentiment adds a nice layer of dimension and helps this piece stand out from the mixed media cardstock. It’s not perfect – but it’s handmade… to finish the card I added a few white and black enamel dots.
On the “Celebrate everything” card I used the second largest flower and the same three ink colours (Buttercream, Caramel Toffee and Paper Bag) and the same two shades of green (Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades) on the leaves. I stamped the “celebrate” from the Super Script stamp set onto orange cardstock with Memento black ink, then diecut it with the matching die. I placed a strip of orange cardstock behind half of this front panel and stamped “everything” under the “celebrate”.
I wanted to play with some of the smaller flower stamps and was inspired to make a bright floral background.
To create this background I picked the smaller flowers that only had two layers. I started stamping the flowers with Picked Raspberry distress ink in the bottom half of the card, and rotated my stamp to fill in all the gaps. For the second flower layer I used Seedless Preserves, and used the guide that comes with the stamp set to know where to stamp.
Above this I stamped “everything is” in black ink. To finish this card I added some Picked Raspberry at the edges with the foam blending tool, stamped the centers of the flowers with Shabby Shutters ink, and then added some sequins from my stash.
For the “thanks” card I did the same as on the “awesome” card. I used the other smaller flower stamp from the Watercolour Wonders set and stamped it with Peacock Feathers, with Seedless Preserves as the flower center.
I haven’t used the Half Tone Thanks sentiment stamp set, and thought that the half tone stamp would look beautiful in Peacock Feathers. I fussy cut this out leaving a white border, and used some foam tape to pop it up on the base layer. Underneath this I stamped “I appreciate your generosity” in Seedless Preserves on a strip of watercolour paper. To finish this card I rounded the corners on the stamped background and adhered it to a pale blue card base.