Today I am sharing a card I made for a special friend of mine. She is a friend that I met over on Instagram well over three years ago – and even though we have never met, I hope we do one day. It’s like having a penpal again! That is one of the great joys of this hobby and I really hope I get to share a glass of wine with her one day.
She loves floral cards and she loves Altenew so I thought I would combine the two today. But instead of colouring, I did some stamp layering and added some extra accents for depth and interest.
I began by stamping the two main floral images from Beautiful Day onto Neenah 80lb. First with a black outline and then with the three layering stamps – the lightest colour first. I used Blush, Rouge and Crimson inks – such a pretty palette! I then stamped the leaves with the outline image in black, and thenMorning Frost and Evening Gray dye inks. The floral sprays were just stamped with Lava Rock – they do not have a layering option. Next I stamped a few of the tiny images with Crimson ink – I wasn’t sure if I would use them but I did them anyway in case. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out – so glad I finally bought these as it sure does make it easier and gives the leaves a much more professional finish than I could ever get fussy cutting them!
For my background I took some SSS Fog cardstock and used the MFT Bold Stripes Cover Up die. This was adhered with Studio Katia glue onto a 110lb top folding base card. The next step is to create the floral arrangement so I played around with this for a while and then once happy, grabbed a sheet of Press N Seal, pressed it firmly over the arrangement and picked them up. I added wet adhesive to the back, flipped it back over carefully and then laid it down over the bold stripes.
I pressed everything into place and used a little extra glue where necessary. The right side floral is actually popped up ever so slightly with thin foam squares. At this point, I decided that I wanted a little more depth to the colour, so I took a Middle Cadmium Red Polychoromos pencil and added accents to the petals. I also took a Red Copic Spica pen and added glitter dots to the flower centres and parts of the petals. It’s much more noticeable in real life – hard to capture the sparkle in a photo.
To finish the card, I white heat embossed one of the sentiments from the set onto SSS Slate cardstock, trimmed it out with the SSS Label Dies that I can’t seem to live without (!) and popped it up with foam tape. A few sequins were dotted around for final sparkle.
And that finishes today’s card. I never really used to do stamp layering much, but I have began to really enjoy it lately. And you can change the look even more if you add pencil and other accents. Thank you for joining me today, I wish you a wonderful day! Happy crafting!
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