Welcome to my little corner of the Altenew Build-A-Flower Clover Release Blog Hop! You probably made it here after being inspired at Nathalie DeSousa's blog and if I am your first stop, please head over to see what the amazing Kelly Griglione is up to and I hope you can't wait to try this for yourself.
The Altenew products used in my projects are linked at the bottom of the post.
Years ago, one of the first things that drew me to Altenew was the magic that they created with layering stamps. My fascination with watching a flower come to life through different shades of ink has never gone away. Today’s hop is all about the newest member of Altenew's Build-A-Flower family, the Clover. Be sure to stay with me for details about the fabulous Giveaway!
When I got my grubby fingers on the Build-A-Flower: Clover Layering Stamp & Die Set, I couldn't wait for it to bloom in my craft room and share it with you!
Even better, if you don't have these inks already, you can go for the Build-A-Flower: Clover Layering Stamp & Die Set & Ink Bundle (at 5% off) that includes beautiful pink and green inks that will pair well with this set.
As you may know, with each set you get a layering guide, to walk you through some ideal color combinations and that magical sequence that produces 3D-like flowers in one dimension.
So let's jump into the cards that I made for you! Don't forget to comment to let me know what you think as well as to enter the Giveaway! See Giveaway details at the bottom of the post.
Card 1 - Your Kindness is Radiant
Though Google told me that Clovers are often pink or kind of white/green, for some reason, I was obsessed with creating a Clover not found it nature. So I set aside the Layering Guide momentarily to experiment on my own.
The Clover set has four stamp layers in the bloom, so I needed four shades of purple to achieve the 3D magic of the Build-A-Flower design. After a whole bunch of trial and several of unflattering color combos (which is why the Altenew provides a Layering Guide!!!), I found a group of Altenew Crisp Dye Ink purples that made me happy: Soft Lilac; Wisteria, Lavender Fields, Midnight Violet.
Next step is to stamp and cut and the Layering Guide is essential here in showing how to align the images when stamping.
Tip: I secured my dies to their corresponding leaves and blooms with low tack tape that I keep stuck to my die-cutting machine and reuse as long as I can. Washi tape is also good for this, if you can bear to part with it! (Please note that the images also shows purple clovers in an alternate combo of purples that I tested but was not a fan of. It happens. :-))
With that done, I needed a backdrop for these beauties so I grabbed another selection of Altenew Crisp Dye Inks in pinks, yellows and oranges for some quick ink-blending. Pinkalicious, Pink Diamond, Citrus Burst, Warm Sunshine and Snapdragon created the sunset-inspired look that I was going for.