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I experimented with stamps, dies, embossing folders, finalizers and decals, so let's jump right into my projects.
Card 1 - In A World Where You Can Be Anything...
I loved the first Better Together stamp set, so I was really excited about trying Better Together 2.
Packed with inspiring sentiments, I really wanted the card design focused on these beautiful words:
I used Pale Mauve ink towards the center and blended out with the darker Grape Agate ink.
I love it when something pretty takes 5 minutes to come together!
Card 2 - In Diversity There is Beauty...
I couldn't make just one card with the Better Together 2 Set!
This quote from Maya Angelou brings me joy so I decided to grab my stencils and inks again to give it a pretty floral backdrop.
There's no mystery in these cards, just grab your blending tool and get to work!
Card 3 - Choose Kindness...
I can't claim that I have a lot of coloring confidence but the soft brush tips on these markers give you wings!
This stamp set not only features a beautiful Eucalyptus image, but the sentiments stand out as well:
Tip: If you are wondering where I got that perfectly coordinated cardstock from, I simply used the Crisp Dye Ink pads to blend directly onto cardstock. If you do this, be gentle with your ink pad and you will get beautifully colored cardstock strips when you are done!
Card 4 - Make Today Sparkle
Pen Sketched Silhouette Stamp Set
Striped Circle Stamp Set
I stamped my flower image first from the Pen Sketched Silhouette Stamp Set onto my card front. I stamped it again onto some copy paper and cut it out along the top and left side of the image so that I could use that as a mask when I stamped the Striped Circle image. This allowed me to create a focal point for the beautiful sketched flowers.
I don't know that this color combo is everyone's cup of tea, but I like pushing myself and doing things that I have not done before. I hope that you will also test your boundaries, you may be happily surprised by what you come up with!
Card 5 - Hello My Fabulous Friend
The Cartoon Rose Stamp and Die Set again inspired me to reach deeper into the Altenew color palette and I am so glad that I did!
With Altenew's Layering Guide for the Cartoon Rose Stamp Set and the fact that each of the layers are clearly labeled (A1, A2, A3 etc., see below) you will have an easy time "assembling" your rose.
Once you have you ink stamped directly from your pad onto your mat, spritz with water and dab your watercolor card background into it several times drying with a heat tool between "dabs".
Look at me being artsy! LOL
One more thing, I made a wee mistake when I stamped the "Hello" sentiment. I had already removed both my card background and the stamp from my MISTI when I noticed that the Hello was not clearly stamped.
Crisis was averted when I pulled out my new Altenew Fine Liner Pen Set to correct my boo-boo!
Time for a little retouching!
Easy-peasy right??? :-)
Card 6 - I Love You
I kept the Fine Liners out for the next card where I just wanted to doodle and make something in a color palette that my hubby could love.
Stencils are so versatile and the Leaves and Berries stencil is a good choice for outlining with your Fine Liners!
You can be as precise as you prefer, but I kept my outlining a little loose and imperfect. I then also deliberately offset my stencil when I was ready to blend on the Limestone ink so that it went outside my lines.
I went back to the Eucalyptus Jar Stamp Set for this bold "I Love You" sentiment that stands out well against the background.
I can't wait to try this with other stencils! I can't draw to save my life so the stencils and these pens work great for me!!!
Card 7 & 8 - Love and Joy
Apart from stencils, embossing folders are on of the quickest ways to make a card with impact and the Perfect Poinsettias 3D Embossing Folder is no exception!
These 3D Embossing Folders create deep grooves in the paper which make the direct ink application technique that I used quick and easy!
Crisp Dye Inks - Azurite, Hydrangea, Rocky Shores, Caramel Toffee, Crimson, Snapdragon, Mango Smoothie, Sunray
After dabbling mostly with a muted color palette, I wanted some vibrant, if non-traditional color schemes for these Holiday cards:
I embossed 110lb cardstock first using the Perfect Poinsettias folder.
I then used the mini ink cubes, which are perfectly sized for this technique, to apply ink directly on to the embossed surface in a gentle circular motion the allowed the ink to sit on the raised surface and the colors to blend together.