Card trio | Altenew

Hello everyone! I made a set of three cards using Altenew stamps and distress inks. Family members and friends often come around and ask if I had a card for them because they want to thank someone or send birthday wishes etc. Because most of the time this happens very spontaneous (e.g. 'I need it tomorrow') I love having some cards on stock because I know that they will be useful soon :) That's the reason why I made a birthday, thank you and 'kindness' card. You can save so much time by making more than one card at once using the same design!!

Because every card has the same design, I only walk you through the orange birthday card.

I wanted to use the beautiful flower and leaf stamps with distress inks in order to create watercolored flowers. So I pressed the first stamp of the flower into the spiced marmalade distress ink pad and then sprizzed it about three times with my mini mister which is always filled with clean water. After that I could stamp the layer onto a distress cardstock. I repeated the same step using the second layer and the distress ink pad abandoned coral after the first layer had already been dried. I did this five times per card using two different color combinations: a dark one and a light one. For the light combination I used scattered straw and dried marigold.

After letting the flowers dry I masked them off and stamped the first layer of the leafs with hickory smoke distress ink (I didn't sprizz it with water this time but used a paint brush to add only a little amount of water to the stamp on the acrylic block). Then I took the outline stamps for the leafs as wells as for the flowers and stamped it with archival jet black ink. It doesn't have to be perfectly layered - it will look pretty anyway!! (This is the huge advantage of this technique - It will turn out fine, no matter how it looks at first :) )

For the last step I used the sentiment from 'Ella and Friends' from Mama Elephant and stamped it right in the centre with archival jet black ink. Then I added some sequins from pretty pink posh to finish up my cards before I adhered them to coordinating standard-sized card bases.

And here you can see the other examples using different colors and sentiments:

            dark flower: salty ocean, blueprint sketch                        dark flower: victorian velvet, seedless preserves
            light flower: tumbled glass, broken china                         light flower: spun sugar, picked raspberry

Thank you for stopping by and I'll see you soon!!


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