Hi friends and welcome back! Today I’m joining Altenew for the November Build-A-Flower release – the Hawaiian Coral. And what a gorgeous flower it is, too! If you’re arriving here from Tenia’s blog you’re right on track, and if not, you can click back to the beginning of the hop at the Altenew Card Blog.
As Altenew does so well, this stamp set includes both an outline image for a bloom and leaf cluster, and multiple layers to fill everything in with color and add detail for a guaranteed way of creating a beautiful floral every single time.
For my first card, I used all the stamps except one – the leaf outline image. To achieve a soft result I stamped the outline with the darkest shade of pink – Coral Berry – which I also used for the last detail layer on the flower. For the leaves, I stamped a variety of greens to get the color and detail without the outline.
Because the outline image stamp includes a lot of detail in the flower center, and I didn’t want that stamped in pink over the yellow, I was careful to wipe off the ink from that area before stamping down on the paper.
I used various combinations of Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen and Moss inks to stamp the leaves, and the flower layers are stamped with Blush, Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy and Coral Berry. Once stamped, I die cut each of the pieces with the matching dies and grouped them in a pleasing arrangement.
To assemble the card, I stamped the front of a folded A2 card with Obsidian Pigment ink using the Shine Like a Diamond background stamp. I cut another piece of white cardstock and stamped the sentiment included in the stamp set on the bottom edge, then covered the back with foam tape and adhered it to the top of the for some dimension. I adhered the flower and leaves using more foam tape on the bottom of the flower and leaves and tape runner along the top. The portion of leaves and bloom that overlapped the edge I trimmed off with my paper trimmer. A variety of green enamel dots complete this card.
For my second card, I kept it very simple with no color-layer-stamping on the flower, and only adding some color stamped leaves.
I found a striped piece of patterned paper in my stash and trimmed it square before adding more foam tape to the back. I adhered an arrangement of leaves and the black and white bloom to the patterned paper square, letting the edges overlap the sides.
This time I stamped a sentiment from the Sentiment Strips stamp set with embossing ink and heat setting with black embossing powder. Then I trimmed the greeting to a narrow strip and wrapped the ends around the whole design element and adhered the tails to the back. I added this to a panel of green polka dot paper, trimmed slightly smaller than A2 and adhered everything to a folded card base.
Remember that the Paint-A-Flower monthly releases are available as a subscription and for a cost savings you can have sets like this automatically delivered to your mail box on a monthly basis! You can check out the PAF subscription page here.
The next stop on the hop is Amy Hill’s blog. Should you encounter a broken link anywhere along the hop, you can refer back to the complete list at the end of this post.
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 11/06/2020 for a chance to win. Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 11/09/2020.
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