Altenew Leaf Clusters – Stamp Focus

Hi, hey! I’m up on the Altenew blog today and wanted to share here as well, 3 very different projects that I created with the recently released Leaf Clusters stamp set! Very different….well, one is an embroidered piece, and the other two are cards – not so different, but quite unalike in terms of techniques to create them.

Here we go! The first is my favorite. I’ve been picking up a needle and thread more often lately, renewing a long ago love of stitching. As well, I’ve been wanting some projects to hang in our flat in the other city where we live half time. Projects that wouldn’t be hard to make, or expensive, or time consuming or difficult, but would be decorative. Bingo! as they say in community halls across the nation!

I used three of the several beautiful leaf branches from the Leaf Clusters stamp set, and stamped onto fabric with Evening Gray ink. Using the lightly stamped images as a pattern, I embroidered each leaf with a variety of DMC floss colors, satin stitching to cover each leaf.

Once the leaves and stems were stitched, I die cut the word “love” from black fun foam, using the Script Words die set. I ran some temporary adhesive across the front of the fun foam, positioned the word where I wanted it on the fabric design, closed the MISTI door to pickup the “stamp” and used Evening Gray ink to stamp the word as well.

After satin-stitching the word love, I wrote the rest of the message by hand onto lined paper, practicing until I was happy with size, shape and placement, then traced it onto the fabric using a disappearing ink pen from the fabric store.

For the leaves and “love” word I satin stitched with 3-ply floss, for the stems, I back-stitched with 3 ply as well, and for the script lettering, I used 2 ply and back-stitched. There are more explicit instructions on the Altenew Card Blog if you would like.

Next up are the two cards I made with the same Leaf Clusters stamp set.

The first card I made by stamping the design all over a piece of A2 sized watercolor paper. I used the Evening Gray ink again, stamping off once onto typing paper and then the 2nd time onto the watercolor paper.

Then, using the stamped images as a pattern I began filling in all the shapes with random mixes of blue, green and yellow paints from the Altenew Watercolor paint set and letting them blend. Once dry, I flicked specks of paint in blue, green and gold. The gold paint I accomplished by smooshing the newly released Antique Gold Pigment ink onto an acrylic pad and picking it up with a very wet paint brush. I stamped the sentiment from the Leaf Clusters stamp set with the Antique Gold pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then finished the card with some gold sequins.

The next card is a clean and classy, perhaps even masculine card, also made with the Leaf Clusters stamp set.

Once again, I used the Antique Gold Pigment ink from Altenew, and stamped on textured colored cardstock, cut in random sizes and fitted together into an A2 sized card panel. With the pieces all adhered together, I stamped two of the leaf images onto the card panel, stamping only twice to retain that “woven fabric” texture through the ink. I heat embossed the leaves and sentiment with clear embossing powder to protect and preserve the sheen, then I finished the card with a few gold sequins.

Thanks for stopping by today. For more info and product links, click on over to the Altenew blog. Have a wonderful day!

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