Hello and welcome to the Altenew Folktales and Stories release blog hop! If you’re following the hop, you should be arriving here from Vicky Papaioannou’s blog and if you’ve happened here by chance you can start the hop at the Altenew Card Blog!
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I have several projects to share today, featuring a few of the newest products in the release! My first card is made with the Endless Florescence stamp set and uses my favorite technique for card-making – watercolor painting!
The stamp set is the standard 6″x8″ size, but rather than multiple smaller stamp images, there is just one very large floral image – which I really like because it can be used in a variety of ways and orientations, giving one outline image different looks. There is also a coordinating Endless Florescence die set although I didn’t use it for this card.
I used both the 24 Pan and 36 Pan watercolor paint sets to paint this garden scene as well as the two other cards below. I stamped with Obsidian Pigment ink onto watercolor cardstock and heat set with clear embossing powder. Once all the painting was dry, I splattered with black and white paint speckles.
I combined two of many different and beautiful sentiment combinations included in the set, to create the greeting, stamping the scripty word directly onto the watercolor cardstock and then making a black and white sentiment strip to complete the greeting. Finally, I popped up the painted panel on foam tape and matted it with a soft, coordinating shade of cardstock behind.
My next two cards have the Geometric Botany background stamp set in common.
The first one is made by stamping the background design onto watercolor paper and heat setting with Platinum embossing powder. I painted (with the paint sets mentioned above) using a variety of blue and green shades and letting them overlap to blend and dry and then adding more layers with darker shades and intensities of paint.
While the painted card panel dried, I die cut the letters to spell HAPPY using the Mighty Alphabet Die set, cutting three layers and heat setting the top layer with more Platinum embossing powder before adhering the layers together.
But how did I accomplish that speckled, eroded looking finish on the letters? Good question!
It’s been awhile and I’m not even sure I remember quite how it went, but as I recall, I inked up a larger chunk of cardstock and heat set with Platinum embossing powder. (Rather than treating each letter as an individual unit, y’know?) Then, I laid out the alphabet dies and ran them through the die cutting machine. Turns out, the pressure does something weird to the already heated embossing powder, and when I zapped them again with the heat tool to smooth out the embossing, the original surface of melted powder started to “sizzle and pop”!
I know I could have reapplied the embossing ink and more powder, but I rather liked that “gritty” look and decided to use it as is! I think it’s kind of masculine looking, no? I stamped the “birthday” sentiment from the Birthday Builder stamp set onto a vellum strip and wrapped it around the panel before adhering to the folded card base.
The platinum colored dots on the card are made with Ranger Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearls.
My last card is similar to the previous except that I stamped a watercolor cardstock panel and heat set with white embossing powder and painted with yellow, coral and red paints. By using lots of water and letting the colors blend, I was able to produce the most delicious shades between those three colors.
Next, I die cut one of the stand-alone dies in the Spring Roses Die Set from watercolor paper, and dabbed on some of the same paint colors to keep it united looking.
I die cut two more of the same die cut from heavy-weight cardstock and adhered them together. Then I glued the painted die cut to a piece of vellum paper and used my small scissors to fussy cut around the shape. After that I was able to adhere the painted/vellum layers to the other layers. But doing so, the vellum has a more opaque appearance, and stands out more than if the vellum was laid immediately over the background paper.
I stamped the sentiment strip from the Sentiment Strips 3 stamp set and heat set with silver embossing powder then added some foam tape behind to keep the strip level over the die cut layers. I then finished the card with some clear sequins.
Your next stop on the hop is Hussena Calcuttawalla’s blog but be sure to check out the free gift, and giveaways before you go!
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