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So let’s start off the with the cards I’m most excited about! When I saw the Goldfish Pond stamp and die set I was thrilled! It’s a little different from the florals I normally tilt towards, but aren’t they so graceful and beautiful??
The first card is a one-layer card, all masked and stamped and layer-stamped and then colored. Oh, and ink blended. Just one component on it is die cut and added on top, but if you wanted to make it a true one layer, you could even mask and stamp the flower and lily pad!
The very first step was to stamp and heat emboss the greeting in the top center of the card. If I’d first stamped the fish and hoped to have appropriate room for a greeting at the end, I would have disappointed myself again. (Learned from experience). This sentiment comes from the Wavy Roses stamp set.
Next I stamped the fish and lily pads in place, then stamped the markings on the fish, and augmented with Altenew Artist markers. Once the fish and lily pads were colored, I covered them with fussy-cut masks and ink-blended over the whole card with Sea Glass, Ocean Waves and Dusk ink, taking the color darker towards the edges. I trimmed the A2 sized card panel slightly smaller than a A2 card and adhered it to a folded card base.
Card #2 is also a one-layer card, where I used masks once again to create an underwater scene.
I started on the bottom, stamping the rocks, sand and grasses, then masking them and stamping the seaweed, masking the seaweed and stamping the fish. Using the available space at the top, I added the Hello/happy day sentiment from the Statement Flowers stamp set.
Once the coloring with Artist markers was all done, I die cut a circle from masking paper and ink-blended inside the circle opening. Bravely, I added the bubble breaths myself, by penciling the shapes and going over them with an Altenew Fine Liner pen.
And the third card in this series, is my first Slimline card! I’m starting to see the appeal with all the extra real estate and the novelty of something a little different!
Not being entirely sure how this card design would go together, I stamped, colored and die cut each of the components for this card. I used the color layer stamps for the fish, then added to them with more Artist Marker coloring.
This time, I highlighted the (visually pleasing) uneven number of three fish with their lily pads, by darkening the ink blending (same colors as listed above) on the card panel just where the die cuts would be placed. I used a sentiment from the Welcome Home stamp set because this seemed like a cute card idea for welcoming someone to the neighborhood fishpond! Each of the greetings on these three cards are stamped with Obsidian Pigment Ink and clear heat embossed to give them a little extra zhuzh on the card.
My next 3 cards are made using the Blissful Blossoms layering stamps and die set and once again, I’m trying out the slimline card format!
I started these cards by just stamping all the assorted flowers and leaf flourishes in the stamp set, then die cutting them all and arranging the various bits onto three different cards.
The layered stamping for this set is nice and simple with a base layer and a single, detail layer. I was able to speed up the process of stamping many different colors of each stamp, by die cutting blanks first, then setting up the stamps in the negative opening on the die cut, and then re-inserting the blanks into the die cut, one after another.
The flowers on this card are stamped with the lightest two shades of the Tea Party ink family, Pink Pearl and Coral Bliss, and the greeting is a combo of two different sentiments in the Blissful Blossoms stamp set.
The second card in this series is another combination of colors including Coral Bliss and Heart Beat for the largest flower, Cotton Candy and Coral Berry for the small pink and Sunray and Chamomile for the small yellow flower.
I used the narrow striped stamp in the Striped Circle stamp set to stamp 5 horizontal lines across the bottom of each of these cards to provide a visual “base”. On this card, I added a strip of the Delicate Polka Dots washi tape, and I created another greeting using a combo of two sentiment stamps from the Blissful Blossoms set.
I had plenty of stamped flowers and leaves left over from the first two cards, so I challenged myself to use as many as I could on a slimline card without going overboard!
I used the 5 stripe bar stamp along the bottom again and arranged the pieces to overlap the lines and stretch almost the full length across the card front. I used a greeting from the Amazing You stamp set and stamped with Obsidian Pigment Ink.
Pre-stamping and die cutting an wide assortment of the pieces from this Blissful Blossoms stamp set is a great way to be able to quickly assemble a card when you need one last minute, and this one, in spite of it’s simplicity is still very striking.
The last item I have to share with you today are three new ink families, in shades of blue, green and mud red/orange!
First up is wonderful shade of terra cotta orange called Martian Terrain.
There is also a great new green shade unlike anything in the Altenew color lines, called Nature Wonders.
And finally, we have Northern Shore, an icy shade of blue! I look forward to showing projects in the future that use these new colors!
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