I enjoy watching videos and reading blogs where someone does a One Stamp – Ten Cards presentation. Watching the process and seeing all the different looks achieved from one stamp amazes me. This inspired me to get more creative using one stamp set only. Here is my mini-presentation of One Stamp, Two Cards using the Altenew Ruffled Flowers stamp set and coordinating die for the All About Layering Class 2. After completing the All About Layering 1 class, it seemed natural to jump into this class which continues to build on the same skills and techniques.
Unlike some of the other layering stamps I have used, I found it a bit more challenging to line up the images in this set. The Misti stamping tool helped make it much easier to line up the images. Because of the smaller flowers and leaves in this stamp set, I just didn’t like it when things didn’t line up perfectly and that is simply a matter of preference. It is perfectly fine to have these images be offset and can also be part of the creative effect.
Since I had my stamps all set in my Misti, I took the opportunity to stamp multiple sets of flowers in different colors. After they were all stamped I used the coordinating die to cut them out. I didn’t end up using all of flowers, but it gave me the ability to play around with the arrangement of the flowers and leaves and decide what I liked best before making any decisions with my layout.
For this first card, I cut a panel slightly smaller than my A2 card base so there would be a white frame around the edges. I used the Dotted Lines Debossing Cover die on the smaller panel for just the right amount of texture and interest behind the flowers. With a blending brush, I applied Soft Vanilla all over and then Pastel Sunrise to the center to create a more intense effect. For a little extra dimension I stacked each flower on another die cut and then arranged them on the panel. The sentiment was embossed in gold on vellum and the edges wrapped around the panel and glued down in back. The entire panel was then mounted on foam and adhered to the A2 card base.
A few gold sequins were the perfect finishing touch for this card.
For my second card, the beautiful frame was cut from green cardstock with the String Art Frame die. I played around with arranging the flowers before I made a decision on their placement in which they are partially overlapped.
Because I wanted to stack the flowers on two more layers of die cuts for added dimension, this meant having to remove part of the underlying die cut where the flowers overlapped before gluing the layers together. After that was done, the layers were glued together then mounted to the A2 card base.
Because there is already a lot of detail on this card, I felt the perfect embellishment would be small rhinestones in the middle of each flower petal.
It is said that creativity is a muscle…the more you exercise it the stronger it gets. What often happens to me is I see beautiful card made by someone else and I just want to recreate the same card because it is so lovely. Even this is a way of exercising your creative muscle, because you are learning and gaining more experience. My goal is to improve my creative muscle through the Altenew courses and I feel like this one did push me further.
Stamps: Altenew Ruffled Flowers stamp set & coordinating die. Sentiments from Altenew Floral Sprig stamp set and Altenew Dots and Boxes background stamp set.
Dies: Altenew Dotted Lines Debossing Cover die and Birch Press Press Design String Art Frame die
Inks: Altenew Crisp Inks – Jet Black, Dusk, Desert Night, Pastel Sunrise, Clay Canyon, Forest Glade & Evergreen. Hero Arts – Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink. Sentiment – Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink and Altenew Embossing ink.
Embellishments: Altenew Antigue Gold Sequins, mini rhinestones (maker unknown).
Embossing Powder: Hero Arts – Gold.
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Solar White, Altenew 30lb Vellum, green textured cardstock had on hand