Two Tone layered stamping

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Two Tone stamping

I took another card making technique class at the Altenew Academy called “All About Layering” and I learnt the best way to stamp my layered stamps. I don’t have many as I prefer just stamping the outline and water-colouring, but the ones I have are not the easiest to stamp together, so this class was really useful.

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I used the Vintage Flowers set which comprises of at least 40 different stamps of roses and leaves, and I think I used 35 of those stamps to make this card! I also wanted to add a little more interest to the roses by mixing the colours I stamped with, directly on the stamp, and spritzing water on the stamps after inking them up so that I would get a softer two toned more natural water-coloured look. I made a video to show you how I did it which is at the end of my post.

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In this close up pic above, you can see that I mixed blues and purples in each layer of stamping for the roses. I think they look kinda dreamy don’t you? To finish, I mounted the My Favorite Things scallop frame onto foam tape and added a piece of acetate on the top, after I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from Hero Arts with Stazon on the acetate.

As promised the video of the making of, and I hope you enjoy it. There is still no voice over as my voice hasn’t truly come back from its vacation while I was sick. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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I’m also sharing this over at:

time out.jpgTime Out challenge – I was inspired by the riot of flowers on the wall!

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Use more than 1 stamp…well I used 35!!

the flower challengeThe Flower challenge – Use vellum or acetate

altenewAltenew Inspiration Challenge – My 2nd entry

No line Water colouring with Altenew Vintage Flowers + video

Altenew, Cards, no line watercolouring

I’m in the midst of learning a few techniques, like making slider cards and creating galaxy backgrounds. Here are 2 backgrounds I created. 1st one is with distress inks and 2nd with watercolours. The 3rd was done by my 12 yr olds Ines who looked at my efforts and said: “Mum let me show you how its done”… and proceeded to do just that… with cheap paints and sponges! Sigh life is not fair… :)) I should have video taped her process though as I love what she did! If you would like to see what I did with my galaxy backgrounds, come back on the 1st of August and you’ll see the full card… and for some exciting news too!

Anyway, I suddenly got the urge to go back to water colouring some flowers. Its sort of like a therapy for me now, as I go into a zone and just concentrate on water colouring. Its also very frustrating when my attempts don’t turn out the way I wanted, like these.

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Looking at them now I just realised they look like a tutorial on how to darken your watercolour shades! Lol! Even though I was disappointed, I received so many encouraging remarks from the Altewnew Fan club Facebook page that I will try to make a card with them soon. I’m so thankful for those amazingly supportive crafters on social media!

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For today though, the card I actually want to show is one I made for Altenew’s July inspiration challenge. Its a bit late, but better than never I always say! I also made a YouTube video below showing how I water coloured the flowers.

I used Altenew’s Vintage Flowers and water coloured them using my new Winsor & Newton watercolours on watercolour paper. I first stamped the flowers using distress inks and the leaves with Color Box pigment inks as they both can be water coloured to blend in.

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Once it was done, I die cut the water coloured panel with MFT Blueprint 20 scallop rectangle die. I stamped the sentiment from The Project Bin onto a vellum sheet I cut using my craft scissors. Stazon is the best ink I use for stamping on Vellum, as it dries quickly and doesn’t smudge, but its hell to take off my stamps!

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I flicked some vintage brown water colour on it, added some sequins and adhered the panel to a fuschia card base and it was done!

I do hope you liked it and I would love to know what you think! Thanks for stopping by!

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I’m also playing along at:

addicted to stamps n more Addicted to Stamps and More – Make your mark

ssswchallenge Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge Anything Goes

stamping sensation Stamping Sensation – Anything with Flowers

Altenew.jpg The Altenew inspiration pic