Today we are focusing on the set Thoughts & Reminders
Today we are focusing on the set Thoughts & Reminders
Good morning everyone! Today we are highlighting Super Script.
Design Inspiration: Brush script, handwriting
The thick lines of each sentiment stamp make a bold statement when embossed in black! I embossed onto a strip of vellum, cut the ends to a “v,” and backed it with a strip of white cardstock. The sentiment is popped up with foam tape, and adhered to some fun triangle patterned paper! I finished the card off with “you are” stamped onto a pink gradient strip (also popped up) and accented with an enamel dot.
These sentiments are large, and can really shine (literally!) with the addition of glitter! I started by stamping the New York skyline (from Sketchy Cities America) in a grey ink to provide a subtle background. Next, I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink and applied a stamp and bond powder. This allowed me to sprinkle on some blue glitter (I used 3 different shades).
I love taking a stamp and creating a background with it! In my card above, the “celebrate” stamp acts as part of the background and the sentiment! I watered down some black ink so I could splatter it on the background as well. I liked the panel so much, that I didn’t want to cover it up too much – a simple glittered heart was the perfect accent!
A simple bright and colorful card from Tasnim. Here is a little tip: If the stamp impression doesn’t work very well, you can always go back and color it in with a matching marker. On this card, the word friend was used as the focal image, and was embellished with some hand drawn leaf clusters. The word “hello” is from our Label Love set, which was stamped, trimmed and adhered to the card base.
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Great news! The following stamps are currently available for purchase in the Altenew shop!
Thank you so much for your patience while we waited for the reorder from the manufacturer!! :)
Today we are focusing on Figure Effects
Design Inspiration: Stick figures are great for telling stories. Back in 2012 I used this concept for designing a Birthday card.
Ever since then, I knew that if I ever designed stamps, I would design a set with stick figures. Their various postures can covey so much!
Name Origin: Just as “sound effects” gives life to a scene, “figure effects” gives action to a message. :)
The stick figures in this set are great for creating a scene. Here I masked part of the card base at an angle, then sponged so me green ink onto the unmasked area. Next I stamped the image, the sentiment and the hearts. I popped one heart on foam tape to give tiny bit of dimension to this card.
Here I created another scene using the two standing stick figures in action. First I stamped the branch of leaves from the Hennah Elements set using two shades of green. To create the grassy ground, I sponge on some ink using a sponge dauber. After stamping the stick figures in Black, I added some shadow lines using a green marker. The sentiment is embossed in white on a Terracota colored card stock.
On this card, I first stamped the flowers from the Painted Flowers set to create the impression of a Rose Garden foreground. I preferred to leave the scene incomplete by letting the Stick figures float in mid-air.
As you have seen so far, this set works well integrated with others. On this card, I used four shapes from the Simple shapes set to create the block for our stick people to rest upon. I did try several combination of colors before I was satisfied with the final result.
Jen created this gorgeously breathtaking scene with the aid of patterned papers. She stamped the stick people on a die cut circle, and layered some flowers behind it cut from patterned paper. She grounded the scene with a gradient patterned paper sentiment strip. The contrast between the bold zigzag pattern and the soft flowers directs the eyes right to our little scene, perfectly designed and executed!
I hope you found some inspiration here today! I can’t wait to see what you make your set! Don’t forget to add your projects to our flickr gallery.
Hey there, everyone! Today we are featuring our Sketchy Cities America stamp set!
Design Inspiration: Boston, Manhattan, skyscrapers
I wanted to show a somewhat unconventional way to use the images in this set, so I stamped Boston onto white cardstock, then die cut circles from it. I colored them in with Copic markers (please excuse the bit of smudging….I neglected to let the ink thoroughly dry!), then adhered them to my card base at varied levels using foam tape. The black stripes are strips of cardstock, and the finishing touches include a sentiment and a white enamel dot. I didn’t feel as though my card was properly balanced, so I sliced about an inch off of the side- it worked like a charm!
I actually created this card from a formerly rejected watercolor experiment. Last week, I painted the edge of some watercolor paper using shades of blue, green, and yellow, and it wasn’t quite working for my project. So I set it aside on my craft desk, where it stayed until I was able to give it new life last night through this card! I simply stamped the New York skyline over the watercoloring, and mounted it to a black card base. The sentiment is from Label Love, and I adhered it to the card with foam tape. I love how these two stamp sets look together!
This card is loaded with dimension! It’s actually so thick that I think It won’t even fit in a standard envelope! I stamped the New York skyline onto blue, teal, and green cardstock, then selectively cut out different sections. They were adhered together with foam tape- I love how each layer stands out! The sentiment (from Super Script) is embossed in white.
Tasnim wanted to keep things simple to let the skyline image shine- she started by stamping the New York skyline onto white cardstock in black ink. Then, she jazzed things up with gold splatter- I love how elegant, yet edgy it looks! It’s a cool contrast :) Finally, the sentiment was embossed in white onto a lovely shimmery gold vellum. Gorgeous!
Thank you so much for stopping by, and we can’t wait to see what you create with Sketchy Cities America!
Hello, I’m super happy to be back today! Are you one of the card makers that has trouble stopping at one layer and embrace the simplicity? I am! It’s rarely enough for me to stop and I keep going until I’m happy with the results. Unfortunately I usually end up with one or more bulky elements on the card. So, I challenged myself to creating with the sets I had on hand, a couple of mailing-friendly cards with matching stamped envelopes to boot. One-layer, people!!
I limited my supplies to black Memento ink, Copics for colour when needed, and glitter glue. This first set is the simplest approach, I used Faux Veneer along with Label Love and scattered the elements freely on the card front. Then I applied a fine layer of glitter over the veneer shapes.
Here I used the butterflies and sentiment from Ori Kami, added colour with Copic markers, glitter to all darker shades in the critters, and I drew a frame around the sentiment with a black gel pen.
On the envelope the butterflies have been arranged in a flowing line and coloured with corresponding Copics, only I left out the glitter. I didn’t add glitter to any of the envies shown here, another attempt at not overdoing :)
On the third set, I stamped a bunch of fish from Ori Kami, all but one in the same direction. The odd one was coloured in, glittered and connected with a black pen to a banner from Label Love. Love the message this card carries and how the scene reflects it!
Finally, the hearts from Faux Veneer with accompanying sentiment, were stamped uniformly and coloured in using bright colours (I left about a half uncoloured). The envelope carries that same design along the bottom.
That’s not quite all yet, I’m sharing a bonus card on my blog! A bit less mailing-friendly but full of yummy details and of course, glitter :) Leave a comment here if you like, and then click on the photo below to see it!
Thanks for taking a peek!
Today we are focusing on Magnolias for Her
Just because the Magnolias are outline images doesn’t mean you always have to color them. Here I masked and stamped the flowers using clear Versamark ink, and embossed them in gold. Next I trimmed certain parts and cut out a frame around the flowers. I created the background using blue-green watercolors. The sentiment was embossed in gold once the watercolor paper was dry. The frame was attached to card base using foam tape.
Here is another example of using these flowers without coloring them. Once again I masked and stamped the flowers, but this time using Black pigment ink. Next I covered the flowers using Elmer’s Rubber cement in order for them to resist the watercolor. Once it was dry, I applied some yellow and orange colors. The rubber cement is easily removed using an eraser or by rubbing with a fingertip. This technique was taught by Jennifer Mcguire in the Watercolor online card classes that is ongoing at the moment.
For this card, I water colored on of the Magnolia flowers. I stamped the flower using a very light ink, and sketched out the branch. To color the flowers, I first dampened each petal with water, then applied color. I made sure each petal was dry before I colored an adjacent one. I applied light blue color all around the flower to create some depth. The sentiment was embossed in gold and the panel was attached to a white card base.
Jen designed this bright and beautiful card. The bold stripes are strips of card stock that were adhered at an angle. Do you see the interesting debossed area behind the flower? This was done by stamping the flower onto chipboard, cutting around it (leaving a gap), and then running it trough a die cutting machine with an embossing mat. The Magnolia flower was then stamped on the debossed section and colored. To finish off the card, Jen sewed across the top. Love the effect!
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Good morning! Today we are sharing some projects using Ori Kami.
Design Inspiration: Origami, Folded Paper
Fun Facts: Did you know that the name “Ori Kami” comes from “ori” meaning folding, and “kami,” which means paper? Most people probably know this Japanese art form as simply “origami.” The sentiments in this set correspond to the animals’ symbolism:
These images are just perfect for paper piecing! Here I stamped the origami fish 10 times onto a cardstock that has a lovely gradient of blues. I pieced them together, popping up the front section with foam tape. The dimension helps give the illusion of folded paper! I mounted the fish to a strip of vellum, and stamped the sentiment. I made sure to place my adhesive (more foam tape) under each of the fish, so that it wouldn’t be visible from the front of the card.
Here is another example with paper piecing. This time, I stamped the crane a few times onto metallic patterned paper – to mimic the Japanese paper often used in origami. Then, I cut out each section of the crane, making sure to mix-and-match from the different images (If it were actually folded from paper, the design wouldn’t be continuous). I also shaded each section with a Copic marker to add depth. Next, I attached the crane to metallic embroidery floss, and “hung” it from a die cut circle. An embossed sentiment and rhinestones finish it off!
This card features a pair of watercolored butterflies. Instead of using my watercolor paints, I used Inktense pencils to color them in, and a water brush to blend everything together. A simple strip of black cardstock grounds the design, and the black pearls help with balance. I stamped the sentiment onto white cardstock, and adhered it to the card with foam tape!
Tasnim also used patterned paper- she stamped the cute elephant and embossed it in white to really pop against the black and white dots. The sentiment (from Label Love) and the elephant are both adhered with foam tape on top of a dry embossed strip of vellum. I love the fun texture of this card!
Here, a flower from Hennah Elements was stamped onto watercolor paper using a waterbased dye ink. This allows the color to be spread when a wet brush is applied – such a cool effect! The hummingbird was then stamped and carefully cut out, and mounted to a 2.75″ x 4″ textured card base. Finally, the sentiment (from Sohcahtoa) was stamped and embossed in white.
Tasnim created a fun and interactive card that features a spinning butterfly! It was colored with Copic Markers before embossing with gold powder, to ensure that the lines stayed clean. Two butterflies were created and cut out, then adhered together with a piece of thread in between. The butterfly was suspended within the die-cut opening, and the finishing touches include a stamped sentiment and a glorious splatter of gold!
A fabulous (and trendy) watercolored background creates the perfect backdrop for the origami fox on Tasnim’s card! That little guy was stamped, colored with Copics, and trimmed. The playful sentiment from Figure Effects was embossed in white onto a strip of black cardstock, and adhered to the bottom of the card. So cute!
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