Hello, Altenew friends! Welcome to our November 2019 Guest Designer post. Another regular guest designer in our release blog hops is gracing us with her presence today. We are truly excited to have the incredibly talented, Seeka! Her designs are always instantly recognizable – clean, simple, yet stunningly beautiful! Feel free to check out her blog and have a quick look through her Instagram feed.
Get to know Seeka!
Hello there, I’m Seeka and I’m thrilled to be a guest today! I found, and fell in love with, cardmaking in 2017 when I decided I wanted to challenge my brain by doing something new to me: being creative. By day, I’m a digital product manager, by night, I’m an inky cardmaker.
Little did I know how much joy and how many wonderful people this craft would bring into my life! I grew up just north of Chicago and currently live right across the bay from San Francisco.
Let’s take a look at Seeka’s projects!
Today, I have two cards using the More than Birthdays Creativity Kit to share. This kit has two gorgeous layering dies and a variety of versatile sentiments in a beautiful script!
Before I get started, I’ve got some exciting news! You can get the More than Birthdays Creativity Kit today at 35% OFF + get a FREE online class! HURRY! Sale ends on 11/10/2019 at 11:59 PM EST!
Let’s get on with my projects!
I started my first card by using the Layered Floral Cover Die A three times, once on bristol smooth paper and twice on a 110 white cardstock. I layered and adhered the two 110 die-cuts together and then set them aside.
Using foam blending tools, I blended three colors of ink onto the bristol smooth die-cut. I concentrated Crimson in the centers of the flowers and then blended that out with a bit of Coral Bliss, finishing with Sunkissed. I really love how these colors work together for a pretty pink, peach, and golden palette.
Next, I adhered the inked piece over the white layered piece I set aside earlier, offsetting them just a tiny bit and trimming off the excess white layer at the top and right sides of the piece. Afterward, I adhered the panel to an A2-sized card base.
For the sentiment, I used the “dream big” stamp from the More Than Words stamp set. I stamped the sentiment in black pigment ink onto thick vellum and then sprinkled clear embossing powder over top before heating it with a heat gun. This is my favorite way to create an embossed sentiment in black because it’s not nearly as messy as using black embossing powder.
To finish the card, I fussy cut the sentiment and adhered it onto my card front.
For my second card, I got out pigment powders for a bit of watercoloring. I happen to use Brusho powders, but any pigment powders, or watercolors for that matter, will do!
I used painter’s tape to tape down a piece of watercolor paper onto my work surface. Then I used a brush to wet the paper with clean clear water. I sprinkled a bit of Brilliant Red, Vermillion, and Gamboge pigment powders (can you tell I love this color palette?) over the panel and watched as the powders bloomed. To ensure that the entire panel was covered, I used a brush to help move the pigments around, taking care not to over blend so that color variation between the three colors remained. When the panel was dry, I die cut it using the Layered Floral Cover Die B die.
I also painted another piece of watercolor paper, this time a solid red using the Brilliant Red powder.
Using the Layered Floral Cover Die A die, I die cut a piece of Neenah Solar White. With my three layers ready, I adhered the white die-cut over my tri-colored die-cut and then adhered the combined piece onto the red background. I used the same sentiment stamp set and technique for the sentiment which I adhered to the front of the card. Then, to finish, I adhered the resulting card front to an A2-sized card piece.
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How gorgeous are Seeka’s cards featuring the More than Birthdays Creativity Kit? Are you feeling inspired? Make sure you grab it today at 35% OFF! We’d love to see how you play with this kit.
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