Hello and welcome to another Focus feature.
Today we will be highlighting Painted Flowers. This set is out of stock at the moment, but we expect to have it back in stock within two weeks.
Design Inspiration: Faux watercolor. These flowers were designed to mimic the freestyle hand-sketched look of watercolor paintings.
Video Demo: Today we have a video to show you how the stamp layers work.
Simply stamp and experiment with colors, it can be quite fun! On this card, I drew the black stripes using the chisel nib of a black Copic marker. I stamped the flowers on a piece of white card stock, trimmed the cluster, and attached to the card base with strong glue. The sentiment is from our Lace Up set.
I did some more stamping on this card. Instead of using various colors, I went for a monochromatic look. The sentiment is from our Faux Veneer set, and I stamped it on a stip of white card stock, which I then mounted on foam tape.
Water coloring these flowers is very easy. On this card I first stamped the flowers (base layer only) using a mix of distress inks, then blended the stamped image using a wet brush. Make sure not to press the stamp too hard, just enough so that the ink transfers to the raised surfaces of the watercolor paper. Once they were dry, I stamped the outlines using Black pigment ink. The sentiment is from our set Label Love, which will be back in stock within two weeks.
We have another water color look here, but this time, I water colored the background instead of the flowers. To create the background, I first taped down the edges of a piece of 140lb weight water color paper on to my work surface. Next I sprayed it heavily with water, and then added streaks of Gauche paint using a wet brush. I let it dry for a few hours before taking off the tape. despite the heavy usage of water, the piece dried completely flat thanks to securing it to my work surface. I stamped and trimmed the flowers, then created a cluster using various layers of foam tape.
Creativity has no limits. A simple element like the frame on this card can take your card to a whole new level! I love the generous use of white space and how the flowers peek through the frame.
Thanks for joining us here today! We hope to have inspired you to get creative!
Good morning! So happy that you could join us today, as we feature the stamp set Simple Shapes.
Design Inspiration: Patterns, Tangrams
It is so much fun to experiment with these shapes to create geometric designs! To make my card, I randomly stamped triangles and parallelograms in shades of mint, coral, moss, grey, and black. I had intended on covering the entire front panel, but stopped early so that I had a perfect space to stamp my sentiment! For more visual interest, I die cut an arc and popped that part up off of the black card base.
Creating a masculine card is a breeze with this set! I wanted to mimic the look of argyle down the side of my card, so I used a combination of both the solid and open rhombus stamps. I stamped “celebrate” with white ink, then added the rest of the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock. I was SO close to adding a few white sequins, but my husband assured me that the card would no longer be masculine if I glued them on! :)
Have you ever played with Tangrams? A tangram is a Chinese game containing wooden shapes that you use to solve picture puzzles. You can easily find hundreds of designs online using the seven tangram shapes. To make my card, I watercolored the background, allowed it to dry, then embossed the shapes to create a cat/fox (use your imagination!). I went back with some light grey watercolor to fill in some of the shapes so that they would stand out, then applied it to a yellow card base. The sentiment strip is popped up for added dimension.
Since the shapes in this set were designed to fit well with each other, it is easy to make patterns with them. In this card, the negative of a flower die cut was used as a mask, and the inside was stamped with a random pattern in various colors.
Simple Shapes is one of those sets that gets more fun to use as you play around with it! We can’t wait to see what you create!
Next up is a card featuring Hennah Elements.
Thank you so much for joining me today and many thanks to Jen and Tasnim for having me!!
Hello and welcome back to another stamp set focus.
Today we are highlighting the set Hennah Elements.
Design Inspiration: South Asian Hennah designs
Layering the elements from this set is a lot of fun and it will give you beautiful dimensional results. In this card I stamped the flowers and the leaf on white card stock which I had previously speckled with Gold color shine. I colored the flowers partially with Copic markers, then trimmed them and arranged them on a cream card stock using layers of foam tape.
The delicate details of these flowers can be well appreciated when you white emboss them on vellum. Here I white embossed the images on pink vellum, trimmed and layered them using clear glue. The sentiment was also embossed in white but on a piece of baby pink card stock.
You can color these flowers using any medium of your choice; markers, inks, pencils, etc. Here I water colored them by first stamping on a piece of water color paper using Distress inks. Given Distress inks’ amazing quality, I was able to then draw the ink from the base of the petals using a wet brush. To finish the card, I mounted the panel on a piece of shimmery gold card stock, and embossed the sentiment in gold.
The elements in this set are great for compositions. With simple stamping, as in this card, you can make you own designs!
and finally we have this gorgeous card by Jen:
The contrast between those richly colored flowers and the subtle border background really brings this card to life! Notice that the smaller flower in the set perfectly matches the inner layer of the large flower which makes it easy to trim and layer.
I hope that this set will help you explore your creativity, for there are so many possibilities. I can not wait to see what you make with it!
Today, we are featuring our Faux Veneer set.
Design Inspiration: Wood Veneers
You can let these little faux veneers shine, and use them as the main focus of your card! Here, I stamped the sweet bike and speech bubble, then carefully cut around each piece. Once I colored them in (with Copic markers), they became the perfect embellishments for the scene I created on the tag.
I love to create patterns- it’s always awesome to take a small, unassuming image, and turn it into a great design! Here, I stamped the triangle veneer in a fun coral-colored ink, focusing on the top portion of the card. To create my banner, I die cut an open circle (using two concentric circle dies), then folded it and cut the ends to a “v.” Using one of the sentiments in the set, I curved the stamp on my acrylic block, and stamped it in black ink. I finished off the card with some black adhesive “pearls.”
Sometimes it’s fun to just experiment and go wild! Here, I created a splashy background with Distress markers and a lot of water. Once it dried, it was the perfect canvas for some scattered veneer stars. Because I used so much color in the background, I kept everything else black and white to balance the card.
Below is an awesome card from Tasnim; she used the stamps as if they were real wood veneers.
The bike and the stars were stamped in brown ink, colored with pencils and then trimmed to mimic the look of actual wood veneers. A kraft knife was used to cut out the white spaces withing the bike, a little tedious but all worth it for this sweet little bike!
We can’t wait to see what you create with Faux Veneer!
Hello, Altenew fans! Iwona here, and it’s my pleasure to be a blog guest today. Now that you had a chance to acquire your favourite sets from the first release, how about some inspiration? I got seriously inky with some of my favourites and thought I’d share. (oh yes, I’ve so many favs in that lot!)
One of the most squeal-worthy sets from the release is, in my opinion, Ori Kami. What we know is that origami is one of the strongest emerging trends, but do you know how much potential lies in these dainty designs?
Granted, we can paper piece them, bring them to life with markers, coloured pencils or watercolour wash, but to me origami is all about dimension that lies in the folded paper and that’s what I wanted to convey.
My elephant is of course flat, but I gave it the look of folded paper by piecing it with cardstock in two tones of aqua. Just like the classic two-tone origami paper which when folded, gives your finished piece dimension.
This card was made with a baby arrival in mind, and to convey the message a bit more clearly (since I didn’t include any baby-wise elements on the card) I added a couple of die cut hearts, over which I applied a layer of Glossy Accents.
After stamping the sentiment from the same set, I cut the paper down to a skewed panel and mounted on the card front lined with Cosmo Cricket patterned paper.
I gave Ori Kami a different look, this time freestyle and relaxed. I paper pieced the butterfly with some Bo Bunny papers and stacked two of them together, securing with a metal brad.
To the lot I added a Kaisercraft rose die cut, a paper doily and some bundled thread, and mounted it all together on Simon Says Stamp woodgrain paper. Then I added the stamped sentiment from the awesome Label Love set and sprinkled some Glimmer Mist.
One more card from me, and this time I reached for the Faux Veneers set. I stamped the various speech bubbles and stars on the panel, creating the background which compliments the ‘hello’ die cut from Studio Calico. I also spiced up the die cut, by stamping the „hi!” word in black.
For the rest of the design, I used various patterned paper scraps and a fun wood veneer camera. Now I’ve got two types of wood veneers, back to back on the same card :)
I hope you like these! Thanks for having me, Jen & Tasnim :)
Well, aren’t these cards simply stunning?! We are very lucky to have Iwona design for us! Don’t forget to stop by her blog and leave a comment, for she is giving away one each of Ori Kami and Faux Veneer!
Today we will be shedding some light on our stamp set Dodecagram.
Name Origin: The set gets it’s name from the fact that it has a 12 pointed star based geometric pattern as one of it’s main images. Just as a five sided polygon is called a pentagon, a 12 pointed star is called a Dodecagram.
Design inspiration: Geometric patterns from architectural designs.
Simple Stamping; here is one way of how you can use the solid stamps in this set to create patterns. To position each color block as precisely as possible, I took the aid of a stamp-a-ma-jig. You may use the solid stamps in different colors as I did on this card, or use them all in the same color to get a monochromatic look.
My next card features simple stamping yet again, but this time using some of the outline images from the set. With a little bit of eye-balling, you can easily stamp this pattern in a matter of minutes. However, if you are like me, and are obsessed with perfection, you may use a stamp-a-ma-jig to guide your stamping progress.
On this card I stamped a different pattern using three outline images from the set. The pattern is stamped on water color paper which was first treated with a light orange and dark blue wash to create the blended color background.
For the pattern, I stamped them first using Versafine Sepia pigment ink, then to create the illusion of depth, I stamped each image again with white pigment ink, but this time slightly offset from the brown patterns.
Next I have another watercolor card. This time I used emboss resist to create a beautiful soft look. I stamped the sentiment “CELEBRATE” multiple times on a strip of white card stock, then added the little dots in between using a pen.
I love how the water color pools within the embossed boundaries!
Finally, we have this gorgeous card from Jen. She paper pieced each of those Dodecagrams and colored them with Copic markers.
Here is a close-up of how the star patterns look raised on foam tape.
We hope you have found some inspiration here!
It has been over a week since we opened our store. We have been very busy sorting and packaging stamps, but due to the large number of orders received on the first day, we experienced a little delay in processing them. We would therefore like to apologize to everyone whose package was not shipped within 5 business days.
Many of you contacted us asking whether we will be re-stocking the sold out stamp sets and when.
We placed an order with our manufacturer, and expect to have the stamps back in stock by the second week of May.
Thanks for your patience. We will be back soon with videos, project ideas, and guest designer features.
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