• Darcy Edl

Happy 7th Birthday to Altenew!

Recently I noticed that several of our cardmaking friends were posting on Instagram that they had received a layering stamp set from Altenew. This company is celebrating its 7th Birthday and giving back to valued customers by sending out a floral set that also includes a personalized image. I crossed my fingers and toes, hoping that I would be a lucky recipient. The day I opened the mailbox and found the envelope from Altenew, I started jumping up and down! Mine says, "With Love Darcy Edl" on it, and you can see it pictured here.

If this is part of their marketing plan to keep me coming back time and time again, it worked! I was blown away by their generosity and couldn't wait to put my new little "Flower Pop" set to use. Many people have been posting their sets and showing what they have made, so I purposely set mine aside for a week to spread out the love a little bit. Today is the day, though, and what follows is my step-by-step instructions, along with a quick video, to show you some of the techniques I used. Enjoy!

I started by choosing a background that would provide texture but not distract from the images I would be adding later. I went with the Altenew Dotted Lines Debossing Cover Plate, running it through my Gemini Jr, using 80lb yellow cardstock. I mounted the yellow cardstock to an orange 80lb piece to add stability, leaving a border around the outer edge.

Now the fun begins! I decided that I would fussy cut the images out after I finished stamping, so I used the Jennifer McGuire technique to mass-produce layered stamps. Her video is called Layering Ink Swatches + Tips. Here is the link:

Please look it up on YouTube; it's a great time saver! My technique is only slightly different, but I wasn't trying to make as many cards as Jennifer was at the time. You can watch me stamp here onto a 5.5 inch square piece of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock. I speed the video up after a little bit to make it shorter. Once you've watched it done, you'll see how easy it is.

The ink colors I used are the following Altenew Crisp Inks:

1st Layer Flower: Sunray

2nd Layer Flower: Snapdragon

1st Layer Flower Center: Chamomile

2nd Layer Flower Center: Marigold

1st Layer leaves: Bamboo

2nd Layer Leaves: Moss

Here you see all of my fussy cut pieces, and we are ready to assemble the card. I chose to

cut out three of the "thanks" dies from the Altenew Halftone Thanks set, glued them together, and then onto the center of the card. I began placing the layered flowers around the word, adding foam pieces on the back for dimension. I glued some of the images directly to the background for even more pop and added some Fashion Accessories Clear Water Droplets for embellishments. Did I mention that we have an embellishment giveaway going on right now? Check it out under our "Giveaway" tab at the top of this page.

Inside the card, I used VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and Wow Clear Embossing Powder for the "Together We Can Do Great Things," which is from the Altenew Better Together stamp set. The "With Love Darcy Edl" came with my freebie Altenew Flower Pop set. Thank you, Altenew! I love it and will be using it a lot!

Here is a look at the finished card.

I hope you like it and if you do, please leave a comment below. Anyone who has signed up to our website will earn an extra three entries into our "Embellish Me This" Giveaway if you do!

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Darcy Edl

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