Hello my dear crafty and not so crafty friends. Today’s day is reserved for Altenew Educators Blog Hop! Oh, trust me, you do not want to miss this hop! In this hop we will be sharing our “secret recipes”, a lot of good tips and tricks and I cannot wait to see everyone’s blogs. This is going to be fun and I am absolutely certain that you are going to learn something that you have never heard before. So, I advise you to hop along. Altenew is generously giving away $130 in total prizes!
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So what is my “secret recipe”?
When I first started stamping, I only had so many stamp sets to choose from so, I had to be creative.
What I would do is look at all the sentiments that are in that stamp set and create a card for each sentiment.
I find this to be a wonderful exercise, no matter the level of experience. You get to use your stamp set more than once and the best thing is that you will remember that that specific stamp is already in your collection.
For today’s project I used this phenomenal stamp set by Altenew, called Enchanting Beauty Stamp and Die Set. This stamp set is so versatile and beautiful; perfect for any occasion (click HERE)
I pair this stamp set with Sea Shore Dye Ink Set (click HERE).
I have seven different cards to show you, with seven different techniques, some of these techniques you already know, and some of them could be new to you. And remember, there are so many different techniques out there that you can implement in your projects, these are just a few that I chose and that I like to do often. I will only give you a brief description on what I did. If you are interested in specific technique, please let me know and I will be more than happy to give you the details.
And, let’s dive into it!
This is a very simple and easy card to make. I took two different images and created one big image. This is a great technique to use if you are working with small stamp sets. To layer my images, I used masks and I stamped in a very light grey ink.
I then used Altenew Metallic Watercolors to color my image. Simply stamped a sentiment and add it on a panel that I previously painted with the matching watercolor and simply assembled everything once the paint was dry.
Simple, easy, clean, with a lot of shine!
Another easy card to make. I used a small stamp from the stamp set and created a backgound with it.
I then cut a piece of heavy vellum and did some embossing.
I used Altenew Antique Gold to emboss my image on vellum, and the card was done.
Fast, elegant, delicate and sophisticated.
This technique is all about aligning your dies and your stamps. I like to have a panel so I temporarily glued the panel to my base and I cut them together, that way I was certain that my die cuts are going to align. If you are working with heavy cardstock, you will have to cut your card base one more time; sometimes it happens that the die won’t cut through two pieces of cardstock.
Next it was some ink blending and stamping. I used Altenew ……. die inks. And, of course, assembly.
This is one of my favorite cards in the bunch. I love the partial die cutting technique and I use it often in my card making. I first cut the shape and then I aligned and stamped the coordinating image on the outside and then on the inside. I used Altenew Dye Inks – Sea Shore and I inked my stamp from the darkest to the lightest ink, to get a nice gradient look; and at the end, I stamped the sentiment, and the card was done.
A wonderful, one layer card, but yet there is so much dimention and interest with the gradient look created with different colored inks.
Oh, how much do I love this card!
I used Altenew Glitter Cardstock – Ocean Reflection (click HERE) to cover the entire panel. I used the smallest die in the set and die cut a bunch of shapes and arranged them on the panel.
Next, I created a sentiment strip out of heavy vellum and embossed the sentiment with Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder.
A phenomenal card with a lot of sparkle. A card worth giving!
This card was also very easy to make. I first die cut my shapes and then stamped and emboss them.
This is a great tip to use when you are dealing with long and flimsy stamps. Sometimes, when stamps are not big but rather thin, they tend to misalign with coordinating dies. This way your cuts are always going to look good.
Once I had my cuts, I arranged them around my panel, creating a frame. I then stamped an image and added a sentiment. And the card was done!
Saving the best for last! I cannot express to you how much I love this card!
I used Altenew Watercolor Markers for this technique that I call “The Blob Technique”. I am not sure if such technique formally exists, but all of you who attended Altenew Craft Your Life Retreat and saw my Ebullient Envelopes, you will know what I am talking about. Once my watercolors were dry, I embossed the largest image with Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder and glued it to holographic cardstock. I embellished it with some gold pearls and added a velum sentiment strip.
And my cards were done!
Which one is your favorite?
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One of my very favorite stamp sets! The holographic is stunning!
Thank you Jen!
Yes, this stamp set is incredible and very inspiring. I love the holographic card as well. It’s my favorite!
I love your ideas on small stamps. I definitely struggle to use those, so very helpful!
Thank you so much Nicki! Im glad you find it useful :)
Beautiful cards, love all the varieties you created
Thank you so much! :)
Wow! Fabulous cards! I really loved the vellum one and the partial die-cutting one!
Hi Kathy, thank you! There is a technique for everyone… Perhaps I went a bit overboard, but, this is just to show that there is a lot that you can do with one stamp set.
Your cards are so beautiful in design and colors!
Thank you Verna. I hope you recreate some of them. Please share if you do!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards! So much inspiration.
Thank you Sandra, that means a lot.
Fabulous cards. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you Lilian! The pleasure is all mine.
I especially love the simple cards. They are elegant and pretty :)
Thank you Sharon. We all need those simple and quick cards at the last moment. I hope you found some inspiration here. Thank you for stopping by.
Stacy Scott Buller
So this is one of those stamp sets that I would normally scroll right on by, but your cards are beautiful and show how beautiful it really is. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you so much Stacy and thank you for your kind words! I hope this gives you inspiration to maximize your stamp sets.
My favorite is #4 with the partial die cutting. That is bright and elegant.
Hi Roxanne, yes, that one is also a good one! Thank you and thank you stopping by.
I agree – the holographic card is gorgeous!
OMG, I just love your cards and tips. I love the stamp set as well. Thanks for all the inspiration.
My pleasure Jeanne! Thank you! I hope there are some tips and tricks that you haven’t tried yet and I would love to see your take on them. Please share if you do! 😊
Thank you Carole. It is just so special to me. I think I will have to make several of them so I could have extra to send out. I really surprised myself with this one, 😂
Wow! So many beautiful designs using this stamp set! Thank you for all the ideas! I love the partial die cut card!
Hi Lauryne, welcome! Thank you; I realized that it’s either the holographic card or the partial die cutting one. Thank you for your input. I think this was a fun hop with a lot of cool trips and tricks. Thank you so much for visiting me.
WOW!!!, lots of techniques and inspiration from one stamp set, gorgeous. Love, love the 1st card, the colors are just yummy!
Hi Carmen and thank you. Yes, this is more of a challenge for yourself then anything else. I’m curious what you are going to come up with.
I could not love these cards more. The colors are gorgeous
Thank you Jayne! Little inspiration could not hurt… 😉
These cards are amazing. The colors are beautiful
Thank you so much Sarah! Thanks for hopping by!