Friday, March 27, 2015

AlteNew Vintage Flowers

Today the newest stamps in my collection came in from  SimonSays, --it's the Altenew "Vintage Flowers" Stampset, a set that is a 43 piece set of multi layered flowers, and leaves, with available dies (out of stock right now).    I followed a tutorial for white pigment ink stamping presented by Jennifer McQuire.  Each card is finished with Prismacolor pencils.  The Just a Note card on the left has Elizabeth Crafts warm diamonds micro glitter centering the flowers.  The matting is Pretty in Pink (SU) and offset over a white cardstock.  Leaves are from SU Painted Petals (modified) 
The  card on the right uses Pretty Petites (SU) Thank you sentiment and punched and layered, and the leaves from the Simply Stems (SU) stampset.  3d Crystal accents embellish the center of the flower set and a little butterfly from a  Recollections embellishment pack finishes that card.  The Real Red matte is embossed with SU Spring flowers adhered to plain white cardstock.  I have stamped matching envelopes (a great way to test the positioning of the three (or four) stamps required for the element.
Lesson learned on the first attempt with these stamps!  Stamp the darkest layer first, then next lightest and then finally lightest.  I stamped backwards and it is very easy to "miss" the perfect placement unless you do it darkest (which is usually the center of the flower out).  (Not true for the white pigment ink technique though--the white ink gets stamped first and I used Hero Arts Unicorn this time for that "fullest" flower of that cherry-blossom type flower.

I came back with the four step Rose (and leaves) starting with the darkest and stamping through the stamps until the project was the way I wanted it.  I used a rather strange combination of browns, brown/roses and carmel inks for this one, and then finished the stamping with matching colored pencil detail and Wink of Stella brushed here and there and burnished the artpiece with Distress ink (gathered twigs). The little tag (with linen thread tie is by SU and is from the Pretty Petites collection.  Edging is with my rotary cutter, and the papers are SU natural and Old Olive. I love the vintage feel of this card, and am going to work on marking the stamps with a sharpie to make lining up each successive stamp a little easier.

The second go with the branches and white pigment ink stamping technique shows some additions of drops of 3d Crystal Glaze, tiny punched  leaves, some Embosslit Wonderful Wings (SU) butterflies, and a rhinestone here and there. The corner is sentiment stamped with a nearly matching ink to the paper from the beautiful Just Rite CR03885 Grand Sentiments set.  (Nice technique, needs smooth surfaced paper and to be stamped off, though to be more "watermarked" looking.  !)  

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