Hello Altenew friends! Norine here with you today to share three cards I made with the lovely, lovely Kind Reminders stamp and die set! My purpose in sharing these cards today is to show you a small sample of the multitude of looks you can get with one stamp set!
For my first card, I did a very simple technique of stamping the outline of one of the blooms and leaves images in the set (there are three and each is beautiful on it's own), with Obsidian Pigment Ink and heat setting with clear embossing powder. I have a personal preference for the subtly raised lines that process gives, when I'm going to be watercolor painting as it helps to stop the color in areas where I don't want it to spread.
I used a mix of watercolor paints in the 24 Pan and 36 Pan sets, because they compliment and enhance each other so well. If you look closely at the leaves you can see the layers of color, from a yellow-green to a blue shade. I used the distinct stamped lines to dictate the shadows and highlights where I painted with deeper shades of paint, or left it unpainted altogether. Once dry, I added splatters with the same ink colors I'd used to paint the leaves and bloom.
I stamped a greeting Apothecary Labels stamp set, trimmed the watercolor cardstock panel slightly narrower than A2 sized (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″), added a narrow strip of wood grain patterned paper from my stash and ran that edge through my sewing machine. A few clear drop dots complete the card.
My second card is very similar to the first except that I stamped with a pale gray (Morning Frost) ink in order to paint a no-line image. This painting technique is not my strength, I'll be the first to admit, but I'm always happy for more practice. And I don't feel that any effort should go to waste. Not perfect? No worries, make a card out of it anyway!
I used most of the same colors of paint for this card, that I used on the first card above. I devoted most of my practice of shading and highlighting – which is what creates the definition in the absence of dark outlines – to the bloom, using the technique of copying the stamp lines and simply painting the defining lines on the leaves with a fine tipped brush. Then, to give more definition to the whole image outline, I painted the background, laying darker shades in the deeper shadows, and drawing the tint outward with the use of more water to dilute the paint.
The greeting on this card is from the Birthday Builder stamp set and is stamped with embossing ink and heat set with Platinum embossing powder. I repeated the fun right-hand edge from the first card, trimming the watercolor cardstock and stitching a narrow strip of text paper alongside. More paint speckles and clear enamel dots finish this card.
Finally, for something altogether different, for my third card I put the watercolors away, and stamped on white cardstock with alcohol friendly ink and colored with Altenew Artist Markers. I used Ruby Red, Crimson, Coral Berry, Cotton Candy and Frosty Pink for the bloom and Moss, Olive, Forest Glade, Frayed Leaf, Emerald and Lagoon for the leaves.
Once finished, I used the coordinating die to cut out the image, plus two more layers of cardstock to add some dimension to the flower. For the background card panel I stamped all three of the flowers in the set to fill in the entire panel, using Obsidian Pigment ink. I die cut a Nesting Frames panel from dark gray cardstock and a bough from the Hanging Gardens dies set from kraft cardstock. I combined two of the sentiments from the Kind Reminders stamp set to make a narrow sentiment strip, stamping on black cardstock and heat setting with white embossing powder. Then I layered all the components and adhered them to a card base.
There is also a Kind Reminders Coloring Stencil that can be used to ink blend the layers of color to fill the outline images but I ran out of time to play with that fun product! I love the variety of looks you can get with one stamp set when you use multiple different products in different ways, as I've shown you here today!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you've seen something to inspire you!