Hi, Altenew friends! I have some cards to share with you today that all have one thing in common. Well, ok, actually a couple of things in common. But I used one product on all four cards – and that is the Better Together 2 Stamp Set. It follows the Better Together sentiment stamp set, also a lovely, supportive collection of sentiments, and set #2 continues to provide ways to tell others that we're holding space for them, uplifting them everyday, in every way.
For visual cohesiveness, I chose a common color scheme of blues, greens, and aquas, mixed randomly, but that's not the only similarity between these cards. All of the cards use watercolor paper. I began each one by ink blending through a stencil. Then, while the stencil was taped in place, I ran it through a die cutting machine to impress the design even further into the paper. Then, I spritzed the paper with water to let the ink move, seep, and spread, adding more color with a brush in some cases, or leaving it to dry on its own in others. Once dry, I added another layer of visual texture by stamping on top of the stenciling, using the same colors of ink as before.
Let's break it down:
Card #1 uses the Elegant Swirls Stencil to blend color through. When I spritzed water on, I didn't get as much color movement as some of the other ones, so I left it at that, but added paint splatters to match.
Next, I stamped around the edges using the Shine Like a Diamond Stamp Set, using the same or similar colors over the corresponding areas of ink blending. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the inked, stenciled cardstock and heat embossed it with platinum embossing powder.
I used the Apothecary Labels dies to die cut a label shape around the greeting, die cut another from fun foam, and colored the edge to coordinate with the card colors. Then, I adhered the popped up label back into the opening it came out of, on top of three narrow accent strips of colored cardstock.
Card #2 features the Castle Motifs Stencil. I used more of the same colors of inks for ink blending and a little bit of water spritzed on to blur the edges of the stenciling. Then, it took a trip through the die cutting machine to impress the stencil and then some stamping.
I mixed the stamping background with the Pinstripe and Dainty Swiss Dots Stamp Sets. Then, I found a coordinating shade of cardstock in my stash bin and stamped the sentiment from the Better Together 2 Stamp Set, heat setting with Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder, trimming to a narrow strip and bordering with narrow strips of Gold Mirror Cardstock.
I die cut a couple of leaves from the Leaf Mix Die Set, one from Gold Mirror Cardstock and another from watercolor paper, painted to match the card colors.For Card #3, I used the Leaves and Berries Stencil and after ink blending, impressing in the die cutting machine, I spritzed the paper with water. I got such a great reaction from the inks that I decided to add more by smooshing the ink pads on a smooth surface, picking up the color with a wet brush, and flicking it onto the cardstock in large wet puddles. Here, I used a heat gun to hasten drying and to achieve those distinct perimeter marks around the color spots.
I added only a little stamping to this card panel, using the Pinstripe Stamp Set on the lower right corner. I stamped the sentiment onto some coordinating cardstock and heat set it with Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder. Then, I trimmed the stenciled and ink blended panel and bordered it with narrow strips of contrasting cardstock, adhering all the layers to a folded card base.
For the last card, I ink blended it with the Trellis Stencil. Then, I impressed the stencil with the die cutting machine. (Sorry to be a bit repetitive…) Next, I combined a couple of different stamps to layer on top – the Leaf Clusters Stamp Set and more of the Shine Like a Diamond Stamp Set.
As much as I loved the results of these stamps and stencil and hated to cover any of it up, I opted to stamp the sentiment (one I am particularly fond of) onto some vellum paper, and heat embossed it with Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder. Then, I die cut a gold foil frame using the Fine Frames Cover Die and adhered that to the card panel.
I hope you are inspired by something you've seen here today, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments section. Have an awesome day!