4 Gorgeous Leafy Cards with Motivational Sentiments

by Norine

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.

Altenew BetterTogether2 Stencils 1 scaledFor 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

Altenew BetterTogether2 ElegantSwirls ShineLikeaDiamond ApothecaryLabel 1 scaledCard #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.

Altenew BetterTogether2 ElegantSwirls ShineLikeaDiamond ApothecaryLabel 7 scaledNext, 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.

Altenew BetterTogether2 ElegantSwirls ShineLikeaDiamond ApothecaryLabel 6 scaledI 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

Altenew BetterTogether2 CastleMotifs DaintySwissDots Pinstripe LeafMix 1 scaledCard #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.

Altenew BetterTogether2 CastleMotifs DaintySwissDots Pinstripe LeafMix 2 scaledI 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.

Altenew BetterTogether2 CastleMotifs DaintySwissDots Pinstripe LeafMix 4 scaledI 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.Altenew BetterTogether2 LeavesandBerries Pinstripe LeafMix 1 scaledFor 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.

Altenew BetterTogether2 LeavesandBerries Pinstripe LeafMix 3 scaledI 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.

 

Altenew BetterTogether2 LeavesandBerries Pinstripe LeafMix 2 scaledLastly, I added another couple of leaves die cut using the Leaf Mix Die Set, one from Gold Mirror Cardstock and another from plain cardstock ink blended to coordinate.

Card 3

Altenew BetterTogether2 TrellisStencil LeafClusters FineFrames 1 scaledFor 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.

Altenew BetterTogether2 TrellisStencil LeafClusters FineFrames 5 scaledAs 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.

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Altenew BetterTogether2 TrellisStencil LeafClusters FineFrames 2 scaledThis card, and those above, are all finished off with some variation of shiny gold objects, either gold sequins, rhinestones or puffy hearts, all from a very old and hardly used stash!

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!

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Cindy C. November 5, 2020 - 10:13

All so gorgeous!!

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Michelle Shackleton November 5, 2020 - 10:23

I am a big fan of Norine’s work, particularly her watercolouring…but these cards are truly beautiful too! Such an amazing craftsperson and artist. Thank you for sharing ☺️

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Dianna L Jacobs November 5, 2020 - 11:00

OmGOSH! Those colors w gold are amazing.

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kjwinston November 5, 2020 - 11:22

Norine, these absolutely knock my socks off. I want to try this later today. VERY inspiring. And knowing the order in which you do things is very helpful

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Maureen Reiss November 5, 2020 - 11:26

These are Soooo Beautiful!!!!

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Lizzie T November 5, 2020 - 12:27

WOW – these are gorgeous and I love the techniques you used – gotta try that out!

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melissaf123 November 5, 2020 - 13:32

Gorgeous cards, love all the water color-y layers with stencils and stamping. Would love a video to see the process, thanks for sharing.

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Monika Davis November 5, 2020 - 20:01

Fantastic cards! I love the backgrounds… such a cool technique… lovely stencils and die-cuts! Thanks for the inspiration!

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Inkin' Chickie November 5, 2020 - 20:07

I like the mix of color and layers. Great project set.

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Nancy Probst November 5, 2020 - 21:08

I just love the cards. They are absolutely beautiful. I think you really captured the mood of the sentiments in the beauty of the designs. Stunning!

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Denise Williams November 5, 2020 - 21:25

Beautiful cards! What are the ink colors used for these?

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Norine November 5, 2020 - 21:39

Thanks Denise! I used quite a few colors, to the point of too many to list, but here they are: Desert Night, Dusk, Turquoise, Lagoon, Volcano Lake, Just Green, Shadow Creek, Fresh Leaf, Lime, Sweet Leaf. All in varying combos. Sorry I didn’t keep track of the specific colors for each card. I wish I were that organized! Cheers!

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LiCous November 6, 2020 - 14:42

These are all so pretty and works of art!

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Donna Calamari November 7, 2020 - 06:09

I love all the ink blending and image layering. You have inspired me to pull out some inks and stencils.

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tara prince September 22, 2021 - 14:51

so very pretty

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