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.

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

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

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.

 

Lastly, 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

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.

This 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!

Trellis Stencil
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Castle Motifs Stencil
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Elegant Swirls Stencil
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Leaves & Berries Stencil
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Shine Like a Diamond Stamp Set
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Dainty Swiss Dots Stamp Set
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Pinstripe Stamp Set
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Leaf Clusters Stamp Set
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Leaf Mix Die Set
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Fine Frames Cover Die
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Apothecary Labels Nesting Die Set
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Embossing Ink
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Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder
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Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder
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Gold Mirror Cardstock (5 sheets/set)
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Fresh Leaf Crisp Dye Ink
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Evergreen Crisp Dye Ink
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Dusk Crisp Dye Ink
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Firefly Crisp Dye Ink
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Grass Field Crisp Dye Ink
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Emerald Crisp Dye Ink
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Lagoon Crisp Dye Ink
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Ultramarine Crisp Dye Ink
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Ocean Waves Crisp Dye Ink
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Ink Blending Tool – Large – Altenew
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Ink Blending Tool – Small
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Crafter's Essential Ink Blending Tool…
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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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