@altenew_ 2 Floral Dramatic Card Backgrounds feat. Graceful Gardenias!

Welcome to Celebrate Love With Cards and Crafts, where we highlight crafty ways to recognize the many faces of love and affection – whether it be for yourself, your family, friends, or the community! Discover endless inspiration and spread love and appreciation this season!

Hello, everyone! Erum here with TWO beautiful floral cards, with dramatic card backgrounds, featuring the Craft Your Life Project Kit: Graceful Gardenias and a VIDEO for the Creative Coloring with Erum video series.

@altenew_ 2 Floral Dramatic Card Backgrounds feat. Graceful Gardenias!

Craft Your Life Project Kit: Graceful Gardenias

Embrace the beauty of our Craft Your Life Project Kit: Graceful Gardenias Stamp Set, inspired by the gardenia's symbol of love, joy, and beauty. Discover two stunning gardenia and leaf arrangements, accompanied by heartfelt sentiments. Express love, well wishes, and positivity with ‘Wishing You,' ‘Love You,' and more. Share the elegance and fragrance of gardenias with your messages.

Create Dramatic Card Backgrounds feat. Graceful Gardenias

In today's video, I will share various techniques. First, I will show you how to turn any color cardstock into your desired shade. Second, I will share two ways to use your alcohol markers to add color, resulting in a different finish. Last but not least, I will also use the Essential Textures: Wood Press Plate differently on both cards.

Dramatic Card Background #1

@altenew_ 2 Floral Dramatic Card Backgrounds feat. Graceful Gardenias!

  1. Stamp both images from the Craft Your Life Project Ki: Graceful Gardenias stamp on Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock in Obsidian Pigment Ink.

    @altenew_ 2 Floral Dramatic Card Backgrounds feat. Graceful Gardenias!

  2. Use the Coloring Stencils to apply Crimson Crisp Dye Ink or Fresh Dye Ink all over the image. Tip: if you want to add variation among the petals, there are two things you can do, use Velvet Crisp/Fresh Dye Ink and apply it to the base of the petal, or ink some petals using only the darker ink.
  3. Apply Mountain Pine Crisp Dye Ink for the leaves. Tip: keep the pressure of your hand heavy when applying ink to the base of the leaves and light as you move towards the tips.
  4. To add details and dimension, start adding shading to the flower using Red Cosmos Artist Alcohol Markers in a flicking motion from dark to light. (watch the video for a detailed explanation of the process)
  5. To add details on the leaves, use the Green Fields Artist Alcohol Markers Set. Follow the midrib by adding the darkest color to the lightest. (do not use Jet Black from this set)
  6. Use the coordinating die to cut the image and set it aside.

    @altenew_ 2 Floral Dramatic Card Backgrounds feat. Graceful Gardenias!

  7. Using the Emerald Watercolor Brush Marker, color the teal cardstock to your liking and dry the panel. Set aside.
  8. Use the Evergreen Dual-Tip Pen to color the white outline on the image left after die-cutting.  It is not necessary that this color would be the exact match for you, so swatch the pens to see which shade matches your card front. Set aside.
  9. Apply Embossing Ink on Essential Textures: Wood Press Plate and place the colored panel over it to letterpress the texture. Please watch the video on how I adhere the panel to the plate. Once done, set aside.
  10. Heat emboss the sentiment on the same teal-colored cardstock in Antique Gold Embossing Powder, then color the tab with Emerald Watercolor Brush Marker just as the card front.

    @altenew_ 2 Floral Dramatic Card Backgrounds feat. Graceful Gardenias!

  11. Adhere the panel to the card base, then adhere the image with Instant Dimension Foam Tape.
  12. Before adhering the sentiment with foam tape, place a bit of Gold Metallic Thread for interest.
  13. To finish, adhere some Metallic Gold & Silver Gem Sparkles. I used only Gold ones here.

Dramatic Card Background #2

@altenew_ 2 Floral Dramatic Card Backgrounds feat. Graceful Gardenias!

  1. Use Coloring Stencils to apply Rubellite Crisp Dye Ink to the second flower image. Add more pressure while applying ink to the base of the petals and less on the tips.
  2. Similarly, use the Forest Fern Fresh Dye Ink to ink the leaves.
  3. Next, use the Cherry Blossom Artist Alcohol Markers to add depth to the flower petals. This flower's coloring technique differs from the first, and you will have to watch the video to understand the concept.
  4. For the leaves, I used the Water Garden Artist Alcohol Markers Set G.
  5. You can use the coordinating die to cut the image, but I fussy cut this one. Set aside.

    @altenew_ 2 Floral Dramatic Card Backgrounds feat. Graceful Gardenias!

  6. Using the same teal cardstock, I colored the panel, but this time, I used Lagoon Watercolor Brush Marker and a bit of Emerald pigment, too.
  7. Once it was dry, I ran the panel through the Betterpress system with the Embossing Ink on Essential Textures: Wood Press Plate.
  8. Next, I swiped the Antique Gold Pigment Ink pad over the textured surface gently and carefully to enhance the texture of the wood grain.
  9. Next, I added splatters of gold paint from the Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set.
  10. Then I adhered the panel to a card base, placed some Gold Metallic Thread, and adhered the image with Instant Dimension Foam Tape.
  11. To finish, I added Metallic Gold & Silver Gem Sparkles.

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Video: The SECRET to MY Dramatic Card Backgrounds!

You can watch the process video below or on YouTube.

I hope you liked the nifty techniques to create dramatic card backgrounds I shared today, and would give at least one of them a try! Do not forget to let us know by tagging Altenew using #altenew on Instagram or tagging me @glitternswirls!

It’s the season of love, so let’s spread the warm fuzzy feels! What makes you love the community you are in right now? Let us know in the comments below!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a lovely day. See you soon!

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2 comments

debschenz February 17, 2024 - 7:51 PM

Absolutely gorgeous flowers/cards! Loved watching you color those gorgeous floers with ink first and then alcohol markers. Love, love, love!!

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Keesha Soldevilla February 19, 2024 - 11:17 PM

You’re welcome! Why not try your hand at creating your own floral art using inks and markers? I believe anyone can find joy in the process!

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