Four Ways to Create Cards with Nature Blossoms Stamp & Die Set

by Norine

Hello, Altenew friends! Norine here with you today to share four cards I made recently with the Nature Blossoms Stamp & Die Bundle.  Each of the cards today showcases the lovely florals in four unique ways.

Altenew NatureBlossoms FragileFoliage SpringRosesDie DottedSwirlsDie 2 scaled

The Nature Blossom stamp set is my favorite type of Altenew set. It has outline images that can stand alone for filled in coloring and the layered images that make filling in the outlines easy and beautiful every time!

Altenew NatureBlossoms FragileFoliage SpringRosesDie DottedSwirlsDie 19 scaled

Card 1

My first card today is a simple stamped card, using one of the blooms and three of the leaf images and stamping with Obsidian Pigment Ink on Altenew watercolor cardstock paper.  Then, I watercolored them using the Watercolor 36 Pan Set.

Altenew NatureBlossoms FragileFoliage SpringRosesDie DottedSwirlsDie 28 scaled

Once the flower and leaves were dry, I filled in the background with more diluted paint colors and added black paint speckles to finish.

Altenew NatureBlossoms FragileFoliage SpringRosesDie DottedSwirlsDie 26 scaled

I stamped a lovely “handwritten” sentiment from the recently released Fragile Foliage Stamp Set using Obsidian Pigment Ink.  Then, I cropped the bottom and side at a wonky angle and matted the card front with a matching blue cardstock.

Card 2

Altenew NatureBlossoms FragileFoliage SpringRosesDie DottedSwirlsDie 30 scaled

The next card is also watercolored, but this time I stamped on smooth watercolor paper with a light brown water-based ink to facilitate my effort at “no-line” watercoloring.

Altenew NatureBlossoms FragileFoliage SpringRosesDie DottedSwirlsDie 32 scaled

I am just learning the “no-line” watercoloring approach, but as I do more of it, I'm becoming more comfortable with the technique and am learning some things as I go!  For example, I find a very fine-tipped brush is what allows me to paint the tiny spaces and very precise corners and edges with deeper pigment, giving that sharp contrast of light to dark that delineates the lines. For this card I used a #1 size paint brush.

Altenew NatureBlossoms FragileFoliage SpringRosesDie DottedSwirlsDie 35 scaled

I wasn't so successful with the center of the bloom (but that's just a reason to try again, right?), so I added back in some details with a fine liner pen. As with the stamped card pictured above, I imagined stems to the leaves and painted and drew them in by hand.

Altenew NatureBlossoms FragileFoliage SpringRosesDie DottedSwirlsDie 34 scaled

I stamped another sentiment from the Fragile Foliage Stamp Set and heat set it with Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder, and added more paint speckles with leftover paint.

Card 3

Altenew NatureBlossoms FragileFoliage SpringRosesDie DottedSwirlsDie 13 scaled

For the next two cards, I used the layer stamps to color in the flowers and leaves.  On the card above, I stamped the outline images with Obsidian Pigment Ink onto Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, then filled in the leaves with greens from the Tropical Forest and Field Greens Ink families, and the flower layers with the Red Sunset Ink family.

Altenew NatureBlossoms FragileFoliage SpringRosesDie DottedSwirlsDie 14 scaled

I die cut each of the stamped images with the coordinating die set and arranged them on top of a green cardstock card panel die-cut with the Dotted Swirls Debossing Die. I adhered the leaves to the debossed card panel and popped up the flower above them with some foam tape.

Altenew NatureBlossoms FragileFoliage SpringRosesDie DottedSwirlsDie 17 scaled

Once more, I stamped a sentiment from the Fragile Foliage Stamp Set, with Obsidian Pigment Ink onto the textured cardstock.

Card 4

Altenew NatureBlossoms FragileFoliage SpringRosesDie DottedSwirlsDie 3 scaled

My final card today is comprised of an arrangement of bloom and leaves stamped with Obsidian Pigment Ink for the outline, and with the Green Valley and Green Meadows ink families for the leaves and Red Cosmos inks for the flower.

Altenew NatureBlossoms FragileFoliage SpringRosesDie DottedSwirlsDie 6 scaled

I die cut one of the stand alone dies in the Spring Roses Die set from 110lb white cardstock but I didn't remove the die-cut  pieces from the card panel, choosing to leave it in the negative outline, (and keeping it secure with some thin tape on the backside) and using it for a decorative background behind the stamped flower and leaves.

Altenew NatureBlossoms FragileFoliage SpringRosesDie DottedSwirlsDie 8 scaled

I lifted the tips of some of the leaves to add visual interest, but popping some foam tape behind the leaves, and I stamped another sentiment from the Fragile Foliage stamp set.

Each of my cards today is finished off with some coordinating enamel dots, and a few of those colors are taken from the recent Serenity Enamel Dot Release of Shades of Purple, Warm & Cozy, Sea Shore, and Tropical Forest.

Thanks for stopping by today and for your interest in our creative efforts. I hope you find something in the variety of techniques and styles I've shared today that piques your interest and inspires you to try something similar or different!

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Helen Budz July 18, 2020 - 10:16

Norine, these cards are exquisite–can’t pick a favorite because they are all so lovely. Just added this set to my wish list! tfs-stay well.

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Dianne Jenkins July 18, 2020 - 10:34

Just gorgeous. Didn’t know I needed this stamp until I saw these cards! 😂

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barbara lassiter July 18, 2020 - 10:40

Love the look of all of these beautiful cards and I appreciated the tips for how to create them!

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Teri Smith July 18, 2020 - 10:50

Oh my gracious Norine, these cards are so soft & gorgeous. I love the no line colouring. You look like a pro to me.

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Maureen Reiss July 18, 2020 - 12:39

Wow! Wow!! WOW!!!!! Gorgeous cards!!!

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Theresa July 18, 2020 - 13:55

I absolutely love your painting especially the no line watercolored one.

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Carol McCready July 18, 2020 - 16:01

All the cards are gorgeous! I love the no line water color one

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Ummekulsum Kutub July 18, 2020 - 16:36

These cards are stunning! So beautiful!

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lovecraftingpaper July 18, 2020 - 18:05

Hello, Norine,
these cards are real masterpieces! Thank you for sharing your art and make us dream!
Hugs,

Mariangela :-)

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Mari July 18, 2020 - 21:45

Norine, these are absolutely fabulous! Very inspiring, and really great to see 4 different variations together like this! Your style really speaks to me. Thank You :-)

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apalmer2019 July 18, 2020 - 22:26

Beautiful cards and the watercoloring is something I wish for. I’m trying the no line water color and I have the 36 pan watercolors that I really like working with. More practice, practice. Will try using a light brown water based ink in the future . Love all the cards. Put some items on my wish list. Thanks for sharing.

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Connie Griffin July 18, 2020 - 22:56

all so gorgeous!!

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Marisela Delgado July 18, 2020 - 23:25

So beautiful!

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Angela Fishburn July 19, 2020 - 06:54

These cards are simply works of art! Altenew is very fortunate to have your talent to display their products! Amazing job!

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karen514 July 19, 2020 - 08:43

Norine, I always love your work, but these four are especially beautiful! Thanks for all the detailed information about how you created them.

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pamboe July 19, 2020 - 09:44

I love the blue/gray/green background in cardstock and water color. It really pairs well with the flower color. Your no line is lovely.

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Juleigh Miller July 20, 2020 - 20:04

Love them all but my favorite is the no line!!

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Judi Dempton July 20, 2020 - 21:21

Beautiful cards!!!! Thank you!

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tara prince November 8, 2021 - 09:59

such beautiful cards

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