Hi everyone, it's Jenny here and today I'm creating with a Build-A-Flower set – the Narcissus Layering Stamp & Die Set. This is a stunning set with multiple layers that really add dimension to the beautiful flowers. It also has long leaves and stems included. I love the look of these florals but sometimes they don't always get to fully shine on a standard A2 size card. This is where slimline and mini slimline size cards really shine. Size up your florals by pairing slim florals with slimline cards!
Altenew also carries a number of complementary slimline products and I'm using a few of them on my card today, including embossing folders, decorative cover dies and nesting dies.
Warm Yellow-Oranges and Pops of Green
To create my Narcissus, I used the following Crisp Dye Inks: for the leaves, stems and flower centers; Sweet Leaf, Just Green, and Hunter Green. For the petals; Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Honey Drizzle. For the trumpets; Sunkissed, Orange Cream, and Autumn Blaze. The outlines were all created with Obsidian Pigment Ink. I love how the yellow adds brightness with those pops of green!
I stamped all of my layers four times, using my Mini MISTI – if you're careful lining up on an A2 panel of cardstock, you can simply flip the cardstock and restamp without moving the stamps themselves, then just swap in the next sheet.
I only stamped two of the stems, die cutting out the stem first so I could get the stamps lined up as best as possible. I then die cut out all of the remaining stamps with the coordinating dies.
Creating Your Slimline Background
For my card, I'm going slimline, so I chose some of the slimline products that Altenew has released. For the main decorative border I chose the Slim Deco Cover Die Set. I die cut the largest from Gold Mirror Cardstock, and popped out most of the pieces but left a couple in place to enable my liquid glue to have more places to anchor to the background.
This Slim Deco Cover die (the largest in the set) is approximately 2.75″ x 6.75″ – it fits perfectly over the second largest die in the Nesting Slim Rectangles Die Set. I die cut this from Warm Sunshine cardstock.
This nesting die set leaves a faint embossed border around the edge however, this would disappear under the gold mirror edging. I also wanted to add more interest so decided to dry emboss the panel. I used the Classic Pinecones Slim 3D Embossing Folder which is perfectly sized for slimline cards. Once embossed, I adhered the gold mirror border around the edge with glue.
My card base was created with 100lb Neenah Solar White, and was cut to leave a 0.25″ border around the edge which requires 0.5″ to be added to the length and width of the embossed panel (and then doubled for the width to create the card fold). The cardstock size was therefore 3.25″ x 2 = 6.5″ x 7.25″, scored at 3.25″. I mounted the background panel in the centre with Instant Dimension Foam Tape.
Arranging the Florals
I gathered up the die cuts and starting playing with the arrangement. I like to have the stems and maybe a leaf or two pop off the bottom, overlapping the border, and then the flowers in a triangular arrangement, with each of the ‘trumpets' facing a different way to make them look like different stamps. I snipped leaves here and there to pop them in between the flowers for those pops of green, and added different layers of foam tape and glue for dimension. I also slotted the petals in between each other to overlap. When done I trimmed off the excess at the bottom but left the petals whole, but left the petals overlapping at the edges.
The sentiment is from the stamp set, stamped in Obsidian Pigment Ink and trimmed out. For the ‘you' I used the Bold Greetings die set, cut from the same Gold Mirror cardstock, adhered on top of the sentiment and popped up on foam squares to finish.
You can check out the how-to video over on the Altenew YouTube Channel as part of my Stylish Cardmaking Techniques video series: