Stand Out AND Blend In; How This Card Has it Both Ways

by May Sukyong Park

Hi friends! It's Norine here and it's good to be back with you! Today I'm sharing a card with a beautiful combination of stamps, a great technique, and a sentiment that both stands out AND blends in!

Altenew LeafClusters VersatileVases FineAlphabet Apr20 1I used the Versatile Vases Stamp Set with the Leaf Clusters Stamp Set and a sentiment from the Hello & Hugs Stamp Set, along with the Fine Alphabet Dies to make this card. Let me also indicate that this is the new Altenew Watercolor Paper Pad, and I am in LOVE with it!

Let's get started!

Altenew LeafClusters VersatileVases FineAlphabet Apr20 4 scaledThat gorgeous texture in the watercolor paper just does me in!

I began by laying two of the Leaf Cluster stamps and one of the Versatile Vase stamps onto my stamping platform, just to be able to position them in order to not overlap in important areas but to still be able to keep most of the image on the paper.

Altenew LeafClusters VersatileVases FineAlphabet Apr20 5 scaledI started stamping with the left-hand leaf image. Then, I rubbed the impression side of the stamp with a white art eraser to both, clean it and give it some “tooth” for the watercolor paint to cling to! Not so much eraser that there are rubber crumbs hanging around, but enough to make the surface cloudy.

Altenew LeafClusters VersatileVases FineAlphabet Apr20 8 scaledNext, I painted the leaves on the stamp with a combination of yellow, teal, dusk, bright green and moss-green paints from the Artists' Watercolor 24 Pan Set and quickly closed the door on the stamping platform to press the wet paint into the paper. Before the paint dried, it blended in some places and, where the pigment didn't move much, I encouraged it to blend by adding more water with a wet paintbrush.  I repeated this step with the second leaf image (after again putting down the vase to be sure of the position of the 2nd leaf stem).

Altenew LeafClusters VersatileVases FineAlphabet Apr20 6 scaledBy quickly stamping down with the stamps and not leaving them on the paper too long, the excess water that has fallen into the cracks of the stamp itself doesn't have as much chance of spreading onto the paper and distorting the image outlines. If you look closely, you can see that it did in one or two places (where a couple of the leaves have a color bridge between them) but overall the image is clean yet artsy. Finally, I stamped the vase image, using blue paint for the “ink” and immediately diluting with water, to paint the outline color into the center of the vase.

Altenew LeafClusters VersatileVases FineAlphabet Apr20 10 scaledAt this point, I added some of the same paint colors to a loose wash in the background of the leaves. Once it was all dry, I used two different sized tip permanent pens to add some wavy, sketchy pen lines around a few of the leaves and added more leaves where there was background color, but no stamped image. I also sketchily outlined the vase with black pens and then added some black paint splatters.

Now for the explanation of the post title!

Altenew LeafClusters VersatileVases FineAlphabet Apr20 7 scaledI positioned the Fine Alphabet dies to spell MOM on the front of the card and ran the card panel through the die-cutting machine to cut them out. I cut the same letters from some white fun foam and adhered them to the backs of the alphabet die-cuts. Then, I placed them back into their opening and adhered the card front to a coordinating green cardstock mat. Next, I stamped a sentiment from the Hello and Hugs Stamp Set with Embossing Ink on gray cardstock, and heat set with white embossing powder before trimming it into a narrow strip and adhering it on top of the die-cut word. I love the subtleness of the letters that both blend into the scene, yet stand out with the extra dimension!

Altenew LeafClusters VersatileVases FineAlphabet Apr20 3 scaledThank you so much for stopping by today! I hope that you are getting some extra time to be creative these days. You might even be inspired in your paper crafting by this card!


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Leaf Clusters Stamp Set
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Watercolor Paper Pad (9″x 12″) — Altenew
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Versatile Vases Stamp Set
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Versatile Vases Die Set
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Hello and Hugs Stamp Set
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Hello and Hugs Die Set
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Fine Alphabet Die Set
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Artist Watercolor 24 Pan Set
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Embossing Ink
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Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder
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barbara lassiter April 14, 2020 - 10:03 AM

This is so gorgeous! I have this stamp and want to try this technique. Thanks for the inspiration and keep well!

Erum Tasneem April 14, 2020 - 10:11 AM

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous

Linda Huffman April 14, 2020 - 10:13 AM

Norine this is a great tutorial for a beautiful watercolor card!

Vickie Oglesby April 14, 2020 - 11:33 AM

You are a very talented artist. The different methods and thought that went into this card are amazing. I love it!?

Terri Barto April 14, 2020 - 10:25 AM

This has to be one of the prettiest cards I have ever seen…I LOVE the colors, love the vase and the leaves. And most of all I love the watercolor. Thank you for the inspiration!

Wanda Cullen April 14, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Norine, this is so stunning! I want to try this technique though it’s a bit intimidating for me.

Susan A April 14, 2020 - 11:45 AM

This is stunning. I wish there was a video to explain this technique you use because I didn’t quite understand.

Vera Feldman April 14, 2020 - 11:58 AM

Love the watercolor card – so elegant would be a pleasure to send and receive such a beautiful card.

Nancy V. April 14, 2020 - 12:01 PM

LOVE this watercolor card!

Theresa April 14, 2020 - 12:05 PM

This is absolutely beautiful and you MUST do a video tutorial because I am a visual person and don’t always quite get the written explaination I need to see it done. PLEASE.

Maureen Reiss April 14, 2020 - 12:47 PM


Michele Ferguson April 14, 2020 - 1:08 PM

Speaking of standing out, Norine, I’m starting to recognize your work before I even spot your watermark! Another gorgeous example of your stellar style!! I just love the colors, and have never wanted those vases until today! xx

Annette Gordon April 14, 2020 - 1:28 PM

This card is beyond stunning! I would have been so scared to die cut the MOM and accidentally ruin it. Your water colouring is astounding, you got such a nice balance of detail with lose water colour look. I would love to see a video of this techinque in the future. Although, I know video’s are a lot of work. Thanks for the detailed description.

Carol McCready April 14, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Your card is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Jessica Monte April 14, 2020 - 2:53 PM

Love your card wish you had viedo it was a little confusing trying to visualize how you did it.

Tara Prince April 14, 2020 - 3:28 PM

Very sweet card!

Laurie M Page April 14, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Love the watercolor and artsy look. Very nicely done. Eclipse technique is one of my faves.

dottiej27 April 14, 2020 - 11:25 PM

Breathtaking! This is so beautiful.

teri vinson April 15, 2020 - 8:19 AM

Nora, I am in awe. There are other words to use, But I am. I love it. But, like others, I do wish you had done a video. I am coming to love how you really talented cardmakers do what you do, and I enjoy the process.

Pai April 15, 2020 - 10:50 AM


Inkin' Chickie April 15, 2020 - 9:20 PM

I like the added sketchy leaves and the look of the glass.

sdelane3 April 17, 2020 - 10:50 PM

WOW love it, love everything about this card!!!

T Star1 May 2, 2020 - 10:08 PM

Have to say this is one of my favorite Mother’s Dy cards. :)

Judi Dempton May 8, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Wow! Beautiful!!!

momentsofcrafting May 12, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Just stunning, Norine! I love the artsy loo you achieved. I’m definitely gong to give it a go! Take care and thanks so much for the inspiration!!! :)

Christine d'Argent April 3, 2021 - 12:46 AM

Absolutely stunning…😍😍😍😍

Tracy April 28, 2021 - 9:12 PM

That’s fabulous!


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