Three Creative Designs with Flowering Cistus

by Virginia Lu

Hello Altenew friends! It's Virginia here. It gives me great joy to share 3 projects with Flowering Cistus Stamp Set. This beautifully-designed stamp set is the one that appeal to all levels of stampers and I can see why! This set has two Cistus flowers and each comes in 6 layers! Regardless of your precision in layered stamping, the results are always artsy and pretty!  With my 3 examples, I also share 6 top tips on how to elevate your designs! Let's get to it!


To start, I stamped and masked the flowers in the colors of blue and purple. These two cooler colors are complimentary and easy to do thanks to the Altenew Inks (Enchanted Garden and Lapis Lazulli). With the guides on the packaging, I was able to stamp each flowers and leaves easily.


Tip #1: Use negative part of the mask and then sponge the color! For the leaves, I left out the solid image and only stamped the detailed leaf image.  With the negative part of the Flowering Cistus Mask Stencil in place, I sponged the leave in Lime very quickly. I love the light and airy look of the leaves!


Tip #2: Elevate that sentiment! I cut up the stamped background. Once cut, I popped up the thin strip and added the part of the Frame Thanks Die. To embellish, I added Satin White Sequins and silver strings. Got to love that Wow factor!


Noticed the “thanks” word die? I used Gradient Card Stock (Shades of Purple). It's quick and easy!


My next card was created with a trendy color combo (pink, yellow/orange and grey) in mind. For the grey, I used Rock Collection. I also mixed in the pink ( Fuchsia and Magenta) , yellow (Vanilla Cream, Chamomile) and orange (Sunray and Snapdragon).


Tip#3: Play and experiment with Altenew Inks. You can mix the pink and yellow in the same flower! Imagine the unexpected burst of colors you will get!


Tip #4: It's all about the odd number. There are 5 flowers and 5 leaves in this card.  Try to aim for the visual triangle when positioning the elements.


The add that extra touch of sophistication, I used the new “Grand Stream” Washi Tape. I love how the Washi Tape make this design shine!


For my 3rd card, I decided to allow myself to let loose and have a little nearly no-line watercoloring fun.

Tip #5: Stamp the outline in the lightest color before watercoloring.  For example, I stamped the outlines in Arctic Crisp Dye Ink. The lightest shades of  Altenew ink (grey, blue and yellow) are ideal for this purpose.


The A2 Watercolor Paper Pad is super absorbent.  My go-to Artist Watercolor 24 Pan Set never disappoint me as the colors are rich and creamy to work with.


Tip #6: Emboss those outlines! Once I am finished with the watercoloring, I stamped the outlines in Obsidian Pigment Ink and clear-embossed it with Crystal Clear Crisp Embossing Powder. This leaves the outlines some extra shine and textures. Love the bold definition!


The Coordinating Dies comes with two versions of “you” ( as seen in card #2 and #3). They are wonderful and can be used on its own as well.


Thank you for checking out this very long post. I truly hope that you like the 6 tips and you are now inspired. Wish you a wonderful day!
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Annette Gordon May 21, 2020 - 9:53 AM

I initially wasn’t very impressed with this stamp set. But you have brought this stamp set to life! I especially love the purple and blue and green, one layered card. Stunning!

Sue D May 21, 2020 - 10:55 AM

Pretty card designs with this set and beautiful colors.

Verna Angerhofer May 21, 2020 - 11:23 AM

You have certainly worked magic with these stamps. All of the cards you made are so very gorgeous.

harriet herrington May 21, 2020 - 11:35 AM

Virginia showed us the versatility of this stamp set!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Denise Bryant May 21, 2020 - 11:41 AM

Beautiful cards with these lovely flowers! Pretty color combos!

Carmela May 21, 2020 - 11:44 AM

Wow,is right. Gorgeous cards!!

Karthikha Uday May 21, 2020 - 11:51 AM

Super gorgeous cards!! Love them all! <3

Cindy C. May 21, 2020 - 12:49 PM

All so beautiful, I especially like the second one!! Thanks for the inspirations!

Maureen Reiss May 21, 2020 - 1:57 PM

Wow!!! Gorgeous cards!!

Jana Ziegler May 21, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Virginia, I am LOVING the “Thanks” card you made (the first one shown), but I am not understanding how you did the separate strip with the sentiment on it…..could you please explain a little further? Thank you so much — they are ALL beautiful!!

Virginia Lu May 21, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Thank you for the interest, Jane! I don’t think I explained that part at all. For the sentiment on the first card (thanks), I cut the entire stamped background into 3 strips/sections (the middle is the thinnest). Please make sure you use a good paper-trimmer. AND then you pop up the thin strip with foam tape and assemble (with the thanks die on top) the rest. Hope this helps!

Virginia Lu May 21, 2020 - 4:47 PM

Sorry, I meant “Jana”. Thanks once again for everyone’s comments.

Vikki H May 21, 2020 - 9:27 PM

What a wonderful way to demonstrate how color and design techniques change the look of a stamp. That tiny strip elevated on card 1 adds just the right oomph! My favorite is the 2nd card with the bright color combos over the gray stripes.

Traci M Starkweather May 21, 2020 - 10:38 PM

Wow! These are incredible! I absolutely love the first card! Those colors are GORGEOUS! And, I like the airiness of the images!

I know I would be thrilled to receive any of these cards! Thank you for these added tips!

Traci Starkweather

ksdejarn May 22, 2020 - 8:05 AM

Thank you so much for these great tips, Virginia. You inspire!!!!


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