Add Textures to Cards with These EASY Tips | Tremendous Textures with Erica

by Erica Anderson

Today, is very exciting for me as it’s my first contribution to the Altenew blog and YouTube channel (watch out for Tremendous Textures with Erica!) as part of the Altenew Design Team!

I'm still pinching myself a little about this so bear with me. We are going to do a lot of die-cutting, layering and adding delicious texture to our card. Not a single stamp set has been used for this either, it's all die-cuts!

Top Tips for Adding Textures to Cards

Tremendous Textures with Erica

Take your cardmaking to the next level with dreamy dimensions, beautiful layers, and incredible textures! This video series will show you how to use dies, stencils, and embossing folders to create stunning details that will make your cards truly pop. Perfect for beginners and experienced crafters alike, you'll learn techniques to add depth, interest, and a touch of magic to your handmade creations.

How to Add Lots of Textures to Your Cards

I’ve only got one card to share today, but I have fully embraced my theme of Tremendous Textures. It's quite a thick card. However, if you want to make this card a bit more post-friendly, you can easily go for less layers and glue rather than foam tape. 

One of my oldest Altenew cover plates is the Layered Plaid Cover Die B and I adore it! It’s so versatile, as it works for a myriad of occasions with its classic design, it also has a buddy in the Layered Plaid Cover Die A.

What is YOUR oldest Altenew cover die? Comment below!

How to Add Lots of Textures to Your Cards

Here, I have layered it up no less than three times for that delicious depth. To add to the texture, I’ve also used a linen textured gray cardstock as the backing. I feel like gray is a bit softer, yet solid enough to make the star of the card really shine. 

Let’s talk about the gorgeous Pink Star Tulip Die Set!

First of all: wow, I love it! The level of detail is so lovely and the key hole design makes layering this up so easy. You honestly can’t mess it up, that’s how genius it is. In my video, I am going through the ease of layering these up no less than two times.

After cutting out all the pieces twice with my die-cutting machine, I added some color to the die-cut pieces with Purple Wine ink, and I’ve used the same color, only slightly less, on all of the pieces – including the highlight pieces.

I learned the importance of this with my first trial, where I used a different color altogether for them, and I wasn’t sold on the look.

Altenew Pink Star Tulip Purple Wine Ink

 For that one, I used Puffy Heart for the petals, which I loved, and Cotton Candy for the highlights, which I didn't end up liking when I put them together. The Puffy Heart pink is amazing though!

Altenew Pink Star Tulip Puffy Heart INk

For the leaves, a mix of Frayed Leaf and Forest Glade inks was just the thing. These are both from the Green Fields family. To add the ink, I used the Micro Blending Brush Tools. These smaller tools make it so easy to control where the color goes.

Adding a Sentiment

When it comes to sentiments, I don’t think you can beat a great font and fab saying. The ‘have a good day’ from the Timeless Sentiments 2 was perfect.

TIP: I usually make a few (sentiment die-cuts) in different colors to see which one will look the best on my card.

I’ve tried to make these decisions ahead of time before and it’s not always panned out the way I want, so now I take the extra few minutes to make some different ones to give me options at the ‘time to add a sentiment’ stage. 

Altenew Timeless Sentiments 2

Finishing Touches

I wanted a little bit of pizzazz on my Pink Star Tulip piece so I splattered a little bit of gold water color on it. I don't actually have the Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set (yet!). I used some gold watercolors I already have, and the subtle sparkle is just the icing on the cake/flower.

Altenew Pink Star Tulip

I have used some Instant Dimension Foam Tape and liquid glue to adhere all my pieces to the card base, and as the final little touch I added some bling from the Smoky Quartz Gem Sparkles. Less than I normally add admittedly, but I think it works pretty well. 

Hopefully, you like this card and enjoy the video too. Click on the image below to watch the video tutorial or watch it in HD on Altenew's YouTube channel

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~Lots of love and crafty hugs from Erica!

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Renee VanEpps April 28, 2024 - 2:18 PM

Lovely card, Erica!

Inkin' Chickie April 29, 2024 - 12:58 AM

Beautiful idea for creating with layers!


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