Video: How to Make a Floral Frame Background + Top 9 Favorite Cards of 2015

by May Sukyong Park

DSC_1146Hi, crafty friends! It's May here and I hope you are having a happy holiday season with your friends and family. Before I share my project for today, I would like to share my favorite cards I've made for Altenew in 2015.

DIY_HandmadeCardInspiration_AltenewMy Top 9 Favorite Altenew Cards of 2015 

I would have loved to tell you the reason behind each of these cards, but I don't want to make this post longer than it is and take more of your time. If you'd like to take a closer look at any of these projects, please click the links above.

Altenew_Card_1For today's card, I created a single layer card with my own floral frame. Even though I live in sunny California, I'm already yearning for spring. Actually I can't wait for summer to come so I can swim at the pool every day. That was the reason I pulled out some warm, bright colors for the card.

DSC_1147How to Make a Floral Frame Background Card

  1. Stamp the sentiment from Oriental Orchid with watermark ink and heat emboss it with gold embossing powder. (It's good to draw some guide lines with a pencil before stamping.)
  2. Stamp the outline images from the Beautiful Day with black ink.
  3. Make sure you start stamping with larger images first and then fill in the gap with smaller images.
  4. Color the images with Copic markers. (You can use any markers or colored pencils you may have.)
  5. Add some tiny dots in the gap with grey markers.

Here is a video showing you how I created my card. You can watch it here or in HD on YouTube.

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The Best Black Ink for Copic Coloring

FYI, I used the Hero Arts black ink for stamping in the video, then I used the heat tool to dry the inked images. But the colors bled when I started coloring the images with Copic markers. I didn't have any problem using Hero Arts black ink and Copic markets together before, but it didn't worked out this time. So I had to make a stamped floral frame again using Memento Tuxedo ink which I missed filming the process.

What's your favorite black ink for Copic coloring? Please share in the comment below. In the meantime, you can find some tips in the following sources I found: The best stamp pad for Copics and 11 Black ink comparison for stamping.

how to make a floral frame cardThat's all I have for today! It's been a wonderful year designing for Altenew and being inspired by talented ladies on the design team. And I would like to thank everyone of you who has shared some amazing projects in the Altenew community: InstagramFacebook, and Flickr. I'm looking forward to seeing more from you in 2016.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and wish you a Happy New Year!


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Maria Rodriguez December 27, 2015 - 8:28 AM

Oh my gosh!! May, this is gorgeous, I love how you made this amazing frame for that fabulous gold embossed sentiment.
Thank you so much for sharing.
Maria Rodriguez.

May Park December 28, 2015 - 1:35 AM

Thank you so much, Maria. So glad to hear you love my card! :)

Holly Saveur December 27, 2015 - 9:29 AM

Such a stunning card..LOVED to see the process….

May Park December 28, 2015 - 1:36 AM

Thank you, Holly!

Janet December 27, 2015 - 10:12 AM

Fantastic – LOVE it :-)

May Park December 28, 2015 - 1:36 AM

Thank you, Janet!

TaeEun December 27, 2015 - 10:59 AM

Gorgeous one layer card again, May! It could be one of your best 10 in 2015! I would love to learn about copic friendly ink pads, too!

May Park December 28, 2015 - 1:37 AM

You’ve been so kind to me, TaeEun. I really appreciate it.

Kim Collins December 27, 2015 - 1:55 PM

I love the beautiful card. It is very inspirational. I hope the holidays are treating you well.

May Park December 28, 2015 - 1:38 AM

Thank you for your sweet comment, Kim. I’m just relaxing at home for the holidays. :)

Ruby December 27, 2015 - 4:40 PM

Such a beautiful card! Love the design and colors. Thanks for sharing so much inspiration with us, May :)

May Park December 28, 2015 - 1:39 AM

Thank you always for your support, Rubeena. You know you are my inspiration, too. :)

Karen Mills December 27, 2015 - 4:45 PM

Beautiful card!!! I look forward to the new year with new stamps and tutorials

May Park December 28, 2015 - 1:39 AM

Thank you, Karen. Can’t wait to share what we have in the store in 2016. :)

Marika December 28, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Beautiful set of nine, May! And the the newest is so stunning as well!

May Park January 5, 2016 - 1:56 AM

Thank you so much, Marika. Looking forward to getting more inspiration for you in 2016. :)


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