Altenew’s Beautiful Day is one of my favorite stamp sets! It’s a layering set with four “levels” of the peony image but I only used three of them to create this card.
Using only Ranger Distress Oxide inks for this card, I pulled out an older background stamp (not visible in the finished card) called Vintage Tapestry and inked it up with Fossilized Amber and stamped it onto the card stock. The pretty text stamp from an old Stampin Up set called Botanicals was inked up with Iced Spruce and stamped along the right hand side of the background.
Next, I stamped the solid layer of the peony with Worn Lipstick randomly around the paper, spritzed it with a little water then dried it with my heat tool. Then I added the “shadow” peony image in Fired Brick on top of the solid image, spritzed and dried. I switched to Fossilized Amber to fill in around the red peonies and used the same process. The solid leaf image was stamped with Iced Spruce, spritzed and dried. Lastly, I stamped the line image of the peony with Versafine Onyx Black ink loosely over each blossom.
After attaching this to a base card I created the sentiment using Altenew’s Label Love stamp set, heat-embossed in black and trimmed down, mounted on double-stick foam tape and finally, added a few random accents of Nuvo Drops in silver. Despite my lengthy description of the process, this card came together fairly quickly! It reminds me of a beautiful piece of silk!
Doesn’t this card make you long for the warmer days of spring? My sister-in-law requested a birthday card using a covered bridge for my brother’s April birthday; thankfully, I have this stamp made by Stamp Francisco and enjoyed creating this just for him! I heat-embossed the image in black onto Bristol Vellum surface cardstock, then created the sky using Ranger Distress Oxide ink in Broken China and Stormy Sky. After that I lightly colored the barn with several shades of gray and brown Zig Clean Color brush markers, using a water brush to soften the color. Finally, I lightly sponged a spot of Fossilized Amber into the sky to denote a peek of the sun. I think my brother will really like this!
I LOVE this set called Rose Garden from Stampendous! It not only has a large and small full-blown rose, but these fabulous rosebuds too! I created the lattice-work background using the stencil which came in the set, by sponging on Ranger Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink, then I shifted the stencil slightly and added a layer of Fossilized Amber. I then inked up the smaller rose stamp with Wilted Violet distress oxide and used a water brush to “paint” them a little. I sponged more Wilted Violet along the edges.
The base card is embossed with Stampin Up’s Manhattan Flower embossing folder. To create the central image, I first die-cut the oval using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies, and heat-embossed the rosebud stamp using white embossing powder. Zig Clean Color Brush markers were perfect for coloring in the image, adding water to create a water-colored look. When it was dry, I painted the background with more Wilted Violet oxide ink, then stamped the text stamp (from the Rose Garden set) in the same color around the roses.
Hero Arts makes this pretty curvy banner called Ribbon Messages which comes with several sentiments and two banner dies. I used the smaller die to cut the banner and the fun foam to mount it on. A little jewel colored with a yellow Sharpie completes my card! I’m proud to display my brand new Stampendous watermark!!