Altenew_Inspiration-Challenge_AprilThe photo at left is the inspiration for Altenew’s April Inspiration Challenge. I was inspired by the colors — particularly since it’s a combination that I don’t usually think of. I used the Beautiful Day stamp set by Altenew and love how the different stamps in this set can be used together to create a multi-colored flower or separately as background elements. To finish, I added a sentiment from Penny Black stamped on a die cut banner by Avery Elle to mimic a bit of the shape and texture in the inspiration photo.


Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110#
Stamps: Beautiful Day by Altenew; Pretty Petals by Penny Black
Inks: Memento by Tsukineko in Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Paris Dusk; Brilliance by Tsukineko in Cosmic Copper
Dies: Dotted Elle-Ments by Avery Elle

Beautiful Lady

My current obsession is with Altenew stamps so of course I’ve already acquired several of them to play around with. Since my style tends to be clean and simple, a card featuring a single sprigg of Lantana from the Beautiful Lady stamp set seemed like a good place to start.

I stamped the image on watercolor paper with VersaMark and heat embossed it using Stampendous! Embossing Powder in Detail White. The image was watercolored using distress inks and a water brush. After the image was dry, I applied Ranger’s Micro Glaze to seal the distress inks. The sentiment — from Penny Black’s Sprinkles and Smiles stamp set — was stamped on vellum with Stazon ink. Add a few enamel dots from Echo Park’s Jack and Jill Collection and we have a winner!


Cardstock: Neenah Exact 110 lb; Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper; Sky Blue Dots by American Crafts; Specialty Vellum by American Crafts
Stamps: Beautiful Lady by Altenew; Sprinkles and Smiles by Penny Black
Inks: Versamark, Stazon in Jet Black and Versafine in Onyz Black by Tsukineko; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn, Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar.
Embellishments: Stampendous! Embossing Powder in Detail White; Jack and Jill Girl Enamel Dots by Echo Park Paper Co.

Work in Progress: Persian Motifs

Persian_Motifs_grandeI recently purchased several Altenew stamps and finally had a chance to play around with them. I’m not particularly skilled at heat embossing — I usually end up with more embossing powder scattered on my workspace than on the card — but the Persian Motifs stamp set seemed perfect for a little heat embossing and a lot of distress inks.

Work in progress — final product later!


Paper: Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Stamp: Persian Motifs by Altenew
Inks: Versamark by Tsukineko; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar.
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! in Detail White