AECP: How to Align Builder Stamps

Mar 5, 2019Hello, Just Because & For You Cards5 comments

AECP: How to Align Builder Stamps

Mar 5, 2019Hello, Just Because & For You Cards5 comments

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Do you avoid builder stamps because they just look too difficult?

If there’s one thing Altenew is known for, it’s their Build-a-Flower stamp sets. Of course, as I shared last week, some are more forgiving than others. Today, I’m diving into the sets that require more precise alignment, and I’m sharing a Crafter’s Toolbox video about a method I created to help with precise alignment – the Dot Method.

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Class #7: All About Layering 2

All About Layering 2 is another free class that will help you align a handful of Altenew Build-a-Flower stamp sets. These lessons are invaluable in helping to understand how the layers work together! Of course, each lesson has a full project tutorial along with the alignment video. You can copy the project exactly or use it for layout inspiration.

My Project

I love the clean, soft look I achieved with today’s project. The flower didn’t come together as quickly as I hoped because I needed to figure out how to stamp the images on top of each other as perfectly as I could. That lead me down the path of devising an alternate way to align the various layers.

The Technique & Design

Overall, this is a pretty straightforward design. There’s a watercolor wash in Rouge on Strathmore cold press watercolor card. I dried it and added some Wink of Stella for shimmer.

Then, I stamped the peony bloom and leaves and diecut them out. When I went to assemble, the bloom looked a bit naked on the wash, so I added some additional floral images (just the outline stamps) in Morning Frost. It really brings all of the elements together, don’t ‘cha think? Of course, a perfectly placed greeting really finishes off the design. Even though the peony element is popped up, you could wait to add the sentiment until later when you have a specific need. As long as you use a stamp positioner and make sure the card is securely in place, it’s no problem to add the sentiment whenever you want!

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Crafter’s Toolbox Video: The Dot Method for aligning builder stamps

After a few tries with the bloom I was getting a little frustrated in matching up the layers. Perhaps there was a better way for me? I started to work out a technique that would help me to align builder stamps more quickly, and that I could apply to any builder stamp (Altenew or otherwise!). Anyone can do it, and I know you’ll be seeing it a lot in my videos. All it takes is a bit of patience, the Altenew alignment guide and a Sharpie marker!

7 down, 3 to go!

Have you been enjoying this series? I hope that you’re seeing my style change a little bit as I get used to all sorts of different stamping products.

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AECP: How to Align Builder Stamps