AECP: Painted Flowers Hello

Feb 23, 2019 | Hello, Just Because & For You Cards | 3 comments

AECP: Painted Flowers Hello

Feb 23, 2019 | Hello, Just Because & For You Cards | 3 comments

Altenew Educator Certification Program Participant Badge

Mystified by Altenew’s multi-step floral stamps?

Yup – they’re absolutely beautiful, but when you get your first Altenew build-a-flower stamp set in your hands, it can be a scary thing! Even as an experienced stamper, I was a bit tentative with my approach. Thank goodness for the All About Layering class!

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Up until this point, I worked through classes where I was familiar with the styles and techniques. But, I knew that I’d have to dive into all of those lovely floral stamps at some point! Now, don’t get me wrong, if there’s anything that draws crafters to Altenew, it’s the floral stamps. Am I right? They look so amazing with all of those layers stamped on top of each other, and the designs are so well thought out. Of course, having the coordinating dies and in some cases, mask/stencil combos is a total bonus!

So, where do you start? I suggest Painted Flowers! I picked this one because the layers are a little more forgiving, meaning that if I didn’t get the layers perfectly aligned, it wouldn’t be very noticeable. PLUS, this is one of the sets featured in the All About Layering class. I knew that the additional instruction from Nicole Picadura would help me navigate this stamp set successfully.

Class #4: All About Layering

The All About Layering classes (1, 2 & 3) are all FREE classes. They focus on the build-a-flower stamp sets and how to build the flowers and leaves successfully. Each lesson within the class focuses on one stamp set. The first video shares tips for using the provided alignment guide references, and the second video is a step-by-step project using the featured stamp set.

My Project & Design

For my project, I picked out a purple spectrum (Shades of Purple) to practice the flowers. I created a handful of blooms and then diecut them out. I was pleasantly surprised that they came together easily just by following the alignment guide and watching Nicole’s video on the set. Using shades from the same color collection was definitely an easy way to ensure good color coordination. I’ve really enjoyed the Altenew Crisp Inks. They lay down color nicely and dry to perfection. They may look a little splotchy at first, but once the ink is completely dry, the color is uniform across the entire stamped image.

Once I had the blooms complete, it was time to come up with a design to create a finished card. I can see that in the future, I may take time to create extra blooms in all sorts of colors to keep in my stash so I can just grab a few when I need them. I already have a few extras left over from my practicing! The Super Script stamp set provided the perfect, casual sentiment. With matching dies, I’ll be using these a lot! I added in a blended background, then layered in some Bazzill cardstock along with Carta Bella patterned paper and a strip of Lawn Fawn vellum. That casual layering was a great base for the sentiment and flowers! It was like I had a plan from the start, but it all just came together piece by piece.

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4 down, 6 to go!

Hey – enough blah, blah, blah for today! Bottom line – if you have any Altenew build-a-flower stamp sets in your stash, collecting dust because you’re too afraid to try them – dust ’em off, and go enroll yourself in one of the All About Layers classes so you can learn how to use them! You won’t regret it!

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For the Altenew Educator Certification Program - level 1: All About Layering. Features Painted Flowers stamp set &dies, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks. For more details, click through to the blog post. #pmretreat #altenew #AECP #floral #flowerbuilder #hello