Today I’m trying my luck and entering this card into the December Altenew Challenge . I have so many of their stunning stamp sets and it’s high time they got put to good use.
When I was at primary school, we were always encouraged to decorate our work that was to be submitted. One trend that went around my class was to draw a floral “vine” around the border. Today, I’ve attempted to recreate that style with stamps.
For this card, I decided to use the colours that were a feature of Altenew’s March 2016 Inspiration Challenge.
I stamped the leaves first with Memento Dew Drops Cottage Ivy ink onto a 5″x7″ piece of Spectrum Noir Blending cardstock, leaving spaces for the flowers. I then added the flowers into the spaces using Memento Dew Drops Rose Bud ink.
Once dry, I coloured the images with my Chameleon alcohol markers, using Apple Green (GR1) and Dark Sage (GR2) for the leaves. I decided to use only one pen, Fuschia (PK5), for the flowers, fusing the nib to get the gradient colours. I highlighted the tips of the flowers with the Chameleon colourless blender, using a flicking motion inwards.
To give shading around the outer edge, I chose Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and used a Clarity Stencil Brush to apply a light layer, blending it to shadow the floral elements. I then inked the edge, with Shabby Shutters, and attached it to a card base.
For the sentiment, I cut six Altenew Happy Birthday die shapes from dark pink cardstock. I glued them together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive and topped them with a layer of shimmer with my Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle pen. I finished off with a layer of Glossy Accents.
The sentiment looked a little “lonely” so I die cut six of each sized hearts from Simon Says Stamps heart die set, glued them into a stack and finished them off in the same way as I did for the sentiment. I think these hearts gave the sentiment the “companionship” it needed.
I just hope the girls at Altenew like what I’ve done with their creations.