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Altenew – A Combination Of Stamp Sets

Hello everyone! Enza back with you today to share a new layout featuring a combination of stamp sets: Wood Pallet Background, Blooming Bouquet, and More Than Words.

It happens sometimes that I have an idea in mind and not the right patterned paper to execute it. I originally wanted to use the beautiful wood grain paper included in the Reflection Scrapbook Collection, but I only had bits and pieces left, so I decided to create my own patterned paper with the Wood Pallet Background stamp set. After stamping a full 12×12 white card stock with it, I used a craft die from my stash to obtain stitched circles in a variety of sizes.

Then I did the same thing with my pictures. To create more interest and extra dimension, I printed a bigger and a smaller copy of the same picture and die cut it with the same dies in progressive sizes. I used foam dots to adhere them together. Once the background design was ready, I started working on the flower clusters. I heat-embossed all the images with Altenew Crisp Pure White embossing powder and used Altenew inks to color them. Lots of layers and dimension create a more natural and realistic look.

Finally, I added sentiments from the More Than Words stamp set on the edge of some circles. The Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder brought in the right amount of shine and coordinated perfectly with the other colors on the page. The tiny dotted stamps included in the Blooming Bouquet stamp set, as well as enamel dots in matching colors, completed the layout.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and feel inspired to combine a variety of stamp sets to achieve a desired look on your pages.

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Altenew – Build-A-Flower: Poinsettia Release

Hello everyone! Altenew is releasing a new fabulous Build-A-Flower Stamp and Die set that is perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

“Poinsettias have been known to symbolize purity, good cheer, and success, but they are probably most recognized at Christmastime.  They are native to Central America and Mexico, and flower during the wintertime.  Some people even call them “Flores de Noche Buena,” or “Flowers of the Holy Night.”  Our gorgeous poinsettia can be stamped in four layers, and is accompanied by winter-themed sentiments.  Build-A-Flower: Poinsettia is sure to become a cherished part of your stamp collection!”

This stamp set is truly beautiful! It is perfect for card making but also scrapbook layouts. I used it to create the opening page for my December Daily album this year.
I wanted to achieve a soft, yet festive look, so I decided to pair the Golden Peach Crisp Embossing Powder with different shades of pink and cream. I started by heat-embossing the outline of the poinsettias. While I used the Altenew Frosty Pink to fill one of them up with color (the lower one), I opted to skip this layer on the other two as I wanted to keep the white background.
Next, I went in with the following colors of ink: Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Buttercream (for the middle one). I love how delicate they turned out.
Once the poinsettias were finished, I thought of adding some leaves. I heat-embossed the outline of the same poinsettia image on smooth white card stock, but this time I used Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades Crips Inks to color it in. I then fussy cut the petals and arranged them around the flowers. The sentiments you see around the page are from the same stamp set, while the stars come from the Night Before Christmas stamp set that was released in September.

I finished everything off with a layer of Wink Of Stella Shimmer Brush Pen and some alpha stickers from my stash for the title and date.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my process. If you leave a comment on the Altenew Card or/and Scrapbook blogs you’ll get a chance to win one of THREE $30 gift certificates.
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Pink Paislee – Stamping: Heat-Embossing Technique For A Unique Background

Hello everyone! I am back to share a new layout with you today. Stamps are a great way to add variety and uniqueness to your projects. The stamp set included in the Turn The Page collection is so much fun and allows for lots of different and creative uses. Today I want to show you how I created my own patterned paper to use as background with a simple technique: heat-embossing.

This picture of my daughter walking on a carpet of leaves called for a fall-themed page. The colors in the Turn The Page collection are perfect for it, and so are the stamps. I decided to use the three type of leaves included in the stamp set to create a repeated pattern on a 12×12 white cardstock. I chose to go with a diagonal design, so I only stamped one portion of it. I heat-embossed the images to create a resist, as I was planning on blending some inks onto it to bring in more colors that coordinated with the collection. I love the texture that this technique adds, and also the simplicity of it. After stamping the leaves with VersaMark ink, I applied my favorite embossing powder and zapped it with a heat gun. Easy peasy. It is certainly a time-consuming technique, but the results are so worth it.

Once my background was ready, I started working on the embellishments. I knew I wanted to bring in lots of leaves to highlight and continue the theme of the page. I cut out different shapes in a variety of colors, mostly from scraps I had leftover from other projects, and layered them on both sides of the picture. I also incorporated bigger leaves that were cut out of white cardstock to add an extra layer of texture.

The 2×2 Paper Swatches included in the Turn the Page collection are so fun and perfect to add details and sentiments to your pages.

For the title, I adhered one of the clear stickers to white cardstock and fussy cut around it. To separate it from the white background and make it stand out more I placed some washi tape underneath it. Same idea was behind the decision of matting my layout with Paper 09. I love the contrast between the white and the blue.

I had a lot of fun creating this layout. Stamps are so versatile and can be used to achieve different and unique looks. Give it a try!