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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.

Thank you for stopping by.

 

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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!

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Altenew – Achieving Dimension On Your Layout

Hello there! Today I would like to share three easy tips on how to achieve dimension on your scrapbook pages.
If you have had the chance to check out my previous posts and projects, you may have noticed that my style is very clean and simple. I usually focus on one element or a few colors and repeat them throughout the layout to create continuity and achieve a cohesive look. Because of the simplicity of my pages, I found that a few easy tricks can really make a difference in terms of adding dimension and interest to them.

  • Building Layers
This is my absolute favorite and can be achieved in a lot of different ways, that is with patterned papers, mixed media, ephemera pieces, washi tape. The possibilities are endless. I often layer cut files and die cuts to give the design more depth. For my layout today, I cut a beautiful clematis wreath twice. I chose white card stock for the bottom layer, and a gorgeous watercolor patterned paper included in the Reflection Scrapbook Collection for the top one. Vellum is also another option and I love the delicate touch it adds, but I decided not to use here.

  • Have Fun With Your Elements

Play with your elements and don’t be afraid to modify them. Here I opted to adhere the first wreath directly onto the background, but fussy cut the flowers out of the watercolor one to obtain individual shapes. My goal was to make them look like they were floating on the page and create shadows and lots of dimension. Foam dots are a must-have in this case.

  • Diversify Your Embellishments
Mixing up the type of embellishments you use adds extra texture and interest. Stickers, chipboard stickers, stamped images, and die cuts contribute to create dimension by adding different heights. The flowers you see here were fussy cut from the Doodled Lace Cover Die. I love the stitched details! I also heat-embossed several little flowers included in the Amazing You stamp set with Golden Peach Crisp Embossing Powder and scattered them all around the wreath. To match the colors of the layout, I water colored them by using inks.
I hope you’ll find these simple tips helpful and inspiring. I would love to hear what you think πŸ™‚
Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day!