Welcome to my blog, crafty friends! If you have just visited Keisha Charles, then you are on the right track. Today, we share with you the latest from the Build-a-flower family: the Hawaiian Coral.
This stamp set can be layered or the outline stamp can be used alone. Below are card samples using the BAF: Hawaiian Coral.
MAKE A WISH
I created a no-line watercolored card here using the masking technique so that I can layer the flowers on top of each other. After watercoloring the petals using different concentrations of the Persian blue and the purple wine, I added deeper shades using colored pencils.
I wanted to add some dimension to this card so I die cut the painted piece and mounted it on a foam sheet. The edges of the card front were painted using the leftover paints on my palette then the painted layers were adhered to the card front using glue. The sentiment was stamped using Versamark ink then embossed with Pure White embossing powder. Lastly, I added a rose gold embossed frame to finish the card.
YOU ARE JUST ABSOLUTELY AMAZING
He’s a similar layout using artist markers instead of watercolor. The outline image was embossed using Rose Gold Embossing powder. A die-cut was used to cut out part of the image and this was colored using artist markers R601, R603 and R614. I still have so much to learn on how to color using alcohol markers. Need to practice!!!
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 11/06/2020 for a chance to win. Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 11/09/2020.
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Aren’t the colors so vibrant?! You can use them like colored pencils or activate them with water for a watercolored look. Below are some samples of how I used these two products. Hopefully, these will inspire you to create your own watercolored artwork. 😊
For this first card, I thought of creating a no-line watercolored card. No-line watercoloring took much longer to create than watercoloring an embossed image. It took me hours to finish this card– partly because my eyesight is not as good as before 🙁
It’s such an intricate image to color. Aside from watercolor, I used watercolor brush markers and colored pencils for more definition of the petals. I used Desert Night for the background to make the stamped image pop. The edge of the card was embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder to add a border.
YOU ARE MY HAPPY
If the first card took hours to make, this one took less than 10 minutes. I was cleaning a foam tip tool that I used for an alcohol ink project by rolling it on yupo paper and this pattern appeared. I liked it a lot so I decided to cover the entire paper with this pattern.
I then stamped the image using Versamark Ink then embossed with Pure White Embossing Powder. The sentiment was stamped on vellum then embossed with Rose Gold Embossing Powder. I used the Fine Frames cover die to cut out the frame using a light blue cardstock. The card was assembled using foam sheets for added dimension. Quick and easy!
I was so inspired by the video tutorial of how to create easy watercolor stamping from my uber-talented friend Amber Davis. She has tons of amazing techniques to share on her blog so make sure the check it out. I didn’t waste time and tried out her technique right away. I loved how easy it was to do and ended up making 4 cards.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY/YOU ARE SO KIND
For these cards, I used the woodless watercolor pencils. I simply wet the pencil with a watercolor brush then added the pigments directly to the stamp. I made sure to use a Misti so that I can go back and stamp the portions that did not have a good imprint of. Key here is not to use a lot of water so that you will still see the outline of the stamp set. I added darker shades of orange and some browns to the center of the flowers. I love this watercolored look! It reminded me of a batik painting I did many many years ago.
Splatters were also added after the stamped images were dry. The edges of the watercolor panel were then embossed using rose gold embossing powder. The sentiments were die cut 5 times then stacked on top of each other for dimension. This was then tied to the card front using twine. Make sure to try this out… I’m sure you will love the outcome of your cards.
HERE FOR YOU
Here’s another set of cards using the same technique only using different colors this time. I used the following woodless watercolor pencils-Moutain Mist, Dew Drops, Turquoise and Lavender Fields.
HANG IN THERE
For the fourth card, I watercolored the background using the woodless watercolor pencils then after drying the panel, I stamped the image using only one watercolor. Another option is to emboss the image using either white embossing powder or gold.
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 10/28/2020 for a chance to win. They will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/30/2020.
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Hello everyone!!! Altenew has a wonderful July release and I made a couple of cards to showcase this new release. Take a look at these gorgeous products!!!
I read all your comments on my blog and truly appreciate your kind words. I’ve noticed that there are quite a number of people who are new to cardmaking so this blog post will be a mixture of simple, fun and easy to make cards/tags and some that need a little more time to create. Do let me know which one is your favorite in the comment section, ok? I really love hearing from all of you. <3
WHATEVER YOU ARE, BE A GOOD ONE | YOU ARE GREAT
Don’t you just adore the Courageous You stamp set!?!?! I love huge images that can be colored using different kinds of coloring mediums. For these cards though, I thought of stamping and embossing the image on vellum for a soft and dainty look. I used the Fine Frames cover die to add borders around the card front. Light colors were chosen to match the soft look of this card.
When embossing on thin papers like vellum, just make sure that you heat up your heat gun first. I also heat it from the back to prevent the paper from warping.
THINKING OF YOU | WITH GRATITUDE
Here’s another set of CAS cards using the Geometric Elements stamp. When I saw this stamp set, the first thing that came into my mind was the geometric terrariums that I used for my daughter’s party a few years ago. 🙂
I used the stems on the Fragile Foliage Stamp set as strings for these “terrariums”. My youngest daughter Andrea helped me with the drawings of the mini succulents ( I will need a magnifying glass in order to do that!!! Thanks so much, Dea! <3 ) The succulents were colored with the Altenew alcohol artist markers. Strips of papers from the Blushing Blooms paper pack were added to finish off these cute and simple cards. The card front was also mounted onto foam sheets for added dimension.
YOU ARE WORTHY
This next card was created using the Floral In and Out Border die, the Wild Flora washi tape, the Terrific Tags die and the sentiment from the Courageous You stamp set. I wrapped a panel with the washi tape then die cut the Floral in and out border die. I did the same to 4 layers of white cardstocks so that I can stack them up to create some dimension.
I just had to fit them like a jigsaw puzzle then added a sentiment stamped on one of the tags from the Terrific tags die. A green brad was added as an accent to this simple card. You really don’t have to do much because the washi tape is already so beautiful.
Here’s another pair of quick cards to make. I got some paper scraps from the Shades of Purple gradient cardstock set and cut them into strips. My apologies if I can’t remember who I saw this technique from– must be from the amazing Laura Bassen or Jennifer Mcguire or maybe even from Kristina Werner or the wonderful Cathy Zielske. They are my go-to cardmakers where I get my inspirations from.
I covered the entire card front with double-sided tape then adhered the strips. Both positive and negative elements from the Circled Greetings: hugs die were used to create 2 cards so nothing went to waste.
SOME DAYS YOU JUST HAVE TO CREATE YOUR OWN SUNSHINE
Would you believe that this card was made using only 1 stamped image? 🙂 The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed on vellum. The floral image from the Courageous You stamp set was stamped on 140 lbs Arches watercolor paper using Versamark ink then heat embossed with Rose gold embossing powder. I used colors from the Altenew watercolor brush makers. I love how highly pigmented these watercolors are! A little goes a long way.
The image was placed in one corner and the excess was cut off. Foam tape was used to create dimension. The leftover pieces were also adhered to the card front to fill the other edges of the card.
Here’s another set of CAS cards using bold colors. I die cut 3 different colored cardstocks using the Circled Greetings: thanks die. To vary the background, I placed the Feeling Dotty Stencil over the background then added Versamark ink over it.
White embossing ink was poured over it and heat embossed to create a dotted background. I also added a sentiment from the Hello and Hugs stamp set for variation. This is a quick way to create multiple cards with a single die– just vary the cardstocks and backgrounds.
THANK YOU TAG
Here’s another quick project using the masking technique. For these tags, I used the sentiments from the Geometric Elements and the Fragile Foliage image. The biggest tag from the Terrific Tags dies was perfect to make the packaging for the monogram cards I made for a friend look pretty. I love the simplicity of the image which ties up with the modernity of the font.
The sentiment and border were stamped and embossed first using rose gold embossing powder. Then I masked the area so that I can stamp the foliage image over it.
If you have been following my previous blog posts, you’ll notice that my style leans heavily towards layering and lots of embellishments. Restraining myself from adding more to a card is truly a struggle for me. I have a hard time creating clean and simple cards because I tend to cover up all of the white space. That being said, I’ve always been a huge fan of Cathy Zielske‘s CAS style ever since my scrapbooking days in the early 2000s. From her, I’ve learned the basics in design principles. She’s my rockstar when it comes to CAS layouts and cards. And just recently, she sent me a video message full of sound advice on how to deal with certain types of people. I am so humbled that she took time out of her busy schedule to personally send a message and make me feel better. So in honor of this amazing human being, this post showcases a number of CAS cards and from this post onwards, I will step out of my comfort zone and try to include a card that reflects her style. Thank you, Cathy! Truly appreciate what you did. ❤️ Below is a set of CAS cards inspired by her style using the Fragile Foliage stamp set.
I’VE BEEN THINKING OF YOU|THANKS FOR EVERYTHING
The image from the Fragile Foliage image was stamped on a rectangular die cut cardstock. This was adhered on the card front using a foam sheet. Golden peach and Caribbean sky embossing powders were used to emboss the sentiments from the Sentiment Strips stamp set.
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