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Pretty Floral Patterns with Altenew Stamps

I do love a good piece of patterned paper, but I think I love being able to make custom patterned paper using lots of my own stamps even more. Case in point, this project! I used the Hello Sunshine stamp set from Altenew to create this (almost) one layer card. There are so many great floral images in this set and it’s hard not to want to use them all at once, so DIY patterned paper is always a good solution to be able to incorporate a lot of images at once.

Altenew hello sunshine birthday card

I started off by making off the bottom of my card to leave a bit of white space and add some interest to the card (just like I did here). I then selected several images from my stamp set and started stamping them in a pattern all over the paper using Intense Black Ink. One of the keys to making your DIY patterned paper look legit is to make sure you stamp some images so that they are running off of the edges of the paper.

Altenew hello sunshine birthday card

After I had finished stamping the panel, I removed my mask at the bottom and colored in the images with my Copic markers. I added a gray outline around each image as well, just to give them a bit more of a pop. (BTW – the color scheme I chose was loosely inspired by this pin.)

Altenew hello sunshine birthday card

Once everything was colored, I heat embossed a line of liquid platinum embossing powder where the pattern stamping met the white area of the card, and then used the “happy” part of my Painted Happy Birthday die for the sentiment (layering several slate gray-colored die cuts on top of each other). I finished by stamping the word birthday using a stamp that I pilfered from another stamp set that I can’t remember the name of at the moment!

Altenew hello sunshine birthday card

Happy Paper Crafting!

kimberly

Cards

Nautical Theme Card Set

Here we are in the middle of winter and I’m making card sets with sea turtles and jelly fish on them. Probably because I’m already pretty sick of shoveling. I’m looking forward to warmer weather soon!

Have a beautiful day card set

This set of cards is heavily inspired by a card made by Joan over at Dear Paperlicious. I recently discovered her blog and I love all of the cards she makes! When I saw the almost-one-layer card she made with similar stamps (with a beautiful cobalt-colored ink that I was wishing I had in my stash!) I couldn’t resist stamping a similar card of my own.

Have a beautiful day card set

I chose four colors of ink for the four cards I planned to make: Fog, High Dive, Soft Navy and Teeny Bikini. I then masked off my already-cut A-2 card bases with some painter’s tape, so that I could stamp my pattern but leave a large white space at the bottom of each card for the sentiment that I’d add later on.

Have a beautiful day one layer card

I loaded up some acrylic blocks with several of the smallest images from the July My Monthly Hero kit by Hero Arts (sadly, it’s now sold out – but this design will work with any small stamps!). I stamped all over the un-masked area of my cards and really packed those images in there! I made sure to clean off my stamps really well before switching to a different color for the next card. Although the process of stamping the pattern one image at a time was a bit tedious, I found it quite relaxing – which is probably why I made several of these!

Have a beautiful day card

Once I’d finished stamping, I would remove the painter’s tape to reveal a nice white space on the lower third of the card. I wanted to delineate the space a bit more, so I used my VersaMarker and a ruler to draw a line across the card where the stamping stopped and the white space began. Then I added some Liquid Platinum embossing powder and used a dry paintbrush to brush away some bits here and there so the line was a little less perfect. Finally, I used my heat tool to emboss the jagged little line I had made, and I think that little detail helped to add some interest and balance to the card. I then found a very simple sentiment (also part of the July Hero kit) and stamped that in VersaFine Onyx Black ink below the line I’d just made. VersaFine ink is my favorite for stamping sentiments!

Have a beautiful day one layer card set

I ended up chopping off about a quarter inch from the bottom of each card because I felt the white space I had left was a little too much, but there you have it! A simple one-layer card in a style that lends itself to any kind of little stamps – not just fish and sea turtles and coral! I think I’ll box these up in a set and gift them to a friend.

I hope everyone is having an excellent weekend!

kimberly