It’s time for a new challenge at the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge. We have a colour challenge this time around, and are looking for projects made using pink, yellow and green. This time around we’re doing something a little different for a prize – the randomly chosen winner will receive a $5 gift card to their choice of any of our sponsors this year. There are a lot of sponsors to chose from, so it’s definitely a fun prize!
I decided to use Altenew products for my card. The decision was primarily because I recently received the Build-A-Flower: Sakura Blossom as a prize and I just wanted an excuse to play with it. It’s a really pretty set and layers up beautifully. I love that it can also be bought as a bundle with appropriate coloured inks for doing the layering too, though I didn’t get that version. Instead I used some Altenew inks that I already had.
As the dies for the kit are solid rather than outline dies I die cut the flower pieces before stamping. Usually I stamp first then cut, but with solid dies it can be very difficult to line up the dies over the stamped images. Once I had die cut the pieces I slid them back in to the paper I had cut them from so that I could properly position them into my MISTI. I then started on my stamping. I chose the Floral mini cube bundle for my ink colours. The bottom, solid layer of the two flowers is stamped with Frosty Pink, the second more detailed layer with Coral Berry, and the final centre part with Ruby Red. I did allow each layer to dry a little before adding the next, to try to prevent the inks from bleeding in to each other as I wanted them to be nice and crisp. The leaves also use inks from the Floral mini cube bundle. Where the flowers had three layers the leaves only have two. The solid layers are stamped with Frayed Leaf and the detail layer is stamped with Forest Glades.
For the remaining piece of the flower, which I think would be the stamen(?), I had to bring in some other inks as I do not have any grey or yellow in Altenew inks – at least not yet! Again I started with the solid layer that covers the whole area of the die cut shape. For this I used Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige ink. Then I added the dots on the ends of the stamen, which I stamped with Lemon Zest. The Lemon Zest is a hybrid ink (but is available as a dye ink), unlike all the other inks I used which were dye inks. Finally I returned to my Ruby Red ink to stamp the centre portion.
Initially I had only stamped out one of each element, giving me a large and small flower along with a large and small leaf. When I started laying them out on my white, top-fold card base I realised that I definitely needed some more! I stamped everything out again, leaving me with two of everything, though I ended up using only one of the large flowers. I curved each of the elements along the score lines given by the dies. I then played around to work out how I wanted them arranged on my card base.
Once I came up with an arrangement I liked I decided to add my sentiment. I probably should have worked out what sentiment I wanted to use before deciding on an arrangement, but luckily there was one that fit well. I moved all the flower parts off to the side and used Altenew Jet Black ink to stamp the sentiment. I then used some liquid glue to adhere all the die cut pieces into place, slightly refining the layout as I went.
As a final touch, and to help bring in a bit more of the yellow, I added a few Nuvo Drops in Limoncello.
I’m really happy with this card. I absolutely love the stamp and die bundle, and I do wonder why I haven’t got more of these Build-A-Flower sets! Altenew really does make beautiful florals and I would love to get more of them. This set works really well for the colour scheme of our challenge and I’m very pleased that I decided to use these stamps and dies for this card.
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Altenew Inspiration Challenge – Inspiration Image
Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Pink, Yellow and Green
HLS Anything Goes With Dies – Use Dies
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times – Girl’s Birthday
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)