Learning to Layer with Altenew Butterflies

I’ve had a bit of fun playing with my Altenew layering stamps as I’ve started to work my way through the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I wanted to try a few different cards before I jumped into submitting my finished products to the course examiners. So this card is the first I’ve made that I’ll be submitting as part of the AECP coursework.

The Painted Butterflies Stamp Set is an absolutely gorgeous design that gives the impression of hand-drawn or doodled butterflies. It’s a very forgiving stamp set to use too, because they deliberately don’t line perfectly the way most stamp sets do. It means that no one will know if you make a mistake or two.

Creating Your Layered Card with Altenew Butterflies

To begin, I took an A4 piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, which is one of my favourite brands for stamping with. I used a double stitched rectangle from my Sue Wilson Nesting Dies collection and die cut a cover piece slightly smaller than 4.25″ x 5.5″.

I chose three of the butterfly stamps and began by stamping the first layer in colour. The Altenew Crisp Dye ink pad in Ruby Red was a great choice because it’s bold and bright, and I stamped each butterfly on the cover piece just once. The Altenew inks give a very good impression too so I didn’t need to double stamp them.

I chose the Spectrum Noir Alcohol-proof ink pad in black for the second layer and stamped the outline images carefully onto each butterfly. You can see from the photos that they aren’t meant to match the main stamp completely, so you get a gorgeous doodle effect.

I wanted to keep this card nice and simple with lots of white space – I adore CAS cards so this was the perfect opportunity to make one. I didn’t use the sentiments from the Painted Butterflies stamp set because they’re all narrow. Normally I tend to choose line sentiments all the time but I wanted something with a bit more presence for this card.

I picked the ‘Hello Lovely” sentiment from the Fancy Greetings stamp set instead to add a little more drama and stamped it carefully in the bottom right hand corner. Finally, I picked a sheet of 12×12 cardstock in the same colour with white polka dots and cut it to the same size as my 4.25″x 5.5″ white card base. I have literally tons of patterned card that I collected when I first started cardmaking but I genuinely hardly ever use it, so this was a good opportunity.

I stuck it to the white card base so that it completely covered it and lined up with all the edges. Then I took my die cut cover piece and layered it onto the card with foam tape, keeping it offset to the right so you can see a strip of polka dot paper down one side. A few drops of Nuvo Crystal in Rhubarb Crumble colour was all it took to finish the card off.

Layering Techniques

The first stage in the Altenew Educator Certification Program focuses on layering, and these stamps were a good starting point. Aside from learning how to make beautiful cards using layering stamp sets, the course is also a really good introduction to using the various Altenew Stamp Sets themselves. Some of them you need to be very exact with, but others are much looser which are perfect if you find stamping a challenge.

This card probably only took about twenty minutes to make but I absolutely love its simplicity. Have you made any cards with the Altenew Painted Butterflies set? If so, share them with me on Instagram using the hashtag #fionagallowaydesigns!

Fiona x

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3 thoughts on “Learning to Layer with Altenew Butterflies

  1. This rocks!! You kept it simple and classy! I love it!
    Thank you for entering your work to the AECP assignment gallery.


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