This Lotus flower stamp set from Altenew has been in my stash for ages, and as much as I love the flowers I’ve never been able to create a card I loved with them. They stamp really well, and I’ve had great fun using faux watercolour techniques and ink resist with them, but for some reason the cards have never looked quite right. I wanted to challenge myself, so I decided this was the stamp set I was using for the second All About Layering course with the Altenew AECP.
The Lotus Stamp Set has a choice of flowers with different layering options. You can use them all, or mix and match for different effects. For this card I decided to go for a faux watercolour look but still by stamping the images. So I chose a combination of Spectrum Noir ink and watercolour card that gives almost a ‘wet’ look when you stamp. I also wanted to make the card fairly monochromatic. It’s not a style I use very often but it sometimes works with fabulous results.
Creating A Layered Card with Altenew Lotus Flower Stamp Set
To begin, I stamped a bunch of lotus images in Spectrum Noir inks using only two colours – Plum Pudding and Frosty Jade. I don’t have many Altenew ink pads yet so this project reminded me that I need to up my game in the shopping department.
The darkest ink worked really well for the outline, and while it was still wet I stamped the lighter colour on top letting the watercolour paper blend the two colours together at the edges. It gave it a softer look with a faux watercolour feel. I did try stamping one lotus with a metallic finish ink too – you can see it at the bottom of the second sheet there – but it was too heavy and covered the detail of the first stamp. When they were all stamped, I added a layer of WOW! clear sparkle embossing powder to a handful of the lotus images and heat set them. It gave them a little sparkle without being too over-the-top. Finally, I fussy cut all the flowers and put them to one side.
For the card front, I took a piece of white Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock and cut it to the same size as my card base – 4.25″ x 5.5″. I wanted to create a focal point so I cut the cover panel one third down using a stitched edge die.
Using the Halftone Hello Stamp Set, also from Altenew, I stamped the card front with black permanent ink. Then I took ‘how are you?’ line sentiment from the same stamp set and heat embossed it in white (WOW! Bright White) onto a thin strip of black cardstock.
There are at least three boxes of card scraps in my craft room, most of which I forget I have. But I spotted this purple tartan piece that I glued onto the back of the sentiment strip. It tied the colours of the lotus flowers in nicely, and also created a bit more interest without losing too much white space.
On the main card base, I took one of the stems from the Lotus Stamp Set and stamped a few flower stalks with the same Plum Pudding ink pad. The aim was to give the impression of a flower garden when the card was fully assembled. I finished the card by adhering the card front to the card base with foam tape, and then layering the lotus flowers onto the card using more dimensional foam. A few adhesive black sequins completed the look.
More Layering Techniques
This second class in the Altenew Educator Certification Program is a bit like the first. It focuses on layering and using the various Altenew Stamp Sets. But it definitely offers some good variety of content. (If you want to look at the card I produced for the first layering course with Altenew, click on this link.) It’s an interesting collection of videos that give you some great tips and tricks for getting the most out of your stamp sets, and shared ways of designing the final look for your cards that I hadn’t tried before.
There was quite a lot involved with this project, not least because I focused on making so many different lotus flowers with different finishes. I love how it turned out though, and I’m going to save it to give to someone special.