Altenew, Beautiful Day, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Stampin Up

Altenew Beautiful Day Take Two!

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I had the pleasure yesterday of coloring with my stamping friend in Virginia via FaceTime!  How fun is that?!  She wanted to learn how to color these beautiful blossoms from Altenew’s Beautiful Day set the way I have.  We stamped out our images on Bristol Vellum surface watercolor paper  (I masked and layered mine) and proceeded to lay in lots and lots of color!  What an enjoyable time we had!  We used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and for my background, I stamped lightly with a script-y sentiment stamp from Stampin Up’s retired Botanicals set.  I trimmed the panel down to fit onto a black card base, keeping it simple to showcase the flowers!  
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At the very end, I spattered a little watery black ink and then droplets of water; I love how it adds almost a patina!  The sentiment is from a retired Stampin Up set called Fabulous Florets.  
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Again, I give credit for this technique of coloring and color palette to the very talented “pearlyg8s2” who’s original card I copied fromFlickr~  
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I stamped out the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto a scrap of the watercolor paper, smudged a little Black Soot distress ink around the edges and lifted it with a strip of fun foam.  
Altenew, Beautiful Day, Birthday, Florals, Kuretake, Label Love

Altenew Beautiful Day CASE’d Card

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I stumbled across a different version of this card using Altenew’s  Beautiful Day on Flickr (created by pearlyg8s2) and was blown away by the incredible detail in her coloring!  I just HAD to copy it!  Her card was done in  reds, greens and golds but I chose to use blues in mine.  I pretty much completely CASE’d by positioning the peony and leaf images almost exactly as she did, and then, with her card on my phone as a prompt, I copied the details of her coloring, petal by petal, leaf by leaf.  This was such a great learning experience for me, as I used my Zig Clean Color Brush markers‘s in ways I never had before.  
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Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers were fabulous for the depth and richness of coloring these images; after completing the blossoms and leaves, I then added the shadows around the outer edges with the markers as well, smudging it a bit with my finger to soften it.  I adhered the panel to a white base card, then spattered a little brown ink and white craft paint and attached a few sequins.
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To finish my card, I heat-embossed in black the sentiment from Altenew’s Label Love set and lifted it up a little with some double-stick foam tape behind it.  This may be one of my all-time favorite cards I’ve ever made and am so grateful to “pearlyg8s2” for the inspiration!



Altenew, Beautiful Day, Florals, Water Colored Cards

Altenew Beautiful Day

Altenew’s Beautiful Day is one of my favorite stamp sets!  It’s a layering set with four “levels” of the peony image but I only used three of them to create this card.

Using only Ranger  Distress Oxide inks for this card,  I pulled out an older background stamp (not visible in the finished card) called Vintage Tapestry and inked it up with Fossilized Amber and stamped it onto the card stock.  The pretty text stamp from an old Stampin Up set called Botanicals was inked up with Iced Spruce and stamped along the right hand side of the background.

Next, I stamped the solid layer of the peony with Worn Lipstick randomly around the paper, spritzed it with a little water then dried it with my heat tool.  Then I added the “shadow” peony image in Fired Brick on top of the solid image, spritzed and dried.  I switched to Fossilized Amber to fill in around the red peonies and used the same process. The solid leaf image was stamped with Iced Spruce, spritzed and dried.  Lastly, I  stamped the line image of the peony with Versafine Onyx Black ink loosely over each blossom.

After attaching this to a base card I created the sentiment using Altenew’s Label Love stamp set, heat-embossed in black and trimmed down, mounted on double-stick foam tape and finally, added a few random accents of Nuvo Drops in silver.  Despite my lengthy description of the process, this card came together fairly quickly!  It reminds me of a beautiful piece of silk!

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Beautiful Day Stamp Set

Label Love Stamp Set - Altenew