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Altenew masking and ink blending

If you haven't taken a class with Altenew Academy, I highly recommend it. Each class digs into the techniques behind making beautiful cards. And while you'll get a lot of information and tips on how to use their stamps, (Like the color layering florals they are famous for) you'll also get some serious learning that will improve your cardmaking. They have a very good price point for each class. And each one has a wealth of information on a specific technique or method. So, as I enjoyed the "Masking Unleashed" class, it inspired me to dig out some of the gorgeous florals in my Altenew collection. This one is called Stunning Cosmos. Yes, it boasts those color layering stamps, but it's also a great set to use those masking techniques.

For this simple card, I started by stamping the base layer of the center flower in Altenew Coral Berry twice. I then stamped the detail layer in Ruby Red. I stamped the detail layer again onto a sticky note and fussy cut it. I placed the mask on top of the center flower. Then I added the left flower base in Fruity Pink with the detail layer in Coral Berry. For the right flower, I used Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in Soft Lilac for the base and Lavender Fields for the detail layer. All the flower stems are Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades. The flower centers are Fresh Lemon and Honey Drizzle.

Now, if you look closely, you'll see the mask I used at the top of the photo. And you'll notice the pink and purple flowers stamped onto the mask. I carefully cut that mask just inside the outside edge so that there wouldn't be any white space between each of the flowers once stamped. But for the tiny white space, I did use a small, dry paintbrush dipped into the Soft Lilac ink and painted out the white space.

I also used the Pink and Main Ergonomic blending brush and Soft Lilac ink to blend the cardstock that frames the flowers and the ribbon. By doing so, I ensured that my cardstock and ribbon perfectly match my purple flower. To complete the card, I stamped the sentiment in Altenew Jet Black and added black cardstock as the base layer. I think it really makes the purple blended cardstock stand out. For my card base, I used Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock cut to 5 1/2 by 8 inches, scored at 4 1/2 inches and folded in half.

This card was simple and quick, but so much fun to create while practicing masking techniques. I hope you're inspired to dig into your stash of beautiful Altenew floral stamps and create your own bouquet.

Creating something with your hands makes your heart happy! So until next time, stay crafty!

Thanks for stopping by.

Tami aka The Joyful Crafter


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