Layers, Layers, and More Layers....

Updated: Dec 10, 2020


Good Morning my crafty peeps! I hope this Tuesday morning post finds you all cozy, warm, and ready to craft! I recently made the decision to retire my position and become a full-time blogger! Mostly, I have really enjoyed catching up on my sleep over the past few weeks, and learning how to be a stay-at-home wifey to my husband.


It's hard to believe we are in the Christmas Season, and getting ready to say good-bye to 2020. I'm so excited to see this year come to an end, as I'm sure all of you are as well. For those of you who have been devastated in one way or another by COVID, my heart goes out to you.


My second entry for the AECP features a layered card using the Darling Rose stamp and die set by Altenew. I learned a lot about layering different elements from the Altenew All About Layering 2 Video. I have to admit, I am a sucker for roses and I love this stamp. The rose is a good size, and can be colored using the medium of your choice. For my design today, I chose to use Copic Markers, and Arteza Colored Pencils.


First, I stamped the rose on a piece of white cardstock (Strathmore 100 lb Premium Supersmooth), with a neutral, light colored dye ink. Next, I colored the entire petal with my Y35 Copic. The fine details were created using my Arteza Colored pencils. (Make sure to add different lengths of lines to ensure you don't end up with a solid block of color on your piece). I used the same method for the leaves, and cut them using the coordinating die set.



For the background I used a piece of Neena Exact Index Paper Cardstock and cut it 4" x 5.25". I used my Altenew blending tool, and Altenew Crisp Dye Inks. (I just want to add, that the blending tool Altenew offers is in my opinion THE BEST blending tool ever!!)


I wanted to create an Ombre look for my background so I started the blending with Pink Pearl and put it down on the entire sheet of paper. Next, I grabbed the Altenew Coral Bliss Crisp Dye Ink, and blended it with the lighter color. I did not carry this color down to the bottom of the sheet as I did with the Pink Pearl.


Finally, I blended the top corner with Vineyard Berry and Heartbeat to complete the look.

For my card base I cut a piece of White Cardstock 4.25" x 5.5". To add some dimension, I adhered a piece of fun foam to the back of the card front and placed it on the base of the card.


To arrange my flowers I wanted my viewers to have an easy place to rest their eyes, so I created a triangle with the rose leaves. The triangle allows a path for the viewer to follow, leaving nothing unseen!


After placing the bottom rose, and leaves I decided to use foam tape on the top rose to add a touch more of dimension.

For the sentiment I decided to use the "Happy Birthday" from the Bergenia Builder Stamp Set from Altenew. I used the Altenew Permanent Black Crsip Ink to stamp it, and added some clear dots for some sparkle.


I really enjoyed making this card, and appreciate you stopping by. I do hope you have a lovely day today!

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