There are so many ways to use Altenew Build-A-Flower: Crocus! Are you feeling totally inspired by the hop?
I have 2 cards and a video for you today and I’m sharing layer stamp techniques that will help you produce varying levels of saturation and highlights.
If you’ve made your way here from the talented Jaycee Gaspar’s blog, then you’re right on track!
Altenew Build-A-Flower: Crocus may be the easiest layer stamp set to line up. I didn’t even use my MISTI. Check out this layering guide.
Altenew Build-A-Flower: Crocus is available as the standard Stamp & Die Bundle or as a Stamp, Die, & Ink Bundle.
Layer Stamping Techniques
Let’s talk layer stamping. Depending on your card design you may want to vary the saturation and highlight of your images. Varying the saturation can help to create the illusion that some flowers are in the foreground and some are in the background.
These Crocus flowers only have 3 layers and the Altenew ink sets have 4 colors. So, you could vary the color by using the lightest ink for the base layer or the second lightest ink for the base layer.
However, I love bright white highlights in my flowers. So I frequently omit the base layer all together as seen in the Crocus on the far right. If I’m creating a scene I may fully ink up the base layer and place those flowers in the background and put images where I’ve omitted the base layer in the foreground.
If I want a 3rd variation in color, I’ll ink the base layer with the rock n roll technique so that only the edges of the stamp are inked. See the video for details!
Create a Crocus Garden
Sometimes I have a specific card design in mind before I start crafting, but not today. I was stamping these little lovelies when my mom called. We got to chatting and before I knew it I had a ton of flowers and leaves.
I could picture these flowers sprouting up between cobblestone crevices. So, for my first design, I stamped my sentiment across the top of an A2 card panel and dry embossed it with Altenew Stone Wall Stencil.
Then I arranged the crocus flowers and leaves. The flowers are arranged closely together so rather than vary the saturation, I omitted the base layer of each crocus to retain bright white highlights.
Create Huge Gerbera Daisies
After the first card, I still had loads of pretty flowers. I fanned them out in my hand like a deck of cards and that’s how I had the idea to create huge Gerbera daisies.
The leftover flowers were a mix of color saturation. I tried to keep the flowers with the bright white highlights in the forefront and the darker stamped images in the background and worked with what I had stamped.
To create the flower centers, I used stitched circle dies to cut Curious Metallic Ink (navy) cardstock. I considered adding texture to the flower centers with dry embossing or heat embossing, but left them plain to keep the focus on the flower petals.
The sentiments were stamped in Obsidian Pigment Ink and Starlight Crisp Dye Ink. The stamped panel was then dry embossed with Altenew Sketched Lines Stencil.
And that’s a wrap! I sure hope you enjoyed these cards and techniques today and I’d love to hear what you think! Let me know in the comments below.
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