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Altenew Build-A-Flower: Primrose Blog Hop

Add dimension to your one-layer cards without adding paper layers. Featuring the new Altenew Build-A-Flower: Primrose Stamp Set.

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Primrose

If you made your way here from the lovely Virgina Lu’s blog, you’re right on track. To start at the beginning, visit the Altenew Card Blog.

Add loads of dimension to your clean and simple one-layer cards. All the details are in this short cardmaking video tutorial. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share it with crafty friends!

Build-A-Flower: Primrose

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Primrose features three layered blooms and two-layered leaves. It also includes 13 sentiment stamps to build encouraging messages for friends and loved ones.

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Primrose
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Dimensional One-Layer Build-A-Flower: Primrose

Use Altenew Build-A-Flower: Primrose for more than layer stamping. Here, I used the outline images to create a simple one-layer card.

Add Dimension to One-Layer Cards

After masking a quick border with Post-It tape, I stamped three Build-A-Flower: Primrose blooms. Coordinating dies come with all Build-A-Flower sets. I used the dies to cut three primrose mask.

Once the masks were in place, I ink blended Caribbean Sky Crisp Dye Ink over Watercolor Stripes Stencil. Rather than using Neenah Classic Crest, I opted for Savoy 100% Cotton Letterpress paper.

This paper ink blends beautifully creating a soft airbrushed look. In addition, since it’s 100% cotton it holds water well too. This makes it great for ink smooching and light watercolor projects.

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Primrose & Watercolor Stripes Stencil

Now for that dimension, I talked about! I added a drop shadow with a regular pencil and tortillon (paper stump). Add a thin line of graphite and then blend lightly with the tortillon.

Shading under the blue stripes and around the primroses pops them up while recessing the white stripes.

Apothecary Label & Build-A-Flower: Primrose

Apothecary Label Stamp Set is a great set for a bit of simple masking. I started by stamping one of the label images with Pink Diamond Crisp Dye Ink.

Add Dimension to One-Layer Cards

Next, I masked the image and stamped several Build-A-Flower: Primrose blooms around the label with Obsidian Pigment Ink. Two to three flower masks are enough to get the job done.

Apothecary Labels & Build-A-Flower: Primrose Stamp Sets

Lastly, I shaded all around the Apothecary Label to bring the label forward and recess the primroses. And that’s a wrap, it’s as simple as that! Let me know what you think. Supplies, the next stop, and prize information are below. Thanks for stopping by!

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We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on THIS POST on 7/11/2020.

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The next stop on the hop is Laurie Willison who no doubt will have beautifully clean and simple designs to delight you! The full list is below so you don’t miss any crafty inspiration.

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  1. Connie Johnson says:

    Hi Amber 🙂 Love the stripes juxtaposed with the curves of the flowers! Gorgeous card and stamp set! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

  2. Kathleen Dippner says:

    Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing your tips for masking and adding the shadow.

  3. Elise Alfred-Sosa says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love the beautiful techniques you used to create both cards!

  4. Cynthia Koop says:

    Both cards are fabulous but the blue watercolor striped card is just so beautiful! I want to try the under shadow technique. It makes the images look so popped up off the card. Thank you for all your wonderful inspiration!

  5. Heidi Rees says:

    Beautiful! Love the blue and the stripes, everything!

  6. Kimberly A Johnson says:

    Love your cards

  7. Beautiful cards, love how you added the shading in the first one. Thanks for the tip!

  8. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Wow! The tortillon blending totally took the card to next level!

  10. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    I love the graphite pencil shading that you added to the blue watercolor stripes- gives such beautiful dimension!

  11. Beautiful cards! Love the BAF sets!

  12. Andrea Shell says:

    What pretty, CAS cards! Love the blue stripes on the first one!

  13. Amber Bissonnette says:

    Love both of your cards!!!
    Very inspired to try out a beautiful blue and white stripe now!

  14. Cyndi Morris says:

    Wonderful cards. I love the BAF Primrose. The flowers are gorgeous and the sentiments are perfect for so many occasions.

  15. Amazing Amber. I was intrigued to watch the video and realising that the cards were one layered. Thanks for showing this amazing idea. The little bit of the graphite really makes the images look dimensional.

  16. Both your cards are beautiful, thanks for sharing your process.

  17. I am so impressed with your ability to add dimension that I just signed up for your emails! I haven’t had an art class since elementary school and never really had a real art teacher so I look forward to learning from you.

  18. Carol Wortman says:

    I enjoyed your video very much and hope to heavens I remember that graphite blended shadow! I love that effect so much. I need a sympathy card and will case the striped one. Just love that. Thanks for the inspiration and fantastic technique!

  19. Nice Amber, I need some of the colored pencils to add shadow and depth.

  20. Such great dimension on this one layered card, Amber! Thanks for the tips on how to get that depth with the pencil—-it really works! Love the stencil with these flowers, and the blue makes them pop so well!

  21. Teri Spracklin says:

    You seriously blow my mind with those shadows, Amber! It’s crazy that it’s just pencil because the optical illusion is incredible. Your cards are beautiful!

  22. Inkin' Chickie says:

    Really love the look of the blended stripes. I will have to link and try out the paper. Wonderful share.

  23. Awesome cards! Love the backgrounds!!

  24. You can’t beat blue and white stripes! Love the card.

  25. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Wow, amazing OLCs with this pretty primrose set! My fave is the blue stripes card and I love the pencil details. Thanks for another awesome video tutorial, I always learn something!

  26. Oh, my gosh – what beautiful cards. Love how you did the stripes and added the graphite – stunning:-0)

  27. Jeane Campbell says:

    You always give us a new lesson. Love the use of the pencil to give some shading. Adds so much. You help us grow and produce some cards that are fun to share. So, Thank You for what you do for us.

  28. Danyelle Dillon says:

    The colors are you card are wonderful and the blue background stripes really adds detail to your background. Love the new release! Thanks for sharing, as always your cards are beautiful!

  29. Great styles! I love the casualness and simplicity of your designs.

  30. Mary Holshouser says:

    Love the shading on the blue stripes.
    Gives them depth. The flowers are
    so pretty. thanks for sharing

  31. I love both those cards. the card with those lovely blue stripes and those white primroses with that hit of yellow is so fresh and pretty!

  32. Karen Hale says:

    Oh my gosh, what a terrific technique to give dimension to our one-layer cards. I LOVE both beautiful cards. Thanks, Amber, for the video and awesome tips.

  33. Maryam Azhar says:

    Both cards are amazing!
    Very simple, elegant and bright.

  34. Denise Bryant says:

    Charming cards with these pretty primrose flowers! Awesome new Build-A-Flower set!

  35. Carla Hundley says:

    How pretty your cards
    are and thanks for the
    shadow blending tips.
    Carla from Utah

  36. Dorothy A says:

    Beautiful cards! The primrose stamps are wonderful and charming.

    1. Donna Petruso says:

      Have to try shading. Love your blog. I learn so much

  37. Kathy Eddy says:

    So pretty. Sure don’t look like one layer!

  38. Jennie P. says:

    I love the 3D effect of the first card. It’s gorgeous!

  39. Such a fabulous idea, love your card designs!

  40. I love stripes! I would have not thought of this way of using them! Your card is awesome!

  41. Marisela Delgado says:

    Such beautiful cards! So pretty!

  42. BeverlyBL says:

    I love what the drop shadow adds to both the flowers and the stripes. So cool! Love the blue stripes.

  43. Bea Connor says:

    Loved the cards. Especially the one with the stripes. Enjoyed your video too. Great job!!

  44. VICKI SMITH says:

    Love your first card so much that I will copy the idea! Love all your creations, Amber.

  45. Meghan Kennihan says:

    These are stunning ! I love the stripes and white flowers!

  46. Elizabeth Marsh says:

    Loved the way you used the stripes to add dimension. I love both the cards. Lovely!

  47. thanks, Amber, for sharing how you added the drop shadow on the first card – two fantastic cards1

  48. I love both cards. Especially the first one. Thanks for sharing

  49. Peg Frushour says:

    Love your cards! Thank you for explaining how to add dimension to a one layer card.

  50. Robin Ridpath says:

    Wow! Great cards! I love how much dimension you achieved with blending out that pencil. Amazing!

  51. Jeanne Beam says:

    Such gorgeous cards! Love the colors and designs…
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  52. Pam Nichols says:

    Awesome cards, great job!

  53. Love the different looks you achieved with the same set. And thanks for another great tutorial.

  54. Barbara F says:

    Two beautiful cards! And the graphite shadow is such a simple technique but it literally makes the card pop. Seeing you demo it in the video helpful too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  55. Great cards, I like the shading effect used. Colors are really nice. I took special attention on the masking as Im giving some attention to that as a newbie to card making. Nice finish always.

  56. sharon gullikson says:

    The blue stripes look beautiful with the Primrose. Nice.

  57. Carolyn R says:

    Love both your designs again, Amber, as usual. Now I need to go watch the video.

  58. What pretty cards! I especially like the first card it is such a happy and cheerful card.

  59. Maria Alder says:

    Wonderful cards, like how you made the blue stripes card x

  60. Kristine Boydstun says:

    Gorgeous cards!! Thanks for sharing the drop shadow technique! I can’t wait to try it.

  61. Love your choices for these cards ! The soft watercolor blues stripes are my favorite!

  62. Laurie A Black says:

    Beautiful cards! The pencil shading creates an amazing effect.

  63. Fantastic reminder of the value of masking! Very pretty cards.

  64. Patty A Eifert says:

    Great Cards! I really love the first with the soft blue stripes!

  65. Cheryl Rigney says:

    Fantastic cards!! Love the first one!

  66. Karen Clark says:

    I really like the soft airbrushed look.

  67. Simply beautiful!!!! These just make me smile! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!!!!

  68. Beautiful cards, and I love how you added that shadow in the first one! Thanks for the tip!

  69. Marilynn D-R says:

    Amber, love how you created dimension and explain how easy and effective. Both cards are great, and even looking close, you would think there are several layers! Great job, thanks for the inspiration.

  70. Oleksandr says:

    Stunning! I love it!

  71. sheron egolf says:

    I love your cards, the label one with the flowers in outline is quite striking.

  72. Such a good video with clear instructions Amber. I really like the first card with the stencilled stripes over to in blue. So pretty with the pop of colour in the centres.

  73. Kathleen Landphair says:

    Love your simple designs! They are very striking! Thank you for sharing!

  74. Love the addition of the graphite to create more dimension. As always your cards are amazing, thanks for the inspiration Amber!

  75. Barbara McDonald says:

    Very pretty. I love the use of the flower outline stamps. And the shading does give great dimension to the flowers and label.

  76. I enjoy the simplicity of framing a label with a stamp image.

  77. Retta Lutte says:

    Amber, I am a huge fan! I can’t wait to try this technique! I just bought some graphite pencils and haven’t even used them yet. That will change today! Thank you for sharing these beautiful cards and teaching me something new (to me)

  78. BECCA YAHRLING says:

    Pretty cards! The flowers look so dimensional on the first card.

  79. The power of shading – we forget the beauty of this.

  80. I’ve never thought of using a pencil shadow! Thanks for sharing!

  81. Barbara Chmura says:

    I loved the one layered cards with a touch of graphite to add dimension. Thanks for the tips!

  82. Pam Boedeker says:

    I could not believe this was only one layer! You created such dimension with the shadow lines.
    The color combination is so fresh . . . blue with yellow primroses.

  83. Thanks for the video showing how you created the one layer cards with all the dimension. Like both cards. but the one with the stripes really jumps out at me. I will have to try that technique.

  84. barbara lassiter says:

    Wow! What a great and beautiful look for these cards. I thought the stripes were created with the watercolor stripes die and was surprised to find they were stenciled. I’ve heard of the Savoy cotton paper and may want to try it too!

  85. Love these cards. Your technique for the stripes is so effective!

  86. Delia Wilkes says:

    Love the clean designs you have created with this set, especially the blue stripe card. It’s really beautiful and inspiring. Thank you.

  87. Lisa Byers says:

    I love your techniques. It does appear that the stripes are deeply below the flowers. So cool.