It’s no secret that I’m in love with Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink. I mean come, on its tagline is Exceptionally Crisp! Altenew’s June 2019 Stamp and Die release has loads of clever stamp sets that lend themselves to designing with black and that’s what I’m featuring today!
There are so many awesome sets in this release that it was hard to choose what to use for today’s cards. Shop the full release here.
All the details for designing these cards are in the video!
Altenew Peaceful Reverie
Isn’t the stippling layer on this stamp set the coolest?!? Stippling is an age-old technique that uses small ink dots in various densities to shade an image.
Every now and then I use stippling in my Zentangle® compositions. Traditionally, stippling is done in black ink which is what I’ll be sharing today.
I stamped the solid flower layers in Coral Berry and Sunray Crisp Dye Inks. The stamens and stems were stamped in Olive Crisp Dye Ink.
I used the Olive Artist Marker to draw longer stems which is just one more reason I love that all of the Altenew colors coordinate across their different coloring mediums!
The second detail layers were stamped in Obsidian Pigment Ink which is my new favorite black ink! I added additional stippling to the hand-drawn stems with a Sakura Micron 01 pen.
The sentiment is from the new Sentiment Strips Stamp Set and there are so many awesome sayings to choose from. This has already become a quick everyday staple in my crafting!
When designing with black I think it’s important to use it in at least 3 areas and to maintain large areas of white space. Here, we’ve used black for the stippling layer, sentiment strip, and splatter with Altenew Jet Black Ink Spray.
Altenew Pattern Power & Sunflower Daisy
If you love the Altenew Builder Stencils (Heart, Weave, Scallop, Cube, and Step) then you’re going to love the new Pattern Power Stamp Set. It’s so ingenious!
Graduation season is upon us and the Pattern Power geometrics were giving me a college vibe. My husband graduated from Georgia Tech and I remembered the colors being black and gold, you know for Buzz, their bee mascot.
But, I’ve come to find out their colors are actually navy and gold. What?? So confused…anyhow, back to the card!
Maintain Your White Space
This card has a lot of graphic elements so maintaining white space will be crucial to offset the patterns and black ink.
Rather than using 3 colors with the Pattern Power stamp as intended, I only used 2 colors and stamped the pattern twice vs. three times. This helped to minimize the color palette and reserve more white space. See video.
For the lovely Sunflower Daisy stamps, I only used 1 layer for the bloom and 2 for the centers. Again this minimizes the color palette and reserves the bright white highlights.
Separate Your Whites
In order to separate the white die cut sentiment from the white card panel, I layered a black die cut behind it and positioned it on the top edge.
I then popped up the sentiment die cut on foam tape so that ambient light would cast a shadow on the bottom edge and further separate it from the white card front.
So, all in all, we have black ink on 5 areas of this card, but it works because we’ve reserved so much white space.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my cards today and all of the other amazing inspiration on the hop! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below! As always supplies, giveaway information, and the next stop on the hop are listed below.
Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time, Breathe · Ink · Inspire.
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 6/18/2019 for a chance to win.
We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 6/22/2019.
Altenew Card Blog
May Sukyong Park
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Arjita Sepaha Singh
Amber Rain Davis – YOU ARE HERE
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