WOW.. If you haven’t seen the work from Marika Rahtu you are missing something! I’ve just completed the Altenew Beautiful Details and her first lesson is just WOW (they all are, but I was really impressed with lesson one). I love Marika’s philosophy is to add your personal touch by enhancing your image with your own creativity. For example, after stamping your layered image, go back in with your colored pencils and added extra details. Every little bit you add brings out more in the final design.
My card today, is really out of the box and I was truly inspired by Marika’s use of Painted Rose to create a totally unique card that can only be her own. I really wanted to try her idea out, so I browsed all the Altenew stamps I had and tried out various images on scratch paper. I had a lot of preliminary study. I found a few stamps I could mentally create with, but the Hope set had a leaf that I saw flowers and butterflies in. This was the set I was going to use. Next, what color to use. I tried so many different colors and ways of stamping before I settled on the Altenew Shades of Purple, and I only used the Lavender fields. To help me prepare my final product, I stamped a few examples out and quickly cut them out. I positioned these on cardstock until I found a layout that was pleasing to my eye. Now, I could stamp them out. The technique I used was to stamp once then rotating the stamp right and left for 2nd and 3rd generation stamping. When I had all 3 of my flowers (made from a leaf images) stamped, I added the stem and leaf from the Wild About You stamp set, using Altnew frayed leaf. Part of the technique is to after you’ve stamped to go back and doodle on your image..make it your own. I’m going to draw on my image.. yea.. ha :). But, I did, I used a Tombow purple and green pen and the Altenew buttercream marker to add details and doodles to my flowers, leaves and butterfly. The idea, is not to trace your image, but to doodle around and through it. That was another skill to try out and overcome. It is a bit different if you aren’t used to doing that. I selected my sentiment from the Hope set as well, and embossed it with black powder. I was just about done, but I really wanted a butterfly, so I used the same leaf image but positioned so it was facing the flowers and stamped it with Altewnew buttercream for the wings and Altenew mocha to accent the body. I added a few doodles with my Altenew markers as well. I mounted the panel on a light green A2 card and added a few purple embellishments. I am very pleased with the outcome. I hope you’ll be inspired by my creation and will try to see different images in your stamps sets; maybe even try some doodling.
I’m submitting this card to the Altenew Educator Certificate program, Level 2, and I’m also submitting it to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Let’s Doodle! Woo hoo 🙂