Thursday, May 21, 2020

Stamp Focus: Flowering Cistus

Hello friends!
It gives me great joy to share 3 projects with Flowering Cistus Stamp Set 
over Altenew Card BlogThis beautifully-designed stamp set is the one that appeal to all levels of stampers and I can see why! This set has two Cistus flowers and each comes in 6 layers!
I love how it works because you can stamp from one layer to six layers. Regardless of your precision in layered stamping, the results are always artsy and pretty! The stamp-ability is endless!

 Due to the popularity, only the stamp sets and masks are available.
All the coordinating dies are sold out (wah-wah).
To start, I stamped and masked the flowers in the colors of blue and purple. These two cooler colors are complimentary and easy to do thanks to the Altenew Inks (Enchanted Garden and Lapis Lazulli). With the guides on the packaging, I was able to stamp each flowers and leaves easily.

Tip #1:  Use negative part of the mask and then sponge the color! For the leaves, I left out the solid image and only stamped the detailed leaf image.  With the negative part of the Flowering Cistus Mask Stencil in place, I sponged the leave in Lime very quickly.
 I love the light and airy look of the leaves!

Tip #2: Elevate that sentiment! I cut up the stamped background. Once cut, I popped up the thin strip and added the part of the Frame Thanks Die. To embellish, I added Satin White Sequins and silver strings. Got to love that Wow factor!

Noticed the "thanks" word die? I used Gradient Card Stock (Shades of Purple). It's quick and easy!


My next card was created with a trendy color combo (pink, yellow/orange and grey) in mind. For the grey, I used Rock Collection. I also mixed in the pink ( Fuchsia and Magenta) , yellow (Vanilla Cream, Chamomile) and orange (Sunray and Snapdragon).


Tip#3: Play and experiment with Altenew Inks. You can mix the pink and yellow in the same flower! Imagine the unexpected burst of colors you will get!

Tip #4: It's all about the odd number. There are 5 flowers and 5 leaves in this card.  I also aimed for the triangle when positing the leaves.
The add that extra grayness, I used the new "Grand Stream" Washi Tape. 
 I love how the Washi Tape make this design shine!
For my 3rd card, I decided to allow myself to let loose and have a little nearly no-line watercoloring fun.

Tip #5: Stamp the outline in the lightest color before watercoloring.  For example, I stamped the outlines in Arctic Crisp Dye Ink. You can use any lightest shades of ink  (grey, blue and yellow) for this purpose.

The A2 Watercolor Paper Pad is so awesome as it can absorb quite a bit of water.  My go-to Artist Watercolor 24 Pan Set never disappoint me as the colors are rich and creamy to work with.

Tip #6: Emboss those outlines! Once I am finished with the watercoloring, I stamped the outlines in Obsidian Pigment Ink and clear-embossed it with Crystal Clear Crisp Embossing Powder. This leaves the outlines some extra shine and textures.

I want to point out that the Coordinating Dies comes with two versions of you ( as seen in card #2 and #3). They are wonderful to use in any projects !

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Thank you so much for stopping by!


Nora Noll said...

All your cards are GORGEOUS but my favorite is the last with the watercolor. I LOVE the way the flowers look with the loose painting. Beautiful design on all of them.

Annette Gordon said...

I initially wasn’t very impressed with this stamp set. But you have brought this stamp set to life! I especially love the purple and blue and green, one layered card. Stunning!

MadeByMeghanK said...

This set is the next on my wishlist! THese are beautiful!

Sandi MacIver said...

such pretty cards, love all of them.

Sue D said...

Beautiful flowers and I like your choice of colors.

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love all of the cards you made with this set. All so beautiful!

Harriet said...

Wonderfully colorful cards. What an interesting and unique stamp set and you showed us interesting uses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful cards with these lovely flowers! Pretty color combos!

Karthikha said...

Wowww!! All these cards are super gorgeous!! <3 <3 <3

jan metcalf said...

Always enjoy viewing your cards Virginia, but the grey/pink/orange is an absolute standout!! Love!

conil said...

Such a pleasure to scroll through this post and your adventures with Cistus. I waiting until the whole bundle is restocked before I order it. Will be sure to try all the techniques you show here. Each one is a stand out.

Linda BL said...

The Cistus set definitely has lots of possibilities, as your cards clearly show. The flowers look lovely in each card and are so different in the way they are done, you might think you had used three different stamp sets. That is definitely a way to get variety with your cards. The card that speaks to me is the card with the new gray washi tape paired with the pink and orange flowers. Gorgeous card!

Ms. Tamp said...

I like the different looks created through color and grouping. Wonderful design examples.

Maura said...

A gorgeous collection, Virginia!!! Love the soft orange and pink with the gray bg - definitely won my heart with that one!!!! Love the idea of a combo of ink blending and stamping with the masks!

Purple Princess said...

so pretty