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Hello Beautiful Card

This simple card design features an easy stamp-layering technique, creating multiple layers of colour on a single stamped image. You’ll be using three stamps to create the lotus: the outline, the detail and the silhouette, stamping each layer on top of the other. My trick? While you can use regular acrylic blocks to stamp each layer, I find I get easy, perfectly precise placement when I stamp with the Load ‘N’ Fold stamp positioner.

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Average Time Taken: An hour and a half per card

You will need:

  • Altenew Lotus Stamp Set
  • Altenew Amazing You Stamp Set
  • Altenew Rainbow Prism 6 Mini Cube Ink Set (Ruby Red)
  • Altenew Ink Pad - Four Scoops (Dark Chocolate and Cotton Candy)
  • Altenew Soft Pastel 6 Mini Cube Ink Set (Rouge)
  • Rare Earth Load 'N' Fold Stamping Tool Set - 8 x 8 Square and 6 x 8 Rectangle
  • Duo Dies Origins Nested Oval Dies
  • Sticky notes
  • Masking tape / washi tape
  • Niji Waterbrush Medium
  • Ribbons: silver, rustic twine, gingham
  • Self Adhesive Pearls Mega Pack
  • Lynda Chapmans World of Paper Store Cupboard Essentials (white and cream card)

Instructions:

  1. Place the lotus outline stamp on one side of the Load ‘N’ Fold tool. Secure a piece of white card to the other side with masking tape or washi tape.
  2. Ink the stamp with Ruby Red ink, then close the Load ‘N’ Fold to create a stamped image on the cardstock.
  3. Clean the stamp and remove it from the Load ‘N’ Fold. Leave the cardstock in place. Position the un-inked detail lotus stamp over the stamped image of the outline, aligning the top and bottom of the two images.
  4. Gently close the Load ‘N’ Fold so the detail stamp clings to the opposite side of the Load ‘N’ Fold. Ink the stamp with Rouge and close the Load N Fold. Your images will be aligned.
  5. Repeat to stamp the silhouette on top with Cotton Candy ink.
  6. Position an oval die over the stamped lotus as a guideline. Place the “Hello” and “Beautiful” stamps on the cardstock for positioning.
  7. Close the Load ‘N’ Fold so the stamps adhere to the opposite side of the tool. Open and remove the cutting die. Ink the word stamps with Dark Chocolate ink and stamp into place.
  8. Make a mask for the lotus: Stamp the lotus on a sticky note (or scrap paper). The image does not have to be perfect. Cut out. Repeat to make masks with the two words.
  9. Place the masks over their corresponding images on the white cardstock piece. Press the Dark Chocolate inkpad onto the craft sheet and add a bit of water with the waterbrush. Make a watery wash of ink, then hold the waterbrush over the cardstock and tap with your hand to create a spatter effect.
  10. Place the oval die over the stamped image, secure in place with tape if necessary and die-cut.
  11. Spatter a piece of cream cardstock with Dark Chocolate, as before. Ink the edges with Dark Chocolate. Form a 17cm x 12cm white card blank and glue the cream piece in the centre. Die-cut an oval slightly larger than the stamped focal and glue as shown. Wrap the card front with twine.
  12. Add the stamped focal with foam mounting tape and finish with pink pearl accents and a bow tied in gingham.