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The Altenew layering stamps can be off-putting for those who haven’t used them before. Fear not! They are easy to use with very little practise, and with the masking technique you can create something beautiful! - Angela Finch
Cut one piece of super smooth 250gsm card 5.6 inches (14.2 cm) by 4.7 inches (12 cm) using the paper trimmer. Download and print out the layering guide from the Altenew website for the stamp set you are using, if it is not in the packaging. (Practise a few times if not confident.) Take one of the larger rose stamps and use Frosty Pink ink. (or the lightest shade in the set of your choosing)
Pick the next colour ink stamp, Coral Berry, and the next stamp in the layering sequence. This is when you refer to the layering guide, some are obvious in their placements but others are not. A stamping platform can be used to layer. However, for these small stamps I like to be able to see the ink on the stamp as it makes lining up easier. The choice is yours. If you do stamp not exactly, do not worry as these stamps are designed to still look good.
This particular stamp is only 3 layers. The later layers tend to be trickier to line up, so take your time. This one was stamped with ruby red.
Stamp the first layer stamp using one of your brighter colours onto the masking paper. Then use the scissors to fussy cut around the edge of the stamped image. Do not leave a white line around the image. Now peel off the backing and apply the paper over the flower.
Choose another type of rose, and a different set of inks. This time when stamping overlap the masking sheet of the first rose. Again remember to start with the lightest colour first.
Make a masking sheet for the rose that has just been stamped and apply it. Choose a different rose and a different ink cube colour set. This one will not overlap.
For the final rose, use a different stamp and the same ink cube colour as the first rose. Create a masking sheet for that rose and apply it. At the moment it doesn’t look like a bouquet. In the Vintage Roses stamp set there are many types of layered leaves. Start stamping them where you think leaves would go. Do not be afraid to over stamp the masking sheets. This card uses the Green Field mini ink cube set.
The leaves make the design, so make sure you use a lot of them. At this point, I did make a mistake. Originally this card was going to be a 6 x 6 inch square. The ink splodges meant that this was not possible. I still liked the rose arrangement, so decided to just trim off the offending part of the card. This meant I had to use a 5 x 5 inch square card. There are always ways around mistakes, do not panic, these things happen. Remove the masking sheets and stick them on your stamp holders, so that you can use them again.
Stamp the Happy Anniversary at the bottom of the card to the right of centre using the Jet Black ink. If using a stamping block, the trick is to use one that is as near as possible to the size of the stamp. If you make a mistake, instead of getting rid of the work you have done so far. Stamp the sentiment on a strip of coloured card and stick that over your mistake.
Use double sided tape on the back of the stamping card and then a glue stick on the exposed tape. This means that you can manoeuvre the card so that it is in the middle of the card blank. The card is now finished.