These pretty blooms represent my first experiment with an Altenew layering floral stamp set; this one is called ‘Angelique’. I clearly remember my Stampin’ Up days with the 2-step stamping but I haven’t done any in a while. I don’t think the layering sets are necessarily designed for watercolour styles but you know that’s how I like to do things. I experimented with a few processes, stamping then spritzing and spritzing then stamping, spritzing the paper not the stamp, the stamp not the paper and spritzing everything!

I think, but I’m not exactly sure, I mainly spritzed the stamp for this panel with maybe a tiny spritz after stamping on that left hand flower. I started by stamping the largest layer in spun sugar distress stain. Next layer I stamped in worn lipstick distress ink with a spritz of water to dilute it, the final detail layer I stamped in festive berries distress ink. Because I started with stain and spritzed the ink before stamping the image was wet enough to soften and blend a bit. I did a bit with a paint brush too but I didn’t want to lose the detailed layers.

The leaves I did in a similar manner with bundled sage, mowed lawn and forest moss.  The sentiment from Altenew’s Leaf Canopy set is embossed in white on a red cardstock strip and popped up on dimensional foam tape.

The second panel was stamped with less spritzing during the stamping process, just a little in fact on layer number two. Instead I waited until all the stamping was done and spritzed in one direction to make the petals feather out then the other direction to balance things. This time I used abandoned coral, fired brick and aged mahogany inks for the roses, milled lavender and dusty concord for the little flowers and old paper, shabby shutters and peeled paint for the leaves. Even though it looks like black, I matted the panel with purple cardstock and added an embossed sentiment also on purple and cut it out with the Avery Elle sentiment dies that are making me neat and happy right now.

You might be wondering why I don’t just stamp these very pretty floral stamps with out adding any spritzes of water?? Sorry I just don’t think I can do it…


12 Comments on “Angelique”

  1. Shauna Todd says:

    Gorgeous!!! … as usual!

  2. Lynn says:

    Your card with Angelique is so gorgeous!

  3. Pat says:

    They are both absolutely beautiful, and up to now I haven’t any Altenew stamps in my collection, but your style still works with these layering stamps and you can see the layers which have merged together beautifully with the spritzing. I think my favourite overall is the first which looks more like the conventional watercolour, whereas the second has more the look of dry brush painting making the colours stronger, but two brilliant designs Heather. x

  4. papermorepaper says:

    We all Know why you don’t just stamp. Because you are an artist and without your interpretation of the subject, it’s just another stamped card. Thank you for constant inspiration to do it our own way.
    And Yes, gorgeous as usual!

  5. Mary Ann says:

    These cards are beautiful! Keep on spritzing!!!

  6. creatingincolors says:

    I love your art and your spritzing, and it is inspiring. I keep trying! Do’t ever stop. It is YOU – so you just keep on being you!

  7. bonklassgmailcom says:

    You should definitely keep on the way you’re going, Heather! Your flowers are outstanding! So much prettier than just stamping in my opinion!

  8. Janet S. says:

    So inspiring…I had no idea “2 step stamping” could have such a flair!! I love how your artistic mind and eye work!!! Thanks for sharing, WOW!

  9. Patricia Gasko says:

    Heather strikes again! And thank goodness she does. Your style is awesome I love both cards and your Journal page from a few days ago. Your talent shines through no matter what you decide to make.

  10. dianne vescovo says:

    I love how you did these flowers. Beautiful.

  11. memalagene says:

    Beautiful, I especially love the tulips.

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