The pleasure of gratifying whim is very great. It is known only by those who are whimsical – James Boswell
Altenew’s ‘Simple Flowers’ stamp set is one I’ve had for a while but hadn’t used until now. Abstract, whimsical, fanciful are just a few of the adjectives that could be used to describe the flowers and I needed the right inspiration to match the style. That inspiration came from the Altenew class ‘Polychromatic’ for courage and a favorite, old t-shirt for the color pallet.
Altenew’s ‘Cube Builder’ stencil was used to create a unusual background contributing to the whimsical nature of this card. The roundish floral images are playfully set against a geometric background that is more intense at the left edge and faded towards the middle. Three turns of the stencil were needed to fill in the cube design but the result is well worth the extra effort. Note: I used Pixie Spray from Nuvo to make stencil adhere to paper – such a great product!
The floral images were stamped in more intense versions of the same colors as the background with the addition of teals and red to create a strong contrast and a pop from the background. The flowers were added in triangles of color that leads the eye around the focal image.
To complete the card a sentiment was heat embossed in the lower right and sequins were added to enhance the visual triangle effect.
|Stamps: Altenew: Simple Flowers, Painted Greetings
|Dies: Altenew: Simple Flowers
|Paper: Neenah Crest: Solar White 80lb.
|Ink: Altenew: Background: Wisteria, Deep Iris, Vanilla Cream; Flowers/Leaves: Deep Iris, Midnight Violet, Vanilla Cream, Hazelnut, Grapevine, Mountain Mist, Lagoon, Emerald; Tsueneko: Versamark, Versafine – Onyx Black
|Other: Altenew: Cube Builder Stencil; Clear Embossing Powder; Various sequins: Picket Fence Studios: Life Changing Brushes; Nuvo: Pixie Spray for stencils