Altenew: Polychromatic

The pleasure of gratifying whim is very great. It is known only by those who are whimsical – James Boswell

Polychromatic Fantasy

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!

Polychromatic Fantasy

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.

Flower Detail

To complete the card a sentiment was heat embossed in the lower right and sequins were added to enhance the visual triangle effect.

Polychromatic Fantasy

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

  1. Erum Tasneem

    This is a very unusual but SO pleasing-to-the-eye card! I love the colours you used and the way you arranged the images. Love the stenciled bit too. This looks absolutely fantastic!
    Thank you for entering your gorgeous work to the AECP assignment gallery. Bravo!

    • Deb Hurtig

      I definitely liked the color pallet. Still not convinced about that background and flower pairing – maybe a bit less might be more pleasing or even using vellum to push background further back. Ah, design second guessing. ? thank you!

  2. Virginia Lu

    What a FEAST to the eyes! I love how you were inspired and the results are spectacular! I love the layered stamped background and on top of that, you layered each circle with dimensions and bright colors! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. I love your write-up and descriptions! Please keep up with your excellent work!

    • Deb Hurtig

      I tell you this one wasn’t comfortable but that’s what stretching is about – LOL. Thank you!


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