Altenew: A Touch of Texture

Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go – Unknown

Autumn Bouquet

Where I live in California, Autumn’s colors have barely begun to show but there’s a crispness to the air and a change in the light that lets us know it’s on its way. Soon leaves in that pallet of golds, reds, and olive greens will be on our doorsteps and sidewalks begging for a romp – I will not resist.

The Altenew class A Touch of Texture also invites us to not resist adding texture to our cards using ink, dry embossing, paper and/or mixed media techniques to add drama and interest. For my card I decided to try out a ‘new to me’ technique by creating a faux shiplap background.

Shiplap Example

Shiplap is a type of wooden board used commonly as exterior siding in the construction of residences, barns, sheds, and outbuildings. It can run horizontal as in this example or vertical as in my card. The technique is simple using only a ruler and an ink pad. I used a mini ink cube in Altenew’s Evening Gray and lightly ran it across the paper following the ruler. The edge of the ink pad created the linear look of a board panel and the ink scuff replicates a wood grain. After getting the shiplap effect I added a warm brown ink, Almond Butter, to the edges of the panel to both age the background and create a frame-like effect.

Using Altenew’s Bride-to-Be stamp and dies the flowers and leaves were created in various shades of golden, firey, and chocolate hues – all to bring in the autumnal feeling. An Altenew Nested Label was cut from Kraft paper and tinted with Honey Drizzle ink before adding to the shiplap panel creating a grounding spot for the bouquet. The shiplap panel was matted with a narrow border with a panel that was inked with the matching Firebrick ink and then added to a card base. The floral bouquet was built on its grounding spot using both liquid adhesive and form tape to create various heights. Stickles in Gold Dust added a bit of sparkle and texture to the completed floral cluster.

The THANKS sentiment is from Altenew’s Signature Words die. Cut and stacked 2 times from inked to match card stock it was finished with Diamond Glaze after adhering to background panel.


Stamps: Altenew: Bride-to-Be
Dies: Altenew: Bride-to-Be, Nested Labels, Signature Words
Paper: Neenah Crest: Solar White 80lb.; Coordinations:Heavy Weight Kraft
Ink: Altenew: Flowers/Leaves: Sunray, Honey Drizzle, Vanilla Cream, Espresso, Dark Chocolate, Almond Butter, Caramel Toffee, Firebrick, Rocky Shore, Buttercream; Background: Evening Gray, Almond Butter
Other: Ranger Stickles: Gold Dust; Judikins: Diamond Glaze

  1. Erum Tasneem

    Your card looks gorgeous but it seems something is missing, maybe a few embellishments or splatters? Try adding a few gold or brown sequins or gems and I think the floral cluster will look more balanced. I love the wood background and the colours you chose. The hint of sparkle works well with the rustic look.
    Thank you for entering your wonderful work to the AECP assignment gallery. Well done!

    • Deb Hurtig

      Thank you for your suggestions. I was trying to keep it quieter to allow the shiplap background to standout but will consider “more” next time. Cheerio!


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