Welcome to the Pretty Pink Posh and Altenew Collaboration blog hop! I’m so happy that you came here via Nichol Magouirk and I hope you’re enjoying the samples the Design Teams of both companies have put together. By hopping along and leaving comments by 26 October 2015, 11:59 EST along the way, you can win 2 x $30 Altenew gift certificates and 2 x $30 Pretty Pink Posh gift certificates!
I love the Altenew stamps and inks, and of course I am a huge fan of Pretty Pink Posh dies and sequins, so I’m showing off the best of both worlds today in my project featuring the Persian Motifs by Altenew and the Stitched Duo 3 tag by Pretty Pink Posh.
I stamped the floral images with Archival ink and colored them with my Polychromos pencils. I have to admit – the coloring took the better part of two hours. I had to be careful to leave enough space for highlights, and to darken up some edges to achieve the three-dimensional effect. That took a lot of concentration, but it was a lot of fun!
I didn’t use any blending solution with my pencils because I wanted the pencil stroke to remain visible and add texture to my flower. Each petal had two layers of color (the first to mark the shadowed areas, the second one to intensify the colors). I did the same with the stems, trying to make them look round. To deepen the shadow areas, I used a grey pencil and added just a touch in the areas that would be turned away from my light source.
I used one die from the Stitched Borders 2 die set by Pretty Pink Posh to create the pattern on the black card stock. I simply ran it repeatedly through my BigShot, and my sandwich was the standard platform, the crease mat, my cardstock+die, and then a cutting plate. This ensured that I would only emboss, not cut. Of course I had to add a few sequins and some of the new Droplets on this background, together with my beloved hand draws dots.
For the sentiment, the super versatile Label Love by Altenew proved perfect and I hand cut a thin white border around the label which I stamped with Versafine ink. I bunched up a little silver thread behind the label, which I added with foam dots to my floral piece.
I hope you enjoyed the project and got inspired! Your next stop is the crazy talented May Sukyong Park! Thanks for stopping by today!
And if you want to start from the very beginning, here’s the entire list of participating crafters.
- Altenew Blog
- Gayatri Murali
- Anna Kossakovskaya
- Yoonsun Hur
- Carissa Wiley
- Yana Smakula
- Nina- Marie Trapani
- Lisa Elton
- Marika Rahtu
- Joni Andaya
- Amy Kolling
- Agnieszka Malyszek
- Nichol Magouirk
- Julia Altermann <– you are here
- May Sukyong Park
- Yuki Yoshioka
- Amy Gray
- Pretty Pink Posh blog
And because I spent so long on this card, I’ll also enter it into the current Addicted to Stamps and More “Make Your Mark” challenge. So. There 🙂