Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Clean and Simple Altenew Majestic Blooms

Hey guys!  I absolutley love all the layering stamp sets that have been coming out and Altenews Majestic Blooms is no exception.  It's gorgeous, easy and versatile and you can use just about any color palette you want.  I even used grays in an upcoming card, but you'll have to wait for my Christmas card series ;)  I wanted to keep this design soft and feminine, so I went with soft peachy pink tones, but also used high contrast between the first and third layers of ink to build dimension.  The desire was for high impact with comforting tones and I think it's lovely.  Here's the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and the supply list is below.

Altenew Majestic Blooms stamp and die sets
Altenew Crisp Dye Inks in Frayed Leaf and Evergreen
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Lawn Fawn Stitched Slopes die
SSS inks in Pale Blush Pink, Rosie Cheeks and Hollyhock
Bazzil Textured white cardstock finished size 5.25 by 3.75 inches
SSS Painted Hello die
Stampendous Rose Gold embossing powder
Mixed Media Cherry wood veneer paper 4.25 by 5.5 inches
Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue
Distress Inks: Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar and Shaded Lilac
Scor-tape 1/4 and 1/2 inch

I did a few sample stampings of several color combonations to see what kind of contrast I could acheive.  I also did a quick and dirty swatch sheet of my inks (except Distress) for a reference.

The majority of my inks are from Simon Says Stamp, Lawn Fawn and Altenew, with a few from Hero Arts and Memento.  I wanted to see what I could put together that may be a little out of the box or unexpected, so seeing each shade made that a little easier.

 For the yellow flower, I used SSS Lemon Chiffon for the base, SSS Melon for the mid-tone and HA Butter Bar for my darkest.

For the orange, I started with SSS Apricot for my base, LF Carrot for the mid-tone and SSS Sunkist for my darkest.
 The purple is one of my favorites; I just love how it turned out.  SSS Lavender was the base tone, SSS Hydrangea was the mid-tone and SSS Hot Mama was my darkest.  The mixing of warm and cool tones gave me such great contrast.
The pink was Memento Angel Pink for the base, HA Bubblegum for the mid-tone and SSS Hot Lips was my darkest. 
 This tealish toned flower is my favorite.  Not only is it unexpected, but serious contrast as well.  I started with SSS Lake Shore for the base, used LF Merman for the mid-tone and LF Deep Sea for my darkest tone.  You never think to use shades in the teal green family for the flower, but I love this one!

Pale blue is another color family that you don't see often in flowers.  It doesn't occur often in nature, so it isn't one of those go-to color families like pink, purple or yellow is.  I used HA Soft Sky for my base, HA Pool for my mid-tone and SSS Steel Blue for my dark tone.

Don't think that you have to have the same exact inks I have to achieve these for yourself.  Try out what inks you already have and see what you get.  Either way, I hope you'll get creative and feel free to use these combinations if you want to.

See you next time!

Much Love,


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