Altenew Budding Thanks and Best Buds
I was really so good for so long for a few months, not buying much except the latest Simon kit (and I even skipped one of those) and just trying to use some of the schtuff I had accumulated before I bought more. Then Altenew brought out their latest, and I fell hard. I ended up buying a bunch of stuff. What can I say? I'm weak!
I loved these two sets and the matching dies because they work so well together obviously. I love multilayered stamping.
I wanted to buy all the Altenew inks too because they are really designed with multilayered stamping in mind, but I had to draw the line somewhere. I have (cough cough) a lot of inks. I firmly believe there is no such thing as too many colors of ink. Occasionally, you'll run into an ink that is exactly the same color as another ink, but it doesn't happen too often. I like buying the spots or minis so I can get lots of colors. Some day….!
In the meantime, I decided to use some inks I already had, and I picked some Simon inks. I was able to make the colors I had work well, and I really love the results. Lookie:
GOJUS! I trashed a lot of white card stock getting these images layered up and positioned to my satisfaction. Using the MISTI helped with both of these.
I started with Rosie Cheeks, with the second stamping of Twirling Tutu, and the third in Teeny Bikini. I also added some ink shading right on the stamp to create more dimension on this flower, making it a bit brighter, which makes it come forward even without the aid of foam dots.
I loved having the option of the dies to pop up the foremost flower and leaves.
For the greeting from Best Buds, I stamped first with Stone, moved the paper just a fraction and stamped again with Slate. It created a little shadow effect. I then highlighted the word "friend" with my favorite Sakura Stardust pen.
I scattered a few sequins over the card front, but I couldn't find anything more that I could even do to it to make it better. The Burnt Orange card stock base really helps play up the coral tones of the inks.
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