I was able to directly mirror the masculine card with this feminine take on the same design. I used the Heart Builder Stencil and Firefly and Lime inks to create the background, and cut the heart and frame as I did for the masculine card. I stamped the sentiment from the Cake Love stamp set in the heart-shaped aperture before using some craft foam to pop up and support the stencilled piece on the card.
I used my MISTI to stamp a set of cakes with the layered stamps from the Cake Love stamp set. I chose a vibrant orange palette to go with the green inks, so the cakes are layered with Peach Perfect and Orange Cream inks. I fussy-cut each cake and adhered them around the base of the heart. A few orange sequins from my stash completed the look.
The focus is, of course, the removable fridge magnet. I needed an amusing sentiment for the magnet but couldn’t find just the right one among my many stamps. The only thing left to do was to create and print my own, so that’s what I did. This meant that the sentiment was already on the front of the magnet when I came to glue it to its board, but, thankfully, there was no bleeding. Once the glue had completely dried, I used the Cake Love stamp set for the beautiful layered cakes, for which I used Orange Cream ink, with a touch of Autumn Blaze shading.
I mounted the magnet onto the card in exactly the same way as I had done with the masculine equivalent, then added a few orange sequins onto the front of the card, because I think there is now a law that every card should have bling!
On a piece of Neenah 216gsm (80lb) Solar White card I used the Deco Wallpaper Stencil and Firefly ink to create a background. Now, usually I would use the stencil the ‘right way up’, i.e. with the points facing down, as shown in the product description on the Altenew website, but I wanted a different look so I turned it sideways, with the points facing left. Then I cut out a portion along the lines of the pattern and created a frame for the empty space from another piece of Neenah. Before adhering this patterned piece to the card front, I took the smaller leaf spray from the Dot Art stamp set and stamped it in Firefly ink in what would be the open space on the card front (i.e. behind the cut away portion of the stencilled piece). I attached the patterned piece directly to the front of the card base – no craft foam or 3D foam pads this time.
The focus of this card would be the flower, and I chose the new Sparkle stamp set for this. The flower is a five-step layering bloom, so it is a perfect example of what Altenew do best. I chose to use the Goldfish Tails ink set, and began the layering with Peach Perfect, moving through the set as the layers got darker. I popped a dot of Dandelion Nuvo Crystal Drops in the centre and set it aside to dry whilst I stamped my leaves. I used a combination of Lime and Mountain Pine for the leaves.
I’ve been experimenting with foiling my own sentiments recently, and the sentiment on this card is one of my own. It was printed on a laser printer (that’s the key) and then I laid some gold foil over it and sandwiched it in a piece of folded parchment and ran it through the laminator – oh, about 7 or 8 times, that’s all (snarky). But it did the trick and has given me confidence to try this more often, particularly if Santa brings me a hotter laminator!
I arranged the leaves and flower as I wanted them and used a little Press & Seal to pick them up and keep them in place whilst I applied some glue. I glued the leaves directly to the card but chose to pop up the flower (and the sentiment) with some 3D foam pads, for a little dimension.
No bling to see here – but there are some dew drops from my stash.
This card mirrors the masculine ‘Friend’ card, in that it uses the Grid Stencil for the background.
I used Bundled Sage Distress Oxide Ink for this background, as my Firefly ink was running dry and I didn’t have a re-inker to hand. The colour isn’t a match, of course, but it still looks like part of the set and the strength of the vases and grasses draws the eye away from the background, in any event.
Once the ink had dried on the background, I laid the Modern Vases Mask Stencil over it and used some Deco Foil Transfer Gel Duo to prepare three of the vase shapes for foiling and set the piece aside to dry. Once the gel was properly dry, I laid over some gold foil, sandwiched it between a folded piece of parchment and ran it forwards and backwards through my die cutting machine. The foil peeled away to leave three beautifully foiled vases on top of the stencilled grid.
I used the Wildflower Doodles stamp set and some Versafine black ink (because I was stamping over Distress Oxide ink and I find that Versafine works better to cover it) to add a few sprays to each of the vases, concentrating the clusters in the centre vase to draw the eye in.
I popped one of my own foiled sentiments across the bottom of the card and added a few black/gold crystals from my stash. I really like the clean and simple vibe of this card.
And finally (again)…
The feminine version of the masculine triangles card is this colourful circles card. I used the Trendy Circles Stamp Set for this one, alongside a handmade stencil of three circle sizes.
The colour palette was Firefly and Lime with Peach Perfect, Orange Cream and Autumn Blaze. I also threw in some gold heat embossing on the textured circles, which mirror the gold triangular frames in the masculine version.
I chose the same sentiment from the Birthday Bash stamp set as I had used on the masculine card, and stamped it with Jet Black ink, using my MISTI to make it easy for me to stamp it twice to get a nice crisp image.
A single gold frame encircles the sentiment and a scattering of gold sequins (it’s the law, honest) finishes off the embellishments.
I love the simple ‘chaos’ of this card and think it is a perfect companion to the masculine version.
Okay, peeps, you know what’s coming…
The box is made in exactly the same way as that for the masculine set, but the base is covered with lime green paper, with hand-stamped co-ordinating paper for the lid. It feels great to have produced not only my own box, but the paper covering it too, and I think this really compliments the contents well.
So, that’s the completed submission – 10 cards, two boxes and a lot of writing! I can’t tell you how much it means that you have stuck with me for the past few weeks, and all I can do now is sit back and wait for my feedback.
I’m off to grab a cuppa and put my feet up. Stay safe and well, crafty peeps, and, until next time, keep crafting.