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Leafy Background / Flower Challenge

Leafy backgrounds can be a fun element for cards. There are ton of ways to achieve it. You can either stamp bunch of leaves on your background panel, or add die cut leaves to create background for your card. Or you can create a whole card just with leaves.

Hello everyone,

It’s time for another challenge at The Flower Challenge and this month’s theme is “ use leaves”. Now you understand why I was talking about leafy background in the beginning of this post right?

For my project today, I decided to use an embossing folder that has different types of leaves in it . Eventhough, leafy background itself is enough element for a card but since this is The flower challenge I added a cluster of primrose flowers as the main focal point.
I had just received my subscription for this month for the Craft-A-Flower die set from Altenew. I realized I’ve used Altenew craft a flower die for most of my flower challenge posts. As the timing the die arrives is just in time for our new Flower Challenge post.


Realizing that I has this old embossing folder with leaf images I thought would be perfect for the theme. I embossed a panel of Neenah card-stock and swiped a memento gold ink across it. Black splatters would compliment my gold and white background. Hence, I smooshed black soot distressed oxide ink on to an acrylic block added a little water picked it up with a paint brush and created the splatters by flicking the brush.


Die cutting tiny flowers is tidious, but definitely worth it as they look super pretty on cards. I used the new Craft-A-Flower die from Altenew. This one is called Primrose Blosom. I remember my dad was obsessed with flowers and had this flower in every color available. I created mine in yellow.


The word die ‘hello’ is from the same die set. I cut it three times with white card-stock and once with gold then stacked them for dimension and stability.

These little flowers look pretty in cluster, and that’s how primrose grow. So I arranged the flowers in the lower right side of the embossed panel along with the die cut hello and the sentiment strip.

Added a few black drops of Nuvo drops in black to finish off this card design. Finally, I added the panel on an A2 size card-base created with heavyweight card-stock.

Hope this inspires you. Let’s participate in the challenge and have fun.



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Sunshine Daisies Against Black Background

Today I am sharing this blank card I made using the Sunshine Daisies digital stamp released today by Rachel Vass Designs. These are white Sunshine Daisies against black background. This stamp set is available to purchase at her Etsy store.

Sunshine Daisies by Rachel Vass Designs White daisies against black background

I wanted these daisies to be white but even white flowers have shadows and highlights and some shades of purples and yellows in them.

I sat down with some Prismacolor pencils and some Polychromos to color these beautiful flowers. I used warm grey for the shadow and some light yellow, purple, and green on the highlighted areas of the petals.

Sunshine Daisies by Rachel Vass Designs pencil colored with black background

For the centers of the flowers I picked some yellows, oranges, and browns. I added some texture using the little strokes of Prismacolor pencils in the darker shade all over these center.

Sunshine Daisies by Rachel Vass Designs pencil coloring

After I finished coloring with the pencil colors, I decided to go for really dark background. Started tracing the outlines with Micron Pen and also filling the small areas between the petals with the same pen. The rest of the background I colored with black Copic marker.

Sunshine Daisies by Rachel Vass Designs handmade blank card

I cut the colored panel with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die and attached it to a white card-base made with Neenah Solar White Card-stock.

I hope this will inspire you to create projects like this with dark background.



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Altenew Always There Cards With Stencil Backgrounds

Hello and Welcome

I have a few cards to share with you on my blog today. These cards are made uisng Altenew Stamp and die set called “Always there”. I have used Altenew stencils and nuvo glimmer paste to create beautiful backgrounds for my cards.

Here are my cards for today.


Four different stencils have been used in these cards with Nuvo Glimmer Paste. My favorite is the Leaf Burst Stencil.

The Focal Point:

My focus for these cards are the beautiful stamp set from Altenew. It’s called Always There. This stamp set is a layering stamp. It comes with a few different layered images which you can stamp in different shades of the same color that gives these images a more realistic look. I love layering stamps because I don’t have to color each images if i don’t like to. For these flowers I did color the details with Faber Castell Polichromos pencils to give them more depth and dimension.

The flowers are arranged on the background panel some using just liquid glue and some using foam tape for dimensions.

I used three different shades of Altenew Die Inks for these flowers. Yellows, Pinks and Reds and the leaves are stamped in Greens.






Jet Black

The Sentiment:

The sentiments are used from another stamp set from Altenew called I Adore You. The sentiments are stamped on a black strip of card stock in Versamark Ink then embossed using Wow Embossing powder in detail white.

Then I cut the sentiments using Simon Says Stamp Die.

I layered the stenciled panel on a color card stock that coordinates with each flower cluster. Then mounted them on the card base.

Card Base:

The card base is standard A2 size card bases with 110lb Neenah Cardstock.

I really loved how these cards turned out in the end. Let me know what you think in the comment down below. I love reading comments.

I have another post using same stamp set here if you are interested in reading that. This one uses a special technique.



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