Another card for July Take It Make It challenge: Fifties roses!

Craft Stamper 'Take It Make It' July challenge started a week ago, and I'm amazed by the number of gorgeous projects the talented crafters have already made and shared with us: Over 40!

If your stamping and paper crafting inspiration needs a bit of wakening, I suggest you hop over to Craft Stamper blog to see a wonderful new collection of inspirational projects from the Design Team.

My inspiration source was a new stamp set by Altenew I received in mail just on time for this project. I love their products! I had seen wonderful flower cards made with their set, so I had to try them out myself, too! I loved the idea of layering stamped images and creating multi-coloured flowers, and with clear polymer stamps aligning the images shouldn't be too hard. True!

For highlighting the beautiful flowers I left the background simple. This time I decided not to 'white wash' the background with acrylic paint (white washing = dabbing paint on the paper and wiping the excess with baby wipes), but to try something else:

The background patterned paper was quite thin, so I started with brushing a thin layer of clear gesso on the paper. Clear gesso is a wonderful media, as it dries transparent leaving the patterns of the paper to show beautifully, but prepares the paper for different kinds of wet media. I wanted to watercolour my background, but as I did not have white watercolours, I simply diluted white paint with water.  A thin layer of gesso also prevented the paper from buckling.

I loved the Altenew rose stamps! The designs remind me of flower patterns from the fifties, and for that reason I chose a bit retro style patterned paper for the background. Here's my card:

Card with stamped roses in fifties style

Altenew blog is filled with stamping inspiration, just follow this link and get inspired!
And remember to play along with our Craft Stamper challenge; there are amazing prizes to be won! You have time until July 29th, so grab your papers and stamps and get creative!

Wishing you a great weekend,
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