Altenew | Succulent Background

Altenew succulent background. Card by @craftwalks #card #handmadecards #altenew #succulent #succulentcard

Hi friends,

Today I came to share a card featuring succulents background.

I’m a big fan of background images in any form (background stamps, stencils) and I like making my own backgrounds as well. This time I used the Succulents Stamp Set and a little bit of masking to make the background. Below I’ll share some tricks which I find helpful in building backgrounds.

Altenew succulent background. Card by @craftwalks #card #handmadecards #altenew #succulent #succulentcard

First I made a panel out of a Solar White Cardstock. Then I started stamping the background using the Sand Dunes Dye Ink and three succulent stamps from the set.

When you plan your own background first you need to decide how you want the elements to be positioned. For example in my case I wanted them to look like one row of succulent pots is located behind the previous one (moving from the bottom up).

In order to prevent elements from overlapping I used masking technique. In other words – I cut out masks for each element and was covering stamped images with the corresponding masks before stamping an element next to them. When you work with masking technique you always need to start stamping from the element you want to be located in the very front, cover it with a mask and stamp the element located behind it.

As I mentioned I decided to make kind of rows of succulents, with each next row behind the previous one. So I stamped the first row, covered it with masks and stamped the next row. I covered the second row elements with their masks before stamping the third row and so on.

Altenew succulent background. Card by @craftwalks #card #handmadecards #altenew #succulent #succulentcard

When you plan backgrounds like this it’s better to not stamp the same elements right next to each other, that way it will look more interesting.

I mentioned that I used masks to prevent overlapping. And in some areas I needed two masks of a same element to stamp another one in between. I only had one mask of each design (left from the previous time I worked with this set, I always try to save masks if they’re in relatively good condition) and instead of cutting out more masks I decided to cheat. So first I covered one element with a mask, then inked only one part of a stamp, the one which would overlap the masked element, then stamped it. After that I moved the mask onto another element that needed to me masked and this time I inked the other side of the stamp before stamping.

I was using a stamp positioning tool, which made it possible to stamp twice exactly in the same spot and saved me some time on cutting out additional masks.

Altenew succulent background. Card by @craftwalks #card #handmadecards #altenew #succulent #succulentcard

After my background was ready I blended some Sand Dunes Dye Ink onto the panel edges, stamped the sentiment from the Faithful Feathers Stamp Set in Jet Black Dye Ink and foam mounted it onto a red card base.

I stamped one succulent, colored it with the Artist Markers and die-cut it using the matching dies.

Altenew succulent background. Card by @craftwalks #card #handmadecards #altenew #succulent #succulentcard

Next I popped up the succulent on a card and added several red liquid drops to accentuate it.

SUPPLIES

If you’re interested in the supplies I’ve used – they’re listed below. Where available I use compensated affiliate links (which means if you make a purchase I will get a small commission with no additional cost for you). Click on the letters below to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Studio Katia (SK), Altenew (AN), Ellen Hutson (EH), Scrapbook.com (SC), Amazon (AZ), Spellbinders (SB), etc.
I truly appreciate your support!

Altenew Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock
Altenew Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock
Click A Shop:
AN
Bazzill Rock Peppermint Card Shoppe Cardstock
Bazzill Rock Peppermint Card Shoppe Cardstock
Click A Shop:
SSS | SC
Altenew Succulents Clear Stamp Set
Altenew Succulents Clear Stamp Set
Click A Shop:
SSS | AN | EH
Altenew Succulents Die Set
Altenew Succulents Die Set
Click A Shop:
AN
Altenew Succulents Stamp And Die Bundle
Altenew Succulents Stamp And Die Bundle
Click A Shop:
AN
Altenew Faithful Feather Stamp Set
Altenew Faithful Feather Stamp Set
Click A Shop:
AN
Altenew Sand Dunes Dye Ink Pad
Altenew Sand Dunes Dye Ink Pad
Click A Shop:
AN
3m Scotch Double-sided Foam Tape Permanent
3m Scotch Double-sided Foam Tape Permanent
Click A Shop:
SSS | EH
Altenew Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
Altenew Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
Click A Shop:
SSS | AN
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Stamp Platform
Click A Shop:
SSS | SC
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool
Click A Shop:
SSS | SC
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foams
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foams
Click A Shop:
SSS | SC
Tonic Studios Mini Guillotine Paper Trimmer
Tonic Studios Mini Guillotine Paper Trimmer
Click A Shop:
SSS | AZ
Altenew Artists Markers
Altenew Artists Markers
Click A Shop:
AN
Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops Autumn Red
Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops Autumn Red
Click A Shop:
SSS

RELATED POSTS

8 Comments

  1. Reply

    Tara Prince

    June 6, 2018

    Lovely card! I love the pop of red!!

    • Reply

      Svitlana Shayevich

      June 21, 2018

      Thank you!

  2. Reply

    Tracey Magner

    June 6, 2018

    Hi, I LOVE this card I think it is really STUNNING, I just left you a comment on the Altenew blog. I get so confused with the masking that I was hoping you would have a video on this, I have this stamp and have not used it yet, I would of loved to try this out, like you did but I would have to SEE how it is done that is how my brain works, lol. Awesome post, I still am going to “pin” it because I love it and one day I will figure out masking. Have a great day!!!!

    • Reply

      Svitlana Shayevich

      June 21, 2018

      Tracey, thank you! You’re so sweet!
      I have a lot on my table right now but I try to make a video soon.

  3. Reply

    Linda BL

    June 6, 2018

    The background of succulents is very pretty against the bright red of the focal image. I struggle with masking as well. Seeing your process would be nice!

    • Reply

      Svitlana Shayevich

      June 21, 2018

      Thank you, Linda!

  4. Reply

    lorraine turner

    June 9, 2018

    Svitlana what a fabulous card with such a beautiful subtle background which has obviously taken a while to achieve with all the masks that needed to be cut out and then the stamping to be done. I love masking because I think it makes more of a particular image/s. Thank you for sharing this card design with us crafters. :O)

    • Reply

      Svitlana Shayevich

      June 21, 2018

      Thank you a lot, Lorraine!

LEAVE A COMMENT