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Using Altenew peony stamps for emboss resist technique

Hey friends, I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend. I sure am. All of us, our stuff and our car has finally moved to TN! Yes, we move every year. Sometimes across the parking lot, sometimes across states. This time it was across states. More life updates and tea-time chat coming up soon, but today’s post isn’t about that.

Today I have one more idea to share with you using, (you guessed it right!) Altenew’s beautiful flower stamps. (Yes, I still can’t get enough of these beauties!)

For these cards, I used Strathmore watercolor paper and die cut it using the largest stitched rectangle by SSS. Then I heat embossed a flowery pattern using the two stamp sets from Altenew – A Beautiful Day and Peony Bouquet. I had to do lot of creative masking to get the look I was wanting. I used opaque white embossing powder for heat embossing and full-adhesive post-it notes for masking. I prepared 4 such panels and brought them along with me when I moved a couple weeks ago all by myself. {Yes, my family came 2 weeks later because of kids’ school. And yes, I sneaked in some craft supplies in place of some kitchen stuff when I came. A craftsy-gal has to do what a craftsy-gal has to do!)

Card 1


altenew yellow-red beautiful day

For my first card, I used Gansai Tambi watercolors and Ranger #2 round brush with “A Beautiful Day” stamp set. These watercolors have a nice blooming effect where the water seems to push the pigment towards edges. I used it to my advantage and made sure most of color moved towards edges of the petals in a way I wanted them to appear. With the heat embossing you sort of get a “well” which defines each petal and that also made it easy.


altenew yellow-red beautiful day

The images on the back of these stamp sets are great as guides to figure out the play of light and shadows.

To finishthe card , I added a couple sequins, a butterfly and a sentiment sticker from PinkFresh Studio. Finally I mounted the finished piece on my card base, which is made from green apple cardstock by SSS.

Card 2

For my second card, I used my Zig clean clear brush markers with the “Peony Bouquet” stamp set. I did the wet-on-wet technique on this card. I wet an entire petal using my Pentel waterbrush, before I took taking any color to it. One it was wet, I took my Zig marker and added color to the area where I wanted it to be darkest. From there on, I slowly pulled the pigment to rest of the petal using my waterbrush. I skipped adjacent petals to give the color to settle down and then went back to the skipped areas. I also went back with some more color, after giving the base layer time to dry.


altenew pink-purple peony bouquet 1

I also used some gray color to go around the flowers and leaves to add some shadows. To embellish, I added another butterfly, a few iridescent sequins and another sentiment from PinkFresh Studio stickers. I was happy how the colors on the sentiment sticker matched so well with the colors on my card. Serendipity is sometimes my friend :-)


altenew pink-purple peony bouquet

I found that the Gansai Tambi colors were so full of pigment. I had to add a lot of water to get some of those lighter shades. But I loved how vibrant and rich these colors were. I should have taped my watercolor paper before coloring them with these paints, as I did get some warping due to so much use of water. But that was an easy fix.

I did love working with my Zig real brush markers too. These colors are vibrant also, but as I was doing wet-on-wet technique while using these, I did not have trouble breaking down the pigements. Also these being markers are oh so convenient.

I hope you love these cards as much as I loved putting them together. Here’s some more Altenew floral inspiration for you:

  1. Framed art – home decor using Altenew Peonies

  2. Layered heat embossing using Altenew peony stamps

  3. One layer card using Altenew peony stamps

  4. Masking technique using Altenew Stamps

Supplies List

For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used for these cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!






Altenew BEAUTIFUL DAY Clear Stamp Set



Altenew PEONY BOUQUET Clear Stamp Set



Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS CUBE Watermark Stamp Ink Pad VM500



Zing! Opaque Embossing Powder, 1-Ounce, White



American Crafts Zing! OPAQUE White Embossing Powder



Martha Stewart Crafts Embossing Starter Kit



Strathmore WATERCOLOR PAPER PAD 5.5×8.5 Bound 298103



Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 COLOR SET



Kuretake MC2036V Gansai Tambi 36 Color Set



Zig CLEAN COLOR 6 SET Real Brush



Zig CLEAN COLOR 12 set Real Brush



Pinkfresh Studio PFRC101316 2 Sheet Felicity Word Stickers, 4″ by 6″, Multicolor



Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies sssd111455 In Stitches



Post-it Super Sticky Full Adhesive Notes



[Amazon] Sakura 38552 4-ml Tank Koi Water Color Brush, Large



Pentel Arts Aquash Fine Point Water Brush, Medium



Sakura KOI MEDIUM WATERBRUSH Water Brush



Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# GREEN APPLE GA6



Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# DOLL PINK DP17



Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042



Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape



[Amazon] Scor-Tape



We R Memory Keepers TRIM AND SCORE Board 71337-1



Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Powder Blue & Teal 657900

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xoxo, ~Varada

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