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  • Writer's pictureKristen Bartel

Altenew | Birthday Card using Garden Picks die set and Embossing Paste

Hi All! I’m back with another post using the Altenew Garden Picks die set, although this time I stepped up the design by adding a fun background using embossing paste.

Embossing paste is a great way to add texture and interest to a card. I left it white on white in this example, but it can easily be tinted using ink pads, reinkers, watercolors, etc. if you want to change it up even more! I started by taping the Altenew Deco Wallpaper stencil to my card panel from the back with several strips of tape. I like to use a separate card panel as adding paste directly to my card base can tend to warp it (even if it is 110lb). I applied an even layer of paste using a plastic palette knife from the center left radiating out. I left the edges messy and uneven to add some interest. I made a couple panels at once, then immediately washed my stencil and tools with warm soapy water to avoid the paste drying on and wrecking anything. When I get everything out to make a mess, I like to make several backgrounds at once, and then save the rest for other projects when I don't feel like pulling everything out.

I set the panels aside to dry for an hour, then came back to assemble everything. I used a scrap of dark burgundy cardstock for the sentiment and white heat embossed “Happy Birthday” from the Altenew Wispy Begonias stamp set and trimmed a banner end on the right side. I love the mix of hand lettering with print letters on this sentiment! I foam mounted the sentiment to the card panel centered against the left side.

I then tucked my arrangement around the sentiment. I chose rose pink colored flowers from the Garden Picks die set that I had made earlier, along with some yellow accent flowers and green foliage. I adhered some with liquid glue directly to the card base, and popped some up using thin foam squares to add dimension. To finish it off, I scattered some clear gems (I believe Ice Cube Jewel mix from Little Things from Lucy's Cards) around the arrangement and adhered with glossy accents.

I really liked how this turned out, and glad I used something other than black for the sentiment! I am definitely going to try this with other color combinations - I think it will work best when the sentiment strip picks up the darkest color in your layering floral, or even if it is contrasting colors. I hope you found some inspiration in this post. Thanks for stopping in, have a great week!



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