Hello, Altenew friends! Welcome to our February Guest Designer Post.
Today, we have the talented Kathleen Graumüller and she is sharing three pretty handmade projects with us. We have been a big fan of her clean and simple, yet breathtakingly beautiful work. If you want to take a quick look, head over to her Instagram feed and prepare to be dazzled!
Get to know Kathleen!
Hi there! My name is Kathleen (aka ScatteredConfetti) and I am a coffee addict, plant lover, and dog mom from Germany with great affection for all things paper and scrapbook-related. I love documenting everyday moments because I believe that in the end, these are what make life wonderful! Although I mostly create layouts and mini albums, I have really gotten into card-making over the last few months.
I love sharing my projects on my blog, Instagram and Youtube channel and connecting with other creatives from all around the world! And I am also passionate about teaching scrapbooking workshops, both online and “offline“ (in person).
For these two cards, I used the gorgeous Beautiful Day Stamp & Die Set. I first stamped the outline stamp for the flower and the leaves onto a piece of white cardstock, then die cut them with the coordinating dies (thank god for these!) and finally colored them with some of my watercolors.
I did nothing very complicated since, to be honest, I am not that great at watercoloring. However, with the wet on wet technique (i.e. first wetting the paper and then adding the wet watercolor), you will get beautiful results without much effort.
I wanted to keep the look of the cards very clean and simple (I do love my white space!). So before adhering the die cut flowers and leaves to the card bases, I used a scoring board to add a horizontal scoring line every 0.5“ and thereby create a very subtle texture. The final touches were then stamping the sentiments and adding a few Nuvo Drops.
“You Color My World” Layout
Although Altenew'a floral stamps and dies are my absolute favorite thing and I use them on my cards and layouts all the time, I wanted to push myself a little and try something a bit different for this layout. I decided to use the Leaf Medallion Die to create some eye-catching pieces for my layout.
By the way, you will also find a process video for this layout at the end of this post.
I started with two blank sheets of white cardstock that I had covered in clear gesso and then colored these with all sorts of spray paints to create an ombré effect from pink to orange, yellow, green and finally teal. When I was done coloring, I dried the sheets with a heat tool and then die cut eight leaf medallions out of them.
To add a little bit of sparkle and shine, I used an embossing dabber and gold glitter embossing powder. I just can’t get enough of gold and I felt that the gold sparkle would just add that little something extra to those medallions.
When I was finally happy with the arrangement of the leaf medallions, I decided on the photo I wanted to use for this page. Because there were already so many colors, I printed it in black and white to make it stand out from all the colorful elements.
As for the embellishing, I kept the layout rather simple and only added a few flowers, butterflies and my title(s). For the flowers, I used the new Garden Picks 3D Die Set and paper scraps in coordinating colors.
You can also watch how this whole layout came together in the process video below or watch it in HD on Altenew's YouTube channel.
I hope you enjoyed my projects and feel inspired to get creative with your Altenew products! Thanks a lot for stopping by! 🙂
WOW. Those are gorgeous projects, Kathleen! Thank you so much for sharing these with us! We were absolutely thrilled and honored to have you as our February Guest Designer.