Today I will be focusing on the newly released Flowering Cistus Set. This has just been released in the May Stamp and Die release! Be sure to check out the inspirational projects that the design team have created for the blog hop. For my post I will be sharing 3 unique mixed media projects that you can make with the Flowering Cistus Stamp and Die set.
Mixed Media Art Journal Page
My first project is a mixed media art journal page on a 6″ x 8″ piece of Watercolor Paper. I now have a couple of these Altenew mixed media pages which I am now putting together in an art journal. I love being able to flip through a physical journal!
Before I began my projects, I did a lot of stamping and die-cutting! I ended up not using all of my flowers and leaves. I didn't mind because I can always use those for those projects and cards.
This is how I like to work a little ahead so that I have some components and embellishments ready to go, for when I want to quickly make a project with minimum fuss.
I used the Spring Bouquet Ink Set for the leaves and the pink flowers, and added Blush Crisp Dye Ink to the mix for the palest pink on the first layer of the flower. The blue flowers were made with the Sea Shores Ink set, and the centers for both the flowers were made with Orange Cream and Jet Black Crisp Dye Inks. It never ceases to amaze me how dimensional these flowers look!
I assembly-line style stamped them with my MISTI stamping tool doing multiple layers in one go and die cut them with my Mini Blossom Die Cutting machine which got a major workout! I love how little space it takes up on my desk. I have mentioned before that I love repetitive tasks and find them very meditative, so it was nice to zen out while die cutting these and catching up on my to-watch list.
To start off the art journal page, I applied gesso with an old credit card to my Watercolor Paper and thoroughly dried it with a heat tool. I then chose two colors from the 36 Pan Watercolor Set and heavily applied those to the surface.
I then spritzed with Iridescent Spray as helps to blend the two colors together as well as give the page a beautiful and subtle shimmer. Tilt the watercolor paper from side to side to encourage the colors to bleed into each other for a softer look. If you like, you can spritz from water on to the surface to help the watercolor move.
When you are happy with the color blend let it dry completely naturally or with a heat tool. I added some additional splatters of the same colors to the page, as using the same color ties the page in together and makes it look more cohesive. Also: making splatters is fun!
I was working simultaneously on another card stock panel, mopping up any excess watercolor with it. I like to work on multiple projects at the same time, especially if there is a theme. Plus, I can save these backgrounds to use in my cards or I can die-cut them for later use! This card stock panel became the card that I made for this blog post!
To finish off the journal page, I stamped the sentiment Sparkle and Shine from the Shine Like A Diamond Stamp Set on the middle of the page with Obsidian Pigment Ink. You might need to heat set the ink so that it dries completely over the gesso'd background. Lightly stamped the diamond pattern from the same set with Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink randomly across the page. I them finished the page off by arranged the pink stamped flowers and leaves from the Flowering Cistus Set in opposite corners of the page and attached them with foam tape.
Biggest Hug: Mixed Media Card
For my next mixed media project: I made this card using the card stock panel that I had previously used to mop up the watercolor leftover from the art journal page. I cut the panel into a 4″ circle and mixed Embossing Paste with Jet Black Spray to color it! You can color the embossing paste using any medium that you have. I applied my mixture with a palette knife to the circle with the Broken Chevrons Stencil. Make sure to dry this completely before proceeding to the next step!
I stamped a sentiment from the Flowering Cistus set on to my circle and die cut the cursive “you” from the matching Flowering Cistus die set three times with white card stock. I colored one of the die cuts with Volcano Lake Crisp Dye Ink so that it matched my flower!
I glued all the die cuts together and adhered them to my circle panel. I added the circle panel to an A2 textured ivory card blank. Glue the blue flowers and leaves that were stamped previously from the Flowering Cistus Stamp Set and attach them to the circle with foam tape for extra dimension.
Altered Matchbox – Birthday Surprise
When I first got my hands on the Flowering Cistus set I did a test run, as I do with many of the stamp sets that I get. This is to see what color combinations I like and if I can get different effects with them! With some of Altenew's layering stamps, you can get different looks depending on which layers you choose to stamp.
I stamped the main first layer of the flowers out with Ruby Red and Rubellite Crisp Dye Ink and stamped another one of the layers with Jet Black Crisp Ink and loved the bold graphic effect that it gave me. I chose not to stamp the flower centres and purposely left them white to take advantage of that negative space.
In my collection, I had a small kraft colored matchbox that I had been saving to alter! I changed the color by painting over the whole surface of the matchbox with gesso (you can use white acrylic paint as well). Set this aside to dry.
I cut down my stamped flower card stock to fir the inside of the matchbox and the cover as well, and added a stamped sentient from the same Flowering Cistus Set. I die cut the word You from the matching Die Set in white and twice in black cardstock. I glued them all together so that the black card stock offset the white die cut making it look like a shadow, so that I stood out more against the background.
I also inked the card stock panels very lightly with Jet Black Crisp Ink to give them a subtle border. To finish off the project, I glued the cardstock panels to the matchbox and added the diecut You to the top.
I hope that you enjoyed the mixed media projects that I made for the Stamp Focus on Flowering Cistus and I hope that you give these mixed media techniques a go.
Have a great day!