Enjoy the little things - Apprécier les petites choses

Much of my four day weekend was spent crafting and I am happy to have another post ready using Altenew stamps and markers. Let's jump right in to see how I made this card.

Using my MISTI I laid out how I wanted my three succulents to sit on the card, then I stamped the foremost image which is also the smallest plant in the set

Using the matching dies for the Succulent set I die cut the mask out of contact paper which makes such great masks that are repositionable and reusable, even though mine are made of orange contact paper they are see through which makes life easy. I then stamped my second succulent and positioned the second mask and so on until all my image was stamped

As I was stamping along I managed to add a smudge of ink on my card stock, don't you hate when that happens!? Luckily I have a Mono sand eraser that takes care of that - just let the ink dry and if it's not too heavy you'll be able to remove the smudge just like I did below.

My next step before removing the masks was to sponge some Distress Oxide ink in a light color above the plants, as you can see below I wiped off any extra black ink from the masks, no more smudges wanted! Then I removed the masks and colored the image using alcohol markers which I am still very much learning about. 

This is my finished card, I love how the outline stays white so you can easily distinguish the three plants.

The sentiment was first stamped in green but I decided to over-stamp it in black ink (luckily I had used the MISTI) and you can actually see a hint of green, in the closeup you can also see my coloring, I really like the way this card came out!

Supplies used:
Stamp sets:
Succulents (and matching dies), Charmed (sentiment)
Hunter Green, Jet Black from Altenew and Distress Oxide in Antique Linen
Altenew and Letraset alcohol markers.

This post is for a Level 2 assignment in the Altenew Certification Program, inspired by a class from Altenew Academy called Magical Marker Techniques.


  1. Such a lovely card! I love your work Helen <3

  2. Oh Helen, you really take this challenge up a notch! I love your photo tutorial and it really shows your deep understanding of this masking process! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. I love your write-up and descriptions! Please keep up with your excellent work!


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