February 25, 2021

Every week we send out many cards to clients. Some are welcoming them to the office. Others are congratulations. We always send sympathy cards for the loss of a pet. Most of these cards are hand stamped.

Clients have likely seen information on our dental referral service. I am in a residency program in veterinary dentistry. Why do I like it so much? Dentistry is the best way to improve the lives of pets. It is also the arts and crafts of veterinary medicine. I need to use my art side as well as my science side.

There are times I am overwhelmed with work/family/life. My stress relief/outlet is a half hour of paper crafting – I feel renewed and love that I can admire in a short time something gorgeous I’ve accomplished. Then I am able to get back to the long marathon tasks instead of the almost instant gratification of many paper crafts.

While I am an experienced paper crafter, it’s always fun to learn new techniques. I signed up with Altenew’s classes to view other ideas. These classes are easy for me to view on my phone when I have a few minutes between meetings.

This post is part of a series started many months ago in regards to card creations we are using in the office (and showcasing my creative outlet).

The second class, All About Layering 2, layered stamps and color. One way utilized the Majestic Bloom stamp and something similar to what I know as the rock and roll technique with a spritz of water to add layers of color. The no line coloring technique was also shown in the class. My favorite card was the Hibiscus Love set – a great mix of colors and a bit of shine added with gold embossing. Don’t forget to add dimension to your card with foam.

The class’s Garden Treasure card is my inspiration for my card using layering.

The stamp set selected was designed by Altenew for Simon Says Stamps. It layers the poppy flower to give dimension. The coordinating dies were used to cut the two flower designs repeatedly stamped onto cardstock. A silver mirror cardstock rectangle lies behind the flowers and then is topped with a mirrored hello die cut. The center of the frame was cut to make a window to the inside of the card. The inside elements were layered as well and three flowers were combined to make a large red poppy on the inside of the card.

This card uses layered flowers, layered paper, layered die cuts on many levels of the card (front, behind the front, and inside of the card).