I don’t know about you, but I just love Altenew layering stamps and dies. I was thrilled when they brought out their first edition of a Magazine boxed kit and bought it straight away. I was busy at the time and so didn’t get around to playing with the contents for a while and it’s taken even longer to post my initial makes on here, but here they are. I actually made one more in shades of blue but sent that one to a crafty friend who’d been poorly and needed a lift so didn’t get chance to photograph it. Normally you need inks in varying shades of the same colour for the layering stamps but not in this case. A while ago I invested in a few sets of Generation Inx ink pads by Stamps By Me Ltd. They are great as you can ink up the stamp just once and stamp multiple times, each time the shade gets lighter. I kind of wasted some ink making these cards as you need to start off with the lightest colour, but I quickly realised I could stamp off the excess ink randomly onto plain white and use that to create backgrounds in future cards (watch this space). The Generation inks meant that my varying shades matched perfectly for each colour I used. For these cards I created a band of colour by masking off with post it notes and using an ink blending tool with my chosen colour. Once stamped, I die cut the flowers with the coordinating die and the added some stickles glitter glue to the centre of the flowers. The resulting cards are post friendly as they can go via standard delivery. I’ve left them without any greeting as they will be useful to keep in my stash and then add an appropriate sentiment as the need arises. The design of these stamps is so clever as, depending on the colour used, they can be made to look like a variety of different flowers. In my next post you’ll see how I used the same stamps to create some fab poppies for my sister’s November birthday.