I was thrilled to find this Altenew Oriental Orchid stamp set with Korean sentiments because I knew my mom would love any card I made with it (HERE’s the English version, which is also beautiful). I’m not a great stamper, and in the past, that would have prevented me from buying this stamp set, but with a MISTI stamping tool I mustered up my courage to tackle this.

I admit that to create this Mother’s Day card, I stamped enough layered orchids to fill 3 full cards (there was stamp dropping, smeared stamping, misaligned stamping, etc.), but in the end, I think this final card came out beautifully.

I designed the card with the idea of a full floral garden bouquet with 4 orchid stems visible on the card. I used Altenew Crisp Inks from the “Floral 6 Mini Cube Ink Set” that includes: Ruby, Red Coral Berry, Frosty Pink, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Jet Black (I didn’t use the black). I first stamped the outline of each bloom with the Red Coral Berry, then I stamped the solid bloom with Frosty Pink. Then I went back in with the Red Coral Berry for the flower veins and lastly I stamped the stamens with Ruby.

I next masked the flowers to stamp out the stems to connect them. I also added some additional stem tips so that I could add more buds for an even more lush look. Lastly I added the small and medium buds to the tips of the stems. Adding the buds AFTER stamping the stems was much easier than trying to match the stems to pre-stamped buds (ask me how I know…LOL).

I heat embossed the sentiments, which translate to “Love You” and “Make Today Another Great Day” with VersaMark Ink and Ranger Black Embossing Powder in the upper left corner. Once the crisp sentiment was embossed, the flowers I had stamped looked a little fuzzy and messy by comparison.

However, rather than discard this card, I took the flowers from another failed card front (where my stamping had been crisper and better aligned but where I had dropped an inked bud stamp) and fussy cut them out with my favorite Fiskars Spring Loaded Scissors to add over top of many of the flowers on the card front with some foam adhesive dots. Oh yes, now the card had dimension and more detail. Sometimes the best ideas come from trying to cover mistakes or use up scraps. 🙂

For the inside of the card, I stamped out another orchid stem. But for a lighter look (almost like second generation stamping), I only used the outline stamps for the orchid blooms and stem with the lighter ink colors. As a finishing touch, reminiscent of the Korean signature seals of old, I stamped the “handmade” stamp on the back of the card.

The following is a process video of this card:

This floral card is being entered into the following challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner Add a Flower Challenge
Penny Black and More Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Add a Sentiment Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Mothers Challenge
Fab ‘n’ Funky Garden or Outdoors ChallengeWINNER
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
Stamping Sensations Close to Nature Challenge

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