Hi Friends!

Today I have an unusual combination for you – sweet peas, vintage-y cottage garden flowers and a hard riveted industrial background!  Strange combination?  Unexpected?  Well this is my take on the With a Twist Altenew class for AECP.



I took my inspiration from an Altenew class called With a Twist, which is one of their Level 2 classes.  Each lesson features a different technique to use with a twist eg stamping with a twist, diecutting with a twist and so on. I was inspired by the lesson suggesting modern with vintage as the twist and that was what I intended to do until I found some things in my stash that changed my mind!

Overview of my card process

For my vintage flowers I used the Sweetest Peas stamp and die set and after heat embossing in white, I used the Watercolour palette to paint them this pinky colour, and the background a light green, which after I had done, I didn’t like at all!   I decided to separate the flowers from the background and try to save them somehow.



I painted them again using a different shade of pink from my Altenew Watercolour Palette and this time I was much happier with them.



I still didn’t know what I was going to do with them though, and still had my mind set on something modern.  At least, until I found these pieces of embossed card in my stash.  I had made them for some other project a while back and never used them, but when I put the flowers next to it…  I really loved it!  Vintage and Industrial, this could be a new thing lol. The embossed card pieces were enough to make a 6 x 6 card when I pieced them together, and then I made a card base from an old amazon box.  (I’m recycling as much as possible during our lockdown).


I used some sanding paper to lift some of the black off and reveal the shiny silver underneath, and then I found the perfect sentiment to add to the middle.  These delicate cottage garden flowers can bloom anywhere, even in a harsh industrial background, so long as they never give up!


Once the card front was adhered to the base, and the stickers placed where I wanted them, the card was complete!


Stronger than yesterday – never give up!


I love watercolouring even if I have to do it twice to achieve a colour I am happy with lol.  I enjoyed this class as it forced me to think of different options and I came up with a brand new option that I really love!  I’ve used this stamp set a few times but always for something soft and pretty, never in this way.

I hope you enjoyed reading about this card and that you find inspiration from it.


A Vintage JourneyBeautiful Blooms – delicate sweet peas against an industrial background


Altenew – Sweetest Peas stamps and dies, Watercolour Palette
HP watercolour paper
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Wow white EP
Versamark ink
Tim Holtz stickers
From stash: already embossed black metallic card, amazon box, water brush,

FYI Here’s a list of all my Class posts for Level 2:

.Beyond Basic Backgrounds
.In the Mood for Color
.With A Twist You are here
.Creative Watercolor Media
.Beautiful Details
.Color Your Day
.Impressive Heat Embossing
.Magical Marker Techniques
.Masking Unleashed

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Julia Aston
June 1, 2020 12:43 am

What great contrast between the dark industrial background and your lovely pink sweet peas! thanks for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey! xx

Erum Tasneem
May 26, 2020 9:08 pm

This is amazing! Look at that texture! I love it Elle!
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