Hello friends! Welcome to Altenew’s October 2020 Stand-Alone Dies Release Blog Hop!!! If you just came from the talented Tania Ahmed, then you’re on the right track. For a complete list and all the details about this hop, make sure to drop by the Altenew blog. Take a look at all of the new release below:
Aren’t these wonderful!?! There are so many lovely dies in this release that are must-haves. Take a look at how I used some of these dies. Hope you’ll get some inspiration to create, too.
I APPRECIATE YOUR KINDNESS
I love this latest release of layered dies because each die will cut the same layer of all the individual flowers. So one die will cut all of the bases of all the flowers. The next die will cut the 2nd layers of all the flowers and so on and so forth. This is such a time saver! You just have to make sure to use the proper colors and you’re all set.
This die set goes well with all the other floral layered dies of Altenew. I mixed up the flowers from the Jumbo Garden Picks Layering Dies and the Watercolor Garden Layering dies. These two sets really go well together.
This Lacy Panel die is such a dainty die and can be used in so many ways. For this hop, I decided to make monogram cards using the Blushing Blooms paper pack as my background. This way, the card set will automatically coordinate with each other.
I used the Lacy die to die cut cardstocks that complemented the paper pack. The letter M from the Classic Alphabet die set was die cut several times (5 per card) and adhered on top of each other to give dimension.
The lower part of the letter was inked up with Versamark Ink then embossed using Rose Gold embossing powder.
The edges of the patterned paper were distressed using a paper distresser to add texture to the card. This was glued to a card base. A contrasting cardstock was added behind the lacy panel die cut. Foam sheets added dimension to the panel. The letter M was glued on top of the panel.
I also made a smaller version of the card and just embossed the edges with gold embossing powder to give a border to this card.
HANG IN THERE/HAPPY BIRTHDAY
I have had alcohol inks in my stash for over 10 years…. yes 10 years without touching them! It might be because of my perceived difficulty to control the outcome or the mess it can create. But recently, I got so inspired by the alcohol ink artists on Instagram and thought I should give it a try.
Doesn’t this remind you of the colors of the ocean?! I wanted to create a background using some of my favorite colors and this is what I ended up with. Now I can confirm the reason why it took me so long to try out this medium– I had NO CONTROL of the outcome!!! The fear of not knowing how it will look like made me nervous. 😂
I added drops of the ink with blending solution and 91% isopropyl alcohol. (Take note- alcohol will dilute the colors while blending solution will help the colors mix together). When I was happy with the outcome, I added gold and blending solution and used compressed air to move the gold around. 4 stips of the happy birthday die cut were stacked up. I had some leftover paper with gold on it so I used that to cover the back of this sentiment strip. Both the happy birthday sentiment die and the hanging garden die cuts were added to the colored panel then I mounted this onto a top folding Neenah Solar white CS.
HANG IN THERE HUGS
For this second card, I did an alcohol inked background the same way as the previous card. I directly die cut the word HUGS onto the colored background. I cut out 4 more from plain cardstock so that I could layer the letters to create dimension. The linear pathway alpha outline die was used to cut Neenah Solar white cardstock and this was layered on top of the word. I also added the sentiment from the essential sentiments strips. I think I will be doing more of these backgrounds soon. 🙂
Here’s a CAS card using the Lacy Panel die and the Essential Sentiment Strips die. The blue cardstock was die cut using the Dotted Starbust debossing die to add texture to the card front.
I die cut the Lacy panel 5 times then adhered them on top of each other using glue. This was backed with another cardstock to contrast the color of the lacy panel. The essential sentiment strip was also layered 4 times to add dimension.
YOU ARE SO KIND
I first stamped the Dotted Diamond stamp using the Antique Linen distress ink using a Misti. Keeping the paper in the same position, I went back and stamped on certain areas only using the Walnut Stain. When I was happy with the look, I stamped the entire image again with Versmark Ink then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. This was done to make sure that the embossed part will resist the distress oxide inks that I added to the background. Spatters of water created more texture for this background.
I die cut the Dog Rose A panel die 5 times then stacked them on top of each other with glue. I did the same thing for the “you are so kind” die-cut and both were layered on top of the background.
WITH ALL MY LOVE
Here’s another background that I created to match the dies for this release. Neenah Solar White cardstock was colored with distress oxide inks. The stencils were used to either add or remove color from the card front.
I love the chalky effect that oxide inks give when they react with water. The word LOVE was then die cut on this panel. I lined up the alpha dies on a ruler to make sure that the letters were straight then used washi tape to prevent the letters from moving. Additional die cuts were made to add dimension the word.
I only needed the “with all of my” from the sentiment so I used post-it tape to cover the word love before inking up the stamp with Versamark Ink. This was then stamped and embossed using Rose Gold embossing powder.
It has been a while since I’ve created a layout. I never really liked having photos taken of me. Because of this, I wanted to document this rare occasion when I was “ambushed” by the photographer to have photos taken with my children. I’m glad he did cause this layout will remind them of how much I love them.
First, the background was created using watercolor brush marker inks. I used the wet on wet technique and added pigment at the corners of the watercolor paper allowing the movement of the water to spread the pigments. When this was dry, I added more texture using a stencil and texture paste. I enjoyed mixing up flowers from the different stamp and die sets! This is also why I like creating more than what I need so that I will always have die cuts or painted stamped images ready for use when I need them. The flowers and leaves were then layered using foam squares and adhesives.
Before die cutting the outline part of the Linear pathway alpha, I added double-sided tape at the back of the cardstock. This made it easier to adhere the outline to the solid part of the die. I also embossed the outline part with Rose Gold embossing powder for added contrast to the pink solid alphabets.
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Next stop is the amazing Nicole Watt. I hope you liked the cards and layout I made for this blog hop. Do let me know which one you liked the most, ok? I always enjoy hearing from my readers and truly appreciate that you take time to go through my post and to leave a comment on my blog. It means so much to me.❤️ I hope you can follow me on Instagram @mylittleatticstudio for my latest updates. Thanks again and I hope to see you again soon!!! Stay safe everyone!