Altenew October 2020 Stand-Alone Dies Release Blog Hop

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


MATERIALS: JUMBO GARDEN PICKS LAYERING DIE, WATERCOLOR GARDEN LAYERING DIE, SENTIMENT STRIPS 2, A LOVE FOR STRIPES SET C, DOTTED STARBURST DEBOSSING DIE, GRADIENT CARDSTOCK- SEASHORE AND CHERRY BLOSSOM, NEENAH SOLAR WHITE CARDSTOCK, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER

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.


MONOGRAM M


MATERIALS: LACY PANEL DIE, CLASSIC ALPHABET DIE, BLUSHING BLOOMS PAPER PACK, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER, NEENAH SOLAR WHITE CARDSTOCK, FOAM SHEETS, TOMBOW MONO MULTI LIQUID GLUE

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


MATERIALS: ESSENTIAL SENTIMENTS STRIPS DIE, LINEAR PATHWAY ALPHA SOLID AND OUTLINE, HANGING GARDEN DIE, SEA GLASS AND OCEAN WAVES ALCOHOL INKS, PIÑATA BAJA BLUE, RAINFOREST GREEN, PASSION PURPLE, RICH GOLD ALCOHOL INKS, BLENDING SOLUTION, YUPO PAPER, NEENAH SOLAR WHITE CARDSTOCK

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


MATERIALS: ESSENTIAL SENTIMENT STRIPS DIE, LINEAR PATHWAY ALPHA SOLID AND OUTLINE BUNDLE

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. 🙂


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY


MATERIALS: LACY PANEL DIE, ESSENTIAL SENTIMENT STRIPS DIE, DOTTED STARBURST DEBOSSING DIE, FOAM SQUARES

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


MATERIALS: ESSENTIAL SENTIMENT STRIPS DIE, DOTTED DIAMONDS STAMP, DOG ROSE PANEL A DIE, DISTRESS INKS-ANTIQUE LINEN, WALNUT STAIN, DISTRESS OXIDE INKS-PEACOCK FEATHERS, BROKEN CHINA, TUMBLED GLASS, NEENAH SOLAR WHITE CARDSTOCK, TOMBOW ADHESIVE, VERSAMARK INK, CLEAR EMBOSSING POWDER

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


MATERIALS: LINEAR PATHWAY ALPHA SOLID, SENTIMENT STRIPS 2, LAYERED MEDALLION A STENCIL, TIM HOLTZ DOTTED LAYERING STENCIL, DISTRESS OXIDES-PICKED RASPBERRY,ABANDONED CORAL,CARVED PUMPKIN AND FRAYED BURLAP, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER, NEENAH SOLAR WHITE CARDSTOCK

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.


MY LOVES


MATERIALS: JUMBO GARDEN PICKS LAYERING DIE, LINEAR PATHWAY ALPHA SOLID AND OUTLINE DIE, WATERCOLOR GARDEN LAYERING DIE, SWEET FLOWERS STAMP AND DIE, PEN SKETCHED FLOWERS STAMP, WATERCOLOR BRUSH MARKERS, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER, OBSIDIAN INK, EMBOSSING PASTE, DOTTED STENCIL, UNIBALL WHITE GEL PEN, VERSAMARK INK

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.


GIVEAWAY PRIZES


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 10/25/2020 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will be drawing a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/27/2020.

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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!

Craft-A-Flower: Rose Layering Die Set Blog Hop

Welcome to Altenew’s Craft-a-Flower: Rose Layering Die Set Blog Hop!!! I’m sure you loved the card samples of Therese Calvird ❤️ Thanks Therese for sending them over to my blog. Make sure to drop by the Altenew blog for complete details about this hop! I’m so excited to share with you some projects using this beautiful layering die set.

CRAFT-A-FLOWER: ROSE LAYERING DIE SET

HAPPY BIRTHDAY


MATERIALS: CRAFT-A-FLOWER: ROSE LAYERING DIE SET, ORNATE COVER DIE, GRADIENT CARDSTOCK: CHERRY BLOSSOM, WATERCOLOR BRUSH MARKERS, WATERCOLOR PAPER, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER

This layering die set is easy to line up. The important part is lining up the 1st and 2nd layer. Just look for 3 areas where the 2nd layer lines up with the first layer. When this is done correctly, it’s easy to line up the other layers.

I used the Gradient Cardstocks Cherry Blossom to create these roses. For the leaves, I made a light wash using the greens and browns from the Watercolor brush makers. While the watercolor paper was still wet, I added salt which soaked up the liquid on the painted surface therefore creating areas with less pigment and giving the surface some texture.

After die cutting the leaves, all of the elements were adhered using Tombow glue and foam squares. The sentiment was embossed using Rose Gold embossing powder.


ASSORTED TAGS


MATERIALS: CRAFT-A-FLOWER:ROSE LAYERING DIE SET, TERRIFIC TAGS DIE, WATERCOLOR BRUSH MARKERS, WATERCOLOR PAPER, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER, DISTRESS OXIDE INKS

Here are some assorted tags I made using the same floral die but this time, I made 6-7 watercolor washes varying in intensity keeping the biggest layer the lightest and the smallest (last layer) the darkest.

I added salt again and allowed the pieces to completely dry before die cutting. Sentiments for varying stamp sets from Altenew were then stamped using Versamark Ink then embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder.

The layers were glued together using Tombow multi liquid glue and foam squares for added dimension.

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GIVEAWAYS PRIZES


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 10/12/2020 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/15/2020.

Next up is the amazing Nicole Watt. Don’t forget to leave a comment here to get a chance to win some fab prizes from Altenew. It would be great if you can follow me too on Instagram for my latest creations and so that we can directly interact with each other. 😊 I will be having a giveaway there soon so make sure to follow My Little Attic Studio for all the updates! I love hearing from you so thank you so much for your heartwarming comments and kind remarks. Make sure to come back for more releases in the coming weeks ❤️ See you next time and stay safe everyone!

Altenew Cozy Creatures Stamps/Dies/Stencils Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

OCT 2020 COZY CREATURES STAMP AND DIE RELEASE

Hello everyone! Welcome to Altenew’s Cozy Creatures Blog Hop! I’m so thrilled to be a part of this release which is full of fabulous stamp and die designs!! If you came from the talented and amazing Jaycee Gaspar, then you’re on the right track. You can check the full list on the Altenew Card Blog. For the full release, click this link. I have a number of card samples for this release so let’s get started!


U & ME


MATERIALS: Friends Forever Stamp and Die, Summer Garden Paper Pack, Gradient Cardstock Sea Shore, Dotted Starburst Debossing Die, Rose Gold Embossing Powder, Obsidian Black Ink, Foam Squares, Clear Embossing Powder

Take a look at the adorable Friends Forever Stamp and Die set!!! I just love this set because it has a lot of wonderful friendship sentiments both in script and san serif fonts (which in my opinion are easier to read 🙂 You can also embellish the cup with the other images included in this set or use them alone.

I made this card for my daughter and her dearest friend, Alexa. These two grew up alongside each other. There’s an exceptional bond created when you have known a friend for a long long time and their friendship is extra special. I stamped the cup image on Summer Garden Paper Pack paper using Obsidian Black Ink then embossed with clear embossing powder. The coordinating dies were used to cut out the cups. The straws were stamped on Neenah Solar White cardstock then die cut as well. The U & ME and the sentiment were stamped using Versmark Ink and Rose Gold Embossing Powder. I used the Dotted Starburst Debossing Die to create some texture to the card front before adhering the cups to the front of the card before assembling the card using foam squares.


I’M GLAD WE’RE FRIENDS FOR SO MANY REASONS


MATERIALS: Friends Forever Stamp and Die , A Love for Stripes Set A, Gradient Cardstock Sea Shore, Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils, Obidian Black Ink, Versamark Ink, Clear Embossing powder, Copic alcohol markers

Here’s another card using the Friends Forever stamp and die set. I used some grey colored pencils to add shading to the cups for more dimension. When stamping sentiments, it’s best to use a Misti to make sure that you stamp straight and you can also control the pressure. Try not to push too hard otherwise you will not have a clear imprint of the letters.


THANKS FOR ALWAYS BEING THERE


MATERIALS: Sweet Flowers Stamp and Die, Friends Forever Stamp, Pegboard Canvas Cover Die, Gradient Cardstock Sea Shore, Rose gold embossing powder, Fine Frames Diamond Set, Watercolor brush markers-Purple Wine , Ruby Red, Ultraviolet, Sweet Leaf, Emerald and Espresso, Altenew Watercolor Paper, Fine Frames Diamond Die, Foam Squares, Versamark Ink

When I saw this stamp set, this card layout popped into my head. The image is so beautiful that it has to be the only focal point on the card. I have to admit… I have been using the Altenew liquid watercolors for more than a year now and I love how intense and vivid the colors are. However, I hardly used Purple Wine until I made this card. I appreciate it so much more now.

I stamped several of the flowers on watercolor paper using Versamark Ink then embossed with Gold embossing powder. The watercolor brush markers are so intense when added purely to watercolor paper. I’m not a fan of pink but this pink I love!!! Another pleasant surprise is the Altenew watercolor paper. It is smooth enough to be stamped on. The ink also tends to stay where you add it and not spread too much so there’s more control compared to other watercolor papers. I did a light wash using the Purple Wine then I intensified the base by adding undiluted pigment. I used the tip of my brush to guide the pigments where I wanted them to go. Very little water was added to make the pigments move. I also added Ultraviolet in certain areas for shadows. I chose a teal-colored card base to contrast the pink flowers. In order to finish the card, I added a diamond frame and used the sentiment from the Friends Forever stamp set.


THANKS


MATERIALS: Hello Hydrangea Stamp and die, WAtercolor liquid brush markers- Sea Breeze, Persian Blue, Turqouise, Ultraviolet, Ultramarine, Lagoon, Espresso, Sweet Leaf, Emerald, faber Castell polychromos colored pencils, Altenew Watercolor Paper, Pure White embossing powder, Rose Gold Embossing Powder, Sea salt, Foam Squares, Versamark Ink

This Hello Hydrangea stamp set has a huge image that will cover the entire card front. It’s such a pretty image and quite easy to color. After embossing the image on watercolor paper, I did a light wash using the sea breeze watercolor.

While the petals were still wet, I added Persian blue to the centers of the flowers. Colored pencil marks added more texture to the petals. The leaves were colored using a combination of greens and browns while the background was colored using the darker blues and some spatters of purples. The unique thanks sentiment was stamped using Versamark Ink then embossed with Rose Gold Embossing powder.


YOU CAN CREATE BEAUTY…


MATERIALS: Sweet Flowers Stamp and Die, Purple Wine Liquid Watercolor, Ruby Red, Ultraviolet, Sweet Leaf, Emerald and Espresso, Altenew Watercolor Paper, Obidian Black Ink, Versamark Ink, Circle Die

Of course, I made extra painted flowers!!! I always make extras so that I have a ready-made stash in case I need them for cards or layouts. Here, I used 2 watercolored flowers to create a wreath. The sentiment was stamped using Obsidian pigment ink then heat embossed using clear embossing powder.

A circle die was used to cut out a window and I purposely cut it to include the edge of the card for a more unique look. The watercolored die cut flowers were then adhered to the card front using glue and foam tape for dimension.


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GIVEAWAY PRIZES


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 10/11/2020 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/14/2020.

Next stop is the amazing Nicole Watt. Don’t forget to leave a comment here to get a chance to win a prize! I love hearing from all of you. Let me know which card is your favorite, ok? Hope you can follow me too on Instagram. Would love to interact with you there as well. Just click My Little Attic Studio to see the latest updates on IG. Thank you so much for dropping by and please stay safe everyone! ❤️