Altenew August 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome to Altenew’s August Release!! I’m so thrilled to be a part of this blog hop consisting of 34 blogs with all the wonderful card designers I admire! If you have been following along, you have just arrived from the super talented Alex Syberia. Thanks for sending them over, Alex! 🙂 If you find a broken link, you’ll find a master list at the end of this post and at the Altenew Card Blog.

Take a look at the August 2019 Release! There are so many beautiful stamps, stencils, and dies that I found it difficult to choose which ones to use for my card samples! 🙂

ALTENEW AUGUST 2019 RELEASE COLLECTION

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARD

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The first thing you have to do to create a card like this is to figure out the colors you want to use. I suggest you choose 3-5 colors only. I decided to go with high contrasting colors for some added pop. 🙂 Next, I made a rough sketch of how I wanted the design keeping in mind the die designs available. I spent some time die-cutting the different images with different colored cardstocks. It does take time but it’s better to have a lot of colors for each die-cut image to make the process of laying out the design much faster. Make sure to use foam squares when adhering some of the parts for added dimension.

SENDING LOVE AND HUGS CARD

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Here’s a second card using the Polish Paper Cuts 3D die once again but this time I used them on dark cardstock. The leaves created side borders. This is why it’s important to do all the die-cutting at once. It will make the designing much easier. 🙂 Again, foam squares were used to add dimension to the card.

A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU CARD

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After 2 detail-intensive cards, I wanted to relax a bit and create some CAS cards. Almost always, I try to find use from the leftovers. I loved the negative pattern that the leaf dies created so I adhered it on top of the grey cardstock. A circle die cut was made using the Halftone Circles Nesting die then fine circle frames were created out of the pink cardstock using the Fine Lines Circle die.

The detailed leaf from the Beautiful Day stamp set was stamped using Versamark Ink and embossed with pure white embossing ink. I love that the sentiment from the Wavy Rose Stamp set combines cursive and block writing. This was stamped on navy blue cardstock using Versamark ink and embossed again with the white embossing powder. The edge of the sentiment strip was torn to give some texture. 3 pink dots were placed on the lower left side of the sentiment strip to counterbalance the bold and heavy YOU.

THANK YOU CARD

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Here’s another CAS card. The leaf images from the Dot Art stamp set were stamped onto a navy blue cardstock to cover the entire card front using Versamark ink then embossed with white embossing powder. This was the first time for me to try out the Obsidian pigment ink and I’m in love with it!!! You only need some light tapping on the stamp set and the ink covers the entire surface! This will be my go-to black ink from now on. The sentiment and dots were stamped on white cardstock then 2 more layers of the same white cardstock were used to mat the sentiment strip. The edges of the strip were distressed using a paper distresser. The leaf die-cuts from the Rose Flurries 3D die set were added to the back of the sentiment strip to give some added interest.

I usually struggle with keeping the background clean especially on dark-coloured cardstocks. Even if I use the antistatic tool before stamping and embossing and then using a fine tip paintbrush to remove the excess powder, most often than not, there will still be excess white specks of embossing powder after you heat emboss. A sand eraser can be used to remove the specks of excess white embossing powders on the background for a cleaner, more finished look.

JUST BECAUSE CARD

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I love roses especially the buds and when I saw this stamp set, I immediately knew what I wanted to create. First, I stamped several images using Antique Linen distress ink on watercolor paper a few times to get a good impression of the image. After, I used the wet on wet technique to color the petals and sepals. Since this stamp set did not come with leaves, I just watercolored my own and fussy cut them. Instead of a vase, I thought of making a small envelope using one of the Essential Rock Collection papers to hold the flowers together. I only put glue on the stems to adhere it inside the envelope so that the flowers will have more dimension. The Altenew Dainty Blooms cover die was used to cut out the image on Neenah Solar white CS and this was then glued on a top folding A2 card. The envelope was then glued onto the card front using a strong adhesive.

I chose the cursive writing of “JUST BECAUSE” to add to the feminine feel of the card and this was stamped with my new favorite Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink. This was then embossed using Altenew Crystal Clear embossing powder. A watercolor wash was then painted to mat my sentiment.

YOU ARE ENOUGH CARD

MATERIALS:

First thing I do when I get a layered stamp set is to scan the black images onto a transparency so that I can cut them up per image.

I then stamped the first layer with the lightest color. I placed the scanned 2nd layer on top of the first and maked sure it lined up properly. I then lined up the stamp image on top of the transparency and picked it up with the misti. This process will ensure that the layers line up properly. You can also stamp on vellum if you do not have transparencies. This is an invaluable tip by Jennifer Mcguire and it is so helpful for layered stamp sets.

I almost did not finish this card. I stamped another branch from the top right corner towards the center but was not happy with the outcome. Then I encountered some problems stamping the flower itself and was ready to give up! 🙂 But instead of throwing it away, I thought of covering up the upper right side with blue cardstock and I used the Artist Marker to create my own 2nd layer design.

The flowers were burnished to curl up the petals then adhered with foam tape for dimension. I used some Wink of Stella to add some sparkle at the center of the flowers. Dark brown colored pencil was used to add more detailed shadows to the branch of the tree.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARD

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I wanted to create my own simple mandala design using the Wonderful Wycinanki stamp set so I used the Misti with the Gina K wreath builder template. I marked the center of the square cardstock and positioned one of the small images and stamped. The paper was then rotated clockwise (45″) guided by the template then stamped once more. This process was done 8 times. Then a second image was stamped using a different color until the whole square panel was filled with images.

I created some striped patterns with varying widths using post-it strips, coordinating dye inks and a distress blending tool. Crochet thread was tied around the striped panel to make a bow for added accent. The edges of the panel were distressed using the paper distresser and adhered to a side folding card with foam squares. Some of the elements were die cut using the coordinating dies and glued on top of the image to create some dimension.

PRIZES

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 8/14/2019 for a chance to win. Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $20 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 blogs on 8/17/2019.

Next up is the lovely Laura Volpes . The complete Blog Hop Order is listed below. Thank you so much for dropping by! I appreciate all the wonderful and heartwarming comments you leave which just make me more inspired to create. <3 Don’t forget to subscribe (I have a wonderful surprise coming up for all of my blog subscribers :-) and follow me on IG @mylittleatticstudio for my latest creations. Happy crafting! ❤️

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Altenew Build-A-Flower: Bellflower Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone! Welcome to Altenew’s Build-a-flower: Bellflower release blog hop! I’d like to thank the amazing Mindy Eggen for sending you over here. In case you are lost, the complete list will be added at the end of the post. The Altenew Card Blog is hosting this blog hop so do drop by and check out all the wonderful cards created using this stamp set.

I’m a big fan of layered stamp sets. But I’d like to be honest… there are some sets that are more challenging for me to align than others. Fortunately, Altenew’s BAF Bellflower falls under the easy-to-align stamp sets! You can create a lot of flowers, stems, and sepals by systematic stamping. I learned this way of stamping from Jennifer Mcguire and it definitely saves so much time when making multiple images. Having a Misti stamping tool will be greatly helpful for this system of stamping.

First, cut out a square piece of paper big enough to stamp your 4 images in each corner. Stamp the first layer, rotate the paper 90 degrees making sure the corner and sides are flush to the edges of the Misti then stamp. Repeat until you stamp all 4 corners. Then get the second layer, position the stamp on top of the image and pick up the stamp with the Misti. Get your darker ink then stamp and just rotate the paper to stamp all of the 2nd layers. Continue in this manner until your image is complete. I stamped a lot of flowers so that I always have extras to create cards. Below is the layering guide.

BUILD A FLOWER: BELLFLOWER GUIDE

I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT CARD

I loved how the images looked so I decided to use some of these stamped panels on cards instead of die-cutting them.

MATERIALS:

The front panel of an A2 card was colored using Altenew dye inks in shades of blue to create an ombre effect. The Watercolor stripes cover die cut was glued onto the card front. The stamped panel’s edges were distressed using the paper distresser tool then adhered onto a white mat then glued to the card front using foam squares. The sentiment was stamped on black cardstock using Versamark ink then embossed using white embossing powder.

SENDING LOVE AND HUGS CARD

Another card was created using a different set of colors. By rotating the square panel, it somehow gives the card a more modern feel.

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Orange cardstock was cut to 8.5″ x 4.25″ creating a top folding A2 card. The front panel was debossed using the beautiful Dotted Swirls Debossing cover die. I just love how it creates this subtle design on the paper! I will definitely be using this again soon. The flowers, sepals, and stems were stamped on a 3.5″ x 3.5″ Neenah Solar White Cardstock using the same procedure as previously discussed.

The stamped panel was mounted on a 3.75″ x 3.75″ green cardstock with some foam tape then mounted diagonally on the card front. The sentiment was stamped on back cardstock using Versamark Ink then embossed with Altenew Pure white crisp embossing powder. This was then adhered to the front panel using foam tape.

YOU MAKE MY HEART HAPPY CARD

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I wanted to create layers for this card so I watercolored 2 sheets of 5.5″ x 4.25″ watercolor paper using Altenew’s watercolor brush markers. When the papers were dry, I used the Feeling Dotty Stencil with Versamark Ink to create some dot patterns on the watercolored paper then poured clear embossing powder and heat set it. This added some subtle texture. I used 2 different sizes of oval dies to cut windows. The smaller oval widow was stuck to the card front of an A2 side folding card using foam squares. The stamped flowers and leaves were arranged at the back of this panel. Next, I used foam squares again to adhere the 2nd bigger oval window to the first window. Flowers and leaves were arranged on the upper left and lower right side of the oval. The sentiment was stamped on vellum using Versamark ink and was embossed using Rose Gold Embossing powder This was then adhered to the 1st oval window. Lastly, the biggest flower image and some die cut leaves were glued to the front of the card.

HELLO DEAREST FRIEND CARD

MATERIALS:

I always try to find use for the leftovers of my cards. I wanted to create a quick and simple card using the oval die cut that came from the previous card.

The oval piece was adhered using adhesive and 3 flowers and the sentiment were layered using foam tape to create dimension. This CAS card only took a minute to create using leftover die cut pieces. 🙂

ONLY IN THE DARKNESS CAN YOU SEE THE STARS CARD

MATERIALS:

I wanted this card to have high contrast so I matched the navy blue with white and gold. The stamped flowers were arranged in a row overlapping each other. The sentiment from Kind Words was stamped on white CS using Versamark Ink and embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. Gold matting was added to give emphasis to the sentiment. White cardstock was covered with the gold string washi tape and this was then adhered to the lower portion the card front. The sentiment was added using foam squares to add dimension.

PRIZES

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog 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 so make sure to leave a comment below! All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 8/10/2019.

Thank you so much for dropping by! Your wonderful comments truly warm my heart. If you like what you see, I’d appreciate if you can follow me on IG @mylittleatticstudio. Next stop is the uber-talented Jaycee Gaspar. His creations are just stunningly beautiful so make sure to hop over to his blog. Below is the complete list of amazing card designers. Until my next post! ❤️

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