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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

ALTENEW AUGUST 2019 RELEASE COLLECTION

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARD

MATERIALS:

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. πŸ™‚ 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

MATERIALS:

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. πŸ™‚ Again, foam squares were used to add dimension to the card.

A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU CARD

MATERIALS:

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

MATERIALS:

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

MATERIALS:

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! πŸ™‚ 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

MATERIALS:

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 Sketch Challenge #13

Hi everyone!!! Welcome back to my blog. This is the first time I’m joining the Altenew Sketch challenge. I’m not sure if you have to follow the sketch exactly or if you can use it as a reference. I did my own take on the sketch and moved the circular arrangement to the lower left. I love this sketch challenge cause it made it easier to come up with a layout since you already have a sketch to follow. It also helped me get back to scrapbooking again so that I can continue to document the lives of my children!!! <3

The following were the materials used:

  • Altenew Handpicked Bouquet
  • Altenew Rose Flurries 3D dies
  • Altenew Cap Bold Alpha dies
  • MFT Bottlecap alpha dies
  • Distress oxide inks
  • Webster’s Pages paper
  • brads

I look forward to joining other sketch challenges in the future. Thanks for dropping by!

BIRTHDAY CARD FOR MOM

Every year, I get a chance to make a special card for someone very close to my heart. She has been my inspiration to be a better person in all aspects of my life. She’s a devoted wife, a selfless and loving Mom, a sincere friend, a doting Lola and a devout child of God. She gives so much of herself in anything she does. She’s humble, full of life, has amazing foresight, easily cooks mouthwatering dishes and so much more. Happy birthday, Ma! Wishing you continued good health and happiness always!!! I love you!!!

For this card, I used the beautiful Build a Flower Magnolia stamp and die set, Birthday Inside stamp and dye inks from Altenew. The mom die cut is from My Favorite Things Stamps.

I wanted it to be an interactive card so I thought of using the Double slider Surprise die set from Lawn Fawn.

Here’s a short video on how the double slider card works.

I also created a pocket using Papertrey’s Monthly Moments Journal pocket 2 inside the card so that I can insert multiple cards for my husband and children to write on.

Hope this card inspires you to create something special for your loved ones! Thanks for dropping by!

Nenette