Altenew Educators “Favorite Old/New Altenew Stamp” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

Hello friends! Welcome to Altenew’s Educators “Favorite Old/New Altenew Stamp blog hop! If you just came from Vicki Finger’s blog, then you’re on the right track. We were assigned to choose a favorite stamp set from our old or new stash and highlight it in this post. I decided to create from an old AND a new stamp. It wasn’t easy to pick a favorite… I have too many!!! Anyway, for the old stamp set, I chose one of my all-time favorites– the Persian Motifs Stamp and die set.

I have always loved the vintage Indian woodblock designs and this stamp set reminds me of that. I created two cards using the Persian Motifs stamp and die set.


BE KIND


MATERIALS: PERSIAN MOTIFS STAMP AND DIE , BLOCK SENTIMENTS STAMP AND DIE, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER, WATERCOLOR BRUSH MARKERS- MANGO SMOOTHIE, ORANGE CREAM, YELLOW OCHRE, LAGOON, EMERALD, WATERCOLOR PAPER, VERSARMARK INK, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER, METALLIC WATERCOLOR PAN SET, CARDSTOCKS, foam squares

Now, more than ever, we should remind ourselves, daily, to be kind to one another. Sadly, there is so much hatred and injustice around the world. I’ve been listening to a podcast by Fr. Mike Schmitz and this message struck me. We have to remember that we are all part of one world and that it’s not a battle between race or ethnicities. Even in the midst of all the brokenness, we can still find peace and be united if we just BE KIND to one another.

STEPS:

  1. Prep the paper with antistatic tool and stamp images on watercolor paper with Versamark ink and emboss with Rose Gold embossing powder.
  2. Color images using watercolor brush markers.
  3. Add metallic details using the metallic watercolor pan set.
  4. Arrange the images temporarily on purple cardstock. Mark with pencil the edges of the flowers.
  5. Arrange the dies for partial die cutting to remove the lower part of the purple cardstock.
  6. Add embossed gold edges to the lower part of the card front using Versamark ink and Rose Gold embossing powder.
  7. Add foam sheet to the back of the purple cardstock and foam squares to the floral images for added dimension.
  8. Emboss the sentiment with Rose Gold embossing powder then die cut.
  9. Assemble the card.

More often than not, I usually stamp, emboss and watercolor more than what I need. Since I had extras, I decided to create a second CAS card using the same stamp set.


DO STUFF THAT MATTERS


MATERIALS: PERSIAN MOTIFS STAMP AND DIE, HELLO HYDRANGEA STAMP SET, WATERCOLOR BRUSH MARKERS- MANGO SMOOTHIE, ORANGE CREAM, YELLOW OCHRE, LAGOON, EMERALD, WATERCOLOR PAPER, VERSARMARK INK, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER, PURE WHITE EMBOSSING POWDER, METALLIC WATERCOLOR PAN SET, DIAMOND STARS 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER, CARDSTOCKS, foam squares, Versamark ink

STEPS:

  1. Prep the paper with the antistatic tool then stamp and emboss the images from the Persian Motifs Stamp.
  2. Add more details using the Metallic Watercolor pan set.
  3. Emboss white cardstock using the Diamond Stars embossing folder.
  4. Add Versamark Ink to the embossed parts and emboss with Rose Gold embossing powder.
  5. Stamp the sentiment from the Hello Hydrangea stamp set with Versamark ink and emboss with Pure White embossing powder.
  6. Assemble the card using foam squares for added dimension.

For the new stamp, I chose two of my favorites– the Courageous You Stamp set which was released sometime in July 2020. I love the huge image that can cover the whole card front! Another favorite of mine is the Essential Sentiment Strips die– the easiest way to add a dimensional sentiment to your card. <3



HAPPY BIRTHDAY


MATERIALS: COURAGEOUS YOU STAMP AND DIE SET, STACKED DIAMONDS COVER DIE, ESSENTIAL SENTIMENT STRIPS DIE, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER, WATERCOLOR BRUSH MARKERS, WATERCOLOR PAPER, WHITE GOUACHE PAINT, VERSAMARK INK

STEPS:

  • Stamp the image onto watercolor paper using very light dye ink. (I used a Misti and didn’t move the watercolor paper after stamping.)
  • Loosely paint over the entire flowers going over the outlines using Turquoise, Ultraviolet, Midnight violet, Sea Breeze and Ultramarine for the flowers and Emerald, Sweet Leaf and Moss for the leaves.
  • After the watercolor dries, add spatters of water and allow to sit for 10 seconds. Dry with a paper towel to remove some ink to create texture.
  • When the image is dry, prep the paper with the antistatic tool then re-stamp again the outline image with Versamark Ink and emboss with Rose Gold embossing powder. (Remember, I left the image inside the Misti so that I can restamp again.)
  • Die-cut the image as well as the Stacked Diamonds cover die.
  • Die-cut the sentiment die 4 times and watercolor the 1st layer using the leftover inks.
  • Add white cardstock to the back of the sentiment strip die cut.
  • Adhere the cover die onto the card front and attach the flowers and sentiment with foam squares.
  • Add white gouache splatters.
  • Add the sentiment strip die cut using foam squares.

PRIZES


Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 4/4/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 Altenew 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 4/6/2021.

There’s MORE! What’s a hop without YOU?! We have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your gorgeous Altenew “Old/New Favorite Altenew Stamp” creations. Altenew will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!


HOP LIST

Altenew Card Blog

Bridget Casey

Colleen Balija 

Teresa Litchfield

Katrina Howe

Rosie Neustaedter

Terri Marie Koszler

Tenia Nelson

Pam Boedeker

Nandini Karmarkar

Amy Hill

Irina Fonina

Natasha Davies

Karen Brown

Helen Kalb

Patty Mello

Roteja Galvan

Eva Bussom

Fiona Duff

Jaycee Gaspar

Vicki Finger

Nenette S. Madero <– YOU ARE HERE

Teri Wilson

Rachael Shedeed

Neha Aggarwal

Kari VanNoy

Teri Stokes

Amber Rain Davis

Virginia Lu

Sandra Woodson

Next up is the amazing Teri Wilson. Hope you liked the cards I made using old and new stamp and die sets. I’m sure you have your own favorite Altenew stamps as well. I’d love to know which one is yours! Leave a comment below to get a chance to win some fabulous prizes from Altenew. Hope we can be friends on IG as well (@mylittleatticstudio). This is where I post my latest creations, too. Thank you so much for dropping by and stay safe always. Happy crafting!!


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Build-A-Flower: Peony Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

BUILD-A-FLOWER: PEONY

Hello everyone! Welcome to Altenew’s Build-a-Flower: Peony Release Blog Hop! Isn’t this flower just gorgeous?!! The Altenew Card Blog is hosting this hop so make sure to drop by there, too. If you just came from the talented Therese Calvird, then you’re on the right track.


WISHING YOU WERE HERE


MATERIALS: BAF PEONY, Circle Quilt Cover Die, Mixed Media Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Evergreen, Rose Gold Embossing powder, Versamark Ink, Gansai Tambi Watercolor, Foam Squares, Watercolor paper, Neenah Solar Cardstock

This was my first time to try the Altenew Mixed Media inks. Because these are pigment inks, the finely ground colored particles which are suspended in a medium actually sit on top of the paper. It stamped smoothly and beautifully!❤️Compared to dye inks wherein the inks are absorbed by the paper quickly, these pigment inks stay wet longer so you’ll have to heat set them.

Layering Guide

It is pretty easy to layer this stamp set as seen in the layering guide above. The lightest color was stamped first then layered with the next darker color until you end with the darkest. I stamped 3 sets of flowers and leaves. The card front was watercolored using a light wash then the Circle Quilt cover die was adhered on top of the watecolored panel. About an inch was cut off to reveal the darker watercolored panel underneath.

The flowers were layered at the edge of the card front leaving enough space to see the sentiment that was stamped using Rose Gold embossing powder.


BLESSINGS ALWAYS


MATERIALS: Build-a-Flower: Peony, Parlor Palm Die, Fine Frames Die, Holiday Tag Sentiments, Rose Gold Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Foam Squares Versa Color Hyacinth, Sky Blue and Laislazuli

I wanted to try stamping the set using cooler colors. For the flowers to stand out more, I chose a dark brownish-grey cardstock. To finish the card, I added a border using the Fine Frames die then embossed it with Rose Gold embossing powder then added some leaves from the Parlor Palm die.


GIVEAWAY 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 10/07/2020 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 10/07/2020.

Next stop is Nathalie DeSousa blog. Don’t forget to leave a comment below to get a chance to win some prizes. I always look forward to hearing from you. ❤️ Hope you can follow me on Instagram as well. I post all of my works there so make sure you follow me for my latest projects! Stay safe everyone and happy crafting!!!


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Altenew Educators “Style it with Stencils” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

Hello everybody!!! It’s so nice to be with my co-educators again for another blog hop. 😊 If you just came from Maryam Sharara‘s blog, then you’re on the right track. Make sure you drop by the Altenew Blog for complete details of the hop.

This blog hop is all about stencils. Altenew has quite a number of beautiful stencils. Here are some creative ways on how you can make some backgrounds using stencils to create some CAS and dimensional cards. I also included some tips on how to fix mistakes, too.


BE OUR OWN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL


MATERIALS: Bursting Dahlia Stencil, Fine Frames Cover Die, Paint-a-Flower:Paeonia Japonica, Distress Oxide Inks- Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Foam Squares

I made a lot of backgrounds for this blog hop. For this first card, watercolor paper was colored using distress inks. I love how oxide inks are easy to blend together. Water splatters were added to create some texture. When this was dry, the Bursting Dahlia stencil was placed on top then Versamark Ink was pressed through the openings of the petals.

The image was embossed using Crystal Clear embossing powder and this automatically made the image darker than the background. The sentiment from the Paint-A-Flower: Paeonia Japonica was stamped on vellum and embossed using my all-time favorite gold embossing powder- the Rose Gold embossing powder. I added frames to finish the card. The edges of the panel were distressed using a paper distresser then this was mounted on a card front using foam squares.


I’M HERE FOR YOU


MATERIALS: Dog Rose Panel A die, Distress Oxide inks-Frayed Burlap, Broken China and Carved Pumpkin

Here’s another background I made using distress inks. After applying the inks onto Neenah solar white cardstock, I placed the bubble wrap stencil on top and sprayed over with water using light mist only. Then I used a baby wipe to go over the stencil and remove some ink. This is called the ghosting technique and I love the subtle effect of the dots. I learned this technique from Dyan Reaveley.

When the panel was dry, I used the Dog Rose Panel A to die cut the floral image. The sentiment was stamped on black cardstock using Versamark Ink and white embossing powder then mounted using foam tape.


THANK YOU


MATERIALS: Feathery Stencil, Simply Thank You die, Distress Oxide inks-Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Tumbled Glass

Here’s a simple card using foil. The background was colored using shades of blues then I selected only certain parts of the stencil to add the transfer gel. The rest of the stencil was covered with post-it notes to prevent the gel from going to the other areas of the stencil.

I should have die cut the thank you sentiment before applying the transfer gel cause when I ran it through the die cutting machine, the shininess of the foil became dull. 😥 So next time, I’ll make sure to do the foiling last.


TRUE FRIENDS ARE EVERYTHING


MATERIALS: Feathered Leaves Stencil, Bubble Wrap Stencil, Fine Frames Square Die set , Fine Frames Cover die, Gelli plate, acrylic paints, Versamark Ink, Crystal Clear Embossing powder

I had my Gelli plate out since I recently used it for my last blog hop so I thought of creating more monoprints using stencils. First, I added dots of assorted acrylic paints on the Gelli plate. I made sure to use colors that will go well together. A brayer was used to spread the paint on the plate. This was allowed to dry then a thin coat of white acrylic paint was added. Neenah solar white CS was used to pick up the monoprint.

When this was dry, I used the bubble wrap stencil to add some circles here and there using a distress ink tool and frayed burlap oxide ink. The Feathered leaves stencil was then put on top then Versamark ink and clear embossing powder was used to create another layer. I love the layers on this card and the subtle texture the stencil added.

The sentiment was stamped on vellum then I used 2 different sets of frames to highlight the sentiment.


I HAVE BEEN THINKING OF YOU


MATERIALS: Geometric Landscape Stencil, Poppy Garden Stamp and die, Garden Picks 3D die, Nuvo Embellishments Mousse Aquamarine, Pure White Embossing powder, Rose Gold Embossing Powder, Versmark Ink , Uniball Signo White gel pen

I made another background using the Geometric Landscape Stencil and the Nuvo mousse for added dimension. I allowed it to dry while stamping and embossing the flowers from the Poppy Garden stamp set. I also die cut the leaves from the Garden Picks 3d die. The sentiment from the Poppy Garden set was embossed using white embossing powder while the flowers were embossed using Golden Peach embossing powder.

All of the embellishments were arranged using foam squares for added dimension. By the way, when I pulled up the stencil from the paper, I noticed some of the mousse went under the stencil. After it dried, I just used a Uniball Signo white gel pen to cover up the areas. That way, I didn’t have to repeat the whole process and waste material. 😊


YOU INSPIRE ME TO BE BETTER


MATERIALS: Poppy Garden Mask Stencil, Distress Oxide-Mermaid Lagoon, Pure White Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, 1/8″ double-sided tape, Rose Gold Embossing Powder, Foam Squres

For my last card, I wanted to make use of the Poppy Garden Mask stencil. I laid the stencil on a Neenah Solar white cardstock then used a round distress tool to add Mermaid Lagoon distress oxide ink to the edges of the floral images using a swiping motion from outside going in. This way, the middle of the flower remained white while the edges were dark. This is a fun way of coloring images quickly. I like the steaks that the foam created. Just make sure to follow the direction of the petals when applying the ink. When all the mask images of the flowers were colored, I stamped the outline images using Versamark Ink and embossed them with Pure white embossing powder.

I needed a frame for this slim card so an easy way to do this is to use 1/8″ double-sided tape and heat emboss it using Rose Gold embossing powder. The flowers were arranged on one side and adhered to the card front using glue and foam squares. For a more organic look, just add foam squares to the edges of the petal then glue down the middle of the flower. You can also bend the edges of the flowers and leaves so that they won’t look so stiff.

You can watch a video on how to create these flowers by clicking this link: https://youtu.be/AORyc3Rr2hs . I’m very new at making videos so please bear with me. 😥 Do let me know if the video is helpful so that I can plan to include more videos in the future.


PRIZES



Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 9/19/2020 for a chance to win.

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below so don’t forget to leave a comment! I truly love hearing from all of you. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 9/22/2020.

There’s MORE! Altenew will pick 2 of their favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!

Next stop is Irina Fonina’s blog. For real-time updates, please follow me on IG: My Little Attic Studio. I also host some giveaways there once in a while so hope to see you there, too. 🙂 Thanks so much for dropping by and please stay safe and well. Take care, everyone! Until my next blog post!

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