Altenew Certified Educators For the Love of Altenew Instagram Blog Hop

Hello everybody!!!

I am joining a fun INSTA hop where all of us Educators will be sharing our love for Altenew through our handmade goodness/creations! The IG hop starts from @altenewllc so make sure you start from the beginning! I thought of creating a blog post as well for those of you who would like to know how I created the cards.

For this hop, I thought of creating 2 cards using the same inks, embossing folders and or stamps to make 1 easy to create card (CAS) and 1 intermediate card with more techniques involved. Let’s get started!


YOU ARE AMAZING/ SOMETIMES IN THE WINDS OF CHANGE…


MATERIALS:

STEPS:

  • Create a background to mimic the water by using different shades of blue and gold alcohol inks on Nara paper. Wet the surface of the paper with alcohol before dropping the alcohol inks. Move the colors using a hairdryer. The last step is to spray the background using a misting spray with alcohol to create the “bubbles”.
  • For the goldfish, stamp the images onto watercolor paper using Antique linen distress ink or any light colored ink. Color the images using watercolor and colored pencils.

  • Die-cut the images using the coordinating dies. Use a circle die for the card front to create windows.
  • Stamp the sentient using Versamark Ink and emboss using Rose Gold embossing powder.
  • Assemble the card using adhesive and foam squares.

Here’s a CAS card using the same basic materials as the first card.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

STEPS:

  • Create the background using alcohol inks and the gold ink
  • Color the images using watercolor and colored pencils
  • Die-cut 2 circles as base for the fishes
  • Stamp the sentiment using Versamark Ink and Rose Gold embossing powder
  • Assemble the card with foam squares for added dimension.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY


Here’s another pair of cards using the same materials to create two totally different cards.

Again, I used alcohol inks to create this wonderful textured background as a base of my card. Below are the materials.

MATERIALS:

STEPS:

  • Add alcohol to Nara paper then drop of alcohol ink to create an ombre background. Add Pinata brass while the surface is still wet. Use a dryer to dry the surface.
  • Add droplets of diluted alcohol ink using the paintbrush to create added texture.
  • Dry emboss the background with the Angled Mosaic 3D embossing folder and add more alcohol inks to darken certain areas.
  • Stamp floral images on watercolor paper with Vesamark Ink and emboss using Rose Gold embossing powder.
  • Watercolor the images. Add salt while the petal is still wet to create some texture.
  • Assemble the card using foam squares and adhesive.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

DIES: FINE ALPHABET DIE, ESSENTIAL SENTIMENT STRIPS DIE

STEPS:

  • Cut a strip of Nara paper and paint lines using a brush and alcohol inks. Dilute the inks if necessary to create an ombre effect.
  • Add drops of diluted inks and spray pure alcohol as well for added texture to the background.
  • Die cut the letters and sentiment several times and adhere on top of each other.
  • Emboss a plain white rectangular Cardstock using the Angled Mosaic 3D embossing folder leaving the center area flat.
  • Assemble the card using foam squares and adhesive.

SO GRATEFUL/THANKS


Here is the 3rd set of cards. I recently got the latest set of the Northern Shore mini dye inks and wanted to test the colors so I swiped the ink cube onto white cardstock. I loved the look so I went ahead and created these cards. 🙂 No colored cardstock to match the inks? No problem! Make your own colored cardstock using the ink cubes!

MATERIALS:

STEPS:

  • For the card base, swipe the mini ink cubes directly onto Neenah Solar white cardstock. Make sure they overlap and leave some white space.
  • Die cut the Morning Glory die using textured cardstock and color using the ink cubes to match the background.
  • Color the leaves using artist markers.
  • Assemble the card using foam squares and adhesive.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

FANCY THANKS DIE, PAINT-A-FLOWER: CALLA LILY FOR THE SENTIMENT, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER, VERSAMARK INK, VELLUM

STEPS:

  • Swipe the dye inks on Neenah Solar White cardstock to create some stripes. Leave about 1/4 of the bottom white.
  • Tear the edge and emboss using Rose Gold embossing powder and Versamark Ink.
  • Die cut the Thanks from the card front and from scrap paper then adhere on top of each other for added thickness to the diecut.
  • Ink the base of the word with Versamark Ink and emboss using Rose Gold embossing powder.
  • Stamp the sentiment on vellum using Versamark Ink and emboss with Rose Gold embossing powder.
  • Cut strips of white paper and adhere on top of each other to create a border.
  • Assemble the card.

Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! For a chance to win, please follow @altenewllc and @mylittleatticstudio and leave a comment on IG to get a chance to win!!!

Altenew will draw 5 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this Instagram hop and announce the winners on Altenew’s Educator Instagram hop post on 03/05/2021.

Head over to your NEXT STOP: Eva Bussom — @evabussom. Make sure you follow all the other educators’ IG to see the wonderful creations! Below is the complete list.

Hop List:

@altenewllc
@rotejas_magic
@kariavan
@taniaahmed
@crown_focus
@irishrosecreations
@treasuresinletters
@sandespoema
@_michelleomurray
@terismailbox
@channellingmarthaau
@yesvirginialu
@notableink
@teresakim16
@altenew_planner_girl
@craftylemur
@karens_mini
@handmadebytasha13
@everyday_expressions
@pixelmavensretreat
@handmadebyteris
@sevenscrafts
@bridgetcaseydesigns
@mylittleatticstudio <– YOU ARE HERE
@evabussom
@irenemcbeatle
@cardrefinery
@jaycee.gaspar
@mes_cartes_a_moi
@auzztrinkletsncrafts
@rosieneust
@paperaddictpam
@tenianelson

I hope you liked the cards I created for this IG hop. Thank you so much for dropping by!!! Please don’t forget to leave a comment in IG to get a chance to win a prize! Stay safe everyone and happy crafting! ❤️

P.S. I changed the format of my post. Please let me know if the bullet points for the steps are easier to follow than writing them in paragraph form. Thanks everyone <3

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 SEPT 2020 STAMPS/DIES/ EMBOSSING FOLDERS RELEASE BLOG HOP

Hello everyone! I hope you are all safe and well. I’m thrilled to be a part of the September release from Altenew. If you just came from the blog of the talented Norine Borys, then you’re on the right track. This release is filled with beautiful stamps, dies and stencils that can be used for seasonal cards or everyday cards. Take a look at the September 2020 Beauty of the Season release!!!

I love that Altenew released some Christmas themed stamp sets this early!!! Year after year, I vowed to start my Christmas cards/tags early so that I won’t get stressed out come December so the timing of this release is perfect. ❤️ Below are some samples using the Merry Raindeer stamp and die. This is an adorable stamp set with lots of greetings that you can mix and match. Below are samples on how you can use it on a card or as a tag.


JUST FOR YOU/MAKE A WISH


I stamped the reindeer image twice using the Obsidian ink then embossed with clear embossing powder. The following colors were used to color the head, antlers and hooves–COPIC MARKERS E-53,33,13,18,17,47,29 AND RV 63. After coloring, the reindeer was masked so that the banner can be colored using Altenew inks and a blender brush.

For the background of the card, I used the Layered Floral cover die B. The edge of the tag was inked with Versamark ink then heat embossed using Rose Gold embossing powder.


JOY LOVE PEACE


The Holiday Flower stamp set was used to create the background for this card. I used Versamark ink to stamp the poinsettia clusters then heat embossed it using white embossing powder. The gem frame die fitted perfectly on top one of the soda top nesting dies.

I wanted some contrast so I inked up the gem frame die with Versamak Ink then embossed it using Rose Gold embossing powder. The sentiment from the Holiday Tag Sentiments stamp set was stamped and embossed then the gem frame was adhered using glue. Foam tape was used to adhere the sentiment to the card front for added dimension.


FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS


I love the look of sheer lace and stamping the image from the Holiday flowers stamp on vellum gives this effect. I stamped several images on vellum then heat embossed using Golden Peach embossing powder. These were then die cut using the coordinating die. A good way to adhere vellum onto cardstock is to use the Zyron sticker maker.

After embossing the image and die cutting the vellum, I ran them through the zyron machine and made the die cuts into stickers. This way, you don’t get to see the adhesive behind the vellum. I also used the Apothecary Labels stamp and die set for the tag and the Fine Frames Square die to add a frame around the tag. Versamark Ink was added to this thin frame then embossed with Golden Peach embossing powder to match the flowers. These were added to the card front using foam squares.


WE RISE BY LIFTING OTHERS


The Positive Vibes stamp is easy to align. The image was stamped then partially die cut. The Rounded rectangle die was used to cut the other side of the stamped image. The card front was embossed using We R Memory Keepers Quilted embossing folder for added texture. The sentiment was stamped and embossed using Rose Gold embossing powder.


THANK YOU


There are so many ways to use the Grape Leaves die set. For this card, I used all the elements of the die-cut. First, I watercolored a sheet of watercolor paper with different shades of orange using the wet on wet technique.

After drying, I used the solid die-cut to cut out the background of the leaf. Brown glitter paper was used for the vines and outline of the leaf. These were adhered to the card front using glue then the rest of the leaves were clustered together using both negative and positive parts of the leaf die-cut. Foam squares were used to adhere them to the card front for added dimension. The sentiment was heat embossed on vellum.


I’M HERE FOR YOU


MATERIALS: Positive Vibes Stamp and die set, Pure White Embossing Powder, Artist Watercolor Pan set, Nuvo Crackle Mousse, Strathmore Mixed Media paper

I did some no-line watercoloring with the Positive Vibes florals using the Artist Watercolor pan set. This was the first time for me to try this watercolor pan set and the pigments reacted differently compared to the watercolor brush markers. With the pan set, I noticed that the pigments didn’t flow as much as the brush markers did so there was more control. The colors were also muted and not as bright as the brush markers which I liked for this particular card.

I first applied the Nuvo crackle mousse on thick mixed media paper and allowed it to dry. I stamped the floral images from the Positive Vibes stamp set twice and watercolored them using the artist pan set. I started with a light wash of Lapis Lazuli mixed with Deep Blue Sea. While it was still wet, I mixed shades of purple and Starry Night.

For the leaves, I used a light wash of Green Hills mixed with Fall Harvest then I layered Green Meadows mixed with Tropical Forest, Rain Forest, Sea Shore, Delectable Delights and Coffee Break. I made sure to leave some parts white to act as highlights. I also stamped 2 images on vellum them embossed them with pure white embossing powder.


ASSORTED CHRISTMAS TAGS


I love the Holiday Tag Sentiments stamp and die set! It is loaded with a variety of sentiments with a mix of beautiful script and sans serif fonts. It’s also not limited to Christmas sentiments only — such a versatile set that can be used alone or in conjunction with other stamp sets.

For the background, I brought out my Gelli arts gel printing plate and some pastel colored acrylic paints.

Paints were added to the surface using a brayer than layers of stencils and stamps were used to add more layers for more texture. The whole gel plate was allowed to dry before adding a thin white coat of acrylic paint. A clean white cardstock was then placed on top to pick up all the layers of paint to create a monoprint.

The Holiday Tag Die was used to cut out the tags. Sentiments were stamped on vellum and embossed using Rose Gold Embossing powder. I love the translucency of vellum cause it allows the background to still be seen.

Here’s a time-saver tip–I partially die cut the tag on cardstock a few times so that I can die cut the different borders all at the same time.

Different colors of cardstocks were chosen to match the background. I really enjoyed making these tags. It’s a great feeling knowing that I already have tags made for this coming Christmas season. 😄


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 9/15/2020 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 09/18/2020.

I hope you liked the cards/tags I made for this release. Next stop is my uber-talented friend, Jaycee Gaspar. Make sure you check out his blog… for sure you will be blown away by his talent.

I always love hearing from you so please drop a line in the comment section. By doing so, you also get a chance to win some fab prizes from Altenew! For real-time updates, do follow me on IG @mylittleatticstudio. Thanks for dropping by. Please take care and be safe!

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