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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Altenew July 2020 Stamps/ Dies/Stencils/ Inks Release

Hello everyone!!! Altenew has a wonderful July release and I made a couple of cards to showcase this new release. Take a look at these gorgeous products!!!

https://altenew.com/collections/new/products/summer-fun-full-release-bundle

I read all your comments on my blog and truly appreciate your kind words. I’ve noticed that there are quite a number of people who are new to cardmaking so this blog post will be a mixture of simple, fun and easy to make cards/tags and some that need a little more time to create. Do let me know which one is your favorite in the comment section, ok? I really love hearing from all of you. <3


WHATEVER YOU ARE, BE A GOOD ONE | YOU ARE GREAT


Don’t you just adore the Courageous You stamp set!?!?! I love huge images that can be colored using different kinds of coloring mediums. For these cards though, I thought of stamping and embossing the image on vellum for a soft and dainty look. I used the Fine Frames cover die to add borders around the card front. Light colors were chosen to match the soft look of this card.

When embossing on thin papers like vellum, just make sure that you heat up your heat gun first. I also heat it from the back to prevent the paper from warping.


THINKING OF YOU | WITH GRATITUDE


Here’s another set of CAS cards using the Geometric Elements stamp. When I saw this stamp set, the first thing that came into my mind was the geometric terrariums that I used for my daughter’s party a few years ago. 🙂

I used the stems on the Fragile Foliage Stamp set as strings for these “terrariums”. My youngest daughter Andrea helped me with the drawings of the mini succulents ( I will need a magnifying glass in order to do that!!! Thanks so much, Dea! <3 ) The succulents were colored with the Altenew alcohol artist markers. Strips of papers from the Blushing Blooms paper pack were added to finish off these cute and simple cards. The card front was also mounted onto foam sheets for added dimension.


YOU ARE WORTHY


This next card was created using the Floral In and Out Border die, the Wild Flora washi tape, the Terrific Tags die and the sentiment from the Courageous You stamp set. I wrapped a panel with the washi tape then die cut the Floral in and out border die. I did the same to 4 layers of white cardstocks so that I can stack them up to create some dimension.

I just had to fit them like a jigsaw puzzle then added a sentiment stamped on one of the tags from the Terrific tags die. A green brad was added as an accent to this simple card. You really don’t have to do much because the washi tape is already so beautiful.


HUGS


Here’s another pair of quick cards to make. I got some paper scraps from the Shades of Purple gradient cardstock set and cut them into strips. My apologies if I can’t remember who I saw this technique from– must be from the amazing Laura Bassen or Jennifer Mcguire or maybe even from Kristina Werner or the wonderful Cathy Zielske. They are my go-to cardmakers where I get my inspirations from.

I covered the entire card front with double-sided tape then adhered the strips. Both positive and negative elements from the Circled Greetings: hugs die were used to create 2 cards so nothing went to waste.


SOME DAYS YOU JUST HAVE TO CREATE YOUR OWN SUNSHINE


Would you believe that this card was made using only 1 stamped image? 🙂 The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed on vellum. The floral image from the Courageous You stamp set was stamped on 140 lbs Arches watercolor paper using Versamark ink then heat embossed with Rose gold embossing powder. I used colors from the Altenew watercolor brush makers. I love how highly pigmented these watercolors are! A little goes a long way.

The image was placed in one corner and the excess was cut off. Foam tape was used to create dimension. The leftover pieces were also adhered to the card front to fill the other edges of the card.


THANKS


Here’s another set of CAS cards using bold colors. I die cut 3 different colored cardstocks using the Circled Greetings: thanks die. To vary the background, I placed the Feeling Dotty Stencil over the background then added Versamark ink over it.

White embossing ink was poured over it and heat embossed to create a dotted background. I also added a sentiment from the Hello and Hugs stamp set for variation. This is a quick way to create multiple cards with a single die– just vary the cardstocks and backgrounds.


THANK YOU TAG


Here’s another quick project using the masking technique. For these tags, I used the sentiments from the Geometric Elements and the Fragile Foliage image. The biggest tag from the Terrific Tags dies was perfect to make the packaging for the monogram cards I made for a friend look pretty. I love the simplicity of the image which ties up with the modernity of the font.

The sentiment and border were stamped and embossed first using rose gold embossing powder. Then I masked the area so that I can stamp the foliage image over it.

If you have been following my previous blog posts, you’ll notice that my style leans heavily towards layering and lots of embellishments. Restraining myself from adding more to a card is truly a struggle for me. I have a hard time creating clean and simple cards because I tend to cover up all of the white space. That being said, I’ve always been a huge fan of Cathy Zielske‘s CAS style ever since my scrapbooking days in the early 2000s. From her, I’ve learned the basics in design principles. She’s my rockstar when it comes to CAS layouts and cards. And just recently, she sent me a video message full of sound advice on how to deal with certain types of people. I am so humbled that she took time out of her busy schedule to personally send a message and make me feel better. So in honor of this amazing human being, this post showcases a number of CAS cards and from this post onwards, I will step out of my comfort zone and try to include a card that reflects her style. Thank you, Cathy! Truly appreciate what you did. ❤️ Below is a set of CAS cards inspired by her style using the Fragile Foliage stamp set.


I’VE BEEN THINKING OF YOU|THANKS FOR EVERYTHING


The image from the Fragile Foliage image was stamped on a rectangular die cut cardstock. This was adhered on the card front using a foam sheet. Golden peach and Caribbean sky embossing powders were used to emboss the sentiments from the Sentiment Strips stamp set.

Thank you so much for dropping by!!! As I’ve said earlier, I truly enjoy reading all your wonderful comments. Do say hi and let me know which card is your favorite! Would love to see you too in my other social media platforms. To see my latest projects, you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook . Thanks again for dropping by and keep on crafting!!!

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