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

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. 🙂 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. 🙂 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! 🙂 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 Build-A-Flower: Camellia Japonica Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone!!! I am so excited to be a part of this Altenew blog hop featuring the beautiful Altenew Build-A-Flower: Camellia Japonica. Thank you so much to the uber-talented Jaycee Gaspar for leading all of you to my blog. If you somehow get lost, the entire blog hop list can be found at the end of this post.

Altenew has been in the forefront of designing layered floral stamps and dies and this particular stamp set does not disappoint. There are two options to obtain this stamp set– one is the Build-A-Flower: Camellia Japonica stamp and die bundle and the other is the Build-A-Flower: Camellia Japonica & Ink Bundle which comes with a 5% discount!

BUILD-A-FLOWER: CAMELLIA JAPONICA

BUILD-A-FLOWER: CAMELLIA JAPONICA & INK BUNDLE

The flower image is pretty huge… approximately 2.75″ x 2.5″ so it’s prefect as a focal point in any card design. Below you will find 5 ways on how to use this stamp set.

STAY PATIENT AND TRUST THE JOURNEY CARD

MATERIALS:

For this first card, I wanted to create a shadow box card. I fussy cut the flowers and leaves of the Botanical Rhapsody washi tape that was stuck to white CS for easy cutting. I stamped 3 Build a Flower Japonica images using Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Aqualicious and Lagoon crisp dye inks. I arranged the 3 flowers (always choose odd numbers when placing the focal images on a card—a design principle I learned during my scrapbooking days 🙂 ) then I covered up the space with the cut out washi images. I made sure not to adhere the tips of the leaves to give it a more natural feel.

I just love the sentiments from the One Day At A Time stamp set… such uplifting messages!!! The sentiment was stamped on vellum using Versamark Ink and Rose Gold Embossing powder. 2 stitched rectangle scallop frames were die cut from teal cardstock and the following were stuck to each other: frame, transparency, vellum, frame. These served as the cover of the shadow box. Foam tape was placed on the edges of the frame and adhered to the floral panel then was adhered to a side folding A2 card front.

HANG IN THERE CARD

MATERIALS:

This see-through card was inspired by the amazing Jennifer Mcguire. You can check out her tutorial for this type of card here. I went ahead and stamped several of the BAF Camelia Japonica flower image with the Lapis Lazuli crip dye ink set ( Iceberg, Eastern Sky, Ultramarine and Azurite) and the leaves using Bamboo, Parrot and Olive crisp dye inks from the Tropical Forest set. Use the coordinating die cuts for the images. Below you will find the layering guide for this stamp set.

BUILD-A-FLOWER: CAMELLIA JAPONICA LAYERING GUIDE

The images were arranged to cover a 5.5” x 4.25” cardstock. I made sure that the flowers and leaves were somehow connected to each other. When I was happy with the arrangement, I used Press’n Seal to pick up all the flowers and leaves together. I carefully glued to leaves to the flowers then added foam tape. Cut a transparency at 4.25” x 11” and score at 5.5”. Lay the floral card front on top of the transparency. In order to hide the foam tape, I die cut the leaves and flowers on white cardstock and glued them to the inside of the card. This way, all the foam tapes will be hidden. The excess leaves and flowers were then cut. I added a 4.25” x 5.5” cardstock on the transparency to create the inside of the card.  The hang in there die was used to cut 5 pieces of cardstock. One was colored with the Parrot crisp dye ink using a blender brush. All 4 pieces were adhered to each other using adhesive and the colored layer was slightly shifted to the right to create a shadow.

HOPE YOUR DAY IS DELIGHTFUL CARD

MATERIALS:

I wanted to make a card that was easy to assemble. Since I already had extra stamped flowers, this card was finished in 5 minutes. The 3 flowers were arranged on opposite corners of the A2 top folding card front. The sentiment from the same stamp set was embossed using Rose Gold embossing powder. A gold mat was created by inking the paper with Versamark Ink then embossing it with the same embossing powder. The sentiment and flowers were adhered to the card front using foam tape. A black border was hand-drawn to frame the card. Such a quick and easy card to create!

THINKING OF YOU CARD

MATERIALS:

For this card, I wanted to change up the flower a little bit.  I stamped the flower image twice using the Enchanted Garden and the  Sea Shore Crips Dye Ink sets following the layering guide. After this, I layered them on top of each other and secured both with a post-it tape so that the layers won’t move when I simultaneously trim them into strips. Once the strips were cut, I used the die cut of the flower as a base to assemble the alternate strips of the flower.  I don’t know why but it somehow makes the flower look 3D. 🙂

Next, the image from the Book Club stamp set was embossed using Versamark Ink and Rose Gold embossing powder.  The following artist makers from set D were used to color the flowers using the flicking technique: B802, B714 and B815. The leaves were colored with Artist markers set B:R702, R823. The card front of an orange A2 card base was cut diagonally. Both die cuts where attached diagonally as well. I framed the white cardstock with the Fine  Frames Die Set which was heat embossed with Rose Gold Embossing powder to match the other floral image.  Finally, the sentiment from the Swiss Dots was also stamped and embossed.

I’M HERE FOR YOU CARD

MATERIALS:

For this last card, I wanted the flower to be the star in this card so I left the Botanical Rhapsody washi tape uncolored and the background muted. The background was done by using the Feathered Leaves Stencil with some Altenew Embossing Paste mixed with some Orange Cream Crisp Dye Ink. The stencil was placed on the front cover of an A2 card and the tinted embossing paste was evenly spread using a spatula. The stencil was carefully removed and the card was allowed to dry.

The white areas were then colored using Wink of Stella clear just to add some shimmer.  To make it easier to cut, the Botanical Rhapsody Washi Tape was stuck to a white cardstock then fussy cut. I used the Artist Marker WG03 from Set B to color a piece of cardstock  to match the Botanical Rhapsody washi flowers/leaves then I heat embossed the sentiment from Forever and Always using Versamark Ink with Pure White Embossing Powder. Flowers and foliage were arranged and glued down using adhesive and foam squares.

I hope you liked the cards I created for this release. Make sure to drop by the Altenew Card Blog and check out the other creative ways this stamp set can be used. It may also be a good idea to sign up for the Build-A-Flower Monthly subscription plan. When you are signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in the monthly BAF releases and will receive a set each month – at a specially discounted price! ($35.00 →$29.99).

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. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/7/2019.

Next up is the talented Irna Fonina. In case you are lost, below you will find the entire blog hop order. Make sure to leave a comment below to get a chance to win, ok? I truly appreciate you stopping by. If you liked my projects, it would be wonderful if you can follow me on Instagram (@mylittleatticstudio) and Facebook at My Little Attic Studio<3 Thank you so much for dropping by! Till my next post <3

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