cardmaking · papercrafting

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

DIY paper weaving handmade card using Altenew Garden Trellis die as a base.

Hello everyone, Karen Brown here and I am so happy you are “hopping” with The Altenew Educators! This Altenew hop is all about “new” and I am so excited to show you a technique new to me…paper weaving.

Paper Weaving + Card Making

It is a little gloomy outside so I wanted to make a bright fun project that incorporated paper weaving. I cut my paper strips and then sat by the fire doing my weaving. I think I am already for Spring to arrive!

Hand made paper weave card using rainbow strips and Altenew's Garden Trellis die as a base.

My Process:

  • I die cut the base for my weaving using Altenew’s Garden Trellis Cover Die.
  • I selected 8 colors of cardstock and cut 1/4″ strips with my paper trimmer. I then cut one end of each strip into a point so that it would be easier to weave.
  • In rainbow order, I wove all the strips going one direction and then wove the cross pieces.
  • I die cut Altenew’s Simply Hello sentiment three times from black cardstock and then glued them together for a substantial looking sentiment.
  • I cut a frame using Altenew’s Rounded Rectangles Die and I think the frame really finishes off the card.
  • With a paper trimmer, I trimmed the woven panel down and then glued it to the card base. I adhered the frame with foam tape and added the sentiment.
DIY instructions for making a handmade paper weave card.

I had a strip of paper weaving left over so I made a quick “Two-fer” Bonus card. The sentiment is Birthday Greetings and the two windows were cut with the die from the Mini Paintbox. I also added three enamel dots to the white space.

paper weaving DIY handmade cards.

Prizes:

$130 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners and a $15 gift certificate to 4 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 01/09/2022 for a chance to win. 

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 “New Favorite” creations. We will pick one of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will receive a $10 Altenew gift certificate!

Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/10/2022.

Hop list:

Altenew Blog

Virginia Lu

Pam Boedeker

Nancy Souza

Nandini Karmarkar

Bridget Casey

Karen Brown You Are Here! 🙂

Neha Aggarwal

Lana Taber 

Terri Marie Koszler

Helen Kalb

Joylita Dsouza

Teri Stokes

Rosie Neustaedter

Irina Fonina

Nenette S. Madero

Ann Taylor

Susan Stagno 

Annemarie Caister

Didn’t you just love Bridget’s “Hugs” card? Neha is next with some lovely creations.

I really enjoyed weaving this card and I hope you found some inspiration. I love reading your comments so if you have a moment, let me know what you think about my project. Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

cardmaking · papercrafting

Altenew Educators “Alphabet Name Game” Blog Hop, Linky Party + Giveaway

Altenew Mega Alphabet K  die + Ink Smooshing Technique

“K” is for…..Karen! I was inspired to make an initial notecard for Altenew’s “Alphabet Name Game” Blog Hop. I love to make my own paper so I started by coming up with a color palette. I wanted a bright happy card so I selected aqua, green, yellow, pink and tangerine.

Ink Smooshing Technique

I started by making three inked panels.  Here was my technique:

  1. I liberally inked an 6×6″ acrylic block with Altenew Inks.  I wanted an ombre gradient look so went in rows across the block.
  2.  I very liberally sprayed the inked block with water 
  3. “Smooshed” the block onto a piece of watercolor paper
  4. Weighted the ink/block with a book for 5 minutes
  5. Uncovered.  If the ink pooled, I dabbed with a paper towel.
  6. I made a “second generation” panel for the background by taking a piece of Bristol Cardstock and soaking up the excess ink on my work space. 

Panel one and the background were made with Seashore Mini Ink Cube Set (Lagoon & Volcano Lake), Rainbow Prism Mini Ink Cube Set (Parrot & Warm Sunshine).  Panel two was Coral Berry and Orange Cream.

I let the panels dry overnight and then I started my die-cutting. The “K” is from Altenew’s Mega Alphabet Collection and the grid background uses Altenew’s GardenTrellis Cover die, which is a favorite of mine.

Altenew Garden Trellis Cover Die + Ink Smooshing Technique.

Here is a closeup of the card.

Ink Smooshing Technique

Prizes:

$200 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $35 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 10/09/2021 for a chance to win. 

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 “Alphabet Name Game” creations. We 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!

Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/11/2021.

Hop list:

Altenew Blog

Virginia Lu

Joylita Dsouza

Fiona Duff

Michelle Ochoa Murray

Irina Fonina 

Penny Pynnonen

Anna Patricia Mahtani

Kari VanNoy

Bridget Casey

Rachael Shedeed

Ann Taylor

Neha Aggarwal

Annemarie Caister

Helen Kalb

Sandra Woodson

Nancy Souza

Nandini Karmarkar

Pam Boedeker

Eva Bussom 

Terri Marie Koszler

Karen Brown (You made it to the end!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

papercrafting

Altenew Educators "Anything But A Card" Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

DIY Gift Topper

Hello fellow papercrafters! The Altenew Educators are hopping and this time we are creating \”anything except a card\”.  I enjoy gift wrapping and decided  to craft a gift \”topper\”.  Altenew\’s Craft-A-Flower releases are always one of my favorites so I wanted to make a  layered die-cut flower using this month\’s Peruvian Lily.  I crafted my bloom from some handmade gel press prints and a bit of glitter cardstock.  

Orange, yellow and blue.


I wrapped my gift in Tiffany blue gift wrap, added some ribbon and then topped with my die-cut Lily. I think this makes for a beautiful gift.

Altenew Craft A Flower Peruivan Lily.

 


Prizes:

$200 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $35 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 07/04/2021 for a chance to win. 

 

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 “Anything But A Card” creations. We 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!

 

Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 07/06/2021.


I am so pleased you stopped by!
Karen
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Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Clematis Josephine Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Altenew Paint-A-Flower:  Clematis Josephine

Hello and welcome!  Today, Altenew is releasing their June Paint-A-Flower called Clematis Josephine.   The bouquet is substantial and fills up a card beautifully.  Altenew releases a new Paint-A-Flower each month and you can subscribe HERE so you don\’t miss a single set and as a subscriber the price is just $12.99 per month.

Pink, Yellow and Aqua.

I was in a coloring mood and these flowers are so fun to color!  I used Altenew\’s  Artist Markers Set F (Sunshine Valley Garden) and Set G (Water Garden).  The kit has a bunch of wonderful sentiments and I selected Be Bold…
Altenew Artist Markers Set F and G

 

Are You Ready For Some Prizes?

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew  is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blogand/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 06/27/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on theAltenew Winners Page on 06/29/2021.


Blog Hop:

 


Are You Ready To Shop?

Clematis Paint-A-Flower

Clematis Paint-A-Flower + 24 Pan Watercolor Bundle

Clematis Paint-A-Flower + 12 Pan Watercolor Bundle

I am pleased with the card and hope you like it too.

Karen
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Altenew Summer Adventure Stand-alone Dies Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, I am so excited to introduce you to some of Altenew\’s gorgeous new stand-alone dies!  

Die Cutting with Altenew\’s Tropical Leaf Mix Dies

Altenew\’s Tropical Leaf Mix dies are so beautiful and fun to create with!  I started by cutting a 5 1/2\” square card base and then added some copper paint splatters.
Green, Gold and Copper

Next, I gathered a bunch of gel press prints and started to die-cut and arrange a leaf flower.  Once I started I realized I really liked the green panels with gold and copper.  My flower needed a center so I used the cute little star flower from Altenew\’s Bride To Be Layering Set.  This set makes such a lovely dimensial card.

For my next card, I die-cut leaves from a gold/copper gel print (above) and brown cardstock.  The leaves are  Altenew\’s new Tropical Leaf Mix dies. For the center, I again used the star flower from Altenew\’s Bride to Be Layering Set

Copper, Gold and Brown Metalic Gel Plate Print
I love how you can use the leaves individually or layer them.
Quick and Easy Die Cut Card

The new Peeking Leaves Cover Die is beautiful.  I selected two colors of summery cardstock and die-cut the aqua panel.  I glued the die cut to an A2 card base and used the edge of a ruler to straigthen the sides.  The sentiment is Altenew\’s Simply Hello Die.

Turqouise and Melon cardstock


Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 06/23/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 06/25/2021.

 

Blog Hop: 

Altenew Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Vicky Papaioannou 

Norine Borys

Jenny Colacicco

Erum Tasneem

Seeka

Nicole Watt

Simon Hurley 

Therese Calvird 

Amanda Baldwin

Tania Ahmed

Verity Biddlecombe

Emily Midgett

Bridget Casey

Virginia Lu

Victoria Calvin

Tenia Nelson

Colleen Balija 

Nathalie DeSousa

LauraJane

Maryam Perez 

Karen Brown                      You Are Here!

Michelle Short

Agnieszka Małyszek

Patricia Roebuck

Carol Hintermeier

Zinia Redo

Sandhya Iyer

Terri Koszler

Kelly Griglione

Mindy Eggen

Natasha Davies

Joylita Dsouza

Anna Mahtani

Keren Baker

Laura Bassen

Sande Woodson

Raquel Bowman

FREE GIFT PROMOTION:


Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! Free gift will be added to cart automatically. 

  • Get a FREE brand new Summer Adventure Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Summer Adventure release bundles. Shop Here! *Exclusions apply.

  • Get a FREE brand new Summer Adventure Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 06/17/2021 through 06/19/2021. Shop HERE.


READY TO SHOP?

Link To Altenew Summer Adventure Stand Alone Die Collection.


I am honored that you stopped by my blog…thank you!  If you have another moment, I would love to hear which card you like best.

Karen 


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Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Peruvian Lily Layering Die Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

 

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Peruvian Lily Layering Die Set

Hello friends!  Today is release day for  Altenew\’s June Craft-A-Flower: Peruvian Lily.  I just adore each month\’s kit because there are so many die-cutting possibilities.  You can subscribe HERE for a specially discounted price (plus you won\’t miss a single kit) or you can purchase the Peruvian Lily or you can buy the Peruvian Lily + the gradient cardstock bundle.
Blue and orange gel monoprints

Each month I usually make my own paper for my craft-a-flower kit…sometimes I watercolor panels, or ink blend but this month I was in a gel print mood.  With gel prints, you never know what you are going to get so I start with colors in mind and then start printing.  These are pretty basic prints but they look so pretty when die-cut. For June I was thinking either an orange or pink bloom with a blue background so I laid out some prints.  I love the blue background…kinda Monetish and I ultimately decided on an orange and yellow lilly.  I will be using the pink panels soon.


These dies were easy to line up and the lily is big and showy.  The sentiment is one of my favorites from the  Essential Sentiment Die Set.

     

Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 6/13/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 06/15/2021.


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy this month\’s kit as much as I have.


Karen

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Altenew Adventures Ahead Stamps/Dies/Stencils/More Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello!  I was so excited and inspired by Altenew\’s June Adventures Ahead Stamp and Die Collection that I created 8 cards!  So many ideas!

Die Cutting With Scraps

Altenew\’s Color Bands dies are wonderful and at a great price point!  If you like to die-cut there are endless possibilites….I found them so addiciting!  For this first card, I used brightly colored scraps of gel press prints.  My inspiration was gum drops and I die cut 14 rainbow hued \”gum drops\” and adhered them to my card with foam tape.  I crafted my slimline card using the Nesting Slim Rectangles Die Set.  

Rainbow Gel Press monoprint card.Die Cutting With Gel Press Prints

I wanted rainbow colors for my \”squiggles\” card also.  I used the same Color Bands Dies as above.
Squiggle free form die cut card.

I selected an assortment of simple gel press prints and started die cutting.   I took a quick photo (below) of the print assortment I started with. I wanted lots of beautiful white space so I again used Altenew\’s Nesting Slim Rectangle Dies  to make another slimline card.

 

3D Embossing Gel Press Prints

I don\’t think I can ever have too many brick elements to craft with so I was very excited about Altenew\’s new Brick Wall 3D Embossing Folder.  For this card I took a gel press print and ran it through my embossing machine. I think  this panel makes a beautiful background for my two Cosmos Die Cut Flowers.
Turquoise gel press print

Vintage Feel Scene Card

 I was captivated by the new Seas The Day stamp and die bundle.  I love a good scene card and thought it would be fun to create a vignette of a girl watching a boat race.  I went with an off-white vintage feel and  made two of these…one for my daughter and one to go with a graduation gift.  And, don\’t you just love those animated Pelicans!
Cream, Yellow and Pink

Four Quick and Easy Cards

I came up with an idea for a quick and easy masculine card.  The lines on the  Seas The Day sailboat are just beautiful and I thought a \”blueprint look\” would be very striking.  I stamped the boat with Saphire from the Glacier Caves mini ink cube set.  I then hand inked an accent panel and sentiment strip with the same Saphire ink and Altenew\’s Large Blending Tool and set this behind the sailboat to frame the top panel.  I like the coordinating saphire sentiment band (Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips).  Very easy, very striking and very masculine…a winning combination.


Altenew Saphire Blue


It is graduation season so my last three cards are for the graduate.  The detail on the Feathered Friends  dies is beautiful!  I die cut three from cardstock and then popped them on a white  Brick Wall 3D Embossing Folder panel and added a die-cut Essential Sentiment Strips sentiment.

Melon, yellow and green

These next two cards came together very quickly!  The backgrounds are from the Rainbow Blots 6×6\” Paper Pack which is filled with gorgeous papers with highly saturated color.  These packs are at a great price point and with 24 sheets, you can make loads of projects.

Using the Rainbow Blots paper pack, I trimmed down two panels and then die cut two sets of sentiments using Altenew\’s new Reach For The Stars die.  This sentiment definitely makes a statement!

Blue, violet and black

I am sending these two cards with graduation gifts.

Multi color

Are You Ready For Some Prizes?

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 06/09/2021 for a chance to win.


Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 06/11/2021.


You\’ve probably just seen Bridget Casey\’s lovely projects and you will love Laurie Willison\’s post.

BLOG HOP:

Altenew Card Blog

Therese Calvird

Jenny Colacicco 

Jaycee Gaspar

Bridget Casey

Virginia Lu

Seeka

Laurie Willison

Michelle Short

Emily Midgett

Mindy Eggen

Tenia Nelson

Amanda Baldwin

Maryam Perez 

Carol Hintermeier

Terri Koszler

LauraJane

Keren Baker

Verity Biddlecombe

Karen Brown

Victoria Calvin 

Preeti Chandran

Joylita Dsouza

Sande Woodson

Natasha Davies

Anna Mahtani



Are You Ready to Shop?  Free Gift Oportunities:

 

Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! Free gift will be added to cart automatically. 

·  Get a FREE brand new Adventures Ahead Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Exotic Garden release bundles.  SHOP HERE! *Exclusions apply.

·  Get a FREE brand new Creative Jump Start Class with every order from the new Adventures Ahead release collection from 6/04/2021 through 6/10/2021. SHOP HERE

·  Get a FREE brand new Adventures Ahead Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 06/04/2021 through 06/06/2021. Shop HERE!

I am honored that you stopped by my blog…thank you!  If you have another moment, I would love to hear which card you like best.

Karen 

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Altenew Mixed Media Madness Hop

3D Die Cutting + Acrylic on Mixed Media Paper

Hello!  The Altenew Educators have a fun Instagram Hop called Mixed Media Madness currently underway.  There are loads of prizes and lots of inspiring projects so I hope you can hop along with us. I drew my inspiration from my backyard.  The two mixed media backgrounds are my interpretation of the water in my swimming pool and the layered die-cuts are based on my potted coral Hibiscus.  I  handcrafted all the paper used to die-cut my flowers.  

Turquoise and Coral Gelli Prints.

I have been loving layering dies lately and wanted to get out an old favorite, Altenew\’s Hibiscus Garden as I think it is perfect going into summer.  I used this set as the focal point for both of my cards.  

I loosely mixed turquoise, white and pale yellow acrylic paint with a brayer for my background.  The leaves are cut from painted acrylic panels of moss, spring green and pale yellow.  The Hibiscus are cut from three panels:  orange, orange + white and a panel of white with a hint of orange.  The sentiment is from Altenew\’s Birthday Greetings stamp set.

Altenew Mixed Media Card.

The background for my second card is similar but there was leftover blue on my gel plate.  I also added an additional layer of gold using my favorite Narrow Brick Stencil . This stencil just came out this spring, but it is already my most used stencil!  I love the subtle texture and dimension it adds.  I then die cut the panel using  Altenew\’s Rounded Rectangles die.  I added craft foam to the back of the panel and adhered the flower with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen



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Altenew 7th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 4 + Giveaway (over $1,400 in Total Prizes)


Happy Birthday Altenew!  I am honored to be celebrating this day along with such a talented group of designers and sponsors.  Altenew Cosmos Acrylic die cut flowers.

Die Cutting Floral Images From Acrylic Gelli Plate Prints

Recently, I spent a fun day making Acrylic Gel Press Monoprints and thought it would be fun to die-cut some of the images and make a few high contrast colorful birthday cards.  I used my favorite Altenew Craft-A-Flower kit, Cosmos Layering Dies for each of my projects.  

I sorted through my prints and selected bright colors that I thought would look nice on a card.  The first print was loosely brayered with turquoise and brown acrylic ink.  The flowers were die cut from three monoprint panels:  orange/red/gold; olive/yellow/gold and the whitish elements were cut from panels where I brayered off ink in between prints, so they have more white areas.  My sentiment is from an ancient labeler I had at the house.

Gel Press Die Cut Flowers
I love the background on this next card!  I put blue, yellow and olive on my press and then brayered gold over the Narrow Brick Stencil, which gives a beautiful textured look.  I used the Rounded Rectangles Die Set to trim down my panel.
Gel Press + Die Cut Flowers for a card.

The flower was die-cut using the  Cosmos Craft-A-Flower Kit.

Acrylic Monoprint die cut flower

For this last card, the background is from the same panel as card 1.  I again used the Rounded Rectangles and Cosmos Layering Die Set.  The sentiment is from the  Essential Sentiment Strips,

Gelli Print Handmade Card

   I think this makes a happy card.

Turquoise and Red Floral Card

Giveaway Prizes

Over $1,400 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $70 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy classto 15 lucky winners. There are also 19 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:


 

Be sure to leave comments by 4/18/2021 for a chance to win one of 41 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with \”Hi from (city or country where you\’re from)!\” 41 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/24/2021.

 



So happy to see that you are hopping!  If you arrived from Auzz Trinklets N Krafts, then you are right on track.


Altenew Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Jaycee Gaspar

My Sweet Petunia

Agnieszka Małyszek

Kristina Werner

Tenia Nelson

Paige Evans

Reiko Tsuchida

Auzz Trinklets N Krafts

Karen Brown                     You Are Here!

Ellen Hutson LLC

Seeka

Katrina Howe


There is plenty more loveliness, so keep hopping…. Ellen Hutson LLC  is next!


Ready to shop?  Be sure to use the free shipping code below:


Special Offer

Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY7TH or $5 OFF international shipping with code ANNIV21 at checkout. Offer valid from 4/8/2021 at 12:01 am EDT through 4/11/2021 at 11:59 pm EDT. Shop here: https://altenew.com/  Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. 


I am so pleased you stopped by and would love to hear which card you like best!


Thanks,
Karen
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Altenew Educators "Favorite Old/New Altenew Stamp" Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

   

Hello friends!  I am so pleased to be participating in my first Altenew Educator Blog Hop!  I went through the certification program last year and loved every minute!  For this post, I wanted to focus on two favorite stamp sets that I purchased while I was a student in the program, Doodle Blooms and Inked Lotus

Altenew Doodle Bloom Die Cut Mixed Media Card

Using Stencils on Acrylic Gel Press Mixed Media Cards

I spent a day making 5 x 7\” acrylic gel press backgrounds in a variety of colors and using lots of Altenew stencils and stamps.  I love color and texture and wanted this \”daisy\” card to be bold and vibrant so I started with this gorgeous red panel.  With a brayer, I mixed pink, orange and brilliant red and applied to a plate that had some leftover yellow and green already on the press.  After the panel dried, I added  a layer using the Flowing Drops Stencil and then an additional layer of gold with the Narrow Brick Stencil.  You can see the lovely gold shimmer in the second photo.  

Altenew Doodle Blooms and Narrow Brick Stencil

Die Cutting Floral Images from Acrylic Gel Press Monoprints

Using the Doodle Blooms Bundle, I stamped and die-cut a bunch of blooms from some of the other hand-crafted acrylic panels.  I think this is such a happy and cheerful stamp set.  I laid the die-cut flowers on the red panel and selected the blooms I liked best on the background and adhered with foam tape.  The stems are from the Craft-A-Flower Cosmos Kit.   The flower centers are enamel dots from the  Glacier Caves and New Day collections.  I finished off by adding a sentiment with a strip of my favorite Painted Grid Washi Tape.

Tone on Tone Orange Mixed Media card.

The background from this next card is the top portion of the panel I used on the daisy card above. I die cut it with the largest Rounded Rectangle and then backed with foam for dimension.  The Inked Lotus was heat embossed and die cut from a coordinating monoprint panel for a tone-on-tone look and was adhered with foam tape.  The sentiment was die-cut from black cardstock using the Essential Sentiments Set.  

Acrylic Paint Gel Press Mixed Media Card.

I made a second similar card, but this time the Inked Lotus  was die cut from a red/orange acrylic panel where I brayered a lot of turqouise ink over the Narrow Brick Stencil.  This is my favorite stencil to use on monoprints.  The background panel was brayered with Yellow, Olive and Turquoise.  After the paint dried, layers were added with the   Leaves and Berries Stencil (blue), Mega Bloom Stencil and finally the Narrow Brick Stencil was lightly inked in gold over the background panel.  I love the dimension you get by adding layer upon layer with stencils and stamps.    

Blue and Violet Monet like Mixed Media card.

For my last card, I changed things up and used softer colors:  Sky Blue, Blue Violent, Light Purple and Brilliant Purple over a press that had some leftover Olive and Turquoise.  I then brayered over the Mega Bloom Stencil with a light coat of gold.  You can see the shimmer better in the second photo.  I again used the  Doodle Blooms Stamp and Die Bundle to stamp and cut my elements from a variety of  gel press prints.  I finished with  Glacier Caves Enamel Dots for the centers.

Blue and Violet Gel Press Card Background

Here is a photo of two of the backgrounds prior to card assembly.  You can really see how lovely the stenciled accents look on the panels.  

As I mentioned, I loved using these two stamps for my AECP class work.  Here are two homework assignments I submitted using the sets:

Prizes:

Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog (https://wp.me/p6Dps1-deu) by 4/4/2021 for a chance to win. 

 

We’ll 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.

 

We Want to See Your Creations Too!

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. We 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!


If you arrived from NatashaDavies you are right on track!  


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             You Are Here!

Helen Kalb

Patty Mello

Roteja Galvan

Eva Bussom

Fiona Duff

Jaycee Gaspar

Vicki Finger

Nenette S. Madero

Teri Wilson

Rachael Shedeed

Neha Aggarwal

Kari VanNoy

Teri Stokes

Amber Rain Davis

Virginia Lu

Sandra Woodson


There is plenty more loveliness, so keep hopping!   Be sure to head to Helen\’s  fun post next!


I would love to hear which card you liked best.  Thanks for stopping by!
Karen