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!



WWC296 – Michelle\’s Challenge: Anything Feminine Goes


Hello, hello and welcome!  This week we are creating feminine cards at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and we would love to see your creation in our gallery.  Michelle is our hostess this week.  

I\’ve had my eye on the Altenew Hibiscus Garden 3D die set for sometime and finally bought it.  I wanted to use seasonal jewel tones  so I die cut my pieces from Altenew\’s Enchanting Washes Cardstock.  I like the gorgeous colors and the fact that it is thick like cardstock.  For the leaves I ink blendeded  4 colors of green on watercolor paper.  My background is a light watercolor wash where I then softened the edges with a towel so it fades out.  I dried the panel and then  added purple and black paint spatters.  Next I mixed gesso with Iridescent Shimmer Spray and added more splatters.  I assembled and paired with a Bold Envelope and my birthday card is now ready to mail.

I am also playing along with:

Festive Friday FF0071 I included die cuts, patterned paper (hibiscus), flowers and sentiment.  

UPDATE:  I was excited to see my card was selected as a \”Festive Fave\”!

Crafty Hazel Nuts Patterned Paper Challenge  I used Altenew Enchanting Washes Patterned Cardstock for the two hibiscus.



Ink Blending and Inlaid Die Cutting with Altenew\’s Hibiscus Garden 3D Die Set


Hello, hello and welcome!  I’ve had my eye on Altenew’s Hibiscus Garden 3D Die  for sometime and finally bought it.  I thought it would be helpful to take Therese Calvird’s 3D Floral Focus Class while I was playing with my new dies.  Therese has six wonderful lessons and I would like to share my 3D creations in this blog post.  I found this class very relaxing and therapeutic and I enjoyed thinking about  my color combinations and doing loads of die-cutting. 

This first thing I did was put the dies for each flower in individual numbered pouches so that I can just grab a pouch and start die-cutting.  This will make future card making so much more streamlined since I won’t have to sort through all the dies to find the pieces for each layer.  Next, I made a sample of each flower and leaf to use as a guide when assembling my die-cuts and I labeled the back.  Again, this makes the die-cutting and assembly go so much more quickly.

I have orange and pink potted Hibiscus plants around my pool and I used them as the inspiration for this card.  I started by ink blending all the colors I wanted on watercolor paper.  I like that watercolor paper is a bit thicker and has more texture and makes a rich substantial diecut. Next, I diecut the components of my card and the sentiment.

I then created my background.  I masked off a frame on a piece of watercolor paper and then watercolored my background with a diluted watery purple.  I dried the panel and added purple and black paint splatters.  Next I mixed gesso with Iridescent Shimmer Spray and added more splatters.  I put the panel aside to dry while I assembled my flowers.  When the panel was dry, I glued my die-cuts onto the background.  I really love the bold vibrant blooms with the softer greens and background.

For my second card, I used the inlaid diecutting technique with a color blocking twist.  Same die set but a very different vibe.  I die-cut all the pieces from scraps I had saved from Altenew\’s Jewel Tone Sampler.  The colors are bold and gorgeous!

The square panel is 2 3/4\” x 2 3/4\”.  Therese taught us to use the same color paper underneath the inlay in case there is a gap.  This worked really well for me.  To finish the card, I made a 4 1/4\” x 4 1/4\” square top folding card.

To finish both cards I added Bold Envelopes and they are now ready to mail.

I am also playing along with: Seize the Birthday \”Scraps\” Challenge 3D Dies are the perfect time to use scraps because you need lots of small pieces.  I am entering my square card.

I am so happy you stopped by!