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Altenew Love & Friendship Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Altenew Love and Friendship Blog Hop

Hello and welcome!  I am so excited to be hopping along with Altenew for their February 2021 Release!  They have so many beautiful new products!  I was very inspired by this Collection and I think you will be too.

I would love to show you three projects…so keep scrolling.  There are also loads of prizes so check the details below and start hopping!

Masculine Valentine

Altenew Tall Foliage Stamp, Die and Coloring Stencil

The first card is a valentine that I made for my husband using The Tall Foliage Bundle.  I positioned the two die cuts so that to me, they looked like they were dancing.  I ink blended a slimline panel using Altenew\’s Large Ink Blending Tool.  While that panel was drying, I stamped and colored the two elements using the coordinating coloring stencil and Small Ink Blending Tool.   I love the Lagoon leaves (The Rainbow Mini Cube Set) against the green background. The \”So Glad I Found You\” sentiment is included in this stamp set.

TIP:  The first thing I did was make a stamp guide template.  I die cut each element out of sturdy cardstock and then used this as a template to layout my stamp so that everything lined up well.  The stamp is tall and this method worked well for me.  You only have to make the template once and then I just store it with my bundle.  

The The Tall Foliage bundle is gorgeous and  includes the stamps along with loads of sentiments, the coordinating dies, the coloring stencil and I used all three on my two cards.  Altenew also included a multipanel inspiration guide that was very helpful. These two stamps are large…the tall foliage is 7 3/4\” tall and the flower is 6 3/4\” and adds a lot of impact to your projects.

For my second card, I wanted a dramatic background to contrast with the white and green folliage,  so I used the \”direct to paper\” inking method.  I selected 8 different colors of ink pads in shades from turqouise to dark blue.  I rubbed each color in sections of the cardstock and I kept the middle softer and the edges darker.  At first, the background looked like a terrible mess but as you add layers it turns into a bold and complex panel. 

I used the coloring stencil,  Small Ink Blending Tool and  Green Valley Mini Ink Cube Set (Shadow Creek) to shade parts of the leaves.  The sentiment is from the  Inked Lotus Bundle.


I wanted to make a coordinating background for my roses and found the The Organic Linen 3D Embossing Folder from this release was perfect!  The end result was a subtle textured background with a hint of color in the valleys of the panel. 

Organic Linen 3D Embossing Folder

I dabbed a generous amount of pink pigment ink on my work surface and then ran a brayer across the ink.  I then ran the brayer across the embossing folder, placed a sheet of cardstock in and then closed.  I found that I liked the result best when I inked the embossing folder side with the sticker.  Either, side works, but I liked that pattern the best. The sandwich I used was one embossing plate + embossing folder + magnetic shim  + plastic shim.  Note, I only used ONE embossing plate, not two.  This sandwich was recommended by Jennifer McGuire in a video I watched last year.   I did make some other panels using dye ink that I will use in a future blog post. 

3D embossing folder with pink pigment ink.

The roses are from The Bellaroma Hybrid Tea Rose  BUILD A  FLOWER that was released last week.     I wanted to make a valentine for my mom,  so I chose pink for the blooms and  vivid green for leaves.  I used The Green Valley Mini Ink Cube Set.  and used the middle two colors, Green Fields and Shadow Creek.   I added a small piece of Painted Grid Washi Tape to the top of my sentiment for a little added interest.  

Here is a  Link to Altenew\’s Love and Friendship Blog Hop.        


Click HERE to see the entire Love and Friendship Collection.                             

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$300 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 10 winners! Please leave a comment on theAltenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 02/08/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 12 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 02/11/2021.

  

Altenew is also running a free gift promotion:


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Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

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Altenew Build-A-Flower: Bellaroma Hybrid Tea Rose Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Altenew Build-A-Flower Bellaroma TeaRose Release

Hello, hello and welcome!  I am so excited to be part of  Altenew\’s February Build-A-Flower  Release and Blog Hop.  This month\’s flower is the  Bellaroma Hybrid Tea Rose and it is a real beauty.   Layering stamps are lovely, easy and fun to use and I especially enjoyed creating with this set.  Altenew has  a new Build A Flower release each month and you can subscribe HERE so you don\’t miss a single set.

Let\’s get started!  I was so inspired that I stamped and die-cut a ton of flowers!  I mass produced the flowers and leaves using two sections of two stamping platforms that I rotated through the four stations.  I have three cards in this post and will be using The Tea Rose in another post next week….please stop by to see that one too.

Yellow Rose Card

The Yellow Rose of Texas

I  live in Texas, so my inspiration for this card was \”The Yellow Rose of Texas\”.  I wanted a dramatic background to contrast with the yellow so I used the \”direct to paper\” inking method.  I selected 8 different colors of ink pads in shades from turqouise to dark blue.  I rubbed each color in sections of the cardstock and I kept the middle softer and the edges darker.  At first, the background looked like a terrible mess but as you add layers it turns into a bold and complex panel.

Direct Ink to paper blue background

  As far as stamping the rose,  I experimented and found I liked a monochromatic color scheme using similar hues with this set.  The front rose has three shades of yellow.  I wanted more contrast with the background, so for the back rose I didn\’t stamp the base layer but chose to leave some white space.  I wanted a neutral leaf so I selected two shades of grey.

Altenew Layered Stamping rose.

I adore Altenew\’s Burlap Texture Die and knew it would be a striking backdrop for a single rose bud.  I wanted some contrast and variation on the die cut so I hand inked a background panel using all the colors in the Coffee Break Mini Ink Cube Set.  Be sure to let the panel dry before you die cut so you get a crisp cut.  I wanted vivid green leaves so I used The GreenValley Mini Ink Cube Set.  I used the middle two colors, Green Fields and Shadow Creek. 

Altenew Simply Hello with copper mirror card stock.

The sentiment (Simply Hello Die) is so reasonably priced and was die-cut from copper mirror cardstock.  To finish the card I added three yellow dots from New Day Enamel Dots, which I love because the set contains a beautiful variety of colors.  

Yellow Rose Altenew Card

For this card I wanted to add a pink rose as well.  I wanted a clean look so I skippped the bottom layer stamp on the two roses and leaves and I love the way it looks! 

Two Altenew Roses on a Handmade Card

The Cross Stitch Canvas Die is a beautiful way to add texture and interest to your background without distracting from the beauty of your focal point.  I added a small piece of Painted Grid Washi Tape to the top of my sentiment for a little added interest.  

Click Here to go to The Blog Hop.

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GIVEAWAY:

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release,Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $15 gift certificate to 10 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 02/07/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 11 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Pageon 02/09/2021.


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BLOG HOP:


Altenew Card Blog

Jenny Colacicco

Nathalie DeSousa

LauraJane

Jaycee Gaspar

Amanda Baldwin

Virginia Lu

Dana Joy

Yoonsun Hur

Terri Koszler

Anna Mahtani

Christine Pennington

Preeti Chandran

Seeka

Tenia Nelson

Rosie Neustaedter

Verity Biddlecombe

Karen Brown   You are here  🙂

Justine Hovey

Emily Midgett

Kelly Latevola

You should have come from Verity Biddlecombe\’s lovely blog  and talented Justine Hovey is next on the hop.  

I am so pleased you stopped by!  Happy Hopping!

Karen