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Altenew March 2023 Stamp/Die/Stencil & More Release Blog Hop #2 + Giveaway ($300 in Total Prizes!)

Welcome to Altenew’s March Release and Blog Hop! I have SEVEN cards to share with you today. I was so excited and inspired by the Japandi Release….I had SO many ideas! I decided to do a “Rainbow” themed post and I am so pleased you stopped by. You can see Altenew’s entire release HERE.

Rainbow Gradient cards with Altenew Zero Waste Leaf Pattern Cover Die Kit.

Rainbow Gradient Handcrafted Cards

I started by watercoloring a bunch of panels for my cards, which I find this fun and therapeutic. On watercolor paper, using water and one of Altenew’s #18 brushes, I watercolored bands of color from Altenew’s Spring Garden Brush Marker set. I love how bright and vibrant the colors are with these markers! You can see two of my finished panels below.

Negative 2-For-1 card with Altenew's Zero Waste Leaf Pattern Cover Die.

2-For-1 Cards

Once my panels were dry, I started die cutting. My first two projects are 2-For-1 Cards using the beautiful new Zero-Waste Leaf Pattern Cover Die. When you are done, you have the pieces for a “Positive” Card and a “Negative” Card, and I love them both!

The Zero-Waste Leaf Pattern Cover Die and Archway Die Set (below) are part of the Zen Garden Ensemble from Altenew.

How To Make Rainbow Gradient Die Cut Cards:

  • On Watercolor Paper, paint rainbow bands of color with Spring Garden Watercolor Brush Markers and then blend with water and a #18 Paintbrush. I taped my panel to a hardboard with blue painters tape prior to painting. Dry.
  • I used the “Press and Seal” Method. After I die cut my Zero Waste panel, I smoothed Glad Press and Seal Multipurpose Sealing Wrap over the top of the die cut panel. I then flipped it over and using tweezers added cut Instant Dimension Foam Tape to the back of each positive die cut. Next, I carefully flipped the panel over and adhered onto an A2 card base. Then I removed the Press and Seal.
  • I die cut my Simply Hello sentiment twice from black cardstock, glued the pieces together and added to the bottom right of my card.
  • For my Negative Card, I added liquid glue to the back of the panel and then adhered directly to an A2 card base. I added my Sweet Sentiments Celebrate die cut and shadow to the center of my card and voila, two bright and happy cards!
2-For-1 Cards with Altenew's Zero Waste Leaf Pattern Cover Die.

This Sweet Blossoms Layering Die Set is a real beauty and is definitely a new favorite!

Altenew's Sweet Blossoms Layering Die Kit + Rainbow Gradient Card.

You can see two of my watercolor panels just prior to die-cutting. I again used my Spring Garden Watercolor Markers and I really love the rainbow gradient across the blooms. For my sentiment, I die cut “For You” from the new Vertical Greetings Die Set and then backed with a scrap from the rainbow panel shown below.

Rainbow Gradient Card panels using Altenew's Spring Garden Watercolor Brush Markers.

Inlay Rainbow Die Cutting

Altenew's Archway Die Set + Rainbow Inlay Card.

Altenew’s new Archway Die Set is so fun and is perfect for mass producing cards. Cut the rainbow from 7 or more colors of cardstock, change the order and you can make a bunch of cards quickly. The included tree die adds a lot of interest. I added a coordinating sentiment and shadow from Altenew’s Sweet Sentiments Die Set.

Masculine Rainbow Card + Altenew's Archway Cover Die.

On card 2, I changed up the color order. I think these would be perfect for Get Well, Birthday, Graduation…

Rainbow Inlay Die Cut with Altenew's Archways Die Kit.

Quick and Easy Die Cut Cards

I thought the tree from the Archway Die Set was so pretty that I made a third quick and easy card. I die cut the tree from white cardstock and used the negative panel, placed Instant Dimension Foam Tape on the back and then adhered to my rainbow panel (watercolored with Spring Garden Brush Markers). I added a few of the white interior pieces and popped it on a fog A2 card base and added another die cut sentiment from Altenew’s Sweet Sentiments. Be sure to save the positive diecut for a future 2-For-1 card.

The Archways Die Set also comes with a third “Wave” die that I know you will also love!

Quick and Easy Rainbow Gradient Card with tree from Altenew's Archways Die Kit.

I used Altenew’s Leaf Essential Die Set for my 7th card and this card came together VERY quickly! On this card I used colored cardstock in bright vibrant hues. I added a few Enamel Dots and another Sweet Sentiments die and shadow.

Colorful Leaf Essential Die Cut Card + Altenew.

Giveaway Prizes:

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a *$100 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $20 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 03/12/2023 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 Page on 03/13/2023.

You probably came from April’s Blog and the next stop is talented Tenia! You can see the all the hop stops by clicking the button below:

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*The winner of the $100 gift certificate will be chosen from comments left on the Altenew blog. 

I am so pleased you stopped by and would love to hear which card was your favorite!



Spellbinder\’s Stained Glass Bouquet

Hello!  I\’ve been playing with  Spellbinders new Stained Glass dies and found them to be really fun to create with!    I have two cards to share with you today and I think they are both so happy and  cheerful.

Faux Stained Glass Inlay Technique for papercraftersInlay Stained Glass Die Cutting

I started by ink blending three panels for my stained glass in-lay: 

  • a coral gradient of soft pink, hot pink and orange
  • two greens
  • aqua blue
I let the panels dry and then began die-cutting. 
  • I used the square die to cut a 4 1/4\” square while at the same time using the circle die to cut an opening in the center.  I stamped my sentiment near the bottom.
  • Using a tape runner, I adhered craft foam to the back of the square panel with the circle cut.
  • I folded a fabric softener sheet into fourths and then placed on top of the circle die cut so the small pieces would not stick to the die.
  • I then die cut the circle from black and then again from the three ink blended panels.  
  • I carefully put the black frame in the circle and then added the aqua, pink and green inlay pieces.  The tape runner adhessive was there to secure all the inlay pieces. 
  • I made a 4 3/4\” x 4 3/4\” square card and then attached my stain glass panel.  
I like that the pink/coral gradient gives subtly different tulip colors.

I decided to make a second card using the remaining inkblended panels from card #1.  
Papercraft Floral Inlay Diecutting Technique
  • I die cut the flower and leaf skeleton in white and then cut each base from white.  I glued the skeleton to the base with a tape runner again.  
  • I then cut the flower from the coral panel and the leaves from the green panel.  With the colored pieces still in the die, I flipped the die over and guided the pieces into the corresponding cavities.  This actually works really well for the small pieces.  
  • I dry embossed the plaid background.
  • The accent strip was cut from the coral ink blended panel and then glued to the embossed panel.
  • I used the circle die from the first kit for a spotlight circle and then attached the elements with foam tape.Supplies:
  • Spellbinders Be Leave Me Stained Glass Bouquet Dies
  • Spellbinders Plaid Embossing Folder
  • Spellbinders Tulip Trio Stained Glass Bouquest Etched Dies (diecut circle spotlight)
  • Hand Inked Panels for Inlay
  • Craft Foam
  • Tape Runner
  • Enamel Dots
I love the clean bright white and warm summery colors on this card.  I would love to hear which card you like best.