Hello, hi! I’m back today with an assortment of cards to share. Today is the release of Altenew’s January line of stamps, dies and stencils and there’s a blog hop with prizes! You may have arrived here from Zsoka Marko’s blog. If not, you can head to the Altenew Card Blog where the hop begins and follow the links from there. You can also find a complete blog hop list at the end of this post.
I’m going to begin with the brightest cards! I’m not sure it would be possible to use these Hibiscus dies and not end up with a bright and cheery card! The set is called Hibiscus Garden and contains over 20 dies that you can use to build these flowers and leaves.
I started by die cutting all of the shapes from watercolor paper. Then I painted all of the pieces according to the layering guide that comes with the set, in shades of colors from dark to light. I mixed all the colors of blues and greens on the leaves to get a very random coloration.
After layering all the painted pieces and adhering them together, I built the arrangements for each card. For the blue card above I used the largest leaves and the largest bloom, saving the smaller leaves and blooms for the second card below. I heat embossed with gold embossing powder onto some blue cardstock that is deckle die-cut (Honey Bee) and layered that over a white mat before popping it up with foam adhesive onto a card panel that I inked from top to bottom with a mix of Desert Night and Sapphire Inks. I blended the ink on more heavily on the bottom and let it fade to a lighter shade near the top.
To complete this card I added some clear Nuvo Tonic dots, to look like dew drops, and let them dry.
The second card uses more of the same hibiscus die cuts, this time layered overtop a stitched heart die cut (Lawn Fawn) and a dry embossed card panel (Sizzix Argyle #2) that made me think of trellises.
The “hello beautiful” sentiment is from Altenew Inked Rose stamp set and is heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I finished up with more of the same Nuvo Tonic clear dots, which are hard to capture on the white background, but look shiny and pretty in real life.
The Dainty Bouquet set is a layered stamp with a bit of a difference. It can be used alone, as I’ve done on the card above. I used only the base stamp layers, double stamping with Arctic Ink to fill in the entire background to create my own patterned paper.
I paired the stamped card panel with a pale grey card stock for the sentiment and the card base, and stamped a sentiment from the Altenew Handpicked Bouquet stamp set and embossing with silver embossing powder. Then, a silver thread nest and some silver rhinestones to finish.
Finally, the last card is a CAS style of card; a style I love but can rarely achieve. I stamped all three layers of one of the bouquets in the Dainty Bouquet stamp set, with Silver Lake, Grey Denim and Cloudy Night Inks. Then I die cut the outline three times from card stock and stacked the openings to frame the stamped image.
I felt the image was so elegant and beautiful that it needed nothing more than a simple stamped sentiment from the Winter Cardinal stamp set. After stamping the sentiment and adhering the layers of the die cut opening, I glued it all to a card base.
Today’s cards run the gamut from bright and cheery to delicate and dignified, but I love all of this month’s release and look forward to showing you more projects in the next few weeks.
As always, 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 Jan 31, 2018 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on Feb 3, 2019. As well, I am offering a $30 gift certificate to the Altenew store to a randomly chosen commenter on this post here, and I’ll announce that winner on Jan 30.
Your next stop on the hop is Irit Landgraf. Following is the complete blog hop list.
Norine Borys – You are here.
Thank you for stopping by today and enjoy the remainder of the hop!