Altenew June 2020 Stand-alone Dies Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello Altenew friends! Today Altenew is releasing a collection of Stand Alone Dies and I’m excited to participate in the blog hop to share some inspiration! You should be arriving here from Vicky’s blog, but if you’ve happened here by chance, you can click back to the beginning at the Altenew Card Blog.

My first two cards today are a two-fer. I cut one of the dies from watercolor paper using the Spring Roses Die Set and held it all together with the use of some Glad Press N Seal. While intact like that, I loosely painted the flowers and leaves with Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan paint set and set it aside to dry.

While the watercolored cardstock dried, I used the Feeling Dotty Stencil and some Altenew Embossing Paste to create a textured card panel. I smeared the embossing paste through the stencil onto white cardstock, 110lb weight because I knew that thickness could withstand the moisture of the embossing paste. Then I set the card panel aside to dry.

Leaving the Press N Seal in place to continue holding the die cut negative pieces in place and all together, I pulled off the delicate outline of the die cut. I adhered the die cut to the dried embossing paste, laying a heavy book on it to let it dry nice and flat. Then I stamped a sentiment from the Sentiment Strips Stamp Set onto pink cardstock and heat set with Platinum Embossing Powder.

I backed the sentiment strip with some thin foam tape then adhered it to the floral die cut which was adhered to the stencil-textured card panel then adhered all of that to a pink mat panel. I added some enamel dots, just three, the magic number, and called it done!

My second card came from the negative portions of the die cut that I used on the card above.

All the pieces were still intact and in place on the Press N Seal, but the Press N Seal was on the back side of the die cut bits. So, using a second piece of P&S, I covered the front of the die cuts, then flipped them over and carefully peeled off the back piece of P&S. Then it was a simple matter to apply dots of liquid adhesive to the back of each piece and adhere it to a white cardstock card panel.

I trimmed the card panel by about 1/2″ and ran the left hand edge through my sewing machine with white thread. I used to sew paper a lot more for card making but I’ve gotten away from it. Making this card reminded me of how much I love the look! I adhered the white card panel to a folded card base, letting a strip of blue polka-dot patterned paper peek out on the edge.

I stamped a greeting from the Just Jasmine Stamp Set onto pink cardstock and heat set with gold embossing powder. I trimmed most of the sentiment into a narrow strip but fussy cut around the cursive word in the greeting. I added some enamel dots as I am inclined to do and left this card for finished.

For my next card, I continued to use the same die from the Spring Roses Set. (There are two other dies in the set and their day is coming!)

I die cut the rose bouquet from watercolor paper even though I had no intention of painting it, simply because I like the soft creamy color and texture of the paper. Then I die cut 3 more layers from regular 110 lb cardstock and stacked them together and adhered them. I left the negative portions of the leaves in place and pushed out only the pieces from the roses themselves.

I inserted the stacked layers of die cuts back into the opening of the watercolor paper carefully adhered them on the backside in a few places. I covered the solid part of the backside of the card panel with foam tape and combined that with tiny dots of liquid glue all along the thin die cut outlines, adhered everything to a patterned paper background.

At this point I wrapped the platinum colored metallic thread recently released by Altenew, four times around the stacked card panel and glued them in place on the back. Then I stamped on vellum paper and heat embossed with Platinum embossing powder, a sentiment from the Versatile Vases stamp set. I cut the sentiment into a narrow strip and wrapped the ends around the sides of the card and adhered them on the back. Finally I glued the card panel to a folded card base, and added some matching enamel dots to finish the card.

For my last card, I switched to the Altenew Leafy Border Die. I chose a lovely muted shade of green cardstock and cut it to an A2 size card panel, then die cut the border die at the bottom portion of the card panel. I cut 2 more layers of the Leafy Die from white 110 lb cardstock, trimmed them down to half an inch on either side of the die cut part and adhered the layers together.

I chose a second piece of cardstock, a slightly darker shade of green from the die cut panel to layer behind the stacked up die cut. I used the new Waterbrush Hello Die to cut the word “hello” from the same darker green cardstock, and twice more from white cardstock.

I stamped the sentiment “thinking of you my friend” from the Hello and Hugs Stamp Set with embossing ink and gold embossing powder, stamping just above the edge of the border die cut line. To get two narrow gold strips that matched the embossed greeting perfectly, I covered some cardstock with embossing ink and gold embossing powder and heat set it. Then I could cut it in very narrow strips, and adhered them right to the edge of the die cut border.

To assemble the card, I covered the back of the solid cardstock panel with foam adhesive, added a narrow strip of the same to the bottom edge of the border, and tiny dots of liquid adhesive to the backside of the leaves and branches and adhered everything to the strip of darker cardstock and then to a folded card base. Loving it left simple like this, I elected not to add any embellishments to the finished card.

Whew, that was a lot! If you’ve made it this far, you should know that there are prizes up for grabs! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by June 22, 2020 for a chance to win. They will also draw a winner to receive a $15 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 blogs on June 25, 2020. 

Your next stop on the hop is Lilith’s blog. In case you encounter a broken link along the way, you can refer back here for the complete hop list.

Altenew Card Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Nicole Watt

Nathalie DeSousa

Lydia Evans

Jaycee Gaspar

Laurie Willison

Vicky Papaioannou

Norine Borys

Lilith Eeckels

Svitlana Shayevich

Tania Ahmed

Therese Calvird

Virgninia Lu

Maryam Perez

Reiko Tsuchida

Ashlea Cornell

Kymona Tracey

Amber Rain Davis

Thank you for stopping today! I always appreciate your visits and comments! Have a wonderful day!

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