Oh, I’m so excited to be joining Altenew today for their April 2018 Release blog hop and I have a huge post for you! This month’s release is incredible and I was just filled with ideas the second I saw the release. There’s a little bit of eerything in this release, from new layering realistic flowers, beautiful sentiment word dies, new cover plates, new whimsical designs…just so much to choose from!
For my first card, I used the new layering floral set called Strength Blooms. I stamped the layers using the Cherry Blossom Oval Set colors, and the leaves using Parrot and Olive dye inks. I also used a prismacolors to add a little shading to the leaves, but it was minimal, such that I could have done it with some ombre stamping as well. I die cut all the flowers and leaves with the coordinating dies.
I used the Gradient Cover Die out of light gray card stock, to add some gentle interest to the background. I adhered it against a white cardstock base. Then, began arranging my flowers to the card. The colors of the flowers really stood out bright and bold against the soft background. I used the Rubellite dye ink to add some splatter.
I selected two lines of sentiment from the Strengh Blooms stamp set and heat embossed it in white onto kraft card stock. I trimmed the sentiments down to two thin strips. Once I had my placements set, I adhered all the various pieces onto the card, some directly onto the background, and some with foam tape. I also sprinkled on a few additional leaves onto the card.
These flowers are just gorgeous…wow! I can see so many beautiful bouquets created with this set and can’t wait to see how everything used it.
On the opposite spectrum, for my second card, I decided to work with the Folksy Florals stamp and die set, which are these clean, whimsical floral images. The modern design of this set adds a fun twist the usual intricate floral layer sets that we are used to seeing. I was happy to see that the coordinating dies for this set die cuts each and every layer of this set! Which means, your layers can be separated to add tons of dimension.
I started by stamping all the various layers separately. For the middle tulip, I used Pink Diamond and Pinkalicious dye inks. For the taller flowers, I used Sea Breeze and Turqouise dye inks. The center of the flower is stamped with Mango Smoothie, and the leaves were stamped in Bamboo and Parrot dye inks. I used a black dye ink for the dotted and line details of the images. Then, I die cut all the various layers separately with the coordinating dies.
For the background, I blended Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, and Fossilized Amber distress oxide inks. Then, I assembled all the flowers directly onto the background with a lot of foam tape. It may have taken awhile but it was totally worth it. Look at the dimesion!
I framed the little floral scene off by cutting a piece of white card stock above and below it. I heat embossed the sentiment from the Folks Florals stamp set in silver below it. Such a happy card! I love it.
For my last card, I really wanted to showcase the new word die You Are Loved. I love, love, love the font on these word dies, and especially love this sentiment! Also, the nice large words make it very easy to work with as well.
I love working with stencils, so I reached for one of my Altenew stencils called Layered Medallion Stencil A. I used Salty Ocean and Antique Linen distress oxide inks over the stencil to create the floral patterned background. Then, I die cut a large circle that was just larger than the sentiment out of the bottom right corner.
On separate cardstock, I again blended the same colors, Salty Ocean and Antique Linen distress oxide inks from bottom up. I then die cut the words ‘you are loved’ out of white card stock and out of craft foam, and adhered them together for dimension.
And finally I assembled it all together with more craft foam beneath the stenciled panel, and adhered the words right in my circle window. I finished off the card with some splatter. Hooray, you made it to the end! Do you have a favorite card out of the three? I had lots of fun creating all of them, and hope they give you a little inspiration for the April 2018 release! Head on over to Sandra’s blog for more amazing release projects!
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Saturday, April 21st for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 4/22/2018.
Additionally, ONE lucky winner will win $30 gift certificate for commenting on this post by Friday, April 20nd. The winner will be announced here on 4/21/2018.
Blog Hop List
Altenew Card Blog
May Sukyong Park
Flora Monika Farkas
Keeway Tsao <– You are here!
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Amber Rain Davis