Hello everyone! I am honored to be a guest in the Altenew August release blog hop! If you have been hopping along with us already, you should have arrived from Lilith Eeckles blog. However, if you are just joining in, you can find the entire hop order further down in this post.
I’ve got many inspirational pieces to share with you today, featuring many of the new products from Altenew. If you are interested in learning more about the new Altenew release, you can see a product-close-up video HERE or further down in this post.
So let’s take a look at some ideas for using the new products from Altenew! Also note that you can see all of these projects in the product-close-up video; I also share a quick overview of how I made each card in the video.
DIE CUT BACKGROUND
First I’ll start with the new Doodled Lace Cover Plate die. I die cut the Doodled Lace die from a couple of backgrounds I had previously made with Distress Oxide inks. The backgrounds also feature a textured design, which had been dry embossed.
To give contrast to the die cut backgrounds, I popped them up onto coordinating card bases. The contrasting colors help the backgrounds stand out nicely. I added a couple of sentiments with Neat & Tangled’s Journaling Alphas die set and Altenew’s Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set.
SUPPLIES USED FOR THESE CARDS
LAYERING DIES PART 1
The new Fantasy Florals die set is SO gorgeous; this die makes a flower that mimics the look of stamp layering! SO clever and fun! For this card, I used three shades of cardstock to make the layered flower (Cotton Candy, Guava and Schoolhouse Red) and then some green cardstocks for the leaves. On each die cut, I added shading with Copic markers.
If you take a look at the background behind the flower, you’ll see an embossed pattern on the white cardstock; this was done with the new Doodled Lace die from Altenew. I simply ran the die through my Big Shot with a rubber embossing mat and that allowed the die to emboss rather than cut.
My sentiment is made with the new Script Words 2 die set; I painted some gold watercolors onto watercolor paper and then die cut it with the “thanks” sentiment from Script Words 2. A supporting sentiment from Heartfelt Sentiments finished off the greeting. And finally for an elegant touch, I scattered a few Lucy’s Cards clear gems around my floral arrangement.
LAYERING DIES PART 2
I enjoyed using the Fantasy Florals dies so much, I made a second card with them, changing things up slightly. On this card, I die cut the flower from Cotton Candy, Guava and Raspberry cardstock and popped each layer of the flower up with foam tape. I really love the dimensional effect you get with this. Then, I die cut all the leaves from some green cardstocks (four times each) to make them dimensional also. Again, I added shading to each die cut piece for some depth.
The kraft card base features a tone-on-tone “thank you” message, which is from Heartfelt Sentiments. I also heat embossed the same sentiment onto the black banner. Because this card isn’t as “elegant” as the other card above, I opted to use some simple Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh around this floral arrangement.
IN LAY DIE CUT HEARTS
Earlier this year Altenew released the fun Halftone Hearts stamp set, which as the name suggests, features hearts in a halftone design. I had this stamp set and was excited that there are now dies to coordinate with the hearts, as this allows you to use the stamps in so many more ways! Also, the dies can be stand-alone too, as they are a perfect heart shape!
The hearts come stuck together in two sets, all of them nesting. I took one of the nested sets and created a four cards by die cutting the hearts from four colors of cardstock. That resulted in a bunch of heart frames that I then stamped with the Halftone Hearts in coordinating colors of ink.
I nested my die cut and stamped heart frames differently for each card. On my backgrounds of my card bases I stamped sentiments from the Halftone Hearts set in a neutral ink. Then I added “I love you” sentiments on top of each of my in-laid heart stacks.
This set of cards was so much fun to make, as they were simple and colorful… I think they’d make anyone’s day!
One of my favorite die sets from the entire Altenew August release is the Rose Filament set. These sketchy florals are SO much fun to play with! I created two cards with this set, a blue themed version as well as a red one.
These cards were heavily inspired by an apron I saw at a local shop and I wanted to replicate the feel of the apron. Here’s a couple images of the apron:
In the video below, you can see how I created these cards, so I hope you will check it out! Also remember that I have a release-close-up video for you also that shows a detailed look at all of the new products from Altenew!
WATCH THE LAYERING DIE CUTS VIDEO
WATCH THE PRODUCT CLOSE-UP VIDEO
Note: I was not asked by Altenew or compensated in any way to do this product close-up video.
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KEEP HOPPING + GIVEAWAYS!
Time to keep hopping! The next stop in the Altenew August Release Hop is my good friend May Park! I also hope you will check out all the other stops today! The list is below:
Nina-Marie Trapani – you are here! :)
Also, to celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Blog by Thursday, August 31st at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Blog on Saturday, September 2nd.
Altenew was kind enough to provide a $30 gift certificate to me so that I could give it away to one of YOU! Leave a comment here on my blog by August 31st to qualify for the giveaway!