Hi there! Today, we are celebrating Altenew’s Exotic Garden stamp and die release with a blog hop! You should have arrived here from Vicky Papaioannou, and your next stop is Carol Hintermeier. I have two super girly and super pink projects featuring some gorgeous new floral layering stencils and a gigantic, stunning floral bouquet stamp, so let’s get started with the details!
These layering stencils are all the rage right now, and I am totally here for it. I love how much dimension you can get from these layering stencils; plus, there are so many fun ink combinations and techniques that you can do with them! The new Bitterroot Layering Stencil and coordinating die set are so, so fun and so beautiful. I love that you can create the bouquet with foliage or the individual flowers, and I’ve shown both on my first project.
I began by blending the Bitterroot Layering Stencil and coordinating die set using a wide variety of inks (the color guide on the back of the packaging is so helpful in making color choices!) on some plain white cardstock. I used eight different colors to achieve these die cuts: Cosmic Berry, Razzleberry, Rubellite, Pinkalicious, Pink Diamond, Plum, Galactic Storm, and Teal Cave! So much fun and so much dimension! I die cut the finished stenciled flowers using the coordinating dies.
For the greeting, I die cut the Mega Hope from some Cosmic Berry cardstock (included in the Rose Petal Gradient Cardstock set) and heat embossed a greeting from Mega Greetings 4 on a strip of the same Cosmic Berry cardstock using white embossing powder. I arranged all of the die cuts and sentiment pieces on a white card front (to make those pretty pinks really pop!) and adhered them with the Instant Dimension Foam Tape. I added a few pink gems for some sparkle and to fill in some bare spots.
My second project features the absolutely stunning new Simply Spring stamp set. (There is also a coordinating die, which is going to be super fun to play with, as well!) Because this image is just totally massive, I decided to make a slimline card with the partial bouquet as the focal point of the card. I began by stamping the image on a slimline cardstock panel using Obsidian Black Ink, then clear embossing over the sticky pigment ink. This technique is great for people who are not as comfortable with watercoloring, because the heat embossing helps to kind of contain the color and keep the colors from bleeding into each other.
I used Rubellite, Purple Wine, Persian Blue, Fresh Lemon, Emerald, and Dusk Watercolor Brush Marker Refills, Altenew’s Round Paintbrushes, and lots of water to paint the image. I began by taping down the paper to my watercolor board, then wetting the watercolor cardstock thoroughly and dropping very diluted color all over the image. In spite of the embossed wells to help keep the colors crisp, I wanted all of the colors to kind of bleed together to create an ethereal look and help add some interest and colorful variation to the flowers themselves. Once my base layer of pale color had dried, I began adding more concentrated color to the blooms and foliage.
Once my watercolor had dried, I removed the panel from my watercolor board and trimmed it down slightly, then matted it on a full size slimline panel of black cardstock. I added a greeting from Simply Spring that I’d heat embossed on a smaller rectangle of black cardstock, which I popped up with some more Instant Dimension Foam Tape. Following the “rule of threes,” I decided to add one more black accent with some black gems scattered down the card front.
Well, that’s all for my projects today! Now, as always, Altenew has some awesome giveaways to celebrate their latest release:
$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 05/10/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/12/2021.
Your next stop is Carol Hintermeier. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy hopping!
Meghan Kennihan says
These colors and flowers are stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Inkin' Chickie says
Very bright color shares. The hope design is my favorite.
Sharon Gullikson says
These flowers look so pretty. I love the large and small together.
Stacey Kowbel says
Fantastic cards! I love the colours!
Debbie brogan says
Love the bright bold colors used on this card
Margi Chesbro says
Beautiful colors! I love a great stand alone die set!
Kate OConnor says
Love how the slim line card turned out
Liz O. says
Love the no line coloring look of the layering stencil, but your watercolors are always beautifully done! Thanks for the inspiration Emily!
Maureen R says
Really Beautiful cards!!!
barbara lassiter says
Love the colors and the design of these beautiful cards!
Natasha Jensen says
Love the colors and message hope tomorrow is better. Great message.
Linda Petersen says
love the colors!
Donna Walls says
Lovely card, I adore the color combo! Thanks for the inspiration.
Yvette Williams says
The blooms have come alive.. Beautiful color choices.
roxanne tellini says
Simply Spring is a lovely stamp. Your colors are wonderful.
Lisa Lombardi-Bello says
Some lovely new stamp sets. I like what you did with them.
Gorgeous cards. Thanks for sharing!
Michele W says
Beautiful cards. Love the vibrant colors you chose. Thanks for sharing!
Stef Perry says
Both cards are absolutely gorgeous! I especially love the slimline with the watercoloring!
Beth Myers says
Like the different leaf colors!
Melissa Leftrick says
Gorgeous colors! Love!!!
Carolyn Reiners says
Just beautiful, Emily. Great release.
Libby T says
Beautiful – thank you for sharing.
Vickie Davis says
Love, love, love those bright, beautiful cards!
Susan Babcock says
Gorgeous cards. I love the florals, Altenew always does a great job.
Peggy D says
You have used my favorite colors!
Nicki Baxley says
I’m obsessed with the “Hope” card. It is so beautiful!
Sarah B says
Both cards are beautiful! The bright playfulness of the stenciled flowers is very appealing as is the lovely water colors of the bouquet. Thanks for the inspiration
Helen Budz says
Two lovely cards, Emily…especially like the slimline one. The floral designs on both just make these card designs. tfs-stay well.
Marisela Delgado says
Margaret Mckernan says
Such beautiful cards!
Debbie Anderson says
Beautiful cards, so inspiring!
Your cards are just beautiful. Love the bright and happy colors.
Such bright colors! Thank you for sharing!
Cindy C. says
Both so bright and beautiful, I have such joy seeing them.
Silvia hutchinson says
Beautiful cards!! I LOVE ” hope blooming”
Rema DeLeeuw says
Mary G says
Bright spring colors! And it’s a dreary day here — gorgeous and you’ve lifted my mood, great day for a blog hop!
Veronica L Hunt says
What a wonderful release. It is always so exciting to see!
Beautiful. Love all the colors!
Mirella Rogan says
Gorgeous, Emily, I love your colour combos!
Gorgeous creations and awesome release!
jean marmo says
Beautiful cards! Love the flowers and colors.
Your colors are so vibrant and beautiful! I love that big new Simply Spring!
Jeanne Beam says
Such beautiful cards! Amazing colors…
Thanks for sharing.
Such pretty cards. I am terrible at watercoloring, but I am going to give your idea of embossing first a try. Maybe it will keep the watercolors in some kind of control!! Thanks for sharing.
Karen Letchworth says
I really LOVE the pink background on your slimline and all the great ways you showcased this FAB new release from Altenew.
Kathy R says
Love the slimline design and bold colors, and the sentiment. All are beautiful!
Patt H. says
Absolutely stunning creations!!
So very pretty. Thanks for sharing
Elizabeth Kuhn says
Those colors…the pinks and teals are dreamy! Just lovely ☺️
Patt H. says
Absolutely stunning cards, Emily! Love the bright colors!
Dhruvika Patel says
wow simply love the floral stamps and colour choice
Lauryne Cunningham says
Wow! Your cards are so pretty! I love the bright colors!
Lovely colors on your amazing cards.
These are two of my fav sets from this release and you’ve totally inspired me with your beautiful cards, thank you!
Denise Bryant says
Gorgeous floral designs and coloring!
I am just salivating over this whole release and your cards are FABULOUS
S Schmidt says
Love the vertical slimline with the black.
Carol Carrier says
Thanks for sharing your ideas from the new Altenew release.
Gayle Hicks says
Absolutely Stunning! My two favorite products in the release.
Mary Ann Reilly says
These are so bright and beautiful. I don’t have a layering stencil set yet and this one is calling my name.
Carrie Arii says
Awesome color choices! Who wouldn’t love a girly card like these?
Beautiful! Those colors make me happy!
Deborah L. Reeder says
Altenew never disappoints, and you’ve created lovely artwork with this release.
Clara Riedl says
Renee VanEpps says
Love your watercoloring!!
Shawn Monninger says
Such pretty cards!
Cyndi Morris says
Gorgeous cards. I especially love the slimline card. I’m just starting to make slimline cards and you’ve inspired me
Sarina Parhawk says
Very pretty cards… Thank you for the inspiration!
Laine Thomas says
Ok now I feel like I need to go shop at Altenew again and I just got my shipping notification from them. lol Always love your cards like a paper garden of amazingess.
Simply gorgeous! Another wonderful release!
Karen F. says
Emily, you used my favorite colors today on your cards!! Thank you for another beautiful release, Altenew!
Debbie Frank says
So beautiful and vibrant of colors! Love it!
Bea Connor says
Really like the slimline card. Great job on all.