Hi friends! I am hopping along with Altenew today to help introduce their scrumptious new collection of products for January, 2024. You should have arrived here from Caly Person, and your next stop is Mindy Eggen. You can also see the full hop list over on the Altenew Blog. I have three different cards to share with you today using some of the beautiful new stencils and dies from this month’s release. Stencils are one of the unsung heroes of the craft room, in my opinion; they are very cost effective for the sheer volume of techniques for which they can be used! The new Stencil Art: Playful Watercolor Flowers features layering stencils to create two different floral arrangements, one large and bold, one smaller and more delicate, and very easily customizable.
I used the new Stencil Art: Playful Watercolor Flowers to create two different cards that allow the stencils to be the stars of the show. For both projects, I used the new Forest Trail Fresh Dye Inks, Dried Petals Fresh Dye Inks, and Wood Warbler Fresh Dye Inks to create soft and feminine cards.
For my first project, I used the large floral arrangement in the Stencil Art: Playful Watercolor Flowers set, orienting it in the center of my A2 card front, allowing it to spill over the edges. (Tip: the sticky mat in the Stampwheel makes layered stenciling an absolute breeze!) After I had finished blending the main image, I blended some light and medium pink inks from the Dried Petals Fresh Dye Inks around the edge, then splattered the entire panel with some Metallic Watercolor for some added artistic flair!
To accent the stenciled pattern on the background, I die cut some glittering rose gold frames using the Fine Frames Cover Die and framed the center of the card, drawing the eye to the lovely stenciled floral image. For the greeting, I die cut the bold, chunky “friend” from the Timeless Sentiment Dies and some coordinating deep maroon cardstock. I also used a leftover embossed and die cut sentiment from the One Go Birthday Greetings, popping both sentiment elements up with Instant Dimension Foam Tape. As a final sparkling touch, I added a smattering of iridescent white gems!
For my second card, I used the smaller floral images and delicate foliage from the Stencil Art: Playful Watercolor Flowers. I arranged the smaller bouquet in the center of my white A2 card front and blended the flowers and foliage using the Dried Petals and Wood Warbler Fresh Dye Inks, adding some additional sprigs of foliage by carefully blending some individual branches. I kept the arrangement nice and clean by making good use of a Post-It Note to prevent ink from going where I didn’t want it! I trimmed down the panel to 3.75 x 5.5″ and ran it through my die cutting machine with the Dotted Swirls Debossing Die. This pierced die cut adds the subtlest texture; it reminds me a bit of paper towels that have designs printed on them, teehee!
After I had finished my background panel, I mounted it on a full size white A2 card front, allowing the solid background to peek out from either side of the pierced and stenciled panel to add extra interest. I die cut another greeting from the Timeless Sentiment Dies, this time from white cardstock. The white cardstock stands out nicely when placed over the colorful stenciled area, but still allows the overall card to remain crisp and clean. I added another embossed greeting from the One Go Birthday Greetings, tucking it beneath the edges of the die cut “hello.” Finally, I added a few more iridescent white gems for sparkle!
My final card features the brand new Zero Waste Field of Flowers die and stencil set. I began by blending the layered stencils on a 6″ x 6″ panel of white cardstock using Blue Mountains Fresh Dye Ink, Dried Petals Fresh Dye Ink, and Frosted Foliage Fresh Dye Ink. I added a bit of sparkle by spritzing the images with Iridescent White Shimmer Spray. While the stenciled floral pattern was lovely on it’s own, I wanted to create a delicate spray of flowers, so I used the coordinating die to cut the stenciled flowers in one pass through my die cutting machine! This die cuts a ton of delicate little flowers, foliage, and buds so easily… definitely a must-have, in my opinion.
Next, I ran a panel of A2 sized white cardstock through my die cutting machine using the new Tufted Elegance 3D Embossing Folder. This new folder creates such lovely, simplistic texture, the perfect foil for the delicate stenciled and die cut flowers. I trimmed the panel down lengthwise, then added a strip of pink glitter from the Fairy Dust glitter cardstock along one of the long edges and adhered both to a full size panel of white A2 cardstock, orienting it to the left so that the solid white cardstock peeked out on the right.
After I had created the background panel, I stamped and die cut two sentiments from the Classic Greetings Stamps and Dies set, stamping first with dark blue ink and then again with embossing ink, sprinkling iridescent blue embossing powder over the top to create a gorgeous customized iridescent greeting. I arranged the floral die cuts in a pretty swag along the edge of the embossed panel, adhering with both liquid and foam adhesive, then popped up the greeting over the top of the center. Finally, I added a few shimmering gems for one last bit of sparkle!
Well, that’s all for my projects today! Now for some fun giveaway information:
$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $100 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $50 gift certificate to 4 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 01/17/2024 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 5 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/19/2024.
*The winner of the $100 gift certificate will be chosen from comments left on the Altenew blog.
Here’s the full hop list:
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy hopping!