Hi friends! Today, Altenew is celebrating their December “super release” with a blog hop! You should have arrived here from Caly, and your next stop is Agnieszka. You can also start back at the beginning at the Altenew Blog. I have four projects to share with you today using the beautiful new Build-A-Garden: Blossoming Freesia and the stunning new Kaleidescope of Colors Fresh Dye Inks! Let’s get started with the details.
I began my first project by stamping the outline image of the beautiful new Build-A-Garden: Blossoming Freesia twice on my A2 card panel using very pale pink ink from the Rose Petal Fresh Dye Ink bundle. I used the layering stencils included with the new Build-A-Garden: Blossoming Freesia with the Rose Petal Fresh Dye Ink bundle, Buttercream, and Lagoon inks to create these lovely, vibrant, cool pink blooms on my card front.
After I had blended all of the images with the layering stencils, I used the included mask stencil to cover my images so that I could do some blending for the background. I placed the mask over the top of the image and blended Icy Water ink in the background, adding some touches of pale pink around the edges of the card front to create an ethereal effect. I also splattered some shimmering pink watercolor from the Metallic watercolor set to add even more ethereal magic to the card front!
For the greeting, I heat embossed a sentiment strip from the Build-A-Garden: Blossoming Freesia set in silver on a strip of white cardstock. I also die cut the included “friend” die from some coordinating blue glitter paper from the Fairy Dust Glitter Cardstock pack, backing it with a die cut vellum bubble layer. I popped up the greeting pieces using foam adhesive, then added a few iridescent gems for sparkle!
My next trio of cards is an homage to some of the absolutely stunning new additions to the Fresh Dye Ink line. The new Kaleidescope of Colors Fresh Dye Inks feature some older color families in the new Fresh Dye Ink formulation, and there are also four new color families to add to your ink collection! I love ink blending with embossing folders; I think it is such a simple way to make a huge impact with your card front, so I pulled out lots of different holiday products and some beautiful inks to create a trio of simple Christmas cards.
My first project is an homage to the new Glacier Caves Fresh Dye Ink bundle. I started this icy project by ink blending the beautiful blues in this Fresh Dye Ink family around the edges of a white A2 cardstock panel, then running the blended panel through my die cut machine using the Starry Patterns embossing folder. To enhance the embossed pattern on the card front, I swiped the Cloud White pigment ink over the raised areas, allowing the snowflakes to stand out a bit from the colorful blue background, also adding some iridescent white shimmer watercolor splatters. I stamped the greeting from the Joyful Greetings stamps and die set using the darkest blue from the Glacier Caves Fresh Dye Ink bundle, heat embossing over the top of it with some pearlescent white embossing powder. I added a few glittering snowflakes cut using the Layered Snowflakes 2 die set from Dazzling Diamond glitter paper. A few sparkling white gems finished it off!
My second card features the brand new Dried Petals Fresh Dye Ink bundle, one of the four new color families in this release. I blended a beautiful pink ombré down the front of my A2 card front using the Dried Petals Fresh Dye Ink bundle and ran the panel through my die cutting machine using the Poinsettia Cluster embossing folder. These large blooms make such a statement on your card front with so little extra work required! I ran my Rose Gold pigment ink pad over the top of the raised areas, highlighting them and adding some luxurious metallic accents, then splattered some rose gold metallic watercolor over the entire panel. I die cut a greeting from the Christmas Season die set using Rose Gold metallic cardstock, which I adhered to a strip of vellum. I folded one edge of the vellum behind the card panel and added some super strong double sided adhesive tape, then added tiny dots of liquid adhesive behind the solid die cuts. Some shiny pink gems finished it off!
Finally, I used the Sugarplums Fresh Dye Ink bundle to create this unique diagonal blended background. Blending the colors on the diagonal reminds me of a purple Tiger’s Eye gemstone! After blending the Sugarplums inks on my A2 card panel, I ran the piece through my die cutting machine using the Festive Greenery embossing folder. I swiped the raised areas with my Antique Gold pigment ink pad and splattered the entire piece with more metallic gold watercolors. I heat embossed some images from Winter Florals onto a piece of heavyweight vellum using gold embossing powder, then snipped the individual berry clusters off of the long branch to create a custom arrangement. I die cut a deep plum greeting from the Christmas Season die set and arranged all of my die cuts on my blended and embossed background. Finally, I added a few coordinating sparkling gems!
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 12/19/2023 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 12/21/2023.
*The winner of the $100 gift certificate will be chosen from comments left on the Altenew blog.
Here’s the full hop list in case you get lost:
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy hopping!