Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Altenew 8”x11” Majestic Bouquet Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in Total Prizes)


Hi! You must have arrived here from Kelly Griglione's blog. She always inspires me with her beautiful work! 

I hope you are enjoying this very special blog hop as I am very excited about today's special release! 


This is the largest and most amazing layering stamp set I have ever seen! 

Here are some details of the set.
  • Make a huge statement with this 8" x 11" stamp set! 
  • This is our first-ever stamp set in our largest stamp size category. We hope it inspires you to create projects that are bigger, bolder, and drop-dead gorgeous!
  • The set features two beautiful layering flowers illustrated in a loosely painted style, plus a collection of leaves. The matching flowers and leaves from the Majestic Bloom 3D Embossing Folder perfectly coordinate in size and will allow you to take your gorgeous flower to the next level by giving it extra dimension! 
  • This is an 8" x 11" clear stamp set containing 41 stamps made in the USA from high-quality photopolymer.


Card 1:

My first card is a gatefold card, with a difference.


The white base was stamped with the outline image of the largest leaf in the set using the Evening Grey ink. I drew the opening I wanted with a pencil and cut it away with a craft knife. This gave me a rather funky gatefold opening.

The bloom was stamped on white paper using the following inks – Grapewine, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Fresh Lemon, Honey Drizzle, Bamboo and Olive. I die-cut the stamped paper with a circle die along with a slightly larger red mat. I layered the two circles and then stuck the piece only to the right side flap of the gatefold.


The sentiment is from the Birthday Greetings stamp set. I stamped another sentiment from the Birthday Greetings stamp set inside the card, taking care that it did not show through when the card was closed. 


It was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.


Another look at the card.


 

I decided to revisit an old favorite technique using colored card stock for my next two cards. This is a great technique that was inspired by May Sukyong Park. You can find her original card along with a detailed video here. I used the same technique for my final project for the AECP Level I. You can find it here.




Card 2:

I started with a blue card base and used a mix of white pigment ink, distress oxide inks, and Altenew dye inks for the stamping.

 


Here is the detailed list of inks I used:

Distress oxide inks – Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, and Peeled Paint

Altenew dye inks – Olive and Ocean Waves.


The sentiment is from the Leaf Canopy stamp set. I heat embossed it with some pale blue embossing powder.


 

Card 3:

I used the same process as the previous card. Instead of blue, I used a golden yellow card base. 


I used white pigment ink and Altenew dye inks – Lavender Fields, Midnight Violet, Maple Yellow, Picked Raspberry, Honey Drizzle and Olive for the stamping.


The sentiment is from the Fresh Freesia stamp set.


Here is a look at all my cards for today.


Another look.


Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 5/16/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 5/19/2021. 

 

Blog Hop Order

The next person on the hop is the super talented Terri Koszler. I am a huge fan of her work! I have also included the whole list for your reference.


Altenew Card Blog

Jaycee Gaspar 
LauraJane
Erum Tasneem 
Michelle Short
Tenia Nelson
Jenny Colacicco
Norine Borys 
Anna Mahtani
Agnieszka Małyszek
Victoria Calvin
Linda Westfall
Emily Midgett 
Sandhya Iyer 
Laurie Willison
Preeti Chandran
Seeka
Mindy Eggen
Verity Biddlecombe
Carol Hintermeier
Erin Thompson
Helen Kalb
Joylita Dsouza
Keren Baker
Teresa Litchfield
Bridget Casey
Kelly Griglione

Nandini Karmarkar - That's me!

Terri Koszler
Karen Brown


Love,

Nandini


Friday, May 7, 2021

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Buttercup Layering Die Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hi! Hope you are enjoying the blog hop celebrating the release of the Craft-A-Flower: Buttercup. You must have arrived here from Tricia Schaden's blog.

My first instinct was to choose yellow for my buttercups. When I researched the flowers a bit more, I realized that buttercup flowers can also be white, red, orange, pink, etc. So I decided to be really adventurous and use other colors.


Instead of using plain colored cardstock, I opted to use pattern papers from the Wildflower Collection that released earlier this month. You can find the card I made for that release here

First I trimmed the sea-green paper from the 6 x 6-inch pack and die-cut one side with the Creative Edges: Lace die. I adhered some moss green paper to a top folding white card base and popped up my trimmed panel over it with some foam tape. I used the Moss ink and the Sunburst Stencil for a little texture over the panel. I die-cut the flower and bud parts out of different pattern papers from the pack and assembled them. I also inked the bottoms with some Velvet ink. The leaves and the sentiment were cut out of scraps of green paper. 


Once I was satisfied with the arrangement of my die-cuts, I used liquid glue to stick everything in place.  To finish, I added small pearls as flower centers. Here is a look at the completed card.


I really love the way this card turned out. The soft colors remind me of the beautiful Art Deco era.

Shopping:
You can shop for your Craft-A-Flower: Buttercup layering dies set here.



Altenew has also curated a special bundle of dies and papers, available at a discounted price.


If you are a big fan of the Craft-A-Flower series, like me, simply enroll in the monthly subscription plan. o This is a monthly subscription plan for the Craft-A-Flower die set. When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in the monthly Craft-A-Flower releases and will receive a set each month - at a specially discounted price! ($35.99 →$29.99)




Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 05/13/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/15/2021.

 

Blog Hop:

The next person in the hop is the talented Helen Kalb. I have included the full list as well for your reference. 

 

Altenew Card Blog

Jaycee Gaspar

Sandhya Iyer

Emily Midgett

LauraJane

Virginia Lu

Terri Koszler

Laurie Willison

Amanda Baldwin

Verity Biddlecombe

Therese Calvird

Linda Westfall

Nathalie DeSousa

Teresa Litchfield

Maryam Perez

Jenny Colacicco

Carol Hintermeier

Ardyth Percy-Robb

Joylita Dsouza

Keren Baker

Michelle Short

Seeka

Tina Smith

Tricia Schaden

Nandini Karmarkar - That's me!

Helen Kalb 

Yoonsun Hur


Love,
Nandini

Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge - May 2021...

Hi! Welcome to the May edition of the Happy Little Stampers Stencil challenge.


I created a quick, masculine card today with the plaid layering stencils by CrafTreat.


I took an ivory card base and inked both layers of the 2 Step Plaid II stencil by Craftreat with blue inks. I used the darker blue ink to stamp the sentiment on a scrap of paper and glued it to the card base after trimming it.

I hope you are inspired by my card. Please do visit the Happy Little Stampers blog for more, amazing inspiration by the DT. We look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery!

Love,

Nandini

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Altenew Exotic Garden Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hi! I am so happy to be a part of this blog hop! you must have reached here from the blog of Joylita Dsouza. isn't she just amazing? 

You can check out the entire May 2021 Exotic Garden release collection here.

I have six cards for you today.




Card #1:

The first product that I reached for when I got my box of goodies was the Beautiful Baroque 3D Embossing Folder. I just love the graceful design. 

 


For the first card, I simply inked the cardstock with distress oxide inks and ran it through my die-cutting machine. Before removing the paper from the embossing folder, I lightly brushed some white pigment ink over the raised areas for more definition. 



The sentiment is from the Leaf Canopy stamp set and was heat embossed with metallic gold embossing powder.


To assemble the card, I trimmed the panel and popped it up on a dark blue card base.


Card #2:

The second card was made using the Beautiful Baroque 3D Embossing Folder again.


I used a brayer to apply distress oxide inks in pink and violet to the flat side of the embossing folder. When I ran the paper through it, the raised embossing remained white. 




The sentiment is from the Leaf Canopy stamp set, heat embossed with metallic gold embossing powder.

 


To assemble the card, I trimmed the panel and mounted it on a dark blue card base.

Here are both the cards I made using the Beautiful Baroque 3D Embossing Folder



I just love the way these cards turned out!


Card #3:

Since I was having so much fun with the 3D embossing folders, I decided to use the Monstera Leaves 3D Embossing Folder for my third card.


This time I pulled out my Brushos and sprinkled yellow and green powders into the depressions. I also used a small brush to ensure that there was no powder on the background. I sprayed both the embossing folder and the watercolor paper generously and ran it through the die-cutting machine. I allowed the panel to air-dry overnight so that the pigments would have a chance to spread naturally.


The sentiment is from the new Carpe Diem stamp set, which has a number of beautiful sentiments in different languages. I heat embossed it with metallic gold embossing powder.


To assemble the card, I trimmed the embossed panel and a slightly larger piece of black card stock. I added both to a kraft card base.


Card #4:

This was probably the fastest card I made! This was also the first time I used the beautiful Altenew Slim Washi Tapes.


I stamped the paisley motif from the Painted Rainbow stamp set on some white paper and colored it with Altenew Artist Markers. I used markers from Sets A, E, Red Sunset, and Summer Afternoon. After coloring the motif, I reinserted it into my stamp positioned and heat embossed the outline with black embossing powder. Once it was done, I cut it with the coordinating die.



For the card base, I used a pale pink one. I simply added the Cherry Blossom washi tapes towards the bottom of the card and flicked a little black ink for the splatters. 



The sentiment is from the Carpe Diem stamp set, also from this release.



To finish, I rounded the bottom corners with a corner rounder.

 

Card #5:

The Blooming Tulips stamp set is one of my favorites in this release. It is a beautifully layered stamp that looks amazing in any color combo! I decided to use some dark red paper for my stamping.


I stamped the outline of the flower and the second layers of the leaf and stem with Versamark and heat embossed with metallic gold embossing powder. I also stamped the second layer of the flower with Velvet ink.

 


After die-cutting all the elements, I arranged them on a long panel of the same dark red paper. Before I adhered the die-cuts, I added some texture to the background with Velvet ink and the Sunburst Stencil. 


The sentiment is also from the Blooming Tulips stamp set, heat embossed with some sparkly gold embossing powder. I used the same embossing powder for the flower centers.



To finish the card, I adhered the finished panel to a kraft card base.

 

Card #6:

My last card is my absolute favorite! And I give all the credit to the wonderful Lydia Evans! I recently completed her ‘All AboutLayering 6’ class at the Altenew Academy. It is an amazing class and it is totally free! The focus is on getting the most out of your 3D dies. 



Creating a peek-a-boo effect was one of the techniques Lydia covered and I have wanted to give it a try since.



When I saw the new Succulents Layering die set, I thought the layers looked like flowers. I cut a number of pieces out of white card stock, using almost all the dies. I lightly inked the die-cuts using Bamboo, Ocean Waves and Volcano Lake inks. Once the base layer was ready, I used my bone folder to score one side and attached it to the card base. 


I added the second layer and allowed it to dry. The last layer was cut out of some pale yellow card stock.


The sentiment is from the BAF Japanese Mum stamp set. I stamped it partially with Maple Yellow ink to match the flower centers. After trimming the panel, I popped it up on the card using the new Instant Dimension Foam Tape. The sentiment inside the card is from the Leaf Canopy stamp set and stamped with black ink.



Here is another look at the completed card.


I hope you liked my cards. I would love to hear which is your favorite card and your favorite product today! Here are all the products I used from the new Exotic Garden release. Click on the image to head to the Altenew store.


  

   


 




There are some great freebies and giveaways up for grabs!


Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! Free gift will be added to the cart automatically. 

  • Get a FREE brand new Exotic Garden Stamp & Die Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Exotic Garden release bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.
  • Get a FREE brand new Creative Jump Start Class with every order from the new Exotic Garden release collection from 05/04/2021 through 05/10/2021. Shop HERE!
  • Get a FREE brand new Exotic Garden Stamp & Die Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 05/04/2021 through 05/06/2021. Shop HERE!

Giveaway Prizes

$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.

I am the last person in this hop. You can always start again at the Altenew Blog or refer to the full list below to visit anyone you might have missed!


Altenew Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Jaycee Gaspar

Amanda Baldwin

Nicole Watt

Vicky Papaioannou

Emily Midgett

Carol Hintermeier

Norine Borys 

Erin Thompson

Agnieszka Małyszek

Helen Kalb

Amber Rain Davis

Jenny Colacicco

Svitlana Shayevich

Erum Tasneem

Kymona Tracey

Keren Baker

Virginia Lu

LauraJane

Lilith Eeckels

Linda Westfall

Maryam Perez

Michelle Short

Therese Calvird

Verity Biddlecombe

Tania Ahmed

Sandhya Iyer

Reiko Tsuchida

Seeka

Nathalie DeSousa

Teresa Litchfield

Laurie Willison

Ardyth Percy-Robb

Tina Smith

Tricia Schaden 

Joylita Dsouza

Nandini Karmarkar - That's me!


Love,

Nandini