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 Maล‚yszek

Helen Kalb

Amber Rain Davis

Jenny Colacicco

Svitlana Shayevich

Erum Tasneem

Kymona Tracey

Keren Baker

Virginia Lu


Lilith Eeckels

Linda Westfall

Maryam Perez

Michelle Short

Therese Calvird

Verity Biddlecombe

Tania Ahmed

Sandhya Iyer

Reiko Tsuchida


Nathalie DeSousa

Teresa Litchfield

Laurie Willison

Ardyth Percy-Robb

Tina Smith

Tricia Schaden 

Joylita Dsouza

Nandini Karmarkar - That's me!




  1. Great look at some samples for the folders.

  2. I LOVE the technique you used on the first 2. They remind me of plastered walls in Italy. Ahhhh, Italy, I miss you.....Anyway, these are gorgeous

  3. Lovely cards Nandini. You did a great job showcasing the new products. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Gorgeous examples using the fab products in the release. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. My favorite is Carpe Deim, though your peek a boo succulents is pretty cool too.

  6. Oh my goodness these are so pretty!

  7. Beautiful embossing! Such great designs!

  8. Marisela Delgado said: Absolutely gorgeous! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

  9. I like the bold red and gold over red card, but also the pastel layered die cuts of the succulents!

  10. I like what you did with the embossing folders!

  11. All fabulous cards!! My favorite is card with the monstera leaves

  12. Thank you for so many options! I really like the different use of the succulent die :-)

  13. Beautiful designs thru and thru!! Thanks for the inspirations.

  14. These are all gorgeous projects and ideas, thanks so much for sharing so much inspiration & so many techniques in one post!

  15. Wow, your cards are so pretty. I am in love with them all. The Tulip one has to be my favorite, so elegant.

  16. Your colors and textures are amazing, and super cool. Thanks for all the great Altenew inspiration. It's always a treat.

  17. That brusho leaf card is so beautiful! What a great idea! I have some of those that I can use ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  18. What a wonderful variety of cards! They're beautiful!

  19. I so enjoyed your amazing variety of cards! I especially enjoy your use of the embossing folders- so inspiring.

  20. I love your last card and I loved Lydia's class too. This is such a cool take on those succulents and the peek a boo card idea. Thanks for the inspiration

  21. Gorgeous cards!! What a great release!

  22. Marvelous ideas using the embossing folders. They are all beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  23. Your cards are lovely and what you can do with an embossing folder! I need to try these techniques and I thank you for sharing them.

  24. Gorgeous cards! I am loving these new embossing folder designs! Your cards with the baroque design are my favorites!

  25. Wonderful projects! I love this fantastic release -- something for everyone.

  26. Beautiful cards, and the last one is so unique... Thank you for the inspiration!

  27. My favorite is the Blooming Tulips. I love that tone-on-tone effect you got. Magnificent use of color.

  28. Simply gorgeous! Another wonderful release!

  29. Thank you for another beautiful release, Altenew!

  30. Yeah, it's really heart-pleasing.