Grab a cup of tea and pull up a chair as I’ve a lot to share today! This post is part of a blog hop (more details below) to celebrate the latest release of Altenew’s stamps and dies. The new release is available now at both Altenew and Simon Says Stamp. There’s more information on the blog hop below, but for now let’s take a look at what’s in the new release. I’ve linked all supplies, compensated affiliate links used.
ALTENEW MARCH 2017 STAMP/DIE RELEASE
Such a gorgeous array of new products many with their matching dies already available. I chose to use the Garden Treasure, Hug Me and Simple Fruits sets today and mixed in a little Handmade Tags love too. The Engineers Rule set is top of my list for what to play with next – with an engineer husband, a son at University studying engineering and a daughter contemplating Robotics at University then this set was a must for my family!
Beautiful Altenew flowers are always a hit with me as it seems they are with you too! I stamped a few of the blooms from the Garden Treasure set in Antique Linen Distress Ink. I then used a Molotow masking fluid pen to mask the flower centres and stamens so that as I watercoloured the flowers these would be protected. Once the painting of the flowers was complete and dry I then rubbed away the masking fluid to reveal the untouched watercolour card underneath and then I was able to add the pops of yellow and orange for the stamens.
I turned to my usual watercolour palette for the painting but also wanted to try a couple of new Daniel Smith paints I bought recently too – gorgeous Rose Of Ultramarine (a purple hue in which the blue settles and the rose lifts to give an interesting two-tone effect from one paint) and Undersea Green (a blend of French Ultramarine and Quinacridone Gold in which the transparent gold floats to the top creating a golden halo). Needless to say I had great fun painting these flowers!
With the painting now complete I added just a touch of interest to the background by rubbing Antique Linen Distress ink through the Halftone Stencil in a couple of places (it’s hard to see in the photographs). For the sentiment I cut a Handmade Tag from Olive card and stamped a Handmade Tag sentiment in clear embossing ink and then heat embossed with Antique Gold embossing powder. This tag is foam mounted on the panel with a twine bow to accent. The finished panel is then mounted on an Ivory card base and a few sequins added.
Next up I used the cute Hug Me stamps and dies – I adore this quirky fox with his scarf! I have a thing for foxes and love colouring them in. I started by stamping a bunch of the images in Intense Black ink on Neenah Solar White card and then colouring with Copics before die cutting with their matching dies. I then spent a while wondering what to pair them with; the bold black text of the Hug Me drew me in and I decided to go for a black and white theme with just hints of red and aqua. I found the perfect match with the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day papers and then added in hints of red by stamping the sentiments from Hug Me and Handmade Tags in clear embossing ink on card I’d coloured with a red marker and then white heat embossing.
I cut the paper layers for the two cards with Basic Rectangle Dies and used the Handmade Tags set to cut the matching tag which I threaded with Hemptique twine. Other than that it was just a case of adding all the layers with foam adhesive and then finally popping a cute fox on each.
My final card and tag duo for the day uses the graphic Simple Fruits set. I do love a clean and simple design with pops of colour and so I stamped the fruits in a combination of different Altenew inks on white card and then die cut with their matching dies:
- Kiwi – Bamboo + Olive
- Lemon – Buttercream + Warm Sunshine
- Strawberry – Coral Berry + Ruby Red + Bamboo
- Grapes – Lavender Fields + Deep Iris + Bamboo
- So Sweet – Versafine Onyx Black
For the tag I stamped the polka dot background images from the Handmade Tag set in clear embossing ink and clear heat embossed before blending in Mountain Mist ink and then die cutting with a Handmade Tag. For the sentiment I stamped a Handmade Tag sentiment in clear embossing ink on Black card and white heat embossed.
As mentioned above this post is part of a blog hop to celebrate the latest Altenew release. Hopefully you’ve arrived here from Lydia’s blog but if not then a good place to start is the Altenew blog. As with any good hop there are prizes!
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Thursday, March 30th at 11:59pm EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Friday, March 31th.
In addition I have a $30 gift certificate to giveaway from comments left on this post by Wednesday, March 29th at 11:59 PM EST.
Now it’s time to hop along to …
Flora Monika Farkas
Kelly Tribout Latevola
May Sukyong Park
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D