Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Altenew February 2023 Boho Chic Stamp, Die, Stencil & More Release Blog Hop #1 + Giveaway ($300 in Total Prizes!)

 Hello friends!

Warning: Heavy photo post 

Welcome to Altenew Boho Chic Stamp, Die , Stencil & More Release Blog Hop !I am super excited to share 3 projects with you . If you arrive from my friend Kelly Griglione's blog., you are in the right spot. All the details about this blog hop, please visit Altenew Card Blog 

Feature products #1: Rattan Stripes Die, Swamp Buttercup Stamp & Die & Stencil

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There are SO many things to look at in this card...let's start with the focal point, shall we?
The die and stencil (a MUST) are beautiful combo.
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Can you believe that there was NO STAMP involved in this card? I love the mix of colors from the stenciling.  If you love stencil and die-cutting, you must try this combo.
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Next, it's about that Rattan Stripes Die... Those stripey details are so delicate and cool. 

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I love that all you need it run the entire cover die through the diecut machine and you have an instant intricate stripey background.
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💡💡💡----->The leftover strips are keepers, too! You can use them for sentiments and embellishments...! I am sure you do not need much convincing on this cover die. Enough said.
Feature products #2: Rattan Stripes Die, Boho Arrow Stamp & Die Bundle, Glacier Coves A Washi Tape

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First of all, have you tried Rose-gold Embossing Powder? Yeah, that's what I did here.

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 As for the blue background? They are from Blue Watercolor Washi Tape. EASY!
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I may have embossed two times at least to ensure the heavy-embossing. Once embossed, I ink-blended some colors into the feathers.

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Oh... and the stripey lines? They were dry-embossed with the Rattan Stripe Cover Die (I know, right?)

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First of all, this Boho Vases Die Set is just so versatile and fun. I did inks-spraying with the leafy greens. For the vase, I went for multiple-inking.

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To make the vase shine even more, I added a piece of Silver Metallic card-stock underneath.

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Notice the beautiful Masonry Wall 3D Embossing Folder ?
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 I love the understated design of Masonry Wall 3D Embossing Folder. No matter how you use it, this embossing folder gives a sophisticated vibe! 
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Hope you like what I created with this release. There will be more to come.
👉👉You can get the stamp and die bundle HERE 👈👈

Prizes: $300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $100 gift certificate to 1 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 10 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 02/07/2023 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 02/08/2023.  
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Monday, January 30, 2023

Add Depths to Diecut Flowers

Hello friends!

Hope you are doing well. I can't believe it's nearly the last day of January! 

This year is 1/12 over!  Let's make good use of the rest of this year... without further ado, let's talk about today's project. I am using Spellbinders Zinnia Etched Dies as an example.

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First of all, let me just say that I did not use the dies as intended. However, I love what I created something unique. I also love how my interpretation still looks OK without copying exactly what the dies are for. I need more time to play with this die and follow exactly how it is intended. We shall se if that time would come....


Let's talk about adding depth and color contrast to the flower petals and leaves. You can simply ink-blend (using ink pads) to create various shades and depth of colors. 

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I also used watercolor brush markers or Watercolor to add darker shade and colors. Alcohol markers (such as Copics) are also great for adding colors and shades.

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I did some Partial Dry-embossing with this month's embossing folder. If you see closely, I also added a piece of vellum to create more interest. Thanks for stopping by! 


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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Creative Use of an Unconventional Frame Die

Hello friends!

I am popping in to share a new Frame die. 

This Mini Instant Frame Die is in the form of Polaroid Frame type of shape. With a die like this, you MUST try to use it in creative ways to make it worthwhile.

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 You can use this die to frame a photo, sentiment or images. You can also use just part of it! For example, I trimmed off the upper part of the frame and used the bottom part for the stamped sentiment!

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Today's project is a bright and gold combo.


The gold metallic frame really draws the eyes to the focal point.


I die cut and water-colored the flowers from Zero-Waste 3D Floral Cover Die (another goodie) and assembled this floral frame arrangement.

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I also saved the tiny bits (tiny green dots) from the Zero-Waste 3D Floral Cover Die-true ZERO waste! I treated tiny dots like "sequins". Aren't they cute?


Last but not least, here is another project with this frame die. 

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 I hope this post gives you some idea on how to stretch a frame die like this. Thanks for stopping by!  

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Friday, January 27, 2023

Have Fun and Experiment with Your Supplies

Hello friends!

I  recently created an expected card.  I meant to do the regular dry-embossing....I ended doing de-boss instead. This is what it is "supposed to" look like after running the 3D Embossing Folder through the die cut machine.  

This card was dry-embossed on white card stock

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and this one was created with the colored cardstock

you brighten my day (3D EF) 

 Let me refresh your memory about debossing. 

Debossing is the opposite of embossing as you are creating an indent in the material you are using. A metal die is stamped onto the front of the material you are using causing depressions that leave a (debossed) imprint of the image on your paper, card stock (or other chosen material)

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 You can definitely de-boss first and ink up the images. But this was not what I did here.

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 I swiped the ink pad across the 3 D Embossing Folder and THEN dry-embossed it.

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 You can add details by re-deboss it or add colors after running it through the die-cut machine. The main thing is you need to experiment and have fun with your supplies. 

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 Enjoying the process is the key to happy crafting. Often times, this will result a project or two that make you even happier.

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 This was my experience with this project. I was slightly upset when I did the de-bossing by accident, but in the end, I am truly happy with the result and was glad that I didn't give up.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Ethereal Orchid on Paper (& Winner Announcement)

Hello friends!

I hope that you are not tired of seeing another Craft-a-Flower Orchids! This is my 4th version and likely the last (for now). 

This is what happened when you have a beautifully-designed die that you keep finding new ways of using the product. But first, I'd like the definition of the word.
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"ethereal": extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world. Consisting of ether; hence, exceedingly light or airy; tenuous; spiritlike; characterized by extreme delicacy, as form, manner, thought, etc. 
This is my 1st version. I ink-blended the petals and water-colored the leaves and stems.
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My 2nd version is close to the first version. I used strong color color contrast and added a stenciled background.
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It then occurred to me to try using vellum.... thus,.... this is my 3rd version.
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With that, I thought of trying to use white paper and vellum together. That's how I made the 4th version.

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The white-paper orchid center was colored with Alcohol Marker.

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I love the luminous look of the vellum. The white paper provides are very realistic look as well.

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Combining various petals seems like a good idea.

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I really love how similar with all of the cards are and yet, each one is so different on its own.

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Do you have a favorite?

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Last, but certainly not the least, it brings me a great pleasure to announce the TWO lucky random commenters! 

Every month, Altenew offers two giveaway to my followers/readers. I am thankful for your frequent visits and that you take some precious time to leave me a comment. Your feedback and comments are the energy boost that keep me going. Without further ado, here are the two winners. 

Sharon B. and Meghan K.