Saturday, December 9, 2017

Altenew Stamp Focus

Hello friends!

 Have you done the Altenew Release blog hop yet?
If not, get on the hop and find out what the new release is all about.
You can see the entire release here.
It is my turn to share some projects with you over Altenew.

Super -heavy photo post (sorry!)
This time, I am doing Stamp Focus. 
That means I am showcasing a few designs with the same set of stamps and dies.

(click photo to shop at Altenew)

 I am sharing the 3 cards in chronological order. That way, you can truly see my thoughts in the creative process.

 card #1
Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #1

I find that when you first receive a new set of stamps, it's best just to stamp out the images and see what you like about the images. This is always a good idea as a starting point. And that is exactly what I did with card #1.

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #2

To create a little WOW factor, I stamped the bee first and then ran the die with a tan embossing mat in my die cut machine. This leaves a dry embossed image around the bee. With the die still in place, I took out Altenew Tropical Green and carefully sponged around it.

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #3

The sentiment "hi" from ASL fits right in!  I also decided that leaves and stems do not always have to be green and used Rock Collection instead. I think I like it!

Now with Card #2...
With the stems so slender and tall, I thought it would be good idea to create a bouquet.

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #7

I didn't try too hard to line up each and every layer...because that is not the point. I want to evoke a rustic and carefree feel in this design.

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #8

Once I stamped and made the cue cut pieces, I arranged the stems first and then adjusted the heights of each stems. After that, I arranged the colors and size of each flower accordingly.

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #9

The Thicker from The New Day Card Kit are the easiest way to complete this design.

And then there's Card #3
This is when I thought to myself...I need to get a little more creative!
Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #4

I took out the heart die from Halftone Heart Die Set and use the heart shape as the mask. I chose just two detailed images from the stamp set and stamped around the heart.

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #5

 The silver embossed flower left a gorgeous shine and served as a great focal point
At the end, I was very temped to add some colors to the dandelion. but I kept it CAS and left it as is... The struggle was real! LOL

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #6

So, there you have 3 different takes with one stamp set.
Hope this inspires you to try out stamp set like this...
or better yet, get this set and try it out for yourself.

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #10

 For all the details and instructions, please visit Altenew Card Blog.
You can see the entire release here
I saw it on ALTENEW

December 2017 Full Release Bundle

By the way, did you know Altenew's Mini Bloom is amazing?
It is super handy that it now takes up a tiny spot on my craft desk.
I saw it on ALTENEW

Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Altenew WILD ABOUT YOU Clear Stamp Set ALT2002

I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Altenew WILD ABOUT YOU Die Set ALT2022

 Thanks so much for reading this long post.
I will be back with this stamp set and die next.
I saw it on ALTENEW

Frosted Garden Stamp & Die Bundle

I also appreciate that you shop through the affiliate links that I post today.
I have a GIVEAWAY coming up shortly today!
Happy Saturday!


Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful cards! The first one is my favorite... great colors! Love the Wild About You stamps set!

conil said...

There's something about dandelions I love...just not in my lawn. But they're so sweet and I love how you can blow on them when the seed pods dry up. Unfortunately, that means they land on the aforementioned lawn. Anyway, I love how your cards show the wild nature of them. Also love the colors you've used. Juat beautiful.

Patt H. said...

Beautiful! Love the silver embossed one!

Sheila H said...

Your artistry is just amazing, Virginia!

Linda BL said...

Happy Birthday Virginia!
Thanks for sharing the pictures. Would love to meet Tim Holtz too!

Linda BL said...

For my second comment, really like your cards highlighting the Wild About You stamps set. The colors you used are perfect.
The new die cutting machine looks interesting!

AndreaH said...

Gorgeous cards. Im loving #Altenew's new December release. I've not seen anything I don't want yet lol. YES your makes xx💕

Sheila said...

You're very talented. Thank you for sharing your creations with us! Very inspiring!

Judi said... have done a wonderful job of showcasing this new stamp set and it's versatility. Your cards are stunning. I am taking a second look at this set even tho' I promised myself 'No More Florals'!!

Sue D said...

Thanks for sharing your creative process.

mandalj said...

All of your cards are so lovely - the colours just work so well!

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

That’s a wonderful set of cards !

Cora Schindel said...

The heart focal point is so clever! Love all of them! 😊