Hello Altenew friends! It’s Virginia here. I am taking this chance to highlight one of those amazing background stamps that Altenew has to offer. There are so many awesome floral-layering stamps, dies and stencils. BUT, what about those abstract-looking stamps? I am sharing two examples with Watercolor Frames Stamp and hopefully, this will post will get you inspired and that you would want to ink up the background stamp right away!
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The trendy and modern diamond shapes are perfect for any simple or sophisticated designs. I hope today’s post will give you some creative ideas on using background stamps like this. More
Hello, dear Altenew friends! It’s Virginia here and I am super excited to share a DIY project today. Like you, I am a huge fan of our monthly Build-A-Flower feature. The last two months’ flowers (Camellia and Aster) are hugely popular and here’s to add another reason why they are your ESSENTIAL craft supplies!
Due to the larger size and convenience (with the matching die), these flowers are ideal for creating a DIY projects! Need a bag in a jiffy and don’t want to rush out to buy one? All you need is a plain paper bag and you are good to go. You can readily get these plain bags from your local dollar store or craft store.
I took the easiest approach to create these flowers in the following steps:
2. Spray a few spritz of water would help spreading and blending the colors. Let dry or dry with a heat gun.
3. Emboss Build-a-Flower Aster in white, make the die cut.
4. Stamp leaves on gift bag and assemble the flowers with double-sided tape.
6. Add a touch of shimmer with the Gold Glitter tape from New Day Card Kit.
Since I have all the supplies out, I may as well create a matching tag (see top right corner)!
While I was still having so much fun, I made a square card! This time, I gold-embossed the sketch image from Aster onto a piece of heat-resistant acetate.
Adding a piece of Gold Foil Card Stock also helps brings out the colors and shine.
Hello Altenew friends! This is Virginia here. I hope today’s post will prompt you to stretch your Altenew supplies and see them with fresh eyes! Basically I want you to take out your Altenew inks, stamps and dies… and play some mix-and-match!
I started out with the Layered Cityscape Cover Die B. The best thing about the Cover Dies is that you can use one plate individually or combine it with the companion set. I purposely left the tiny windows in the Cityscape intact and applied colors with the Altenew Inks.
Do you know that Altenew Inks can work like watercolors? I love how the colors can blend once you add a tiny drop of water. I simply swiped the inks onto a piece of acetate (you can use the ones from the packaging). With a paint brush, I can easily color the Cityscape image however I like. You can use Bristol paper or watercolor paper for this purpose. The inks I used are: Seashore Oval Set/ Mini Ink Cube, Warm & Cozy Oval Set/ Mini Ink Cube, Cool Summer Night Oval Set/ Mini Ink Cube, Shades of Purple Oval Set/ Mini Ink Cube, Green Fields Oval/ Mini Ink Cube and Red Cosmos Oval/Mini Ink Cube.
Once I finished adding watercolors, I set it aside and let it dry. To keep the image prominent, I trimmed off the top frame of the Layered Cityscape Cover Die B. I thought it would be neat to stamp some small tree branches. Floral Shadow Stamp Set seems like a good choice for this Spring in the city scene! I stamped the leaves with Tropical Forest Mini Ink Cube/ Oval Set. The sentiment from Extra Special compliments the Inline Alpha Die perfectly, don’t you think?
There is definitely a lot of mixing in this card and yet the colors and size are perfectly matched. I hope you are inspired to stretch your Altenew supplies and explore the possibilities. You will be amazed what you can come up with. Lastly, whether you live in the country or in the city, wish you “Happy Earth Day”!
Hello Altenew friends! This is Virginia here! Have you joined the April Release Blog Hop yet? If not, it is not too late to join and start hopping! Isn’t the latest new release with Layering Dies and Card Kit amazing? Today I am sharing some stamping ideas with the New Day Card Kit.
No doubt we stampers love our stamps and dies, but when it comes to design paper, do we use them enough? Well, the new Card Kit definitely makes stamping a lot easier, exciting and fun! I am sharing a few samples so you will know what I mean.
Paper-weaving is a fun way to use multiple pieces of paper. I trimmed off three long strips of paper and started with a cris-cross and from there, I could easily create an interesting piece to complement my stamping.
I stamped a few butterflies with Cotton Candy Crisp Ink and Caribbean Crisp Dye Ink. The gold heart was made from the gold paper and the heart die that are both included in this kit. I also added a strip of patter paper as an accent . These two “CONGRATULATIONS” cards are now ready for upcoming summer weddings. The stamped sentiment in Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink is perfect with the pattern paper, too!
Next, I stamped the solid floral images from the stamp set onto the black and white pattern paper. Aren’t they perfect together? I love the enamel dots and hearts from the New Day Card Kit. They are beautifully color-coordinated with the paper. This is a PLUS when you create multiples. The hearts in these two stamped cards are from the gold glitter tape: simply stick them to paper and make the die cut with the heart and star die!
The next batch are my absolute favorites. I adore the watercolor paper so much that I really want to showcase it. To keep the design clean and simple, I only stamped two butterflies for each card. I also added embellishments with two of the wood veneer frames that are also included in this kit.
Here is an overview of my 12 cards from this kit. I still have TONS of paper, gold glitter tape, wood veneer frames and embellishments left. The best thing is that the stamp set can be used with or without the kit.
This is my “interpretation” of this card kit. What’s yours? I hope that my 12 cards give you some inspiration about this amazing New Day Card Kit. I look forward to seeing your interpretation! Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hello Altenew friends! It’s Virginia here! Are you searching for a colorful and happy stamp set? We are talking about Simple Fruits Stamp Set today. Are you in love with this set like I am? This Stamp set is the answer to all things good and wholesome!
The images are SO SWEET and the matching Simple Fruits Die sure make it easy to add pizzazz to your design. Let’s get right to the yummy cards!
My next card is a clean and simple design that is perfect for weddings, anniversaries or…just because occasions.
A little bit of spray mist goes a long way! Once I finished stamping the two pears, I used the pear die to partially cut off one of the pears and then joined the two pears together with a piece of thin double-sided tape on the back. Now that’s what we call a “seamless pair/pear”!
The clever pun in this sentiment is too cute! I love the grape image and couldn’t resist to create the following card!
I started out with stamping the grapes to create a colorful background. The Lavender Fields card stock complements this design perfectly. The Pink Triangle Washi Tape makes the color pop even more! I bundled up two bunches of grapes as the focal point with silver strings and and this card is complete!
Last but certainly not the least, I wanted to create a warm and fuzzy one. The Halftone Stenciled background on Parchment Card Stock really make the colors pop! The multi-colored sentiment just makes everything sweeter!
I hope you find today’s post with “Simple Fruits” Stamp Set “fruitful” (pun intended!).
Hello, Altenew friends! This is Virginia here to share a project with you today. Since Spring is not all that far away now, it is most appropriate to start thinking about all things Spring! The Tulip Stamp and Die Bundle is the ideal to set your Spring off to a great start! If you want to get into the mood, I highly suggest that you explore the possibilities of the fabulous Tulip Stamp and Die Bundle.
I love the ease and convenience of using Stamp & Die Bundles. In this design, I created the masks with the Tulip Die Set. I only had to slightly trim off the edges of the dies and use them for masking.
I started out with stamping the yellow tulip (Butter Cream and Warm Sunshine) first and gradually stamped more tulips in pink (Red Cosmo Oval/ Mini Cube) and blue (Cool Summer Nigh Oval/Mini Cube). I was not strict on adding certain layers. I thought I could stop after all the stamping. But of course, with the die, I can easily add depth and dimensions to the card! I only used one tulip die and added double-sided tape underneath to achieve some height.
I love the Splatter Effect as they create motion and interest. It is super easy to do…all you need is some Altenew Inks and a few droplets of water! I soaked up the mixture with my paint brush and lightly splashed to the partially covered tulips. I used my favorite green: Sea Shore Oval /Mini Cube). In order to make the card pop more, I added tiny glitter sequins.
The possibilities of having the Stamp & Die Bundles are endless. I hope that you try out the stamp layering with dies. I hope this card brings you a smile. Thank you for stopping by!
Hello Altenew friends! It’s Virginia here! I am absolutely delighted to host the Inspiration Challenge for the first time! The inspiration photo was taken during my Panama Cruise in 2013. We were visiting the Naval Museum in Cartagena, Col0mbia where we enjoyed watching a traditional Colombian dance. It was such a treat to watch the dancers in their colorful and vibrant costumes. I was quite taken away by the sight and sound of this lively performance.
Here is my interpretation of the inspiration challenge.
I created a CAS design with Farmers Market stamp set. The solid pepper image is perfect for multi-color stamping. To kick it up a notch, I applied “Stamp-Kissing” technique. Basically, I first inked up the pepper image in various shades from Summer Afternoon Oval/Mini Cube, Warm & Cozy Oval/Mini ink and Red Cosmos Oval/Mini Cube. While the inked pepper images were still wet, I stamped sentiments from Precious Moment Stamp Set in Jet Black and let the two stamps “kiss”! Thus, you see the text background in the pepper! How cool is that, right?
I adhered a piece of wood texture to represent the dancers’ straw hats. The subtle color and textures from Cheery Wood Paper add a lovely interest. I hope that you are inspired to create something super colorful and fun.
Make a card, a tag, a layout or any other project based on the inspiration photo above. You may use either the colors, the composition, the elements, the texture or any combination to create your project.
- Altenew products should be the focus, but other companies’ products can be used.
- Make sure to use our challenge image above on your blog post.
- Include a link back to the Altenew Inspiration Challenge post.
- When uploading your project, make sure you link your entry post, not your entire blog.
- You may enter as many times as you wish!
- Challenge ends on Friday, March 31st at 11:55 pm EST.
After the challenge closes, FOUR WINNERS will be selected. Each will receive a $30 gift certificate to spend at www.altenew.com. Winners will be announced on Sunday, April 9th, 2017.
There is more! If you use #AltenewChallenge when you share your challenge entry on social media, you are entered to win a $15 gift certificate to our online store.
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Hello, Altenew friends! This is Virginia here! I am here to share my cards with some simple hand-stitching! We all love handmade cards with unique touches. The color-layering stamps Hibiscus Bouquet Stamp Set is perfect for that! Even better, you can add some simple hand-stitching to your design for that special homespun feel! I just love how stitching can enhance the overall aesthetic aspect. A little hand-stitching goes a long way.
Once the hibiscus images are embossed, I stamped the solid images with Warm & Cozy Oval Set/Mini Ink Cube Set and Rose Petal Oval Set/ Mini Ink Cube Set. For the leaves, I used Sea Shore Oval Set/ Mini Ink Cube Set.
Sewing is not my forte, but I can sew a button! With a ruler, I paper-pierced the holes in a straight line and I carefully stitched it up with the DMC silver thread. I purposefully left the end to create a bit of flair. It is really fun to mix and match embossing with the color-layering stamps. The gold embossing gives the design a great depth and lovely interest. The inked flowers seem to pop even more that way!
Stitching may not be just for embellishment or accents only. It can be the STAR of the show!
I stamped the image from Sew Very Happy Stamp Set with a light ink and hand-stitched the stamped lines. The sentiment is from Adore You Stamp Set. Even though it took me some time to do the stitching, I find the result to be very satisfying. Stitching in front of TV is actually very therapeutic and relaxing.
This CAS design can also work beautifully as wedding, congratulations, anniversary …and birthday cards. Altenew offers so many exquisite stamps that you can pretty much hand-stitch anything to your heart’s desire!
Hello, Altenew friends! It’s Virginia here. Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share His and Hers Valentine’s Day cards. Hopefully, this post will get your creative juices flowing. Now, what could be more perfect to express love with flowers and hearts?
Let’s start with HER version.
- Hand draw a heart with a pencil (you can use a heart shape die).
- Stamp the leaves from Amazing You Stamp Set around the heart with Sea Shore Oval/Mini Cube Crisp Ink Set.
- On a separate piece of white card stock, swipe Sea Shore Oval Crisp Ink Set and Rose Petal/Mini Cube Crisp Inks and let dry.
- Stamp flowers, leaves and stems with Jet Black Crisp Ink and then fussy cut them out.
- Stamp the sentiment in Sea Shore Crisp Inks and Rose Petal/Mini Cube Inks.
- Arrange and adhere the flowers around the heart.
- Embellish with strings, sequins and Nuvo Crystal Drops
This time I made a heart die cut and used the negative part as the mask. I then started stamping with Be a Lighthouse Stamp Set within the heart shape. For the waves, I used Cool Summer Night Oval Crisp Ink. After stamping, I sponged the edges with Warm Sunshine and Cotton Candy Crisp Inks. This will allow the heart to be more distinctive and pronounced.
This one layer design is definitely no fuss and no muss and is perfect for a guy. You can absolutely leave out the sequins. I added them because I accidentally made a smudge! I hope you find some inspiration in creating your His/Her cards. Please feel free to leave me a comment should you have any questions. Wish you a beautiful day!