Monday, May 21, 2018

{Altenew Video} May 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

I'm thrilled to be joining Altenew for the May 2018 Release Blog Hop! I made six cards using five new products and I also have a video which highlights one of the stamp sets, Botanical You. Botanical You is a layering wreath set that is so unique since the wreaths form the word YOU. I'll let the video do most of the talking since this post is long enough without me writing a novel. ;)



I used the same colour scheme for this set of four cards in case I wanted to give this set away as a gift. Visually, it also looks nice and the consistency helps you focus on the techniques, as well as the versatility of this set. The blues are the two lightest shades in the Cool Summer Night ink collection and the corals are the two lightest shades in the Tea Party ink collection.


The first card is the simplest but the partial die-cutting adds that wow factor. The pearls add that extra special something. However, if you're a true clean and simple, one-layer stamper, this card is still stunning without the added die-cutting and embellishments.


My second card places the wreath word on an angle, stamped three times. Again, I used the partial die-cutting technique but only on the centre wreath. I sponged the upper left- and lower right-hand corners with Pink Pearl ink, which is the lightest of the Tea Party ink collection used to stamp the berries and flowers on the wreaths. I also added pearls to the O in the middle of the card.


The next two cards uses the wreath letters separately, rather than as a unit. I die cut them completely to use the letters in different arrangements.


This third card uses the letters on black die cuts, which resemble shadows. This makes the letters appear larger and also closer together on the card. I sponged around the entire panel using Sea Glass and scattered pearls across the entire word; they are not so concentrated on the O as on the two previous cards.


My last card has the shortest sentiment but the most unique way to use the wreath. Using only the letter U, I was able to create a fun phrase by stamping the secondary sentiment four times in all of the colours used on the wreath.


I also dry embossed the panel using the Floral Drape Stencil, which gives this clean and simple design its wow factor.


I kept the pearls to a minimum this time, only adding a few to the left side of the letter U. Quick, add Botanical You to your cart now!


To create the colour wash at the top of the card, I smooshed all four of the colours from the Cool Summer Night ink collection on my craft sheet and used a large brush to drag the colours down, one at a time, from dark to light. I love how it turned out and I think I need to do this again!


I used those same watercolours, plus two greys from the Warm Gray ink collection to colour the heat embossed Starry Flowers, then added enamel dots in coordinating colours.



This last card looks more complicated than it is. It was probably my favourite to make. While I was stamping the Starry Flowers for the previous card, I stamped two extras and clear embossed them. After die cutting, I simply adhered them to the grey base.


Then I cut a slightly smaller panel of vellum cardstock, on which I adhered the die cut letters from the Fine Alphabet Die Set. The gold glitter cardstock cut like butter and the flat base made the letters super easy to line up with my design ruler.



PRIZES:
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Friday, May 25, 2018 for a chance to win. The SIX winners will be announced on both blogs on May 27, 2018.

I am also giving away a $30 gift certificate to one lucky winner drawn from comments left on my blog. Comments will close at 11:59pm EST on May 25, 2018 and I will announce the winner on May 26, 2018.

Thanks so much for hopping along with us!

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102 comments:

wienerhoneymooners said...

LOVE that Watercolor Blue Cascade down your Starry Flowers card! So great to have taken part as a guest with you on this Release!

Debra Rumpza said...

What great cards. I especially love your bold Be Strong. I have friends who need this encouragement!

Kim Faucher said...

Very pretty. I really enjoy seeing many ways to use the various sets.

Anushree Vaish said...

Awesome Video...thanks for beautiful inspiration!!

donna mikasa said...

Fantastic projects, Emily! I especially love how you created that ombré color wash!

Dee Earnshaw said...

wow your cards are gorgeous -love the 'be strong' card - so creative:)

Isabelle said...

wow, simple but amazing cards! love it

Julie McKay said...

Such a nice touch to stamp a black solid image to really make the letters stand out. Love that idea!

Janine said...

really liked the variety you used with the YOU cards. thanks for sharing your ideas.

Sandy S. said...

I love your watercolor drag (wish I could see you do it), and the black and gold card is stunning! So perfect for that message!

Purple Princess said...

Very nice cards!!

lindagk23 said...

Very pretty cards! especially the water colored one. Thanks for sharing!

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

Wonderfully creative use of the new Botanical YOU set!!!! Love your inspiration on all these gorgeous cards!! Makes me want to just stop and buy ALL of these!

Aimee LaCroix-Slocum said...

The last card is brilliant! The sentiment stays strong and clear using the vellum to soften the background. Love the watercolor wash on the "I am here for you" card, it really gives it some movement!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Simply gorgeous. I love the card using the starry nights floral and your beautiful color wash! Yes, do it again! lol tfs

d alessi said...

Such beautiful cards,! What a beautiful set.

Lindsay Rose said...

so pretty, I love the color scheme of the blue and pink. I also love the muted effect the vellum has in the last card.

blaze said...

What beautiful cards!

Isabelle Baudin said...

Your cards are beautiful ! I specially love the last one (I love vellum !).

Sue D said...

Great set of cards. I like the colors and design.

Cathy said...

Absolutely beautiful cards! Thank You for the awesome inspiration!

Brenda Kuder said...

Pretty cards. The YOU stamp is really nice.

Keisha Z said...

Loving the Botanical You. Great variation!

Paola Sing said...

The card with just the letter U is my fave! Plus that Botanical You stamp set is the most vclever idea I´ve seen! love it!

Katy Glenn said...

So many different ideas with your cards. Love all the flowers and the colors.

Joy Meadows said...

Your cards are so beautiful, Emily! I love the last one most!!

Betty Keefe said...

thanks for sharing how you made your "YOU" cards - that popup partial die cutting is great!

Tracy Fletcher said...

I really love your pretty cards.

Tammy said...

I love these cards! Love the blue "drippy" wash on the top of that one card. Just lovely!

Miriam Prantner said...

Beautiful cards! Love all the ways you used the YOU, and LOVE that last card with the vellum and sparkly sentiment!

Jennifer said...

So pretty! Love your designs - thanks for sharing

Lindsey said...

Absolutely WOW cards, Em! I definitely like that multi-blue background for the third card - it might even be my favourite, although only by a bit, since all four cards are amazing!

Sanju said...

Lovely cards! love your choice of colors!

Theresa said...

so many great products and ideas with this release. thanks as always for sharing.

Heather M said...

Love all the great cards you made with Botanical You. It's one of my favorites from the release! Love your cards with Starry flowers, another fav!!

Cheriese said...

Gorgeous watercolouring!!

FD91354 said...

Lovely card ideas! I love this release from Altenew.. So many wonderful new products!

Rea' said...

I like ALL the creative ways you used these new stamps and dies; so unique how you used Botanical You, thanks for sharing your video !

Amy C. said...

These are beautiful! I really like this new floral sentiment set.

Rebecca Ednie said...

I love the colours you used. The technique to pop up the word is very cool!

Brandi R said...

Gorgeous colors...fantastic designs...LOVE your cards ♥

Jane B. said...

Beautiful cards...thanks for sharing your talent with us1

Anna said...

Hi Emily, Love your cards, they are gorgeous, TFS, Cheers Anna.

Rema DeLeeuw said...

Beautiful inspiration!

Amy Moore said...

U...You are amazing. Love the watercolors with the starry flowers set!

Kathy Ferguson said...

I appreciate all the different ways you used the "You" die and stamp sets. Very clever. It is my favorite of the new release. Thanks for sharing your beautiful designs.

Stir Your Creativity said...

Beautiful styling of the cards!

Marcie Lovett said...

The YOU cards are so fun. I love the colors and the die cutting.

Shanna said...

I love all of the ideas!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic cards Emily! Love the pretty floral images! The blue color washed background looks amazing with the starry flowers. The botanical you set is amazing! Love the different layers you can add!

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

Beautiful cards, colors and designs! Starry Flowers is so lovely!

Nana Griffin said...

Great ideas!

I Card Everyone said...

I'm always amazed by every card your heart touches, Emily! In this case, I ADORE the embossing with that lovely stencil - and ALWAYs love that perfect slip of vellum!
=]

Carol Henderson said...

Wonderful cards. I especially like the shade of blue used.

Ericka Strange said...

Beautiful cards and I love how you used the "You" set. So pretty and fun! Great job.

Mary McCaslin said...

Your colors really pop!

Joanie Canzone said...

Your cards are beautiful! I love how you just used the U on the card...very unique! Thanks for sharing!

Daria Z. said...

Beautiful cards! I especially love the two you did with the Starry Flowers.

Dana M said...

Such lovely cards! Wonderfully creative uses of the new products, love the partial die cutting.

Carol Rossouw said...

This is another fabulous release with some unique florals and more spectacular layering stamps again. Love the thin alphabet dies as well. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration!

Iris said...

So pretty - love the flowers.

Michele K. Henderson said...

These cards are so pretty! I love the pretty spring colors! Everything looks amazing!
Take care!
Michele
crimsonowl@comcast.net

Jeanne Beam said...

Such beautiful cards.
Thanks so much for sharing...

Sandy M said...

The last card with the vellum is a real standout. All your cards are great.

Megan said...

The Botanical You set is such a unique design!

Janet S said...

Love all your cards! Thanks for the inspiration. :D

Connie said...

Wow! So many awesome cards! These are great :) Thanks for sharing!

Melissa Friedrich said...

gorgeous cards, and the ombre color wash background really caught my eye!

Beth Merrill said...

Lovely and inspiring designs. Thank you for sharing!

Cathy Lillie said...

Great cards! I already liked the Botanical YOU set, but after watching your tutorial, it's now a must have! I love all the different ways you used this set, and I really like how you partially die cut the images out. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Pretty cards with such pretty colors!

Handmade by Hanneke said...

I like your unique way of using just the botanical U to make your card. The color wash looks fantastic too!

Teresa Doyle said...

Emily, these are all so beautiful. Your other cards (those not in the video) are beautiful as well.
I think it would be amazing if Altenew did all of the alphabet in these floral letters (with dies of course. LOL)

Cindy C. said...

I so enjoy seeing these lovely cards!!!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Simply wonderful cards showcasing the new stamps & dies beautifully.

Connie Hinkle said...

Gorgeous cards 😍

Jacquie said...

your watercoloring is lovely! Beautiful selection of cards

Liz Ford said...

Emily, I really like your be strong card and your blue(s) color wash card. The variety of YOU cards is fun also and a great idea for a set. All your cards are wonderful and thank you for sharing them with us!

Maria Alder said...

All very nice cards, love the new stamp and die sets x

Lady Joyful said...

These are all so pretty!

Stefanie White said...

Wonderful variety of cards. Beautiful!

Carmela Hubler said...

These are all so unique! Love the vellum layer, your pretty flowers and the way you cut out your letters.

Ms. V said...

thanks for sharing the technique for the blue watercolor wash. Love it on the watercolor paper.

Kelsey Thomas said...

These cards are all awesome!

phlower said...

Beautiful collection of cards! Love the variety of cards you created with the Botanical You release. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Patty said...

Amazing cards!! You're U Amaze me card is my favorite!!

Sue D said...

Wonderful, beautiful, creative cards. TFS so much inspiration with your diverse projects.

Annalisa Young said...

I am in love with all the ways you used the Botanical You set. And then we get bonus cards on top of what you showed in your videos! The watercolor drip style is really cool, and I love the vellum with the bold gold sentiment. Thanks for sharing all these beautiful ideas with us!

Denise Bryant said...

These are all so pretty! The Starry Flowers set is a favorite!

Glenda Hubert said...

Love how you used the Botanical You set in so many ways. Thank you.

Super Stick Chick said...

Gorgeous cards. Love your florals.

Shawninaz said...

You truly inspired me, beautiful work!

Cynthia Cole said...

So many lovely cards!

Cyndi Morris said...

Beautiful projects. The Botanical You set is so unique, and I love the Starry Flowers set.

Jeannie Fannin said...

All the cards are Beautiful! I like your idea of using a brush to help the color wash move on the card. So simple yet something I would struggle with!

StarSpry said...

All of your cards are beautiful! I really love the 'Be Strong' card, and the botanical you stamps & dies are so cool :)

dtilt1 said...

I am still trying to perfect my techniques. Everyone else makes coloring and watercolor, etc. look so easy and I just seem to get messes, but I will try the watercolor on top of my card and then stamp using that same color beside it because it looks so nice

Heather DePasquale said...

Your cards are so creative. The flower YOU done so many unique ways. Just beautiful!

Stacey Kowbel said...

Lovely cards!

Alaska .Kris said...

Clever die cutting and love your colors!

Ann-Louice said...

I love your blue watercolor card with starry flowers. I will definately try the idea on my own. Thanks!

mommyx2 said...

Your cards are wonderful!! I love them all!