What does “Summer Love” bring to your mind? For me –Warm weather, sunny skies, and memories of being kids playing and having a ball with neighborhood friends. Altenew’s Summer Love collection can help capture those memories with beautiful simplicity. These stencils and embossing folders can create awesome works of art with as much fun as playing outside or going to camp and they go together so well.
My first card was super simple yet I think it’s my favorite of the group. I took Altenew alcohol ink refills and created the blue and purple background. Then I took a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of white cardstock and centered the Circled Greetings: Hugs Die, ran it through the die cutter for the card front. Now the extra fun of using the new Playful Circles embossing folder over the card front put texture on everything, including the word HUGS. With the help of some foam tape I popped up the circle over the alcohol ink, added the word ‘warm’ from the Halftone Hello set and VOILA, this beauty was created.
Altenew has THE best subscriptions every month. You can choose to “Build-A-Garden”, “Craft-A-Flower”, “Paint-A-Flower”, Mini Delight”, and the great “Project Kit”. You can mix and match your subscriptions and put something on hold or get them all every month! To see the full collection this month click here: https://altenew.com/collections/marvelous-monthly-series-bundle-july-2022. This release celebrates friendships with its charming images, flowers, and heartfelt sentiments. Show your bestie how much you care, or reach out to a long-lost buddy! We can’t wait to see how you use the products in this collection.
I am pleased to be a part of this month’s release and my projects will highlight four of the possible subscriptions. The first one is Build-A-Garden Tulips and Friends. I created this card by first stamping the outlines on white cardstock with Altenew Obsidian Black Ink. Then cut them out…I had to fussy cut them as the die was not yet available. Now you can also get the die! For the leaves I used Forest Glades and Frayed Leaf inks. The little yellow flowers are in Fresh Lemon ink. My daughter’s favorite colored tulips are white…not an easy color to create on a card. I chose to stamp the flowers in a pale gray to give some shape and shading. Then I used clear Altenew embossing ink over the blossoms and heat embossed with Altenew Translucent Pearl powder. It didn’t look as good as I wanted so I again did just the blossoms and cut the out. I glued two on flat but used foam squares to pop up the left one. These were then added to a Reflections shimmer cardstock piece 4”X5.25” which was splattered with Forest Glades spray ink. Then the whole card front was adhered to a green card base.
The “Craft-A-Flower” subscription is my favorite. I love the easy way of die cutting pieces and putting them together to make gorgeous flowers of all kinds. This Garden Rose is a magnificent example. The dies now have an added feature…either a keyhole with number or an arrow with a number. Die cut them all then match all the keyholes and all the arrows, then just stack and glue with each piece, starting with 1 and working your way up. SOOO easy to put together. For my roses I chose a deep red cardstock but ink blended with some light pink ink to give some additional texture. The hummingbird is from the Painted Hummingbirds stamp and Die set colored with Mountain Mist ink. The sentiment is from the Always Sunshine set gold embossed with Antique Gold powder. The background was debossed with the Dotted Swirls Debossing plate and a few Kat Scrappiness gems added for the final touch.
This month’s Paint-A-Flower is the China Rose. For this beauty I used the Altenew watercolors in Coral Berry and Cotton Candy after stamping. Warm Sunshine graced the flower centers. The leaves were colored with Forest Glades and Bamboo. Again, I fussy cut the flowers. The navy background cardstock was embossed with the Always Sunshine embossing folder then splattered with white paint. The sentiment from Block Sentiments was white heat embossed on the same navy cardstock. I thought the pink flowers were striking against the navy blue.
Lastly, I used the Always Sunshine Project Kit. On watercolor paper I used the wet on wet technique to create a rainbow. Once dry I sprayed it with some Perfect Pearls in water but it’s hard to see the shimmer. I set this on the black card base then used the stamp and die to stack the black and white images. The long trailing leaves fit well on a slimline card.
I hope you like this selection…there are so many ways to use these subscription items you will never go wrong investing in them. They really give you a great value.
DON’T FORGET THE GIVEAWAYS
$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 07/18/2022 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 07/20/2022.
July 1st, What a great day to celebrate summer and bring in the sunshine with this great release from Altenew! It is so much fun to hop along. If you are going down the list you came her from Tania Ahmed. If you want to start at the beginning here is the link– Altenew Blog. Your next stop is Adriana Arminio. Hope you enjoy the trip!
For my cards I started with the Captivating Blooms Stamp Set. These flowers are beautiful in their own rite so I kept everything simple.
For the first one I took one of my favorite combinations of white on Kraft paper. I used Altenew embossing ink then added the Altenew white embossing powder. After this was heat set I colored in all the petals with a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen. I also used Altenew Iridescent spray and white embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set.
The second card I took the Caribbean Sky embossing powder to stamp and emboss the flowers. I fussy cut out the bouquet. On an A2 card base I adhered some corresponding blue cardstock. The sentiment is also from this set and was heat embossed with the same Caribbean Sky embossing powder. I popped up the rest of the card front with some foam tape then purposely glued the flowers off the side of the base. From my stash I had some faint blue gems that I added to fie some more dimension and texture.
For my third card I went a bit different than I’ve ever done before. I used the Monstera Frame 3D Embossing folder twice…once on the Kraft card base and once on some greenish parchment cardstock. To the parchment cardstock I used Altenew’s Frayed Leaf ink over the the leaves and CUT SOME OUT. This was something new for me. Then edged them with the same ink. For the sentiment I used Evergreen ink on vellum and Altenew clear embossing ink. For dimension I popped up some of the leaves and added green sequins for embellishments and to hold down the vellum sentiment.
The last card I think is my favorite. This one uses all three of
Linear Life: Tropical Garden Stamp Set Linear Life: Tropical Garden Die Set Linear Life: Tropical Garden Hot Foil Plate Set
I often play with alcohol inks and the re-inkers from Altenew so I have backgrounds on hand. Yupo paper is also one of the best papers to foil on. I gold foiled the pink/silver yupo from my stash then die cut the flowers out. For the leaves I stamped them on white cardstock but die cut them from both the white and some acetate that I had inked with green alcohol ink. This way you could see through the acetate to the leaf outlines. I put a black piece of cardstock in the Angled Mosaic 3D Embossing folder, splattered it with some gold paint and popped it up on the card base with foam tape. Some of the flowers are just glued on but one is popped up even more with some foam squares. I used Altenew Antique Gold Embossing powder for the sentiment. The pink and the gold really became striking against the black.
Do you have a favorite? If so let me know in the comments.
And don’t forget the GIVEAWAYS
$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 07/17/2022 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 07/19/2022.