I'm not sure how Altenew keeps releasing amazing designs in their Bulid-a-Flower lines, but somehow they always do. This month we have the Crocus ... a gorgeous flower that instantly makes many people happy for the sole reason that it's often the first flower we see in the Spring. How can that not make you happy?! You may have just come from Amber Rain Davis's blog, but if not feel free to start at the beginning of the hop at the Altenew Card Blog.
This set has two different Crocus flowers, and four different leaves/stems. Since the flower itself has pretty clean lines, given its tall nature and smooth petals, it's relatively easy to line up by sight (no stamp positioner needed). This makes stamping multiples a breeze, and is partly why I decided to keep going ...
... and stamp the entire length of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock! I really love this look, not only because they're so pretty all in a row, but also because this is how they are in nature, growing in clusters low to the ground.
Not sure if you noticed, but the petal and leaf on one of the flowers on the front panel actually extends over the fold. I took some pictures while I was making that feature so I could share it with you.
To make the trifold panel, I cut a sheet of white cardstock to be 5 1/2" x 11". To figure out the folds I actually started at the end with the last panel and made a vertical pencil line 4 1/4" from the end. Then with the remaining space I divided it in half and made a vertical pencil line in the middle (3 3/8"). After stamping flowers and leaves on the first panel, I taped the dies over the images and made sure my pencil line was even with the ridge of my cutting plate, knowing that anything beyond that ridge will be cut. This way I can send it all through my die cutter and don't have to worry about stopping at a certain point.
Then I scored over the pencil line at 3 3/8" taking care to stop when I got to the flower and leaf. I did not score these elements because we want them to hang straight over the edge of the card.
And there you go ... something to make the card a little extra special, without a ton of extra effort!
The sentiment works out really well for a tri panel card as well, with the middle "happiness" being in a scripty font, and the first and last phrases being in a clean sans serif font. The gold embossing makes me happy with the purples and greens.
This was certainly a fun card to make and I'm really looking forward to giving it to someone special!
There is also a monthly subscription plan for the Build-A-Flower sets! When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in the monthly Build-A-Flower releases (which often sell out) and will receive the stamp and coordinating die set at a specially discounted price ($35.00 →$29.99). See the Altenew site for further details.
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win.
We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 6/9/2019.
Your next stop on this hop is Teri Wilson who I'm sure has something wonderful to share with you!
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