Thursday, November 14, 2019

Altenew November 2019 Gradient Cardstock Release Blog Hop + Giveaway



Hello Folks! Welcome to the Altenew gradient cardstock release blog hop! You may have just come from Jen Schow. but if not feel free to start at the beginning with the Altenew card blog.

I was so excited to hear Altenew is now offering gradient cardstock for their layered dies! Just like they offer the gradient inks for their layered stamps : ) Totally takes the work out of hunting for four different shades of pink if you want to make a layered die flower. Here's a few more "official" words about the new offerings:

Our gradient cardstock shades have been hand-selected to coordinate with our inks, making them the perfect choice for layered die cutting, 3D dies, and more! The color families include Cherry Blossom, Green Meadows, Red Cosmos, Sea Shore, Shades of Purple, and Summer Afternoon, and each sheet has been sized to fit on our Mini Blossom Die Cutting Plates. You're sure to find one (or more!) to add to your collection!

Let's take a look at some projects!


Aren't these colors gorgeous?! This card mostly uses the Red Cosmos cardstock pack ... for the layered flowers AND the background. I love how rich all the reds look together.



The leaves come from the Green Meadows cardstock pack. I can't stress enough how luxurious it is to sit down, open a pack of green and red paper, and just start running your dies through the machine. Since the papers are slim, you can fit two papers side-by-side on a standard die machine. I cut them in half lengthwise so I can have all four colors go through the die machine in one pass. Very efficient!




Let's also talk about the beautiful Peony Dream 3D Die here ... it has two main flowers that you can either layer on top of each other (like the bottom flower) or use individually (like the top flower) for a different look.




Here's a close-up. I backed each main layer with chipboard to give it a ton of dimension. You really can't help but run your fingers over it when you see it in person!




One other thing to note, I wanted the smaller flower to be up in the pink section of the card, but it looked odd floating up there without a stem. I was going to cut a strip of paper to use, but then I decided to cut another set of leaves (from Virginia Rose 3D Die), and just take all the leaves off. Voila, a beautifully thin and slightly curved flower stem!



This card uses one of the beautiful blues from the Sea Shore collection as a vertical panel on the card. In the same color family, I stamped the bold leaves from Dot Botanicals to groud the arrangement. The white on the left of the card was looking very stark and unbalanced, until I remembered the white Graph Die Cut Tape. Perfect texture to add for some balance!




Remember on the last card I said you can layer the two main flowers in Peony Dream 3D Die or use them separately? This card just uses the larger flower as the focus of the card. And instead of white highlights, they deep red from the Red Cosmos set for a different look. I also stenciled some dots on the petals with my most-used stencil, Feeling Dotty.




I never would have imagined it, but this is actually my favorite color combination! The yellows from Summer Afternoon and the blues from Sea Shore look stunning together.



They both have a lot of gray in them and screm "Fall" or "Winter" to me ... which is the perfect palette for a floral Happy New Year card. Bright yellows and aquas are often better suited for the traditional summer florals.




This particular flower is made with the Virginia Rose 3D Die Set. This set has the stem for the smaller bloom all figured out already.  I knew I wanted to make blue leaves for this card, but I wasn't prepared for how much I'd like them with the yellow and tan flowers.




I would use that light blue on every card if I could ... it just makes me happy : )
Bundle Pack

Here's a look at all the color families that are being offered. If you're not sure what colors you're going to want to use, you can also purchase the cardstock bundles as a set, with a 5% discount.




Also, the cardstock is sized to fit in the cute Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine ... which happens to be 20% off now through Friday 11/15.

I really enjoyed being spoiled with my pre-cut and pre-matched cardstock. I only planned on making two cards, but I kept wanting to try different combinations of colors together. Fun times!

Prizes:
To celebrate, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scarpbook Blog by 11/20 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. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 11/23. 

I happily send you off to the fabulously talented Jaycee Gaspar ... it's always such a JOY to see what he's come up with!

Thanks for stopping by!
Kelly


Supplies used (affiliate links included, thanks so much for your support!)

Green Meadows Cardstock Set
Red Cosmos Cardstock Set

Sea Shore Cardstock Set

Summer Afternoon Cardstock Set

Peony Dream 3D Die

Virginia Rose 3D Die
Virginia Rose 3D Die

51 comments:

  1. The gradient cardstock makes all of your creations look wonderful.

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  2. Love the color combos! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Oh WOW - your cards are gorgeous. These new gradient coloured papers are an incredible addition to the Altenew collection - a perfect complement to their wonderful layered dies!

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  4. These are beautiful...I think I'm going to have to print out the pictures of your cards, so I have a good guide on how to get my layers lined up the right way. And the paper colors are just so perfect!

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  5. Beautiful cards and love the idea of the gradient card stock!

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  6. Yes, they are gorgeous! I love that the gradient cardstock matches the inks!

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  7. Beautiful cards! i love the gradient color packs.

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  8. Beautiful samples! Love, love your blog hops! So much inspiration from wonderful artists.

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  9. WOW! what wonderful selections of colours on your cards.
    Faith

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  10. Great way to show us how to use different colors to create beautiful floral cards. So excited to play with these card stock sets!

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  11. Oh that Happy New Year card! What a great use of color and texture. And good thinking on the chipboard for extra dimension.

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  12. Wow! I love the amazing inspiration! The new paper packs look terrific. I recently bought some 3D dies and these are perfect with them!

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  13. Absolutely love your cards! I can't wait to try the
    new Altenew gradient papers.

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  14. I’m so excited for the Altenew colored card stock! Your cards display them so well!!!

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  15. Great card examples. I have some of the 3D dies that I am excited to use with the new paper release.

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  16. Beautiful cards! Love the color combinations.

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  17. Love the first cards background

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  18. So pretty, I love the peonies in particular.

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  19. Very beautiful cards! I love the colors you used together! And the layers and depth from the dies is so realistic!

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  20. WOW!! Stunning uses of this beautiful new paper. Your projects are wonderful.

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  21. WOW! Gorgeous colors and Gorgeous creations!

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  22. Love the card with the green strip of paper and the die cut side.

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  23. Beautiful cards! I love the way you created the background on your first card!

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  24. Absolutely stunning cards! I love the blue and yellow combination!

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  25. So graphic! Your florals just pop off the card in those gorgeous gradients--your eye for placement is amazing!

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  26. Your color combos are great - really pretty

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  27. Wow, wow and wow!! These are gorgeous Kelly!

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  28. Beautiful cards, really love the gradient background for your pretty layered die cut flowers and the blue and yellow color combo is my favorite too!

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  29. I love how you used the flower dies and then made gorgeous backgrounds!

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  30. Beautiful cards Kelly, all of them.

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  31. Gradient cardstocks make it so easy to color coordinate your projects and for die cutting! Love the size, too!! Beautiful projects!!

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  32. Love how you used cardstock, stamping and coloring to show depth on these flowers. Love the new cardstock.

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  33. Your cards are little works of art!

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  34. Beautiful cards!! Love how you mixed up the colors!!

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  35. Awesome cards with awesome colors!! :)

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  36. I am loving the gradient cardstock with the 3D Dies!!!! Wow! I don't own any of the dies yet, but this convinces me that I need to!!!! Really beautiful work!!! TFS

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  37. The Altenew gradient cardstock is beautiful. I love your vertical panel card, the blue with the pinks is stunning.

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  38. I love the cards that you made with the gradient cardstock!Thank you for sharing your techniques with us!I can't wait to get them into my stash!

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  39. Beatiful cards. I'm really liking this paper.

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  40. They are all so fabulous, Kelly. I'm surprised how much I like the color combo on the last card too.

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  41. Very pretty cards. These colors are so amazing! I love the way you combined them and the vellum sentiments add a bit of class.

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  42. These are so unique and unexpected. I especially like the unexpected colors together. They really compliment each other.

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  43. I agree -- the colors are absolutely gorgeous! Your cards are beautiful.

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  44. Beautiful cards! I love the gorgeous colors! Inspiring!

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  45. 3 unique and creative floral cards using such vibrant color combinations that I just love!

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  46. Wow Kelly :) I love the way you built up and gave your first card sooooooo much depth! It was also great the way you took full advantage of that slimline card to showcase these new gradients!!! Awesome work :)

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  47. beautiful cards...lovely usage of gradient cardstock...Thanks for sharing...

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly