Thursday, February 13, 2020

Altenew February 2020 Stamp/Die/Stencil/Watercolors Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

 
Hello! I'm thrilled to help showcase the new Altenew stamp and die release, as well as a new set of watercolors and a reversible craft mat! First things first, you may have come from the blog of Lilith Eeckels, but if not please feel free to start at the beginning with the Altenew Card Blog.


1) Ornamental Bliss Stamp and Die Set

This is one of those sets where I would recommend clearing your calendar the first time you sit down to use it. There are just so many different possibilities on how to use this wonderfully detailed semi circular pattern! I'm going to share three different ways to use this set when you stamp the two halves together to form a circle. But, you can use it so many other ways (on top, on bottom, or on either side of a sentiment, as a background pattern all over a card base, on a die, etc.)


There are a few different components to this set. There's an outline stamp, which I've stamped in black here. Then you start coloring in the open spaces with stamps. Each different color you see here is a stamp. It's really neat how quickly you end up with a fully colored image! Inking up a stamp and having all the hot pink spaces colored at once is extremely gratifying.




The sentiment is from last month's Hello and Hugs set (I've used this one so much already!) I adhered the Hello die right over the design, and the black sentiment strip right over the hello die. The dots were stenciled through the Feeling Dotty stencil.


Here's where the new craft mat comes into play! The middle of the mat has an outline of a vertical and horizontal A2-sized card, including a clearly marked center line. So useful!! Now it's easy to see where you need to be stamping, instead of just eyeballing it. Especially for very symmetrical designs like this one.


Here's a second way to use this stamp ... just the outline of the design. Wow, take a look at all that detail on display! This card really couldn't be more simple, as it's just the two outline halves stamped together and a sentiment strip on top. But even though it's simple to make, it still packs a punch with all that detail.


I think this would be a great stationary-style card. It would also be a great candidate to make multiples of and give to someone as a set with different sentiments. Each card base is a different color, and you stamp the black outline design in the middle.


Finally, here's the third way to use this set ... skip the outline stamp and just stamp the fill-in pieces. I am really surprised at how much I love this look. It's not often I make a card without black on it.



There are a few layers on the "hugs" die to give it some separation from the busy background design. It's actually pretty easy to line up these two halves perfectly to form the circle. The key is to pay attention to the little flower image that extends to each side. It should completely overlap itself when you flip the semi-circle around to stamp the rest of the circle.


Three different looks for the Ornamental Bliss Stamp set, and still so many other possibilities and colors to experiment with!

2) Alpaca Stamp and Die Set



OK, now how cute is this guy? This alpaca will give your cards an instant sense of cool quirkiness. He's also got a bandana layering stamp that will allow you to customize the color of his bandana.


He's popped up over a background of the Layered Stars Die, with some gold glitter peeking out.

 



Super loving this background! It's the perfect combination of reaching across the entire card, without dominating the design. And all that texture from the dots!! Just perfect. I stamped this a second time in a light blush slightly offset from the first, and there's even a little more depth added. 


You can certainly add more depth to the watercolor roses with colored pencils, but not everything has to be mini works of art. I enjoy these blooms in their solid color for a more modern vibe.


I wanted to see how many different colors I could stamp the background in. It appears the answer is four! Or at least that's where I stopped. What a different look with the multiple stamping!



This set is really interesting. It's similar to the Ornamental Bliss set in that there is a stamp for each color in the design, including the mint background. How fun!





The other neat thing is that it's meant to go with the outline stamp from the Rose Blossom Stamp Set! Don't have that set? No worries, you can just use a felt tip pen like I have here and draw your own outlines.


This card is very similar, only I've included two of the panels horizontally. I think this one is my favorite of the batch.


The sentiment strip is cut to the same width to make one larger panel. Although I'm probably going to buy the Rose Blossom stamp set so I can have the outline stamp, it was pretty fun trying my hand at outlining the shapes on my own with a felt pen. 



Once again, I've probably gotten carried away with this release, but when you really love a set it's hard not to keep trying different things out. Thanks for making it all the way through!



Prizes:
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 2/18/2020 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 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 2/21/2020.


Your next stop along this hop is the very talented Therese Calvird, who has some fun projects to share with you. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Kelly


Supplies Used (clickable affiliate links below, I appreciate your support!)

Ornamental Bliss Stamp Set
Ornamental Bliss Die Set
Dotted Diamonds Background Stamp
Layered Stars Die Set
Watercolor Roses Die Set
Watercolor Roses Stamp Set
Warm Hugs Stamp Set
Rose Blossom Stamp Set
Cutting Mat
Watercolor 24 Pan Set

59 comments:

  1. Seven hits out of the ballpark today with all these beautiful cards using this new release from Altenew! It's so fun to see the creativity and talent inspired by these products!

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  2. The dotted Diamond background in 4 colors is a pretty slick trick.

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  3. I love you four-color dotted diamond background!

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  4. I like your B/W version of that ornament. Beautifully done. But I'm truly smitten with Warm Hugs. It's so unique.

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  5. Wow, card number 4 has the most beautiful background. Just gorgeous.

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  6. So many fabulous cards! I love seeing the different ways to use the Ornamental Bliss stamp set!

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  7. Beautiful cards! So nice of you to do so many!

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  8. I love the dotted diamond background stamp. Your Llama is so cute too. Loving this new release!

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  9. Great Altenew release! Awesome creations! I especially love your Sending HUGS card!

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  10. Fabulous cards! Love all of this new release!

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  11. Your cards are beautiful! I love putting the ornamental bliss stamp together like that! So pretty!

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  12. Ive tended to favor more detailed layering stamps, but I see I'm going to have to branch out to the watercolor sets as well.

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  13. These are ALL AMAZING! Love the Ornamental bliss Stamp! Great colors!

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  14. Such wonderful designs Kelly, love all of them, especially the B&W using the Ornamental Bliss Set. Also the new watercolors are so vibrant I can tell I am going to be in so much trouble sticking to budget this month :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. My favorite is the pink beautiful friendship card. Beautiful work on all of them.

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  16. I'm not usually into the llama/alpaca craze, but your alpaca card makes me reconsider that. It has so much attitude and sparkle - very neat!

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  17. Great job Kelly! I really like your cards with the Rose Blossom Stamp Set. It's very simple and clean but very gorgeous! I love them!

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  18. Wow Kelly, you really knocked this one out of the ball park!! Fabulous cards!

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  19. Your cards are unique. I especially love the black and white one. Different and elegant.

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  20. What a great introduction to these stamp sets. They are beautiful!

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  21. I like the different ideas for the ornamental stamp and the two panel warm hugs.

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  22. love the graphic design of your card layouts

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  23. I am loving the different ways you showcased the stamps. The diamond background is transformed with multi color stamping; brilliant idea. The Roses are my favorite and love them best solid stamped. My favorite cards though are the Warm Hugs cards. So graphic and LOVE the pink and grey.

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  24. Fabulous cards!! I love the Warm Hugs set and that Alpaca is adorable.

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  25. Thanks for sharing this array of beautiful cards!!

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  26. Your cards are really great! Lots of inspiration!!

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  27. Goodness, you made so many pretty cards! I love the different looks achieved with the Ornamental Bliss set....your color choices on those are lovely, but I love the look of the no color one! I really like how you used the Dotted Diamond Background with the Watercolor Roses.

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  28. All the cards are really beautiful! I love the new Ornamental Bliss set. And I absolutely adore the gorgeous cards you have created with this great set!

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  29. Wow! You were busy. Love all your fabulous creations. Inspiring ♥

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  30. I love how Altenew added the stamps to color for both the ornamental bliss and the new day stamp. Great idea.

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  31. Gorgeous cards! And that little llama is SO CUTE!

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  32. The ornamental bliss set is my favorite...I just love the cards you made!!!

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  33. Beautiful cards! I love the third card you made with the Ornamental Bliss set. It's really pretty without the outline stamp.

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  34. OMG - what stunning cards. Incredible to see so many beautiful examples of the stamps.

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  35. Love your beautiful cards, the Dotted Diamond Stamp is one of my favouites from this release.

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  36. The craft mat sounds wonderful.
    Always needing help getting designs
    aligned correctly. Wonderful
    collection of cards. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  37. Wonderful projects. I wasn't sure how I'd use the beautiful Ornamental Bliss stamp, and you've shown me some beautiful possibilities. Love that adorable alpaca!

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  38. Your cards are fabulous. The more I see of that Ornamental Bliss Stamp set the more I want it. And I adore that Alpaca.

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  39. Thanks for sharing these pretty and cute cards.

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  40. Fabulous cards! The Ornamental Bliss design is a favorite, and I love that Dotted Diamonds Background pattern!

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  41. Beautiful cards, They are similar yet different, I really liked your background techniques.

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  42. Fabulous cards, love your work.

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  43. I really love all your cards, especially the ones made with the ornamental bliss set. Thank you.

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  44. Yes, blocking out an afternoon to work with the Ornamental Bliss set seems necessary! I really love that set.

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  45. Your cards are beautiful, and I'm really leaning toward that Ornamental Bliss stamp set.

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  46. oooh, so pretty is what I said when I saw your first cards! They all are beautiful and the colors are fantastic!

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  47. Love how you used the cotton stamp -- very on trend (what do I know?). And that Ornamental Bliss card that is just black and white! LOVE!

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  48. What a wonderful variety of creations!! Love your takes on the oriental bliss set! <3

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  49. I keep zooming in on the Ornamental Bliss stamp set. I love how you used it in each of the cards. I'm also drawn to your Watercolor Rose cards. Fabulous work!

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  50. What a beautiful post with such fabulous cards, Kelly! It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite, but the pink and gray is quite elegant.

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  51. Wow, what a beautiful collection of cards! Creative and stunning inspiration using the new products.

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  52. Your cards are beautiful! I love the way you changed each card just a little bit to make a whole new card! Thanks for the inspiration!

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