Altenew Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop + Giveaway

 



Today I am happy to be part of Altenew's annual Celebrating Parents Blog Hop and Card Drive. The goal is to send cards for the elderly living in nursing homes, shelters and other care facilities to let them know they are not forgotten. You should have come from the very talented Eva Bussom's blog.

This past year has been difficult for all of us as we have been navigating Covid restrictions, but older people have been especially hard hit. Many have been ill and too many have died from the virus, others have not been able to see any of their loved ones for months on end as visits have been restricted to prevent further spread of the virus. I am happy that vaccinations are happening on a large scale now.

Below is a list of selected Altenew Products that would be great for cards for elders and parents but also for other year-round projects. Between March 6 and May 31, 2021 Altenew will donate $1 with every order of these stamp sets to the Food Bank of Central New York to support seniors in need.

There is more: Altenew is giving away a total of $200 in prizes on this occasion! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and on each designer's blog no later than March 31, 2021 for a chance to win. Two lucky winners will receive a $50 gift certificate and five others will each receive a $20 gift certificate.

The winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on April 2, 2021.

My first project is a card rather masculine in style, it's colorful, using darker tones of gray and orange that would be perfect for a man. The Arabesque Medallion is very large so on this square card I just used part of the medallion and added a hello label from the great Label Love set stamped in black embossing ink.


The design continues on the back of the card; it's back-to-back. To make a card like this, do not score your card base until the stamping is finished. I really like the way this looks :)
Altenew Crisp ink colors used: Charcoal Suit, Cloudy Night, Gray Denim, Silver Lake, Orange Cream, Sunkissed. I used the rock and roll technique to add shading to the flat shapes.


Then I made a more female version in pinks and blacks. I stamped the medallion in black pigment ink onto pink card stock from my stash, the filler colors I used were Altenew Crisp inks in Silver Lake, Gray Denim, Grape Agate, Amethyst and Baby Pink. Then I mounted the card on to a square black card blank. I added Glossy Accents to a couple of the shapes. I often do not put sentiments on my cards - this one can be used for any occasion.


For my final card today I used an un-scored A2 card base and stamped the full sized medallion in the middle in black pigment ink. The inks used for the filler shapes on this card are very springlike and bright and I again used the rock and roll technique to make a variation in color intensity. 
Altenew Crisp Inks used: Eastern Sky, Ultramarine, Baby Pink, Fuchsia, Limeade and Lime.


Once the card is scored you have a back-to-back card with a sentiment on the front - Congratulations sentiment from the same Arabesque Medallion stamp set. 

I have one final project to share with you and this is not a card but a candy wrapper for a small, sweet gift of a chocolate bar. I remember my great uncle loved to receive candy when he was living in an old person's home :)


To make this I first measured the width of the chocolate bar and cut some solar white 110 lb card stock to that width, adding about a half inch. Then I scored 3/8 and 1 inch from one end to create a flap. I laid the chocolate bar on top to determine where my next score line should be. then I again scored at 3/8 inch below. All I had to do next was cut the last edge to size to create an open ended box, still flat at this point.


The box was decorated while it was still flat.
I stamped a full Arabesque Medallion in gray ink using my MISTI on turquoise card stock, and leaving the stamp in place so that I could over stamp later on. Then I colored the image using my Prisma Color pencils in different shades of white and turquoise.
Once I was happy with the coloring I put my colored image back into the MISTI, over stamped in clear embossing ink a couple of times for good coverage and heat embossed using Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder.


The medallion was fussy cut and then again cut right down the middle and glued to both right sides of the box. Then I heat embossed Thank You from the Adore You stamp set on one side.
Now it was time to assemble the box by folding and using a bone folder to get sharp creases. The box was glued close with double sided tape. I fashioned a closure on each end by cutting a strip of turquoise card stock, scoring and securing with double sided tape to keep the chocolate inside.

A gift wrap and card all in one!

Please let me know in the comments below which of my projects you prefer, I am always excited to read what you have to say.

Now it's time to go to Hussena's lovely blog, if you get lost you can always start at the Altenew Card Blog. The full list of all participants below.

Comments

  1. I love all the different ways you used this set!!! Beautiful!!!

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    1. Thanks Margaret, it's a very versatile set :)

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  2. Beautiful! I love the way the large motif wraps around the cards.

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    1. Thank you Nandini, I really love these back-to-back cards. I'll have more of those on Monday!

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  3. Wonderful cards and snack boxes. I love that you have shown so many ways to use the stamp set - both masculine and feminine. That really helps in choosing which sets to purchase. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Mary Ann, this set is a really versatile one to have - it can really be used for any occasion depending on color choice and so on.

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  4. This is a pretty stamp set. My favorite is the masculine grey and orange one. What a neat detail wrapping it to the back of the card!

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    1. Hi Roxy, I'm glad you like the back-to-back feature as I call it. I'll have more cards like that on the blog on Monday :)

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  5. Such unique designs and colors! LOVE THESE!

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  6. Such a lovely way to use this medallion. All of your samples are beautiful! Really love the pink one the best.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment! The pink on black is such a classic combo :)

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  7. Lovely cards for a wonderful blog hop!

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  8. Marisela Delgado said: Wow! So beautiful! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  9. You really showcase some options for the stamp.

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  10. Wow! Beautiful and different!

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  11. Great cards for Mother's Day and Father's Day! I especially like the ones with the image wrapping around to the back!

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    1. Hi Esther, that makes me so happy - come back Monday for more back-to-back cards :)

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  12. How pretty the grey is. I really like the elegant look.

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  13. Love a card that has stamping on the back also!

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    1. Glad you like this Jayne, more cards like that coming on Monday :)

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  14. I hadn't heard of back to back cards before but totally love the idea so have to add that to my bag of tricks. It is so fun to see how the same stamp can look very different with a change in color or the nice addition of glossy accents. Thanks for the great ideas.

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    1. Thank you Sarah, would be fun to see how you make a back-to-back card!

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  15. Amazing cards. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Jessica, I love selecting color and trying out different options :)

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  17. Love this idea. I like to include a treat with a card when I can

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  18. I love the fold in the middle of the image. I have got to try that. simply stunning.

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  19. Cool cards! I love your stamping on front AND back. I never thought of doing that. Fun to see all the variations.

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    1. Thank you Dorothy, I hope you'll try this for yourself!

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  20. Very neat cards in coloring and scoring technique. I like the candy bar card cover. Glad I got to see your work here on Altenew hop. Thanks for sharing your neat idea. Sure inspiration for me.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words :) and I hope to see you on Monday for another Altenew hop and more back-to-back cards!

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  21. Such wonderful color combos and cards! I wouldn't think to pair orange and gray, but it looks wonderful on that card.

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  22. So many wonderful ideas! I love the gray and orange combination. The card with the design wrapped around from front to back is awesome.

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  23. I love the way you used the medallion stamp! Especially around a chocolate bar!

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  24. How fun! I love your mandala cards and the chocolate box is a great idea!

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  25. So thoughtful of you to share many ways to create with only one stamp. Thank you for the variety of inspiration.

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  26. Great cards and cute candy wrapper.

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  27. This stamp definitely commands attention and I love the different things you have done with it!! Brilliant.

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  28. I like the idea for the pattern to follow to the back. Great idea shares for the hop and drive.

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  29. Your projects are fantastic! I love how you extended the medallion on both sides of the card- so clever! The grey and orange is my favorite!

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  30. I love seeing how you used this design. So beautiful!

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  31. Wow!! Thank you for sharing your brilliant ideas to make pretty cards ❤️

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  32. Oohhhhh...I will have to check out the rock & roll technique! Love the effect that made on intensity on those medallions ❤️

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  33. I like how you wrapped the stamp around two of the cards----what a fun, unique idea!

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  34. Hi Eva, I really like the colors of your first 2 cards. What a great teacher you are. I had never thought to use a large stamp in a way that allows it to show on both front and back. Wonderful idea. Also, I have not heard of the “rock and roll technique”. I will have to look that up. Thanks for the wonderful ideas💕

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  35. Great design and color combos!

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  36. Cool idea and such great colors

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  37. Really love how you folded over the medallion design to the back! Terrific idea and way cool masculine card. Also cant stop loving those poppies. Wow!

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  38. Your creations are wonderful! Loved the unique idea.

    The Spring Leaf

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