Altenew Exotic Garden Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Today I have many colorful cards to share as part of the Altenew Exotic Garden Release Blog Hop. This is a spectacular release with so many beautiful stamps, dies, stencils, 3D embossing folders to choose from!

You should have arrived here from one of the most fabulous card makers I know; Aga, truly a hard act to follow and I am a little bit star struck.. 🤩  but let's jump right in.

Gingko trees are so beautiful and the Sweet Gingko Stamp Set  has some lovely branches and leaves. This is a layering set; the branches also stamp the detail layer of the the leaves and there is a solid layer for the leaves. 

For my first card I imagined the illusion of gingko leaves creating shadows in the sunlight so I stamped and over stamped the solid leaf stamps all over a white A2 white card base in all four inks in the Green Valley collection of Altenew Crisp Inks: Mountain Pine, Shadow Creek, Grass Field and Firefly. The resulting panel looks a bit like camouflage which is exactly what I intended. 

Before heat embossing the gold elements I made sure the panel was completely bone dry! I stamped "Merci" from the Carpe Diem set and the detail leaf layer in embossing ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. 


To add some dimension I die cut a rectangle from the stamped card base and mounted the resulting frame on a card blank and added the middle section using some Instant Dimension Foam Tape. This tape is the perfect height at 1.5 mm, just right!


I felt that these gingko branches could easily also pass as flowers - something Egyptian possibly - so I also stamped them in two pink colors of dye ink; Pinkalicious and Razzleberry on a white square (2.5 inch) piece of card stock, and added a sentiment that I heat embossed in navy blue.

I die cut a rectangle from navy card stock, about half an inch smaller than an A2 card and taped down strips of Cherry Blossom Slim Washi Tape Set. Then I mounted the card onto a standard American white A2 card blank. IMPOSSIBLE from the  Carpe Diem  set seemed a good choice for a sentiment for this card!


Next up is the Painted Rainbow stamp set which immediately made me want to stamp a rainbow of brush marks! Using a MISTI and moving the card stock an equal distance between each color ensures regular results. For my rainbow I used Midnight Violet, Azurite, Persian Blue, Parrot, Maple Yellow, Snapdragon and Heart Beat Crisp Inks.
To complete the card I stamped DONT QUIT from the Carpe Diem set in black pigment ink and glued the panel down on to a black card base.


For the next card I stamped several brush strokes in more masculine colors; Gray Denim, Heart Beat, Teal Cave, Cloudy Night and Snapdragon. Adding YAY! from the small Celebrate Stamp Set in black pigment ink.
This is the kind of stamping I love, selecting ink colors and composing something fresh! 


For a Swede like me, seeing the word Fika in a stamp set - Carpe Diem - is amazing, thank you Altenew!  To me it evokes friendship and complicity over coffee and cakes so I stamped just that using two stamps from the Cake Love set. I performed some stamp surgery to remove the explanatory text from the stamp - no big deal.
I feel the colors chosen for the Painted Rainbow set brushstrokes - Orange Burst, Grape Agate, Olive, Rocky Shore and Dusk Crisp Dye Inks - gives this card quite a modern feel.


A 3D embossing folder is probably one of the easiest and most impactful products to use on a card - it's dramatic and you truly do not need much else for a fabulous card.

For my first example, I used the Decorative Florals folder on a heavy, light pink card stock from my stash, then I added a little bit of Altenew Artist Alcohol Marker in a light green for the center and stamens of the flowers.
Lastly I added two sentiments in French from the Carpe Diem stamp set in black pigment ink. I actually cut away the English translation from these stamps, if I ever want to stamp the full sentiment I can piece them back together. The panel was mounted to a black card base.


For my last card today I used another of the amazing 3D Embossing folders, this one is called Banana Leaves. I inked up  the raised sections of the embossing folder with Parrot  dye ink and ran through the die cutting machine using heavy white card stock. I had to re-ink and run it through twice to get good coverage. The effect is stunning, and yet so quick!
I stamped hello from the Sweet Ginko stamp set in black pigment ink and finished the card by gluing to a black card base.


This is truly a fabulous release and I have many more card ideas and projects in my head - I'll get to work on these and will be back soon with more to share, so please come back to my blog for new looks soon!

To celebrate the release, Altenew is giving away $300 in total prizes - 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 by May 10, 2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from all the comments and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on May 12, 2021. Good luck to you!

Now it's time to hop on to Amber's blog, enjoy her fabulous creativity!

Blog Hop Order:
Agnieszka Malyszek - you should have come from here
Helen Kalb - you are here
Amber Rain Davis - your next stop

I hope to see you here again soon!
Hugs,
Helen


Disclosure: Please note that I do not participate in any affiliate programs and do not receive any payment for producing this or any other blog post. I only post about products I love and provide product links purely for the convenience of my readers. To participate in this release hop I did receive several products from Altenew to use on this post:
Sweet Gingko Stamp Set
Cherry Blossom Slim Washi Tape Set
Carpe Diem Stamp Set
Painted Rainbow Stamp Set
Banana Leaves 3D Embossing Folder
Decorative Florals 3D Embossing Folder
All other products (paper, card stock, inks, stamps etc) were personally purchased by me. 

Comments

  1. Nice project shares. I like the ideas for the folders.

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  2. The leaves are so pretty...all of them. I have a thing for Ginkos, too.

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  3. The ginko technique looks beautiful

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  4. barbara lassiterMay 04, 2021

    These are amazing. Beautiful collection of cards and inspiration.

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  5. Amazing cards Helen! I agree with you, there are so many wonderful products on this release! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. Stunning cards with several inspirational styles

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  7. Gorgeous cards. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Decorative Florals is really lovely. One quick pass through the machine and you have an elegant statement piece. Very cool.

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  9. Love the clean simplicity!!

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  10. Gorgeous cards, love the colorful ones as well as the white, all very pretty!

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  11. I love the rainbow colors and the designs!

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  12. Wow! I enjoyed the gold embossed ginkgo petals on the green background! I liked your pink monotone embossed card, but the green and gold one really struck me!

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  13. I love these cards especially the rainbow one

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  14. AnonymousMay 04, 2021

    Marisela Delgado said: Such beautiful cards! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  15. Love the banana leaf card!

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  16. all beautiful cards! My favorite is the pink and gold flower

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  17. Beautiful. Love the pink against the blue background

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  18. Your cards had me seeing the release in new ways. I love the dappled effect with the gingko leaves and way you used the brush strokes. Turning them vertically automatically made me think happy like throwing your arms in the air. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration

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  19. What beautiful cards, love them all. Each one is just stunning.

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  20. Wonderfully colorful cards! My favorite card is the pink embossed card! I just love it!

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  21. Your cards are wonderful! My favorite is the green and gold ginko one. Love all the layers and dimension that you achieved!

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  22. Gorgeous, unique and creative cards! I especially love the brush stroke ones with the cool designs, and the pink embossed card. Thanks for sharing these amazing ideas!

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  23. So very pretty. Thanks for sharing

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  24. I really love that first card, and it actually reminds me a whole lot of camo! Super cute 😊

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  25. They are each unique in their own way, can be made for a quick card. All are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Fantastic cards! The brush stroke cards are so fun!

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  27. Wonderful cards with these beautiful designs! The gingko leaves area favorite and I love the cards you created with them!

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  28. I am agog over all these stamps and all these cards! So many possibilities!

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  29. Wow - lots of great cards that showcase this new release. I love seeing how talented people use the new products and really appreciate you sharing your talent.

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  30. The pink gingko card is so pretty! I love all things pink.

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  31. Gorgeous and creative cards!!

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  32. Very pretty and fun cards... Thank you for the inspiration!

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  33. What a great collection of cards! I'm partial to the ginko ones, but then again the rainbows are wonderful, too!

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  34. Simply gorgeous! Another wonderful release!

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  35. Thank you for another beautiful release, Altenew!

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  36. All of the are great!

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