Altenew Educators "Alphabet Name Game" Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

 Hello Friends,

Today we are playing the Alphabet Name Game - the first letter of my name is H for Helen and for... Heat Embossing, so that is the technique I am focusing on in this post!

I decided to make autumn cards for this October blog post and used a couple of older favorite stamp sets to create heat embossed backgrounds and fall arrangements. For the backgrounds I used Pattern Power on two of the cards and Dot Botanicals for the grape card. The juicy looking fruit images are from the Simple Fruits and the Simple Flowers sets!

For the very subtle background: From Neenah 110 lb card stock, cut an A2 card base and score the middle. Repeatedly stamp a pattern in clear embossing ink, sprinkle on clear embossing powder and heat set until smooth and shiny.

For the fruit, on a separate piece of Neenah 80 lb card stock, stamp several pieces of fruit using two ink colors for each fruit to create a gradation of color. Using a stamp positioner like the MISTI makes this easy: stamp a first time in the lightest ink color, next carefully tap the darker ink color on the edges of the fruit and stamp again, lastly re-stamp using the lightest color. 

I used my treasured Altenew Crisp Inks for this, colors listed below:
Pomegranate - Ruby Red and Hydrangea
Apple - Butternut, Coral Berry and Forest Glade for the leaves
Pear - Olive, Moss and Espresso for the stem
Orange - Mango Smoothie and Orange Cream
Blueberries - Wisteria, Andromeda and Forest Glade - these berries are from the Simple Flowers set.

I then fussy cut all the fruits and arranged them on my card, gluing them down flat to avoid creating bulk, however if you love dimension on your cards, by all means pop the fruits up with dimensional tape!

I had also stamped out the grapes - using Wisteria, Andromeda and Espresso inks - but they seemed to be the wrong scale for my wreath so I decided to make a separate card using them

You can see the background detail on this close up; heat embossed Dot Botanicals. All the sentiments were stamped directly on the cards in Altenew Crisp inks and then over stamped in clear embossing ink and covered in clear embossing powder.

I made a second version of the first card using another pattern for the background and this time I stamped the sentiment on a strip and dipped the whole thing in embossing ink and again heat embossed in clear powder.

Altenew is generously giving away a total of $200 in prizes, please leave comments on the Altenew card blog and all the designers' blogs by October 10 for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on October 11, 2021.

But there's more! What's a hop without YOU? There is an Inlikz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your gorgeous Altenew "Alphabet Name Game" creations; Altenew will pick 2 of their favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate.

Below is the full blog hop list, please visit all the designer's blog and leave comments for a chance to win a price from Altenew!

Altenew Blog

Virginia Lu

Joylita Dsouza

Fiona Duff

Michelle Ochoa Murray

Irina Fonina

Penny Pynnonen

Anna Patricia Mahtani

Kari VanNoy

Bridget Casey

Rachael Shedeed

Ann Taylor

Neha Aggarwal

Annemarie Caister

Helen Kalb

Sandra Woodson

Nancy Souza

Nandini Karmarkar

Pam Boedeker

Eva Bussom 

Terri Marie Koszler

Karen Brown

I hope you were inspired by my cards, let me know in the comments below what you think!



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  1. That first card is luscious!! *drool* Love the colours, they are popping right out of the page because of the heat embossing! Way to go, Helen.
    Thank you for being part of this hop.

  2. You got such beautiful deep color and shine with your heat embossing. I love the idea of putting the fruit into a fall wreath.

    1. I love the fact that the Crisp Inks heat emboss so well when covered with clear embossing ink :)

  3. Love your clear-embossing. These fruit looks so yummy thanks to your clever technique! Happy to see your lovely work, Helen!

  4. Lovely cards and heat embossing was one of the things that inspired me to start on a card making art journey!

  5. What a unique wreath the fruit makes. Love it, it is so bright and cheerful

    1. I wish I could make a real one to hang on my door!

  6. At first I thought the Pattern Power background was actually a 3D embossing folder. Your fruit is tempting! It looks so yummy!

    1. Stamping instead of using an embossing folder reduces bulk - both are nice in my opinion :)

  7. love your cards - beautifully done:)

  8. Helen, Your cards are scrumptious! Nicely done!

  9. All your cards lookes so simple and that is the hardest thing to accomplish. It makes me happy just to look at them.
    Clever with fruits in a wreath. The grapes are really tempting as well.

  10. Very pretty cards! Thanks for sharing.

  11. The fruit is sooooo fun! I LOVE the grapes!

    1. I am sending the grapes card to someone who has a vineyard - I also hope they like it :)

  12. Marisela Delgado said: So pretty.

  13. Fantastic embossing. What great cards.

  14. They do look really juicy. The embossing powder gives it a texture like real fruit skin.

  15. Hurray for heat embossing. Love the fruit wreath you created! Yummy card!

  16. Your cards are so cute, Helen! I especially love the fruity wreath.

  17. Love the embossing! Cute cards!

  18. Cute cards! Thanks for sharing.

  19. So colorful and pretty! Love the fruit designs!

  20. Bright and cheerful designs, Thanks for the inspiration.

  21. Love the subtle Vladimir embossed background, and how it really goes with the colorful fruit.

  22. Fruit is nice option for fall. Card is colorful and embossing is perfect touch. Thanks for sharing.

  23. The fruits are striking. Thanks so much for the inspirations.


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