Friday, August 16, 2019

Altenew Guest Designer | August 2019

Hello, crafty friends!  
I am so excited and honoured to be Guest Designing on the Altenew Card Blog this month. Altenew is one of my all-time favourite companies and I totally love creating with their products. 

I’ve created four cards to show you different ways to use your layering stamps and dies.

To create my card, I first die cut the different flowers from the Garden Picks 3D Die Set from Canson Montval Watercolor Cardstock. Then, I coloured all the different layers using  Watercolor Brush Markers from the Tropical Fiesta Set. The Brush Markers are so rich and vibrant in colour that a little goes a long way! I used a diluted version of Purple Wine and Crimson for the flower petals and Sweet Leaf and Lime for the leaves. After all the die cuts had dried, I assembled them together. 

I am a sucker for foliage and love how the Garden Picks 3D Die Set offers so many possibilities! I die cut few flowers and extra foliage from the Layered Floral Elements Die Set as well and colored the pieces using the same colours that I had used for the bigger flowers and leaves. The elements in these sets coordinate so well with each other. 

The only stamping that is present on this card is in the form of the stamped sentiment which is from the Magnolias For Her Stamp Set. I stamped it on a strip of white cardstock using the Obsidian Pigment Ink, which has become my absolute favourite ink to use these days. The stamped impressions with it are so clean and crisp!

I wanted to do something different and striking for my card background, so I die cut the Watercolor Stripes Cover Die from Canson Montval Cardstock and placed it horizontally on my card base. I colored the stripes in between the watercolor stripes using the Fresh Lemon Brush Marker from the Tropical Fiesta Set.

I die cut an oval from the Create-A-Wreath Die Set from White Glitter Cardstock and adhered all my flowers and foliage around this frame with the help of foam dots. I adhered my sentiment banner in the centre of this frame and my card was done. For the finishing touches, I added some clear sequins and black paint splatters to my card panel.

To create this card, I started by stamping the different roses from the Sweet Rose Bouquet Stamp Set on a piece of 4.25" X 5.5 " Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110LBS Cardstock. I used the Red Sunset Oval Set for the roses and for the leaves, I used the Tropical Forest Oval Set. This is a fairly easy layering stamp set and it didn't take me too much time to align the layers together.
Once I was done with all the stamping, I die cut an oval frame from the Create-A-Wreath Die Set and adhered it over my stamped panel. I used foam tape while adhering it for added dimension.

I didn't want to take away the focus from the background and hence kept the rest of the card simple. I used the Script Words Die Set to die cut the word 'Hugs' from white cardstock. I die cut it from fun foam as well, so that I could adhere the white die cut piece over the fun foam piece to achieve a raised effect. I tend to do this a lot when adhering die cuts in order to ensure that the pieces have uniform dimension. The other part of my sentiment comes from the Sweet Friend Stamp Set. I heat-embossed it using the Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder on a strip of black cardstock.

I matted this panel onto another layer of cardstock which was then adhered to an A2 sized top-folding card base.  I added some clear sequins and white and pink black paint splatters to complete my card.

The third card I have made showcases the Floral Art Stamp Set and the Best Mom Stamp Set.

I find the Floral Art Stamp Set really elegant and wanted to use it in a way which would highlight the gorgeous stamp layers. For my card, I first started by stamping the different layers of the large flower using Jet Black, Pink Pearl, and Coral Bliss inks. I also stamped some leaves using Bamboo Crisp Dye Ink using stamps from the same set. 

Next, I stamped the floral image from the Best Mom Stamp Set and coloured the flowers and buds using the Coral Berry Artist Marker (Set A). I used only a part of the image for my card as I wanted to use it as additional foliage for my card design. I then die cut the image using the coordinating Best Mom Die Set. I also die cut three flowers from the Layered Floral Elements Die Set and coloured them using the Coral Berry Artist Marker to match with the colours of my card.

The sentiment is also from the Best Mom Stamp Set. I find it really meaningful and is so apt to use for several occasions. I heat-embossed it using the Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder on a strip of black cardstock. I added a thin strip of Silver Glitter Washi Tape to the sentiment piece for added interest.

I kept the background for this card really simple. I dry embossed the background using the Feeling Dotty Stencil. Then, I  lightly coloured the embossed dots using the Limestone Crisp Dye Ink. Next, I adhered all the stamped images except the leaves using foam tape on my card panel. For the finishing touches, I added some Black Nuvo Drops and black paint splatters to the background. Finally, I mounted this to an A2 sized top-folding white card base and my card was complete.

My final card features the Beautiful Peony Stamp Set, Cube Cover Die, and Spring Shower Cover Die.

To start off, I stamped several peony flowers and leaves from the Beautiful Peony Stamp Set using Embossing Ink. I used the Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder to heat emboss them in white and then die cut them out using the coordinating Beautiful Peony Die Set. I coloured the flowers using the Crimson Brush Marker and leaves using a combination of Sweet Leaf and Lime. The Brush Markers are very concentrated, so while colouring, I mixed the colours with a lot of water to achieve a lighter hue.

 Next, I die cut the Spring Shower Cover Die from white cardstock and used the left-over die cut pieces as foliage for my card. I coloured the leaves also using the Sweet Leaf and Lime Brush Markers from the Watercolor Brush Markers - Tropical Fiesta Set.

I wanted to include some texture on my background, so I used the Cube Cover Die to emboss the panel. To do so, I simply added an Embossing Tan Mat while running it through my die cutting machine, so that it wouldn't cut the panel and just emboss it. Once it was embossed, I used the Limestone Crisp Dye ink to lightly colour the background, making sure to add only a tinge of colour so that the coral flowers would pop against it. I placed my flower arrangement on this panel and adhered them down. 

For the sentiment, I used the Hope Die Set to die cut the word 'Hope' from white cardstock. I coloured it using the Crimson Brush Marker from the Watercolor Brush Markers - Tropical Fiesta Set. The second part of my sentiment comes from the Hope Stamp Set. I stamped it using Obsidian Pigment Ink on a strip of white cardstock. 
As usual, I added some clear sequins and grey and coral paint splatters to complete my card design. I then mounted this panel on to an A2 sized top-folding white card base. 

That’s it from me for today! Huge thanks to Altenew for having me as a guest today. Thanks to you all, crafty friends, for looking! Hope I was able to inspire you with my cards.
Thank you for stopping by!


  1. Just came by to tell you I can't stop looking at your gorgeous, creative cards!

  2. ALL of theses are SO lovely!! That first one simply sent me swooning!! The soft yellows and subtle textured stripes.. and the pretty florals! Congratulations on the Guest posting Hussenna!

  3. Congratulations on Guest Designing Hussena ! I am always very excited to see what you create with altenew products, treat to eyes is guaranteed !! Your cards are impeccable..perfect choice of colors and composition !! Each one of them is a stunner !

  4. Your cards are all gorgeous but that last one is amazing. Wow!!

  5. Gorgeous floral cards, as always!! You inspire me everytime :)

  6. Wow! Love your cards! Just received my first build-a-flower set from Altenew (vintage roses). You inspired me and gave wonderful tips that I can incorporate into my cards. Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. Your work is gorgeous ma'am.. so delicate and pretty. Working with those flowers and diecuts, you do magic with paper. Also, to see you as a Guest Designer at Altenew, is such a lovely feeling.《 I am waiting for the day you'll be on their DT :) 》Congratulations for GD ma'am.

  8. Thank you for sharing all these beautiful cards.