Friday, March 25, 2022

Altenew March 2022 Whimsical Fairy Tale Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

Hello, crafty friends!
I am excited to be joining  Altenew for their March 2022 Standalone Embossing Folder & Stencil Release: Whimsical Fairy Tale! This release features so many beautiful new 3D embossing folders and stencils!

If you arrived here from, Terri Koszler's Blog, then you are on the right track. If this is your first stop, then you will want to start at the beginning, the Altenew Card Blog. We've got tons of inspiration and giveaways for you on the hop today, so keep reading till the end of this post for more information.

My first card only required a few card making supplies. I used the Checkered Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder to make my dramatic background and used the NEW Peony Sunshine 3D Embossing Folder on some of Altenew’s Watercolor Paper to create a watercolored embossed image.  The huge embossed image covers the majority of the A2 card front and was so fun to colour!

I began my project by embossing the new Peony Sunshine 3D Embossing Folder on some of Altenew’s Watercolor Paper. This lightly textured paper looks beautiful when embossed alone, like fancy letterpress. Next, I used the Tropical Fiesta Brush Markers to add some watercolor to each of the petals. I worked on it in different sections and ensured that the watercolored petals had dried before going back and working on the petals next to the newly-dry petals. Once the watercolored image had dried completely, I fussy-cut it out using a pair of scissorss. Then, I used the Antique Gold Metallic Spray to add some shiny, shimmery gold splatters to the peony to make it extra artsy!

Next, I embossed a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock using the Checkered Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder, then watercolored the panel with Jet Black, Moon Rock, and Industrial Diamond paints in an ombré fashion, adding a few splatters of Antique Gold Metallic Spray and Jet Black Ink Spray to create the dramatic look. Then, I die-cut Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock using the leaf dies in the Build-A-Flower: Sakura Blossom Layering Stamp & Die Set and coloured them using the Tropical Fiesta Brush Markers. Next, I used the Antique Gold Metallic Spray to add some gold splatters to the leaves to make them shimmer!

Once my watercoloring had been completed, I used the Hello and Hugs Die Set to die-cut my sentiment from Black Glitter Cardstock. I love the contrast of the pretty, feminine watercolored floral peony with the bold black sentiment. I stamped the accompanying sentiment onto a strip of White Cardstock using Obsidian Ink and popped it up on my panel using foam squares. Then, to finish, I adhered the layers together with Craft Glue, before adhering it to a top-folding A2-sized white card base using tape runner.

My second card features the Double Rainbow Stencil, which is one of my absolute favourites from this release. I just had to create a vibrant rainbow card with this stencil and I am so happy with the way it has turned out! This card would just not be great to send to a friend or dear one, but serves as a great reminder to one's self too. I am thinking of recreating this design on a vertical frame and hanging it in my craft room. I think the quote would definitely help brighten up my spirits when I am feeling low or demotivated. 

I began by trimming a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and lay the Double Rainbow Stencil on top using the Best Ever Craft Tape. Next, I used my Blending Brushes to blend a bright rainbow of dye ink across the front of the card. This stencil is super fine, so I recommend using Craft Tape or a temporary spray adhesive to overlay onto your cardstock, so that it doesn't shift while blending. I used Warm Sunshine, Parrot, Mint Choc, Rubellite, Orange Cream, and Grass Field inks to create the rainbow on my card front. Doesn't it look so beautiful? Once that was done, I spritzed the panel with some Jet Black Ink Spray to create an artsy look. 

Next, I debossed the card panel using the Double Rainbow Stencil in my Platinum 6" Die Cutting Machine (I positioned my Platform Standard; Stencil UP with Cardstock Inside; Embossing Mat; XL Embossing Plate and then ran this through my die cut machine as I would an embossing folder. The stencil pressed into the paper leaving a lovely impression).  

Once that was done, I die-cut Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and Citrine Cardstock using the flower and foliage dies in the Layered Floral Elements Die Set. I blended the same ink colours (Warm SunshineParrotMint ChocRubelliteOrange Cream, and Grass Field) over the pieces using Blending Brushes. After die cutting the foreground elements, I arranged them on top of my embossed and ink blended background using Craft Glue and foam squares.

Next, for my sentiment, I die-cut Citrine, Emerald, and Razzleberry Cardstock using the 'You' die included in the Dynamic Blossoms Die Set, and adhered the layers together with Craft Glue, allowing the gold glitter paper to peak out to the left side for depth. Then, I stamped the rest of the sentiment onto a strip of White Cardstock using Obsidian Ink. Lastly, to finish, I adhered the pieces together with Craft Glue, before adhering it to a top-folding A2-sized white card base using tape runner.

Giveaway Prizes:
$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away 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 on the blog hop list below by 03/31/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 04/02/2022.

Blog Hop Order:
Next Stop on this Blog Hop is the wonderful, Emily Midgett's blog. Just in case you lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of participants so that you can find your way back:

Altenew Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Jaycee Gaspar

Cheryl Espie

Jenny Colacicco

Colleen Balija

Terri Koszler

                             Hussena Calcuttawala (You are HERE)

Emily Midgett


Nathalie DeSousa

Linda Westfall

Virginia Lu

Teresa Litchfield

Tenia Nelson

Nenette S. Madero

Amy Hill

Reiko Tsuchida

Nandini Karmarkar

Bridget Casey

Katrina Howe

SathyaKala Sankaran

Natasha Davies

Sande Woodson

Rosie Neustaedter

Nichol Spohr

Preeti Chandran

Daniel Diaz

Mindy Eggen

Well, that’s all for my projects today! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  1. I love your cards with the new Altenew embossing folders, especially the pastel rainbow!

  2. I really like your Rainbow card!
    Looking forward to seeing more of your creations.

  3. Beautiful cards! Thanks so much for your fabulous inspiration!

  4. The peonies are gorgeous.
    Love the rainbow. Great cards.
    thanks for sharing

  5. Beautiful job on your cards. I love the rainbow and on your first card it is all so pretty.... love the background... tyfs :)

  6. The first card looks like a beautiful bright flower on a stormy day, stunning! The rainbow card is simply fun.

  7. My favorte is the poney and it is gorious. Thanks for the inspirations

  8. The rainbow is so pretty with the floral layered dies

  9. Very pretty! (I did have a hard time finding where to leave a comment though.)

  10. Beautiful peony card! Love it.

  11. Oooo I love the rainbow! Gorgeous!

  12. Absolutely LOVE the new release!! Your designs are SO gorgeous! 🌸💕

  13. Both are just gorgeous, your coloring on the first one is just amazing, lovely dimension and such pretty spring colors for the second!

  14. Oh WOW! These are both so gorgeous I can't pick a favorite!

  15. Both cards are so beautiful...I don't know which one I like the best!! Can't choose!

  16. Your cards are beautiful. The rainbow one is my favorite.

  17. The rainbow card is wonderful - love the sentiment with it - perfect!

  18. I love the pink and grey card combo....but that rainbow card is EVERYTHING.

  19. Beautiful cards!
    As an aside, this is my fourth attempt to leave a comment. Hours after my third try I'm trying once more. Weird!

  20. Gorgeous cards! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Both the cards are so beautiful...

  22. Those cards really jump out at you. Very nice.

  23. Two embossing folders in on card. Great idea.

  24. Love this new release & your beautiful cards 😍

  25. Your cards are so pretty and inspiring!

  26. These cards would surely brighten my day if I received them, especially the rainbow.

  27. I love the way you used the stencil! Beautiful colors and flowers!

  28. Love your cards. Love love the rainbow card. So pretty. My favorite.

  29. I love the embossed diamond back ground with peonies, just so beautiful.

  30. I love the pretty pink flower card!

  31. Absolutely beautiful cards! The colors and designs are amazing.
    Thanks for sharing.