Saturday, May 7, 2022

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Butterfly Bush Release Blog Hop + Giveaway (Total of $200 prizes)


Hello, crafty friends!
I'm so happy and honoured to be joining Altenew for the Craft-A-Flower: Butterfly Bush Release Blog Hop today showcasing the next installment in their monthly Craft A Flower series: Butterfly Bush! Craft-A-Flower is a monthly subscription plan for their Craft-A-Flower Die Set. When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in their monthly Craft-A-Flower releases and will receive a set each month - at a specially discounted price! ($35.99 →$29.99)

If you arrived here from Eva Bussom'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.

The Craft-A-Flower: Butterfly Bush Die Set is so beautifully intricate, with gorgeous details and a lovely, substantial size. I have a vibrant blended project for you today, so let’s get started with the details.


To create my card, I first took a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and placed the flower dies from the Butterfly Bush Die Set about one-third of the way down and as far to the right as possible and ran it through my Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine.  I repeated the same steps with the leaf and the butterfly layer dies. Next, following the layering guide, I watercolored a layer of Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, and Rubellite from the Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set with the lightest color on the base layer. I largely concentrated the color in the center of the flowers and used liquid glue to adhere them altogether. 

I mixed shades of green (Evergreen, Forest Glades, Bamboo, Frayed Leaf) from the Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set to get varying shades of green on my leaf die-cut pieces and used liquid glue to adhere them together. Next, to colour the branch and the body of the butterfly, I mixed Mocha and Espresso from the Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set to give the design more definition.

Next, to create the card background, I took a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and I used blending brushes and LagoonParrot, and Buttercream inks to add lots of bold, saturated color to the card front. I did a few layers of ink blending to make sure that the color was really vivid and saturated, then spritzed some plain water into my hand and splattered it onto the blended card front with my fingertips, immediately blotting it up with a paper towel. I also added some black splatters using the Jet Black Ink Spray.

Then, I die-cut a frame out of  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and White Foam using the Layer 3 Die from the Precision Layering Mini Slimline A Etched Dies and adhered the layers together with Craft Glue for depth. Next, to colour the butterfly, I used some vibrant blue and purple Copic markers to do flick feathering to the image. I started the lighter color on the outer edges of the butterfly wing, turned my paper around, and then used the darker colour towards the inside of the wing. After coloring the butterfly, I cut out the shadow wing from White Cardstock and coloured it with Lagoon ink and then adhered the layers down using foam adhesive. I really love the additional butterfly dies included in the set. They are so pretty and make for just the perfect accent to add to a card.

Once that was done, I stamped a sentiment from the Castle Garden Stamp Set onto the background panel using Obsidian Pigment Ink. Then, I mat my card panel with Dazzling Diamond Cardstock before adhering it a top-folding A2 white card base using tape runner.



Giveaway Prizes:
$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 05/13/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/15/2022.


 Blog Hop Order:
Next Stop on this Blog Hop is the wonderful, Nandini Karmarkar'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:


I really appreciate you stopping by and participating in this blog hop! 
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25 comments:

  1. Your gorgeous colour choices created incredible depth. Beautiful card💖

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  2. Absolutely stunning. I love the illusion of a mirror...so perfect.

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  3. Your card is beautiful! I love the colors and simple arrangement.

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  4. Nice color combo! I love the coloring on the butterfly.

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  5. Such refreshing and springy colors! Thank you! jlingraham@hotmail.com

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  6. Your colors are so light and springy! Thank you! jlingraham@hotmail.com

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  7. The leaves look great and so does the stem. I have not seen this take from any of the other designers. Craft a flower is one of my crafty subscription's. I received this in the mail yesterday & made 4 blooms....... BEAUTIFUL! Off to make cards with all of this blog inspiration. Very cool color choices.

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  8. Wow! Your card is stunning! I love the way you colored the butterfly and the background is gorgeous! The flowers really pop!

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  9. Very pretty design

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  10. Jill RauenhorstMay 9, 2022 at 8:59 AM

    Beautiful butterfly, fabulous card!

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  11. Love the colors and dimension! Beautiful card!

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  12. Thanks for sharing your lovely card!

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  13. Beautiful! Love the butterflies. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  14. Beautiful card! Love the colors and textures! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. Your card is gorgeous - I love the vibrant contrast of colours!

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  16. The pinks look so pretty together. And the leaves are such a nice addition. Really pretty all the way around

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  17. gorgeous card. love the background.

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  18. Gorgeous card, love the background colours.

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  19. Lovely card! I really like your color choices.
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  20. Great color share. Nice color layers for the flower and butterfly.

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  21. Very beautiful! I love the card design and your color choices.

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  22. So pretty in pink and I l like the background and framing.

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