Sending Love and Prayers- Altenew Floral Art Stamp Set

This card is a clean, simple and easy one to replicate. It uses Altenew Floral Art Stamp Set and some Altenew Crisp Dye Inks. I had one of the cards (unfinished) in my “stash” box and decided to finish it off with a sentiment and mount it on a card base. As a result I made 14 more and donated them to my church. I’m thinking of making more of them and just switching up the sentiment. It would make a great sympathy card or birthday card.

Supplies: Altenew Floral Art Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Dye inks in the following combinations; Coral Berry & Grapevine, Orange Cream & Firebrick, Hydrangea & Andromeda, Volcano Lake & Emerald, Frayed Leaf, Gina K Amalgum ink, Versamark ink, Simon Says Stamp Wonky Rectangles Die, Altenew Wishing You Stamp Set and Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder.

Thinking of You- Altenew Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set

Today’s card is another card that I made for the AECP Educator’s Blog Hop but didn’t use. I ended up cutting down the original card base and adhering it to a background.

The center square is framed with Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder.

Supplies: Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder, Altenew Dandelion Wishes Stamp set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Morning Frost, Evening Gray, Moon Rock, Canson Watercolor card stock, Altenew Half-tone Square Die, Versamark ink, Mister water bottle, craft foam, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #110 card stock.

How I made it: Stamp the dandelions by putting ink on the stamp, spritzing the stamp with water, then stamping the image onto the watercolor card stock. Continue to do this for each dandelion and the stems. This creates a faux watercolor effect. Cut card stock down to 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and then rub the four sides of the card stock square with Versamark ink and heat emboss with Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder. Stamp a 4 1/4″ x 5″ watercolor card stock with dandelion wisps and Altenew Evening Gray ink. Stamp dandelion wisps on 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ card front using Altenew Morning Frost ink. Heat emboss sentiment with Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder. Mount the card front onto card background with craft foam. Mount card front onto Neenah Solar White #110 card stock. Finished card is 4 1/4″ x 5″.


Make a Wish-You Can Do It-Just Breathe

Hello and welcome back to Treasures In Letters. Today I am sharing the first card I made for the recent AECP Educators Card Blog Hop (see my post for Jan. 18, 2019).

Supplies: Black card stock, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #110, gray card stock, Vellum, Altenew Dandelion Wishes Stamp and Die Set, Altenew Moroccan Mosaic Stamp, Altenew Pure White embossing powder, Altenew Crystal Clear embossing powder, Altenew Translucent Pearl embossing powder, Altenew Warp Speed stencil, Altenew Crisp Dye inks: Frayed Leaf, Evergreen, Forest Glades, Morning Frost, Lava Rock; Versamark ink.

How I made it: I started by rubbing Versamark ink on top of the Warp Speed stencil over Vellum. I then heat embossed with Altenew Translucent Pearl embossing powder. On the back of the vellum I stamped the dandelion wisps with Versamark and heat embossed with Altenew Pure White embossing powder. I wrapped this vellum piece around a gray piece of card stock 4″ x 5 1/4″. I stamped (on Neenah Solar White card stock #80), 1 full-head and 2 half-head dandelions with Altenew Morning Frost ink then with Versamark and Altenew Crystal Clear embossing powder. I stamped the seed centers with Altenew Lava Rock ink and the stems with Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Evergreen Altenew inks. The sentiments were heat embossed with Altenew Pure White embossing powder. The card was framed by 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ black card stock then mounted on #110 Neenah Solar White card stock.

Have a blessed day!!

Make A Wish & Believe

Welcome back to Treasures in Letters, thank you for stopping by. Today I am sharing with you my second-runner up choice for the AECP Blog Hop that I participated in last Friday….so much fun!! And throughout this week I will show you some of the other cards I made on my journey to get to my final choice.

Here is my card for today. To make my card I used Altenew Warp Speed Stencil and dry embossed it in Vellum.

The Dandelion wisps were heat embossed on vellum and die cut with Altenew Dandelion Wishes Stamp and Die Set

To make this card I heat embossed 1 full-head dandelion and 3 half-head dandelions with Versamark ink and WOW Superfine White Pearl Embossing Powder (on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80 card stock). I stamped the stems using Altenew Crisp Dye Inks in Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, and Evergreen. I stamped the seed pods in Lava Rock.

I wrapped the vellum panel around a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ light gray card stock and used a tape roller to glue in place (in the back). I arranged my dandelions and taped down the full-head dandelion but used foam tape on the half-head dandelions. I used a touch of liquid glue on each of the vellum wisps to glue them down. I adhered the gray/vellum card front to craft foam then onto a deep green 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ card stock, adhering the card front to a #110 Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card base. I heat embossed my sentiment onto deep green card stock using Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder.

The supplies I used for my card are: Altenew Warp Speed Stencil, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Lava Rock, Morning Frost; Altenew Translucent Pearl Embossing Powder, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Altenew Build-A-Flower Chrysanthemum Stamp Set, Altenew Tulip Stamp Set, Vellum, Deep Green card stock, Versamark, WOW Super fine White Pearl Embosssing Powder, Craft Foam, and Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110 card stock.

Thanks again for stopping by. If you’d like to leave a comment, the button is in the top left corner of my blog. Have a great day!!

Altenew Educators Blog Hop + Giveaway

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Welcome to Altenew Educators Blog Hop! As Altenew-Certified Educators, we were asked to share our FAVORITE (techniques, styles, Altenew supplies…)!

If you’ve been following along, you’ve just arrived from Teri Wilson’s blog. (If you find a broken link, you’ll find a master list of the hop links at the Altenew Card Blog. Click on the blue link above.)

My name is Patty and today I am taking part in the Altenew Educator Blog Hop. This is my first blog hop ever, so I am very excited! Thank you for stopping by.

I was part of the first group of AECP participants accepted in fall 2017. I really enjoyed being a part of the AECP, it gave me the accountability to practice the techniques that I learned in the videos, and the discipline to finish my cards and complete each Level. Virginia Lu was always so encouraging … and I really needed it…. because I would either over think or under question, which left me two – timing my “Challenges” (yes, doing them twice, except the last one…I learned). 🙂 It was a great experience, and my advice to any of you in the process is to take your time and enjoy it. Don’t worry about what any one else is doing or how fast they are going, enjoy YOUR journey and discover some techniques that you really like and a style that expresses who you are. That’s what makes the process so rewarding.

When I started the program I was so intimidated by the technology side of it, wanting my pictures to look nice, then uploading them….what’s Flickr?! Start a blog, hmmm, I’m not sure I’m ready for that…every thing seemed like it was going to be so hard and daunting to get right, but when you take things one step at a time and ask some questions, it really is pretty easy. I found Virginia was such a HUGE help (and still is), and now we have the wonderful Face Book page we can ask each other questions and help each other along. It’s great! Take advantage of it. I actually started my blog without asking my 2 very capable daughters to hold my hand all the way through it. 🙂 That’s a miracle itself.

The card I am sharing with you today uses the Dandelion Wishes Stamp and Die Set and it has had seven versions as I prepared for the blog hop. That may sound like a little much 🙂 (because it is) but I wanted to play with the stamp set and see what I could do to make it look like the dandelion wisps were light, fluffy and flying through the air. I hope to have captured it in my card today. At this point you might think that “my favorite” thing is to do something over and over again, but it’s not. 🙂 My favorite stamps are Dandelion Wishes and Freeform Greenery because I get excited to make something that has movement, as though the wind just blew. My favorite sentiment didn’t make it on my card today, but it did on one of the six trials…it is “just breathe” from the Moroccan Mosaic Stamp Set. Here’s my card. I hope you like it.

The dandelion heads are made of heat embossed vellum with a plain white die cut of the dandelion head underneath it.

How I made it: I started my background with a 5.5″ x 5.5″ piece of Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card stock, dry embossed with the Altenew Warp Speed stencil. I cut this piece down to 5.25″ x 4″ and rubbed the four sides of the card stock with embossing ink and heat embossed with Altenew Translucent Pearl Embossing Powder.

I stamped 2 full-head dandelions and 3 half-head dandelions with Altenew Evening Gray ink on Vellum and heat embossed them with Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder. I stamped the seeds in Lava Rock ink and heat embossed with Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder. I also stamped, on Vellum, a number of the dandelion wisps (with Evening Gray ink) and heat set them with Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder. I stamped 5 stems using Altenew Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Evergreen inks.

I die cut the vellum dandelions and wisps, along with 2 full-head and 3 half-head dandelions, and the stems, out of #80 Neenah Solar White card stock.

This image reveals the shine that the Crystal Clear and Translucent Pearl Embossing Powders give to the Dandelions.

To prepare the dandelions I sprayed a bit of spray adhesive into an empty cardboard box and dipped the centers of the dandelion heads into the spray adhesive (it was a little wet) then attached them to the plain white die cuts of the same size. I did this for all five dandelion heads.

To assemble the card I used an adhesive roller to tack the stems to the dandelion heads. I then arranged the dandelions until I liked how they looked on the embossed background. I used small foam squares to glue the dandelions in place and trimmed the stems. I then sprayed some spray adhesive into a box, dipped the Dandelion wisps into the spray adhesive (it is wet) then adhered the Vellum dandelion wisps around the card as though they were being blown off of the dandelion heads.

Heat embossing on vellum makes these Dandelions appear soft and light.

To make the sentiment I used deep green card stock and heat embossed with Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder. I adhered the sentiment with foam tape. I adhered the card front to the card base with a layer of craft foam in between.

Make a wish and believe it will come true!

Supplies: The supplies I used were Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest #80, #110 card stock, Vellum, Altenew Crisp Dye inks: Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Evening Gray, Lava Rock; Versamark ink, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Altenew Translucent Pearl Embossing Powder, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Craft foam, E600 Spray Adhesive, foam adhesive and flat sequins.

Altenew is giving away $30 Gift Certificates to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by Jan. 23rd for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 1/25/2019.

To leave a comment on my post please go back to the top of my page and see the left hand column for Comments.

Continue following the blog hop by clicking on Nenette‘s link below:

Altenew Card Blog
Nancy McClelland
Kelli Cool
Michelle Ochoa Murray
Terri Koszler
Maryam Sharara (Maryam Crafter)
Amber Rain Davis
Irina Fonina
Francine Dodwell (no FB)
Teri Wilson Teri Wils
Patty Mello
Nenette S. Madero Nenette Samson Madero
Nicole Picadura

Using Your “Stash”

Today I am highlighting a couple of cards that I made using a background that I created months ago and didn’t know what to do with it so I put it in my “stash”….the box you keep your practices, mistakes, and “I really like this but I don’t know what to do with it” stuff.

The cards feature My Favorite Things Stamps new Bold Beautiful Die.

The rich beautiful colors were created with Nuvo Shimmer Powders.

The supplies for this card are: Black card stock, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110 card stock, Nuvo Shimmer Powders: Atlantis Burst, Blue Blitz, Cherry Bomb; My Favorite Things Stamps Bold Beautiful Die, Neat & Tangled So Many Sentiments Stamp, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, and foam tape.

The lettering for this card came from the outline of my first card.

The supplies for this card are the same (as my first card) with the addition of Simon Says Stamps Wonky Rectangle Dies and Altenew Hibiscus Bouquet Die Set (for the sentiment).

Hi: Thinking of You

Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you had a nice Christmas/Holiday Celebration.

Today I am featuring a small stamp set from Altenew, it is called Billowing Blossoms. I kept the card simple in design and size. The card size is 3 1/2″ wide x 5 1/4″ tall.

I just love the Invisible Alpha lettering on this card (from Altenew).

The supplies I used in this card are as follows: Altenew Billowing Blossoms Stamp, Altenew Thinking of You Stamp, Altenew Invisible Alpha, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Wisteria, Hydrangea, Ultra Violet, Silver Lake, Gray Denim, Morning Frost; Altenew White Embossing Powder, Versamark ink, Neenah Solar White #80, #110, craft foam, sequins, black cardstock.

I Am Grateful

Hello there! Today I am spotlighting a thank you card I recently made for a friend. It is using a Hero Arts stamp set that I bought last fall (2017) but didn’t seem to have the best ink colors to make the stamp looks its best. However, this year I have wonderful Altenew inks that were perfect for making this layered sunflower. I hope you like it.

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Here are the supplies I used:

Hero Arts Sunflowers and Gourds(MH0917C) Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Caramel Truffle, Rocky Shore, Espresso, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Our Daily Bread With Much Thanks Stamp Set, Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Stormy Sky, Gina K Designs Dye Ink: In The Navy, Honey Bee Stamps Outdoor Scene Builder Stencils, Neenah Solar White card stock #80, #110.

For You

Happy Birthday Special Birthday Buddy

This special birthday card was created for my birthday buddy (we share the same date but I’m a cuzillian years older 🙂 ).

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Here are the materials I used on this card:

Strathmore Watercolor card stock, Altenew Floral Art Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Orange Cream, Sunkissed, Firebrick, Frayed Leaf, Altenew Watercolor Paints: Warm Sunshine, Fresh Lemon, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Versamark Ink, Stampendous Detail Clear Embossing Powder, Lawn Fawn Simply “For You” Die, Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Black card stock, craft foam, Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins.

You Are Awesome

Happy Birthday

This is a special card I made for a friend that I work with. I enjoyed adding personal touches to the flowers with white brads and dotted the centers with a Copic detail marker. The vellum flowers were stamped then covered with Versamark ink and clear heat embossed to seal. I just love how it came out!

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Here are the materials that I used in the card (the links will take you to the supplier but not directly to the specific product):

Altenew Floral Art Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Orange Cream, Firebrick, Frayed Leaf, Altenew Life Is Awesome Stamp Set, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Stampendous Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Reflections White Brads, Vellum, Copic Detail Pen and Neenah Solar White Cardstock #80, #110.