I am doing my happy dance for the Craft-A-Flower Anemone Blog Hop as a guest designer for Altenew! Maybe you found your way here from Norine Borys crafty goodness and next up will be Nicole Watt with her take on this amazing set, either way, you are in for a treat!
Diecuts are my jam and the Craft-A-Flower layering diecuts work a special kind of magic on a card, giving an illusion of dimension beyond their actual shape. This month's Craft-A-Flower release features one of my favorite flowers, the Anemone. Of course it would not be an Altenew blog hop without a delightful Giveaway. Remember to stay with me for those details!
When I saw this set, I immediately wanted to cluster the anemones. The blooms in this set are large! I ended up sizing my card base at 5"x7" to accommodate 5 generous flowers and a massive amount of pinkness!
The Craft-A-Flower products pair effortlessly with the Gradient Cardstock set and Altenew if offering a Craft-A-Flower: Anemone Layering Die Set & Gradient Cardstock Bundle at 5% off, featuring pink and green cardstock. I actually used these color combos in my project!
When you get the Craft-A-Flower Anemone Die Set, you will see the layering guide below that I followed step-by-step to select my cardstock layers in a range from light to dark pinks, reds and greens and align each layer with the appropriate die.
Using the Gradient Cardstock set took the guesswork out of selecting the different shades I needed and sometimes when I am in a rush to just create (which is often LOL), this is a blessing!
You get two gorgeous blooms with this set and I decided to diecut each twice in shades of pink and green. Note that I reversed the order of the shades of each bloom, the layering guide shows the bottom layer as the lights color, I made the bottom layer the darkest color. I'd love to say that I planned that, but it was a mistake that I ended up liking.
Tip: I kept the layers for each bloom laid out in sequence on my mat so that I could be ready for an assembly line approach of putting them together.
This layering guide is not just great for selecting colors but for understanding just how to position the layers one on top of the other. When I place the layers on the mat, I also position then in the same orientation as shown on the layering guide for easy assembly.