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.
As I mentioned, these blooms are generously sized once assembled and I was determined to use as many as possible on my card. I wanted to feel like I was looking at a field of anemones. You can tell me if I achieved that :-).
I laid the diecuts and sentiment stamp out on the 5 x 7 card front, in an approximation of what I wanted to look like before securing them. I initially intended to just use a white background, but I think that you will agree that it looked a little dull...
No worries, my Altenew Classy Stripes Stencil came to the rescue! I wanted to have a variation in the intensity of the color applied through the stencil so that it would look a little looser, so I applied the Altenew Pink Diamond Crisp Dye Ink heavier in some areas than others:
And with that I was ready to adhere it all down and add my stamped sentiment chosen from the Mega Succulents Stamp Set. Tip: I reserved a few darker layers of my leaves to peek out from different sections of the flower layout as if they were further back in the distance.
If you are as in love with layering diecuts as I am, you should consider signing up for the Craft-A-Flower Monthly Subscription Plan. This is a monthly subscription plan for Altenew's Craft-A-Flower die sets. When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in our monthly Craft-A-Flower releases and will receive a set each month - at a specially discounted price! ($35.99 →$29.99).
As promised, see details below about the Giveaway and even more inspiration along the Blog Hop!
Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 9/13/2020 for a chance to win.
They'll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 09/15/2020...
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I listed the products that I have used below. Please note that these are compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support. All products were personally purchased, except most of the stamps and dies, which were received from Altenew as part of my Guest Designer package. I was not paid to do this post and love the products that I share. Click on the icons below each product picture to shop with Altenew.