Altenew Bursting With Creativity Stand-alone Dies Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi Lovelies!

Welcome to the Bursting With Creativity Stand-alone Dies Release and Blog Hop. I shouldn't play favorites, but die releases are one of my faves as it gives me an opportunity to be lazy about stamping! Given how much much I am fond of stamping, that sounds weird even to my own ears, but sometimes it's nice to shift my focus a bit.

There are many different types of dies in this release, each offering so many creative possibilities that I believe you will find it hard to chose just one!

Today's Hop is jam packed with Designers with more ideas than you can shake a stick at! LOL Hopefully you found your way to me after checking out Laurie Wilson's blog and when you have checked out my makes, be sure to head over to see what Amy Hill has made for you!

As always, don't forget to comment so that you can be eligible to win the Giveaway. Giveaway and Special Offer details as well as products links are at the bottom of this post.

Hopefully, my projects will help inspire your own burst of creativity!

Project 1- So Grateful

The Just Leaves Die Set was the first from the release that I had an idea for and I could not wait to get started on the card.

Something about those leaf branches made me want to paint them in my version of Fall colors. Yes, I can find pink in any season!

A couple of weeks ago, you may remember me watercoloring several backgrounds with Altenew's Watercolor 36 Pan Set. I actually just grabbed a few from that stack to make this quick contemporary card.

I was determined to do no stamping so I went to my Essential Sentiments Die Set for help. The "So Grateful" sentiment worked like a charm and was also cut from the same watercolor backgrounds.

To finish, I splattered metallic gold watercolor paint all over the front of the card. I always get very stressed whenever I want to do this because I am afraid of ruining the card, but I was pretty happy with how it worked out.

Tip: I loaded my brush bristles with paint and tapped the brush against my other hand to splatter the paint randomly over the card front.

This happy mess may not be be everyone's taste, but boy was it fun to let loose!

Project 2 - Thanks

I continued to use my watercolor backgrounds for this next card, but exercised a lot more restraint and so there was no splatter involved!

This card featured the Floral Doodles Die Set which allowed me place delicate floral outlines on a watercolored flower or leaf base for a bold contrast.

As you can see, making backgrounds can really get your die-cutting jump-started, so set aside a lazy afternoon and create your own background stash.

I assembled my flowers with the help of the Layering Guide (shown below):

Using one die from the Creative Edges: Scalloped Scallops Die Set, I gave my white card front a lacy bottom border.

This scalloped edge also gave me the idea to use my doily stencil and Silver Lake Crisp Dye Ink to create a bit of subtle texture on the card front.

I wanted a die-cut sentiment that mimicked the bold flower outline, so figured that a delicate script "Thanks" die would work well here and diecut it with black cardstock.

With all these elements complete, I was ready to assemble my card!

Sweet and simple I think!

Project 3 - January Calendar

Each December I try to make a desk calendar for the coming year. I think that I may try one with just diecuts this year and was inspired by the Layered Wood Flower Die Set to put together this sample to get me started.

The Layered Wood Flower Die Set is just beautiful!

The packaging inspired my color choices and I consulted my paper stash to choose a moody blue and winter green color palette:

With that done and my layering guide at hand, I got to die-cutting and then assembling my layers:

Easy-peasy right???

I downloaded a calendar template from Etsy, printed it on watercolor paper, taped off the top (with painter's tape) and gave it a quick messy wash with blue metallic watercolors. Altenew's Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set will work nicely for this technique.

While my watercolor wash was drying, I diecut the Linear Crossroads Die out of silver foil cardstock and saved a silver cardstock strip to create a border that masked where my watercolor wash ended on the calendar base.

With that done, I was ready to add my flowers and silver accents to decorate my January Calendar.

I hope that I find time to finish my Calendar, there are sooo many great Altenew dies to choose from to complete the other months!