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Altenew Build-A-Flower: Japanese Mum Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hi there, and happy Friday!

Today I’m excited to be part of the Altenew Japanese Mum Blog Hop celebrating the newest release in their Build-A-Flower series. Just look at this beautiful flower!


If you arrived from Laurie Willison’s blog, you’re right on track. If you want to start at the beginning, visit the Altenew Card Blog. Check the bottom of this post for the full blog hop list to see all of the beautiful projects everyone has made!


I started by stamping all four layers of the Build-A-Flower: Japanese Mum onto Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock. I stamped the outline and the detailed fourth layer in Altenew Industrial Diamond ink. I stamped the solid second layer in Altenew Wisteria and the third layer in Hydrangea. I used a Copic V17 marker, a dark purple to add a bit more detail to some of the petals. The fourth layer stamp is actually very detailed, but since I had decided to use Industrial Diamond (the same color as my outline layer), I lost some detail.

Next I stamped several leaves, using Industrial Diamond again for the first and last layers, and Frayed Leaf for the solid layer. I skipped the third layer.

I used the coordinating dies to cut out the bloom and leaves and then adhered them together in a simple arrangement. You can find the stamp, die, and coordinating ink bundle here.

I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink onto a small rectangle of Neenah Solar White. I adhered the flower and leaves to the top right corner of the rectangle and then trimmed away the parts of the rectangle where it peeked out at above and to the right of the flowers and leaves.

I backed this piece with foam tape and then adhered it to an A2-sized piece of Neenah which I had splattered with black gouache. To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.


Thanks so much for coming by! Be sure to check out the giveaways below before you head on to visit Therese Calvird!


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Card Blog, and other three winners will be announced on the Scrapbook Blog on 2/9/2019.

[UPDATE: The giveaway, below, for a $20 Altenew gift certificate is closed. The randomly chosen winner is Annette Reed, who left a comment on 2/2/2019 at 10:52 pm. Annette, please contact me to claim your prize!]

And, I have a $20 Altenew gift certificate to give away! Please leave me a comment below telling me what color your mum would be. I’ll announce the winner here on my blog on 2/6/2019!

Build-A-Flower Monthly Subscription Plan

Want to make sure that you never miss a Build-A-Flower set? Check out the monthly subscription plan! When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in Altenew’s monthly BAF releases and will receive a set each month – at a specially discounted price! ($35.00 →$29.99)

Blog Hop List

96 thoughts on “Altenew Build-A-Flower: Japanese Mum Release Blog Hop + Giveaway”

  1. Seeka, since blue & purple are my favourite colours I would colour my Japanese Mum in varying shades of purple. I think your card is classy & elegant as well as CAS which is a style I love. I also think that stamping the final layer in Industrial Diamond was a perfect thing to do. Thanks for sharing your process.


  2. I think I will color my mum with the Glacier Caves Quartet of colors! I like blue flowers! But I do love yours ,too, and will likely be making several of these bold flowers in many colors! Lovely flowers….like the gouache spatters, too.

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  3. Beautiful card! I love it in absolutely any color, but if I have to pick what color I will use the first time I think I would have to go with purples too (then every color)! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I liked how you used the purple for your mum on your card! I would definitely try that since it’s so pretty but I think I would use all different colors too.😊


  5. I love the colors you chose. I love blue and purple, and your blossoms are gorgeous!! It is very soft and cool looking. Thank you for the inspiration, it is very appreciated.

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  6. What a beautiful card! I really like how you added the white rectangle in the middle so that the splatters appear to be framing the flower and sentiment. Very pretty!

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  7. The more I see of the Enchanted Garden ink set, the more I love it. But I think I’d go with some light oranges/yellows and golds. I have a print of mums that are in oranges and golds, and I really want to recreate it with this set. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card with us!


  8. My first Mum’s will definitely be purple variations (favorite color – swoon lol) but I also want to do some in teals and aquas. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card and for the wonderful inspiration. (

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  9. Beautiful card! I think my first mom would be blue but having seeing all the beautiful mums in this blog hop, I am convinced that they would work in any color.

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  10. My mom loves purple and your card would be perfect for her! For me, I would need a yellow mum because that’s the color that makes me happiest! Thanks so much for sharing!!!


  11. My mom loves purple and I certainly would think this card would be perfect for thanking her for all she’s done for me! My mum would need to be yellow, though, since that’s the color that brings me the most joy! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!


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