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Altenew Build-A-Flower: Dahlia Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

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Hi there, I hope you’ve had a great week!

Today we’re celebrating Altenew’s Build-A-Flower: Dahlia release.  If you arrived from Virginia Lu’s blog, you’re right on track. If you want to hop along from the beginning, visit the Altenew Card Blog. Check the bottom of this post for the full blog hop list!

2018-11 New Release-BAF GraphicsDid you know that Altenew releases a new Build-A-Flower set every month and that you can subscribe to receive a discounted price and make sure that you never miss out?  Altenew also offers a discounted bundle that includes the perfect ink colors for this gorgeous bloom!

For today’s hop, I made two cards using different techniques.  I love the versatility of these layering stamp sets!



For my first card, I used Altenew Crisp Dye Inks to stamp all four layers of the blooms.  I used Crimson for the outline and then, from lightest to darkest, Blush, Rouge, and Velvet for the shadow layers. Then I used Copic markers (R11, R12, R14, and R17) to add some additional shading and stippled details.

I used Forest Glades ink to stamp only the outline layer of the leaves and then I used Copic G20, G24, and G28 to color them and add shading.  Using the coordinating dies, I die cut all the blooms and leaves and set them aside while I worked on the background.

20190218_095702I trimmed a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth card stock to approximately 3″ x 4.25″ and then used foam blending tools to blend on Tattered Rose and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide Inks.  While the ink was drying, I used the Fine Frames Cover Die to die cut a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock.  I picked out a couple of the smaller frames and adhered them, at slight angles, to the inked panel which I then adhered to an A2-sized piece of Neenah Solar White.

Using Zots Bling glue dots, I adhered the leaves and flowers.  Then I used Versafine Clair Nocturne ink to stamp the sentiment in two steps, masking off different parts of the sentiment so that I was left with “Thinking of you” in two lines.  Lastly, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.


20190218_095610.jpgFor my second card I used Altenew Morning Frost Crisp Ink and Daniel Smith watercolors.  I stamped the flower and leaf outlines, in Morning Frost, onto Fabriano Artistico Extra White cold press watercolor paper.  Then I used a small 2 round brush to paint, using Quinacridone Pink for the flowers, and Green Gold and Green Apatite Genuine for the leaves.  I let the images dry before I die cut them and set them aside to work on the background.

For the background I used another piece of watercolor paper, trimmed to approximately 3.25″ x 4.75″.  I smooshed Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean Distress Inks onto an acrylic block, spritzed the block about 10 times from a foot away with clean clear water, and then placed the block inky-side down onto the watercolor paper.  I weighed it down with a heavy book and waited five minutes before lifting the block and dabbing up excess water and ink with a clean paper towel.

When the panel was dry, I stamped the sentiment in the same Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and then adhered the flowers and leaves with more glue dots.  Finally, I adhered the card front to a small card base.

Thanks so much for visiting! Please be sure to check out the giveaways below before you head on to visit Emily Midgett!


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 the other three winners will be announced on the Scrapbook Blog on 3/9/2019.

[UPDATE: The giveaway, below, for a $20 Altenew gift certificate is closed. The randomly chosen winner is Sarita Salmon, who left a comment on 3/3/2019 at 10:52am. Sarita, please contact me to claim your prize!  Please note that you only have until 3/15/19 to claim your prize.]

And, I have a $20 Altenew gift certificate to give away! Please leave me a comment below telling me what technique you’d use with this stamp set. I’ll announce the winner here on my blog on 3/6/2019! The winner will only have until 3/15/19 to claim their prize so please be sure to check back to see if you’ve won (or subscribe, even for just a bit, to get a notification of new posts in your inbox).

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88 thoughts on “Altenew Build-A-Flower: Dahlia Release Blog Hop + Giveaway”

    1. Thank you so much! I’ve gotten a number of comments about the orange, but the inks themselves are actually pinks and reds (skewed towards coral). But now I also see orange! 💛💛💛


  1. Gorgeous creations, thanks for sharing this beautiful Dahlia! I love the unique pink background o the first card with the angled frames. I can’t quit figure out if the frames are on top of the pink background or cut out of it???

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  2. Seeka, I should have known both of your cards would be spectacular!! You are one of my favourite bloggers because you are just so talented. We grow dahlias in our yard & we both think they are one of our favourites. ( I’d so like to win…) Thanks.

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  3. Both of your cards are stunning! Love how you used an acrylic block for you watercolor background. So cool! Your copic and watercolor skills are off the charts good. This is a beautiful set and you did it justice! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Beautiful. I haven’t had much luck with water-coloring. Your card looks gorgeous. I may need to practice. I’d use the ink blending.

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  5. Both your cards are beautiful. I especially like the colors used in the first one. We don’t see them often enough. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I’m not the best when it comes to watercolors but I LOVE your watercolor card using this stamp set. I’d most likely use an ink pad and maybe embelish with markers or colored pencils.

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  7. Thank you for the clear directions and for mentioning everything that you used to create your wonderful cards! You have inspired me to get to the craftroom and start making art! We are bracing for more heavy rains here in California.

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  8. Usually I’d go for the cool colors of the second card, but I really like the coral on the first, with it’s slightly wonky frames.

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  9. Your cards are beautiful! I like the way you used the fine frames. As for how I will use these stamps, I’ll probably start with the stamp layering but I’ve seen so many neat coloring ideas on this blog hop, like the no line coloring you did, that I’m sure I will be trying out different techniques.

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  10. Beautiful cards. I love how you used Copic markers and watercolors to color you dahlia blooms. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

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  11. Both techniques yield stunning results! I may like the watercolored card a bit more but that is because I am afraid of watercoloring and appreciate your skills 🙂

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  12. Oooh’s and aaah’s here for another beautiful flower. Love your card inspiration! I would probably stay in my safety zone and just use the layers with the wonderful Altenew inks

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