Birthday Cards, Blog Hop

Just For You On Your Birthday | Altenew Build-A-Flower: Cora Louise Peony Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi there and happy new year! I’m so very glad you’re here to help celebrate the new Altenew Build-A-Flower: Cora Louise Peony release! If you arrived from Terri Koszler’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!

This gorgeous set is available in the usual stamp and die bundle, and also bundled with a beautiful set of inks. You can also subscribe so that you never miss out on the monthly Build-A-Flower release.

My first card today features the gorgeous outline stamp from the set which I heat embossed, using white embossing powder, three times onto dark pink cardstock. Next, I smooshed white pigment ink onto my glass work surface and, using a water brush pen filled with clean clear water, I watercolored each bloom with the pigment ink. I took care not to use too much water since I used regular cardstock and not watercolor paper. When the blooms were dry, I used the coordinating die to cut them out.

The background is another piece of the same pink cardstock. I heat embossed the large sentiment directly onto the panel, and the small sentiment onto a strip of cardstock.

To assemble the card, I adhered the blooms and small sentiment with foam tape and then trimmed off the parts of the blooms that were hanging off the edge. To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

For my second card, I began by stamping the outline images in black ink. Next, I stamped the second, third, and fifth layers of the blooms in Pale Mauve, Amethyst, and Grape Agate Crisp Dye Inks, and the layers of the leaves in Limestone and Silver Stone. I cut the images out with the coordinating dies and set them aside.

For the background, I stamped the sentiment onto a rounded rectangle of white cardstock that I cut using the Rounded Rectangles die set. Next, I splattered watered down black gouache onto the panel. When it was dry, I used foam tape to adhere it to an A2-sized panel of white cardstock and then I arranged and adhered the flowers and leaves. To finish, I trimmed off any parts of the images that were hanging off the edge and then adhered the card front to a card base.

Thank you so much for coming by! Your next stop on the hop is my good friend, the talented Mindy Eggen!


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner and a $15 gift certificate to ten winners for a total of $200 in prizes! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 01/07/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 11 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/09/2021.

Blog Hop List

50 thoughts on “Just For You On Your Birthday | Altenew Build-A-Flower: Cora Louise Peony Release Blog Hop + Giveaway”

  1. How did you know that I was looking for a project to use up all the little cutout rectangles I’ve been saving every time I use my Altenew nesting frames dies? I am going to make a card like that today!

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  2. I really like the color use for the flowers. The white is so well done. The purple mix and grey leaves look wonderful too. Would like to try these out.

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  3. Hi, there –
    Usually I can look at a card and figure out how it was made. Both the cards you posted are beautiful and anyone who received them would be very fortunate. I could not quite figure out how you made the first one, though… I read your description and thank you for the info on that technique. Your work is first-rate!
    Happy New Year to you!
    Lori S in PA

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  4. Seeka i Love your pink on pink card. How easy may it look but i know it is the most difficult to color and shade. I love the way you have executed. it is so classy and elegant. thank you for sharing. wishing you and yours a very happy new year

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  5. Both your cards are great, but, I love, love, love that pink card. It is so amazing and beautiful. It is the most gorgeous card I think I have ever seen. I am going to have to try this. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your amazing talents and ideas with us. Happy New Year! 🙂

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  6. Both cards are beautiful. I couldn’t guess how you had done the pink one and yet the answer was simple and so striking. The calm colors of the second card gave a completely different look. From your description you left out one of the shading layers, something I would not have thought to do. More ways to look at what you can do!

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  7. I love these cards! I would never think to paint the flower with white on the colored cardstock, but it’s so effective! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. LIke both, but my favorite is the monochromatic one. Took me a minute to read through and figure out why the edges weren’t white! I really like this Cora Louise Peony, since my mother has always had peonies in her yard.

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