Today I’m excited to be part of Altenew’s annual Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop. If you arrived from Joylita Dsouza’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 giveaway information and the full blog hop list.
Altenew’s goal is to collect cards to send to the elderly living in nursing homes or shelters to let them know they’re not forgotten. Be sure to check the Celebrating Parents Card Drive page for information about how you can contribute and join this great cause by sending in cards. In addition, for each stamp set purchased from the list of sets below, between 3/8/2022 until 5/31/2022, Altenew will donate $1 to the Food Bank of Central New York to support seniors in need.
- Beautiful Lady Stamp Set
- Extra Special Stamp Set
- Family Matters Extras Stamp Set
- Family Matters Stamp Set
- Mother’s Love Stamp Set
- Penned Rose Stamp Set
- Precious Moments Stamp Set
- Simply the Best Stamp Set
- Thanks Around the World Stamp Set
- Thanks, Dad Stamp Set
- Travel Boots Stamp Set
- Wild Hibiscus Stamp Set
- World’s Best Dad Stamp Set
- You Are Everything Stamp Set
- Paint-A-Flower: Lotus Outline Stamp Set
- Paint-A-Flower: African Daisy Outline Stamp Set
- Say Yes Stamp Set
- Tufted Chair Stamp Set
- Modern Eucalyptus Stamp Set
- Cuddly Bear Stamp Set
- Bold Heels Stamp Set
- Doodled Triangles Stamp Set
- Sweet Cake Stamp Set
- Inky Lily Stamp Set
- Modern Alphabet Stamp Set
For my card today I used a gel press, acrylic paints, and the Magnolia Ballerina 3D Embossing Folder. I began by prepping an embossed panel by placing a piece of a piece of cardstock inside the embossing folder and running it through my die cut machine using the sandwich recommended by the manufacturer.
Next, I got out my gel plate (I used one that I had cut down to about 3.75″ x 5″ so that I’d be left with a white border around the print for an A2-sized card. I squeezed a bit of red and magenta acrylic paints onto the gel plate and used a brayer to spread the paint into a thin layer. Immediately, while the paint was still wet, I gently placed the embossed panel face down onto the gel plate. I used my fingers to gently trace the embossed pattern, pressing it down lightly onto the gel plate, to make sure that the pattern made contact with the paint. I removed the embossed panel, lifting away paint and leaving a void in the pattern of the flower, and then waited for the remaining paint on the gel plate to dry.
Next, I brayered on a bit of iridescent gold acrylic plate over the gel plate and then quickly placed a half sheet of paper over the plate. I rubbed over the paper, making good contact with the plate, and then pulled the paper away, bringing the paint with it.
When the paint was dry, I trimmed the print down to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and then used black pigment ink and clear embossing powder to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment (from the Build-A-Flower: Bellaroma Hybrid Tea Rose stamp set). I was careful to be quick with the heat gun since high heat and acrylic don’t generally mix well. To finish, I adhered the card front to a card base.
Thank you so much for swinging by! Your next stop in the hop is Amy Hill, and be sure to read below for information about the giveaway and for the full blog hop list.
$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 3/30/2022 for a chance to win.