My first submission for Altenew Academy/All About Layering 1

Altenew appeared on my radar this past spring/2021. Layering for both stamps and dies was new to me and I am quickly growing to love the concept. The Story of Us stamp set was one of the first I purchased from Altenew. The layered rose is absolutely georgous and the sentiments are among my favorites. The varying font styles and wording are fresh and contemporary.

My starting point for the 5 x 7 card was a repeating rose pattern across the front using Altenew inks: Frosty Pink, Coral Berry and Ruby Red. The leaves were inked in Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades. After stamping the sentiment (Altenew, Jet Black) I cut it with a stitched die (to add warmth) and then placed it across the top of the card with foam tape. I added the heart jewels from Park Lane adhesive pearls and then framed the card with a coordinating deep red card stock by Bazzill. For a little added “umph” I stamped the sentiment “together you + me” on the inside. This sentiment is a great example of the contemporary characteristics of the sentiments in this set. I just love the “plus” sign ! The white card stock is Neenah Classic Crest 110 lb.

The “you + me” is just precious!
I love the way stitched dies add warmth to a card.

My second card was made with the Altenew Painted Rose stamp and die collection using the same inks as the card above. I stamped the rose twice on Neenah Classic Crest card stock, added the leaves and then used the coordinating die set to cut another rose and leaves to add on top with foam tape. The leaves in this set have layering options wich gave me an opportunity to experiment with depth of color. I then heat embossed the sentiment “thinking of” on the front of the card and heat embossed the word YOU on the inside. (I held my breath on this one! The wiser option would have been to heat emboss on another piece of paper and foam tape it to the front but I didn’t want two raised images.). The embossing powder is Recollections pearl embossing powder in Champagne. Finally, I added three gold dots from American Crafts “Pebbles” and mounted the card on reflective gold card stock from Spellbinders and placed it on the Neena Classic Crest base. The A 2 card has a matching envelope liner from Stamps of Life.

Heat embossing adds so much to a card!

I’m very excited to be a member of Altenew Academy! All About Layering 1 was a great class with tons of tips on layering. I look forward to learning more and to adding more Altenew products to my growing craft stash!

Hope you enjoy the cards! Critiques are appreciated!