Craft-A-Flower: Cosmos Layering Die Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

by Emily

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Hi, there! Emily Midgett here with you today sharing some inspiration using our newest Craft-A-Flower: Cosmos Layering Die Set!! These wonderful layered floral die sets are so versatile and so very detailed, and you can come up with tons of different ways to create the variations of color on each layer!

Our Craft-A-Flower die sets are released monthly and celebrate the beauty of a wide variety of flowers! Each set includes all the pieces you need to create a multi-layered floral arrangement, inspired by our popular 3D flower dies. All you need is colored cardstock and a die cutting machine. We can’t wait to see what you create!

caf scaled We can't wait for you to see how to use this gorgeous set; it is another stunner by Altenew! But first, here is the layering guide for your convenience. caf 1

Save 5% when you buy our specially curated gradient cardstock bundle that comes with this die set!

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Ready to add our new Craft-A-Flower: Cosmos Layering Die Set to your collection? Then, take advantage of our subscription promotion.

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For this project, I kept things relatively simple, allowing the details on the blooms themselves to really shine from a deep green background. Let's get started with the details!

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I began by creating the flowers from Craft-A-Flower: Cosmos Layering Die Set using three different shades of coral cardstock: light, medium, and dark, as well as some foliage cut from some deep green cardstock. These dies are so easy to put together, made even simpler when referencing the color layering guide included in the packaging for each die set. I adhered all of the layers using liquid adhesive, adding some bright yellow centers to maintain a fairly realistic aesthetic.

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Then, I trimmed down an A2 card base from the same deep green cardstock from which I cut the foliage. I used the Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan set to flick some random, artistic gold speckles on the card base, which adds a bit of shine as well as some interesting texture and helps to differentiate the background from the foliage. I kept the card base the same color as the foliage to make certain that those beautiful Cosmos blooms popped off of the page!

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Next, I adhered the Craft-A-Flower: Cosmos die-cut blooms in a cluster using foam adhesive, and then added the foliage using liquid adhesive. I only adhered the very center of each foliage die-cut, and then curled up the edges of each leaf to help make them pop up off of the background a bit and add even more texture to the card front. I added a Simply Hello die-cut, which I cut from some matte gold metallic foil, again using foam adhesive. Finally, I added a few metallic gold gems to help complete the “rule of three” for the metallic accents.

Well, that's all for my project today! Now, to celebrate this release, we have a blog hop full of inspiration and prizes!

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Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $15 gift certificate to 10 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 02/12/2021 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 02/15/2021.

Blog Hop

What is a release without a blog hop?! Also, don’t you want to be inspired by all the lovely creations our designers created especially for you? C’mon then, start hopping! The next stop on the hop is the lovely Terri Koszler.

Hop List

Altenew Card Blog

Terri Koszler


Nathalie DeSousa

Tina Smith

Therese Calvird

Preeti Chandran

Rosie Neustaedter

Michelle Short

Virginia Lu

Jenny Colacicco

Verity Biddlecombe

Justine Hovey

Erum Tasneem

Kelly Griglione

Anna Mahtani

Laurie Willison

Amanda Baldwin

Emily Midgett

Christine Pennington


Tenia Nelson

Teresa Litchfield

Karen Brown


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Michele F February 7, 2021 - 9:04 AM

Gorgeous card, Emily! and I adore this newest addition to the Layering Dies! Thanks, Altenew!

bernietk February 7, 2021 - 9:22 AM

Wow! Those flowers really pop on that background!

Liz O. February 7, 2021 - 10:10 AM

Another fabulous CAF set 😍! Love the bold colors on your pretty design Emily, thanks for the inspiration!

Laura Hartman February 7, 2021 - 10:13 AM

Your company just makes the best products.

Pai Meng February 7, 2021 - 10:15 AM

stunning! i think this is my favorite layering flower set yet!

Pamela Balmer February 7, 2021 - 10:15 AM


Sharon Brand February 7, 2021 - 10:16 AM

This is a fabulous set and I really love this card!

shirleytmadsen February 7, 2021 - 10:25 AM

I have just discovered the craft a flower on Altenew. Contemplating signing up for monthly kit as all of the flowers are gorgeous.

scrapthat/Dolly February 7, 2021 - 10:29 AM

Wowee! I hopped the whole hop except for the two blogs that haven’t posted yet and I swear you just can’t pick wrong colors for these flowers! They are going to be gorgeous no matter what you choose! TFS all the gorgeous inspiration I loved seeing all of them!

Peg Frushour February 7, 2021 - 10:40 AM

These are gorgeous flowers – love the colors you used!

Donna Heesakkers February 7, 2021 - 10:41 AM

I really like your easy layering and the versality for different cards is great. I’m looking forward to my delivery.
Merry Christmas to me, again.

Marilynn d-r February 7, 2021 - 10:44 AM

Love the orange used for the flowers, beautiful!

Barbara Unger February 7, 2021 - 10:45 AM

All the different color combinations are SO beautiful. I had cosmos growing in our front yard for many, many years.

joni52 February 7, 2021 - 10:45 AM

What gorgeous cards and a fabulous CAF!

Lisa K February 7, 2021 - 11:04 AM

Love the layers. I can envision so many uses ❤️

Inkin' Chickie February 7, 2021 - 11:09 AM

I like the color use and layering. Nice start to the hop.

Tema February 7, 2021 - 11:13 AM

Gorgeous!Ilove cosmos flowers.

raupaiPam February 7, 2021 - 11:17 AM

I love the way you are able to,layer the flowers. You all do such a wonderful job at designing!

Nicki Baxley February 7, 2021 - 11:17 AM

I love this on the green background!

Maureen Reiss February 7, 2021 - 11:24 AM

Cosmos are one of my favorite flowers!!!! Gorgeous card!!

lvngmydsh February 7, 2021 - 11:53 AM

Great die, now I want to grow cosmos, never seen the real flower. Love the gold against that green background.

Linda BL February 7, 2021 - 12:02 PM

The Cosmos layering flower looks lovely with the warm orange tones against the bold green. Such a lovely card with this great new set.

barbara lassiter February 7, 2021 - 12:09 PM

Love the design of this card against the deep green. This is a beautiful craft a flower set!

melissaf123 February 7, 2021 - 12:16 PM

This is my favorite CAF yet! Love this pretty cosmos, perfect size and lovely layering. BEAUTIFUL cards, and I love all the color combos that look wonderful for cosmos.

Deborah S February 7, 2021 - 12:19 PM

I have loved Cosmos since I was a child, my mom always planted one huge section of our garden with them. These dies perfectly capture the delicate beauty of the flower.

Maxine February 7, 2021 - 12:27 PM

I don’t think that I would have thought to use a dark green background like you used and I love the contrast…Just beautiful!

Kim Walth February 7, 2021 - 12:28 PM

OK there was no hesitation on ordering this set! I can’t wait to get it! Love, love, love the color combos. Hope the gradiant card stock is back in stock soon!

Linda Wood February 7, 2021 - 12:45 PM

Cosmos! So sweet and perfect. I love to grow them, now I can craft them, as well.

Helen Budz February 7, 2021 - 1:01 PM

This card is stunning, Emily and this cosmos is a must have for flower-loving crafters. tfs-stay well.

Cynthia Powell-Cobb February 7, 2021 - 1:19 PM

Lovely card. The softness of the apricot color against the green work really well together.

Gail February 7, 2021 - 1:20 PM

Love these flowers and now they are a card!

Sue McRae February 7, 2021 - 1:26 PM

Love how these layered blooms look, so pretty!

Carolyn R February 7, 2021 - 1:57 PM

Oh my this Craft-a-Flower Cosmos set is just beautiful!

Karen Hale February 7, 2021 - 2:04 PM

WOW! The new Cosmos CAF is another beautiful addition to the collection. This card is absolutely gorgeous and the gradient card stock is a must-have tool.

Jeanette Patterson February 7, 2021 - 2:11 PM

Will definitely try out this color combo. Very striking.

Becky Benson February 7, 2021 - 2:23 PM

I love these Cosmos! What should be called “happy flowers”! Just brings a smile to my face!!

Monika Davis February 7, 2021 - 2:39 PM

Very pretty layering die set! Great shapes and sizes! Lovely samples Team! Thank you for the inspirations!

Sarah B February 7, 2021 - 3:03 PM

I have always liked Cosmos. These are also beautiful. I like the hint about leaving the foliage as texture with the same color as the background so as not to take away from the glorious blossoms. The gold splatter and sequins are the perfect embellishment. Thanks for the inspiration

Eva Bussom February 7, 2021 - 3:05 PM

Beautiful card and gorgeous designs from the team and guest designers.

Ann Hilton February 7, 2021 - 3:10 PM

Love this die set! Cosmos are one of my favorite flowers in my garden.

Esther February 7, 2021 - 3:15 PM

Gorgeous new dies and I love the vibrantly beautiful card!

Sharon Newman February 7, 2021 - 3:25 PM

I have recently discovered card making. I am so into it! It is really very nice to see your methods!

Sandy S. February 7, 2021 - 3:36 PM

Such and interesting use of color! I think I love this set already. On to see what others have done with it.

Karen Hale February 7, 2021 - 3:47 PM

I’ve looked at all the gorgeous inspiration from the designers and have fallen in love with this new CAF Cosmos. Many have used the water color medium for crafting their flowers and really shows off the technique to make these beautiful flowers their own.

Jennifer Coles Coles February 7, 2021 - 3:47 PM

Love this cosmos die collection!

Bev Karolak February 7, 2021 - 3:54 PM

Such a beautiful CAF addition! We have the yellow wildflower Cosmos flowering by the roadsides atm. They’re so pretty. Gorgeous card! 🙂

Barbara A Van Meter February 7, 2021 - 4:04 PM

The coral Cosmos against the dark green background is spunning

Roxanne Tellini February 7, 2021 - 4:14 PM

Oooo that is a really nice layering set. The evergreen is an unexpected choice but it pairs really well with the peach.

Mel H February 7, 2021 - 4:49 PM

I love the beautiful dark green background. It shows the dies to perfection

Denise Bryant February 7, 2021 - 5:56 PM

What a beautiful Craft-A-Flower set! Gorgeous color combo on Emily’s card!

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