Creativity Unlocked Feat. Garden Reverie Ensemble | 1 Ensemble, 4 Creative Card Ideas

by Virginia Lu

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Hello, Altenew friends! It's Virginia here. I am excited to share some creative projects with Garden Reverie Ensemble. This ensemble includes Chestnut Tree Layering Die, Bird Bath Layering Die Set, Watercolor Roses, and Rolling Hills 3D Embossing Folder.

Welcome to Creativity Unlocked, where we highlight a new product from each month's collection or a fan favorite from past collections!

Keep on reading for more creative tips and project ideas using this new curated ensemble!

4 20 2023 Creativity Unlocked Projects Collage Garden Reverie Ensemble

Garden Reverie Ensemble

Altenew's Garden Reverie Ensemble is inspired by the explosively joyful colors of a spring garden. It includes unique tree dies, bird bath dies, rose stencil and dies, and even some hills!

First up, I like to highlight Bird Bath Layering Die. This die comes with a bird bath and 3 cute birds. It really is a great addition to your floral-themed garden.  It is also easy to align since each piece has 3-4 layers. Do you know that you can also change up the bird bath and turn it into a flower planter?

Altenew-Bird Bath Layering Die Set-Exuberant Paper Pad-Left Bed Stencil-Sunrise In The Park Die Set-Pro tip:

Change up the die-cut image and make it your own!

Altenew-Bird Bath Layering Die Set-Exuberant Paper Pad-Left Bed Stencil-Sunrise In The Park Die Set-001With the little “surgery,” I trimmed off the top portion of the bird bath and turned it into a planter! Imagine how you can use the Bird Bath Die for your creative garden arrangement! The Hanging Flowers Layering Die Set has the right proportion and design with the “planter.” It's a match!

Altenew-Bird Bath Layering Die Set-Exuberant Paper Pad-Left Bed Stencil-Sunrise In The Park Die SetPro tip:

Use design paper (such as Exuberant 6×6 Paper Pack) with the dies for instant colors, creative patterns, and texture.

Altenew-Bird Bath Layering Die Set-Exuberant Paper Pad-Left Bed Stencil-Sunrise In The Park Die Set-002To add a touch of whimsy to the background, I ink-blended (Parrot, Lagoon, and Green Opal) with Leaf Bed Stencil. The sentiment from Sunrise In the Park completes this fun and thoughtful design.

For the finishing touches, I used Glitter Cardstock and Enamel Dots.  BTW, can you spot the little birdie (from Bird Bath Layering Die)?

My next card from this ensemble is all about Rolling Hills 3D Embossing Folder.

Altenew-Rolling Hills 3D Embossing Folder-Waterlor Roses Die Set (2)This embossing folder is so versatile that you can use it for a background or create a scene like this card.

Pro-tip:

To stretch the use of embossing folders, try the masking technique!

Altenew-Rolling Hills 3D Embossing Folder-Waterlor Roses Die Set-001For the hills, I started out with dry-embossing with Masking Paper. I then cut out each strip of “hills” with the masking paper. I then applied various inks to the “sky,” “hills” and “ground.”

Altenew-Rolling Hills 3D Embossing Folder-Waterlor Roses Die SetAs for the houses on the hills, I highlighted with the smallest Detailed Blending Brushes in the darkest green. Since we are on the hills, we must hear echoes…  Therefore, the “hello” die sentiment from Watercolor Roses says it loud and clear. Altenew-Rolling Hills 3D Embossing Folder-Waterlor Roses Die Set-001 (2)Here is my favorite card that I created with Garden Reverie Ensemble (Watercolor Roses and Luxurious Motifs 3D Embossing Folder, “hello” die with Brushed Copper Metallic Cardstock ).

Altenew-Watercolor Rose Die Set-Luxirious Motif Embossing Folder -003When you see this Bird Bath (Bird Bath Layering Die and Exuberant Paper Pack) design, you can't help feeling like you are in a garden, right?

Altenew-Bird Bath Layering Die Set-Exuberant Paper Pack-Sunrise in the Park Stamp Set -004I hope this post prompts you to create some fun and uplifting garden-themed projects. I appreciate that you stopped by today.

1 Product, Multiple Ways!

Before you go, here are a few card ideas featuring the new dies, stamps, stencils, and embossing folder in this ensemble.

Altenew Wrought Iron Gate Die Chestnut Tree Layering Die 1 Erin Thompson scaled

Needless to say, you can recreate Erin's breathtaking card above with just 2 die sets and some paper! The Chestnut Tree Layering Die Set + Wrought Iron Gate Die Set are definitely a match made in crafty heaven!

Altenew Rolling Hills 3D Chestnut Tree 01 Svitlana Shayevich

Speaking of perfect crafty combinations – check out how Svitlana combined the Chestnut Tree Layering Die Set with a vibrant and colorful background created using the Rolling Hills 3D Embossing Folder.

Altenew Watercolor Roses Stencil 1wm Erum Tasneem

Sparkly, shiny, and stunning! Erum's Watercolor Roses card is a must-try! Don't you just love those dark and shiny leaves?

Altenew WroughtIronGate BirdBath 9 Mindy Eggen

Some ink-blended panels, lots of die-cutting, and voila! We love how Mindy changed up the look of her 2 cards by using different colors for the backgrounds and the Wrought Iron Gate dies. Pretty cool, huh?

What do you think about the new Garden Reverie Ensemble? Which project/s caught your eye? Comment below! Thank you for stopping by!

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5 comments

Rebecca Gregory April 21, 2023 - 2:30 AM

OMG! These are all so awesome! I don’t have a favorite because I love them all so much. I have to start working on making my own!

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Altenew April 24, 2023 - 12:25 PM

Don’t forget to use our hashtag #altenew or #altenewllc.. 😉

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Elaine Lozano April 21, 2023 - 8:23 AM

Loving that bird bath..so unique!

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Dorothy Ayotte April 21, 2023 - 2:02 PM

These are all so beautiful! And I agree- the bird bath is unique! I have nothing like it but would very much like to have it!

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Tara C Prince January 10, 2024 - 12:55 PM

such pretty cards

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