Winter Essentials Stand-Alone Dies & Glue Pen Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

by Erum Tasneem

Altenew October 2020 Blog Hop Graphic

Hello there! Erum here! Welcome to Altenew Winter Essentials Blog Hop! I have a few projects to share with you, plus a video, so let's get started right away!

Altenew Winter Essentials Stand-Alone Dies and Glue Pen Release

You won't be able to resist adding some of these winter essentials to your stash! This release features amazing stand-alone dies including modern and versatile alphabet sets, gift tags, flowers, and even a fireplace to decorate as you wish! Words, sentiments, and an intricate panel die round out this seasonal release. We can't wait to see what you create!

Check out our new stand-alone dies HERE!

Unboxing Video!

Check out this quick unboxing video to see a closer look at each of the exciting new dies we have in this release:
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You may also watch the video over on our YouTube channel HERE.

Free Gift!

Before we get on with our card tutorial and blog hop, we have a FREE gift for you!

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From now until October 21, get our Winter Essentials Stand-Alone Die Release Mini Inspiration Guide for FREE with every order! The ideas and possibilities using our new stand-alone dies are endless with this exclusive booklet, and you definitely will not want to miss out on this deal!

Now, let's get on with our card tutorials and blog hop!

Watercolor Garden Die Set

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To begin, I die cut all the pieces of Watercolor Garden Die Set out of the Summer Afternoon Gradient Cardstock. There were a lot of pieces so I ended up making two cards! For the leaves, I used one of the browns from the Coffee Break Artist Marker Set to make the Paper Bag shade a tad darker than the one used on the flower. Then, I adhered all the die-cuts together.

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Before adhering the die-cuts onto the card front, I inked the border of my panel with Mountain Pine and Emerald Dye Inks. Once the floral arrangement was in place, I added splatters of gold from the 14 Pan Metallic Watercolor Set.

To finish, I adhered the Satin Gold Sequins.

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For my second card, I decided to use a cream-colored cardstock. And keep the arrangement simpler.

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So, I was able to create two cards out of one set of the die-cuts.

Essential Sentiment Strips Die Set

Altenew Essential Sentiments Strips Die | Erum Tasneem | @pr0digy0

This is a super simple looking card but with my not-so-good measuring skills, I had trouble getting that panel cut straight. It still looks a bit wonky. But it's the message that counts! The die featured here is the Essential Sentiment Strips Die Set.

Altenew Essential Sentiments Strips Die | Erum Tasneem | @pr0digy0

The top three colors are from the Gradient Cardstocks and the sentiment is from the Sincere Greetings Stamp Set. The card front is of Pale Gray Cardstock, another favorite of mine from Altenew.

Jumbo Garden Picks 3D Die Set

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You will find the video for this soon after the project photos end. Here we have the Jumbo Garden Picks 3D Die Set framed within the Thin Frames 3D Die Set.

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I used 24 Pan Artists' Watercolor to color the die-cuts. These were cut out of the 9×12 Watercolor Paper Pad. To color, I used the Red Cosmos, Warm and Cozy, and Tea Party Watercolors.

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After arranging the florals, I added fine splatters of white chalk paint.

You can watch the video below or on YouTube in HD.

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To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 10/25/2020 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on 10/27/2020.

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Blog Hop!

Your first stop on the blog hop is the amazing Jennifer McGuire! Check out the full list below and make sure you stop by each blog!

Altenew Card Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Norine Borys

Laura Bassen

Kelly Griglione

Therese Calvird

Jenny Colacicco

Vicky Papaioannou

Nathalie DeSousa

Keisha Charles

Amber Rain Davis

Emily Midgett

Virginia Lu

Amanda Baldwin

Jaycee Gaspar

Dana Joy

Lilith Eeckels


Tania Ahmed

Nenette S. Madero

Nicole Watt

Tenia Nelson

Reiko Tsuchida

Vicki Finger

Maryam Perez


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Jeanne Christie October 19, 2020 - 1:22 PM

These are amazing new dies!!

gigi1754 October 19, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Amazing release! I love the script words, the adorable fireplace and it’s add-ons and so much more! My wish list keeps growing!

Penny Rau October 19, 2020 - 1:26 PM

I really like the sentiments strip die set! I’m wanting to get more sentiments!

Jan Castle October 19, 2020 - 1:29 PM

Never been so excited over a die set….the Watercolor Garden – my head is swimming!!!!
Paper Hugs,

candyraet October 19, 2020 - 1:31 PM

Another great release….love the essential strips!

RobiW October 19, 2020 - 1:35 PM

Love stand alone dies — these are great! The jumbo garden picks are stunning.

Jade McClung October 19, 2020 - 1:36 PM

What an incredible release! I especially like the die cut flowers and that you can cut out all of the same color at once.

Lynn Gauthier October 19, 2020 - 1:38 PM

Wowzers!!! I’m in LOVE with the Watercolor Garden Die Set. Gosh…it’s so beautiful put together!!! LOVE the splatters also.

Karen Brown October 19, 2020 - 1:39 PM

Beautiful cards and great release. I’ve already put the essential strips in my cart!

Bonnie Thomas October 19, 2020 - 1:41 PM

Just discovered your site, sent via Jennifer McGuire.

Bonnie King October 19, 2020 - 1:58 PM

Wow! I don’t know how you keep coming up with such amazing dies! I already have the Garden Picks set, so of course I’m going to want the Jumbo Garden Picks to go with it. Also, I think it’s great the way you’ve now got the shapes arranged on one die – much easier to use, I’m sure!

Cyndi Morris October 19, 2020 - 2:14 PM

You’ve outdone yourselves with this spectacular release! I especially love those Layering Die sets. I’m a big fan of Altenew Craft-A-Flower sets, and the fact that these cut together is genius! Can’t wait to get my hands on the Jumbo Garden Picks set.

Deborah Crivello October 19, 2020 - 2:14 PM

As always, I am inspired by the new products and card ideas on the blog! Already planning my next projects!!!

beccab33324 October 19, 2020 - 2:18 PM

Wow, fabulous release of dies. I need that cute onesie die. No babies in the family
right now, but maybe soon … lol Awesome inspiration from the team.

Joni October 19, 2020 - 2:32 PM

Love those florals! amazing cards!

Julie L October 19, 2020 - 2:37 PM

The fireplace and mantel die sets are so well designed. Great idea.

Heike Carlson October 19, 2020 - 2:42 PM

Love the essential sentiments strips. Lots of goodies in this release.

apalmer2019 October 19, 2020 - 2:49 PM

Great cards, I always grab the stamp pads to begin. I need to stop and take a moment and get my 36 pan out and do some fun water coloring that would bring me more color choices. You inspired me to stop and use a new method. Always so helpful these videos and tutorials. Super nice release.

Lauryne Cunningham October 19, 2020 - 2:52 PM

Wow! What a fabulous release! Those die plates are such a great idea and the new alphas are definitely on my wishlist! Erum, your cards are so beautiful!

Steffi H. October 19, 2020 - 3:04 PM

I love the sentiment dies.

Silvia Minguzzi October 19, 2020 - 3:05 PM

I love what you do… every release has me wanting it all… but after inks , embossing powders and dies I finally ordered my first layering stamp set…. can’t wait!!!!

Cecile Bellmer October 19, 2020 - 3:18 PM

First time visitor to the blog, really liked seeing all the ideas

Kari DiBiaso October 19, 2020 - 3:18 PM

Really liking the script dies!

Katie Amodio October 19, 2020 - 3:40 PM

The jumbo garden picks, oh my! I thought I was done with the things I “need” list but then -these!

stampingrama October 19, 2020 - 3:43 PM

Holy Smokes!! What an awesome stand-alone die release!! I think I’m gonna go broke!! LOL

Brenda L Kuder October 19, 2020 - 3:52 PM

The projects are beautiful!

Savannagh Kacey October 19, 2020 - 4:11 PM

Several of the artists I follow have used this release. It’s so versatile!!! I loved the colors you chose for the layering flower dies. So unique!

Denise A Bernard October 19, 2020 - 4:26 PM

I’m loving the water color garden die set. A whole new way to use all of my dies!

Retta Lutte October 19, 2020 - 4:32 PM

What a fun, unique release!

Heather Bellino October 19, 2020 - 4:43 PM

I love the jumbo garden flowers. Gorgeous.

Jeanne Beam October 19, 2020 - 4:47 PM

Such a wonderful die release! Love the fireplace and mantel sets..
Thanks so much for sharing.

Selma Engelbrecht October 19, 2020 - 4:55 PM

I so wish you were in South Africa. Your products is so awesome. Its a shame our online store do not cover your amazing products. Selma

Laurie M Page October 19, 2020 - 4:59 PM

Oh my goodness. Another fantastic release. I want it all 😍

Sue Rosa October 19, 2020 - 5:06 PM

Lovely new dies.

mypapercraftworld October 19, 2020 - 5:11 PM

A fabulous release … the florals are especially gorgeous! Anita :)

Cindy Holmes October 19, 2020 - 5:34 PM

WOW what an awesome new release of goodies! I am such a huge fan of your layered flowers especially!

Debbie Nutt October 19, 2020 - 5:43 PM

I really admire the loads of texture and colour in the cards. A real feast for the eyes!

Lois K October 19, 2020 - 6:07 PM

So many great dies. Thanks Altenew

Jennifer Taylor October 19, 2020 - 6:10 PM

What an amazing release! The fireplace is so unique.

Dale October 19, 2020 - 6:26 PM

So inspiring!

Vikki H October 19, 2020 - 6:39 PM

I love your stand-alone die releases! Your ideas with the products are wonderful! thanks.

Sharon Brand October 19, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Great release, fabulous new dies!

Cordelia Alderman October 19, 2020 - 7:14 PM

There are so many wonderful things in this release.

Ann Massey October 19, 2020 - 7:36 PM

Wow! I’m so inspired by everything I see from Altenew and their artists. I haven’t yet tried any of the products but I just have to now! – Ann

mjmarmo October 19, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Another amazing release! The hop was filled with inspiration!

melissaf123 October 19, 2020 - 7:50 PM

LOVE LOVE LOVE the jumbo sets, especially the Essential Sentiments and the Garden Picks, and I’m excited to try the glue pen too

Marisela Delgado October 19, 2020 - 8:23 PM

Gorgeous cards! So pretty! 💜

Dianna L Jacobs October 19, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The florals are amazing

Sue McRae October 19, 2020 - 8:49 PM

Wow! Some amazing dies in this release! I’m loving the Modern Fireplace dies and the Jumbo Garden Picks! The sneak peeks by the designers look amazing!

Silvia Hutchinson October 19, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Fabulous new release!!

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