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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Pauline Abeysekera October 19, 2020 - 8:55 PM

So many nice things in this release! Favorites are the Jumbo Garden Picks and Essential Sentiment Strips.

Pegg S October 19, 2020 - 9:11 PM

The 2 layering die sets are incredible! The samples are so beautiful!

barbarakoppelman October 19, 2020 - 9:12 PM

I love the layering flower diecuts As well as the fireplace die. Amazing!

Juanita October 19, 2020 - 9:20 PM

You just keep out doing yourselves. So many great releases!

Patt H. October 19, 2020 - 9:31 PM

What a great release! I love thise great big Garden Picks& the new sentiment strips are a must have!!

dorothyayotte October 19, 2020 - 9:36 PM

So many amazing products! Looking forward to this blog hop! (The highlight of my day)

Meghan Kennihan October 19, 2020 - 10:10 PM

WOW! I love the layered flower dies and the sentiment stripes! Just a fabulous release and inspiration from the DTs!!!

Kailash October 19, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Beautiful release. Love the fireplace die and flower dies!

Mary Ann Reilly October 19, 2020 - 10:50 PM

Wow, fabulous release! I especially love the sentiment dies and the layering garden flower dies. I haven’t tried any layering dies yet and these look so beautiful.

momentsofcrafting October 19, 2020 - 11:06 PM

As always your releases are just amazing!! Altnew is so clever and creative with all their prodcuts. I just love all these wonderful stand alone dies and the glue looks great! My favourite would have to be the Jumbo Garden Picks Layering Die Set!! So striking!! Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration from the super team! Take care! :)

Denise Bryant October 20, 2020 - 12:46 AM

I love the floral dies and the awesome fireplace! Beautiful samples!

Rashida October 20, 2020 - 1:39 AM

I so love the Jumbo Garden frame. Can I get one? 🙃

Hussena Calcuttawala October 20, 2020 - 2:26 AM

What a beautiful release.All your cards and projects using this release is gorgeous Erum.. Absolutely in love with the garden pick dies from this release, definitely on my must have list 🙂

Jules Q October 20, 2020 - 4:20 AM

So many inspiring techniques and stunning projects! I’m not even sure where to start!

M.FATEMA October 20, 2020 - 5:43 AM

Absolutely love the layering flower sets and loving the inspiration from all the gorgeous projects by the design team!

Isabel Z October 20, 2020 - 6:42 AM

I am loving the fireplace die!

Mary-Anne V October 20, 2020 - 7:09 AM

Beautiful release…love the floral dies and the fireplace!

Sally Janca October 20, 2020 - 7:21 AM

Another great release of products from Altenew!

Anonymous October 20, 2020 - 7:38 AM

LOVE these new dies. Can’t wait to get them.

Melissa D October 20, 2020 - 7:54 AM

These are gorgeous projects! The jumbo garden die looks like a must have!

stamprsue October 20, 2020 - 8:57 AM

So many great new dies!
stamping sue

Harsha October 20, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Love floral cards. These are so beautiful!

Cy Lee October 20, 2020 - 10:02 AM

Beautiful Set, and examples or what you can do with it.

Patricia Wilson October 20, 2020 - 10:44 AM

Love this release and what you did with the frame and the die cut flowers. They were especially pretty with the water coloring on them. Why didn’t I think of that?

Angela C Posch October 20, 2020 - 11:06 AM

Fun new stuff!!

Gail Spence October 20, 2020 - 11:32 AM

The “hang in there” sentiment and card example is wonderful. I simply love it and your company!

jcamp2020 October 20, 2020 - 11:56 AM

love the looks of that jumbo garden flowers. Makes such a beautiful flower. Great job, Altenew!

Carol McGregor October 20, 2020 - 12:04 PM

Great release. I love the stacked flowers die set. Jennifer McQuire did an awesome job with this new release.

Lindar C October 20, 2020 - 12:17 PM

Wow! What a fun release!!

Chandhini October 20, 2020 - 12:59 PM

What an amazing release, love the jumbo Garden picks die.

Carol E. Wortman October 20, 2020 - 1:02 PM

There are so many lovely things and how does that fireplace not steal your heart? Look at that log stand !!! I oooohed outloud when I saw the linear outline alpha dies… there ya go… a definate must have Altenew thank you!!

Kim Salito October 20, 2020 - 1:44 PM

Wow! What a great release.

Angie D Cammack October 20, 2020 - 1:52 PM

This is amazing and the cards have been so inspirational!! Thanks Altenew!! :)

Ruth Gauss October 20, 2020 - 2:18 PM

So many amazing projects!!! My wishlist just got a whole lot longer!

Nandini Karmarkar October 20, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Amazing release! I am a huge fan of the 3D dies by Altenew. And I love that you have grouped them by color on plates. Makes it so much easier to use the. And harder to loose the little pieces!

Beth Merrill October 20, 2020 - 2:54 PM

Gosh, I’m kind of intrigued by the sentiment strip dies, but also really love both flower layering dies!

Monika Davis October 20, 2020 - 4:17 PM

Ahhh… gorgeous dies and samples ladies! I love Watercolor garden die set and how the pieces are on separate plates! That’s really helpful! The sentiment strip dies are awesome! Love, love, love dies! Thank you for the inspirations! Be safe and God bless!

kjwinston October 20, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Erum, that Jumbo Garden in the frame is just astonishingly beautiful!

jcamp2020 October 20, 2020 - 6:57 PM

You are such a great watercolorist. (is that a word?) I always look forward to seeing your videos because I learn something every time. I love this release. So many good items that are now on my wish list.

Anonymous October 20, 2020 - 7:12 PM

A little something for everyone! I really like the jumbo garden picks – both the size and the new way the die cuts are organized. With my little ones I have separately bagged the dies for each flower and store the bags together with the layering guide. Helps a lot, but won’t have to do that with this set.

Cindi Johnson October 20, 2020 - 9:38 PM

A nice looking release! The Jumbo Garden Picks set is especially pretty.

Amy Cooley October 20, 2020 - 11:02 PM

Fabulous release! The fireplace die set is my favorite.

Mary Ellen Driggs October 20, 2020 - 11:35 PM

This is a fantastic release!!! My favorites are Watercolor Garden Layering Die Set, Essential Sentiment Strips Die Set and Jumbo Garden Picks Layering Die Set!!!!

Kris Reeves October 21, 2020 - 12:03 AM

Wow, lots of fun stuff! I love the versatile tag dies!

Peggy P October 21, 2020 - 12:47 AM

Love the layering die set. Great cards, Thanks for sharing!

Carla Hundley October 21, 2020 - 1:10 AM

Lots of wonderful
products and lovely
Carla from Utah

Alison October 21, 2020 - 4:49 AM

I love all the new stuff! So cute! I’d be so excited if I won a gift card!

Jenny Del Castillo October 21, 2020 - 9:26 AM

Excellent dies for amazing projects!

Cindy C. October 21, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Awesome dies!!!!

Andrea H October 21, 2020 - 10:34 AM

WOW Altenew how do you do it? The dies are all brilliant, the watercolours look soft, creamy and easy to use (just what I need 🤭) and the projects are simply STUNNING!! X X

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