Build-A-Flower: Semi-Double Chrysanthemum Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

by Erum Tasneem

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Hi there everyone! Welcome to Build-A-Flower: Semi-Double Chrysanthemum Release. I am sharing two cards with you and I have a Creative Coloring video for you too! Before we get to today's projects, let's take a closer look at today's release.

Our Build-A-Flower sets include a 6×8 layering stamp set and a coordinating die set so you can easily create your handmade projects. These sets are only available as a set and not as individual products.

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Love and flowers don't need to be perfect, but these gorgeous florals come very close to perfection! This layering stamp set features a beautiful 4-layer chrysanthemum and three 3-layer leaves to add to your handmade cards, scrapbook layouts, bullet journal pages, and other DIY paper crafting projects.

Before anything else… did you know about our Build-A-Flower Monthly Subscription Plan?!

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Be among the first to get our newly released Build-A-Flower set each month at a discounted price (from $35 –> $29.99)! Subscribe to our Build-A-Flower Monthly Subscription Plan NOW! Learn more about it HERE.

Having trouble with your ink color combinations?

We’ve taken the guesswork out for you with our special Build-A-Flower: Semi-Double Chrysanthemum Layering Stamp & Die Set & Ink BundleGet it at 5% off and start creating gorgeous projects easily!

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Video

Watch the video below to see how to use this set. You can also watch it on YouTube here.

Now, let's move onto my projects for today.

Altenew BAF Semi-Double Chrysanthemum Stamp Set | Erum Tasneem | @pr0digy0

Mixed Media Ink as Watercolor

To begin, heat emboss the images onto 9×12 Watercolor Cardstock in Golden Peach Embossing Powder. Next, use the Mixed Media Inks in Grapevine, Ruby Red, and Coral Berry to color the flowers. For the leaves, I used Evergreen and Forest Glades Mixed Media Inks.

Altenew BAF Semi-Double Chrysanthemum Stamp Set | Erum Tasneem | @pr0digy0

For the background, I used Evening Gray Watercolor Brush Marker on A2 Watercolor Cardstock. In order to create a woodgrain look, first, apply a light color wash. Then, dry the panel with a heat tool. Next, use the Evening Gray Watercolor Brush Marker directly to add dry brush strokes. And also add details – as in freehand wood grain patterns. You can dry between layers if you want a more prominent background. For subtle background, don't over-dry it.

Once done, dry the panel and add splatters of black paint from the Watercolor Essential 12 Pan Set.

Altenew BAF Semi-Double Chrysanthemum Stamp Set | Erum Tasneem | @pr0digy0

Place the images onto the panel to figure out the sentiment placement, and then stamp the sentiment in Obsidian Pigment Ink. Next, adhere the images with foam tape. Pop up an additional sentiment strip with a heat embossed sentiment to add a black element and balance the look.

To finish, adhere Satin Gold Sequins.

Altenew BAF Semi-Double Chrysanthemum Stamp Set | Erum Tasneem | @pr0digy0

Adding Details to Step-Up Your Card Design

A couple of changes to card layouts can really change the whole look of the card. As you can see, in the card above, I added a grid window frame and some gold glitter elements to basically the same card design as my first card. And just look at the difference.

Start by heat embossing the images on 9×12 Watercolor Cardstock in Rose Gold Embossing Powder. Then, cut out the flower separately. On the Watercolor Palette, scribble (apply) some Rouge and Citrus Burst Watercolor Brush Marker pigment from the Winter Wonderland Set. Next, spritz a bit of water on it. Flip your embossed image over the pigment and smoosh it. Dry. Repeat. Keep on doing this till you are happy with the result.

Altenew BAF Semi-Double Chrysanthemum Stamp Set | Erum Tasneem | @pr0digy0

For more concentrated pigment, apply pigments individually onto the palette with little or no water, and smoosh the cardstock over it. Repeat till you are happy with the look. Dry with your heat tool. Make sure not to have your heat tool too close to the embossed image as to not burn the embossing powder. Repeat the same process for the leaves, use Limeade and Moss Watercolor Brush Markers from the Spring Garden Set.

To step it up, take Rouge Watercolor Brush Marker and add pigment directly to the nooks that are at the end of the petals (closer to the flower center). You can soften with a wet paintbrush. I used one of the Round Brushes by Altenew.

To add more texture to the images, add splatters of clean water with a paintbrush and then sop them up with tissue paper. Dry the images and then die cut them using the coordinating dies.

Altenew BAF Semi-Double Chrysanthemum Stamp Set | Erum Tasneem | @pr0digy0

Grid Window Frame

For the grid window frame, cut a panel that is one inch smaller than the card front. Cut out a window through it so you end up with a frame. My frame border is around 1/4″. Die cut the Grid Cover Die and adhere the frame over the grid die-cut. Snip off the excess. Adhere foam tape behind the frame.

Apply Moss Watercolor to the card front by ink smooshing. Dry the panel in between to achieve more texture. Also, add splatters of the same. Try to keep this subtle. We just want to enhance the grid frame by adding the watercolor and also to gel the flowers a little better. Once the card front is dry, adhere the grid window partially and place a piece of foam tape where the flower would go so the grid wouldn't dip. Once this is done, adhere the grid completely. Then, adhere the image over the grid with foam tape.

To step up the floral arrangement, die cut one of the dies from the Create-A-Wreath Die Set out of gold glitter cardstock. Then, adhere these pieces into my floral arrangement as fillers. This will not only add sparkle to your project but will also make the arrangement appear more appealing and fuller and it juts out in various directions.

You can watch the video below or on YouTube to see how the card came together.

Giveaway!

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 03/07/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 03/09/2021.

This release isn’t complete without a fun and inspiring blog hop! Our talented design team members and special guest designers have created stunning projects to spark your creativity using the new Build-A-Flower: Semi-Double Chrysanthemum. We hope you get plenty of inspiration here!

Your next stop is the lovely Virginia Lu!

BLOG HOP LIST

Altenew Card Blog

Virginia Lu

Nathalie DeSousa

Laurie Willison

Amanda Baldwin

Carol Hintermeier

Dana Joy 

Jenny Colacicco

Katrina Howe

Keren Baker

LauraJane

Michelle Short

Rachael Shedeed

SathyaKala Sankaran

Seeka

Terri Koszler

Verity Biddlecombe

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124 comments

Jeanne Beam March 2, 2021 - 15:30

Such a beautiful stamp set. Love the gorgeous cards!
Thanks so much for sharing.

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Cyndi Morris March 2, 2021 - 15:30

I totally love Altenew’s BAF sets and this Chrysanthemum is no exception — absolutely gorgeous!

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Jeanne Beam March 2, 2021 - 15:43

Beautiful stamp set! Love the gorgeous cards…
Thanks for sharing.

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Amy Cooley March 2, 2021 - 16:41

I love this new flower and the beautiful inspiration.

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Shelley Thompson-Brock March 2, 2021 - 19:00

A matching die set would be a great addition for those with arthritic fingers that don’t like to get that fussy with their cutting.

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Monika Davis March 2, 2021 - 19:37

What a gorgeous set! I love the delicate lines, the layers… even the shape of the leaves are so pretty! Wonderful samples team! Thank you for the inspirations!

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Sue D March 2, 2021 - 22:36

Pretty chrysanthemum set.

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Christy Sugiarto March 3, 2021 - 03:28

Beautiful stamp set and gorgeous card

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Jade McClung March 3, 2021 - 14:13

Your cards are exquisite and gorgeous! I love them and the new build a flower.

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Jenna Batik March 3, 2021 - 16:25

Another gorgeous Build-A-Flower by Altenew. You are the best at designing flowers. I can’t wait to see what you come up with each month. Thanks for all of your inspiration.

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Leith McDougall March 3, 2021 - 16:58

Erum, I loved the card you made on the YouTube video with the die cut and framed background and the simple watercoloring technique. I am not always happy with the way my smooshing technique turns out. Perhaps I should try doing it the way you do and remembering to dry between layers.

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Jeanne Beam March 3, 2021 - 17:39

Gorgeous cards! Wonderful stamp set…
Thanks for sharing.

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Gayle Hicks March 3, 2021 - 23:07

Beautiful work as usual!

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knurse22 March 4, 2021 - 11:56

As always, your cards do such justice to showing us the beauty of the new stamps, Erum! Your creative designs inspire me. I love all the layers and your subtle embellishments.

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apalmer2019 March 4, 2021 - 21:32

What a great technique and layout. I love it. Thanks.

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Carol Wortman March 4, 2021 - 21:36

Beautiful Chrysanthemum! I love the schmooshed colors and add the trellis behind her and it is stunning!

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Mary Ann Reilly March 4, 2021 - 22:47

Both cards are just lovely! I think they really show off the lovely flowers and I thank you for sharing your work.

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Cordelia Alderman March 5, 2021 - 14:20

I love the ink smooshing. You can hardly get easier than that for making a beautiful work of art.

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Annette Bridges March 5, 2021 - 15:48

Beautiful mum! I love the colors you used. Thanks for sharing.

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Dee Earnshaw March 6, 2021 - 15:24

these images are gorgeous – pure eye candy:)

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Elizabeth Kuhn March 6, 2021 - 19:36

I love how simple and easy this smooshing technique is with the flowers! Very cool too how simply drying between layers creates that dimension and interest 🥰

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Cathy W. March 7, 2021 - 05:54

Beautiful. Thank you for the excellent video. You make everything look so easy to make.

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Maria Alder March 7, 2021 - 16:05

Wonderful cards. Will have to watch the video later Tfs

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Aimee Phillips March 7, 2021 - 22:23

Still another stunning Floral release. Can’t wait to see what’s created from this hop. Love all of the Florals.

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