Stamp Focus—Garden Hydrangea

by Virginia Lu

Hello Altenew friends! This is Virginia here. I am so excited to share my first DT post with you! My projects feature the new Garden Hydrangea Stamp Set and Coordinating Die Set. I know many of you have fallen in love with this set and I hope that you'll love it even more after seeing my projects!

garden Hydrangea

There are all kinds of Hydrangea stamps out there, but this one…this one has 4 layers! What I love about this set is that you can use ANY layer of hydrangea and use your own favorite medium. Be it a Clean and Simple style or Shabby Vintage, it’s your call.

My first project “with love” is all about embossing.  I actually embossed 2 layers of hydrangea stamps separately in pink on a piece of medium-heavy vellum.


I stamped the sentiment in Jet Black Crisp Ink, poured clear-embossing powder over it and then heat-set it. The embossed details from Garden Hydrangea are amazing! I also added Pink Washi Tape to highlight the fuchsia color even more and it also covers the adhesive tape underneath the vellum!


For my 2nd project, I had a blast trying out the new Altenew Artist Markers (set A). Both Altenew Inks and Marker are formulated to match seamlessly. I simply stamped the outline hydrangea and then colored them with 2-3 shades of blue. The stems are hand drawn with markers.


I added dotty details with the bullet point side of the markers for extra interest. The Garden Hydrangea Die  makes the layering easy and oh. so. polished.


My 3rd project is actually the easiest one to create. I used one of my favorite mediums-Alcohol Inks. First I dabbed the inks onto a piece of Yupo/alcohol ink paper to create my own color palette.


You can use this technique by swiping any of the following Altenew inks (Shades of Purple, Rose Petals or Glacier Caves) onto heavy card stock.  You can then white-emboss the images like I did here. For the stem, I cut an extra thin piece of green alcohol ink paper.

For the sentiment, I used the new grey ink called Industrial Diamond. I love the subtle sentiment against the bright Hydrangea.

I hope these 3 projects inspire you to try out new techniques and have fun with Garden Hydrangea.  With a detailed stamp like this, the stamping possibilities are endless. Wish you a beautiful day!

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Amy Seech January 29, 2017 - 10:13 AM

Stunning cards!

Annie Solomon January 29, 2017 - 10:17 AM

Beautiful work.

Cindy Miller January 29, 2017 - 10:27 AM

All fabulous techniques but I can’t wait to try the alcohol inks on the yupo, so pretty, thanks!

stephanie January 29, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Thank you for giving us three different ways to use these amazing stamps.

janet January 29, 2017 - 11:27 AM

Hello Virginia,

YAY for your first DT post :-) Beautiful cards, and lovely effects from your techniques.

Michele F January 29, 2017 - 11:28 AM

Virginia you ‘had me’ at vellum … and I’m betting you are not surprised!! =]
Gorgeous in any and all colors!!

Sheri K January 29, 2017 - 12:11 PM

Love this hydrangea–my daughter’s flowers for her wedding were hydrangeas–so pretty!

Helen January 29, 2017 - 12:13 PM

Love these hydrangeas–one of my favorite flowers. The various techniques you demonstrated here are appreciated by a novice card maker like me. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Tammy B January 29, 2017 - 12:19 PM

Your projects are just beautiful Virginia! Nice to see a Canadian on the design team!

Theresa January 29, 2017 - 1:04 PM

I love the depth of possibilities with your new stamps. The new line feels so “spring”, which is a treat at this time of the year in the Northeast. Thank you for sharing.

Celeste Goff January 29, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Beautiful cards Virginia!!!

Maureen Reiss January 29, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Really Beautiful cards!!

donna mikasa January 29, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Yes, I definitely love it even more! Beautiful showcase of the hydrangea set–love them all!

Michelle PB January 29, 2017 - 1:34 PM

I am SO glad that I don;t have to choose a favorite!
They’re all beautiful, Virginia..
(My favorite garden flower is the hydrangea)

Susi January 29, 2017 - 1:58 PM

Virginia, it’s so exciting to see you on the Altenew DT – you definitely showcased this new set beautifully with all your cards today.

Keti's Projects January 29, 2017 - 3:01 PM

Gorjuss stamp and cards. Such a different techniques and results, all very pretty.

Teresa Doyle January 29, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Beautiful cards Virginia. The Hydrangea is gorgeous and the detail in the leaves is something else! Very nice!

Sheila H January 29, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Fabulous designs!

Peta Rutherford January 29, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Hi Virginia, I love your colours they are gorgeous.
I also love this stamp but haven’t ordered it yet, just dreaming about it.

Suzanne Wehling January 29, 2017 - 5:04 PM

What beautiful work. It looks so hard and complicated.

Suzanne Wehling January 29, 2017 - 5:05 PM


Anne Sturgeon January 29, 2017 - 5:13 PM

Beauties all! I can’t pick one favorite. I love them in all colors. TFS

Greta H January 29, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Oh my goodness–that stamp set was made for you, Virginia! I love them all, but the last card so inspires me! I’m determined to try my alcohol inks again–your projects always look wonderful!

Sue D. January 29, 2017 - 9:14 PM

All so beautiful! Just love this hydrangea stamp!! Can you share what brand the medium-heavy weight vellum is that you used on your first card? I am looking for such a vellum. Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration.

Virginia L. January 29, 2017 - 9:26 PM

Thanks for the question, Sue! Since I didn’t have Altenew vellum paper on hand when I created the first card (, I used Bazzille vellum (40lb) instead. Hope you find this info helpful.

Ann Davies January 29, 2017 - 9:27 PM

Love the Hydranger, must get, beautiful art! Love LOve LOVE It!!!

Erum Tasneem January 30, 2017 - 1:20 AM

You are absolutely amazing Virginia! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Linda Whitaker January 30, 2017 - 4:25 AM

These cards are sooooo beautiful.

Samantha Coleman January 30, 2017 - 4:30 AM

Your cards leave me speechless !

Tara Prince January 30, 2017 - 7:08 AM

So pretty!!

Elaine Cook January 30, 2017 - 10:44 AM

Wow, these cards are gorgeous! I especially love the double embossing on vellum!!

Martha H. January 30, 2017 - 11:16 AM

GORGEOUS designs!
Thanks for sharing.

Misty Elam January 30, 2017 - 4:17 PM

Love them all, Virginia!!! The colors you chose are perfect!!!

Billie A January 30, 2017 - 7:11 PM

Very pretty. Love the colors. Beautiful stamp.

MandaLJ January 30, 2017 - 9:11 PM

Amazingly beautiful cards! Love the different ways you’ve showed off this stamp set!

Debra Clark January 31, 2017 - 10:38 AM

I really like this stamp and die set. your cards are very pretty, Thank ‘s for sharig

Kathy Mc January 31, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Drop-dead gorgeous hydrangeas, Virginia! Great way to start with a bang as your first ALTENEW DT post. Congratulations, you nailed it!


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