Aug 4, 2022

Altenew August 2022 Bold & Beautiful Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in Total Prizes!)

 Hello friends. I'm so thrilled to be participating in the Altenew's early August release Be Bold and Be Beautiful! This release includes fabulous florals, a geometric background, and even a set of sentiments perfect for the bibliophile in your life! We know you will love creating all kinds of inspiring projects with the stamps, dies, stencils, and embossing folders in this release. It's time to get crafty!

The hop starts HERE. You should have arrived from Mindy Eggen's Blog.

I'll start with the Intricate Mandela Stencil. This delicate stencil packs a punch when ink blending!

As you can see, I got a little carried away with this stencil. So many great techniques that can be applied!

Let's start with my favorite! I am a big rainbow fan so this was a great technique. I started by dry embossing the mandala onto a piece of 5.5 x 4.25 Classic Crest 80 lb. Cardstock. I then taped the embossed piece and the stencil onto my silicone mat and ink blended the image beginning at the center and moving my way out. Ink colors used: Marigold, Maple Yellow, Lime, and Turquoise.

Next I played with some different stencil techniques. I laid the Intricate Mandela Stencil onto 5.5 x 4.25 Classic Crest 80 lb. Cardstock and ran the Turquoise, Razzleberry and Maple Yellow inks in stripes over the Stencil. I spritzed with water and laid a paper towel on top to soak up the extra ink. Note the links go to the ink cube families. Many inks are available as separate larger ink pads.

I trimmed the tricolor base down and applied it to an A2 cardbase. I chose three sentiments from the One-Go Birthday Greeting Stamp and Die set and white heat embossed them on Black cardstock and applied to the card with some black bling.

Immediately after I added the paper towel to the piece above, I flipped the stencil over on a new piece of cardstock and dry embossed it by running it through my die cutting machine with the rubber embossing pad. 

After removing the stencil, I spritzed it with water and ran it through the die cut machine again, creating the lighter imprint and the last card of this group.

This is the result of the first spritzing and dry embossing. Another sentiment from the One-Go Birthday Greeting set white heat embossed plus some colorful bling adds interest to this card.

I trimmed the card panel and mounted it on black cardstock and then on an A2 cardbase.

This is the second-generation dry embossed piece I created by spritzing the stencil one more time and dry embossing. I love the ethereal look of this piece. The Hugs Die from the Hello and Hugs Stamp and Die Set was cut in holographic cardstock and black cardstock and mounted slightly off so the black border shows. The sentiment is from that set white heat embossed on black cardstock.

I mounted the panel on a "hotdog" card base added the die cut, sentiment and bling!

Next up is a simple card with great verbiage on it! I started with an A2 card base using Royal Sundance Kraft Cardstock. I cut two of the Leafy Frames Die in different shades of green and rotated them to show both colors.

Gold heat embossing the sentiment from the Well-Read Stamp set really makes this card. A few gold bling pieces and we are good to go!

I love Altenew's striped background stamps. Check out the way I used the Linear Spiral stamp as a background for these lovely Happy Flowers!

I do have a YouTube video here:

The last card uses the Linear Spiral in a different way. This time it is stamped using Wisteria Ink. I wanted this to be a soft background for the Happy Flower Stamps.

The blooms are stamped using Wisteria and Hydrangea from the Enchanted Garden ink set, Green Fields and Fresh Leaf inks. After stamping, the images were die cut. The spiral background was trimmed to 4.5 by 3.25 inches, mounted on a piece of fun foam and attached to an A2 base. The flowers were arranged and added to front. The center flower and leaves is popped up with foam tape.

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 08/10/2022 for a chance to win. 


Altenew will draw 10 winners randomly from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 08/11/2022.


Blog Hop Order

Virginia Lu

Kari VanNoy

Laurie Willison

Caly Person

Erum Tasneem

Jenny Martin

Agnieszka Małyszek

Bobby Hagen

Mindy Eggen

Teri Wilson <ME>

Jaycee Gaspar next

Terri Koszler

Annemarie Caister

Nichol Spohr

Therese Calvird

Angela Brennan

Lorena Brougher

Tenia Nelson

Nicole Watt

Lilith Eeckels

Mugdha Gujarathi


Maryám Pérez

Teresa Litchfield

Michelle Short

Bridget Casey

Nathalie DeSousa

Michelle Burnier

Jenny Colacicco

Fiona Duff

Svitlana Shayevich

Karen Brown

Laurie Patterson

Linda Westfall

Reiko Tsuchida ***Note: Due to strict regulations in Japan, you might not be able to leave a comment on her blog post.

Penny Pynnonen

Tania Ahmed

Dana Joy


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  1. Oh my! So many wonderful techniques to use with the Mandela! Can't wait to try them. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  2. Thanks for sharing all the great ways to stencil with the mandala. I love getting the most out of getting messy. I am a big fan of the leafy frame die and Anne of Green Gables so your combo hit all the right notes with me.

  3. Your cards are amazing and thank you for featuring many techniques. I love that mandala and the Linear Spiral Stamp. Amazing products and amazing cards!

  4. What beautiful stenciling. I like the colors you chose on each.

  5. Love the stenciling and beautiful cards.

  6. Great cards! That Linear Spiral is such a fun stamp. Thank you for sharing the video.

  7. Wow! So many pretty cards! My faves are the one using the spiral background and the leafy frame on kraft card stock!

  8. You definitely gets lots of bang for your buck with stencils. Thanks for sharing the different techniques.

  9. Beautiful collection of cards you made!! I love the rainbow mandalas

  10. Love your Mandala cards. Love all the variations.

  11. Wonderful cards! I really like your ink blending of the mandala card!

  12. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards & so many ways to use these products!

  13. It is almost imposible to choose a favorite, all the cards are beautiful

  14. Wow... so many beautiful cards.
    I loved the stencil teachniqe.

  15. Love your techniques with the Mandala stencil. Truly lovely cards, Teri! Beautifully done. Thank you for such amazing inspiration.

  16. Great cards! I love the purple flowers! The linear spiral stamp makes such a pretty background.

  17. Wow, you've really shown how versatile a stencil can be!! Fabulous cards!!


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