Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Cistus Release

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Cistus Release

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Welcome to the April 2021 Craft-a-Flower release! You should be arriving from Tina Smith’s  blog. If not, you can track back to the Altenew Card Blog to start at the beginning, or continue around until you loop back here.

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craft-a-flower: cistus & new paper!

Not only do we have a new craft a flower set, but new gradient cardstock packs! Look at all this beautiful color!

mixed media cistus

Before I get too far into my project, I did want to point out that this die set complements the Flowering Cistus stamp & die set. These Cistus are larger than the Flowering Cistus set, but you could use both to create something really beautiful!

One thing I hear often is “oh, I can’t use any of my CAF sets because I don’t have any gradient cardstock“. Well, let me tell you – that’s just not true! Yes, there is new cardstock available today, but that’s not the only way you can use your CAF sets!

greeting card featuring the craft-a-flower cistus die set from altenew

Let’s take a real good closeup of the beautiful texture and color! I created these dramatic florals by combining colored vellum, heat embossed vellum, and plain and heat embossed cardstock. Beautiful, no?

greeting card featuring the craft-a-flower cistus die set from altenew

To color the vellum, I swiped Hazelnut ink on the back side of the vellum, and used my heat tool to set the ink. Then, I could diecut the pieces. For the ones that I wanted to add some sheen to, I coated the top side with Embossing Ink and coated in clear embossing powder and heat set.

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I did the same for the Dark Chocolate cardstock layers – heat embossing some, and not others.

To create the coordinating enamel dot in the center of the bottom flower, I used my Artist Marker in Dark Chocolate to color the dot. It works!

For even more dimension, I used small foam dots in between some layers, and left other layers (like on the leaves) only attached at the bottom.

greeting card featuring the craft-a-flower cistus die set from altenew
greeting card featuring the craft-a-flower cistus die set from altenew

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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 04/13/2021 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 04/15/2021.

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52 thoughts on “Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Cistus Release”

  1. That is a unique and beautiful card. The cistus themselves are beauties but the other elements bring it all together too. The washi tape up the side and the subtle hazelnut ink blending in the center- very nicely done.

  2. Dramatic and beautiful is an accurate description. I LOVE how you altered vellum to add texture and definition between layers. Just perfect.

  3. What a spectacular card!!! I love the hazelnut colored vellum and how it goes with the dark chocolate card stock. Wow! I keep going back to look at your card.

  4. Gorgeous! I love the black flowers with the colored vellum leaves! So elegant! Loving this
    new Cistus Layering Flower Die set!

  5. Stunningly Beautiful! I love your use of vellum and your enhancement of some of the layers with heat embossing.

  6. Wow, such a dramatic, beautiful card. Love your use of embossing powder and vellums to add to the depth and interest to an already amazing flower layering die. Great job!

  7. All around beautiful card with lots of textures and creativity with embossing. Love the use of vellum. Great card and techniques. Always a nice stop on a hop. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Wow this card is so elegant, simple design of the layering flowers but then you added the embossing, and wow sure pops out.


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