Today I had so much fun creating beautiful cards from Altenew Exotic Tulips set.  This was for my 9th class in the Altenew Educator Certification Program – Easy Die Cutting Techniques.  I ended up with 5 unique cards, and really had a hard time deciding which one to feature on the top of the blog.   The card below was my second favorite, sometimes my favorite — I am sure you all know how that goes!  The white cardstock is Neenah Solar White, the colored cardstock is from GinaKDesigns.


For my tulips, I followed the layering guide that came with the stamp set.  I used my Misti for a couple reasons.  One is that my hands have been shaky lately, so having the control of the Misti was a really big help.  Also, I intended to make a BUNCH of tulips.  I LOVE THIS SET.   It is so easy to layer.  The tulips were stamped with the following Altenew ink combinations:  Blush, Rouge, Crimson; Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Heartbeat; Wisteria, Hydrangea, Ultraviolet; Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow; Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze;  and Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Grapevine.  Using the Misti made it easy to stamp all the various stamps in the same location for each color set.  I then used the floral die pieces to cut out all these gorgeous tulips.


Then I made the stem and leaves.  Since it would all be just the two ink colors Grass Field and Shadow Creek.  First I created a cut out template with the dies so I could stamp all the pieces easy.  I also made a die template so I could cut out all the white pieces easily – 2 sets out of a piece of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 cardstock.  I just kept running it though until I had a pile of the die cuts.   Using the template I lined up the stamps, with a piece of cardstock underneath to test and adjust the stamp placement.  Then I could just put the white pieces into the template and stamp each set at once.  I used a pin to pop out the pieces.  I then stamped the second layer with the same process. 



I next used the Gradient Stripes Cover Die to make several various to chose from.  I cut two of the standard cuts to layer over some colored card stock.  Then I decided to use the die to emboss the design.  But first I applied a strip of my very favorite washi tape – The Watercolor Strokes wide washi tape.  I am sorry I did not get a picture of that – but it fits a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 cut piece of cardstock.    I then laid out all my tulips, and greenery – along with the various designs from the die cutting.  Since all the tulips required stems, I attached those with a little bit of scor tape. I then laid out the cards and decided what flowers and leaf design. I glued the greenery and popped up the tulips.  I do still have a lot of tulips and greenery to use for cards.


These are my final 5 cards.  #1 is an embossed panel  with the washi tape.  The sentiment is from the Wonderland stamp set.  I used a Nuvo Jewel drop for the embellishment. #2 is the die cut strips on a green card base.  The sentiment is a foiled sentiment from my stash.  #3 is also a die cut, reversed top to bottom on a yellow card base.  The sentiment is from the Birthday Greetings stamp set. #4 is an embossed panel with the washi tape applied after embossing.  I accidentally got some yellow oxide spray on it so went ahead and applied it to the rest of the card.  No errors, just new creation.  #5 is the embossed panel with washi tape, with the flowers drifting in.  Again, the sentiment is from my foil stash.


I am so happy with this set.  The tulips are gorgeous!!  And there are so many fun combinations of ink to work with.  I look forward to using the rest of my cut flowers.  Some of them will be used on the inside of these cards for design.

One more class to finish in this group – Irresistible Inking Techniques.  I will be seeing you soon!

Mary Kay

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  1. Goodness!! This is a gorgeous blog post! LOOK at all those beautiful cards!! LOVE them, Mary!
    I am so glad that you entered your beautiful work in the AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!

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  2. Your creations brought my to the Netherlands!! Love your tulip garden, Mary! I am so glad that you enter your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!

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