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Altenew 7th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway (over $1,400 in Total Prizes)

 

Hello, Everyone! I'm Allison Frazier, and I'm so excited to be representing Butterfly Reflections, Ink as part of Altenew's 7th Anniversary Blog Hop! If you are following the hop, then you should have arrived here from Verity Biddlecombe. To start at the beginning of the hop, click here.

For today's projects, I was excited to use my new Altenew 3D embossing folders for the first time. I made two cards, each using two very similar products, but resulting in two very different looks.

For my first card, I used the Diamond Stars 3D Embossing Folder and the Bergenia Builder stamp set and matching die. I colored a piece of watercolor paper with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and blended the colors with a wet paintbrush. I then ran it through my die cut machine using the embossing folder and adhered the panel to an A2 card base. I also embossed a white piece of card stock and cut it down to cover part of the watercolored panel, making sure to line up the pattern between the two.

I stamped the bouquet image with black pigment ink, heat embossed it with clear embossing powder, and then die cut it. My initial plan was to keep the bouquet black and white, but I changed my mind and decided to color it. I used a very simple coloring method - blending distress inks. I chose colors that would blend in well with the watercolor background. The sentiment comes from the Watercolor Dots stamp set. I white heat embossed it on black paper and cut it out with a circle die. I popped all of the elements up with foam tape and then finished the card with a few black jewels.

For my second card, I used the Ribbon Waves 3D Embossing Folder and the Our Friendship Blooms stamp set and matching die. I am in love with this floral bouquet! I was really curious to see how the 3D embossing folders work on glossy paper, so I tried it with a black piece of Tonic mirror card stock, similar to this. Mirror card stock is very cool to begin with, but the added texture really kicks it up a notch. I decided to rough it up a bit with my sanding tool to accent the ribbon pattern more. What gets revealed underneath is silver, which I thought was cool, so I roughed up the edges, as well. I then splattered various colors of Altenew Metallic Watercolor onto the panel and popped it up on a white card base with foam tape.

I stamped the bouquet image onto watercolor paper with black pigment ink, heat embossed it with clear embossing powder, and colored it with my Zigs. After cutting it out with the matching die, I popped it up on the panel with foam tape. I finished the card with a sentiment from the set and some clear sparkling sequins. I love how the flowers just pop against the black background!

GIVEAWAY PRIZES

WOW! There are over $1,400 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $70 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 15 lucky winners. There are also 19 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:  

Be sure to leave comments by 4/18/2021 for a chance to win one of 41 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with "Hi from (city or country where you're from)!" 41 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/24/2021.

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  1. Hi from Indiana! These cards are amazing! Love the backgrounds and everything about them!

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  2. Howdy from Tucson, Arizona!
    Using the glossy paper with the waves embossing folder was brilliant.
    You got great texture and shine!

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  3. Hello from Canada. Love the ribbon wave on the glossy paper. It almost looks like a piece of metal. Very cool.

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  4. Hi from Nebraska, US! Thank you for sharing your talents! Beautiful cards. I like what you did to the mirrored card stock.

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  5. Hello from Illinois! Love both these background embossing folder techniques!

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  6. Hi from Ohio, love the embossed backgrounds especially using mirrored card stock. Genius!

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  7. Hi from Ontario, Canada. Great cards Allison. I haven’t used a 3D embossing folder yet but you have inspired me to try one out. Thank you for the inspiration! ❤️

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  8. Iam always looking for ways to make backgrounds that have a little mix media and I forget about my embossing folders. Thank you for inspiring us to use them. Lovely cards, they black background is striking? Congratulations on being a part of such an amazing craft company.

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  9. Hello from Wisconsin! Your backgrounds are incredible!

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  10. Love the embossed backgrounds!
    Cool effect using the glossy paper for the second card.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  11. Hi from Illinois, both cards are so lovely, I really like how you colored the first panel before embossing

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  12. Hi from Wilkes Barre, PA, USA. Beautiful cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  13. H from Ontario Canada, what bright and pretty cards love them

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  14. Hello from Virginia. What a cool background on the second card. It is quite unique. Great cards!

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  15. Hi from Houston. Pretty cards! I love the detail of each image, and that ribbon embossing folder demands attention. Happy Altenew 7th Anniversary!

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  16. Hi from Bowling Green KY. I loved seeing your creative process. Have to admit, I'm usually intimidated by using the 3D folders with so much depth, but it works so beautifully you have inspired me to try it more.

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  17. Hi from Ohio. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  18. Strikingly beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Hi from IGH, MN! Holy cow - the texture created by the 3D embossing folders is amazing! TFS!

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  20. Hi from the Florida Panhandle. Such gorgeous cards! Love the backgrounds with the 3D embossing folders.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  21. Hi from Memphis TN! Your 3d embossing folder backgrounds...WOW!!! Stunning cards!

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  22. Hi from the Lilac Capital, Rochester, NY, USA!! What creative inspiration and your project(s) are wonderful!!

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  23. Hi from Orange County,CA. Oh my gosh, the first one is so cool. Not only the 3D background embossing, but the colors on the background. They look amazing with how you colored the flowers. WOW!!! I'm not kidding. WOW

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  24. Hi from Canada! Your backgrounds are to die for! Beautiful!

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  25. Hi from Anacortes, Washington!
    I love your cards! I’m smitten with the 3D folders. I can’t wait to get my hands on these.

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  26. Hello from US, Kentucky. Happy Birthday! Very beautiful background!

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  27. Hello from Wilmington, DE. Both cards are stunning and I think your gorgeous backgrounds take them to the next level!

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  28. Hello from Arkansas, USA. Allison, your cards are awesome. Thanks for sharing your work.

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  29. Hi, from Millstadt, IL.
    Love how you left part of the background
    uncolored on the first card. Makes a
    striking design. The dark background
    on the second is great. thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. Hi from Salem, WI, USA!
    I love your projects for the hop! Beautiful backgrounds

    Cheryl (SheStamps)
    Visit my blog - She Stamps

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  31. Hello there from sunny Florida. Ribbon Waves on the glossy black cardstock is like nothing I have seen before. That is so cool!

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  32. Hi I am from Alberta Canada... Great cards soooo dimensional

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  33. Hi from Iowa. Beautiful cards. Love the colors and all the texture.

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  34. Hello from Texas. Gorgeous cards and the Ribbon Waves embossing folder is so unique and makes a very interesting background to the beautiful floral stamp. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Love your cards. Watercolor is my favorite look. Colors are wonderful and vibrant.

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  36. Hello from Washington! So nice to meet you- I am new to your company and will have fun when I'm done here, checking it out! I love your cards- lovely flowers and fun fun fun 3-D backgrounds. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  37. Two incredibly awesome cards. My favorite is the first card.

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  38. Hi from northwest Alabama! WOW! Both of your cards are SUPER! Each is so pretty using the Altenew products! I especially love the colors in your XOXO card!

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  39. Hello from Southern California! Lovely cards! I love the 3D embossing folders.

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  40. hi This is shraddha from India, love the texture background, aww such a cute card. 3d embossing is also awsome. Thanks for sharing

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  41. Hi from Ohio! The backgrounds on your lovely cards are amazing!!

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  42. Hi from Illinois! I have both these embossing folders, I just love them. You used them in a unique way, I have to try something new!

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  43. Hi from St. Paul, MN! Love the first card, but the second card is fabulous! Such cool embossing folders and who knew silver was under the black!?

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  44. Hi from the Texas Gulf coast! Gorgeous cards, Allison; I especially love the second one with that ribbon waves embossing folder (which is now on my wish list!) - the dark background really makes your beautiful flowers stand out! Thank you for sharing.

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  45. Hi from Sacramento, CA. I love your background.

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  46. Hi from Cedar Hill, TN!! These are stunning! Your backgrounds are amazing!

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  47. Hi, I'm from Mauritius. Two wonderful cards. Love the layers.

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  48. Hi from Seattle, Washington the Evergreen State. Wow! Your cards are fantastic! I like the colors and the fabulous backgrounds.

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  49. Hi from Germany! Nice cards, thanks for the inspiration.

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  50. Hi from AZ! Love your card, the texture is amazing. Congrats to Altenew on 7 years!

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  51. Hi from Germany, both cards are amazing ❤️ Love the one with the black background 🙃

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  52. Hi! From Chicago! I LOVE the backgrounds and texture!

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  53. Greetings from West Cape May New Jersey! - two very wonderful cards. The backgrounds are awesome
    and very creative. I like them. Thanks, Denise

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  54. Hi from Pasadena, CA. Those embossed backgrounds really set your main images off, especially the one half inked and half white!

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  55. Hi from Kansas City, KS. Beautiful cards!! The embossed background adds a lot of interest!!

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  56. Hello from Rhode Island! These cards are so creative! Love the way used the embossing folders!

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  57. Hello from Delaware. Beautiful cards. Love your background.

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  58. Hi from Arizona! Beautiful cards! Thank you!

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  59. I love your color choices! Thank you for sharing!

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  60. Hi from Maryland. Love the use of the 3D embossing folders with the glossy paper. This is something I'm going to give a try. Beautiful cards.

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  61. I love those new 3D embossing folders!!

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  62. Sandy C.

    Loved seeing the Wave Ribbons embossing folder in use. Very different look. Thanks for showing us both of those embossing folders.

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  63. Hi from Michigan. Such an amazing hop filled with inspiratioN!

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  64. Hello from ME! I love these 3D embossing folders from Altenew. I look forward to trying out these ideas with them!

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  65. Hi from Washington State! Love them both! Those embossing folders really pop!

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  66. Hi from Utah. Loved your cards. The background on your second card is awesome!

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  67. Hi from Minnesota. Wow, incredible texture and such wonderfully creative designs - fabulous!

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  68. Hi from Wisconsin. Love those flowers.

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  69. Hello from BC Canada! Loving these embossing folders! This mirror paper you speak of looks so cool and fun to play with. Both cards are lovely! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  70. Hi from Bradley IL! Love the flowers on the embossed background!

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  71. Hello from Wisconsin! I love the 3D embossing folders!

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  72. Hello from Idaho! Two fabulous cards!

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  73. Hi from Colorado! I really like the 3D embossed backgrounds. Your cards are lovely!

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  74. Hello from Virginia. Oh wow!! Both of these cards are absolutely gorgeous!! I love the 3D embossing, and that black background is amazing!

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  75. Hi from Georgia!
    Love the backgrounds of the cards.
    Happy anniversary!!

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  76. Hello from Wisconsin. Love both of these cards!

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  77. Hi from Michigan! Love both of these cards, especially the background!

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  78. Howdy from Austin, Texas. The texture in your backgrounds is simply amazing. These are beautiful cards.

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  79. Hello from Oregon. The second card is my favorite...it pops!

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  80. Marisela Delgado said: Hola from San Antonio, Texas! Your cards are gorgeous! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  81. 3D embossing folder really made the card!

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  82. Hello from Nebraska. That first card! Yummy!

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  83. Gidday from New Zealand and Wow, those backgrounds are freaking awesome! Just loving the cards!

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  84. Hi from California!
    Love the colors and textures! Pretty flowers!

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  85. Beautiful cards! Love the backgrounds!!

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  86. Hi from Illinois. Your cards are both stunning, love the black mirror paper!

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  87. hi from Ohio! beautiful cards! love the background

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  88. Hello from Pelham,Ontario
    Both of your cards are pretty. But the second one is my favorite. I immediately went to put the waves 3D in my wish list. Love it.

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  89. Hi from Reno, NV! Just stunning blended cards, and the colors are just gorgeous!

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  90. Hi from Ohio. These cards are quite the eye candy. Really love the colors.

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  91. Hello from Matthews, North Carolina! Your cards are very inspiring, thank you for sharing your creativity!!

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  92. Hi from Iowa! Love these inked embossed backgrounds!

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  93. Hello from Michigan. Love that background. . . so pretty.

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  94. Hi from SW Florida. Awesome cards. Especially love the black background, the flowers really pop!

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  95. beautiful! happy birthday Altenew from Colorado, thank you for this giveaway

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  96. Hi from Georgia USA!! Love the Metallic Watercolor background!! Gorgeous!!

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  97. Great texture. Hi from Cleveland, OH

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  98. Hi from Arkansas! Beautiful project! Love the Altenew products! Happy 7th Birthday Altenew!

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  99. Hi From Wisconsin
    Your cards are lovely - thanks for sharing

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  100. Hello from Oregon! Lovely cards, your background choices are great! Thank you!

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  101. Hi from Pennsylvania, The 3D embossed background really sets off the focal points of card. They are beautiful! Happy Anniversary Altenew!

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  102. Hello from Burlington, Vermont! Very cool background created with the black paper and wave embossing folder - great outcome! Thanks for sharing your creations and Happy Anniversary Altenew!

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  103. Hi from Dallas Texas! Beautiful cards! I like how you use the 3-D embossing folders.

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  104. Hi from Charlotte, NC. Your cards are beautiful. The backgrounds you created show off the stamped and die cut elements perfectly.

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  105. Hi from Illinois!!!! These are Beautiful cards!!!!

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  106. Hi from Northern Kentucky!! Oh Wow!! Those backgrounds using the 3d folders are Amazing!! Beautiful cards!

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  107. hi from NorCal. I cannot believe the depth people get from these embossing folders!

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  108. Hello from Indiana! I love the textured background on your cards. Thanks for sharing your pretty creations.

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  109. Love the cards! Those embossing folders are amazing!

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  110. Hello, from Sacramento, California. You used some product that I have not seen before (mirror paper) Love it. Best wishes to Altenew for continued success. We love your projects and products.

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  111. Hi from the sunny beaches of Goa! Beautiful cards! Love the embossed backgrounds.

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  112. Hello from Ohio! Both cards are beautiful. I like that you chose to color the first card instead of leaving it black & white - it makes it!

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  113. Hey from Florida. I love the colors on your cards. Great embossing too.

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  114. Hello from Billings, Montana. Gorgeous cards, thank you for sharing.

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  115. Hi from Delaware. Your cards as so beautiful. Love the black mirror cardstock.

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  116. Hello from southern Indiana, USA. Both of your cards are fantastic... love your use of the 3D folders. I can't wait to add some to my arsenal of supplies and play with them as well.

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  117. Hi from Minnesota. Gorgeous cards!

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  118. Hi from the Chicago suburbs! Beautiful cards! I love how you used the black embossing powder and how it makes the colors in the flowers pop. Thanks for sharing.

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  119. Hi from Oregon. Love the ribbon wave background. I love playing and just seeing if something works, then maybe a card will happen! Great idea with adding watercolor to part of the background! Both cards are beautiful!

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  120. I like the waves folder background. Great design shares.

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  121. Hello from Huntsville, Alabama! Gorgeous cards!! I love the partially blended background on the first card... definitely want to case that idea, thanks for the inspiration!!!!

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  122. Hi from Russia! Thank you for shring the cards and great techniques! I love the idea of roughing up the mirror card stock. I guess all mirror card stocks have silver underneath. Gotta check it out! :)))

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  123. Hi from Arlington, VA! Gorgeous cards! i really love how thes gorgeous texture and dimension on these, and that second card with the dark background is just so striking!

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  124. Hi from Wisconsin. Love that you did not keep the flowers black. The colors are wonderful?

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  125. Hi from Wisconsin. Love that you did not keep the flowers black. The colors are wonderful?

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  126. Hi, I'm from from Cape Cod, 'living on the elbow' Happy Anniversary, Altenew! OMGoodness! How gorgeous! Fabulous creations....that texture....those colors (all POP).....WOW!!!

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  127. Hi from Dublin, Ireland! Beautiful cards, love them! I have that first embossing folder on its way to me at the moment, can't wait to play with it! It looks fabulous on your gorgeous card!

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  128. Hello from Beautiful Lake Norman outside Charlotte, NC. You colors are amazing.

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  129. Hi from Perth Western Australia, Happy Anniversary Altenew!

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  130. Hi From Amite, LA. Happy Anniversary AltEnew. Thanks for 7 years of amazing inspiration and products.

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  131. Hi, from Sandy in Frankfort, KY. Such lovely cards! Thanks for participating and inspiring us all!

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  132. Hello from the central west coast of Florida. Love your cards. Altenew has so many great flower stamp sets. thank you

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  133. Hi from BC Canada! I love how textured the backgrounds are with the embossing! Such a great way of adding interest and texture!

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  134. Hi from San Diego! Love your cards! ❤️

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  135. Hi from Lititz, PA! Love how you have used these two embossing flowers, and the two flower sets are some of my faves! I love the bold yellows on the first card, and the ribbon embossing really gives a festive party look to the second. Thanks for helping us celebrate Altenew's 7th Anniversay here today!

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  136. Hello from Merritt Island, I love your work. Gorgeous cards!

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  137. Hi from Elk Grove, CA!! Thank you for making beautiful products for us to enjoy!!! Congratulations Altenew on your anniversary!

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  138. Hi from Tel-Aviv!
    Beautiful cards, thank you for sharing.

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  139. Hello from Minnesota! Beautiful cards! I love those embossing folders! Thank you for sharing!

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  140. Hi from Waukesha, Wisconsin! I love all of the sweet projects I am seeing. Altenew is also one of my favorite companies for sweet images! Thanks for the opportunity to win some awesome prizes

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  141. Hi from FL! Your first card is very colorful & pretty. The embossed & splattered mirror cardstock in the second is pure genius & very cool

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  142. Hello from NC! The first card is pretty and "springy"! The second is very striking.

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  143. I’m in Illinois. Love your cards. The embossing folders are the best addition to Altenew’s line.

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  144. Your projects are amazing!! I LOVE all the texture you used!!

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  145. I love the duo of embossed panels on the first card!

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  146. Hi, I’m from Dallas, TX. Such a cute card. Love the details and texture ! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  147. Hi from North TX! I love the embossing folders!!

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  148. Hello from Lafayette, Indiana! Love, love this.

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  149. Hi from North Carolina. I love everything about this card. The bright color and the wonderful embossing!
    Thank you for sharing

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  150. Love your cards! Hi from Florida!

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  151. Gorgeous cards!! I love the backgrounds!!

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  152. Hi from Illinois, USA! Lovely cards! The embossed backgrounds are awesome!

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  153. Hi from Michigan. Like the variety of the shades of color!

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  154. Hi from Kalamazoo, Michigan . LOVE Altenew products, can't believe it's been 7 years. Wow!

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  155. Hi from Sacramento, CA - Lovely cards! I just love the softness of flowers against a geometric background and the 3D embossing folders make outstanding backgrounds.

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  156. Hello from Central Florida, USA! These embossing folders are to die for! Lovely designs and thanks for the inspiration. P.S. Happy Anniversary Altenew!

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  157. Hi from western NY. West Sparta. Love the color choices! The embossing designs were perfect for them.

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  158. Hello from Canada BC! Beautiful creation, thank you for sharing.
    Happy anniversary Altenew!

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  159. Hi from Milwaukee, WI. Stunning cards, Allison! Love the dimension backgrounds. thank you.

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  160. Love the background and everything about it. Love this hop - great ideas. Thanks from Montana

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  161. Love both cards but the second one is my favorite. I love the texture created by the embossing folder.

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  162. Love both cards but the second one is my favorite. I love the texture created by the embossing folder.

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  163. Love both cards but the second one is my favorite. I love the texture created by the embossing folder.

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  164. The 3D embossing folders are so cool! I love how you paired them up with the floral sets -- what great textures!

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  165. Greetings from SE Michigan! Thank you for sharing your creativity with me.

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  166. Greetings from SE Michigan! Thank you for sharing your creativity with me.

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  167. Lovely cards. So colorful and cheery!

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  168. Hi from India !! Such beautiful backgrounds!!

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  169. Hello from Brisbane, Australia. The result of the embossed black glossy card stock really is quite cool. Looks like you have spread impasto or something on your card panel and painted over it. Nice work Allison!

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  170. Hello from Slovenia! Your cards are amazing! Love the backgrounds and all the colors! Beautiful work, thanks for sharing!

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  171. Hi from California. Your cards are lovely.

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  172. Hi from Phoenix. I don't usually use embossing folders, but I think I'm going to need to get the one you used in your samples. Very cool look.

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  173. Hello from Cleveland, Ohio! I absolutely love your card using the Bergenia stamp and Diamond Stars Embossing folder!. I love the look the embossing folder gives that background behind the flower. Happy Anniversary to Altenew!.

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  174. Pretty cards!! I LOVE the embossed and colored background of the first card!!

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  175. Hello from Monticello, FL! Thank you for the inspiration! Your cards are beautiful ❤️!

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  176. Hi from Switzerland ! Your cards are beautiful and I love your backgrounds very much !

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  177. Hi from NC. Wonderful inspiration and techniques.

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  178. Hi from central Florida! Beautiful cards! Love the 3D backgrounds.

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  179. These are beautiful. I love those embossing folders. I'm going to have to buy them and that second floral stamp.

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  180. I love both of these cards; the colors on them are just stunning!

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  181. That dark background technique was amazing and made such a dramatic card.

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  182. Hi from sunny Florida!!! I love what you did on both of your cards! The way you used the embossing folders is just awesome. Thanks for the ideas! These cards are just beautiful!

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  183. Hi from Canada. Your cards are beautiful.

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  184. Hi from Wisconsin! Love these cards.

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  185. Hi, Allison, from Rochester, NY.
    This is my first time seeing your blog. Your cards are quite lovely. I have never heard of mirrored card stock before. I am going to go hunting for it it looks really cool. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  186. Hi from Texas! Gorgeous cards! I love the textured backgrounds! I need to try different papers with my embossing folders!

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  187. Hi there from the Hill Country in Texas! Love the varying techniques!

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  188. Hello from KY, I just love the backgrounds using the embossing folders

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  189. Hello from Denver, CO...I love the use of the ribbon embossing folder...I couldn't figure out best way to use at first...you have inspired me!

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  190. Hello from Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. Your cards are both beautiful, especially the backgrounds.

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  191. Hi from Indonesia ! Wow your cards so gorgeous! Love the 3D background

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  192. Hi from Bangladesh, wonderful cards you've got there. The black one definitely stole my heart💜

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  193. Stunning cards! I can't wait to try some of your techniques. Thanks for sharing.

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  194. Hello from New Hampshire! Happy Anniversary to Altenew!
    Gorgeous cards Allison. I am in love with Our Friendship Bloom too. :) The mirrored card stock background is amazing! Thank you for the inspirations!

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  195. Hi from Beaver, UT! Congratulations to Altenew on their 7th anniversary! I love both of your cards! Totally different but equally beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

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