25 March 2022

Altenew March 2022 Whimsical Fairy Tale Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)


Welcome to the Whimsical Fairy Tale Collection blog hop and giveaway, you should have arrived here form Colleen Balija, if not you can go back to the start of the hop at any time by visiting the Altenew Blog.

You can purchase the new release here >>>>> Whimsical Fairy Tale collection.  I have created 7 card for you today, each showing different techniques with the new release. I have 6 cards using embossing folders and 1 with the new Double Rainbow Stencil, lets take a closer look...

Inlaid Heat Embossing

My first card features the Sylvan Baroque 3D embossing folder  and an inlaid/letterpress embossing technique.

I am working on a 5 inch by 3.75 inch piece of emerald green card that I rubbed with an anti-static tool, I took the embossing folder and added embossing ink to the raised areas, I then added the card and ran it through my die cut machine. I then removed the card and sprinkled with copper embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool.

This creates a stunning inlaid embossed effect that reminds me of letter pressed paper.

Adding detail and trimming

My second card uses the Scalloped Frame 3D embossing folder. I embossed into a hot pink card stock, I did spritz the card with water on both sides before embossing. This gives a deeper and crisper emboss, with less chance of cracking the card surface.

I then added white Gel pen details in the valley areas and trimmed around the Scalloped outer edge.

Adding ink to embossing folders

This card uses the Peony Sunshine 3D embossing folder and one of the quickest and easiest techniques.

I start by trimming my white card to measure 4 inch by 5.25 inch and choose a light blue ink. I then open my embossing folder and add ink to the flat side that has the dipped detail. I find that using a brayer give the best result as it is smoother and you can quickly add multiple layers of ink without it pooling. I then run this through the die cutting machine, the ink is then pushed into/onto the lowest areas and into the details of the embossed image.

If you find the colour isn't deep enough you can add more ink to the embossing folder, add the card back in and run it through again.

Colouring on embossed images

The FolkTale Birds 3D embossing folder is a stunning design and as soon as I saw it I knew it needed to be coloured.

I embossed the image onto white 300gsm smooth cardstock, having spritzed with water first. I then left the card in the embossing folder to dry thoroughly so it didn't warp. Once completely dry I used my Artist markers to add colour. I then added detail with a white gel pen,  this really takes the image to the next level.

Ombre ink blending and added shimmer

This card is actually my favourite of all the ones I've made for this release. I used the Flower Bed 3D embossing folder, embossed onto Bristol Smooth cardstock.

I added layers of orange ink in an ombre effect, lighter at the top and darker at the bottom. I then gently swiped one of the darkest shades of ink pad over the raised areas to add even more detail. Lastly I added swiping of gold ink and a spritz of shimmer spray.

The result is beautiful, it shimmers in the light.

Embossing onto Alcohol Ink

For my final embossed card I dug out and Alcohol ink background that I had created a while ago, I knew I'd find a good use for it!

I embossed the inked background using the Checkered Diamonds 3D embossing folder, I then used a nail file block that is meant for acrylic nails to file back the raised areas. The reason for using this type of file is that the background is Yupo, a synthetic paper. This and the alcohol ink can both clog sand paper, this type of file is stronger and works beautifully. 

Adding fine line details to stencilled backgrounds

My final card features the Double Rainbow Stencil. This stencil comes with the negative/cut out pieces included which is so helpful.

I started adding colour through the stencil in sections, adding in the negative pieces to mask the areas I don't want to have colour (using either washi tape to hold them in place or a magnetic platform) Once I had coloured all of the areas I then set about adding details using a fine liner pen.

There is no way that I could add a completely smooth line without wobbling, so I decided to go for a purposeful wobble to the lines, not only does this put me at ease but it gives a really cool funky look.

That's all from me for now, your next stop is Hussena Calcuttawala, before you go please take a moment to check out the giveaway details below.

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 03/31/2022 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 04/02/2022.


Blog Hop Order

Altenew Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Jaycee Gaspar

Cheryl Espie

Jenny Colacicco

Colleen Balija

Terri Koszler

Hussena Calcuttawala

Emily Midgett


Nathalie DeSousa

Linda Westfall

Virginia Lu

Teresa Litchfield

Tenia Nelson

Nenette S. Madero

Lilith Eeckels

Amy Hill

Reiko Tsuchida

Nandini Karmarkar

Bridget Casey

Katrina Howe

SathyaKala Sankaran

Natasha Davies

Sande Woodson

Rosie Neustaedter

Nichol Spohr

Preeti Chandran

Daniel Diaz


  1. Thank you for providing so many card samples for this awesome new release!

  2. Beautiful cards! Thanks so much for your fabulous inspiration!

  3. WOW! Love the many ideas and diversity of the cards using this release!

  4. the blue birds are wonderful.
    Love the embossing technique on the
    first card - haven't used it in awhile.
    thanks for the reminder.

  5. Very useful tips about embossing folders in your descriptions and very interesting techniques. I absolutely love the Sylvan Baroque 3-D embossing folder card with the copper embossing powder.

  6. WOW beautiful job. each one is so different from the other and they are all so pretty. tyfs :)

  7. Wow, so many fun cards and techniques, love them all!

  8. Wow nice inspiring cards. I am partial to the penoy. Thanks

  9. Love the Folktale birdies!

  10. The first and last cards were my faves - drop dead gorgeous! I chuckled at the birds because even though it's more or less a "love" card, they sure do look mad at each other! LOL Thanks so much for sharing your cards with us. Great job!

  11. Great cards. Love the birds.

  12. I love them all!!! Especially the Be Kind one!!!

  13. So many wonderful inspiration pieces, TFS!

  14. all of these cards are gorgeous!, and love those birds!

  15. Absolutely LOVE the new release!! Your designs are SO gorgeous! 🌸💕

  16. The Blue Bird are fantastic! Thank you for sharing

    1. Great cards!! Favorite was the one with the circles.

  17. So many wonderful ideas! There was something new for each card. I'm a technique geek and love this kind of crafting. Super idea to use the white gel pen for more than just a catch light in a critter's eye. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Marisela Delgado said: So pretty. mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

  19. Awesome cards and wonderful, useful ideas!! LOVE your color palettes and very creative card designs!!

  20. Wow! You've been a busy little bee creating all these fabulous cards! They are all very different and so inspirational!

  21. Amazing cards! Absolutely love the bird card.

  22. The simplicity of the peony card is my favorite! All are lovely!

  23. Thought I liked one best, then I saw the next and the next. The birds are "Fun"

  24. Inlaid heat embossing-----brilliant choice of using copper on dark teal/kinda' tarnished-copper color! I love how the simplest technique (using a brayer to apply ink to the low parts of the embossing folder) gives so much impact on the peony card! The yellow/orange blending looks fabulous on the Flower Bed project! And finally, the use of an an alcohol ink project, sitting in your stash----you used it perfectly!!! These four were my favorites!! You're very impressive!!

  25. Those arer great. the first one is my favorite. Striking.

  26. I love the reach for the stars card

  27. Such pretty cards, Terri. great colors and loads of great inspiration.

  28. Love the pen detailing you used. Cute cards!

  29. Your cards are all nice and colorful

  30. Those embossing folders and the different ways you can use them sure makes for some interesting cards.

  31. Beautiful designs. Each uniquely different.

  32. Thanks for sharing these cool techniques & your wonderful cards!

  33. Inspiring cards. So different many different techniques.

  34. Impressive job coloring those birds on the branch, but the simple elegance of the peony card just beats it out as my favorite.

  35. Beautiful cards. I love the peony card. So pretty.

  36. amazing beautiful techniques and can not even choose a favorite, I want to try them all!

  37. Your projects are so lovely and creative! They're all wonderful, but I especially love the floral "Always Thinking of You" design. Thanks for the inspiration.

  38. Lots of great cards- my favorite is the reach for the stars card.

  39. Gorgeous cards! Love the designs.
    Thanks for sharing.

  40. Hello from Las Vegas! I love the 'Always Thinking of You' card!

  41. Hi from California. So many great cards


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