Altenew - Craft Your Life Retreat Collection-Oriental Poppy


Hi crafty friends,

Well, do I have a treat for you today!

Oh my goodness, this Craft Your Life Retreat Collection- Oriental Poppy is stunning! So much so, that I wanted to make something extra special with it. Therefore, I decided on a trifold card with a matching belly band.


Let's See How I Created It

To begin with, I stamped a few of the images on white cardstock with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink, which I then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The kit has stencils so I used them to colour the images. The poppy flowers are coloured with the Altenew's Red Cosmos ink pad set: Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red & Grapevine.

The leaves are Forest Glades & Moss.

By having the coordinating dies in the kit, it helped knowing I would be able to die cut the images add them onto my trifold card and the belly band.

For the trifold base I cut two card bases measuring 6" x 8" . On one of the card bases I scored it 2", rotated it, then scored at 2" again at the other end. Then, I stamped, heat embossed and stencilled two poppy images across from each other overlapping the scored cardstock on the scored card base. Using the coordinating dies, I partially die cut the poppy images. Then, I cut off the excess cardstock along the score line up to the die cut poppy on each side.

With the second piece of 6" x 8" cardstock I scored at 4" but I decided to cut 1/8" off each side as I figured the card would not fold neatly otherwise. It's on this bard base that I added the sentiment, also heat embossed, and another flower and leaves combo.

To finish the card I attached the back of this base to the original first partially die cut poppy base with Altenew's double sided sticky tape. Hopefully, that makes sense. I think the reel video over on my Instagram @cherylespiecreates will help as you will see me unfold the final card.

Now for the belly band. I cut a white cardstock strip 2 3/8" x 9" I scored it at 2 3/8", rotated and repeated at the other end. Again, I used the double sided sticky tape to close the band. I added another poppy and leaf combo on the front of the band and voila!!!

It sure sounds a lot of steps when you are writing it down, and it took me a while to make but that was because I wanted it to fit neatly inside a 5" x 7" envelope, and I was practicing with different sizes to make it work so you guys didn't have to.

If you haven't already done so, you should go check out the Altenew's full release from today on my previous blog post because this card and others are featured as part of a big blog hop today. If you go follow the hop and leave comments you have a chance to win prizes, but you need to leave your comments on my other blog hop post to qualify.


Well friends, I hope you will give this kind of project a try. It's certainly ends up having amazing results, and I can only imagine how special the recipient would feel receiving such a detailed card.


See you again very soon....



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