Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Cistus Layering Die Set & Gradient Cardstock Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey everyone! It’s the 7th of the month, which means it’s time for the March 2021 Craft-a-Flower reveal (ALT)! I’m so excited to join Altenew for the brand new Craft-a-Flower: Cistus Release (ALT) and Blog Hop! Thanks so much to Michelle Short for relaying you over to my blog. If you want to relive the amazing project ideas from the team of designers for this release, head back over to the Altenew Card Blog or keep reading to find the complete blog list. Don’t miss the wonderful giveaway opportunities as well–more on that down below!

Craft-a-Flower: Cistus Release

Craft-a-Flower Subscription

Craft-a-Flower: Cistus

Craft-a-Flower: Cistus and Gradient Cardstock Bundle

Modern Colors Gradient Cardstock Bundle

I started with a Google image search of Cistus. My first impression of the flower came from the ‘crumpled’ texture that I saw in the White Whitish Pink Clade of the genus Cistus. The same texture can be found in the leaves of the Cistus and these textural elements were going to be the focus of my Craft-a-Flower.

I started with a plain white panel of cardstock and did some ‘ink-smooshing’ in the Warm Grey family of crisp dye inks–I have a video on this technique below (Start 12:19) Then I stacked these three white layers of lightly inked cardstock to make my white flowers. the texture comes from the slight layers of grey and also the shadows of the die cuts.

To make the leaves, I used the Woodless Watercolor Pencils for a more gritty appearance. I mixed the greens and black pencils for a gradient on some A2 Watercolor Sheets. I layered these die cut pieces of paper and worked on the details of the flowers. The center of the flower comes from scraps of deep red cardstock and a small scrap of gold vellum.

Finally after assembling the flower arrangement, I adhered and foam mounted the flowers and leaves on kraft colored cardstock. My sentiment comes from the very old Label Love Stamp Set. The common name for the Cistus genus is “Rock Rose.” So I fittingly used the “U Rock!” sentiment to finish this card along with Jet Black Ink Spray splatters.

Materials and Supplies

Craft-a-Flower: Cistus

Warm Grey Mini Cube Set

Watercolor Paper Set A2

Woodless Watercolor Pencil Set

Craft-a-Flower Subscription

Jet Black Ink Spray

Label Love Stamp Set

Obsidian Pigment Ink


$200 in total prizes! 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.

Thank You!

I really appreciate you stopping by and participating in this blog hop. If you like what you’ve seen from me, please give me a follow over on my Instagram (@jaycee.gaspar) and/or subscribing to my blog and YouTube if you haven’t already.

Your Next Stop is Keren Baker‘s Blog!

Altenew Card Blog
Nathalie DeSousa
Michelle Short
Jaycee Gaspar
Keren Baker
Emily Midgett
Tina Smith
Nicole Watt
Amanda Baldwin
Sandhya Iyer
Terri Koszler
Laurie Willison
Jenny Colacicco
Norine Borys
Verity Biddlecombe
Lilith Eeckels
Dana Joy
Virginia Lu
Joylita Dsouza
Tenia Nelson
Therese Calvird
Nichol Spohr 
Erum Tasneem
Teresa Litchfield
Svitlana Shayevich
Christine Pennington
Agnieszka Małyszek
Yoonsun Hur
Preeti Chandran

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68 thoughts on “Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Cistus Layering Die Set & Gradient Cardstock Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

  1. I absolutely love the subtly of the colors you used and the simplicity of design. I always learn something from you. Thanks for the beautiful presentation.


  2. Love the texture of the leaves you achieved with water color pencil. The subtle grays really make the white flower “pop” with dimension. BEAUTIFUL!


  3. I absolutely love that you researched rock roses before making your card. The result is just stunning–I love it! I’m bookmarking this card!


  4. Looks so modern and regal. Absolutely adore these new dies. Can’t wait to try em myself. beautiful card btw.


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