March 1, 2019

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Dahlia Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey Lovelies, Welcome to my blog. Today I am excited to be part of Altenew’s new Build a Flower Dahlia stamp set and coordinating die blog hop.

If you have come from Joni Andaya’s blog, then you are on the right track. If not do not worry, I will list all the designers participating in the blog hop later in the post.

Well, here is the Build a Flower Dahlia stamp set and coordinating die.

This is such a beautiful set. I mean what do you expect from Altenew. They release such gorgeous layered floral stamp sets. Did you know Build a Flower is a monthly release and you can subscribe to it? Yes! There is a monthly subscription plan for our Build-A-Flower set. When sign up, you are guaranteed a spot in our monthly BAF releases and will receive a set each month – at a specially discounted price! ($35.00 →$29.99). Here is the link to the subscription plan: Altenew Build A Flower Subscription

I have not one but three cards using this new Dahlia stamp set and coordinating die. Here is the first card.

This card uses a lot of masking and stamping technique to create the background which looks like a 6×6 background stamp is used to make it. I have a video tutorial showing you how I made it. Also there was a little mistake I made while making this card and you will see how I fixed it.

Here are more photos of the card.


Next I have a set of cards using just the outline image of the flowers and leaves.

I watercoloured the white heat embossed outline images of Dahlia and leaves from the stamp set using Altenew’s watercolor pan set. Then I used the coordinating dies to die cut them out. On couple white panels, I spattered some black and gold metallic Altenew spray to add interest and texture. Then I clustered glued the Dahlia flowers and leaves to form two clusters and adhered using foam adhesives on the centre of the panel. The sentiment from the stamp set is stamped in Altenew Crisp Black ink on a strip of Hydrangea ink sponged cardstock to coordinating with the flowers. I adhered the both the panels to the white card bases using craft foam. Then a few white Nuvo glossy drops to finish off the cards. Here are the photos of the cards separately.


Details of the blog hop.

Altenew is celebrating the Build A Flower Dahlia stamp set and die release with a giveaway. Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Card Blog, and the other three winners will be announced on the Scrapbook Blog on 3/9/2019.

I too have a giveaway on my blog. One random lucky winner receives $20 Altenew gift certificate. So please leave a comment below to enter a chance to win. I will announce the winner on March 6th 2019.

Here are the list of designers participating in the blog hop today. Make sure you visit everyone and leave them some love.

Altenew Card Blog

Norine Borys

Laura Bassen

Therese Calvird

Kathleen Graumüller

Svitlana Shayevich

Kelly Griglione

Vicky Papaioannou

Patricia Roebuck

Virginia Lu


Emily Midgett

Nathalie DeSousa

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Anna Komenda

Heather Hoffman

Laurie Willison

Amber Rain Davis

Zinia Redo

Joni Andaya

Gayatri Murali (that’s me!)

Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my blog post. Have a lovely weekend!


  1. Kelsey Thomas says

    Love how that first card looks with just greens. Very pretty! 🙂

  2. Gloria Rowden says

    That is a lot of masking effort that resulted in a beautiful card. You have massive patience. Why didn’t you use the dies to make the masks?

    • Thank you Gloria for your lovely comment. To answer your question, Die masks will leave a white edge around the image. I didn’t want that. I wanted all the flowers and leaves butted closely against each other. 🙂 Have a lovely weekend. Gayatri xx

  3. Thanks for sharing these lovely cards.

  4. Gorgeous creations, thanks for sharing! I love the lovely colored flowers especially!

  5. Wow. Very pretty!

  6. Debbie Rumpza says

    I love both cards! Your monochromatic one is so unique and beautiful.

  7. Very pretty cards!

  8. Rema Deleeuw says


  9. Elizabeth B says

    I like both of your cards. But your first one is my favorite. It is so different from what anyone else on the blog hop did with this beautiful stamp set. That one is so unique and I love it!! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Jackie Bednar says

    Thanks for the idea of using the flowers to make a background and especially how you fixed the darker color you weren’t happy with. I’m going to remember that.

  11. This first card is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for the great video. I also love the second card. It is so bright and beautiful!

  12. Laura Casselman says

    Your very different designs say a lot about your versatility! Beautiful!

  13. Love the first card, great set to create a stunning background.Thanks for sharing the ideas and tips.

  14. Jill Sharp says

    Pretty card. I really like the fresh green colour scheme. Your clever way to hide the area you didn’t like is perfect.

  15. Dorothy James says

    The monochrome green card with all the masking is an absolute masterpiece!

  16. beautiful card, thank you for sharing

  17. Jenrescuemama says

    Both of these cards are unique and beautiful. The masking took time, but it’s so worth it. Love the simple color palette you used!

  18. Your second card is very nice but the green card you made first is so stunning. I am glad you didn’t use the darker green on the leaves. It would have ruined perfection.

  19. I found your first card to be so striking! I loved them all…but that was my favorite! Thanks for sharing the process via your video.

  20. Such lovely cards. I especially like the first one with its simple coloring. tfs

  21. Brenda Ley says

    I love all the cards but the first card with the green is my favorite. Thanks for sharing how you made it look like a background stamp! The best part is how you “fixed your mistake!”

  22. I love how you used the stamp set to make the background. I love making my own backgrounds si seeing yours has inspired me!

  23. Both are stunning! But I really like that unique monochrome light green!

  24. Both cards are beautiful. The first one reminds me of a coloring page.

  25. Gail Alcorn says

    Love your cards!

  26. Both beautiful, but the tone-on-tone green really makes my heart sing!

  27. Your card designs are fabulous!

  28. Michele W says

    Both of your cards are beautiful but I’m in love with the green one. Just using one layer for the flowers and just the outline for the leaves was perfect. You put so much effort into that card but the result is amazing. Thanks for sharing and for the great video showing us your process!

  29. Absolutely gorgeous set! Love your cards Gayatri especially the pretty card set!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  30. Kristen Snoozy says

    These cards get me ready for Spring! Really lovely!! Thank you so much

  31. Heather Sweazey says

    So beautiful! I cannot wait to receive this stamp set!

  32. Cindy Converse says

    Great idea, thinking out of the box!

  33. Isabel Z says

    You are so incredibly talented!

  34. Norine Mueller says

    Love them all but really like the first one with the pale green very different and so very pretty

  35. Lauryne Cunningham says

    Your cards are beautiful! The green one is very unique- it was neat to watch you create the background with all the masking

  36. I love what you created with this stamp/die set.
    Beautiful cards.
    It sure makes me want to go out and purchase more stamp/die sets!

  37. carol ann says

    One of my favorite flowers! Love this! Great techniques!

  38. Oh, you must have so much patience. Your first card is outstanding!! Thank you for taking the time to make a video of the process. I do love your other two as well as I am a person who loves watercolour above all other mediums. Thanks so much!

  39. Karen Hale says

    Both cards are stunning. Love the stamping on the first card making it look like a background stamp. Don’t think I have the patience for that technique. Thank you for sharing your inspiration.

  40. Carol Rossouw says

    Oooh’s and aaah’s here for another beautiful flower. Love your card inspiration – especially that first Card. It’s so unique and beautiful!

  41. Dee Earnshaw says

    LOVE your creativity in using this new set – you are an inspiration:)

  42. barbara lassiter says

    Two beautiful card ideas and two different approaches to using this stamp. Thanks for the inspiration!

  43. Tracy Lustick says

    Oh the purple has my attention !

  44. Linnea Sundstrom says

    WOW! WOW! really inspired by your first card and all in a colored ink! great designs!!!

  45. Very pretty cards!

  46. Nana Griffin says

    Nice job on these.

  47. Lovely cards! The first card, especially, is so fresh and pretty, making me think of Spring.

  48. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous cards! Stunning and creative designs. I have to say that your first card has captured my heart – simply WOW!

  49. Kathy Ferguson says

    Thanks for leaving your mistake in the video and showing us a way to still use the design you worked so hard on. It helps to know designer make mistakes too. Your dahlia background is gorgeous and the card was stunning in the end. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

  50. I’m in love with your first card! And the video how you show us how you made it. It must have taken a long time… I really like that you showed how you covered your “mistake” instead of starting over. Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration 🙂

  51. Brenda Abbott says

    All three cards are gorgeous, but the first one is stunning. I love how the leaves frame the sentiment. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  52. Your card designs are stunning!

  53. Siobhan Burtlow says

    Very beautiful designs!

  54. your masked background card is simply gorgeous, Gayatri – always love your cards and this new BAF is wonderful!!

  55. simply stunning! Thank you for the inspiration on using this build a flower set!

  56. Beautiful cards. I especially like the first one. But oh my, the masking! I have done a little and can’t imagine doing as much as you did for this card.

  57. Margarita Navarro-Rivera says

    I love your green card! It was worth all the work you put in it to make it!

  58. cyndi morris says

    Gorgeous, unique cards. I love the first one and the brilliant colors on the other are stunning.

  59. Lisa Moline says

    Both of your cards are beautiful! That first one is way too much masking for me but the outcome is really beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

  60. Carmela Hubler says

    Both cards are very pretty! I especially love the soft look of that first card!

  61. I love the carpet of dahlias you’ve created for your first card, and the beautiful watercolour of the others.

  62. Beautiful set of cards! The first one is so unique and lovely! 🙂

  63. Jeanne Beam says

    Beautiful cards!
    Thanks so much for sharing…

  64. Denise Bryant says

    Awesome cards with such pretty colors! The dahlia flowers are just beautiful! Great new BAF set!

  65. fabulous cards Gayatri. Love the monochromatic look to your first card and great save! If you hadn’t shown it on the video, I would never have guessed that the design wasn’t supposed to be what it was.

  66. Denaha J Doss says

    I can’t decide which is my favorite but I think I love the monochromatic green. That’s just so unique and gorgeous. TFS!

  67. Lisa Byers says

    Fabulous cards!! I think the second is my favorite, I love purple. The flowers are gorgeous!!

  68. Marisela Delgado says

    Girl, that purple is awesome!

  69. Your cards are lovely. I really like that first one. It is gorgeous.

  70. Very lovely cards. The greens in the first card look so fresh and bright! Your watercoloring in the other two cards is beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

  71. Wonderfully different take on the dahlias – I love the monotone, soft look – it really highlights the fabulous lines of the stamp design. Gorgeous layering of the stampings

  72. Your cards are really lovely! The green is so refreshing and unexpected and the watercolor card has such wonderful color and detail! Thanks so much for sharing!

  73. Cynthia Cole says

    Your cards are all so beautiful!

  74. Wow! These are so beautiful, Gayatri!

  75. Denise M Freeman says

    Gorgeous projects. Colors are very nice and clever use of the backgrounds. Your cards are stunning.
    Thanks, Denise

  76. Your stamping is totally amazing. I love watching your process, which makes understanding how this gorgeous card comes together so much better! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with us.

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