Altenew Build-a-Flower: Giant Bellflower Blog Hop!

Today I am so happy to be participating in Altenew’s Blog Hop celebrating the release of the Build-a-Flower: Giant Bellflower! I have to admit — when I saw this stamp set, and saw some samples, I loved it right from the beginning. It is really so beautiful and the flowers turn out textured and gorgeous!

For today’s blog, I wanted to make a card that resembles real giant bellflowers…. and it didn’t hurt that purple is my favorite color…. LOL! ? I opted for a softer look than simply purple and white… so I made the background a soft cream color. I think this also works because purple and yellow are complementary colors on the color wheel. I have listed the easy steps below for you to create your own card!


Follow these steps to make this card:

  • Start with a piece of 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ cardstock.
  • Run this through your die cutting machine using the Dotted Swirls Debossing Die. (I love debossing to add subtle texture to card backgrounds.)
  • Ink blend the card panel with Vanilla Cream ink.
  • Use a mini-cube of Hydrangea ink directly on the right and left edges of a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of cardstock for the background panel. Let this dry while you stamp the flowers.

  • Use a stamping platform (like a Misti) to stamp all 3 layers of flowers and 2 layers of leaves TWICE, according to the included Layering Guide. (I used Wisteria, Hydrangea, Ultraviolet, Minty Mint & Just Green Crisp Dye Inks.)
  • Die cut both sets of flowers/leaves.
  • Wrap a piece of 5/8″ purple satin ribbon around the left side of the card panel, using double-sided tape to secure it both front and back.
  • Arrange the flowers/leaves in a way that pleases you.

  • Adhere the top group of flowers to the card panel with liquid glue.
  • Adhere the lower group of flowers with foam tape or squares to give it some dimension.
  • Trim the excess flowers from around the card panel.
  • Use foam tape to adhere the card panel to the background panel with the inked edges.
  • Add your choice of sentiments. I used “love” from the All About You Word Die set.
  • Add some embellishments [vanilla pearls] and you’re done! ?
$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 03/06/2022 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 03/09/2022.

Thanks for joining me today! Be sure to start the hop on the Altenew Blog Site. The site before me is Linda Westfall.


  1. I found this post really inspiring. First of all, thanks for posting the pic of the giant bellflower. Loved seeing it and comparing it against the stamped image. Second, thanks for the info about the debossing folder. I didn’t know about those, and when I initially saw your card, I was instantly curious about how you did that. Very cool!

    I don’t happen to have a die cutter, so this technique isn’t something I’ll be able to replicate using the tools I have in my craft supply stash — but I still really appreciated being able to see your process for designing and creating this beautiful card. Well done! And I LOVE the new stamp set! It is gorgeous!

    • sandekw

      Thanks so much, Amy! Your kind comment really blesses me so much. We all have to gradually grow our cardmaking supplies! But hopefully when you do get a die cutting machine, you will try debossing dies. They are so easy to use and add a great amount of texture!

      If you are on Facebook, I’d like to invite you to join my FB Cardmaking Community. It’s a place where lots of nice people encourage, inspire, and learn from each other!

  2. Susan Babcock

    Those Bellflowers are so pretty! Your design is wonderful, especially on that debossed background, that’s one die I always wanted:)

  3. Meghan Kennihan

    These Giant Bell Flowers are amazing! Beautiful color choice and I love the textured background!

    • sandekw

      I love purple! So I was really happy to find out that these flowers are naturally that color! πŸ™‚

  4. Karen Letchworth

    This is quite lovely, Linda. Thanks for the wonderful Altenew inspiration with the gorgeous new Bell Flowers.
    I always enjoy seeing your art, and I’d sure LOVE to have you come play along in our challenges at Word Art Wednesday. We just (were SO blessed to have) picked up Altenew as a sponsor this year which is also SUPER exciting. We’re blessed to have many wonderful sponsors, and I do hope you’ll come play along. Thanks again for the AMAZING Altenew inspiration. I really enjoy it.
    Karen Letchworth – challenge blog – personal blog

  5. Linda Wood

    I love it that you crafted a purple bellflower, just so authentic and pretty. Your work is lovely, I have not seen your blog until now.

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