Altenew + The Daily Marker Watercolor Therapy Blog Hop & Giveaway

Hello everyone!!! I’m so honored to be a part of this Watercolor Therapy Blog Hop! If you just came from Jessie Banks‘ blog, then you’re at the last stop of the hop!

Altenew is collaborating with the amazing Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker to inspire crafters to find joy through coloring especially now. Kathy is celebrating her 18th Coloring Challenge until 11/22/2020. I hope you can join the fun and participate in the Coloring Challenge by coloring something and share it on social media using the hashtag #thedailymarker30day. The Coloring Challenge is a good excuse to find some YOU time. Kathy’s blog will have more info on the challenge. For this hop, I am featuring the Woodless Watercolor Pencil set that Altenew just released. Full details of the hop will be at the Altenew blog.


Aren’t these colors so gorgeous and vibrant? Below are some cards I made using these watercolor pencils.


THANKS FOR ALL THE THINGS I OFTEN TAKE FOR GRANTED


MATERIALS: Woodless Watercolor Pencils , Paint-a-Flower: Paeonia Japonica stamp, Antique Gold Embossing powder, Fancy Thanks Die, Paint-a-Flower: Calla Lily, Altenew Watercolor Paper, Neenah Solar white Cardstock, Versamark Ink

I’ve been wanting to use the Paint-a-Flower: Paeonia Japonica floral image for a while now. I created 2 cards using the image and I was quite surprised how easy it was to color using the Woodless Watercolor Pencils. Embossing the image makes it easier. I used the Antique gold embossing powder and Versamark ink to emboss the images on watercolor paper. Then, I colored the images directly with the pencils using different shades of blues and oranges.

With a wet brush, I activated the pigments starting from the darkest part first. I made sure to rinse the brush in between colors otherwise, the dark colors will dominate the whole petal. I did the same for the leaves.

Because the core of watercolor pencils usually are oil or wax based mixed with the pigments and binding agents, the pigments in watercolor pencils do not flow easily. You will need to pull or push the pigments to where you want the colors to go. For those of you who are beginning to appreciate watercolor, this might be easier for you cause there’s more control as to where the colors will go. For the background, I used the Dessert Night watercolor brush marker from the Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Marker set. I love how the deep blue color made the image stand out more. I created an ombre effect for the cardfront.

Lastly, I die cut the Fancy Thanks onto the card front then made 5 more to layer on top of each other. The sentiment from The Paint-A-Flower: Calla Lily was stamped using Versamark Ink and embossed with Antique Gold embossing powder.


GRATEFUL FOR WHO YOU ARE FOR ALL YOU DO


MATERIALS: Woodless Watercolor Pencils , Paint-a-Flower: Paeonia Japonica stamp, Antique Gold Embossing powder, Paint-a-Flower: Calla Lily, Altenew Watercolor Paper, Versamark Ink, White Gouache paint, Distress Oxide Inks- Tea Dye, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers

Here’s another card I made using the same coloring process but this time I chose a light colored background. The card front was colored using the following Distress Oxide inks– Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Tea Dye. I used a water sprayer to add droplets of water then added splatters of white gouache paint for added texture.

I made a boo boo stamping directly on the cardfront without checking if the distress inks were already dry. Even if I used an antistatic tool, the embossing powder was all over the place! Lesson learned…. next time make sure that the inked surface is completely dry before stamping. To correct the mistake, I just added a sentiment strip. I think it worked better cause it made the sentiment stand out more. I fussy cut the images and adhered them and the sentiment strip to the card front using foam squares.


PRAYING FOR YOU


MATERIALS: Weekend Doodles Stamp and Die set, Woodless Watercolor Pencils, Fine Frames Square Die , Rose Gold Embossing Powder, Altenew Watercolor Paper, The Stamp Market divider scraps

For this card, I stamped the image from the Woodland Doodles stamp set onto watercolor paper then embossed it with Rose Gold embossing powder. I used the pinks and oranges and browns to color the image.

I was organizing my stamps last weekend. The containers were narrower than the dividers so I had to trim the edges of the dividers to fit. The background of this card was made using the leftover laminated cardstocks from the dividers. Didn’t want them to go to waste! 😊

I die cut a thin gold frame using the Fine Frame die and adhered it on top of a cardstock that matched the card base. . The watercolored image was added on top of the frame using foam squares then the sentiment was layerd on top.


WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST


MATERIALS: Woodless Watercolor Pencils, Sweet Flowers Stamp and die set, Alcohol Ink, Yupo paper, Watercolor Paper, Rose Gold Embossing Powder, Decofoil Transfer Gel, Gold Foil

Here’s a quick CAS card. I scribbled 2 shades of blue on watercolor paper then with a wet flat brush, I spread the pigments from top to bottom to create an ombre effect. Water splatters were added before it dried. While waiting for it to dry, I used a distress tool to add alcohol ink onto Yupo paper for the card base. After the watercolored paper was dry, I then stamped the floral image using Decofoil Transfer Gel. I used a mini blending tool to add the gel to the stamp set. A Misti was used to make sure that I can re-stamp the image again. The stamp was cleaned right away to make sure that the gel does not harden on the stamp surface. After the gel dried (around 15 mins), foil was added using a Minc machine.

The stamped image and the sentiment were layered on top of the alcohol ink panel using foam sheets for added dimension.


PRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS


Altenew and Kathy from The Daily Maker are giving away over $350 prizes to 17 lucky winners. 

Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below for a chance to win by 11/24/2020. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 11/30/2020.

Receive a FREE brand NEW Butterfly Kisses($4.99 value) with *every order from 11/18/2020 at 12:01 am EST until 11/19/2020 at 11:59 pm EST or while supplies last. The free gift will be added to cart automatically. Shop here -> https://altenew.com/collections/all-altenew-products *Not valid on online class, workshop, print media orders. 

Thank you so much for dropping by. I hope you were inspired by the amazing cards by all the designers. Don’t forget to leave a comment below to get a chance to win amazing prizes! I always look forward to reading all your wonderful comments. Let me know which card you like. Hop you’ll subscribe and follow me on IG @mylittleatticstudio for my latest creations. Stay safe everyone and happy crafting!


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Altenew Educators “Giving Thanks” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

Welcome everyone to Altenew Educators Giving Thanks Blog hop and linky party + giveaway!!! I’m so excited to be a part of this blog hop with my co-educators!!! The hop starts at the Altenew Card Blog. The complete blog hop list is at the end of this post in case you get lost.

We are in this unprecedented crisis. Yet so many doctors, nurses, technicians, scientists, policemen, grocery storekeepers, pharmacists, food delivery crew, bank tellers, couriers, garbage collectors, hospital cleaning staff etc. work tirelessly to keep us all safe and so that we can continue to live our new normal lives. I truly appreciate that the theme for this blog hop is thankfulness. In our own little way, we can express our appreciation and gratitude to these everyday heroes for their dedication and selflessness through our cards.

I love the idea of coming up with 2 cards using the same stamped images. I sometimes call it my yin and yang cards. The following pairs were done using the same stamp sets. I just varied the looks by using the negative and positive die cuts, changing up the placement of the flowers, or by cutting the die cuts in half (the split card trick was inspired by Jennifer Mcguire). Here are my samples:


THANK YOU AND SO THANKFUL FOR YOU CARDS


I loved coloring the Poppy Garden stamp images so I used it in 4 of my cards– warm colors for one set of die cuts and cool colors for the other set. I stamped all the images on watercolor paper with Versamark Ink then embossed with Rose gold embossing powder. The Tropical Fiesta and Winter Wonderland watecolor brush markers were used to color the stamped and embossed images. The images where then die cut using the coordinating dies.

Next, I stamped the biggest image onto Neenah Solar White CS using the Silver lake dye ink. I chose a lighter color instead of black so that the watercolored images will stand out more. Then I used the coordinating stencil to mask the stamped image so that I can overlap and stamp the second image. Always remember that whatever you stamp first will be the image that will look closest to you. Everything else will be behind the masked image so plan your stamping accordingly. I continued until I covered the entire paper using all the different stamp images.

I then temporarily adhered vellum over the stamped panel using washi tape so that I can glue the die-cut flowers on top following the placement of the stamped images. You can also use transparency as an alternative. Make sure you secure the two together using washi tape so that the vellum with the die cuts and the stamped panel will not shift when it goes through the die-cutting machine. Both sheets were then die cut using a rectangular die to create a frame.

The negative die cut frame was adhered onto an A2 card front using foam squares. The middle portion of the stamped panel was glued to the center of the card then the sentiment from the Ornamental Bliss stamp set was stamped on black cardstock and embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. This was mounted onto the card front using foam squares.

The same thing was done for the 2nd card. I just made sure that the flowers aligned when I adhered the middle panel using foam squares. Sentiment for this card was from the Needlework Motif stamp set.


THANK YOU AND I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU DO CARDS


For these cards, I watercolored the flowers using the wet on wet technique using warm colors. I loved the split card idea of Jennifer Mcguire wherein she adhered the elements in the middle of an 81/2 x 5 1/2 cardstock just like the photo below.

I then used a guillotine cutter to cut right at the center thus dividing it into two panels. I wanted a gold border for both panels to define the edges so I went ahead and embossed the fine frame die cuts with rose gold embossing powder.

First, I inked up the frames with Versamark Ink then I poured the embossing powder and embossed it with a heat gun.

Now I have frames that match perfectly with the embossed flowers.

I made sure to use foam squares to adhere some of the flowers for added dimension. I also did not put glue at the tips of the leaves and small flowers for a more organic look. To finish it off, the card fronts were adhered to top folding and side folding A2 white cardstocks.


I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU DO AND WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BLESSING YOU ARE TO ME CARDS


For these two cards, I used the Regal Beauty Stamp and die set, Rose Flurries 3D dies, and Garden Picks 3d dies. The layers of the flowers and leaves were stamped using Altenew dye inks then these were die cut using the coordinating dies.

Leaves from the Rose Flurries and the Garden Picks 3D die sets were used for these cards as well.

Sentiments from the Needlework Motif stamp set were stamped using the Platinum crisp embossing powder. I used similar ink colors from the brush markers to create a mat for the sentiment.


PRIZES



Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment here on the Altenew Card Blog by 6/17/2020 for a chance to win.

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Card Blog on 6/21/2020.

There’s MORE! We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!

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This is no ordinary hop! Altenew wants you to join in on the fun as well. There is a Linky Party going on at the Altenew Card Blog. All you have to do is link up your creations based on the theme of the hop, which is, “Giving Thanks” and mention that you are taking part in the Altenew Educators Blog Hop and Linky Party. So what are you waiting for?! Link up!

There are many more card examples from the other amazing certified Altenew educators so please make sure to drop by their blogs, too! Next up is Christine Pennington. Thank you so much for dropping by and do leave a comment to get a chance to win! I always love hearing from my readers. Stay safe everyone! Until my next post. Happy crafting!!!

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Altenew March 2020 Washi Tapes Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hello everyone!!! I’d like to thank Sveta Fotinia from sending all of you over. I’m so thrilled to be a part of this blog hop because this release is just full of colors! I’m sure you will fall in love with them 😍 To view the entire collection, make sure you visit the Altenew Blog or you can check out their online store here. Take a look at these gorgeous summer washi tapes!!!

There are so many ways you can use these amazing washi tapes and below are some examples. I just love how you can create wonderful cards in no time at all just by using washi tapes.


CONGRATS CARD


This card was inspired by the talented Norine Borys‘ card from last month’s stand-alone dies. I just loved how simple yet stunning the card was so I created a similar card using washi tape. Materials used for this card are the following: Framed Congrats die, Monstera 3D die and the Sweet Dreams Washi tape.

I love how easy it is to add color to a card front using washi tapes. For this card, I used the different shades of blues by sticking them onto Neenah solar white cardstock then die cutting the pieces using the Monstera 3d die. Next, I layered the different shades of washi, sometimes overlapping to create a new shade of blue. I left the upper portion of the card white for more contrast. I cut out the middle part using the Framed Congrats die then cut another 4 more to layer behind it to add some dimension then adhered the plant and pot.


IT’S COOL TO BE KIND CARD


For this card, I used the following: Allium Palette Washi tape, Leaf Clusters Stamp and die set, Firefly crisp dye ink, Rose Gold Crisp Embossing powder, Versamark Ink and cardstocks.

I stamped the leaves onto Neenah Solar White cardstock then die cut it. Another set of leaves was stamped onto the orange cardstock using Versamark ink then embossed with clear embossing powder. the panel was cut and the Allium Palette Washi tape was used to frame the panel on both sides for some accents. I love the color combo used in this tape.❤️ The panel was attached to the card front using foam tape.


MONOGRAM S CARD


This is another easy card to create. I used the Rose Petal Washi tapes, Mega Alpha S die, Retro Plantines stamp and die set, Rose Gold Embossing powder and Versamark ink.

First, I covered a sheet of Neenah Solar White cardstock scrap with the different shades of pink to create an ombre effect. I die cut the letter S then added dimension by adhering 4 more other S die cuts. The leaves from the Retro Plantines stamp set were embossed using the rose gold embossing powder then die cut.

Another strip f cardstock was covered using the washi tape but I made sure to overlap the tapes to create more shades of pink. This was cut into two to create the top and bottom strips on the card. Foam tape was used to add dimension to these strips.


U R SOMEBODY’S REASON TO SMILE CARD


Isn’t this Marbled Dream washi tape just beautiful???

The other materials used for this card are the following: Morning Glory Palette Washi tape, Classic Alphabet die, Reason to Smile stamp set and cardstocks. I covered the center of the white cardstock panel with the Marbled Dream washi tape. The Morning glory palette washi tape was used to add a strip to the left and right of the card since it had similar colors to the Marbled dream. I die cut the letters U and R then added 4 more layers for dimension. The sentiment was stamped using Verasmark Ink and was embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder.


HELLO CARD


I’ve never seen a washi tape this big!!! The total length of this washi tape is 11.5 inches!!! The design is so beautiful that you just want to use it as is!

I also used the Navy gold trim washi tape and the handwritten hello die . This is a 5×7 card cause I wanted to maximize the washi tape. I adhered the tape onto white cardstock then trimmed it down to 3×7. I used the Navy Gold trim washi tape as an added accent to the floral panel. The hello was die cut using gold paper for the background and navy blue for the thinner portion of the die. I love how it matched the Navy gold trim washi tape. Super easy card to make!


PRIZES


To celebrate this release, 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 by 3/18/2020 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/21/2020.

Thank you so much for dropping by! I truly appreciate the time you take to go through my blog post. Next up is my idol, Erum Tasnim. Make sure to drop by her blog for more inspiration! If you haven’t yet, do follow me on IG or FB for announcements, giveaways and inspiration! Subscribe to this blog as well for the latest update. Until my next post. Happy crafting everyone!❤️


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