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 July 2020 Stamps/ Dies/Stencils/ Inks Release

Hello everyone!!! Altenew has a wonderful July release and I made a couple of cards to showcase this new release. Take a look at these gorgeous products!!!

https://altenew.com/collections/new/products/summer-fun-full-release-bundle

I read all your comments on my blog and truly appreciate your kind words. I’ve noticed that there are quite a number of people who are new to cardmaking so this blog post will be a mixture of simple, fun and easy to make cards/tags and some that need a little more time to create. Do let me know which one is your favorite in the comment section, ok? I really love hearing from all of you. <3


WHATEVER YOU ARE, BE A GOOD ONE | YOU ARE GREAT


Don’t you just adore the Courageous You stamp set!?!?! I love huge images that can be colored using different kinds of coloring mediums. For these cards though, I thought of stamping and embossing the image on vellum for a soft and dainty look. I used the Fine Frames cover die to add borders around the card front. Light colors were chosen to match the soft look of this card.

When embossing on thin papers like vellum, just make sure that you heat up your heat gun first. I also heat it from the back to prevent the paper from warping.


THINKING OF YOU | WITH GRATITUDE


Here’s another set of CAS cards using the Geometric Elements stamp. When I saw this stamp set, the first thing that came into my mind was the geometric terrariums that I used for my daughter’s party a few years ago. 🙂

I used the stems on the Fragile Foliage Stamp set as strings for these “terrariums”. My youngest daughter Andrea helped me with the drawings of the mini succulents ( I will need a magnifying glass in order to do that!!! Thanks so much, Dea! <3 ) The succulents were colored with the Altenew alcohol artist markers. Strips of papers from the Blushing Blooms paper pack were added to finish off these cute and simple cards. The card front was also mounted onto foam sheets for added dimension.


YOU ARE WORTHY


This next card was created using the Floral In and Out Border die, the Wild Flora washi tape, the Terrific Tags die and the sentiment from the Courageous You stamp set. I wrapped a panel with the washi tape then die cut the Floral in and out border die. I did the same to 4 layers of white cardstocks so that I can stack them up to create some dimension.

I just had to fit them like a jigsaw puzzle then added a sentiment stamped on one of the tags from the Terrific tags die. A green brad was added as an accent to this simple card. You really don’t have to do much because the washi tape is already so beautiful.


HUGS


Here’s another pair of quick cards to make. I got some paper scraps from the Shades of Purple gradient cardstock set and cut them into strips. My apologies if I can’t remember who I saw this technique from– must be from the amazing Laura Bassen or Jennifer Mcguire or maybe even from Kristina Werner or the wonderful Cathy Zielske. They are my go-to cardmakers where I get my inspirations from.

I covered the entire card front with double-sided tape then adhered the strips. Both positive and negative elements from the Circled Greetings: hugs die were used to create 2 cards so nothing went to waste.


SOME DAYS YOU JUST HAVE TO CREATE YOUR OWN SUNSHINE


Would you believe that this card was made using only 1 stamped image? 🙂 The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed on vellum. The floral image from the Courageous You stamp set was stamped on 140 lbs Arches watercolor paper using Versamark ink then heat embossed with Rose gold embossing powder. I used colors from the Altenew watercolor brush makers. I love how highly pigmented these watercolors are! A little goes a long way.

The image was placed in one corner and the excess was cut off. Foam tape was used to create dimension. The leftover pieces were also adhered to the card front to fill the other edges of the card.


THANKS


Here’s another set of CAS cards using bold colors. I die cut 3 different colored cardstocks using the Circled Greetings: thanks die. To vary the background, I placed the Feeling Dotty Stencil over the background then added Versamark ink over it.

White embossing ink was poured over it and heat embossed to create a dotted background. I also added a sentiment from the Hello and Hugs stamp set for variation. This is a quick way to create multiple cards with a single die– just vary the cardstocks and backgrounds.


THANK YOU TAG


Here’s another quick project using the masking technique. For these tags, I used the sentiments from the Geometric Elements and the Fragile Foliage image. The biggest tag from the Terrific Tags dies was perfect to make the packaging for the monogram cards I made for a friend look pretty. I love the simplicity of the image which ties up with the modernity of the font.

The sentiment and border were stamped and embossed first using rose gold embossing powder. Then I masked the area so that I can stamp the foliage image over it.

If you have been following my previous blog posts, you’ll notice that my style leans heavily towards layering and lots of embellishments. Restraining myself from adding more to a card is truly a struggle for me. I have a hard time creating clean and simple cards because I tend to cover up all of the white space. That being said, I’ve always been a huge fan of Cathy Zielske‘s CAS style ever since my scrapbooking days in the early 2000s. From her, I’ve learned the basics in design principles. She’s my rockstar when it comes to CAS layouts and cards. And just recently, she sent me a video message full of sound advice on how to deal with certain types of people. I am so humbled that she took time out of her busy schedule to personally send a message and make me feel better. So in honor of this amazing human being, this post showcases a number of CAS cards and from this post onwards, I will step out of my comfort zone and try to include a card that reflects her style. Thank you, Cathy! Truly appreciate what you did. ❤️ Below is a set of CAS cards inspired by her style using the Fragile Foliage stamp set.


I’VE BEEN THINKING OF YOU|THANKS FOR EVERYTHING


The image from the Fragile Foliage image was stamped on a rectangular die cut cardstock. This was adhered on the card front using a foam sheet. Golden peach and Caribbean sky embossing powders were used to emboss the sentiments from the Sentiment Strips stamp set.

Thank you so much for dropping by!!! As I’ve said earlier, I truly enjoy reading all your wonderful comments. Do say hi and let me know which card is your favorite! Would love to see you too in my other social media platforms. To see my latest projects, you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook . Thanks again for dropping by and keep on crafting!!!

“We rise by lifting others.” — Robert Ingersoll

Altenew Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone!!! If you are following the hop, then you’ve just come from the blog of Zinia Redo. Thanks for guiding them over, Zinia! <3 So excited to share with you another new release of Altenew– the Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set!!!

Take a look at these gorgeous metallic colors!!! You can paint directly or add to your other Altenew watercolors and by doing so, your stamped image catches the light and reflects it to achieve a shimmery look. Take a look at some of the samples I made using this metallic watercolor set.


FRIEND WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT YOU CARD


MATERIALS:

For this card, I chose to do a no-line watercolored card. All the images were stamped on watercolor paper using Antique Linen distress ink then colored using Altenew’s watercolor brush markers. I chose 3 colors to work with. Make sure that the colors are analogous so that they will blend nicely. Line up the 3 colors on your palette. Color one petal entirely then pick up another color and drop it on the wet colored petal. Allow the colors to blend. You can also mix two colors to create a fourth color. Dry the petal before starting the next or just skip the petal next to it and paint another petal using a different color. The key here is to make sure that the petals next to each other are colored differently. I just used the metallic watercolor as a glaze over existing dry colors to add a bit of shimmer. The flowers were dried then I carefully added in some rose gold from the metallic watercolor as a subtle wash with minimal water so that the details of the flowers will not disappear. After, the images were fussy cut. I die cut the frame from the Crystal Frames stamp set then proceeded to create a geode for the sentiment. I got this idea from one of Danielle Donaldson’s watercolor classes. The lightest watercolor wash was used to color the entire paper. Next, I chose a darker shade then colored the paper leaving a little bit of the 1st layer seen around the edges. I continued layering a darker color and leaving an irregular edge of the previous color untouched. The center was the darkest color. I interchanged blues with purples and pinks. I made sure to add some gold metallic watercolor to the mix to give it some shine. The sentiment was stamped using Versamark Ink then embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder then adhered to the card front with foam squares. I made sure to leave a lot of white space to give more emphasis to the flowers and sentiment. The Fine frame was watercolored with the metallic watercolor as well.


TO THE MOST WONDERFUL FRIEND CARD


MATERIALS:

I’ve made a similar card like this before but wanted to share it again using the Metallic Watercolor. I love the design of the Needlework Motif stamps set and thought it would look good against black cardstock. The image was stamped using Versamark Ink then embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. The image was then colored in using the metallic watercolor set. You can also choose complementary colors for more contrast. When it was dry, I went in a second to add a 2nd layer of paint.

The image was then die cut using the coordinating die. 4 more die cuts were added then glued on top of each other for added dimension. The Moroccan Mosaic cover die was used to cut black cardstock then layered on top of a gold cardstock to create the cardfront. The sentiment was stamped using Versamark Ink then embossed with Rose gold embossing powder.


PRAYING FOR YOU CARD


MATERIALS:

Since I had leftover flowers from the first card, ( I always like making more embellishments that what I need 😊) I created this double gatefold card– and idea I got from Jennifer Mcguire. To look at how she did them, click here. The card was assembled to create a double folded card front. The feeling dotty stencil was used with a embossing paste tinted with Mountain Mist brush watercolor to add some texture to the card. The hand-cut watercolored flowers were then arranged in front . When I was happy with the arrangement, Press ‘n Seal was placed on top of the arrangement to pick up all the flowers. Adhesive was carefully placed at the back of the flowers making sure no adhesive was added on parts of the flowers/leaves that were crossing over the middle/opening of the card. The sentiment was stamped on black cardstock then embossed with rose gold embossing powder and adhered to the card front using foam squares. This is how it looks when you open the card.

I added a purple cardstock cut out using the Nesting labels die and added the leftover watercolored flowers for more interest when the card is opened.

I just love how the metallic watercolor added some subtle shimmer on certain areas of the the petals and leaves. ❤️

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 10/15/2019 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 10/18/2019.

Next stop is my amazing and super talented friend, Amber Rain Davis. Again, thank you so much for finding time to visit my blog. I love hearing from all of you so do say hello through my FB or IG links or please leave a comment below. I will be gone for a bit to attend a wedding of my niece but I promise to be back in a couple of weeks with more to share. Happy crafting everyone! ❤️


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