Altenew + The Daily Marker Watercolor Therapy Blog Hop & Giveaway

Hello everyone! So happy to have you over at my blog. Thanks so much Mindy for sending them over. To view the entire list, you can go to the Altenew Card Blog or view the list at the end of this blog post.

Altenew is collaborating with the amazing Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker to inspire crafters to find joy through coloring. Kathy is celebrating her 16th 30 Day Coloring Challenge until 5/7/2020. You can still join the fun and participate in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge by coloring something and share it on social media using the hashtag #TheDailyMarker30Day. You deserve some “me time” and hope you’ll enjoy the benefits that coloring will give.

We are currently in times of uncertainty. Worries and doubts tend to fill my mind. But a dear friend of mine, TM, reminded me about this: “Worry will just fuel more worries but it’s not reality. Live in the moment first of gracious gratefulness.” Isn’t it beautiful??? Now is the time to focus on what we should be grateful for and one thing for me is art therapy– specifically through watercoloring. For some, it may be journaling, and for others it might be collage work, sketching or painting. The techniques used in a creative process tend to improve the mental, physical and emotional well-being of a person so I encourage you to be creative! Below are some card samples I made using watercolor as the coloring medium.


YOU MATTER


The color blue is a soothing color and can help calm the mind. Add a bunch of palm leaves and voila! You have a card that calms the soul. I’m replicating a technique of creating freehand backgrounds taught by Debbie Huges in one of the Online Card classes I recently took. First, I created the background by watercoloring two sheets of Arches cold press watercolor using a mixture of blues teals and spatters of black. One paper had lighter shades while the other had darker ones. This was then die cut using the Ornate background die. 4 more cardstocks were die cut and adhered on top of each other to create some depth.

The Parlor palm die set was used to die cut different shades of cardstock from the Sea Shore cardstock pack. The sentiment from the Ornamental Bliss stamp set was stamped using Versa Mark Ink then embossed with pure white embossing powder. The card front was assembled and adhered onto an A2 side folding brown card base.


THINKING OF YOU


I wanted to create a card that was not my usual choice of colors. For this card, I used the Bold Floral Drapes stamp set and the Ornamental Bliss stamp set for the sentiment. The Sea Shore dye ink was used for the background. Using a Misti, I stamped the background several times because the watercolor paper was rough. I let it dry using a heat tool then covered the stamp with Versamark Ink. The background was then embossed. This will seal the background so that I can easily watercolor the flowers and leaves.

At this point, I wasn’t sure if I should go ahead and finish the card because the background turned out to be too dark for me. I decided to finish the card to see the outcome. Oranges and yellows were taken from the Altenew Brushmarker sets. I started coloring the flowers using the lightest shade of yellow then allowed it to dry. I then layered a darker shade of orange. The same steps were done for the leaves. The sentiment was stamped using Versamark Ink then embossed with pure white embossing powder. I added an enamel dot to tie-up the sentiment with the card. Next time I’ll probably use watercolor for the background as well.


MAKE A WISH/YOU’RE IN MY HEART


For the next two cards, I used the image from the Precious Peony Stamp set. the images were stamped on Arches 140lb watercolor paper then embossed using white embossing powder.

The flowers were then watercolored using the brush markers. For the Make a Wish card, I added the Golden Strokes washi tape on the left side of the card for more contrast. The center was die cut using the rounded rectangle die set then I adhered a portion of the Circle Quit cover die for added texture. This panel was mounted on foam sheets for height.

For the You’re In My Heart card, I made a similar card recently using this technique. The backround panel was covered with Sea Shore washi tapes making sure to leave some parts of the white cardstock uncovered.

The Dotted Starbust debossing die was used to add some texture to the card front. I added an orange strip across the card to anchor the sentiment and at the same time give some contrast to the card.


GIVEAWAY PRIZES


Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners and Kathy from The Daily Maker is also giving away a goodie bag(worth $30) to 4 lucky winners. Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 5/6/2020 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 blog on 5/9/2020. Do leave a message! I love hearing from all of you <3


SPECIAL OFFER



To celebrate the Watercolor Therapy Blog Hop, Altenew is offering two deals.
5/1/2020-5/3/2020: 40% off the Wonderful Watercoloring Class Bundle from 5/1/2020 at 12:01 AM EDT until 5/3/2020 at 11:59 PM EDT. Not valid on previous purchases.
5/3/2020-5/4/2020: 20% off *All Alcohol Markers from 5/3/2020 at 12:01 AM ED until 5/4/2020 at 11:59 PM EDT. Shop HERE>> https://altenew.com/collections/artist-markers Not valid on previous purchases. Excludes Artist Marker Refills.

Thank you so much for dropping by. I hope you get some inspiration to create something today through watercoloring.

Make sure to visit all of the artists in this watercolor blog hop and get inspired to create!!! Thank you for dropping by and stay safe everyone! <3 Happy crafting!


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Altenew Card Blog
Kathy Racoosin
Jaycee Gaspar
Nina-Marie Trapani
Kelly Griglione
Norine Borys
LauraJane
Vicky Papaioannou
Therese Calvird
Lydia Fiedler
Caly Person
Virginia Lu
Kristina Werner
May Sukyong Park
Kelly Latevola
Nicole Watt
Amy Tan
Maryam Perez
Lisa Spangler
Isha Gupta
Yoonsun Hur
Mindy Eggen
Nenette S. Madero

ALTENEW EDUCATOR “FOR THE LOVE OF FLOWERS” BLOG HOP AND LINKY PARTY + GIVEAWAY

Hello everyone!!! I’d like to thank Neha Aggarwal for sending you over to my blog. I’m so thrilled to be joining this Altenew Educator “For the Love of Flowers” blog hop and linky party + giveaway with my co-educators!!! Make sure you drop by the Altnenew Card Blog for more inspiration. The Altenew certified educator numbers are growing and more are in the process of getting certified. Being an Altenew educator has definitely made me a more credible teacher. Sharing what I know brings me so much joy and I look forward to more workshops in the future!!! Here are some of the cards I made for this hop.


HELLO PRECIOUS FRIEND/IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT CARDS


These are what I call my yin and yang cards– elements of cards that I interchange to create 2 cards. You will need a stamp positioning tool for this technique. First, I stamped the largest image of the Altenew Flower Garden Stamp Set using Versamark Ink onto the card front of a Neenah Solar White Cardstock and the image was embossed with Rose gold embossing powder. Stamp the same image onto navy blue cardstock without moving the stamp. The image was embossed with White Crisp embossing powder.

Next, I masked the large image so that I can stamp the smaller image right next to it. I continued to mask and stamp until the upper and side part of the card was covered with the floral images and leaves. The center was die cut using the Fine Frames Cover Die.

Sentiments from the Stone Mosaic Stamp Set were embossed on vellum paper and wrapped around the center panel. The center was then interchanged and mounted with foam sheets. The thinnest frame from the Fine frames was used to add a finishing touch to the center of the card. The card was then assembled.


YOU’VE GOT THIS CARD


This second card was made using the beautiful Antique Roses Stamp set. I first wet some watercolor papers with water and added color using a mixture of Limeade, Emerald, Sea Breeze and Turquoise from the Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers. This became the first layer of the stamp set. I then used the Mountain Mist, Volcanic Lake and Lagoon from the Sea Shore Crisp Dye Ink Set for the succeeding layers of the flowers. I used the base layer to add Versamark Ink to the entire front of the flower and then I embossed with Clear embossing powder to add some shine. The leaves were also colored with watercolor and only the shadow stamp set was used to add some contrast. I die cut the leaves from the Rose Flurries 3D die from white cardstock and added them to the arrangement. The background was made using the Moroccan Mosaic Cover die. I also added some Distress Oxide ink on the card front for added contrast. The sentiment was stamped on black cardstock and embossed using the Rose Gold Embossing Powder.


COMPLETELY TOTALLY PROUD OF YOU CARD


Although this is not a floral card, leaves definitely enhance the flowers. 🙂 I wanted to show how you can use the other element of this stamp set aside from the flower itself and still make it look like a floral card. This was a fun card to make. I used the leaf image from the Paint a Flower Poppy stamp set and stamped the image going one direction using a very light ink. I went ahead and painted the leaves with the watercolor brush markers using a variety of cool colors. Using a .5 Pigma Micron pigment ink pen, I drew some fine lines to mimick the leaf veins on some of the painted leaves. I die cut the painted panel using a rectangular die. A thin blue frame was also cut using the Fine Frames Cover Die. The outer layer of the painted panel was mounted on foam squares and adhere to the card front.


WHY FIT IN WHEN YOU WERE BORN TO STAND OUT CARD


I really love the poppy image from the Paint a Flower Poppy stamp set. <3 I stamped the image several times on watercolor paper using a very light ink. For the main image, I colored it using the watecolor brush markers then added some shadows and accents using Faber-Castell polychromos pencils. The sentiment from the Wonderland Stamp set was stamped on vellum using Versamark ink then embossed with rose gold embossing powder. This was framed using the same brown cardstock and adhered using foam squares.


SIBLINGS LAYOUT


I haven’t made a scrapbook page for quite some time now but the Altenew stamps and dies have brought back my love for scrapbooking because now I can make my own embellishments!!!

Materials for this layout are the following: Pen Sketched Flowers Stamp and dies, Leaf Clusters stamp and dies, Flower Garden stamp set, Watercolor Stripes Cover Die, Inline Alpha Dies, Rose Gold Embossing Powder, Altenew watercolors: Lagoon, Sea Breeze, Dessert Night and Turquoise.

The flowers from the Pen Sketched Flowers stamp set were stamped on watercolor paper using Versamark Ink then embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. The different shades of blues were used to color the flowers using the wet on wet technique. Next, the leaves from the Leaf Clusters were stamped on Neenah Solar white cardstock and embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. The leaves from the Flower Garden stamp set were also stamped and embossed then all were die cut. The photos were adhered to foam sheets to add dimension.

The background was splattered with white gouache to add some interest. I wanted to add 3 brads at the bottom of the vellum to keep the journaling in place but I didn’t have the right shade of gold so all I did was to add Versamark ink to the surface of the brad, dip the brad into the rose gold embossing powder then heat set it. Now they match the leaves 🙂

When creating a layout, remember to always have the 3 key elements on a scrapbook page– photos, title and journaling. As much as possible, I try to use my own handwriting for more emotional connection.


PRIZES


Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment here on the Altenew Card Blog by 3/11/2020 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 Card Blog on 3/14/2020.

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 gift certificate to our store!

SPECIAL OFFER: Save 15% off on ALL Stamp & Die Bundles from 3/5/2020 at 12:01 AM EST until 3/6/2020 at 11:59 PM EST. No code needed to enjoy this sale! Not valid on previous purchases. Excludes February 2020 release products. Shop here.

Thank you so much for dropping by! Next stop is the talented Nancy McClelland. The complete blog hop list will be found below. Make sure you drop by all the blogs and be inspired by all the creativity of the educators. I appreciate the love and wonderful comments <3 Make sure you follow me on IG and let me know which card is your favorite! You might just be the lucky one to receive it. <3 Happy crafting everyone!


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Altenew Card Blog
Michelle Ochoa Murray
Nandini Karmarkar
Terri Marie Koszler
Irina Fonina
Amy Hill
Vicki Finger
Laurel Beard
Teri Stokes
Neha Aggarwal
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Nancy McClelland
Eva Bussom
Amber Rain Davis
Rosie Neustaedter
Patty Mello
Helen Kalb
Teri Wilson
Christine Pennington
Maryam Sharara
Nicole Watt
Virginia Lu