Hi there! Today, I have the pleasure of being a stop on the Altenew February Stamp+Die release blog hop! You should have arrived from Erum Tasneem, and your next stop is Jaycee Gaspar. You can also head over to the Altenew Card Blog for the full hop list! There are so many fun new products being released today, including stamps, dies, stencils, a new Cutting Mat, and a beautiful new set of Artist’s Watercolor Pan Paints. I have two projects for you today, so let’s get started with the details!
For my first project, I used the new Ornamental Bliss stamps and dies along with the Quilted Circle cover plate die to create a sympathy card. I always find sympathy cards to be a bit tricky; you don’t want to add too much embellishment, but you don’t want it to be too simplistic, either. I began by stamping the main image from Ornamental Bliss twice using black ink, then added details in a pretty gray and purple color scheme using dye inks from Altenew. (You could also color this one using markers or watercolors, if you had the time.) I was amazed at how much detail you get in these images, particularly considering how quickly they were created!
I die cut the finished stamped images using the coordinating dies, then stamped a greeting from the Ornamental Bliss stamp set on a strip of white cardstock using some more black ink.
For the background, I die cut the Circle Quilt Cover Plate die from some white cardstock, then layered it on a white A2 card base. I love the added texture of white-on-white in the background! I adhered the Ornamental Bliss die cuts and sentiment strip using foam adhesive for extra dimension.
For my second project, I combined the gorgeous new Exotic Blooms stamp set with the new Artist’s Watercolor Pan Paints. These new paints are a lovely, high quality with a beautiful array of colors (and an excellent price point!). I began by heat embossing the main image from Exotic Blooms using pearl white embossing powder on some cold press watercolor paper.
After watercoloring the beautiful floral bouquet with the new Artist’s Pan Paints, I die cut the image with it’s coordinating die. I also die cut the word “friend” from some glittery white cardstock using the Tall Alpha dies and heat embossed a greeting from Sentiment Strips onto a thin strip of lavender cardstock.
Before assembling the card, I blended some Pinkalicious ink on the corner of an A2 panel of coral cardstock using blending brushes, then adhered the Exotic Blooms bouquet using foam adhesive. I added the sentiment strip and die cut sentiment, then for some final sparkle, added a few gems.
Now, for a shameless plug: if you would like to see these new Artist’s Watercolor Pan Paints in action, I am teaching my very first class with the Altenew Academy: Artist’s Watercolor 101, with each lesson featuring a different technique using these new paints! We will discuss different qualities of these watercolors, and then I will demonstrate 5 different techniques with in-depth instructions. The class is a great bargain (only $8.95!), so I hope you will consider taking it! You can watch all of the videos at your own pace, but the fun starts on February 21.
Well, that’s all for my projects today! Now, for some fun giveaway information:
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 2/18/2020 for a chance to win.
We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 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 2/21/2020.
Your next stop is Jaycee Gaspar. Thanks for stopping by, and happy hopping!
Such lovely cards! Wonderful release.
Wanda S Radler says
Your cards are beautiful and I love that new watercolor pan set. It is on my wish list. I would love to take your class too!
Gorgeous creations! I especially love the water colored flowers!
maria f. says
I think I’d faint if I opened an envelope to see that congratulatory bouquet! Such beauty. Your class sounds great too.
barbara lassiter says
The sympathy card from the Ornamental Bliss design is beautiful as is the watercolored Exotic Garden design. Love the look of the pearl embossing. 🙂
Sharon Brand says
Beautiful cards. Really love the first one!
How versatile the Ornamental Bliss would be. Yow!
exotic garden has made it to my wish list!
Jen F says
So pretty! Love the way you used the design on the top and the bottom – cool!
Carolyn Reiners says
Love the design of the sympathy card. Just amazing
Vikki H says
Beautiful coloring! I need your watercoloring class. Thanks
A watercolor class? Yay!!! I love the vibrant pop of color on the sympathy card.
Kristina M says
Wonderful! Looking forward to the class! Thank you for sharing your talents!
Mary Holshouser says
Love the Ornamental Bliss stamp/die.
The coloring is fantastic and so detailed.
thanks for sharing
Stacey Kowbel says
Fantastic cards! The sympathy card is absolutely gorgeous!
Jeannie H says
Stunning watercoloring. Beautiful sympathy card.
Judy Price says
This is a wonderful release, and the cards you made are ideal for showcasing some of the pieces. I especially like the sympathy card. The color choices are perfect and, of course, the background couldn’t be better (I am a quilter as well). Thank you for sharing your inspiring ideas!
Michele W says
Two beautiful cards! I especially like the sympathy card. Thanks, too, for the reminder about your upcoming class. I’ve been meaning to sign up. I’m off to do it now before I forget again. 🙂
Karen Galloway says
Gorgeous! Also I loved looking at your fabulous Instagram . So many great ideas, oh my.
Brenda Kuder says
Lovely cards! The new flowers and colors are great!
Rema DeLeeuw says
Melissa Friedrich says
Beautiful cards, love the pearl embossing on the softly water colored Exotic Blooms and the Ornamental Bliss card is so exquisite, loving the white on white die cut background too!
Kelly Jones says
Great cards. Iove purple and gray together.
Jennifer Rasnick says
Lisa Moline says
Beautiful cards! I especially love the first one using Ornamental Bliss!
Liz O. says
Such wonderful designs Emily, love them both, especially the second one. The new watercolors are so vibrant I feel I am going to struggle sticking to budget this month 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!
Meghan Kennihan says
I love your coloring and such detailed designs!!!
Gail Spresser says
Your cards are so pretty. Love the ornamental bliss card and colors. Thank you.
Gorgeous creation! Love your watercoloring. And fabulous release!
Margarita Navarro-Rivera says
Your cards are beautiful! I love the new pan watercolors
Peg Schneider says
I love your watercolored card – you make the new pan watercolors look amazing!!
Great work Emily ! i love this new Ornamental Bliss stamp set. And your watercolor card is amazing. Thank you for your lovely cards!
Dawn Jones says
Beautiful work. I’m really liking the exotic flower set.
So lovely. The color selections are beautifully combined. tfs
I love your work, stunning!
Love the shades of purple used.
Carol Jones says
Yes please! I’m signing up for your class! I’m new to watercoloring and I can’t wait to get my hands on this new paint set. Your cards are simple wonderful. My favorite stamp of this release is the one you used on the first card but to me it looks like it might be difficult to watercolor that one. Looking forward to your class!
Sue D says
Both card designs are beautiful!
Sheri Hartman says
Your sympathy card is incredible. Great work!
Inkin' Chickie says
Like both of these. Anxiously waiting for the start of the class.
Beautiful Cards. Lovely large flower stamps, to use with or without the dies.
what stunning cards Emily. This watercolors looking incredible
Gorgeous cards! Wonderful release! And you’re teaching a class- woohoo!
Ana G says
Such beautiful cards, the floral one…wow stunning! Love all the layers of the first one. Love the inspiration.
Donna C says
Emily, you know I am a big fan of yours. Your work is always fantastic and your coloring skills are A+. The new stamps are beautiful and it’s great to see
you work your magic.
Amazing use of colour. So beautiful!
Cindy C. says
All so lovely!!
Lauralee Cosgrove says
I love the ornamental detail on the first card. It’s so pretty and Victorian looking.
Jamie Wills says
Your water coloring is fantastic! And I’m already signed up for your class next week, I’m excited!!
Both these sets – Ornamental Bliss and Exotic Blooms – are AMAZING!!! I NEED that wc pan set, too!!
Paula Haller says
LOVE these! I think the Ornamental Bliss looks so lovely with the Circle Quilt background and I am completely sold on the Watercolor set….every artist so far along the hop has made them look so different and versatile.
I love both cards! They are masterpieces!
Jen Hill says
The Ornamental stamp set is amazing! Thank you for sharing!
Nandini Karmarkar says
The inspiration cards are so beautiful! I especially love the second card. And the new watercolors are just amazing!
Beautiful cards! Love the elegant simplicity of your sympathy card. ♥
Pam Garrett says
Your Ornamental Bliss card is absolutely lovely. What fun to create and the end result is marvelous!
Heather Jacobs says
Your cards came out perfect! The sympathy card has just the right amount of subtle beauty! Great job!
Marisela Delgado says
Wow, Emily, how fabulous are you and your cards!
Beautiful cards! The new watercolors look like fun, too.
Cyndi Morris says
Gorgeous cards. I especially love the first one using the Circle Quilt background die. (I have that and use it often for backgrounds.) Love your colors.
Jeanne Beam says
Such gorgeous cards! Love the second one..
Thanks so much for sharing.
Carol McCready says
Beautiful cards! Love the Ornamental Bliss stamp and the new water colors. Thank you for the inspiration.
Michelle P says
OMG…I just love the ornamental bliss set!!!
Kathy Dippner says
Beautiful cards! I really love your first card a lot. It has a delicate/dainty feel to it.
Bri Kay says
Valerie Hayden says
Love watercolors and you did a great job, lovely cards.
Denise Bryant says
Awesome cards! Love the Ornamental Bliss design and those gorgeous flowers! Excited about the pan watercolors too!
Wonderful new release products and I love your pretty cards.
Cheryl Rigney says
So pretty! You always watercolor so beautifully.
Marisela Delgado says
Girl, seriously, you are awesome and so are these cards. WOW.
TRACEY LANDT says
Gorgeous cards Emily, as always. I am looking forward to your watercolour class at the Academy.
Thank you so much for sharing.
Denise Bryant says
Gorgeous cards! Love the Ornamental Bliss design and the lovely floral image!
Jenny N says
Gorgeous cards. Loving this release.
Veronica L Hunt says
Your design with the ornamental stamps really stood out. I need to have this stamp now. Thanks for sharing
Susan Babcock says
I love that Ornamental Bliss stamp set! I’ll have to wait until the die is back in stock:( I love your card sooooo much.
Kimberly McField says
I officially added Exotic Garden to my wishlist after seeing your card! What a gorgeous design!
Love the colors! The sympathy card is so pretty and classy.
Anne Sturgeon says
Ornamental Bliss set looks amazing. Love to watch you work your magic!
Love what you did with Ornamental Bliss – so simple and yet fun to color,I am sure. And the watercolor in your flowers!!!!
Karthikha Uday says
Beautiful cards! I love your take on the sympathy card, so pretty! 🙂
Jane B. says
Love that Ornamental Bliss stamp. Your cards are beautiful and such an inspiration! TFS your talent with us.
Kathy Mc says
Both cards are just stunning, Emily! Your class sounds wonderful, but I’m not sure I can get the needed supplies on time. I’ll check it out!
Cynthia Cole says
Simply gorgeous cards!
Dana M says
Beautiful inspiration! Stunning cards in fabulous designs.
tina z. says
Janette Cole says
Melissa Smith says
Your cards are gorgeous! Sophisticated and elegant! Thank you for the inspiration!