Hi there! Altenew is releasing their new collection for April today, called Gardens Around the World! We are celebrating with a blog hop; you should have arrived here from Bridget Casey, and your next stop is Teresa Litchfield. I have some inspiration for you today using the beautiful new Castle Garden stamps and dies. Let’s get started with the details!
I began by stamping some of the gorgeous blooms from Castle Garden on some watercolor paper using embossing ink and adding some pearlescent white embossing powder. When I want to keep things light and bright, I like to use white embossing powder, and the pearlescent powder adds an element of elegance. I used some pretty purple and blue shades from the Artists’ 24 Pan Watercolors to add some delicate, feminine color to the flowers. I especially love that hydrangea image- so dainty and pretty!
For this first card, I used the die cut watercolored hydrangea from the Castle Garden set as the focal point for my card. It reminded me of a little bud vase on a vanity in a lady’s bedroom from the Victorian era, with crystal perfume bottles and crocheted lace doilies, so I die cut a Floral Lace die from some white cardstock and snipped it apart into several pieces. I adhered the watercolored hydrangea die cut with Instant Dimension Foam Tape, then arranged the lacy bits to be peeking out from behind the hydrangea. I adhered them with some dabs of liquid adhesive just at the base, to allow the edges to organically curl up off of the white card base.
I added a simple Thinking of You greeting from the Castle Garden stamp set, stamped in Tanzanite ink on a strip of white cardstock. I popped it up with some more foam adhesive and added a few iridescent white pearls to finish it off. Super simple, but very elegant and feminine!
For my second project, I used the beautiful corner image from Castle Garden, again watercolored in beautiful blues and violets. I wanted to let the floral image be the star of the show, so I created a simple background using the Leaf Frame die, cut from white cardstock and adhered to a white A2 card base using liquid adhesive to keep the dimension subtle.
I adhered the watercolored floral die cut using foam adhesive, then added another simple greeting from Castle Garden. Some more iridescent white pearls finished things off simply, but with a touch of shimmer and shine.
Well, that’s all for my projects today! Now for some fun giveaway information:
$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 04/20/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 04/22/2022.
Your next stop on the hop is Teresa Litchfield. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy hopping!
jean marmo says
Meghan Kennihan says
Gorgeous watercoloring and CAS designs!!!
Maureen R says
Wow!! Absolutely Stunning cards!!!
Donna Walls says
Absolutely gorgeous! Love that Very Peri color vibe.
I love the white on white with the pops of blue in the hydrangeas. They remind me of violets!
The card with the leaf frame and flowers is so gorgeous. I can’t believe how much interest the white frame adds.
Helena Stanser says
Love your coloring! Beautiful cards!
Kathryn Frantz says
Emily Midgett, on a couple videos you used a wood board with your name engraved into it to demo some watercoloring. Where did you get it? Is it available to order? It would make a fabulous gift! Thank you.
The purple and the white together are beautiful.
Your cards are beautiful. they jump off the page!
Liz O. says
Gorgeous designs Emily, thanks for the inspiration!
WOWZERS, loving the gardens around the world flowers ! Wonderful creations! I especially loved your Get Well Soon card!
LINDA FILLDS says
Beautiful job on your cards. Such pretty colors tyfs 🙂
pam carr says
your watercolouring is beautiful, very talented
Jeanne R says
Beautiful cards. Love the lace in the background. Thanks for sharing.
Marisela Delgado says
Ooo,your watercoloring is always so gorgeous!
Karen Schroeder says
Love you beautiful watercolor cards!
Patricia A Wood says
Susan P says
Beautiful cards. Love your color choices
Lauryne Cunningham says
I love the white and purple together! Beautiful watercoloring!
Bonnie Seaton says
I love those purples! So pretty
Kay Furnish says
Love your cards – especially the Get Well Soon. Those purple flowers are gorgeous!
Patt H. says
Truly beautiful cards, Emily!
Birgit Norton says
Such beautiful cards! The Morning Flowers are my favorite from this release. Thanks for the inspiration!
Karen Letchworth says
Stunning cards. I love the bluebells and your wonderful colors.
Sue D says
Love the elegance of your cards.
Denise Bryant says
Love the colors and textures! Gorgeous cards!
Denise C says
These beautiful works of art drew a gasp of “Oh, Wow!” as I opened your page.💖
Luene Maxwell says
I love that you included die cutting in your technique for the background.
Gayle I. says
Simply beautiful combination of color and dimension!
Patricia Schoenberg says
Both cards are gorgeous. Your get well card is wonderful – I love the purples. Thank you.
Sandra Baggarly says
Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards!
Bridget N says
Your cards are beautiful. The “get well soon” card is especially lovely! TFS 🙂
Such elegant cards. Thank you.
Carole McKinney says
Gorgeous cards!! I love the colors you used. The white background gives them clean and simple looks even though there is a lot going on.
Your cards are so lovely! The flowers are such a beautiful color and I really like the lace die cut- so pretty!
Maggie Henry says
These are so pretty.
Kelsey Thomas says
Your cards are gorgeous!
roxanne tellini says
Amazing color and coloring.
Inkin' Chickie says
Nice color and layer combinations. I like the mix for the petals.
Amber Bissonnette says
Beautifully elegant cards!! Love the white on white with purple flowers