Hi there! Today, Altenew is celebrating their August Marvelous Monthly release with a blog hop! You should have arrived here from Kari VanNoy, and your next stop is Angela Brennan. You can also start back at the beginning at the Altenew Card Blog. I have two springy, peachy projects to share with you today, so let’s get started with the details!
My first project uses the beautiful new Build A Garden Daffodil Delight stamps. Daffodils are not a flower that one sees frequently in stamp form, especially not in this large size, and I couldn’t resist doing some watercoloring! I stamped the image on some Altenew Watercolor Paper using embossing ink, then heat embossed some pearlescent white embossing powder. In my opinion, the white embossing powder helps to create a faux-no-line coloring look while still allowing the ease of watercoloring with the raised embossed edge. The embossing helps create little wells to protect the edges of your image while still being subtle enough to give the impression of no-line watercoloring.
Because I wanted to keep the daffodils themselves very light, I watercolored the area around the daffodil first. Doing the background first helps me to keep perspective on how light to watercolor the image itself. If I tried to do the flowers before the background, the flowers might end up looking much darker and more intense than the image in my head. I created some unique colors by blending several shades on the Artists’ 24 Pan Watercolor paint set. It’s fun to create completely unique color palettes from the colors you already have!
After I’d finished painting the image, I die cut some Fine Frames dies from some Brushed Rose Metallic cardstock and added them to the watercolored panel. To keep things simple, I added a dimensional die cut greeting created by stacking three “hugs” die cuts cut from the Simple Greetings die set together. The final touch was to add a few iridescent yellow gems for some sparkle!
The second project features the new Craft Your Life Project Kit: Magnolia & Blooms. I started by cutting out the image with the coordinating dies, then used the beautiful 3D embossing folder included in the kit to emboss the gorgeous detailed image on the die cuts. I used some detail blending brushes to lightly blend Pastel Sunrise, Hunter Green, and Citrus Burst on the flower centers. I also added some dots of metallic rose gold marker on the flower centers.
I die cut the Moroccan Lattice cover plate die from some more white cardstock and adhered it on a white A2 card front using some liquid adhesive. I added the blended and embossed die cut using some foam adhesive.
I heat embossed a greeting from the Magnolia & Blooms stamp set using some Golden Peach embossing powder, then matted it on a slightly larger piece of Brushed Rose Metallic cardstock. I popped it up with some foam adhesive, then finally added a few gems for some sparkle!
Well, that’s all for my project 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 08/18/2022 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 08/20/2022.
Your next stop on the hop is Angela Brennan. Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy hopping!
Kristi H. says
These are fantastic! The daffodils, though…very well-done! Thank you for the inspiration.
Jennifer Barkdull says
Oh how pretty!
Meghan Kennihan says
I love the soft coloring and the Moroccan background die!
Amy Leigh Brown says
Wow, what beautiful cards 😍 I love the soft watercolor look.
Sharon Gullikson says
WOW, the first card looks amazing. I LOVE the background, and how it makes the pretty daffodils look.
Judith Valerio says
Love your watercolor daffodils and your magnolias are so stunning. My cousin just lost her tree, (due to a micoburst on humid day) and it just touched my heart! You have inspired me to try to make something close to your card for my cousin… Thank you so much!
These are amazing. Love the detail and colors. Thanks for the inspiration.
Linda BL says
Absolutely lovely cards. The daffodil card is so soft and so lovely. One of the prettiest cards on the hop!
Marisela Delgado says
Donna Walls says
I always look forward to seeing your designs. You are so talented Emily!
Such a beautiful cards! I don`t know which I like better 🙂
Brilliant idea to add rose gold dots to those magnolia blossoms. Love the subtle inking as well.
Sandra Baggarly says
Thanks for sharing your lovely cards! Just beautiful.
Angela Hayes Hall says
Denise Bryant says
Gorgeous floral cards! I love the beautiful daffodils and magnolias! Awesome designs and details!
Twana Griffin says
Wow! Your two cards are both so soft and feminine. I love them both.
Jeanne Rice says
Beautiful cards. The magnolia card is gorgeous. Love the design and the lattice background.
Bobbie Hahn says
I love daffodils. Your card is my favorite!
Lauryne Cunningham says
Wow! Your cards are gorgeous! I love the texture on the second one!
roxanne tellini says
That watercolored daffodil card is breath taking. Well done!
Amy Solovay says
Love both your daffodils and your magnolias — both cards are exquisite! Your watercolor technique is beautiful!
Jeanne Beam says
Beautiful cards! Love the daffodils.
Thanks for sharing.
Sue D says
Both of your cards are so pretty!
That daffodil card is SO pretty! And the magnolia card is marvelous! The embossed and colored flowers are amazing!