Hi there! Today, Altenew is continuing the fun with Day 2 of their Year In Review: Crafters’ Edition Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Altenew Card Blog, and your next stop is Penny Pynnonen. When Altenew asked me to select my four favorite projects from 2022, I certainly had a difficult time coming up with only four. Being part of the design team means that I get to work with utterly marvelous products every single month, and the giant flowers and innovative products that Altenew produces make working with them seem more like fun than actual work!
My four favorite projects feature my favorite way to craft: with lots of flowers, color, and coloring with my favorite mediums!
Watercolored Christmas Rose Hot Foil Card
This first card is one of my favorite holiday cards from this year, and it uses the Wild Rose Hot Foil Plate and Dies and the Artists’ 24 Pan Watercolor set. I love the softness of the watercoloring in the background paired with the bold hot foil and glittery branches.You can read all of the details on how I created this project HERE.
Hot Foiled Alcohol Marker Card
This next card features one of my biggest obsessions for 2022: hot foil. Altenew has some truly gorgeous hot foil plates, not to mention a line of beautiful matte metallic foil rolls, and combining hot foil with alcohol markers is one of my most favorite new techniques! I used the Flowery Bouquet Hot Foil Plate with alcohol markers to create this incredibly vibrant card. This card features another of my favorite techniques that can be seen frequently on my cards: accenting a floral image with multiple sizes of die cut frames. The frames help to draw the eye to the focal point, while the varying widths of the frames lend an air of elegance and class (at least I think so!). You can read all of the details on this card HERE.
My third card features more watercoloring using the Artists’ 24 Pan Watercolor and the Craft Your Life Project Kit: Always Sunshine. I adore the graceful draping of the flowers on this card, as well as the ethereal watercolor wash in the background. The lilac and bluebell watercoloring with the rose gold embossing just makes me swoon! You can read more details about this card (and another coordinating project!) HERE.
Preppy Watercolored Embossed Peony
My final card features another technique that I grew to really love over the last year: watercolor on 3D embossed images! This project uses the Peony Sunshine 3D Embossing Folder, paired with the Artists’ 24 Pan Watercolor. (Can you tell that I really love those watercolors? They are a fantastic price point and give amazing results!) The combination of the detailed watercoloring with the incredible depth and texture of the 3D embossed image create such a unique, tactile look. It reminds me of stucco or Italian sculpture. You can read all of the details on this particular project HERE.
This card gets an honorable mention because… who doesn’t love utterly massive, violently pink peonies and shiny gold? I paired the Gracious Peonies stamp set with the Sunshine Valley Garden Artist Markers to create this bold, vibrant card. You can read all about it HERE on the Altenew Blog!
Well, that’s all for this walk down memory lane! I can’t believe another year has gone by. I guess time flies when you are working with some of the most beautiful flower stamps that you can find anywhere! (Also, four energetic and kinda nutty kids, so there’s that, haha!) Now for some fun giveaway information:
Over $500 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $100 gift card to 1 lucky winner, 3 $50 gift cards, and 27 $10 gift cards. Winners will be chosen from both blog hop #1 and blog hop #2. Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog HERE by 12/28/2022 for a chance to win.
(Feel free to share your favorite projects using #Altenew and #AltenewBest2022 when you share blog hop projects on social media. Don’t forget to tag Altenew!)
Wait, there’s MORE!
We would also LOVE to see YOUR favorite handmade cards, layouts, home decor, etc. featuring Altenew products! Feel free to share them on social media or on your blog using the hashtag #AltenewBest2022. You may also add a link by clicking the blue button below.
FOUR lucky crafters will each win a $15 gift certificate to our store! Winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 12/30/2022. We are looking forward to seeing your beautiful creations!
Your next stop on the hop is Penny Pynnonen. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy hopping!