It’s so fun to look back on a year of creativity and see the evolution of Altenew products and the designers’ style and technique. What creative achievement are you most proud of from 2019? Tell me down below.
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If you’ve made your way here from my good friend and fellow Altenew Educator, Teri Wilson’s, blog then you’re right on track. She has a new YouTube channel and is trying to get to 100 subscribers so she can claim her channel name.
This is the first big YouTube milestone and she’s so close! Visit her channel and subscribe if you’d like to see more.
To start at the beginning head on over to the Altenew Card Blog. Ok, let’s reminisce!
This has been my favorite blog hop the last couple of years and I’m so honored to be participating!! The designers chose their favorite projects of the year. This gives us a glimpse into what makes their artistic minds tick. I’ve been card making for 3 years now and 2019 was transformative for sure!
I’ll share a bit of insight into why each of the 5 cards below are my faves. The link to the original blog post and video will be below each image as well as featured products. Affiliate message below.
A 2019 year in review would not be complete without my favorite card of the year. It turns out this was your favorite too on my Instagram feed.
I challenged myself with this card and it took me 3 weeks to complete it. I colored 1 peony per week because the amount of detail was exhausting at the time.
This card made me realize I wasn’t a newbie colorist anymore. Nearly 8 months later, I feel like I could knock this coloring out pretty quickly. I’m still in love with that graphic background which was a cover-up for dropping a marker on the card front.
Prior to this card, I had no idea what a Cattleya looked like. This is the card where I started regularly using photo inspiration to guide my color choices and coloring technique. This definitely pushed my skills to the next level.
I used Saunders Waterford High White Rough watercolor paper for the first time with this project. Since then it’s become my paper of choice due to the bright white color and excellent performance (see video). I realized, yeah, quality paper makes a difference.
Altenew released Obsidian Pigment Ink this year and it was a game-changer for me! This post was all about designing with black, which I LOVE! I also enjoyed sharing more about my design process.
The high contrast black and white sunflowers and a mix of organic and geometric elements really speak to me. The black petals are unexpected and have such a wow factor.
3D Layer Dies
This was one of those “don’t quit until you’re proud” moments. My watercolor pieces turned out too flat. So, I kept adding more and more color and splatter until I loved them.
I rarely plan my sentiment ahead of time. In this instance, I was forced to arrange my sentiment strips vertically. It was a happy occurrence and I’ve done it many times since.
Zentangle® for Cardmakers
Lastly, I had to include a Zentangle® for Cardmakers project. If you’ve not seen this card before, it’s because it’s part of my Altenew Academy class Zentangle® for Cardmakers.
I had a blast creating content for this class. Six projects and 17 videos are included in the class. It was a heck of a lot of work and I’m so proud of it.
That’s a wrap, guys. 2019 is almost over and I feel quite blessed that you’ve joined me on my creative journey! Thanks for all your love and support!!
Huge thanks to Altenew for the many guest designer invitations, Facebook Live spots, and for having me teach Expo workshops and create a year of Product Intro Videos.
Cheers to all that’s on the horizon in 2020!! Supplies and next stop on the hop are below.
Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 01/03/2020 for a chance to win. Random winners will also be chosen to win a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each stop on the hop. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 01/06/2020.
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The next stop is one of my all-time favorite crafty people, Therese Calvird. I listen to her voice for-evah and her cards are amazing!
Altenew Card Blog
Nenette S. Madero
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Amber Rain Davis