Altenew A Year In Review Blog Hop
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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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!
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Nenette S. Madero
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Amber Rain Davis
These are all so beautiful! But that first one is absolutely stunning with those gorgeous teal/green flowers and the bold stripes!
I like the boldness of the peony and stripes. I didn’t recognize the cattleya stamp from your second card. I was thinking it was a flytrap. Watched the video for it and it’s surprising to see the inspiration picture. I think you captured it well. The lime green and deckle edge finishing tie in nicely. The wonderland zentangle is mesmerizing.
Thanks so so much!!
Love the black stripe background with those eye catching peonies. Love the story about fixing a mess up. I have been stamping the last part and have dropped the stamp pad on my card. Ugh!!
Thanks, Mendy! Sometimes the “fix” makes the card design even better.
You created beautiful cards in 2019! I love the first two with the copic and watercolors. I look forward to seeing what you create in 2020.
That first card is amazing! I can tell how much work you put on it. Thanks for sharing it!
Thank you, Paola!
Your coloring and color choices are amazing!
Thank you, JoSi!
such gorgeous cards
Thank you, Marisela!
Wonderful, dynamic cards! Oh, and I had a good laugh when I read that the background for the first card came about because you dropped a marker. Been there — done that! I have a motto I tell all my students during their first class: “Mistakes are nothing but opportunities for embellishments.” You just added a”big” one and look at the gorgeous card your created!
So true Carol!! Thanks a bunch!
Wow! Love your use of flowers on each of these! Simply stunning!
Thanks so much, Lisa!
Your cards are absolutely gorgeous! I love the dimension and the splatters on your 3D floral card!
Thank you, Lauryne!
Your cards are always amazing!
Thanks a bunch, Cynthia!
Wowee! All such beautiful works! I love your watercolor piece!
These cards are all absolutely gorgeous. I love the vivid colors and you coloring is amazing.
Thanks so much, Cyndi! I really enjoy all the colors!
Gorgeous bold designed cards and am in awe of your color choices and skills!
Oh, thanks very much, Beverly! Color is what usually drives my creativity. It has such power to make you feel things. Thanks so much for your lovely comments!! Happy holidays!
Amber, you are in my best of 2019! Your cards are unique and so striking. The daring color combos and use of image and layout, make each card a bold knock-out. I’m thrilled each time I see that you have created a new video. So glad that you share your art with us; you are on the top of my favorite cardmakers list.
Donna, what a wonderful thing to say!!! I’m so delighted that you enjoy my work and thrilled that you shared this with me! Keeps me motivated to share. Happy holidays!!
Very pretty selection and techniques.
Intrigued by the Zentangle for Cards concept.
It’s quite relaxing. I hope you try it out. Happy holidays!
Such beautiful cards.
The first think I thought when I saw your collage was you had an awesome use of black on your cards. I am marking this post to go back and look at your original posts to learn more about your techniques!
Thanks so much, Kathleen!! That’s so nice to hear!!
These are amazing!
My FAVOURITE from your favourites is your STUNNING black & teal “thanks” card – WOW!
THANK YOU for ALL the INSPIRATION you share 🙂
Thanks so much, Tracy!
I love your colors! SO VIVID! And great splatters!
Thanks, Meghan!! The splatter secret is to flick the nozzle of the ink sprays. Great results every time!
What wonderful and cheerful cards. Thank you.
Thank you, Jade! You’re so welcome!
Your watercolor card is my favorite and I love watching you on the Facebook lives. Thanks for being so inspirational.
Aw, thanks Margaret!!
I found Altenew this year and am so excited I did. The inspiration from the fabulous design team is amazing. I live the look of color with B&W, so you alcohol marker print cars is one of my favorites! Thank you for all you do, and I look forward to another great year.
Thanks so much, Michelle! I’m so glad you found Altenew!! Happy crafting!
All your cards are so beautiful but I love your water coloring!
Thanks so much, Melissa!!
Wonderful cards. I love the deep flowers against the black and white background. Will definitely try that in the new year. Also love the 3D flowers.
Thanks so much, Wanda! Happy crafting!!
I subscribed!!! Number 93! Oh what beautiful cards. I pinned a couple of these during the year and now I’ve pinned the rest. And you’re right — quality paper really makes a difference. See you in 2020.
Wow!! Thanks a bunch Kimberly!! I really appreciate you subbing!!
Great inspiration and beautiful work.
I always look forward to seeing what you have created on your blog.
Your cards are always sensational. My favorite here is the 3D Layer card.
The colors and texture are gorgeous.
Thanks, Carol!! I love the layers of that one too!!
These are great cards! The time you spent on the peonies really shows – they are gorgeous. I love how you used the black and yellow in the layered cards. Your use of colour and your experimenting is always inspiring.
Thanks so much, Christine!!
Beautiful cards and coloring!
Your cards are beautiful and so creative. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
Thank you, Jen!!
These are indeed gorgeous! I really love watercolor and have improved this year! As they say, it takes lots of practice and I continue to do so!
Thanks, Barbara!! Doesn’t it feel great to see skills improving! I love the progression!
Gorgeous cards, I love all these samples of your year’s creative art work, and I want to thank you for your inspiration and awesome video tutorials.
You have really cool cards with great contrast! Thanks for the inspiration!
Wowww!! Can’t take my eyes off the first one!! Indeed that was everyone’s fav of the year! Your coloring skills are amazing! I lovvve all your cards! <3
Thanks so much, Karthikha!! Hugs!!
FABULOUS!! Love your favorite card. The graphic black and white lines really make the flowers pop!!
I’m so glad I found your log tis year Amber. I’ve learnt a lot from following your videos too. I took the Zentangle class and loved it. Your work is always amazing. Keep inspiring us. ❤️
Thanks a bunch, Dawn! That’s so lovely to hear!
I would say you are a colorist expert now! Those cattleyas are breathtaking.
Aw, thanks, Bonnie!! Hugs!!
WOW, these are so pretty. I am amazed by what you did to make your flowers different. They are incredible.
Wow, thanks a bunch, Sharon!
thanks for sharing your lovely cards in 2019, Amber!
Thanks, Betty! And you’re so welcome!!
Really beautiful bright cards. A perfect foil to a miserable dark, wet day here in the UK.
Thanks, Delia! I hope your weather perks up!! Sending warm SoCal vibes!!
Love your cards, Amber! I think I will retake your course, this has inspired me.
😮 Thanks so much, Robin! That’s lovely!