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Technique Mashup | Watercolor, Copics & More

Welcome to the hop! Thanks for joining me today. I have 6 cards and lots of techniques to share as I was particularly inspired by this release!!

Altenew August 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

If you’ve made your way here from Svitlana Shayevich‘s blog, then you’re right on track. I just love her bold style, don’t you? If you’d like to start at the beginning, head over to the Altenew Card Blog.

Let’s take a closer look at this whimsical release. There is a mix of line art, folk art papercuts, modern geometrics, and classic roses. For more information, click here or the image below.

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Dot Art & Polish Papercuts 3D Die

Now that this impressive release has been introduced, let’s kick off this hop with a modern folksy card.

Look at these chevrons! Definitely a new favorite for a quick modern background! Pick your color palette and stamp away! Here I’ve used Olive, Chamomile, and Coral Bliss Crisp Dye Inks.

The Polish Papercuts 3D Dies are so cheerful. I die cut them from the following metallic/shimmer cardstocks from CutCardStock.com:

  • Curious Metallic Lime
  • Curious Metallic Fairway
  • Curious Metallic White Gold (colored with Coral Berry Artist Marker)
  • Stardream Metallic Gold

Pleasant Pansy 3D Die & Feathered Leaf Stencil

Continuing with 3D dies we’ve got Pleasant Pansy 3D Die. This set has the perfect amount of detail while being super easy to layer.

Pansies have always looked like little lions to me, so I added a bit of a jungle vibe with Feathered Leaf Stencil background. The center is ink blended with Bamboo and the border is Olive and Moss Crisp Dye Inks.

I’ve used the metallic cardstocks below again from CutCardStock.com.

  • Stardream Metallic Kunzite
  • Stardream Metallic Amethyst
  • Stardream Metallic Punch
  • Curious Metallic Violette
  • Curious Metallic Lime
  • Curious Metallic Fairway
  • Curious Metallic Botanic

Playful Plumeria & Block Print

Plumeria is one of my favorite flowers and Altenew has done them proud in this gorgeous set! The Block Print stamp was perfect to enhance the tropical vibe.

Here, I used the layer stamps to create an underpainting for no-line watercolor. I added detail with Polychromos pencils and then after all that effort, I clear heat embossed the entire flower. Eek!

I melted 3 coats of clear embossing powder on the flowers and leaves to create a high gloss finish. Praise be that it worked out!!!

Wavy Roses & Halftone Stencil

We’re moving on to some funky florals with the line art of Wavy Roses Stamp Set. These wide-open spaces are perfect for a variety of techniques.

Check out the video to see how I used the Wavy Rose Mask/Stencil with the Halftone Stencil to create this background.

I chose to color with Altenew Artist Markers. Altenew Artist Markers used:

  • Red Cosmos (Set A)
  • Warm & Cozy (Set E)
  • Tropical Forest (Set E)

Simply the Best & Leaf Clusters

Check out the size of this bloom! If you loved the mega bloom from Floral Art, you’re gonna love this one too. Leaf clusters with Bamboo and Olive Crisp Dye Inks created an organic backdrop.

I used the rock ‘n roll technique to ink up this 3 layer mega bloom. This helped to create dimension with graduated color. Altenew Crisp Dye Inks used:

  • Sunray
  • Coral Bliss
  • Heart Beat

I stamped 2 blooms, fussy cut the center of the 2nd, popped it up, and curled the petals for even more dimension. This bloom was coated with 3 layers of clear embossing as well. Just look at that shine!

Simply the Best & Block Print

We’re ending the post with the dark horse of the bunch, lots of high contrast black and bright Tide Blue Crisp Dye Ink.

In this rendition, I stamped the 2nd layer in blue and the 3rd layer in black. The 1st layer was omitted and hand-drawn lines were added to the white petals.

And that’s a wrap, crafty friends! I had a blast with this release and I hope you’ve found some inspiration to spark creativity in your craft room. What made it onto your wishlist this release?

As always supplies, prize info, a Pinterest pic, and the next stop on the hop are below. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for all your support, and engagement.

If you haven’t already, I’d love it if you subscribed to my YouTube and Instagram channels. I’ll see you soon with more inspiration, until next time, Breathe · Ink · Inspire.

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To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 8/14/2019 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 8/17/2019.

Next Stop

The next stop on the hop is the lovely Maryam Perez. Did you see how she used Altenew decals on her Sillhouette Cameo and utility cart in the last hop? Brilliant! In case you get lost, the full list is below.

Altenew Card Blog
Laura Bassen
Norine Borys
Jaycee Gaspar
Therese Calvird
Nathalie DeSousa
Nicole Picadura
Janette Kausen
Sveta Fotinia
Kelly Griglione
Enza Gudor
Sandra Dietrich
Laurie Willison
Virginia Lu
Reiko Tsuchida
Jennifer McGuire
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Emily Midgett
Lydia Fiedler
Jen Schow
Svitlana Shayevich
Amber Rain Davis <<< You Are Here
Maryam Perez
Agnieszka Malyszek
Zinia Redo
Caly Person
Kymona Tracey
Alex Syberia
Nenette S. Madero
Laura Volpes
Lilith Eeckels
Terri Marie Koszler

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  1. Joanne Rios says:

    I love all the beautiful flowers. Wavy Roses are gorgeous. The stamps are so versitile.

  2. Beverly Jordan says:

    Such beautiful 3D vignettes with these gorgeous new 3D flower die sets!! I can see that I am going to want them all!!!! Great cards!

  3. Gretchen Wilson says:

    Awesomeness! Every card is absolutely gorgeous, stunning,beautiful, etc, etc! You have outdone yourself with this release, I can’t honestly tell you my favorite, each one has great points! Thank you for all the inspiration!💜🤗

    1. Thanks so so much, Gretchen! And thanks a bunch for subscribing to my YouTube channel!! Share it round to all your crafty friends. I’ll be back real soon with more inspiration!

  4. What great cards! Each and every one is just beautiful! Impossible to pick a favorite! Thanks for a great video and all that inspiration.

  5. Your work never disappoints. These are fantastic! I love to see your zentangle work. The lines on those last flowers are a stunning idea and I love the way you used that dotted set. You other cards are great too.

  6. Karen L K says:

    Wow very cool cards! Such vibrant colors and very interesting designs!

  7. Another one of your awesome posts, Amber! You always inspire me with new techniques and designs. I am totally happy with the format you used today, and will be coming back to it again and again to study the techniques in more detail. My very fave is the dark horse of the bunch! So gorgeous and dramatic!! Thanks again for all the work you put into your cards and excellent videos.

    1. Kathy, you are so sweet! I truly appreciate your feedback and support! I’m thrilled you’re inspired by my designs! Big crafty hugs!!

  8. Wow! You are so creative. All of your cards are stunning. I love your creative backgrounds and use of inks. You teach many lessons in one card. Thank you so much.

  9. Jeanne Ragan says:

    OMGosh such beautiful cards! Love the shimmery die cuts. Love the Wavy Roses. Great video! I will refer back to this many times for your inspiration!

  10. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Wow! Your cards are amazing! I love all of your color choices and all your awesome techniques! Your videos always inspire me to try something new!

  11. Stacey Kowbel says:

    So many fabulous cards! I love all the backgrounds – such great matches to your foregrounds!

  12. Mary Hano says:

    Everything you do is MAGIC! Your choice of different materials, colors, & design
    never fails to amaze me.

  13. Zlatka Kabaivanova says:

    Gorgeous cards! All the designs are beautiful.

  14. mix of geometric with flowers – nice

  15. Denise Kitts-Wadlow says:

    Oh my goodness! You have really outdone yourself. There isn’t a single design or technique in any of your cards that outshines the rest! Absolutely stunning, and so very creative, each and every one. I’ve never tried heat embossing on top of colored pencil coloring. I did understand that correctly, didn’t I? I had an “EEK” moment there for you too, afraid the coloring from the pencil would also melt, but your card turned out beautifully. Well, that’s how you find out what works, and what doesn’t, isn’t it? Great job on everything. 💞

    1. Thank you, Denise! I’m so thrilled you like the designs!! Yes, it was an Eek moment for sure!! And you’re correct it was clear embossing over watercolor and color pencil. Sometimes you’ve got to take the leap and hope for the best. Worked out this time. 😀🤗

  16. Lana Branham says:

    I love your wavy roses card. It is just beautiful.

  17. Love all these great designs, Amber! The pairing of those awesome backgrounds with the gorgeous flowers is stunning. The Chevron background is my very favorite!

  18. Beautiful cards. So glad you shared the video and so glad you used so many of the new releases

  19. Hi Amber 🙂 Your cards and techniques are amazing! Artistry superb! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

  20. I am just getting into card making and I want to make everything! Beautiful tutorials!! On a limited budget what tools would you recommend the most?

    1. Hello Keegan! Welcome to card making. You’re going to love it!

      For a limited budget, I would start with a few stamp blocks. Altenew has a good set with multiple sizes. Save up for an Original size MISTI, you’ll want one for techniques as you progress. Put that on your Christmas list. I still use blocks too.

      Hm, I started to write more, but let me put together a proper list and send it to you.

      I’ll be back in touch soon!!

    2. For a super basic start, I would get stamp blocks, a trimmer, 80lb white cardstock, black ink pad, and a couple of stamp sets that could be used year-round.

      You can color with anything you have, pencils, watercolors, etc. Doesn’t need to be expensive you could even start with Crayola. Find the medium you enjoy most, then get the nicer sets.

      Here are the tools I use daily when making cards. The items listed after the white cardstock are pricier things for a wishlist. You can get started without them. https://linkdeli.com/view/b919f7b4-3170-4e8b-b9bd-76f9e61c5c6f

      It’s easy to get overwhelmed by new releases, new tools, gadgets, etc. It takes most people years to build up their stash and some people who are blogging and doing videos receive products to feature in blog hops. So remember, we all started with no supplies.

      When purchasing stamps, I recommend sets that can be used year-round. Also buy, what you really love and are drawn to. If you’re a critter person, get critters, if you’re a flower person, get those. You’ll be much happier in the long run!

      The trimmer I listed is a good starter trimmer. You also have the ability to score your cardstock with it. I took off the scoring blade and used a bone folder to score. I’m still on the lookout for a trimmer that I truly love!

      Enjoy the process of narrowing down and prioritizing your wishlist! You’re going to love card making!!

  21. Denise Bryant says:

    Fabulous cards! Love the Pleasant Pansy set of dies! Having a hard time deciding what is my favorite from this release! Love what you created with the Polish Papercuts set too!

  22. Cyndi Morris says:

    Wonderful cards. You’ve done a fantastic job of showcasing this exciting new release.

  23. Cheryl Rigney says:

    Love your fabulous designs!! The Dot Art & Polish Papercuts is my favorite!

  24. Lisa Byers says:

    Beautiful cards!! I love the bold colors!!

  25. I like your pretty and creative card designs.

  26. joy meadows says:

    Each one of your cards is so pretty, Amber! Loved watching the video and seeing your process in making them.

  27. Amazing projects, love all the bright colors, the stamps and stencils match up’s. I’ve pinned for future CASE.

  28. Jeanne Beam says:

    All of your cards are gorgeous! Love the layering dies. Great release…
    Thanks for sharing.

  29. Jane Booth says:

    Wow! You really pulled out all the stops!!! Love the way you combined different sets and techniques to make your beautiful creations! And that orange bloom that you stamped from Simply the Best is AMAZING!!! And your modern ‘folksy’ Card is wonderful! All of the projects are gorgeous!

  30. Liz Jutila says:

    I love that you turned a few of the blooms into “enamel” looks! Wonderful samples. Love your style, Amber.

  31. Laurie Black says:

    You have been busy! Amazing variety of beautiful cards. Love the purple pansies!

  32. Marisela Delgado says:

    GIRL…….those pansies are FANTASTIC! Awesome cards.

  33. Amy Williams says:

    Wowzers! So many gorgeous card projects! I love the floral-graphic mix! Now to watch the video!

  34. Donna Gourley says:

    Love all the bright colors you used on your cards for the new Altenew Release!

  35. Wow, beautiful! Thanks for the video.

  36. I had a chuckle when you said pansies remind you of little lions !! I loved the modern ,bright look of all your cards,specially the backgrounds and the one with polish die-cuts is my favorite !!

    1. 😂 Thanks, Pooja!! I’ve had lots of fun lately creating backgrounds for Altenew florals.

  37. Lovely!!!! I love the blue/grey palette of the last card, and your gorgeous inking of the plumeria, as well as the pretty pansies!

  38. Woohoo Amber! You have outdone yourself & have showcased this release brilliantly! Loved the video & the card you made with the Wavy Roses stamp set is gorgeous. Your cards all have such richness of colour & design.

  39. All cards are beautiful but I have to say the plumeria card is stunning! They are also one of my favorite flowers!

  40. You’ve created some very unique and gorgeous projects! Thank you for sharing these!

  41. Mendy Crumpton says:

    Great release and awesome inspiring projects.

  42. Michele W says:

    Wow! Your colorful cards are amazing! Great video, too! So many tips and techniques that I will be watching it again to make sure I got them all. Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  43. Sherri Little says:

    Thanks for the bouquets of inspiration!

  44. Fabulous designs Amber! thanks for the technique mash up video. You did an amazing job showcasing the new release. Now, the hard thing will be selecting the products I must have ;). Thanks for the inspiration!

  45. Michelle Noble says:

    I love the purple pansies and the orange mega bloom. Very pretty cards!

  46. Meghan Kennihan says:

    Such INCREDIBLE cards! I love the pansy one the most! All are beautiful!

  47. I definitely enjoyed seeing all of the cards together. The variety of techniques with the variety of stamps, dies, stencils, and masks is a great way to show how really versatile these products are. Your style is pretty unmistakable, but each card is unique and different. I love that!,

  48. Love that chevron background, and also the herringbone one!

  49. Anne Kunde says:

    Awesome cards and video. Love the mega bloom ones and the ‘dark horse.’

  50. barbara lassiter says:

    These are all beautiful and you took each card to the next level with the gorgeous backgrounds and attention to detail! Thanks!:)

  51. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Beautiful cards, love the vibrant colors and lots of shine from multiple clear embossings. Thank you for another awesome video tutorial too.

  52. The graphic on the backgrounds look so good with the flowers!

  53. Jan Castle says:

    All STUNNERS!!!!! Love your designs!
    Paper Hugs,

  54. Denise Kinsley says:

    So many wonderful examples! My favorite, if I had to choose one, is the Simply The Best block print. Thanks for participating.

  55. I simply love these release projects every month! The projects are always so bright and beautiful and most of all inspiring! Thank you for keeping us crafty!

  56. Love these! A lot of varied uses and all just stunning!

  57. Fonda Rush says:

    What a variety of cards. This release is amazing!

  58. Christine Pennington says:

    Girl you outshone each and every time. I can’t even pick a favorite. Your attention to detail is superb! Thanks for sharing your lovely talents with us. Pretty impressive.

  59. Debbie Rumpza says:

    Wow! so many beautiful cards! I really love those big bold flowers. Very eye catching.

  60. Dee Earnshaw says:

    wow – your sense of color choice and design is amazing on these samples – thanks for sharing

  61. Wanda Radler says:

    Wow your cards are amazing. I really love the simply best stamp and card you made.

  62. Wow! You rock this release!! Awesome super beautiful cards! And thanks for sharing the techniques too! 🙂