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Altenew August 2020 Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Wax Seals Relese Blog Hop

Go ahead, add a little bling to your envelopes and packages with Altenew Wax Seals! I’m unboxing Altenew Wax Seals, sharing first impressions, a demo, and featuring Altenew Beauty Within.

Altenew Summer Nights Blog Hop

Welcome to the Altenew Summer Nights Blog Hop. If you made your way here from the lovely Maryam Perez‘s blog you’re right on track. Go to the Altenew Card Blog to start at the beginning.

Altenew Wax Seals & Beauty Within

Altenew Summer Nights Release

From iconic florals to campfires, constellations, and wax seals, there’s something for everyone in the new Summer Nights Release. What caught your eye?

Altenew Summer Nights Release Including Wax Seals

Watch the vid here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share it with friends!

Beauty Within & Nesting Ovals

This may sound crazy, but it was the large leaf cluster of the Altenew Beauty Within Stamp Set that supercharged my creativity. It’s a perfect cluster with a 3-dimensional quality that begs to peek out of a window. So that’s exactly what I did.

Altenew Beauty Within Stamp Set

A mask created with one of the Nesting Ovals dies created the perfect window for the leaf cluster. And, the sentiment, True Beauty Comes From Within, echos the design.

Polychromos Color Pencils

Although the background is painted with Altenew Artist Watercolor 24 Pan Set I opted for Polychromos pencils for the foliage. I thought color pencils would create the luminous glow I was after.

Beauty Within & Nesting Ovals Die Set

Yellow Center
Walnut Brown, Raw Umber, Burnt Ochre, Dark Naples Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Light Yellow Glaze, Cream
Dark Indigo, Magenta, Dark Red, Rose Carmine, White
Warm Grey V, Earth Green Yellowish, Light Green, White

Yep, color pencils are magical, but dang they take forever and a day. This is an achingly slow medium for me. Not sure if it’s my lack of technique or just the nature of the medium, but there are at least four layers of color pencil on each of these images.

Tropical Forest Enamel Dots finished off the card.

Amaryllis Stamp Set

Switching gears, I created a completely different look with the Amaryllis Stamp Set. This time I experimented with using Crisp Dye Inks with Mixed Media Inks.

Altenew Amaryllis Stamp Set

Dye & Pigment Ink Color Combos

I wanted to see how the Crisp Dye Inks and Mixed Media Inks played together. So, each flower is stamped with a different combination of dye and pigment ink.

Mixed Media Ink = pigment
Crisp Dye Ink = dye

Altenew Amaryllis Stamp Set

Bottom Left
Outline Midnight Violet dye
Layer 1 Lavender Fields dye
Layer 2 Coral Berry pigment
Layer 3 Ruby Red pigment + Midnight Violet dye rock n’ rolled

Bottom Right
Outline Ruby Red pigment
Layer 1 Frosty Pink pigment
Layer 2 Midnight Violet dye
Layer 3 Coral Berry pigment, Midnight Violet dye rock n’ rolled

Top Right
Outline Midnight Violet dye
Layer 1 Frosty Pink dye
Layer 2 Coral Berry pigment, Lavender Fields dye rock n rolled
Layer 3 Midnight Violet dye, Coral Berry pigment rock n’ rolled

Centers and Pollen
Layer 1 Buttercream dye
Layer 2 Maple Yellow dye

The prototype stamps were missing the stamen stamp so I drew them in with a Sakura Micron 08 pen. Otherwise I would stamp them with Obsidian Pigment Ink.

Shades of Purple Enamel Dots and a bit of graphite shading finished off the card.

Altenew Wax Seals

Bring vintage style to your handmade cards, gift wrapping, and paper crafting with the new Altenew Wax Seals product line. Altenew has curated a stunning selection of wax colors and stamps for your projects.

Altenew Wax Seals & Beauty Within

Watch the video for my unboxing, first impressions, and demo. As you can see in the video, I’m a complete newbie and need a bit of practice. The Wax Beads had less of a learning curve for me and my favorite colors are the Garnet and Enchanted Gold.

Thanks so much for joining me today. I’d love to know what you think. Let me know in the comments below to enter the giveaway.


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 by 8/17/2020 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 Winners Page on 08/20/2020.

Next Stop

The next stop on the hop is Lindsay Weirich and she’s sharing a unique project you don’t want to miss. Don’t miss any crafty goodness with the full list of artists below.

Altenew Card Blog
Jaycee Gaspar
Laurie Willison
Vicky Papaioannou
Nathalie DeSousa
Nicole Watt
Svitlana Shayevich
Lydia Fiedler
Maryam Perez
Amber Rain Davis
Lindsay Weirich
Erum Tasneem
Lilith Eeckels
Dana Joy
Therese Calvird
Tania Ahmed
Norine Borys
Lydia Evans
Reiko Tsuchida
Jessie Banks


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  1. That slimline card is amazing. I love those colors.

  2. I just ordered the Beauty Within Bundle, so I was so excited to see it in your blog today! Love both of your cards, using two different techniques, but it is the sliimline that I really love the most. So elegant and the window showcases that gorgeous flower so well!

  3. Samantha Houp says:

    Very nice cards! I must say, your coloring is amazing! I want learn to color like you when I grow up!

  4. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing these. And thanks for the great video. It is so much fun to watch you create.

  5. Karen Opet says:

    Amber, I am not familiar with the Zentangle method? I absolutely love the look of pencils, and it is my favorite medium but you are right when you say it takes FOREVER!! At least for me also. Your cards just look so beautiful. You can’t get all the highlighting and layers with markers. The pencils give your cards so much depth and layers. It makes me want to do pencil again. haha I still do pencil for hair no matter the medium due to the highlighting ability.

  6. Thanks for the amazing inspiration! I absolutely love all the great ideas! Makes me want to pull out my supplies and start playing!

  7. As always, your cards are stunning! I just love your colouring on the flowers on your first card! So very eye-catching!Thanks for sharing! Take care! 🙂

  8. Heather Tallman-Girvin says:

    I appreciate your dedication to the colored pencils – that card turned out fantastic! I love using them, but my fingers hurt after about the 2nd image. 🙂

  9. Isn’t it funny how different things inspire our creativity? I’m so glad the leaves did it for you, because they look incredible, especially spilling out of the frame as they do. And you were right that the colored pencils would create that luminous effect. Just a stunning card from top to bottom.

  10. I am amazed at your coloring. It is so beautiful

  11. Chandhini says:

    Your coloring looks stunning.

  12. LaQuieta Gibson says:

    You knocked this out of the garden! LOVE IT!

  13. Inkin' Chickie says:

    Nice color mix and coloring on the flowers.

  14. Karen Walker says:

    Your colored pencil work is stunning!

  15. Cyndi Morris says:

    Your cards are beautiful. The wax seals look intriguing and are definitely unlike anything I have in my craft room, what really caught my eye is the gorgeous Beauty Within set (full disclosure, I’m addicted to Altenew Florals!).

  16. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Your pencil coloring is fantastic! Thank you for demonstrating how to do the wax seals!

  17. Denise Bryant says:

    Beautiful coloring and details on these lovely floral images! Awesome cards!

  18. Anneleise Hampson says:

    Wow! Your work with those color pencils is magical! Gorgeous card!

  19. Elizabeth Kuhn says:

    Thank you SO much for taking the time to give a detailed account of each color you used for the flower layers. I can’t tell you how helpful that is to me to have that list handy. I absolutely love how colorful and happy these cards are 🙂

  20. I am really in awe of your colored pencil coloring.. so beautiful and so much depth..Love the card…\

  21. I am really in awe of your colored pencil coloring.. so beautiful and so much depth..Love the card…the wax seals look like fun…I have the wax seals with initials and so much fun but I really did not think of it in conjunction with the cards…so a great idea

  22. Fabulous cards, I especially love the slim card design, your coloring is amazing! You did an awesome job showcasing the new products! Thanks for the inspiration Amber!

  23. Fab palettes on your cards, the colouring on your slimline is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  24. Sharon L Gullikson says:

    Your pencil coloring must have taken forever! It looks gorgeous–such rich colors. I LOVE THIS

  25. Wonderful coloring on the slim line card!! Lots of time but, wow, a gorgeous card.
    Thanks for going through the ins and outs of using the sealing wax. I had a set years and years ago, but think it would be fun to try again.

  26. Tammy Shackleford says:

    Love the golden light background on the slim line card. Thank you for the inspiration. Just love the whole look of the card!

  27. Multimedia is my favorite. You do it very well

  28. Such a lovely card. As always, you amaze me!

  29. Joanne M Hoffmann says:

    WOWza, Amber!! Your slimline card is absolutely STUNNING!! After all that work, not sure I’d want to part with it!! LOL I remember using the wax seals around 45 years ago when I used to write letters home when my hubby was in Navy and we were away…blast from the past!! We are all newbies at one time or another!!

  30. Love your colors! The flowers look so vibrant and alive.

  31. Dorothy A says:

    Lovely, stand out cards! Love the colors. And thank you for the video- always so inspiring.

  32. Marisela Delgado says:

    So beautiful!

  33. Love the cards as always, Coloring with colored pencils, I could only wish they come our as nice as your work. But I’m practicing. I just went wild when I saw the wax seal set. I’ve been eyeing the tools in the craft shops and was on the verge of getting one just to try. I am anxious to try it out and see where I go from there.
    Nice helpful video. Off to more happy hopping.

  34. Love the flowers! So beautiful!

  35. Denise M Freeman says:

    Amber! I. LOVE. IT. So very nice – the Beauty from within card is a Masterpiece, love it! Thanks, Denise


    Beautiful cards! Thank you for the video!

  37. Lori Lehnen says:

    Amazing cards!
    Wonderful job on the coloring, thanks for sharing.

  38. Your cards are amazing. Thanks for sharing

  39. So pretty. Love your coloring techniques and how you add so much depth and dimension to the images. So gorgeous.

  40. Ummekulsum Kutub says:

    Your cards are always fabulous. Love your coloring techniques and how you add so much depth and dimension to the images. So gorgeous.

  41. Your cards are gorgeous! The card you colored the leaves with pencils Is SO pretty! It may have taken you longer then usual to complete but it was worth it.

  42. Stacey Kowbel says:

    Beautiful! I love the deep red flowers on that yellow background – stunning!

  43. Wanda S Radler says:

    Your cards are amazing and I am so excited to see wax seals coming back.

  44. Meghan Kennihan says:

    Your coloring is outstanding! I love how you used the colored pencils!

  45. Gorgeous cards! The pencil coloring on the slimline one is amazing.

  46. Rema DeLeeuw says:

    Lovely projects!

  47. Michele W says:

    WOW! Your slimline card is amazing. It may have taken all day to color but the results are really worth it. Thanks for the helpful video and for showing us your trial and error with the wax stamps. Now I’ll feel better when mine are perfect. 🙂

  48. Wow! your coloring is fabulous!

  49. Margarita Navarro-Rivera says:

    Beauty Within is my favorite of this release! Your coloring is spectacular!

  50. Fantastic pencil colouring, love your projects!

  51. Laura Casselman says:

    I love the leaves too! I may just but the set for them! Great video and beautiful art!

  52. Love the new wax seal.

  53. Kim M Jacobs says:

    Simply stunning! I love your use of the pencil a send that window is the perfect way to showcase it! Thanks for a Bret video and for the inspiration!

  54. Amber your pencil coloring was spectacular, so pretty. I used those candle wax sticks and metal stamps when I was in high school to seal my envelopes. That was in 1967. What once was old is new again.

  55. Carolyn R says:

    Once again your cards are so beautiful. I love that the sealing wax coming back.

  56. What a gorgeous project! The colors are fabulous & your pencils skills are amazing. I love this creation!

  57. You colored pencil cards is a masterpiece! Really spectacular! I know you spent a lot of time on it. A card to cherish. I enjoyed your video. And the dye and pigment information Is very helpful. Thank you very much! Best wishes.

  58. Jan Castle says:

    What a STUNNER!!!!!! This is absolutely GORGEOUS! TFS

  59. True — colored pencils take time. Sometimes I want that long process to meditate with. But your results are so beautiful — well worth it to me

  60. Christina M Dauven says:

    I love this 3d colored card and would have never guessed it was done using color pencil. Very beautiful card.

  61. Retta Lutte says:

    Holy Cow! I would have never guessed that this wasn’t a multi-layer card, if I hadn’t seen the video. Your coloring is simply the best! I have never seen one of your videos without learning something new, and this was no exception! Amazing!!!!!

  62. Your cards are beautiful! The coloring on the first one is awesome. I love these flowers.

  63. This layout is fabulous with your colors and flowers on display— so beautiful!! TFS

  64. Still not into slim cards, but yours is very eye catching.

  65. Bernadette says:

    Beautiful card! It was worth the time!

  66. Cheri Mrkva says:

    That card is stunning! Can’t wait to watch the video!

  67. Anny Hale says:

    The highlights in the slimline card are amazing.