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Altenew Build-A-Flower: Dahlia

Do you ever have a card that’s just, meh, or maybe you outright dislike it, but you put in so much effort you want to save it? Well, I’ve got 3 cards for you today as part of my CPR – Craft Project Resuscitation YouTube series. 

Watercolor Craft Project Resuscitation Altenew Build-A-Flower: Dahlia

If you made your way here from the lovely Laurie Willison’s blog then you’re right on track and you’ve no doubt seen some awesome inspiration!

Altenew Build-A-Flower Dahlia Blog Hop + Giveaway

Build-a-Flower: Dahlia is available as a Stamp & Die Bundle and Stamp, Die, & Ink Bundle

Watercolor Card

Let’s get to it! My intention was to no-line watercolor, but things went a little sideways and I made 2 more cards to share as well.

Watercolor Craft Project Resuscitation Watercolor Card

We’re watercoloring with Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers, both the Spring Garden and Winter Wonderland sets.

Orange Flower

Citrus Burst, Warm Sunshine, Autumn Blaze, & Ruby Red

Blue Flower

Sea Breeze & Persian Blue

Purple Flower

Midnight Violet



Background & Splatter

Evening Gray & Moss Brush Marker and Jet Black Ink Spray

The video shows details on technique, what went wrong, & how I saved the card.

I didn’t mention this in the video, but I painted a background with watered down Evening Gray. Whilst doing the background, I softened the edges of the petals and leaves to try to remove the focus from the leaves themselves.

I still didn’t like my leaves, they were so flat and blah. So that’s what prompted me to cut the panel with rectangle dies and remove a frame. The black inside border, softening the edges of the leaves, and adding splatter draws the eyes away from the leaves and saved the card!

Layered Stamp Card

Once I had completed the watercolor card, I really liked the design and wanted to share it with you. Unfortunately, I was so disenchanted with the direction of the card I had stopped filming. So I’m showing the process on a layer stamped version.

Watercolor Craft Project Resuscitation Layer Stamp Card

Truth be told, I like the layered stamp version more, and the bonus card best! Let me know in the comments which card you prefer. All the colors are Altenew Crisp Dye Inks. The video shows how the frames were cut, so I won’t describe here.

Orange Flower

Citrus Burst, Autumn Blaze, & Ruby Red

Blue Flower

Sea Breeze, Persian Blue, & Sapphire

Purple Flower

Pinkalicious, Rubelite, & Midnight Violet


Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, & Evergreen

Watercolor Craft Project Resuscitation Watercolor and Layer Stampet Set

Bonus Card

I thought the two leftover frames were too pretty to toss. One frame by itself didn’t make much of a card and after my marathon of card making above (over 3 hours of footage) I didn’t really want to stamp or paint more images. 

Watercolor Craft Project Resuscitation Bonus Card

So I started to play around with both frames together. Now, that might be a bit strange because one is stark white and the other is cream, but I felt the eye would be drawn to the vibrant flowers and less focused on the color of the paper.

And there it is, this is my favorite card from the set! The only thing I would do differently is weave one end of the top frame under the other like they’re linked together. Dang it, I wish I had thought of that before I glued it down!!

Watercolor Craft Project Resuscitation

As always products are listed below as well as Giveaway info and a link to the next stop on the hop! Thanks so much for stopping by! 



To celebrate this release, 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 for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Card Blog, and the other three winners will be announced on the Scrapbook Blog on 3/9/2019.


Altenew is sponsoring a $20 gift certificate giveaway on my blog. The winner will be announced on my blog by 3/5/2019. To enter please leave a comment below. Though it’s not mandatory to enter, I’d love it if you’d give my YouTube channel some love by subscribing.

Winner Update – March 5, 2019

Congratulations Lisa! To claim your prize please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 3/15/2019 with the subject line BAF: Dahlia Release Blog Hop Winner from Amber Rain Davis’ Blog.

Lisa Moline • 2 days ago

“Your cards are gorgeous and so creative! I love what you did with the off cuts from the first 2 cards! I do love all three but if I had to chose it would be the last one – such a creative solution for beautiful leftovers! Thanks for the great inspiration!”

Thanks to all who joined the hop and spent some time on my blog and channels!

Next Stop

The next stop on the hop is the lovely Zinia Redo. A link to the full list is here in case you get lost along the way.

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  1. Your CPR cards are amazing! I especially love the last one with all the framing. Awesome look and a real eye grabber! Love this newest BAF!

  2. A lovely set of cards! I love the watercolored flowers, but each card has something to love! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

  3. Kandice Johnson says:

    Love love the use of black! So graphic! You definitely inspired me, I gotta watch the video and learn. Also this card made me subscribe. Awesome job, thanks for sharing!

  4. Lynda McCall White says:

    My vote is for the 2nd card. I like the how you left part of the images white. Since becoming involved in papercrafting, I have come to be a firm believer in the saying “Necessity is the mother of invention.” That’s what you did!

  5. Sharon Foulk says:

    What a transformation! It is a wonderful creative mind to see the opportunity in what might otherwise have been a total waste of time and materials! Your cards are beautiful and innovative! I always learn so much from you (I was in your Altenew Zentangle cards class and LOVED it)!

  6. Annette Reed says:

    Your cards are beautiful! I’m not sure which of the first two I like the most but I definately like the last one the best. I do like the background of the watercolor card a little better than the other. I love the spatters.

  7. I love your watercoloring! I have the Watercolor brushes and find I use them the most. Watching you helped me with a few problems I have. Your cards are spectacular!!

  8. Wow! I love the woven card and your coloring on the Dahlias is gorgeous. I love the orange and yellows. Stunning! TFS!

  9. Teresa Doyle says:

    Amber your cards are awesome, love the bonus card too!

  10. WOW… the design is really lovely and it changes up the look of the cards so much. And the bonus one… well what can I say… it’s incredible.

  11. Denise Bryant says:

    Gorgeous cards! The dahlia flowers are just beautiful! Fabulous coloring and color combos on each card! Awesome new BAF set!

  12. Karthikha Balasubramanian says:

    Beautiful set of cards!! 🙂

  13. So very hard to pick a favorite! They are all beautiful. At first I thought the first was my favorite…love the colors, but after reading your description of the third card, I was so impressed. Very unique use of the “leftovers.” But I think alll of these cards are amazing…no “meh” here at all. Thanks for the inspiration! And PS: I agree about weaving the strip. Another great idea.

  14. Carmela Hubler says:

    Your cards are so bold and beautiful! I love the black layering.

  15. Lisa Moline says:

    Your cards are gorgeous and so creative! I love what you did with the off cuts from the first 2 cards! I do love all three but if I had to chose it would be the last one – such a creative solution for beautiful leftovers! Thanks for the great inspiration!

  16. jeanmarmo says:

    simply stunning! Thank you for the inspiration on using this build a flower set!

  17. Siobhan Burtlow says:

    Oh wow! I love the bold design and the colors!

  18. BrendaLea Abbott says:

    OMG! All three cards are gorgeous! But my favorite, hands down, is the bonus card. I hadn’t even noticed that the frames were different colors, had you not told me.

  19. Thordis Døgg says:

    Beautiful designs and cards. Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

  20. Kathy Ferguson says:

    Gorgeous cards. I love the watercolor card the best as the entire flower is colored. All three cards are spectacular. The last card with the multiple frames was my favorite also. It framed the sentiment so well while adding bits of color to the card with the leftover framed dahlia’s. Great work. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

  21. Dana Marsolek says:

    Wow, absolutely stunning! Love the bold black frames and creative designs. I love how you play with color.

  22. Great design and I like the framing.

  23. Linnea Sundstrom says:

    I think the layered card is my favorite! SO unique!

  24. Tracy Lustick says:

    Oh the watercolor markers are so vibrant !

  25. Dee Earnshaw says:

    OMG I am going to have to case these designs – they are fantastic – so creative!!!

  26. Carol Rossouw says:

    Oooh’s and aaah’s here for another beautiful flower. Love your card inspiration! Wish I could make such amazing “mistakes”. Your last card is my favourite too!

  27. Karen Hale says:

    I love all 3, but I think I like the last one the best. Great way to make something new and beautiful with little to no waste. Thanks for the creative inspiration.

  28. carol lou says:

    One of my favorite flowers! Love this!

  29. Kristen Snoozy says:

    Really beautiful. Your creativity is beautiful with the black and bright colors. The black spatter really ties it all in as well. Thank you for sharing

  30. Absolutely gorgeous BAF set! Love your cards Amber, the black frames are playful and striking! Thanks for the inspiration!

  31. Kirsty Vittetoe says:

    Pretty cards!

  32. Beautifully demonstrates that sometimes, all you need is a frame (or two) to really bring something to life!

  33. Gail Alcorn says:

    You were very creative! I really like all of them!

  34. I ADORE your colors! So vivid and I love the splatter!

  35. Judith Valerio says:

    Love your cards, but I just say the last one is my favourite! I think the first card flowers were beautifully watercolored, but the leaves were awkward, and your frame idea was brilliant! Thanks for the video!

  36. Brenda L. says:

    I love all your cards. The splatter technique is one of my favorites and never fails to be eye catching. Thanks for the reminder, I’ll have to use it on my upcoming cards!

  37. How clever! I love all three cards. Thanks for that video…helps it all come together for me

  38. Jenrescuemama says:

    Your fave is my fave too! And I absolutely love the Better Together stamp set!

  39. moje meno says:

    beautiful! thank you

  40. Heather Nelson says:

    Gorgeous cards! Love your third card. It’s so rewarding when you can use all those extra pieces. Gorgeous creations!!

  41. Brenda Kuder says:

    Great cards! I love the water colored one!

  42. Nandini Karmarkar says:

    Love the cards. They are beautiful. I adore the touches of black.

  43. Elizabeth B says:

    All three of your cards are amazing. Between the 1st and second one I like the 1st one better. I just love the shading on that one so much. And 3rd card is crazy cool!! Very unique. I hope you know how good you are!!

  44. Jan Castle says:

    Lovely cards and great design!!!! Guess I better quit throwing away what I don’t like – LOL!
    Paper Hugs,

  45. Debbie Rumpza says:

    Oh my! Your cards are just beautiful! I love the colors and texture.

  46. WOWZERS! Gorgeous creations, thanks for sharing this beautiful Dahlia! I love your coloring & layouts! Thanks for the video! I’m with you, I especially love the left over frames bonus card!!!!!!

  47. Kelsey Thomas says:

    Love the vibrant colors!

  48. Teresa Doyle says:

    Amber, I love the way you think! I hate to waste anything pretty that is left over from another project. This is a fantastic card and your creativity here is right up my alley. I am totally inspired! Thanks for sharing this!

  49. Niki Coursey says:

    Beautiful! I love your creativity – it’s inspiring 🙂

  50. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Great use of those beautiful leftover scraps! Lovely card!