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Altenew Educator Hop | Favorite Old & New Stamps

Who doesn’t love a throwback? Today, I cased the first card I made for the Altenew Educator program. I definitely had a facepalm moment in the video so do check it out.

Altenew Educator Hop

If you made your way here from Teri Stokes blog you’re in the home stretch! To start at the beginning visit the Altenew Card Blog.

All the details to create this loose watercolor card are in this 5-minute watercolor cardmaking video. Watch it here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share it with friends.

1st Altenew Educator Card

Below is the 1st card I made for the Altenew Educator Program. I submitted this card on February 12, 2018. It was fun to take a trip down memory lane and I was surprised to see I made a shape card!

Case Your Own Card | Altenew Educator Hop

My style has changed over the years. But, even in my earliest days of card making I was using lots of high contrast black. Here I used traditional layer stamping. In today’s example, I opted for loose watercolor with the same color palette.

Check out the blog post here.

Case Your Own Card

Have you ever cased your own card? Recreating your own cards is a great way to get those creative juices flowing when you’re short on time, inspiration, or mojo. Keep it interesting by changing a few elements.

Case Your Own Card | Altenew Painted Flowers

Instead of layer stamping, I opted for loose watercolor. Now you know I love watercolor stamping, but in this case it’s far more efficient to watercolor the outline images and omit the detail layers.

This time I used a sentiment from the Altenew Beauty Within Stamp Set and added purple splatter instead of pearls. Seriously, that might have been the one and only time I used pearls on my card.

Altenew Painted Flowers | Altenew Educator Hop

And though I started making this a circle shaped card, I decided to mount it on a top folding A2 card base. You’ll have to let me know which you prefer.


Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 4/4/2021 for a chance to win. 

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 Altenew 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 4/6/2021.

Case A Vintage Poster

Here’s another throwback Altenew Educator submission. This one was all about Color Blocking and Therese Calvird’s Color Your Day Altenew Academy class.

Watch the video and visit the post here.

There’s More!

What’s a hop without YOU?! We have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your gorgeous Altenew “Old/New Favorite Altenew Stamp” creations.

We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!

Next Stop

The next stop on the hop is the lovely Virginia Lu! What will she inspire you with today? For the full list of talented Altenew Educators, visit the Altenew Card Blog.


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  1. Casing your own card is a great idea and yours is stunning, Amber! I love the vibrant flowers! I love these roses!! Thanks for sharing the great inspiration! Stay safe! 🙂

  2. Elizabeth Kuhn says:

    The loose watercolor style is so fun to see in action, and the results are always so surprising! Just a gorgeous cased card 🙂

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Stunning remake of a beautiful card.

  4. Denise Bryant says:

    So pretty! Love these beautiful flowers!

  5. Kristine Boydstun says:

    Gorgeous card! I love to watch you paint!

  6. Linda Conway says:

    I love that you cased yourself, lol! I’m going to look through my cards and try it! Beautiful card!

  7. Inkin' Chickie says:

    Great look to the flowers. The contrast is very nice.

  8. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    I love both versions! The purple and black look great together!

  9. Pretty, oh so pretty! I especially like the round shaped card!

  10. Dorothy Ayotte says:

    Both cards are so pretty! I love the flowers on the last card. The purple colors are great.

  11. Peg Frushour says:

    Very unique card = love the circle base!

  12. Mary Ann Reilly says:

    Lovely card! I am new to card marking but still sometimes repeat a previous design or use it for inspiration. It’s nice to know someone as talented as you do the same thing. The colors are amazing!

  13. How fun to see your evolution! It does make me realize too how my style and interests have changed. Your update is very pretty. Thanks for the inspiration and the reminder to look back to jump start creativity.

  14. Roxanne Tellini says:

    I have seen so many people on social media complain about loosing their crafty mojo. What a great idea to revisit your own cards and make them new again! I am going to pass that along to anyone I see who is struggling from now on. Thank you!

  15. Love it that you can laugh at yourself! Beautiful card – the old one and the new one!

  16. Sharon L Gullikson says:

    I like how the ink looks irregular on the last one. Very cool

  17. Marisela Delgado says:

    Such a beautiful card!

  18. Gayle Hicks says:

    Absolutely beautiful card- loose watercolor, purple & black pop and layout!

  19. Teresa McClennen says:

    What lovely cards! Would be hard for me to choose between the two.

  20. Such great cards and love your videos!

  21. Both are lovely! Updating our old cards is a great idea!

  22. I liked seeing your first card for the Altenew Educators Program. It is very pretty! I also enjoyed seeing your recent card! What a great idea! Best wishes and thank you for the joy you bring by sharing your cards.

  23. marilyn bailey says:

    More lovely throwback cards! This was such fun…. Enjoyed the video even more as you poked fun at yourself…why? Not totally sure, other than YOU are an artist…some of us not so much which is why we stamp!

  24. Meghan Kennihan says:

    I love how you used circles in your designs and the colors!

  25. I remember that round card! I could never get tired of these gorgeous painted roses, Amber! I have a tendency toward the standard A2 version today!
    Off to watch!

    1. Charlene Frietchen says:

      I don’t have this set, but I love Rose’s. The round background is a neat idea. Also neat to go back to old cards and put new ideas. I havent listened to the video. I’m saving it until I have more time. Thanks

      1. Wow! I am so surprised that a few of you remember the round card. So crazy. Thanks, Charleen!

  26. Beautiful card – I especially love that sentiment!

  27. barbara lassiter says:

    Beautiful cards and I love them both. The Painted Flowers stamp set was my first Altenew set and I still love the look of those flowers.

  28. Gorgeous cards. Love the purple. Really like the glittery card!

  29. Thanks for the great inspirational video. I really do love that card and will probably copy it just as you designed it. Why change perfection?