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Vibrant Watercolor Die-Cuts | Altenew June 2019

If you love steel dies, this Altenew release is for you! I love stand-alone dies as they push me to think about paper crafting projects outside of stamping. In fact, 2 of the 3 projects I’m sharing today have no stamping at all!

Altenew June 2019 Stand Alone Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

If you made your way here from the lovely Agnieszka Malyszek‘s blog, then you’re right on track. If you missed the beginning, the hop starts here!

Altenew June 2019 Stand Alone Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Let’s take a quick look at all the pretty dies in this release! We’ll be focusing on 3 of the sets today!

Altenew June 2019 Stand Alone Die Full Release

Watch these projects come to life in this video!

Color Wheel Die

There are so many clever paper crafting projects on the hop using the Color Wheel Die, whether they are scrapbooking or cardmaking, and I’m excited to put that inspiration to use!

Altenew Color Wheel Die swatches

For today’s project though, I leaned towards the practical side and used the die to swatch my Tropical Fiesta Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers. It seemed to be a match made in heaven, 10 slots for 10 markers.

Altenew Color Wheel Die embossing

Swatch Watercolor Brush Markers

I created a template by dry embossing the die into a piece of Saunders Waterford High White Rough watercolor paper. This is my favorite watercolor paper for its bright white color and excellent performance.

The best practice is to swatch on the same paper you will use for your own projects.

Swatch Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers with Altenew Color Wheel Die

Next, I took the markers directly to the embossed paper and drew the color out with a wet brush.

I swatched the colors in the order they were listed on the package, however, if I were to do it again, I’d swap Lime and Sweat Leaf as Lime is yellow-green and Sweat Leaf has blue undertones.

Store Altenew Color Wheel Die in Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers Packaging

Color Wheel Storage

The painted template was die cut using the large circle die included in the set. I used both dies to cut a piece of black cardstock and adhered it to the top using a Large Nuvo Glue Pen.

The finished color wheel fits perfectly in the Watercolor Brush Marker packaging which is how I’ll be storing each of mine!

Virginia Rose 3D Die

Virginia Rose 3D Die Set is the Goldilocks of Altenew 3D Dies. It has just the right amount of layers and leaf clusters, not so few that it’s lacking detail, and not so many that you’re unsure where to start layering. It’s just right and it’s downright gorgeous!!

Altenew Virginia Rose 3D Die

Loose Watercolor Panels

I had just swatched my Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Markers, so of course, I needed to get inky with them. I started by laying down some loose and messy watercolor and die cut the layers making sure I had some light and dark pieces.

Watercolor Washes

The die cut layers looked flat so I added ink smooshing in the same colors and splattered them with Altenew Pure White Ink Spray.

After assembling two red-orange roses and one bud, I decided I needed some blue ones as well. So I watercolored a blue panel, but it was so pretty I decided to reserve it for the background.

Altenew Virginia Rose 3D Die Card Assembly

Improvise with Enchanting Washes Paper

Instead of creating another blue panel, I die cut blue roses from scraps of Altenew Enchanting Washes Paper Pack. These coordinated perfectly!

I assembled the flowers, stamped 3 sentiments from Sentiment Strips Stamp Set, and popped everything up on dimensional adhesive. As a finishing touch, I added more white splatter.

Altenew Virginia Rose 3D Die

Tip: add dimensional adhesive between the flower layers for an extra wow factor!

Dainty Blooms Cover Die

Wait, do these blooms look strangely familiar? Me thinks the Dainty Blooms Cover Die is a cousin to the amazing Altenew Floral Garden Stencil that made its way into our crafty stash last month!!

Altenew Dainty Blooms Cover Die & Altenew Floral Garden Stencil

Since they’re close relatives it seemed fitting to have a family reunion. For this card, I cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb with the Dainty Blooms Cover Die for a tone on tone effect with the white card base.

Next, I ink blended Altenew Rouge, Coral Berry, Fresh Lemon, and Olive Crisp Dye Inks over the Floral Garden Stencil and fussy cut a few bloom and leaf clusters.

Altenew Dainty Blooms Cover Die & Altenew Floral Garden Stencil

I assembled the card and popped up the blooms and Simply Thank You die cut and called it done!

I hope these projects and others on the hop have inspired you to get creative! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

As always, supplies, giveaway information, and the next stop on the hop are below. Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time, Breathe · Ink · Inspire.

Supplies

Prizes

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 6/24/2019 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 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 6/27/2019.

Next Stop

The next stop on the hop is the lovely Arjita! The full list is below in case you get lost along the way.

Altenew Card Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Lilith Eeckels
Therese Calvird
Laurie Willison
Jaycee Gaspar
Virginia Lu
Nathalie DeSousa
Svitlana Shayevich
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Norine Borys
Seeka
Kathleen Graumüller
Nenette Samson Madero
Jeanne Jachna
Mindy Eggen
Irina Fonina
Zsoka Marko
Zinia Redo
Isha Gupta
Maryam Perez
Emily Midgett
Kelly Janes
Lydia Evans
Marge Yoon
Agnieszka Malyszek
Amber Rain Davis <<< You Are Here
Arjita Sepaha Singh
Kymona Tracey
Michelle Murray
Kelly Griglione

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  2. Lisa Byers says:

    I love the idea of doing a color wheel swatch with the Fiesta Watercolor Brushes. I have all three sets so I would like to do all. I want to order this die because it is so versatile. I love your cards, they are so beautiful. Your cards are always so perfect. I enjoy your posts.

  3. Jeanne Ragan says:

    I would have never thought to use the color wheel die for an actual color swatch! How clever you are. And thank you for the tip on the Floral Garden Stencil which is a relative of the Dainty Blooms cover die (which I am loving). I like seeing three projects in one video! Too bad we didn’t get to see all of the last one. But the cards are gorgeous! TFS!

  4. Denise Bryant says:

    These are so pretty! Love what you did with the Dainty Blooms Cover Die! It’s a favorite!

  5. Always love your unique ideas for using the new products! The color wheel is a perfect way to swatch any set of watercolors. It would be easy to store them on a ring clip, too! And I love the festive colors in your Virginia Roses—they immediately reminded me of Cinco de Mayo! The last card is my total fave! Love those flowers, and how you used the stencil to augment the cover die. Gorgeous colors! Thanks for so many ideas today.

  6. Lee Ann Barrett says:

    Simply beautiful! You have a wonderful eye for color. Your rose die card is really something; gorgeous colors and I love the vertical sentiments!

  7. Cyndi Morris says:

    Your cards are stunning. I love the vivid colors and the unique layouts. So much to love in this wonderful release!

  8. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Wow! Gorgeous projects! Great idea about keeping the color wheel in the watercolor markers package! Thank you for showing ways to give more texture to your die cuts after you’re half way into a project and you don’t want to start over. I liked the continuous video, but do what is easier for you. I will watch them all either way you do it!

  9. Carrie C. says:

    I just love what you’ve done with this release and what stunning colors! Bold and beautiful!

  10. Brenda Abbott says:

    You are so right about the Dainty Blooms Cover Die and the Floral Garden Stencil….. good eye! They look great together. I really like your Virginia Rose card, and the orientation of the sentiment is awesome! I will need to make color wheels for my sets of different colors (pencils, paints, markers, etc). Beautiful job on all of your projects!

  11. The layering and complex look of your Virginia Rose card is very impressive. I like the loose look water coloured cardstock you used for the die cuts. The final look is fabulous 🙂

  12. Beautiful floral cards and I like how you made a swatch out of the color wheel.

  13. Johanna T. says:

    Beautiful cards! Love all the dimension you gave to the card with the Virginia Roses. It is stunning!

  14. Kathy McCluskey says:

    Love your work, Amber! What a brilliant idea to turn the color wheel into a swatch for your Fiesta markers…and that it fits perfectly into the marker box!! Your card using the 3D Virginia Rose is spectacular…love all the great colors! Love the Dainty Blooms cover die card, too! Thanks for sharing your awesome creativity with us!!

  15. Anna Lontayné Bodnàr says:

    So beautiful colouring!

  16. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Wow, gorgeous cards and color wheel project! The Virginia Rose die set is my fave of this release and my favorite card, LOVE that splatter and dimension!

  17. see mary stamp says:

    Wonderful idea to use the color wheel to swatch the watercolor markers. Both of your cards are gorgeous.

  18. Kathy Dippner says:

    Beautiful cards and project! Love the backgrounds you created with the waterbrushes.

  19. Divya Bennett says:

    Absolutely love how you’ve water coloured and diecut using the Virginia rose die. The white splatters make the vibrant colors stand out more.

  20. Kari VanNoy says:

    These are all so beautiful and inspiring! I especially love your Virginia Rose card…pretty sure I need that die! 🙂

    1. Thanks Kari! I know one of us from the team just ordered some of the 3D dies and it was so had for me not to say…Ooh, there’s a really sweet one being released soon!!

  21. Maria Alder says:

    Love your cards, some amazing colours. Tfs x

  22. Stunning work and I like how practical you were and created a useful wheel! Love your Virginia Rose 🌹 3D card; the hues are phenomenal!

  23. I love the gorgeous rich colour and depth of your rose card – stunning!

  24. Stunning projects!! Beautiful way to showcase these lovely dies!

  25. Great idea for the use of the color wheel. Your Virginia rose card is gorgeous but my favorite is the last one.

  26. Stanlee Runner says:

    Oh my gosh, what gorgeous cards! And what a brilliant use of the color wheel die. I can’t wait to try all of them, thanks for sharing your talents.

  27. Love your projects especially the color wheel. What a clever way to use it as an actual color wheel.

  28. The colors are so intense. I love the Virginia Rose die on your card. Another item for my wishlist.

  29. Beautiful cards. In the first card, I love that you cut your dies from watercolor paper that you made.

  30. Beverly Jordan says:

    Beautiful use of the Altenew watercolors for these deep gorgeous colors! Love these and want both of these!!

  31. joy meadows says:

    The Virginia rose die set is my favorite of all of the stand alone dies and your card is fabulous!

  32. Jenrescuemama says:

    Love, love, love that Virginia Rose die card! Those flowers pop so beautifully. This is such a great Altenew release!

  33. Sharon Foulk says:

    All your cards are so lovely, Amber! The Dainty Blooms cover die card is my favorite!

    1. Thank you, Sharon! I feel like that was the underdog so I’m thrilled to hear it’s your favorite!

  34. Awesome cards, Amber, & I love your genius idea of the color wheel swatches! I’ve got to make these for my watercolor markers too!

  35. Marisela Delgado says:

    Wow, your cards and color choices are fantastic! Simply fabulous!

  36. Irene M Gebe-Norris says:

    Love the intense color of the 3D roses. Stunning card.

  37. Amber you did such a great job with the Floral Garden Stencil – your card is outstanding!

  38. Dee Earnshaw says:

    stunning work – your rose card is so creative

  39. Denise K Terry says:

    I love that last card, using the Dainty Blooms set! Such a unique way to use pieces of the die layered on top of the full die!!

    1. Thank you, Denise! The flowers on top were ink blended with with the Floral Garden Stencil and then fussy cut. The style of the Dainty Blooms Die and Floral Garden Stencil are the same so they coordinate perfectly!

  40. Amber I’m never disappointed when I arrive at your site as I know it’s going to be a treat to see what you created. This post is full of bright colours, techniques & dimension. Love the third card with the Dainty Blooms cover die. Thanks.

  41. ANGIE HOLLINS says:

    Beautiful cards! I really love the VA rose card! Thank you for sharing!!!

  42. I am loving the color wheel. And, I have the new floral stencil and I love how you fussy cut some of teyh images. It is a must-do for me now. THX!

  43. Sandy Stein says:

    Oh my! These are so beautiful. Love your design using the Virginia Rose 3D die. My favorite in this release.

  44. Kristin Sluhan says:

    Your rose card is divine! The white splatters are a perfect touch.

  45. Darlene DeSario says:

    Lovely cards. Tyfs

  46. Love them all! But your third card is my favorite. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  47. Linda Miltzow says:

    Such stunning cards! This new release is so much fun, don’t you think?!?! 🙂

  48. Jeannie H says:

    Gorgeous work. Love love love!

  49. Gorgeous cards! That Virginia rose die set is awesome and I love how you showcased it!

  50. Wow! Great idea with the color wheel

  51. Meghan Kennihan says:

    OMG! ALL ARE AWESOME but what you did with that Virginia ROSE is AMAZING

  52. wonderful projects with these great new products – love your Virginia Rose card!

  53. Brenda L. Kuder says:

    Pretty projects! I love the vintage roses!

  54. Donna Deck says:

    Amber, your designs are simply lovely! Thank you

  55. Cheryl Rigney says:

    Beautiful cards, Amber!! I love your flowers! Fabulous idea to put the color wheel in the marker pack.

  56. kre8tivekate says:

    Just beautiful!

  57. Pat Schwartz says:

    Amber, love your designs!

  58. Wowww!! I lovvve your floral card! It is just gorgeous! And what an amazing swatch! It looks so beautiful, I would turn it out to a card maybe 🙂 The last card is pretty too! 🙂

  59. Debbie Rumpza says:

    So pretty! I love your flowers. The dark colors are stunning.

  60. I am in LOVE with your style!!! Both cards are GORGEOUS! I can’t pick a favorite!

  61. Amber!!!! I’m in love with your Virginia Rose 3D die card!!! Love the colors!!! Your cards always inspire me. <3 Thanks so much for sharing your work.