Happy 4th Anniversary, Altenew!! (+Prizes!)

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Altenew 4th Anniversary Blog Hop! We’re so glad you’re here! I have a super fun card and a video to share with you, so let’s hop to it!

As soon as I was invited to join in the hop I just knew what stamp to use — the Stunning Cosmos set! It has such pretty flowers and a beautiful Happy Anniversary message, too! It’s a 6×8″ set of stamping goodness — check it out:

I paired it with Altenew’s Happy Blooms set and I used their new watercolors directly on the stamp to “ink” them up. I just may have gotten a little carried away making flowers — I was having way too much fun! :)

Here’s a quick video so you can see how it’s done — I just love this soft watercolor look! Watch below or over on YouTube.

Here are the key tips:

  • Mist your watercolors about 10 minutes before you use them for this technique. They’ll form a thick paint so that you can apply them with your brush and they won’t be too wet. I used Altenew’s new watercolor set which will be coming soon, but any pan watercolors should work just fine. I’ve tried this technique with a set from the craft store and many others.
  • Then as soon as you’ve stamped it, go over a few petals with a damp brush to pull some of the color out.
  • Be sure to leave a little white space so that the flowers sparkle!

Annnnd here’s my finished card!

I used a pale pink cardstock to make my base card and then heat embossed the sentiment with rose gold — love that tone-on-tone look! To get the proper positioning I used my trusty MISTI tool like so:

Did you notice my fancy cutting? I trimmed off little bits of the petals and even the sequins for an unexpected touch.

Can’t wait to make another card with all those leftover flowers — I’m thinking I’ll get a head start on Mother’s Day since the Stunning Cosmos set has a sentiment for that too!

Special Offers & Prizes!

You can get FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY4TH or $5 OFF international shipping with code ANNIV at checkout. Offer valid from April 3rd until April 8th at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

And that’s not all! 

Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 5 lucky winners. There are also 13 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering so many awesome prizes! See the list at Altenew!

Hop On!

Your next stop on the hop is Galina Filippenko’s blog — just wait until you see what she’s made. Here’s the full list if you encounter a broken link or are just now joining us:


  • Happy, happy anniversary, Altenew!! Here’s to many more! xoxo


Note: [AN] links to the Altenew Shop and [EH] links to Ellen Hutson. These are my affiliate links so if you make a purchase by clicking the link I’ll receive a small commission at no charge to you!

  • Altenew Stunning Cosmos Stamps [AN] | [EH]
  • Altenew Stunning Cosmos Dies [AN] | [EH]
  • Altenew Happy Bloom Stamps [AN] | [EH]
  • Altenew Happy Bloom Dies [AN] | [EH]
  • Altenew Watercolor Paint 36 Pan Set [EH]
  • Altenew Embossing Ink [AN] | [EH]
  • Altenew Crisp Rose Gold Embossing Powder [AN] | [EH]
  • 6mm Cupped Metallic Rose Gold Sequins [EH]
  • 4mm Cupped Metallic Rose Gold Sequins [EH]
  • Pale Rose Cardstock [EH]

261 Replies to “Happy 4th Anniversary, Altenew!! (+Prizes!)”

  1. Teresa Godines #6857 says:

    Your watercolor flowers are beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing

  2. I love watercoloring and seeing how everyone incorporates it! I also love watching video how-to’s.
    thanks for participating, hope to be able to win on the Altenew Anniversary Blog Hop

  3. Jodi Clausen says:

    I have been useing markers and then spraying with water for my latest Altenew stamping…..and thinking about doing what you did, wondering if it would work. Thanks to you, now I know 😊. This is gorgeous! Thank You!!!

  4. Susan O'Halloran says:

    Lovely card! Thanks for sharing this technique — results are beautiful!

  5. fabulous watercoloring, such a bright and happy card.

  6. Melissa Storms says:

    These are good tips. I really love the watercolor look and this technique looks like something I could do.

  7. Great watercolouring, thank you for your video how you made that. Gorgeous card with these great Altenew products. Thank you so much for your time and effort.

  8. Such a fun card–so bright and colorful! I’m going to try this–thanks for the tutorial!

  9. What a fabulous technique! The results are amazing; your flowers just jump off the card at you. I particularly like how you took even the sequins to the edge. I should try that sometime. Thanks for sharing and helping celebrate Altenew’s birthday!

  10. Bev Karolak says:

    Gorgeous card! So bright and colourful! Thanks for sharing your video too.

  11. These flowers are so beautiful! I want to try this technique too!

  12. Gorgeous!! Love that Cosmos stop & you really brought the flowers to life. So pretty!

  13. Love these flowers! I will have to try this!

  14. Becky Kjer Flammang says:

    Great technique! Bookmarked for sure! It can be used for both card making and scrapbooking!

  15. Gorgeous flowers and a lovely card.

  16. Love those flower stamps, and I have never seen this technique before! Can’t wait to give it a try!~ Thanks for your great tutorial and inspiration!

  17. Gorgeous work. Thanks for sharing your process video.

  18. Gorgeous card and lovely choice of colors. Thanks for the inspiration.

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