Hi there and welcome to my stop on the Altenew 5th Anniversary blog hop! I’m so glad you’re here to help celebrate FIVE years! Congratulations, Altenew! Be sure to read their story here — so inspiring you all. I’m so happy and honored to sharing in the celebration as this is one company that I truly love.
I’ve got two clean and simple cards to share with you today using the Big Hugs stamps and dies — these stamps were drawn by my sweet friend May’s husband and they’re just so adorable!
These cards use the newly released Tropical Fiesta Watercolor brush markers — I just can’t get enough of them! I love the colors in this set so much, especially that turquoise. Plus while I was swatching out this set it hit me that it’s perfect to use for coloring critters: it has a paper bag, a nice brown color, and lava rock, a soft warm gray. So good.
Here’s a better look at the Happy Birthday card — this just makes me so HAPPY! :)
I have a coloring video for you over on instagram sharing how I did this — just look for the icon in my story archives! They really are easy to color, thanks to the Tropical Fiesta Watercolor brush markers plus the waterbrush from the 36 pan set. Here are the basic steps:
- Pre-wet the area with water — I used the waterbrush for this, but you could use a regular paintbrush as well. I like to work in small areas at a time. So in this case, I pre-wet a single balloon at a time.
- Add color with the watercolor brush marker.
- Blend with the waterbrush.
- Go back and add a little darker shading with the marker if needed.
Here I used warm sunshine + paper bag for the fox and then various colors for the balloons. Oh and it’s hard to see in the photos, but I added a little lava rock to the white parts of his chin and tail. :) Oh and I added a little white highlight with Dr. Ph Martin’s bleedproof white — this stuff is so good, doesn’t dry out on me the way white gel pens always do.
Also! I wanted to practice actually drawing with the watercolor markers, so I decided to add some confetti — I think it makes the card! Sometimes as stampers we think we can’t draw — but I feel like anyone can make little dots for confetti.
Now how about a closer look at the Hug Me card? Ahhh that fox steals the show!
Once again I had to do some drawing for the background — this time I made little dashes using the turquoise marker. (Absolutely love that color! Ahhhh!)
I’m hoping to encourage someone out there to try drawing with the markers — it’s so fun! Also had to add that I gave this card to J when I needed a hug — and it worked! :)
Special Offers & Prizes!
Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 10 lucky winners. There are also 14 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:
- Altenew: 5 $50 Altenew Gift Certificates
- Altenew Academy: 10 Class Spots
- Jennifer McGuire Ink: 2 $100 Altenew Gift Certificates
- My Sweet Petunia: 1 Prize Bundle(Original MISTI, a set of Creative Corners, a Cut-Align and a bar magnet)
- Pretty Pink Posh: 2 $50 Gift Certificates
- Simon Says Stamp: $50 Gift Certificate
- Scrapbook.com: $50 Gift Certificate
- Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 Gift Certificate
- Blitsy: $30 Gift Certificate
- Online Card Classes: 3 Class Spots
- Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 Gift Certificate
- Seven Hills Crafts: £25 Gift Certificate
- Chameleon Art Products: 1 Pack of 5 Chameleon Pens
- Scrapbook & Cards Today: 1 Copy of Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring 2019 Issue
- WOW! Embossing Powder: $20 Gift Certificate
- Simply Cards & Papercraft: 1 Copy of Simply Cards & Papercraft Spring 2019 Issue
Be sure to leave comments by 4/12/2019 for a chance to win! 33 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Blog on 4/20/2019. This crafty industry is just the best, right?
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Your next stop on the hop is Jen Schow’s blog — just wait until you see what she’s made! Here’s the full list in case you’re just now joining us. Don’t forget, the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to WIN!
- Kathy Racoosin
- Therese Calvird
- Pretty Pink Posh
- Nicole Picadura
- Flora Monika Farkas
- Norine Borys
- Emily Midgett
- Butterfly Reflections Ink
- Jessica Frost-Ballas
- Lisa Spangler <– you are here
- Jen Schow
- Nancy McClelland
- Raquel Bowman
- Sara Naumann
- Janette Kausen
- Kim Jeffress
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Here are the supplies I used in this post over at Altenew — don’t forget to add the code to save on shipping, now through April 5th!
- Altenew Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Markers
- Altenew Hug Me Bundle (save 5% over buying them separately!)
- Altenew Hug Me stamps
- Altenew Hug Me dies
And that’s not all! One of our sponsors, Ellen Hutson, is having a 25% off sale with code ALTENEW5 yeah!!! I’m so proud to be a Design Ambassador for Ellen — such a great team. Click HERE to shop the sale — take note that the sale ends today…!
I’ve listed a just a few of my favorites for you — you’re welcome! :) I tried to pick products that were in stock, but they keep selling out. They’re that good. Also just had to add that this is just the best embossing ink I’ve found, hands-down.
Happy happy 5th anniversary, Altenew! Here’s to many more! xoxo
219 Replies to “Altenew 5th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway!”
These cards are just too cute!!!!!
Too cute – I love the confetti! How fun is that!
Awwww, such adorable cards! Fabulous designs!
These are adorable!! I think the happy birthday one is my favorite; the twine is a fun finishing touch!
Your cards are so cute! I love the watercoloring and drawing! Thank you so much for sharing! Happy Anniversary Altenew!
Happy Birthday, Altenew! I love the sweet cards – perfect for a birthday and I’ve finally decided that I MUST have some Altenew watercolor markers so this tropical set is now in the mail on the way to my house. I love so much about your cards, but I think the “confetti” textures in the background just might be my favorite. It certainly makes me smile! Beautiful!
Adorable cards. The coloring is awesome!
Love the turquoise as well! The stamps and the cards you made are so cute, and I love the colours you chose for the confetti!
Cute and festive fox cards.
Cute adorable cards Lisa. Thanks for sharing ❤.
luv how the backgrounds are a subtle filler for your clean & simple design!
What cute and colorful cards!
I thought I was in the wrong place because I didn’t see a flower card or layout. But was pleasantly surprised with non-floral creativity. Wonderful card.
These are so cute! Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for sharing your watercolor cards. So pretty.
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