Altenew 5th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway!

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.

That’s it!

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:

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?

And that’s not all! Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY9M or $5 OFF international shipping with code SHOPPING9M at checkout. Offer valid now through 4/5/2019 at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

Hop On!

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!


Note that these are my affiliate links so if you make a purchase by clicking the link below I’ll receive a small commission at no charge to you — thank you!

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!

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!”

  1. Cathy Lillie says: Reply

    Cute cards! That fox is such a fun little critter. I don’t have the watercolor markers but they look like they work quite well. Pretty colors!

  2. Michelle Walpole says: Reply

    How cute are these. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Such fun cards – love the critter and the gorgeous confetti!

  4. Cute foxes! Such small details or designs in the backgrounds that don’t overpower but make such a difference to the look of the card. Thanks!

  5. Gayle Bartholomew says: Reply

    These are both such cute cards. Thanks for the great explanation about how to create them.

  6. Love these cute cards, and love this blog hop, so much inspiration!

  7. Christine Heye says: Reply

    Just darling! Very “foxy” hehehe. :0)

  8. I love foxes! Cute~

  9. Amazing cards! Love the colors!

  10. These are so cute!

  11. Great colouring and I love that adorable little sketched fox!

  12. I love this little fox! So adorable.

  13. Your coloring is amazing. I love your cards!

  14. These are beautiful card. I love your work!

  15. Louanne Collins says: Reply

    Great critter cards! Thanks for sharing and Happy Birthday Altenew!

  16. Lieve Stoffels says: Reply

    Two happy, colourful, great cards ! I like your confetti-background.
    Thank you for putting a smile on my face with your cards !
    Spring greetings from Belgium.

  17. Two amazingly fun cards, that made me smile! Love your coloring techniques and bold colors. Thanks for the tip on the nonbleed white, too! So glad you are helping us celebrate 5 years of the wonder of Altenew!

  18. Lynne Ingram says: Reply

    Fun cards would work well for kids. Happy Anniversary Altenew

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