Welcome to the Altenew’s 4th Anniversary Blog Hop. Woo Hoo! A BIG Happy Happy BD to Altenew! (If you subscribe to my blog posts scroll down to my new post from yesterday .. thanks!)
It’s amazing to me that Altenew is only 4 years old and it’s been so rewarding watching them grow as a company. It was only fitting to create a Birthday card to celebrate this milestone for Altenew using this happy little guy from the “Hug Me” stamp set & coordinating die cut.
Watercoloring with distress ink was a fun way to start my card. The full card die is great for a background is called “Half Tone” & I think it’s so versatile but, I chose to use it in a more subtle way on my card. I cut the “birthday” part of the sentiment by hand to pop it on the letters.
When my watercoloring dried I added some highlights with a white pencil on the balloons. I am so in love with these “Brushed Alpha Dies” and I have been itching to color some twine and thread it through one of the letters. Mission accomplished!
The last time I colored this mega succulent it was in green tones with a more realistic look … so this time I was going for a more artsy look or something with some pink in it lol.
Time wasn’t on my side so I was unable to film a video but, I do have video of the same mega succulent I watercolored in this video here. The distress inks I used were this and this for my first layer of color.
When my first two layers were dry I added some abandon coral ink.
Adding a tad of lucky clover on the center of each petal added some interest.
I added a line of lucky clover on each petal. When my painting was dry I popped it in a frame. My twin sister is moving and I thought this might be a nice house warming gift.
Ahhh this Arabesque Medallion stamp is sooo fun to color or watercolor. I love the scale of the stamp & that it’s large .. so you can put it in a frame for a gift for someone special. I framed this same stamp in a previous post … if you want to check that one out click here.
Using Tombow watercolor markers I find images super easy to watercolor. It’s hard for me not to futz and putz when I am “finished”. Once my image is dry I like to add lines and dots with a gel pen and these.
I also added little eyelash lines in colors around the perimeter and one the inside of the image. Cutting out the medallion was pretty easy … the last time I cut the medallion out I traced it to make the cutting part even simpler.
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.
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 the following prizes:
Altenew: 5 $50 Altenew Gift Certificates
Altenew Academy: 5 Class Spots
Jennifer McGuire Ink: 2 $100 Altenew Gift Certificates
Online Card Classes: 3 Class Spots
Simon Says Stamp: $50 Gift Certificate
Scrapbook.com: $50 Gift Certificate
My Sweet Petunia: Mini MISTI Stamping Tool
Tombow USA: 2 Dual Brush Pen Sets(10 Colors) and 2 TwinTone Dual Tip Marker Sets(12 Colors)
WOW! Embossing Powder: $40 Gift Certificate
Create & Craft TV: £25 Gift Certificate
Ellen Hutson LLC: $25 Gift Certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 Gift Certificate
Chameleon Pens: 1 Pack of 5 Chameleon Pens
Scrapbook & Cards Today: 1 Copy of Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring 2018 Issue
Be sure to leave comments by April 15th, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 30 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 April 17th, 2018.
NEXT ON THE HOP IS Enza Gudor and you will find the full list of hoppers at the bottom of my post. Thanks for for leaving a comment and for your visit. Have a great week. Hugs, Kathy
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