Altenew | Missing You. Bamboo Rose & Happy Mail Card by Yana Smakula

Altenew | Faux Postcard Stamped Cards. July Release Blog Hop. Giveaway!

Hello everyone and thank you so much for stopping by today to help celebrate July 2016 release from Altenew (more about the hop below).

I have 3 projects to share today, all created using identical supplies, but each card is slightly different (all of them are faux-postcards). Supplies I used are linked at the bottom of this post.

FAUX POSTCARD – I CHERISH OUR FRIENDSHIP

For my first project I started by stamping a sentiment that reads “You Are Awesome” and “I Cherish Our Friendship” in Versafine Onyx Black ink onto watercolor paper. The first part of the sentiment comes from the new Painted Encouragement stamp set while the second part is from an older, Lace Up set.

Altenew | You Are Awesome I Cherish our Friendship Bamboo Rose & Happy Mail Card by Yana Smakula

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Once I had my sentiment stamped I knew where I could add flowers and I went on stamping several roses from the Bamboo Rose stamp set. This set features a perfect mix of sketched florals that are ideal for many occasions. I didn’t do any masking, although it might look like I did. These flowers fit together nicely for a seamless stamped look.

Altenew | You Are Awesome I Cherish our Friendship Bamboo Rose & Happy Mail Card by Yana Smakula

I knew I wanted to watercolor these images so I grabbed my Daniel Smith watercolors (I’m still using a sampler sheet – there is enough in one dot to watercolor several images) and a water brush and loosely watercolored these. After I mounted this stamped and watercolored panel onto an A2 card base I felt I needed to add something else and this is where I got the idea to use a postage stamp image from the Happy Mail set.

Altenew | You Are Awesome I Cherish our Friendship Bamboo Rose & Happy Mail Card by Yana Smakula

I stamped a few more images in black, added a round stamp in Morning Frost (it is barely visible on the photo). Instead of using flowers from the Happy Mail stamp set, I added another bamboo rose inside the postage stamp and watercolored it like other flowers. The background of the postage stamp was watercolored in light blue. I also added a bit of silver ink splatter using Distress Mica Spray (I am really loving this products lately!) and adhered several small and medium clear drops from Pretty Pink Posh.

FAUX POSTCARD – SENDING LOTS OF LOVE

My second project is very similar to the first one and is also a faux postcard-type card. The difference here is in the color of ink used for stamping. Instead of stamping bottom florals in black, I used Evening Gray Altenew ink, which turned out to be waterproof.

Altenew | Sending Lots of Love. Wish You Were Here. Bamboo Rose & Happy Mail Card by Yana Smakula

I used slightly different colors of ink to watercolor these florals, lighter colors. The round “Handmade Just For You” was also stamped in Evening Gray ink. I added silver splatter and clear droplets to dress up this card. Click the thumbnail images below to take a closer look at this card:

Altenew | Sending Lots of Love. Wish You Were Here. Bamboo Rose & Happy Mail Card by Yana Smakula Altenew | Sending Lots of Love. Wish You Were Here. Bamboo Rose & Happy Mail Card by Yana Smakula

MISSING YOU

And finally my last project, Missing You, uses my “perfect cardmaking formula” and again, same supplies. After I stamped flowers and a postage stamp (this time I used Distress inks to watercolor these images), I cut images out with my scissors and arranged into a cluster.

Altenew | Missing You. Bamboo Rose & Happy Mail Card by Yana Smakula

I added an antique trim in gold, used some foam adhesive squares to add a bit of dimension to this card (the other cards are both one-layer) and of course I added several clear drops.

Altenew | Missing You. Bamboo Rose & Happy Mail Card by Yana Smakula

JULY 2016 RELEASE

This release features 16 new stamp sets. There’s a lot to chose from! My favorite sets are Bamboo Rose and Happy Mail (I used them for my today’s projects).

Altenew Bamboo Rose Stamp Set
Altenew Bamboo Rose Stamp Set
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Altenew Happy Mail Stamp Set
Altenew Happy Mail Stamp Set
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Altenew Painted Encouragement Stamp Set
Altenew Painted Encouragement Stamp Set
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Altenew Big World Stamp Set
Altenew Big World Stamp Set
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Altenew Celebrations Stamp Set
Altenew Celebrations Stamp Set
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Altenew Coffee Love Stamp Set
Altenew Coffee Love Stamp Set
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Altenew Coffee Ring Stamp Set
Altenew Coffee Ring Stamp Set
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Altenew Coffee Talk Stamp Set
Altenew Coffee Talk Stamp Set
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Altenew Eid al Adha Stamp Set
Altenew Eid al Adha Stamp Set
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Altenew Floral Shadow Stamp Set
Altenew Floral Shadow Stamp Set
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Altenew Floral Sprig Stamp Set
Altenew Floral Sprig Stamp Set
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Altenew Freeform Greenery Stamp Set
Altenew Freeform Greenery Stamp Set
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Altenew Dancing in the Rain Stamp Set
Altenew Dancing in the Rain Stamp Set
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Altenew Remember This Stamp Set
Altenew Remember This Stamp Set
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Altenew Tiny Hearts Stamp Set
Altenew Tiny Hearts Stamp Set
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Altenew Tulip Stamp Set
Altenew Tulip Stamp Set
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GIVEAWAY

For your chance to win a $30 gift certificate to Altenew store, please leave comment below and let me know your favorite product from this release! I’ll pick the winner on Tuesday, August 2nd. I’ll post winner’s name in this blog post and will also e-mail the winner.

The winner of $30 gift certificate on my blog is Dee Earnshaw. Congratulations! 

There are more chances to win! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Leave a comment on Altenew blog by Friday, August 5, 11:59pm EST for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on Saturday, August 6th on Altenew blog.

BLOG HOP

Altenew July 2016 Blog Hop

Would you like to find additional inspiration? Join our blog hop!

If you arrived from Yoonsun Hur, you are on the right track! I am the last stop on this hop, but you can also start from the beginning on Altenew blog.

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

Altenew Bamboo Rose Stamp Set
Altenew Bamboo Rose Stamp Set
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Altenew Happy Mail Stamp Set
Altenew Happy Mail Stamp Set
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Altenew Painted Encouragement Stamp Set
Altenew Painted Encouragement Stamp Set
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Altenew Lace Up Stamp Set
Altenew Lace Up Stamp Set
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Arches Cold Press Watercolor Pad 9x12
Arches Cold Press Watercolor Pad 9×12″
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Altenew Woodgrain White Cardstock
Altenew Woodgrain White Cardstock
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Altenew Fenstone Decorative Element
Altenew Fenstone Decorative Element
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Altenew Evening Gray Crisp Ink Pad
Altenew Evening Gray Crisp Ink Pad
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Altenew Morning Frost Crisp Dye Ink Pad
Altenew Morning Frost Crisp Dye Ink Pad
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Neenah 80 Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
Neenah 80 Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
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Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor 238-Dot Color Chart
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor 238-Dot Color Chart
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Tsukineko VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad
Tsukineko VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad Peacock Feathers
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad Peacock Feathers
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad Wild Honey
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad Wild Honey
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Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad Fossilized Amber
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad Fossilized Amber
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Tim Holtz Distress Designer Mica Sprays
Tim Holtz Distress Designer Mica Sprays
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Pretty Pink Posh 6MM Clear Droplets (medium)
Pretty Pink Posh 6MM Clear Droplets (medium)
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Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Clear Droplets (small)
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Clear Droplets (small)
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Medium Water Brush
Medium Water Brush
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Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
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Be Creative Tape 3MM ROLL Double Sided Sookwang
Be Creative Tape 3MM ROLL Double Sided Sookwang
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315 Comments

    1. Wonderful card! I love the watercoloring. It looks awesome That stamp is a must!

    1. FABULOUS faux postcards!!!
      LOVE the designs, LOVE your colours and colouring!!!
      THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION, I look forward to having FUN times making & sending some too 🙂

    1. this is my favourite set of this month’s release, i love the watercolouring i love your page on blog hops always inspirational, you always inspire when I visit your page.i always learn, you make me think outside my comfort zone/box, thank you for always being so inspirational,so generous in sharing and for the chance to win

    1. These are wonderful cards. The postcard one has so much there but in a very coherent way. The idea itself is vintage, but with a modern take. No one sends postcards and more. Thanks for the wonderful thoughts put into your cards.

    1. Beautiful, beautiful, absolutely marvelous cards!! Love each one and the way you added color to each one is just so cool and they look so awesome!!

    1. Gorgeous cards, as always! Thanks for sharing your artistic creations!

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