Altenew | Watercolor Cacti Card

Altenew | Watercolor Cacti Card + New Ink Colors. January 2017 Release Blog Hop. Giveaway (Now Closed)

Hello there and thank you for stopping by to help celebrate Altenew January 2017 Release! As always, there are lots of great products to pick from – new stamp sets, coordinating dies and new ink colors (scroll down to the bottom of this post to see all new colors in action)!

Now that I live in Phoenix and am constantly surrounded by cacti I couldn’t resist using the Be Strong set that features fun southwestern theme – they say Cacti are all the rage right now and I couldn’t agree more!

Altenew | Watercolor Cacti Card

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CARD DETAILS

I started working on my project by stamping the front cactus using Simon’s Intense Black ink on Arches Cold Press watercolor paper (it’s rather expensive paper but oh so very very good – you try it once and you never want to use another watercolor paper again). I used my MISTI stamping tool and triple stamped each image for the blackest black and most solid outline possible. Cold press paper always had some texture to it, so it’s hard to get a good impression when stamping using a clear block.

Altenew | Watercolor Cacti Card

I masked the front cactus and added another, slightly bigger one behind it. I also stamped Be You & Be Happy sentiment using same black ink and added a number of light strings to the top part of my watercolor panel.

Altenew | Watercolor Cacti Card

For my coloring I went with Daniel Smith watercolors (I am using their dot sampler chart – there’s a ton of color in each single dot; it’s meant for trying and testing colors but if you watercolor just a little bit this chart will last you a long time). I freehand colored the sky and horizon line as well as the sandy ground.

Altenew | Watercolor Cacti Card

I added some natural twine from May Arts and also embellished my card using small and medium clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh – I adore using them for my cards.

Altenew | Watercolor Cacti Card

Here’s one last photo of this project where you can catch a bit of texture on the paper.

Altenew | Watercolor Cacti Card

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

I also used a Splash of Color stamp set together with one of the Sketchy Cities and added bold splashes of green to do some quick coloring. I love this set and I can see myself using it often to quickly color any image (and it’s going to be completely mess free!). I added a simple sentiment – Sometimes all you need is a little splash of color, tied some natural twine and adhered a strip of gold glitter tape and foam mounted my stamped panel onto card base made out of light gray cardstock.

Altenew | Splash Of Color

Altenew | Splash Of Color Altenew | Splash Of Color

NEW ALTENEW INK COLORS

I thought it would be super fun to use the Splash of Color stamps to stamp all 12 new ink colors onto a piece of paper. I’m planning on stamping all Altenew inks like this for an easy visual representation.

If you are a fan of Altenew Crisp Dye inks you’ll be happy to know they now have new colors available. A set of lush, tropical greens – Tropical Forest (this is a great addition to the 3 existing green colors); vibrant orange – Warm & Cozy and cool stylish gray colors – Rock Collection. All of these are available in individual pads and in large oval as well as small cube sets.

GIVEAWAY (NOW CLOSED)

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Thursday, February 2nd at 11:59 PM EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Saturday, February 4th.

I also have one $30 gift certificate to giveaway! Leave a comment below by the end of the day, Feb 2nd. I’ll pick a random winner on Feb 4th, post winner’s name in this post and will email the winner.

The winner is Hey Jude Cards (Jude U). Congratulations!

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments!

JANUARY 2017 NEW STAMPS

Altenew Tiny Bubble Stamps
Altenew Tiny Bubble Stamps
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Altenew Basic Borders Stamps
Altenew Basic Borders Stamps
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Altenew Basic Headers Stamps
Altenew Basic Headers Stamps
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Altenew Be A Lighthouse Stamps
Altenew Be A Lighthouse Stamps
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Altenew Faithful Feathers Stamps
Altenew Faithful Feathers Stamps
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Altenew Let The Wind Carry You Stamps
Altenew Let The Wind Carry You Stamps
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Altenew Painted Jellyfish Stamps
Altenew Painted Jellyfish Stamps
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Altenew Wishing You Stamps
Altenew Wishing You Stamps
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Altenew A Splash Of Color Stamps
Altenew A Splash Of Color Stamps
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Altenew Amazing You Stamps
Altenew Amazing You Stamps
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Altenew Be Strong Stamps
Altenew Be Strong Stamps
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Altenew Farmers Market Stamps
Altenew Farmers Market Stamps
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Altenew Garden Hydrangea Stamps
Altenew Garden Hydrangea Stamps
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Altenew Halftone Circles Stamps
Altenew Halftone Circles Stamps
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Altenew Hibiscus Bouquet Stamps
Altenew Hibiscus Bouquet Stamps
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Altenew Life is Beautiful Stamps
Altenew Life is Beautiful Stamps
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Altenew Recollections Stamps
Altenew Recollections Stamps
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Altenew Smile More Stamps
Altenew Smile More Stamps
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BLOG HOP

The next stop on this hop is my good and crazy talented friend May Sukyong Park!

You can also start over at Altenew blog.

SUPPLIES

Altenew Be Strong Stamps
Altenew Be Strong Stamps
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Altenew A Splash Of Color Stamps
Altenew A Splash Of Color Stamps
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Altenew Sketchy Cities America Stamps
Altenew Sketchy Cities America Stamps
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Altenew Pale Gray Cardstock
Altenew Pale Gray Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink Pad
Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink Pad
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Arches Cold Press Watercolor Pad 9x12"
Arches Cold Press Watercolor Pad 9×12″
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Neenah 80 Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
Neenah 80 Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
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Mini Misti Stamping Tool
Mini Misti Stamping Tool
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Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins Mix
Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins Mix
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Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
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Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Clear Droplets (small)
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Clear Droplets (small)
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Pretty Pink Posh 6MM Clear Droplets (medium)
Pretty Pink Posh 6MM Clear Droplets (medium)
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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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Altenew Gold & Silver Glitter Tape
Altenew Gold & Silver Glitter Tape
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Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
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Medium Water Brush
Medium Water Brush
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May Arts IVORY Twine String Burlap
May Arts IVORY Twine String Burlap
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Altenew Mini Cube Set Rock Collection
Altenew Mini Cube Set Rock Collection
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Altenew Mini Cube Set Tropical Forest
Altenew Mini Cube Set Tropical Forest
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Altenew Mini Cube Set Warm and Cozy
Altenew Mini Cube Set Warm and Cozy
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329 Comments

    1. I never see cactus in the frozen US North, so your card made me feel warm. The new ink colors are beautiful, too.

    1. I am really loving your cards! Especially your take on the city skyline. It’s great Yana!

    1. WOW! what can I say about this wonderful release. It is awesome and I love your Splash of Color.

    1. I, too, really LOVE what you did on your city skyline card – fabulous! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

    1. I love all of it and am having a very hard time deciding what I have to have (vs. what I just want).

    1. Love your cards with this beautiful new release ! What a gorgeous showcase! My favorite is the splash of colour city card ! Fabulous ! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards – they really showcase the new release! I love the whimsical nature of your first card and the clean, modern look of the second. Thanks also for posting the unique colour “swatch” photo – so helpful to see the colours stamped out together!

    1. Beautiful cards Yana, as always. Thank you for sharing! I love cacti and succulents, this one looks like a really fun set.

    1. Such a gorgeous release and such stunning series of cards you have created. Aww.. loved them all..Thank you for inspiring and for the opportunity to win

    1. Beautiful watercoloring! I am so excited for these new ink colors – Altenew inks are some of my very favorites!!!

    1. When you are part of a blog hop, Yana, I know in advance that the cards will be lovely -thanks for all you share!

    1. You sure used a lot of green. A lot of people used the cactus stamp. I’ve been to AZ so I’ve actually seen some big ones. Great use of all the stamps and all those colors.

    1. I’m always excited when I get to your name on a blog hop list, and I always enjoy your creativity. Your cards are great! Thanks so much, Yana, for sharing with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway.

    1. I get much inspiration from your cards. I enjoy viewing your creative process. Thank you.

    1. Great cacti with hanging lights. Love, love the splatter card. To me it resembles fun. Splash the paint and see where it goes…no worries, just fun =)

    1. Fabulous cards-love the ink blots and the colors on the last card. Thanks for showcasing the new ink pads, they are going to be hard to resist!

    1. Am not a fan of green, but I love those new ink colours. Also love the way you used the splash set on your citiscape card. Thanks for showing all of the new ink colours in such a fun way!

    1. Love the Splash of Color set the way you used it. I am in love with the new colors, especially the greens.

    1. Beautiful cards as always 🙂 Love the new ink colors and the stamps – *swoon*
      Love the splash of color card you’ve made, cities need more green 😉
      Thank you! xx

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