Altenew | Watercolor Origami Card by Yana Smakula

Altenew | Watercolor Origami + Giveaway (now closed)!

Hello friends! I used to love to make all sorts of origami shapes when I was a little girl, my mom would teach me how to make frogs and all kinds of sail boats and other shapes, too bad I have forgotten how to make most of them. So to me, the Ori Kami stamp set from Altenew feels a bit special. I have a card using this set along with my all-time favorite Simple Shapes to share today.

Altenew | Watercolor Origami Card by Yana Smakula

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I started by heat embossing the elephant outline in Platinum embossing powder onto watercolor paper. I’m all out of my favorite Arches, so I’m using a new brand – Daler Rowney, not very happy with it, you can see my water coloring isn’t as nice here, but it will do for now. I used yellows and pinks (I can’t seem to let go of this color combo) from my Gansai Tambi set to color this image. Once it was dry I used a matching die to cut it out, although its a rather simple shape, it can easily be cut out using scissors.

Altenew | Watercolor Origami Card by Yana Smakula

To stamp the background I used the largest rectangle from the Simple Shapes set and several colors of ink – Warm Sunshine, Cotton Candy and Morning Frost. I alternated the colors and created a partial stamped background for my card. The sentiment was heat embossed directly onto the stamped panel and I used the same Platinum embossing powder I used to heat emboss the elephant.

I foam mounted my watercolor shape and added several clear sequins and drops from Pretty Pink Posh to finish this card.

Altenew | Watercolor Origami Card by Yana Smakula


I have one Altenew store $15 gift certificate to give away to a lucky reader. To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment and let me know if you enjoy the art of origami? I’m curious to know. I used to love it at one point, I even had our Christmas tree partially decorated with origami shapes a few years back.

I’ll pick a winner, contact the winner and post winner’s name here on May 30th 2016.

Winner of this giveaway is: Cyndi Morris. Congratulations, Cyndi! I’ll be in touch!

Thank you all!


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 ORI KAMI Clear Stamp Set AN108
Altenew ORI KAMI DIE Set
Altenew SIMPLE SHAPES Clear Stamp Set AN113
Hero Arts PLATINUM Embossing Powder PW117
Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad VM001
ScraPerfect PERFECT CRAFTING POUCH Multi-Purpose Craft Tool 000013
Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 24 COLOR SET
Altenew WARM SUNSHINE Crisp Dye Ink Pad AN164
Altenew Cotton Candy Ink Pad
Altenew MORNING FROST Crisp Dye Ink Pad
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D 217 White Foam Squares
Pretty Pink Posh SPARKLING CLEAR MIX Cupped Sequins
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM CLEAR DROPLETS (small)
Ranger .5 Oz. MINI MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Glue Adhesive Paint INK41511



    1. Yes, I like what I see….your project is adorable! I sent my comment but the little ball just kept going and going…so, I am sending another! My hands don’t allow me to do origami, sooooo I enjoy using this stamp set to get the same feel for a card! Thanks for the inspiration!
      Paper Hugs,

    1. Adorable little elephant! I love the watercoloring! Thanks for sharing. I always love what you come up with!

    1. Fabulous card – your elephant is so cute! I haven’t tried origami yet – maybe one day. Thank you for the chance to win!

    1. Fabulous watercolor origami card, Yana!
      I love origami since I was at elementary and now my daughters are having fun making easy origami papers 🙂

    1. Cute card. I like the look of origami. My oldest son used to love making shapes from folded paper.

    1. I’ve done origami before and I really like it. But once I made my shapes I didn’t know what to do with them so I didn’t keep it up.

    1. I love your card, the colors are wonderful! I have tried origami because I thought it was lovely. Mine never turned out right. I still love the look of it though.

    1. Love your card I don’t think there is one in existence I don’t like And YES I like oragami I learned a little while on a field trip to our local Chinese mueseum in Elementary school and have been fascinated by it since all those fun things one can my just by folding a piece of paper now I don’t know alot but all the more fun to learn some more.

    1. I love oragami but I’ve never tried doing it. Great card and thanks for the giveaway!

    1. What a beautiful card! I am always impressed with your watercoloring. I have little experience with origami, but it is certainly intriguing.

    1. What a lovely card and the background really adds to the unique shape of the elephant!! I love origami even though I have never tried to do it. I do have some special paper to use but it is hard for me to read direction and teach myself, I guess I’m more of a visual learner! I love all of your work!

    1. Such a great card! Love colors and geometric design.

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