Altenew 7th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 4 + Giveaway (over $1,400.00 in Total Prizes)

Happy Anniversary to our dear friends at Altenew! It’s always a good day when we celebrate crafting partners doing well, and we extend our congratulations to them – and thanks for their partnership in bringing beautiful craft supplies to us all! You should have arrived here from Karen Brown’s blog. If not, the fun starts on the Altenew blog.

Giveaway Prizes

Over $1,400 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $70 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 15 lucky winners. There are also 19 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Altenew: 5 $70 Altenew gift certificates

Jennifer McGuire Ink: $100 Altenew gift certificate 

Gina K. Designs: $100 gift certificate

My Sweet Petunia: $100 gift certificate

Spellbinders Paper Arts: $100 gift certificate

CiLi in Papers: €75 gift certificate

Lawn Fawn: $75 gift certificate

Online Card Classes: 3 online class spots

Altenew Academy: 15 online class spots

Auzz Trinklets N Krafts: $50 gift certificate 

Concord & 9th: $50 gift certificate

Hero Arts: $50 gift certificate

My Little Attic: $50 gift certificate $50 certificate

Simon Says Stamp: $50 gift certificate

Pinkfresh Studio: $50 gift certificate

Bumbleberry Papercrafts:  £25 gift certificate

Waffle Flower: 1 prize bundle valued at $32

Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate

Ellen Hutson LLC: $25 gift certificate

Scrapbook & Cards Today: 1 copy of Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring 2021 issue

Be sure to leave comments by 4/18/2021 for a chance to win one of 41 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with “Hi from (city or country where you’re from)!” 41 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed above and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/24/2021.

I’m Sandy Allnock, and I’m excited to get out pencils, brushes, and paints to make a card….especially when it’s a floral when I have an excuse to use my favorite color yellow!

I chose to use Book Engravings – yes it’s a floral stamp set! It’s a layering stamp set, but I’ll use it without the layers and color in my own; you can also get dies and stencils that coordinate. But the teaching moment here is about when you might consider using watercolor pencils vs watercolor paints. Because, well, sometimes one is easier for a particular job than the other!

I stamped the flowers in VersaFine Onyx Black ink pad —- it’s waterproof and gives me a great crisp outline. My favorite watercolor paper for cards is Arches Cold Press; not so much texture to make stamping hard, but enough to keep the watercolor moving nicely. The card was finished off with a layer of Ebony cardstock popped on dimensional adhesive on a Cherry Red card base.

Watercolor pencils are often easier for small areas, for shading, and for moments when you get nervous about all that watercolor splashing around! You can take your time coloring slowly, nothing will bleed or blend yet – then just pick up that brush once you’ve taken a deep breath…or maybe a little glass of vino for courage!

Backgrounds are a great place to use watercolors – large open areas can be covered quickly and smoothly with color and a brush. I like to recommend using a brush larger than you think you need just because it keeps you loose! But in this case, I wanted the round 8 so I could get in between the flowers.

You can check out my swatching of the pencils and watercolors on my blog or YouTube!

Why paint a background at all, you ask? Well how about those of us who go outside the lines!?! Yep that’s why I first started painting and coloring backgrounds. It hides my oopses!

I hope this project has given you a little bit of courage to try some watercolor, and maybe when to try pencils to keep things under control!

Blog Hop

Now go visit the rest of the blog hop – there’s a ton of inspiration out there waiting for you! Next on the hop is Seeka! In case you get lost along the way, here’s the complete hop listing for today:

Altenew Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Jaycee Gaspar
My Sweet Petunia
Agnieszka Malyszek
Kristina Werner
Tenia Nelson
Paige Evans
Reiko Tsuchida
Auzz Trinklets N Krafts
Karen Brown
Ellen Hutson LLC –> You are here!
Katrina Howe


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  • Reply LT Peng April 16, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Hello from Northern California! This was SO INFORMATIVE! I hadn’t considered watercolor pencils before. Thank you!

  • Reply Ilem San Martin April 16, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Hello from Northern NJ! Gorgeous Watercolor Card Girl!
    This is all new to me, and I’m loving it.
    Setting up a craft room in Mama room who passed away 4 months ago. Had my craft supplies in the attic for the last 7 years taking care of my elderly parents who have both passed on.
    Planning to set up an area just for card making.
    Wishing Altenew A Happy 7th Anniversary!

  • Reply Joyce April 16, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Hi from Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. Love the beautiful card.

  • Reply Sandra Baggarly April 16, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Such a gorgeous richly colored card! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply inkinfingers April 16, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Love this card!

  • Reply Rece Hanoch April 16, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Hi from Oklahoma. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing

  • Reply suzq1014 April 16, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Hi from VA. This a beautiful card. I love the vibrant colors!

  • Reply Inkin' Chickie April 17, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Great color share. Will check out the video shortly.

  • Reply soalea17 April 17, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Gorgeous card by the best coloring artist

  • Reply Libby Templeton April 17, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Hi there from the Hill Country in Texas! What a beautiful card! Loved the detail on pencil vs paint.

  • Reply Pyng L April 17, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Hi from Boston! I am always so inspired by your work! I do love to watercolor and am always learning from your videos!

  • Reply Barbara Kohn April 17, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Hi from Riverside, CT! What a pleasure to find your gorgeous work on Ellen’s page Sandy! I know your favorite color is yellow, and you always do it justice! You are my fave artist and I adore Altenew products=win win!

  • Reply Carol Wortman April 17, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Hi from Michigan! HAPPY 7TH BIRTHDAY ALTENEW! Fun coloring, gorgeous gorgeous!!
    I’m a watercolor newbie so yuppers my choice is vino too. Tee hee.
    Let’s raise a glass to Altenew! 🥂🍷🍸

  • Reply Nina Cantelmi-Cicchi April 17, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Hi from Stoney Creek, Ontario Canada. Wow!!! I’ve never used watercolour pencils. The effect is stunning. Thank you so much for the inspiration and Congratulations to Altenew. Thanks too for the opportunity to enter this AMAZING Giveaway.

  • Reply Kimberly McField April 17, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Hi from California! I love the rich, warm colors in your card.

  • Reply Valerija April 18, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Hi from Slovenia. So wonderful. Love your colouring.

  • Reply annette3478 April 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    This looks fantastic! Thanks for showing everything in real time instead of speeding it up. I don’t think of using watercolor pencils. I need to try them. This is very pretty.

  • Reply tina z April 18, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Hi from Slovenia!
    wow, so creative!

  • Reply Kaylene April 18, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Hi from Vienna, Austria. Such a lovely card, so bright and cheery.

  • Reply Michele W April 18, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Greeting from Maryland! Such a beautiful card, Sandy. Thanks for the watercoloring tips! I have both of the Altenew water color products you used but wasn’t really sure which to use when and whether they could be combined until I watched your video. Thanks, Ellen, for offering a generous prize!

  • Reply lisascreativeniche April 18, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Beautiful watercoloring!

  • Reply Lindsey Fabian April 18, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Wow those wood-less watercolor pencils look like they have the brilliant color of Inktense but with better blending.

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