I hope that you are enjoying the Holidays! Today’s post is part of a hop looking back at my favourite Altenew projects from 2017. More on the hop below. I’ve linked supplies to each project. Compensated affiliate links used.
YEAR IN REVIEW – TOP FOUR
In no particular order, my four top favourites are ….
I think this year has been my year to explore watercolours and so it is no great surprise that three of my four top picks are watercolours with just one pencil colouring to add to the mix.
For this first card, I started by stamping elements from the Hibiscus Bouquet stamp set in Antique Linen Distress ink on Arches Cold Pressed watercolour card and loosely watercolouring to get an abstract look. I then stamped some of the outline images from the Hibiscus Bouquet set in clear embossing ink, sprinkled with Rose Gold embossing powder and heat set. To keep with the random, abstract look, I didn’t worry too much about how accurately the outlines of the leaves and flowers aligned with the painted versions. For the sentiment, I continued the Rose Gold on the ‘hugs’ from the Script Words set. I also partially stamped a sentiment from the Beautiful Day set and again heat embossed with the Rose Gold embossing powder.
This card again uses the Hibiscus Bouquet set; I stamped blooms in Blush ink on watercolour card. Having got the bigger images in place, I then dotted leaves around which I stamped with Frayed Leaf ink. These light inks gave me an outline to watercolour and yet blended in beautifully with the painting to provide a final soft no-line look. I finished the flowers with coloured pencil details, glitter pen and white gel pen accents. I picked a sentiment from the Floral Frame set and stamped it in black ink.
I thought the colours of the Build A Flower Magnolia flower would work well pencil coloured on a neutral base, so I stamped the Magnolia outline with clear embossing ink on Toned Grey paper. This gave me a framework to colour, and I chose my Prismacolor pencils for this one as they are soft and easy to blend. I kept them sharp though with my favourite sharpener so that I could still get some definition into the colouring. I kept the rest of the card super simple. I stamped a sentiment from the Build A Flower Magnolia set in clear embossing ink on Slate card and white heat embossed.
Last, but certainly not least, the Peony Bouquet set is one of my all-time favourites. I stamped several of the Peony Bouquet images in Antique Linen Distress Ink on watercolour card and watercoloured. For the sentiment, I kept it simple and stamped a greeting from the Sketchy Floral set in embossing ink on Ivory card and heat embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little look back at my favourite Altenew cards from 2017. I’d love to hear if you have a favourite.
Hopefully, as part of this hop, you’ve arrived from Jennifer McGuire’s blog, but if not then a great place to start would be the Altenew blog to catch up on all the hop information and start from the beginning of the hop. As with any good hop, there are prizes!
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