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Altenew – Sketch Challenge #13

Hello, Altenew fans!

I am excited to be hosting Altenew’s Sketch Challenge #13, the first of the new year!

The sketch I made is based on one of my favorite layouts, which features the Frosted Garden Stamp Set; you can find it here.

Rainbow layout by @enzamg for @Altenew using the Frosted Garden Stamp Set. #scrapbooking #altenew #rainbow #layoutI followed the sketch pretty closely. Other than the variation in color, the design is pretty much the same as my previous layout.

The Build-A-Flower: Cattleya Stamp Set was perfect to create my background and wreath elements. The colors are brighter and more intense here, and the rainbow effect is given by the combination of different shades found in the beautiful layers. Here are the Altenew Crisp Dye Inks I used:

  • coral: Peach Perfect, Coral Bliss, Heart Beat
  • pink: Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Cosmic Berry
  • purple: Wisteria, Hydrangea, Andromeda
  • teal: Dew Drops, Aqualicious, Teal Cave
  • green: Firefly, Grass Field, Shadow Creek, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades.

As in the original layout, I created a circular opening in the middle by tracing a round shape onto my paper as a guide for the stamping. With the help of a stamping block, I stamped the outline of the cattleya all around the circle, making sure to vary the direction of the images for a more natural look. Once that was ready, I adhered the flowers down with foam dots.

I layered patterned paper from the Pastel Dreams Paper Pack behind the photo and used the green cattleyas to create an extra layer and bring in more color. The beautiful butterflies from the Butterfly Acetate Die Cuts pack give a romantic touch to the page, while the “sweet” wood veneer sentiment worked perfectly as my title – I colored it with Pinkalicious Crisp Dye Ink.

Enamel dots in coordinating colors finished the page.

Hope you have fun playing along! Visit the Altenew blog for details on how to participate 🙂


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Altenew – Sketchy Floral Layout

Mixed media layout by @enzamg for @Altenew using the #SketchyFloral stamp set. #altenew #scrapbooking #mixedmediaHello, Altenew fans. Enza here to share a new layout created with several Altenew products.

When I started thinking about the design and what I wanted to focus on for this page, I decided once again to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. I have been experimenting with mixed media lately, but that mostly consisted in spraying my backgrounds with Altenew Shimmer Ink Sprays – I like their soft color and artistic look. This time, I went a step further and used a mix of different mediums to color the gorgeous flowers in the Sketchy Floral Stamp Set.

I don’t have much of a tutorial, or a reference to the colors I used, as I just mixed and matched until I got the result I was going for. What I can say is that the combination of Altenew Watercolors, Artist Markers, and colored pencils made these images pop.

Mixed media layout by @enzamg for @Altenew using the #SketchyFloral stamp set. #altenew #scrapbooking #mixedmediaHere is my process!

I started by stamping the big Sketchy Floral image onto smooth white cardstock with Permanent Black Ink. I then used orange, red and yellow hues from the Watercolor 36 Pan Set to give it the basic color. I went back and forth, trying to create different shades. I did the same with the greens for the leaves. Once everything was completely dry, I added even more shading with the Artist Markers, which really helped in achieving a smoother look. Next, I just slightly darkened some areas with colored pencils until I was happy with the results.

Mixed media layout by @enzamg for @Altenew using the #SketchyFloral stamp set. #altenew #scrapbooking #mixedmediaNot all the images were colored the same way; to create variety, I decided to just spray some of them with Frosty Pink and Warm Sunshine Ink Sprays. I love the softness they add to the big cluster.

Before arranging the flowers onto the page, I adhered strips of patterned paper from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection onto the background to bring in a contrasting color.

Instead of adding a big title, I opted to use sentiments from the More Than Words Stamp Set; I simply heat-embossed them directly on the patterned paper with Pure White Embossing Powder.

Mixed media layout by @enzamg for @Altenew using the #SketchyFloral stamp set. #altenew #scrapbooking #mixedmediaSplatters of Jet Black Ink Spray finished the layout.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I’m not a colorist by all means, but I truly enjoyed working on this page, and hope I have inspired you to mix and match different coloring mediums on your next project.

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Altenew October 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello crafty friends, and welcome to the Altenew October 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway.

You should have arrived from the talented Norine‘s blog. Here is the full list for your convenience:

Altenew Card Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Lilith Eeckels

Agnieszka Malyszek

Zsoka Marko

May Sukyong Park

Virginia Lu

Kristina Pokazanieva

Sveta Fotinia

Lisa Fonseca

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Zinia Redo

Svitlana Shayevich

Missy Whidden

Therese Calvird

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Reiko Tsuchida

Rubeena Ianigro

Sandra Dietrich

Nicole Picadura

TaeEun Yoo

Keeway Tsao

Kymona Tracey

Nathalie DeSousa

Norine Borys

Enza Gudor

Lydia Evans

Vicky Papaioannou

The layout I’m sharing today features the following products: Brilliant Baubles Stamp Set and coordinating Dies, and Layered Snowflakes Die.

I went with a light and “snowy” page with pops of bright, traditional Christmas colors.

Snowy layout by @enzamg for @altenew. #altenew #christmas #winter #scrapbooking #diecutting

I started by stamping the baubles using a mix of Crisp Dye Inks in green and red tones. The variety of size and shapes in this set makes it a must have. I love the different options and possibilities, especially when it comes to having fun with color combinations.

Snowy layout by @enzamg for @altenew. #altenew #christmas #winter #scrapbooking #diecutting

Next, I created a circular design with the layered snowflakes. I die cut many of them from smooth white cardstock, and covered some with Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone color for added shine.

Snowy layout by @enzamg for @altenew. #altenew #christmas #winter #scrapbooking #diecutting

After placing the photo in the middle of the wreath, I adhered the baubles on both sides of it to create a frame. Foam dots were used here to bring in more dimension. I then stamped and heat-embossed the sentiment, which also comes in the Brilliant Baubles Set, on white cardstock; I matted it with black cardstock and arranged it on top of the photo. As a finishing touch, I added lots of soft pink enamel dots in the center of the snowflakes.

Snowy layout by @enzamg for @altenew. #altenew #christmas #winter #scrapbooking #diecutting

Now onto the prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 10/17/2018 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 10/20/2018.

And… I’ll also draw a winner to receive a $30 gift certificate to the Altenew store!

Thank you for stopping by! Up next is the amazing Lydia Evans.

Happy hopping!