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Altenew August 2022 Inspiration Challenge | Summer-Inspired Birthday Card

Updated: Aug 20, 2023

Hello! I utilized the gorgeous color pallet above as my inspiration for this card. I hope you enjoy it.

When I first saw this month’s challenge color combination, I knew I wanted to watercolor a floral image. I couldn’t resist selecting one of my favorite Altenew products – “Captivating Blooms Outline Stamp Set” as my canvas.

To create this card, I started with some white watercolor paper and stamped the Captivating Blooms floral image using clear embossing ink and heat embossed the linework using a rose gold colored embossing powder. The Altenew Crisp Dye Inks I chose for this card were: Pastel Sunrise, Crimson, and Dark Chocolate.

Using the ink pads as my watercolors, I began painting each flower first with clean water then introducing the Crimson around the center of each bloom then adding the Pastel Sunrise beginning at the outer edge of each bloom until both colors met in the middle for a perfect mix. Then to complete the image I painted each of the stems and non-bloom portions of each flower with the Dark Chocolate ink – unconventional, but I love how it turned out.

Next, I stamped a second Captivating Blooms image onto another piece of A2 size, watercolor paper using Dark Chocolate ink for my card front. I trimmed down the watercolored version and applied foam tape to the back and adhered it to the card front ensuring the artwork lined up around the edges.

For my sentiment, I used Altenew’s “One-Go Birthday Greetings Stamp & Die Bundle” and stamped the greeting onto white cardstock and again using the Dark Chocolate ink. For my finishing touch, I applied some peach iridescent sequins for a bit of sparkle.

If you would like to play along and create your own summer-inspired birthday card, please click on this link to the Altenew Inspiration Challenge Post and have fun!

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