Stretch Your Altenew Supplies!

by Virginia Lu

Hello Altenew friends! This is Virginia here. I hope today's post will prompt you to stretch your Altenew supplies and see them with fresh eyes! Basically I want you to take out your Altenew inks, stamps and dies… and play some mix-and-match!

I started out with the Layered Cityscape Cover Die B. The best thing about the Cover Dies is that you can use one plate individually or combine it with the companion set. I purposely left the tiny windows in the Cityscape intact and applied colors with the Altenew Inks.

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Do you know that Altenew Inks can work like watercolors? I love how the colors can blend once you add a tiny drop of water. I simply swiped the inks onto a piece of acetate (you can use the ones from the packaging). With a paint brush, I can easily color the Cityscape image however I like. You can use Bristol paper or watercolor paper for this purpose. The inks I used are: Seashore Oval Set/ Mini Ink Cube, Warm & Cozy Oval Set/ Mini Ink Cube, Cool Summer Night Oval Set/ Mini Ink Cube, Shades of Purple Oval Set/ Mini Ink Cube, Green Fields Oval/ Mini Ink Cube and Red Cosmos Oval/Mini Ink Cube.

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Once I finished adding watercolors, I set it aside and let it dry. To keep the image prominent, I trimmed off the top frame of the Layered Cityscape Cover Die B. I thought it would be neat to stamp some small tree branches. Floral Shadow Stamp Set seems like a good choice for this Spring in the city scene! I stamped the leaves with Tropical Forest Mini Ink Cube/ Oval Set. The sentiment from Extra Special compliments the Inline Alpha Die perfectly, don't you think?

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There is definitely a lot of mixing in this card and yet the colors and size are perfectly matched.  I hope you are inspired to stretch your Altenew supplies and explore the possibilities. You will be amazed what you can come up with. Lastly, whether you live in the country or in the city, wish you “Happy Earth Day”!

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Liz O April 22, 2017 - 9:16 AM

Amazing design Virginia, and a very clever way to stretch your supplies! Thank you for the inspiration! Have a wonderful day!

Michele April 22, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Nice use of colors for a beautiful outcome! Thank you for sharing!!

Super Stick Chick April 22, 2017 - 10:45 AM

Beautiful and stunning card, Virginia! Love how it looks like you are peeking through the trees at the city. WONDERFUL colors.

Meghan Peterson April 22, 2017 - 10:50 AM

This is a gorgeous card!! I love doing watercolor like this, and you did it beautifully. And I love how you added tree branches. Just so lovely. Thanks so much for sharing!

Carol Didier April 22, 2017 - 10:55 AM

I love it! It’s a perfect card for Earth Day in the city.

Teresa Doyle April 22, 2017 - 11:05 AM

I love this Virginia, very pretty indeed! The branches look great on your card and I love it when I can stretch my supplies. TFS and Happy Earth Day to you as well!

Valerija April 22, 2017 - 11:05 AM

Gorgeous card!

Helen April 22, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Virginia, this is a wonderful card. I love what you did with the colored cityscape. The scene is a great Earth Day celebration. Thanks for sharing it.

Doris Jones April 22, 2017 - 11:20 AM

That is very refreshing and I love the branches …. very pretty!

Denise Bryant April 22, 2017 - 11:28 AM

Awesome card with such pretty colors! Love the cityscape die!

Kristine Boydstun April 22, 2017 - 11:46 AM

Gorgeous card! Thank for sharing this technique!

janet April 22, 2017 - 12:03 PM

Beautiful card Virginina, love the colors – so striking but soft too. Stunning vista, and the black sentiments perfect :-0)

EDITH LASSICH April 22, 2017 - 12:43 PM

I LOVE this! I just received my Layered Cityscape Cover Die B. I ordered from winning a ALTENEW blog hop! I’m so excited to try this! Thank you

barbara lassiter April 22, 2017 - 12:46 PM

Love this beautiful card. I, too, think it’s fun to create new looks by combining different stamp sets! As you say, more creativity from our “stash of stuff”! :)

joy meadows April 22, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Your combination of the cover plate and the leaves is so nice, Virginia! Love the watercolor you did, too.

Cindy C. April 22, 2017 - 3:07 PM

This is gorgeous and I love your composition and the way you ink/color everything!

Jane Sirak April 22, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Beautiful! Love, love it! Very cool. When I win one of your blog hops I will use the money to buy some of your inks cubes!

Maureen Reiss April 22, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Really Fabulous card!!!

preeti d. April 22, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Fab!! Love it :)

Shelly April 22, 2017 - 7:38 PM

Oh, this is beautiful, Virginia!

Harriet April 22, 2017 - 9:40 PM

I love this card. I think Virginia is very inventive to use this die and stamp together. Lovely.

Greta H April 23, 2017 - 1:09 AM

Beautiful colors & wonderful, creative design, Virginia! Fun to see that cover plate used on it’s own!

Renee April 23, 2017 - 10:50 AM

I love the cityscape and your interpretation with the colors is wonderful!

Wendi April 23, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Beautiful and colorful. I didn’t know you could watercolor with these inks. Thank you and happy earth day.

Sue LD April 23, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Very pretty Virginia! I like the stamped greenery on top and the colorful buildings.

Gretchen Wilson April 24, 2017 - 9:11 AM

A very creative card, love the soft colors!

Tara Prince April 24, 2017 - 12:08 PM

Love the colors!!


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