Altenew Build-A-Flower: Balloon Flower Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Balloon Flower Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

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Altenew Build-A-Flower: Balloon Flower Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Aug 1, 2020Card Themes, Thanks & Gratitude106 comments

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Balloon Flower Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Aug 1, 2020Card Themes, Thanks & Gratitude106 comments

It’s the first of the month, and that means it’s time for a new Build-a-Flower and a giveaway blog hop! You should be arriving from Laurie Willison’s blog. If not, you can track back to the Altenew Card Blog to start at the beginning, or continue around until you loop back here.

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introducing the balloon flower

This month’s Build-a-Flower is a large bloom and separate layered leaves along a Thanks duo of sentiments. You can get a bundle with two ink cube sets for 5% off!

 

no way is that one layer….

I won’t tell you to stop staring. Yah, go ahead. I do too. Every time. This. Is. A. One. Layer. Card.

One way I got such deep shadows was by combining ink cubes. I used Sea Breeze and Turquoise from Deep Blue Seas, and then for the darkest two layers, I used Nimbus and Dark Night from the Tranquility set. The leaves are done up in Rock Collection, and I omitted the background stamp for most of them.

All of the extra detail came from colored pencils and graphite pencil shading. It took about 5 minutes, and it was sooo worth it! You can click on the “P” in the upper left corner of any of these images to save them to Pinterest. 

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you can do this

Ok – if you’re done drooling over this card (don’t worry, I still do every time I look at it!), go get your colored pencils and a graphite pencil. I’m gonna show you how to get that depth and dimension from this one-layer stunner.

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​Now, about that GIVEAWAY…

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog for a chance to win. 

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 08/09/2020.

GOOD LUCK!

Time to hop along!

Be sure to hop over to the talented Virginia Lu for another amazing project. And don’t forget to leave comments along the way to enter all the giveaways!

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106 thoughts on “Altenew Build-A-Flower: Balloon Flower Release Blog Hop + Giveaway”

    • Wow , Nicole– just “wow!” What a different take on this set, and with such stunning results! I’m in awe with what the balloon flower set provides, and then what you’ve done with it for a graphic look w/ that punch of color…amazing. Thanks for the inspiration– be well.

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  1. Such a lovely card. I love the blues and greys. I’ve never seen a balloon flower before, and I thank you Altenew for bringing it to life in this month’s Build-A-Flower Stamp Set. You always achieve such gorgeous detail with your stamp sets. Way to go!

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  2. This is stunning!! Even though you weren’t heavy handed with your pencils, I could see the amazing difference it made! Thank you so much for the demonstration. I’ll definitely have to try this!!

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  3. I commented earlier this morning on your video. That shading you did with the graphite pencil is stunning! Can’t wait to give it a try.

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  4. This stamp and die set to make flowers is fantastic!!! I really want to get one. There are so many sets that are so wonderful that are on my list. Thanks so much foe showing us how to use this set.
    I hope I can win one of the gifts so that I can use it to add one of these awesome stamp sets. Good luck everyone!

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  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! The technique of adding graphite shadows is simply amazing. I got a graphite pencil after watching a former video of yours and I can’t believe the difference a few minutes adding shadows this way makes. This card is simply amazing. This is my first month as a subscriber and I can’t wait to receive this stamp set! Thank you so much!

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  6. Your color choices are phenomenal! Thanks bunches for your instructions on the shadings, as they helped even me (not very artsy) feel like I could create a beautiful card.

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  7. Love the way you accented the leaves and petals. My goodness! I feel totally inspired to go use my graphite pencil and blending stump! The balloon flower is one of my favorites, too.

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  8. Love your card and the colors and the shadowing which I have to learn how to do just accent the flower more. Love it.
    Beautiful card.

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  9. Just love the colours you have used here….blue and grey go so well together, the hibiscus flower is beautiful…luv Ursula xx

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  10. What an awesome card! After seeing an Altenew video you did with the pencil and malleable eraser I have been doing gray cards left and right. This card adds color and now I am off to a new adventure of adding color.

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  11. Such a great technique. I don’t have pencils as I am not truly an artist but a crafter but the desire is there to improve so i keep watching.

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    • The card looks absolutely stunning. Definitely drooling over it. I cant believe it is just one layer. Have to try this technique!

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  12. You are right—-I AM drooling over this one! Love those colors together, and the depth you achieved using them. Thanks for the details for using the graphite pencils, too. Another great B-A-F from Altenew, and you show it off so well!

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  13. What I love about this is you are combining two of my favorite things — stamping and coloring — in a way I had not thought to combine them. Going to go and look with fresh eyes at all my Build-A-Flowers. I love this and the video was super helpful.

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  14. What an elegant card. The colors you used together are gorgeous and the depth you got using the colored pencils and the graphite is amazing.

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing your video coloring and shading your balloon flower. I was in awe of the way you presented your idea of the balloon Build-A-Flower. Looking at the card I thought it was dimensional until you said it was flat. So that is what shading with stumps and graphite black pencils do. Amazing and love how you shared the video filling in on the flowers and shading the leaves and card. Thank you for sharing your video.

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  16. Stunning indeed! Love the color combo and the spotlight effect on the flower. Thank you for sharing the video Nicole!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  17. This is gorgeous! I love the extra dimension created with the colored pencils and the graphite pencil. I bought some blending stumps years ago thinking they were for something else and now I know what to do with them! LOL

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  18. Great look to the flower. It has almost a fuzzy and soft texture. I like the addition of the pencil to give it dimension.

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  19. Stunning Nicole. The pencils and the graphite really make the image seem dimensional. Thanks for the tutorial on how to do it.

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  20. Your card is truly a work of art! It was so cool watching you make the leaves and petals become 3D with just a few coloured pencils and some graphite!

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  21. What a stunning card, Nicole! I love the beautiful colours you have used to make this wonderful one layer card! Thanks so much for the great inspiration and video! Take care! 🙂

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  22. Absolutely AHHHHH-MAZING, Nicole! I am fascinated by your technique and love the shading with the graphite pencil!! I had to look twice to believe it was just a one layer card!! I love this and will keep on my Altenew Pinterest board!!

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  23. Wow! What a huge difference you made by doing a bit of shading with pencils! Thank you for a fantastic tutorial- I always enjoy them and learn so much! Your cards are absolutely beautiful- love the color combo!

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  24. I’m new to watercolor. This card is amazing! You’re right! It’s hard to believe this is a one layer card!

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  25. I am digging the complex blue hues in this card! So gorgeous, and it makes the flower seem like it’s popping off the page. Just spectacular 🙂

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  26. What a beautiful card from an amazing stamp set! Really enjoyed your video. I have colored pencils I seldom use, and am inspired by you to try!

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  27. Beautiful card and I love when you share this technique. I added graphite pencils to my shopping list. Headed to Blick next week.

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