Altenew | Forever Grateful

kiwi koncepts

Happy Saturday! It’s time for a new challenge over at Inspired by All the Little Things, which features an inspiration photo of beautiful blue butterflies. I have owned this Altenew Wild Hibiscus set for some time, but haven’t had the chance to use them, so when I saw this week’s inspiration photo, I immediately knew I had to take them out! I also combined this card with a few other challenges out there.

Inspired by All the Little Things Sketch #13
Altenew April Inspiration Challenge
Simon Says: Anything Goes

So over at IbAtLT, we feature blue butterflies. so I wanted to make sure that the star of my card today were the butterflies. The wild hibiscus in this set has a sketchlike style, and it works absolutely perfect with loose watercoloring, my favorite look! I stamped the flowers in black ink around the right corner of the card, and then the butterflies fluttering around the flowers. Then, I started painting a very soft grey around the the flowers. Next, the fun part is to watercolor the butterflies with gradient layers of blue.

kiwi koncepts

The beauty of watercolor is its uncontrollable nature, and decided to really let go with this one. I wanted to create a dripping effect from the butterflies, so I let the blue paint flow down the canvas of my card. I then went back and painted some additional light turqouise loose coloring around the butterflies. I also surrounded the butterflies with blue, turqouise, and dark grey splatter.

For the sentiment, I used “forever grateful” from the same stamp set. I white embossed the sentiment on vellum, and then layered it in front of a thin piece of black cardstock to help the sentiment be easier to read. Since I am using vellum here, I adhered it to the card by stapling it twice. First time, actually was a little too near the edge, so I stapled it again, initially planning to remove the first staple. However the double staple actually turned out looking pretty nice so I kept it!

kiwi koncepts, altenew wild hibiscus handmade card

Hope you like my combined take on the 2 inspirations!




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  • Reply
    Helen Gullett
    April 30, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Wow, Keeway, your card is sooo beautiful and artistic with the dripping colors like that.

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      April 30, 2016 at 7:51 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂 I’ve been exploring more watercolor techniques and really loving it!

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    April 30, 2016 at 8:12 am

    WOW!!! Your card is STUNNING!!! Love it! 😀

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      April 30, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Thank you Milka!! 🙂

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    Leigh Penner
    April 30, 2016 at 8:32 am

    This is gorgeous, Keeway! I love your fabulous take on the inspiration photos!

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      April 30, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Thank you Leigh!

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    Laura Jane
    April 30, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Great job Letting GO!! It’s a beautiful Piece:)))

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    Marcie Sharp
    April 30, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Keeway this is SO gorgeous!! I love the little pops of blue.

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    Sheri Gilson
    May 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Gorgeous card, Keeway! Love your take on this weeks inspiration photo!

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    Kimberly Lackenbach
    May 2, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Simply beautiful card for the inspiration! Love the drips of blue!

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    Yoonsun Hur
    May 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Oh my… your watercolouring is truly amazing!! So beautiful!!!

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    May 4, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Gorgeous, beautiful card, love the mixture of flowers and butterflies
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

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    May 6, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Congratulations for being picked by Altenew. Your card is simply beautiful, and I love it. Thanks for posting such a detailed how-to.

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    Miriam Prantner
    June 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    So striking and artistic! I love the dripping and that the flowers are just black and white.

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    September 28, 2017 at 6:57 am

    So gorgeous, I love the watercolor drips, yours look so artful!

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