Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Hydrangea Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

by - April 22, 2020


Hey there! Thanks so much for stopping by my stop on the April Paint-A-Flower release hop. This month we're featuring the Hydrangea flower in all its spring-y beauty! There's lots of inspiration and prizes up for grabs, so let's get right to it!


I'll be honest, this card did not come out how I planned. There were many hiccups along the way and I really wanted to muscle through and try to salvage my efforts rather than ditch the card. I started by stamping (and mirror stamping) the hydrangea image onto my card front. I chose pale blue and pale purple colors for my florals and a springy green for its leaves. 


After coloring all of the elements in, I decided to color in my background with a very dark blue marker. This is something that I have done many times to many different cards that I've made in the past. What I have never had to double check was that the color I chose was full enough to complete the job. Face palm. It was not full enough this time. The color I originally chose ran out a little over halfway through so I needed to choose a new color that was as similar as possible. Obviously, without leaving the house to the marker refill (which is impossible in quarantine) I couldn't get the color to match exactly.

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Because of this, it's very clear to see where the lines of the markers are and it doesn't appear to be one cohesive color as it normally should. Like I said, I really wanted to salvage the card because I know that friends and family will still appreciate it, regardless of my mistakes. It's important to remember why we do what we do as crafters, and spreading happiness comes in a lot higher than perfection in my book.

PRIZES:
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 THIS POST on 04/30/2020.

I hope you have enjoyed my post, even with the mistakes! As always you can find the links to all the products I used below. Your next stop on the hop today is the incredible Amber Rain Davis

You can find the full blog hop list just below the product links!


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70 comments

  1. I love your colours. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. So lovely against the blue bg!! The colors just pop right off the page!

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  3. I think the card turned out beautiful! Really like the deep blue background.

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  4. And don't we just all have those problems with some cards! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Oh, that blue! Never think to go dark with a background like this... very pretty!

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  6. Your cobalt blue background is amazing! I love it! Thank you.

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous card. I love hydrangeas.

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  8. I love the rich blue background. I’m glad you salvaged the card because it is so beautiful and stunning.

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  9. That happens, right? Sometimes the card does not live up to the vision. I really appreciate you being honest about that -- makes me feel less inept!

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  10. Your card is still eye catching with the bold colors. Thanks for sharing

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  11. The background looks great to me. I think your hydrangea card is perfect.

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  12. I love how the bold blue background makes the flowers pop. Beautiful card, thanks for sharing.

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  13. So beautiful! The coloring is just amazing!

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  14. Your rich background looks wonderful with the flowers...so pretty.

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  15. Very pretty card! Love the hydrangea.

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  16. Even with the hiccup your card turned out beautifully!

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  17. Yes, spreading happiness is much better than perfection. But your card is lovely!

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  18. Very pretty. Glad you carried on and finished the card! The blue background really makes the flowers stand out.

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  19. Beautiful card. I love the gorgeous hydrangea and your blue background is amazing.

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  20. That vibrate blue behind the hydrangea is stunning!

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  21. Lovely vibrant blue , looks great!

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  22. Stunning coloring and hydrangeas!! The Blue background is so vivid!! SO PRETTY! Thanks for sharing and creating!

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  23. So glad you decided to push through on this card. It is still lovely. Even when we criticize ourselves way more than anyone else would.

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  24. Beautifully striking; a feast for the eyes, using such an intense background color. When I looked at the art, before reading your narrative, I thought you had deliberately created the striations to produce a pattern and add texture so not to have a monotoned background. So I say happy coincidence that created an even more interesting background! (All in the eye of the beholder...)

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  25. Very striking! Really catches your eye. Love it!

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  26. Such great bold coloring! I Love the bright background!

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  27. I love how you solved the problem! The outcome is beautiful!

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  28. Your card is stunning. I love the colors of the hydrangeas and that blue background. Very inspiring!

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  29. Good share. Thanks for sharing even though it wasn't what you were hoping for. I think it was a great save.

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  30. Beautiful! I love your dark background that you coloured in afterwards. It really pop's those florals off the page.

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  31. The card is beautiful. If I had not read your explanation, I would have thought that was the look you were going for as the background has a nice textured appearance. I also agree that spreading happiness comes in a lot higher than perfection!

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  32. I like your philosophy about spreading happiness and I think your card is beautiful as is. I often feel the same way about a card that I think is not perfect and I am working to get over that! Lol!

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  33. What an awesome bold background! Love the vibrant beautiful card :)

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  34. Stunning card. The blue background really makes the hydrangeas pop!

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  35. Sometimes our mistakes turn out to be blessings. I think the blue background has amazing texture, which might not have been possible with one color!

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  36. I'm glad you finished your hiccup of a card, because I like it,it's different from all the other cards. Using the dark background this made your flowers stand out more,just beautiful.

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  37. That gorgeous blue background makes the flowers really stand out. Beautiful work.

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  38. Well, I don't consider your background a mistake at all; it is very creatively diverse!!! Love the dark bold blue with your delicate flowers here!

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  39. Gorgeous - that is a mistake? In which case - great mistake - the texture looks purposeful and is a nice, organic background that the hydrangeas glow against and the gold embossing looks great with that blue.

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  40. Your card is very pretty! The blue background is lovely!

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  41. Lovely card! Beautiful colors for these pretty hydrangeas and the background!

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  42. Love your choice for a blue background!! Your hydrangeas pop even more! Beautiful card

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  43. We are our own worse critics! I love the variation in the blues in your background! Adds interest and makes your hydrangeas pop off the card as they are light and airy! Gorgeous card!!

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  44. Had to refresh how to stamp reverse images. It's been awhile. Loved the look, so I wanted to know how to do it. I have ordered this stamp; it's so beautiful. Intend on making my Mother's Day cards for my girls with it. Staying home, blog hopping, crafting and staying safe. You all take care.

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  45. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing!!

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  46. Very pretty against the dark blue background.

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  47. Wow! These lovely hydrangeas really pop against that blue background. Beautiful!

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  48. Love how the flowers pop off that blue background. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing

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  49. If love to know how you did the mirror image stamping. There have been many times that I wish I had images that mirror each other. This is lovely.

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  50. Beautiful! The background looks great to me! Makes the flowers pop!

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  51. Oh what a stunning card! Fabulously vibrant and happy design.

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  52. Stunning card! So glad that you decided to push on and finish. The blue background is so beautiful making the flowers "pop" of the paper.

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  53. Beautiful background, lovely coloring of the hydrangeas!!

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  55. Your card looks beautiful. I can't wait for my stamp set to arrive.

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  56. Lovely design Ashlea, the bold background enhances the beauty of the hydrangeas. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  58. Beautiful card! I love the texture you got from having to switch colors. I think it worked out well.

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  59. Great job saving the card! I love the soft blooms against the dark background!

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  60. Love the dark blue background

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  61. Love the dark blue background, I need to try that sometime.

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  62. The blue background makes the color of the flower petals jump out and I will try it. Beautiful card!

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  63. I LOVE your mistake! I think it really lends a country effect, kind of like cross hatches. It also reminds me of what I might see in a comic book. I really like the way it came out. You didn't even need to admit your "mistake," but I'm glad you did - because you got to encourage all of us as to why we are crafters - for the joy of the doing, and seeing how the puzzle turns out in the end. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  64. Beautiful card!! I love the background color!

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  65. this is so beautiful, I love the colours!

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  66. Love the blue background!!! It's so gorgeous.

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  67. Beautiful card with an amazing background!

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