Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Guest Designing for Altenew

Good morning everyone!

Today I have something really special to share. A few weeks ago I received an email from Tasnim from Altenew and she asked me if I were interested to guest design for them. Are you kidding me, of course I am! That was the easiest part of it - to say yes. I really wanted to make something very special for them, since Altenew is one of my favourite stamp companies. I just love their stamps, especially floral ones - they are so beautiful and perfect for watercoloring. This set of three cards are what I created with Altenew stamps - hopefully you like them and they give you some inspiration. 

Stamp set used: Persian Motifs, Painted Butterflies
and Magnolias for her by Altenew.

Stamp sets used: Magnolias for her, Painted Butterflies
and Sketchy Rose by Altenew.

Stamp sets used: Painted Butterflies and
Persian Motifs by Altenew.

For all the three cards I stamped the outline images with light water soluble ink and watercolored them with Distress Inks and Kuretake Gansai Tambi- watercolours (My newest love affair). I created a border stripes with Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire. I trimmed one edge of the watercolour panel to overlap the border edge. The watercolour panels are raised up with foam tape and for the finishing touch I added a few sequins. Sentiments are stamped either black ink or Versamark and then heat embossed with either Clear Embossing powder or Silver Embossing powder. 

Thank you Tasnim for inviting me as a Guest Designer. It has been a true pleasure. 

Thank you for stopping by today and sharing this with me. I hope you liked my cards and got some inspiration for your own work. Have a wonderful day and I wish for all of you all the best for the year 2015! 

Marika

15 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, Marika, these are the most beautiful cards! The way you show light in your watercoloring just leaves me speechless. Congrats on your Guest Designer gig - so well deserved.

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  2. I think you already know that I simply adore your creations, Marika, but these ones are just a breathtaking way to close out the year. You surpassed yourself – absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing these beauties with us and happy new year!

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  3. Kyllä näiden sun korttien äärellä sanat kerta kaikkiaan loppuu. En ole koskaan nähnyt kenenkään värittävän kuvia näin mielettömän taitavasti, ihan uskomattoman herkkää ja elävää. Saat valot ja varjot tanssimaan.

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  4. Stunning cards Marika! The colours and designs are so pretty and I love them all - Happy new year - hugs xx

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  5. well-deserved - your cards are amazing - I wish you a Happy, Healthy and Creative New Year

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  6. Onnea GD-pestistä! Olenkin rehellisesti sanoen odotellut, koska sinua siihen pyydetään, sen verran taidokkaasti käytät Altenew'n leimoja. Nämä kortit ovat, jos mahdollista, entistäkin upeampia, väritys, sommittelu, kaikki - niin upeaa!!

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  7. I can so understand why they want you on the team Marika!

    I am literally sitting here... staring. Your talent are amazing!

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  8. What beautiful cards, stunning and such inspiration x

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  9. Congrats to your guest designer spot at Altenew. I always adored your cards using the Persian Motifs set. They are the reason why I urgently need to buy this set myself (unfortunately it has always been sold out when I wanted to buy it :( ). With these cards, however, you surpassed yourself. They are by far the most amazing cards I've seen latey! And when I say amazing I mean AMAZING! The downside of this is that I now even need two more Altenew sets in my collection. ;)

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  10. omg! omg! OH MY GOD!! I'm so excited for you! You are so very deserving of this GD spot! Your cards are just as gorgeous as always!! Congratulations :)

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  11. Stunning ~ Gorgeous Cards! Wow! Thanks so much!

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  12. These are probably some of the most stunning cards I have ever seen. I am at a lost for words - simply beautiful... breathtakingly beautiful!

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  13. These are absolutely stunning. You are an extraordinary watercolor artist!

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  14. Wow wow wow. I am utterly floored. GORGEOUS notecards!!!

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