Altenew Build-A-Flower: Hawaiian Coral Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

I went off the beaten path for this Build-a-Flower release Lovelies!

Thanks so much for joining the Altenew Build-A-Flower Hawaiian Coral Release Blog Hop! After you are all done with me, be sure to visit Nenette S. Madero for more inspiration with this beautiful set!

Don't forget to comment and check out the Giveaway details so you can be eligible to win a prize! The Altenew products used in both of my projects are linked at the bottom of the post.

I have been a bit rebellious today in that I have not used this Build-A-Flower Hawaiian Coral Stamp Set & Die Set in the tradition stamp-layering fashion. This set comes with 7 gorgeous layers for the bloom and 4 layers for the leaves. I hope that you will forgive me, but I only used the outline layers for my card today. I think this will show you how versatile your Build-A-Flower sets can be.

If you are interested in the stamp and die bundle, and don't yet have these gorgeous coral tones in your collection, you should consider getting the ink bundle: Build-A-Flower: Hawaiian Coral Layering Stamp & Die Set & Ink Bundle (at 5% off). Tip: I decided to watercolor today and you can also use these inks for watercolor techniques!

You have several "pinky" options in this set and if you are unsure about how you want to layer your colors, just check out the layering guide to get started:

Enough chattering from me though let's get to the card!

Card - You Are Just Absolutely Amazing

I Iam often all over the place with my colors, but I wanted to keep things pretty monochromatic and sweet for this gorgeous flower.

I have a confession, I make oodles of backgrounds in advance and set them aside for when I need inspiration or to jumpstart a project. That's where this card started, with a watercolor wash of pink, burgundy and brown:

Once I selected that from my stash, I knew that I needed a layer between that and my flowers to allow them to stand out against the background. The Watercolor Stripes Cover Die seemed a good compliment to my "watercolor project".

I don't really have a talent for watercoloring, but if you stamp and heat emboss your flower and leaf image, those lines create boundaries for the color to sit in.

I used a "Wet on Wet" technique of painting each petal with water and then adding a little color and watching it spread across the petal.

Tip: I painted two petals at a time that were not next to each other. This helps with your color not inadvertently bleeding from one section to another.

Once done with coloring, it was time to grab those dies and cut out my flowers and leaves:

Tip: I'm never sure how many leaves I am going to need, so I do multiples to give me enough to "play with" when trying to figure out the layout.