Altenew Build-a-Flower: Japanese Mum Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, friends! I’m part of the Altenew Build-a-Flower: Japanese Mum Release Blog Hop today! I created a messy watercolor card for you. You can find all the details for new products and giveaways below.

You should have arrived from the talented Zinia Redo’s blog and the next stop on the hop is Patricia Roebuck’s blog. If you lose your place or need more information, you can begin on the Altenew Card Blog.


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My card was so fun and easy for me. I enjoy a bit of messy watercoloring as I don’t have to worry so much about depth and shadows. I started off by stamping the florals and leaves with a black dye ink. I die-cut them with the coordinating dies that come in the Build-a-Flower set. I used Altenew watercolors to color them loosely and once dried, I finished off with some black and white paint splatters.

I stamped the sentiment onto black cardstock with clear embossing ink and heat-set with white embossing powder. How lovely is that sentiment! I trimmed it down and mounted the flowers and sentiment onto my top-folding A2 cardbase.

I hope that inspires you to get creative today!

All products are linked below.


Check out the new release here! You can also find it at Simon Says Stamp or Ellen Hutson.

NEW: Altenew is now offering the Build-A-Flower Monthly Subscription PlanThis is a monthly subscription plan for the Build-A-Flower set. When you sign up, you are guaranteed a spot in the monthly BAF releases and will receive a set each month – at a specially discounted price of $29.99 instead of $35.00! 


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on February 9th.

Optional Giveaway: Altenew is also offering my readers a chance to win a $20 gift certificate by leaving a comment on my blog post. I will announce the winner here by February 6th (list of giveaways/winners can be found here as well).

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  1. Jan T

    February 2, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Your card using the Japanese Mum Build a Flower stamp set is refreshing. I love watercolors!

  2. trainwithmeghan

    February 2, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Your coloring and splatters are SOOOO MUCH FUN! I love this!

  3. Yolanda

    February 2, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    It’s beautiful. I love the speckled color.

  4. Sue D

    February 2, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    So pretty. Love the colors and splatters.

  5. Jeannie H

    February 2, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Love this! The watercoloring is beautiful. Gorgeous card. TFS.

  6. Sharon Smith

    February 2, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Love the way you have done messy water coloring really suits this stamp

  7. Annette Reed

    February 2, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    I like messy watercoloring too. Your card looks great!

  8. Sheila Bacon

    February 2, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I love to watercolor and am impressed with your “loose” watercoloring which provides depth. The black and white splatters add realism to the flowers. Great work!

  9. Gilda McCain

    February 2, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Love your beautiful card. Awesome coloring.

  10. Lisa Byers

    February 2, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    I love your cards. This card is just an example of your extremely wonderful talent. The colors, the spatters, the positioning, you have it all down pat. I would sit there and not come up with anything that gorgeous! I hope with a few more years of experience, I’ll be a quarter that good. 🙂

  11. Jeanne Beam

    February 2, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Such a gorgeous card!
    Thanks for sharing…

  12. mjmarmo

    February 2, 2019 at 7:29 pm


  13. Susan D

    February 2, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I really love your style! You inspired me to try watercolor 😊

  14. Carmela Hubler

    February 2, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Love the depth of your card with the flowers popped up and the texture from the splatters. Beautiful work!

  15. Lisa Moline

    February 2, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Wow! Gorgeous card! I love that you watercolored them, they look so beautiful that way too! Also love the addition of splatters! Thanks for the great inspiration!

  16. Sherry Lesiak

    February 2, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Nice card with a different flare.

  17. Maxine M.

    February 2, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    This is just lovely.

  18. Deepa Lakshman

    February 2, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    This is a gorgeous card. I love how you placed the flowers.

  19. Kandice J

    February 2, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Love your mums. Lovely card! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Betty

    February 2, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    beautiful card as always, Ruby!

  21. ,Mary Holshouser

    February 2, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    The flowers are gorgeous. So full and
    colorful. I’ve not had this type of mum
    so it’s interesting to see them.
    thanks for sharing

  22. Jennifer K

    February 2, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Your card is gorgeous, I love the the loose style that you used to water-colour the Mums, it looks very artistic and beautiful! Your colours are fantastic and I love how you designed the Mums around the sentiment on the black card-stock.

  23. Lauryne Cunningham

    February 2, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    What a beautiful card! I love the splatters- they give such nice texture!

  24. Lila Wetzel

    February 2, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Beautiful card. I love the colors you used!

  25. sandystein

    February 2, 2019 at 9:56 am

    So pretty. I love watercoloring and the splatters make the card. Great job!

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