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Altenew April 2019 Blog Hop

Get ready to meet some of your new Altenew favorites. Altenew has knocked it out of the park yet again! If you made your way here from the lovely Soraya Maes’ blog then you’re right on track. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here

I have a set of 3 cards and 2 videos to share today. We’re going to be stamping with water, making watercolor wash backgrounds, and stamping & coloring pattern paper.

Altenew April 2019 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

I’m featuring A Study in Watercolor, Weekend Doodles, Geometric Landscape, and Fancy Hello Die today so let’s get started!

Watercolor Techniques for Background Washes & Stamping

A Study in Watercolor Stamp Set

A study in watercolor is a silhouette stamp set which you can pair with your favorite coloring medium and techniques. Today, I’m stamping with water and watercolor brush markers.

Stamp with Water & Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers

Watercolor Wash Background Panels

Let’s start with some watercolor backgrounds. I made 3 panels and will share the, orange panel, in the Watercolor Doodles card video.

Watercolor Wash Background Techniques

To create the panels I covered the watercolor paper with clean water and dropped in pigment from Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers Tropical Fiesta set.

Blue Green Panel: Desert Night, Lime, & Turquoise
Pink & Gray Panel: Lava Rock & Purple Wine

While the panels were drying I created the flowers. Be sure to check out the video to see the process of stamping in water & watercolor in action. 

Stamping with Water & Watercolor Brush Markers

This technique can be done with a MISTI or stamp blocks and both techniques are shown in the video.

Start by wetting the stamp with a brush saturated with clean clear water. Stamp the water onto the paper once or twice. This will wet the paper setting the stage for a wet on wet technique. The pigment that we add next will only travel in the wet area which will confine the pigment to the water stamped area. 

Stamping with water & watercolor brush markers for loose watercolor look

Then, take your Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers directly to the stamp. Paint on small areas of color, such as small strokes of green on the leaves and stamp. As you can see above, the green travels within the wet area. This will create beautiful color mixing as additional layers of colors are added.

Layering colors in MISTI

Continue adding colors until you reach the desired color saturation and depth. Die cut or fussy cut the images once they are dry.

Altenew A Study in Watercolor and Fancy Hello Die

Card Assembly

  • Trim the watercolor wash panel to A2 size
  • Arrange the flowers and pop up with dimensional adhesive
  • Cut 2 Fancy Hello Die cuts (1 glitter and 1 white)
  • Offset the Fancy Hello’s and glue together to create a white shadow
  • Pop up Fancy Hello Die Cut
Altenew A Study In Watercolor

Weekend Doodles & Geometric Landscape Stamp Sets

This card is definitely the highlight of the Altenew Autumn Blaze phase I’m in at the moment! I love my Sea Shores, but it’s nice to take a detour from time to time. 

Altenew Weekend Doodles and Geometric Landscape

Background Panel

All the details to make the highly pigmented watercolor wash background & floral elements are in the video below. 

Once the watercolor panel was dry, I loaded it up in my MISTI and stamped the Geometric Landscape Stamp with Altenew Permanent Black Ink. 

Stamping Pattern Paper

Originally, I stamped the Weekend Doodles images on white cardstock, however, it seemed a bit boring and unfinished. So, I switched gears and stamped the images on a piece of yellow and orange pattern paper from the Enchanting Washes Paper Pack.

I aligned a couple of the flower centers with the orange dots on the paper and stamped in Permanent Black ink. In order to prevent smearing, I clear heat embossed them. Do this at your own discretion, as I’ve heard using alcohol markers on embossed images can ruin your nibs. I did not see an impact on my nibs.

Coloring Pattern Paper

The pattern paper is a bit glossy which makes blending alcohol markers a dream! The ink doesn’t absorb into the paper as quickly so you don’t need to lay down as much ink for good blends. I used the following Altenew Artist Markers:

Leaves: Evergreen G554, Forest Glades G715, & Frayed Leaf G702 (Set A)
Yellow Flowers: Mango Smoothie Y204 (Set C)Y
Pink & Yellow Flowers: Cotton Candy R403 & Blush R400 (Set C)
Orange Shadow: Autumn Blaze Y608 (Set E)

Altenew Geometric Landscape and Altenew Weekend Doodles

Card Assembly

  • Pop up the watercolor panel and adhere to A2 sized white cardstock
  • Fussy cut floral images & pop them up on the watercolor panel
  • Stamp & clear heat emboss a sentiment from Circle Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Add Glossy Accents to the center of yellow flowers
Altenew A Study in Watercolor, Altenew Geometric Landscape, Altenew Weekend Doodles, Altenew Fancy Hello Die, Altenew Circle Sentiments

I hope you all enjoyed these cards and techniques today and feel inspired to give them a try! As always links to supplies and giveaway information is below. Thanks so much for stopping by!

To shop the full new release, click here



To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 4/22/2019 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 5/4/2019.

Next Stop

The next stop on the hop is the amazing Reiko Tsuchida and the full list is here for easy navigating to some awesome inspiration!

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  1. LaQuieta Gibson says:

    All stunning and love the techniques used

  2. LaQuieta Gibson says:

    This is so amazing and stunning. I love the techniques used!

  3. Hi Amber! I love your cards! They are so lively and dynamic!!! Thanks for inspiring me with them 🙂

  4. Teresa Godines #6857 says:

    Love those background colors. Really makes the flowers pop. Thanks for the inspiration

  5. Cheryl Rigney says:

    Beautiful cards, Amber!! Love the bold, bright colors!

  6. Steph Stratton says:

    Your watercolor background technique is STUNNING. I can’t wait to try it with my new Altenew stamps and dies!!! Thank you for sharing this super-bright project!

  7. Great idea of misti use for the watercoloring effect.

  8. Amy Cairns says:

    Such fun and happy creations – splendid

  9. Carmela Hubler says:

    Amber, these are stunning cards! Love your watercolor backgrounds and the flowers are beautiful!!

  10. Awesome release! Wonderful creations! I especially love the bright yellow and orange flowers against the deep blue bakground!

  11. Stacey Kowbel says:

    Fantastic cards! I love your watercolour backgrounds!

  12. Cathy Lillie says:

    Such vibrant colors on the floral images! I’m new to watercoloring and I appreciate the tips and techniques in the tutorials. I like how you did the loose watercoloring by “painting with water”. Your cards turned out beautifully!

  13. Denise Bryant says:

    Gorgeous cards! I love all these beautiful floral designs! Wonderful color combos!

  14. Bonnie Eng says:

    Gorgeous cards – I especially love the bold colours of your Hello card.

  15. Jenny Nus says:

    Amazing cards. Thankyou for your video showing these techniques.

  16. Anna Maria Bodnar says:

    Amazing cards thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Annalisa Young says:

    Well isn’t this just gorgeous? For a second I thought those backgrounds were one of the patterns from the new paper packs. But now, even better because I can make them myself! I think my favorite is the first one; I just love the bright orange flowers on the blue-green background. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Wonderful designs and vibrant colours! I love your step by step instructions. Also love that you aligned your flower stamp to the orange dots – very clever!

  19. Elizabeth Hart says:

    Loved the tutorial on the watercolor washes for the background of the cards – so pretty!!

  20. Dana Marsolek says:

    Oh what amazing cards! Gorgeous designs and I love your bold use of color.

  21. So gorgeous!! I love the bright and colorful backgrounds!! The flowers are beautifully watercolored. Bravo!

  22. Wow! Gorgeous watercolor cards! I think my favorite is the one with the Geometric Landscape stamp. I love those colors so much. Autumn Blaze, indeed.

  23. Superb Amber. Love the backgrounds and enjoyed watching the video. Plus the photos showing the “how to” are so inspiring. Thanks

  24. Annette Reed says:

    Beautiful cards! Love the watercolor backgrounds.

  25. Laura Casselman says:

    I am struck with awe at these designs! So beautiful!

  26. Mindy Drummond says:

    These are all awesome Amber!! The techniques you used here are so far beyond my imagination lol, now that I’ve seen them I MUST try them all 🙂
    Thank you for the always amazing inspiration!! (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

    1. Mindy, you are so kind to say so and I’m so happy that you’re going to try the techniques!! Thank you so much!

  27. Dee Earnshaw says:

    wow great cards – thanks for the tutorial:)

  28. Kandice Johnson says:

    How vibrant and fun are your cards! Lovely job as always. Great use of the Altenew products. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  29. snazzy jj says:

    Wonderful cards! Love your amazing watercolor techniques and videos!

  30. Okay Amber, where do I begin? First I’ll say thank you so much for both of your videos. Loose watercolour has always been my favourite medium but I struggle so much with having any attempt at it look decent, so I appreciate that you showed your processes. If I have solid enough stamps, I’m going to try your first method in the Misti. Now, onto your GORGEOUS cards! The first two, but especially the one with the watercolour wash background is a card I’d just love to be able to reproduce. All of your cards are rock star! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  31. valeriekleinward says:

    Such beautiful, bright & colorful cards!

  32. Christine Kiehl says:

    Wow! This is truly stunning!

  33. Fantastic cards! Thanks for sharing a video to help us learn!

  34. Cynthia Cole says:

    All three cards are beautiful!

  35. Your cards are so stunning, Amber! Love your use of vibrant colours! Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful inspiration!

  36. Rebecca Yahrling says:

    These are all lovely. I really love the coloring of the yellow & orange card; it’s quite striking.

  37. Linda Anderson says:

    Thank you for sharing the videos on your loose watercolor cards. They work great with Altenews’ new stamps. I’ll try watercolor markers on my next card!

  38. Kathy Ferguson says:

    Love your cards. The hello card is fabulous. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

  39. Kirsty Vittetoe says:

    Beautiful cards! Love your amazing style.

  40. Yasmine Omar says:

    Absolute gorgeous cards! Your watercoloring is so beautiful!

  41. Allison Clark says:

    This release is amazing, and I just loved the water colour cards, such bright and happy colours

  42. Thank you for walking us through your technique, these turned out incredible

  43. WOW! Your watercoloring is amazing! I love the colors!!!

  44. Karthikha Balasubramanian says:

    Stunning cards!! I’m so in love with the bright and vibrant colors! Fantastic watercolored panels!! The blue green panel card, it is GORGEOUS!! <3 <3 <3

  45. Carol Rossouw says:

    Loving this new release – especially the beautiful rose spray stamp set & that fancy hello die. Thank you for the lovely inspiration!

  46. Fabulous cards Amber! I love watercolor techniques and these panels are fantastic! Thanks for the awesome inspiration! have a great day!

  47. Heather Mills says:

    These are gorgeous!! Love the bold colors!

  48. Heather Nelson says:

    Beautiful cards!! Your backgrounds and watercoloring is stunning!

  49. Pam Nichols says:

    Beautiful cars, love the watercoloring work, that I am working on…
    Thanks for sharing your Talents!!!

  50. Lisa Bunner Tartaglione says:

    These are beautiful. My favorite is the card with the Desert Night, Lime, & Turquoise background. Great job Amber!

  51. Kre8tivekate says:

    I adore the watercolor backgrounds! Really gorgeous!

  52. Kelsey Thomas says:

    Such pretty cards! 🙂

  53. Janis Godwin Spear says:

    Your watercolor is just too beautiful. I love the orange, and Love the blue with the green. Gorgeous.

  54. Nandini Karmarkar says:

    Love the cards, Amber. The backgrounds are gorgeous. I also love the idea of stamping on pattern paper.

  55. Debbie Rumpza says:

    Wow! Your cards are amazing!