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NoLine Watercolor & Stencil Techniques

Welcome to Altenew Educators Blog Hop! We are celebrating “Love and Friendship” and it’s been my great pleasure to get to know fellow Educators through our Facebook group. We have a few new Educators in our group since the last hop, so be sure to stop by their blogs and get to know them!

If you’ve been following along, you’ve just arrived from Maryam Sharara’s blogIf you’d like to start at the beginning, start at the Altenew Card Blog.

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Rose Tips | Altenew No-Line Watercolor and Stencil Techniques with Indoor Garden & Welcome Home Stamp Sets

I have a set of 4 cards on the hop today featuring some older Altenew sets that you may have in your stash! Get ready for Altenew Build-A-Flower: Rose layering tips and no-line watercolor and stencil techniques.

Altenew July 2019 Designer Spotlight

Before we get started I’d like to sincerely thank Altenew for featuring me in the Designer Spotlight of their July newsletter. I am so blessed and honored to be part of the Altenew family and I cherish every moment.

If you missed the interview, you can access it here.

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP)

I owe much of my knowledge and success as a card maker, blogger, and YouTuber to the Altenew Educator Certification Program. If you’d like to learn more about my experience with the program, watch this short video. Read more about the AECP Program here.

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Rose

Frequently, I’m asked for advice on how to layer Altenew Build-A-Flower: Rose stamp set, specifically those little bits in the middle. What better opportunity to share these techniques than an Altenew Educator Hop!

I’d love to hear from you! Please let me know in the comments below if you feel more confident layering Altenew Build-A-Flower: Rose after watching the video tutorial.

Do you want a video tutorial for a specific layering set? Let me know. I take requests!

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Rose Layering Tips
Notice the color variation of the blue centers.
Altenew Build-A-Flower: Rose Layering Tips | Altenew Layered Cupcake
The base layer was eliminated leaving brighter highlights, but no detail on one of the petals.

Special Altenew Academy Offer

To celebrate AECP blog hop, all Level 1 and Level 2 Altenew Academy classes are currently 20% off. If you’re looking to build new skills or refresh old techniques this is a fabulous time to so take advantage of the sale!

We’ll discount the following bundles by 20% from 7/19/2019 to 7/21/2019.

Altenew Academy Level 1 Class Bundle
Altenew Academy Level 2 Class Bundle

No-Line Watercolor & Stencil Techniques

I enjoy playing with older sets, don’t you? The potted plants from the Indoor Garden Stamp Set are so delightful and welcoming. Learn how to use stamps to create an underpainting for your no-line watercolor projects.

Crisp Dye Inks

The plants were stamped with Bamboo and Dew Drops Crisp Dye Ink, outlines with Vanilla Cream, and pots with Milk Chocolate and Vanilla Cream.

Watercolor was done with Dew Drops, Bamboo, Charcoal Suit, Milk Chocolate, and Olive.

Altenew Welcome Home & Indoor Garden no-line watercolor.
1) stamp underpainting 2) watercolor 3) add color pencil detail

Polychromos Pencils

All of these colors are included in the Faber-Castell Polychromos 36 pencil set.

Warm Grey II, Warm Grey V, Light Yellow Glaze, Earth Green Yellowish, Cobalt Green, Light Green, Black, White, Walnut Brown, and Raw Umber.

Stencil Techniques

Lastly, I used Altenew Watercolor Stripes Stencil to create ledges for the pots and ink blended over a vellum centerpiece on the last card.

Ink blending on vellum with Altenew Watercolor Stripes Stencil.
The ink blending is so light, it’s difficult to see on the vellum. Check out the video.

That’s a wrap! I had a blast pulling out a bunch of older products and rediscovering their magic. Take a look at your stash and play around with these techniques. Let me know what you think down below and if you have any requests, I’m all ears!

As always, supplies, giveaway info, and the next stop on the hop are below.

Thanks so much for hopping along with the Altenew Educators and until next time, Breathe · Ink · Inspire.



What’s a hop without a chance to win prizes?! Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Blog by 7/26/2019 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will 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 the Altenew blogs on 7/30/2019.

Next Stop

The next stop on the hop is the lovely Irina Fonia. The full list is below in case you get lost along the way!

Altenew Card Blog
Terri Marie Koszler
Michelle Ochoa Murray
Maryam Sharara
Amber Rain Davis <<< You Are Here
Irina Fonina
Teri Wilson
Francine Dodwell
Patty Mello
Nenette S. Madero
Vicki Finger
Nandini Karmarkar
Amy Hill
Christine Pennington
Erum Tasneem

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  1. Dawn Kuechle says:

    Love the blue flowers in the pots. Very simple yet so beautiful.

  2. Christine says:

    Amber your work is always spot on. So well done. Thanks for sharing your talents with the crafty world!

  3. Teri Spracklin says:

    Oh my goodness, that teal and grey combination is gorgeous! And the cupcake design is so clever!

  4. Marisela Delgado says:

    Pretty cards.

  5. Amber, I love your bold and graphic designs. Thank you for sharing your talent and ideas with us. These two videos are amazing and jam packed with wonderful tips.

  6. Susan Strawser says:

    Beautiful cards

  7. Beautiful set of cards. Love the roses.

  8. Denaha J Doss says:

    Wow! Gorgeous! I love love love the blue roses.

  9. So pretty! Lovely colors for those roses!

  10. Pamela Palm says:

    The cards were great, but really want to thank you for the videos.

  11. Great cards! I personally love how the embossing turned out on the plant card! I think if it had been any paler it wouldn’t have tied in so well with the turquoise on the pot. That card is my fav!!!

  12. You make beautiful cards and such good videos Amber – I think your layering technique for the rose is excellent!

  13. I almost cried with joy when I saw your tip on using the die packaging to align layered stamps. So, so brilliant and it will prevent a lot of the non-joyful kind of tears. Thank you so much!

  14. Tricia A Podmore says:

    Thank you for your video tutorials as so feel it gives me the learning curve. Soooooo creative and inspiring.

  15. Denise Bryant says:

    Beautiful cards for the hop! I especially love the way you used the cupcake wrapper design!

  16. Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards, love the color combinations!

  17. Karen Walker says:

    Great cards; I love the one with the potted succulents!

  18. Beverly Jordan says:

    BEautiful cards all but loved your last one especially! The soft yellows and then the flowers on vellum! Really a stunning card!

  19. flower cupcake – love it.

  20. Fabulous designs Amber! Love the no line watercolor technique and that you shared fresh ways to use older sets. Thanks for sharing your story and your talent with us! I truly love participating in this hops as they are always full of so much inspiration and pretty designs. Thanks for all that you share!

    1. Thanks, Liz! I love your enthusiasm and am delighted you’re enjoying the hops!! We love them too!!

  21. Kari VanNoy says:

    Your no-line coloring always amazes me!! Wow! Also, I agree with you on the base layer of the Rose set…looks better with that layer. Love your cards!

    1. Aw thanks, Kari! I’m working on another no-line Watercolor as we speak. It will post in August so keep a look out. 😀🤗

  22. I like that you used some older supplies to give us fresh ideas!

  23. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Thank you for showing such a great way to line up layering stamps- very helpful! Awesome video and I love all of your cards!

  24. Oh I can’t pick my favorite! I Love then all for different rey

  25. Great cards! Thanks for the tip to build a flower. The color have mbo you have used is one of my favorite. Thanks for sharing

  26. Janis Ford says:

    Beautiful cards! The colors are divine!

  27. Super beautiful cards!! The BAF Rose is my fav set and your creative take with the cupcakes is just amazing!! <3

  28. Anushree Vaish says:

    Great cards Amber…love them all!!


    Love the rose cupcakes! Very beautiful!

  30. Aimee Phillips says:

    I love all that you made, but the I smile when I think of you is my favorite. The colors are beautiful together, and saying it made me smile. Great use of all the wonderful products.

  31. Jenrescuemama says:

    As usual, I love everything you create and appreciate all your tutorials. Altenew has taught you well!

  32. Jeannie H says:

    Your blue rose card is stunning. Love the shades you selected. So beautiful.

  33. Cynthia Koop says:

    You are such an amazing card maker! I love watching your videos I get happy when I see one come up. Thank you for so much inspiration, techniques and tips. You have made me want all of the Altenew products because you use them so well and your videos show so much.

  34. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Beautiful cards and awesome video tutorials! Thanks for sharing your tips for stamp layering and the water and pencil coloring tips.

  35. Anna Lontayné Bodnàr says:

    Absolutely amazing inspirations!

  36. thanks for all the great tips using different techniques and mediums – all lovely cards!

  37. Hi Amber, what a nice job on the cards. They are all so pretty. And your website looks great!!

  38. I love how practical your directions and explanations are. Thanks!

  39. WOW – Amber you’ve awesome. Thanks for the great tip re the Rose stamp. I’ve always struggled with the centre two layers on this one. Your no line colouring is incredible as well.

  40. Really love your sentiments and color choices!

  41. Fabulous cards, Amber! I appreciate all the great tips on layering & enjoy the videos a lot. I always learn from your site!!

  42. Loved your tips on layering. Clear, concise instructions. Thank you!

  43. Susanbcards says:

    You make layering stamps look easy. I have a hard time getting them exactly in the right place! I guess I need practice.

  44. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing the video

  45. Meghan Kennihan says:

    Absolutely stunning! The blue stamp layering is incredible! And the leafs are perfect! Great designs!

  46. Lisa Byers says:

    I love the Rose Cupcakes!! Awesome!! Thank you for your inspiration!!

  47. Thank you for a great tutorial. I love that used inks outside the box for the roses!

  48. Your cards are very lovely, and I especially enjoyed your video. I love the Build A Flower sets from Altenew and this was a great tutorial. Congrats on being the Spotlight designer.

  49. Thanks for the video tutorial about layering! Beautiful rose cards.

  50. Zlatka Kabaivanova says:

    Beautiful cards! Great watercoloring on the potted plants.

  51. Kathy Dippner says:

    Beautiful cards! Love the no-line coloring of the cacti.

  52. ARIANA GIRARDI says:

    Beautiful water color cards.

  53. Angela Hollins says:

    I LOVE the roses!!! The colors are just so pretty! Thank you for sharing!

  54. Judith Valerio says:

    Great Scott, it was like a light went off in my head! Your explanation and tips on layering the build a rose set is simply perfect and should also work on two of my problem setseinter winter rose set and the vintage flowers set! I had the first flower made on the vintage set but completely lost on the second one ros e! The winter rose still remains a mystery to but one to be solved soon. I’ll let you know how it turns out, as I’ll be indoors this weekend due to 100degree weather with my stamps and fan! Great tutorial! Thanks!!!🙋

  55. Michelle Murray says:

    I’ll take a dozen flower cupcakes😁 great design, Amber.

  56. Jeanne Ragan says:

    These cards are so gorgeous. Thank you for both videos. The Rose Builder was very helpful, and I have to say that your watercoloring is just amazing! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  57. Beautiful cards. Thank you for all of the videos. All of them were so informative.

  58. Marisela Delgado says:

    What awesome cards.

  59. Thanks for the great cards & the video Amber!

  60. Beautiful! The Rose is a bit tricky to line up and I’m smacking my head right now wondering why I never thought to use the die packaging insert! Duh! Beautiful projects.

  61. Cyndi Morris says:

    Wonderful cards. I have several Build-A-Flower sets, but not the rose — that may have to change. That card is absolutely stunning

  62. Catherine L says:

    Rose cupcakes, how adorable! I love both of those stamp sets. Thank you for sharing!

  63. Wow.. beautiful card with awesome techniques !! Very unique idea to use cupcake liner with rose .I loved the colors too !

  64. Brenda L. Kuder says:

    Great cards! The rose cupcakes are really cute!

  65. All of your cards are lovely! My favorite are the rose cupcakes, they just made me smile and giggle! Your imagination is soaring!

  66. DONNA M Garafalo says:

    Gorgeous cards – great idea of the roses on the cupcake

  67. Virginia Lu says:

    You totally rock this hop with your gorgeous cards and superior videos, Amber! I am so proud that you are one of the Educators and was “discovered” by moi! 🙂 Way to go!

  68. Denise Bilquin says:

    Thank you for inspiring us. The video is so helpful. I too love to use my older favorite stamp sets mixed with new sets. Your cards are stunning!

  69. Lovely projects – I love the colour palette with the rose cards and gorgeous colouring with the plants.

  70. Amber, I’ve been a fan of your work and videos💗 I love your cards and my favorite one is the watercolored Welcome Home card. Beautiful works of art!

  71. Love the variety. Thank you!

  72. Debbie Selby says:

    Not only are your cards lovely, but also your video is right-paced and clear. Well done! You have a new follower!

  73. barbara lassiter says:

    I love that you like to use the older stamps. I do, too and combine them with newer ones also. Altenew designs are timeless and we can always use them. Thanks for the videos sharing different techniques for coloring and your beautifully designed cards.

  74. Amber! Your Watercoloring is amazing!

  75. Terri Koszler says:

    Oh Amber, Roses and Cupcakes 🙂 who wouldn’t love to receive those cards. I love your projects and inspirational ways to use Altenew products. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your projects soon x

  76. Denise Soloko says:

    Exciting new things from Altenew,
    Love the cupcake theme.

  77. Christina Piotrowski says:

    Beautiful card. I love, love, love the blue rose card and thank you for the tutorial. It had great tips.

  78. Beautiful cards! Thank you for the inspiration!

  79. Debbie Rumpza says:

    Beautiful cards. I love the layering on the blue turquoise flowers!

  80. Nina Houghton says:

    Thank you for sharing your talent with us!