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Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Iris

Welcome to the Altenew Paint-a-Flower: Iris, Watercolor Essentials Set, and Watercolor Paper hop where you’ll find loads of inspiration.

Altenew Paint-a-Flower: Iris Hop

I’m sharing a Watercolor Essentials and Artist Marker Paint-a-Flower: Iris cards. So whether you like neat and tidy or loose and dreamy there’s a card for you!

Altenew Paint-a-Flower: Iris 2 Ways

If you made your way here from the lovely Maryam Perez’s blog, then you’re right on track. Go to the Altenew Card Blog to start at the beginning.

Watercolor Essential 12 Pan Set

This beautiful set of 12 watercolor half-pans coordinates perfectly with Altenew’s line of inks. The colors have been thoughtfully selected from our 36 pan set, giving you the ultimate versatility in color mixing. They stored in a convenient metal tin with a palette in the lid for mixing.

Altenew Watercolor Essential Set

Also in this release are two cold-pressed watercolor paper options. The Watercolor Paper pad is 100% cotton 9×12 bright white sheets. The Watercolor Paper Set is 50% cotton A2 sized, 4.25×5.5-inch, bright white sheets.

Altenew Watercolor Paper Pad
Altenew Watercolor Paper Set

YouTube Tutorial | Altenew Paint-a-Flower: Iris Two Ways

This card making video tutorial has all the details to make to completely different cards with Paint-a-Flower: Iris. Watch here or in HD on Youtube.

Altenew Watercolor Essentials & Watercolor Paper

First up, I wanted to give the new Altenew Watercolor Essentials and Watercolor Paper Set a test run. Check out the swatch comparison between the Watercolor Essentials and Artists’ Watercolor set in the video.

Altenew Paint-a-Flower: Iris watercolor card

This sentiment is so appropriate for this card! There were phases that I just didn’t like, but I kept trying different things until I loved the result.

Lol, check out how far off my stamping was above. The moral of this card making experience was to embrace the mistakes as opportunities, let go, and moveon.org.

Spraying the card with water created a cool effect but washed the card out so much I needed to add shadows with color pencils. Before adding the color pencil, I set the card aside and moved onto the Artist Marker version.

Altenew Artist Markers

Before I added color pencil to the card above, I set it aside and visited my alcohol marker comfort zone.

Altenew Paint-a-Flower: Iris alcohol marker

Aaaahhh, a nice and tidy card gives me the warm and fuzzies. This was significantly easier for me to pull off. I used Rose Petal, Summer Afternoon, and Tropical Forest Artist Markers.

I drew the vertical and horizontal stripes with the bullet nib of the Jet Black Artist Marker and the help of a ruler.

That’s all folks! Let me know your favorite in the comments down below. Thanks for joining me today and I’ll be back soon with more inspiration!

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To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. We’ll 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 03/31/2020.

Next Stop

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Vicky Papaioannou
Virginia Lu
Nathalie DeSousa
Ashlea Cornell
Caly Person
Therese Calvird
Norine Borys
Lilith Eeckels
Emily Midgett
Laurie Willison
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Svitlana Shayevich
Nicole Watt
Maryam Perez
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Mindy Eggen
Sveta Fotinia
Jaycee Gaspar
Kymona Tracey
The Hedgehog Hollow
Agnieszka Malyszek


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  1. Dorothy A says:

    I just love the yellow Iris card! It’s so ethereal and fun, and the yellow blurriness is enchanting. I just am crazy about how you combined clear imagery with soft.

  2. Judy Price says:

    Wow! I love both cards! The dreamy yellow, like you said, fits the sentiment perfectly. It looks to go through hardship but is still remaining cohesive. The “comfort zone” card is so sharp! Clean lines definitely goes a long ways! You are so talented – thank you for sharing with us!

  3. Jenrescuemama says:

    Wow! That yellow Iris is fantastic! Such a great flower and the design of this set really highlights the nuances of the petals and leaves.

  4. Jan Baker says:

    On my goodness what beautiful cards. I’m a purple girl but the yellow is beautiful as well. Thank you for sharing ☺

  5. Iza Malek says:

    Wonderful cards ! One is more beautiful than the other. Love your work !

  6. Cyndi Morris says:

    Your cards are gorgeous. I love the watercolor technique on the first one, and the style of second one is so striking. Beautiful stamps, gorgeous coloring.

  7. barbara lassiter says:

    Both of these are gorgeous and I love the look of the loosely colored watercolor card. Never say never with watercolor! Lol!

  8. Lisascreativeniche says:

    I love the torn edges on one and the nice drawn lines on the other!

  9. Your cards are gorgeous. I love the colors,

  10. These are both gorgeous! Love the loose watercolor and the richness of the markers. Just fabulous cards ♥

  11. Jeane Campbell says:

    I watched the video and am impressed by the way you saved that watercolored card. Thought you had finally gone too far to save the project. It was getting to be a hot mess. Then, look what you went and fixed. Ta DA!!!! That, takes talent. (Me clapping!) Thanks for crafting for us this week. Staying home, crafting and doing the blog hop, and staying safe. Take care 🙂

    1. I’m right there with you, LOL!! I was like what is happening here? But I’m glad I kept going. Thanks so much Jeane!!

  12. Wow, these are so different but both so gorgeous!

    1. Jennifer Taylor says:

      Beautiful cards. The soft outlines on the yellow iris is stunning. You did a fantastic job of ” saving ” this card!

  13. Melissa Friedrich says:

    LOVE both your cards, the softly water colored one is my fave though – perfect sentiment too! Thanks for another awesome video tutorial and for the swatch comparison.

  14. Inkin' Chickie says:

    I enjoyed the video of the cards. I’m still working on my watercoloring, so it was interesting to see the project save. I went a bit wide eyed when you spayed the card and all the color started washing away. Great looks on both.

  15. BECCA YAHRLING says:

    Your works of art are simply stunning in every way.

  16. Beth Fralix says:

    Smashing colours!! I’m loving that purple with a touch of yellow & the yellow with the reddish purple!! Brilliant! I Love the Iris Paint a Flower set!! Watercolours & Iris=Absolutely Gorgeous!! God Bless & the Love of Christ to you all!!

  17. I love both cards…very different from each other but wonderful in their own right! I (chuckle) LOVE the double stamp on the yellow card. I thought you did it on purpose and thought it was ‘brilliant’. 😀 I appreciate your ‘saves’ and that you share the creative process on video…your struggles and successes. It is encouraging and totally inspirational! ♥

    1. Thanks so much, Clelie. Definitely not on purpose but it worked, LOL. That’s great feedback on sharing the process I’ll be sure to do that more.

  18. Tammy Hanson says:

    I love the black lines in your design. They are very interesting.

  19. Stunning designs Amber! Love the ethereal look of your keep going card and the crispness of the design of the second one. This is certainly a must have set, I cannot wait to try the watercolor paper! Thanks for the inspiraton!

  20. Penny J. Douphinett says:

    Both cards are very pretty, the yellow one takes me way out of my comfort zone. I love the look when other people do them!

  21. Annette Gordon says:

    my absolute favourite card is the watercolour one. It was so encouraging watching you create at, as it didn’t turn out quite how you imagined it should be. As that is how many so many of my cards can be and that you can turn it still into a wonderful work of art!

  22. Meghan Kennihan says:

    Both are STUNNING! But I love the yellow! Just so unique!

  23. Mary-Anne V says:

    What a pretty set of cards. Love these colouring mediums.

  24. Heather Mills says:

    These are both gorgeous! I have to admit that I prefer the marker colored one as well, but the water colored one is so artsy–it looks fabulous!

  25. Angela Person says:

    Two gorgeous cards! I love the yellow iris card.

  26. Anna Edwards says:

    I love both cards. Thank you for sharing

  27. Vivi Brown says:

    Your yellow irises are beautiful…like sunshine!

  28. Nancy Dempsey says:

    So pretty! I love the alcohol colored purple irises.

  29. Sharon Gullikson says:

    I am loving your work. You are very artistic…

  30. Cheryl Rigney says:

    Both of your cards are absolutely gorgeous!!

  31. Christine A says:

    You went on quite a journey with the watercolour card. I don’t think I would be brave enough to spray it with water. Gorgeous result

  32. What amazing cards using watercolor and alcohol markers! How creative.

  33. Carol Engler says:

    I agree with you regarding alcohol marker versus watercolor. You managed to complete your watercolor iris beautifully! I like how you “didn’t give up” and finished it. Your techniques for finishing the watercolor project were very helpful for those of us who “never like” how we watercolor. Thank you for your help!!

  34. Rita Damiani says:

    Love your projects and the Altenew products. Thank you for the opportunity to see your work and participate in this giveaway.

  35. Love the gorgeous inspiration! The new stamp set is fantastic. I really love the sentiments in this set!

  36. Sue Hudson says:

    Your cards are so striking! I’m kind of scared to get into watercolors, but I love the look. Thank you for sharing your creativity and encouragement.

    1. Thanks, Sue! I know the feeling. Slow and steady practice. My best advise is to get the best paper and watercolors you can afford. I experienced a lot of frustration with lower quality products.

  37. Carolyn R says:

    I love that you choose watercolors and markers. Both are extremely effective. Thank you.

  38. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Wow! Gorgeous coloring! Your cards are fabulous!

  39. Both your cards are stunning but I absolutely love the iris colored with the markers!

  40. Kristine Boydstun says:

    I loved watching you process! Sometimes I start a card and don’t like it. It was inspirational to watch you transform something that wasn’t working, to something beautiful!

    1. Thank you, Kristine! I usually try to make it work and love to share that with you guys. Of course there have been times when I just couldn’t savage it.

  41. Nancy Pierce says:

    I found this stop on the Blog Hop to be the most inspirational To me. I particularly like the diversity in the two coloring choices. I also liked the persistence in the watercolor card—-misting it, using colored pencil to define the flower, and finally a little splatter… oh, and tearing the paper edges. In the more formal approach, I liked seeing the brown added to the purple and the lines for a “graphic” touch.