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Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Paeonia Japonica Watercolor Brush Marker Release

Introducing Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Paeonia Japonica with a couple of vintage watercolor handmade projects. Plus, a card went wrong and I share how I saved it.

Altenew Paeonia Japonica

If you arrived from one of my favorite crafty peeps, Therese Calvird’s blog, you’re right on track. To start at the beginning head to the Altenew Card Blog.

I’m sharing two vintage watercolor Paint-A-Flower: Paeonia Japonica projects today. Watch this short cardmaking video tutorial here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share it with friends.

Paint-A-Flower: Paeonia Japonica & Autumn Festival Watercolor Brush Markers

Let’s take a closer look at this Paint-A-Flower: Paeonia Japonica stamp set and Autumn Festival Watercolor Brush Marker release. Paeonia Japonica bespeaks of vintage floral illustration which inspired my projects today.

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Paeonia Japonica & Autumn Festival Watercolor Brush Markers

Did you spy three brand new Altenew colors? Sea Forest, Tree Bark, and Winter Fog are perfect for an autumn or vintage feel. Both Tree Bark and Winter Fog remind me very my of my favorite Copic neutral family, the E70’s.

Altenew Autumn Festival Watercolor Brush Markers

Vintage Watercolor Paint-A-Flower: Paeonia Japonica

Although these projects are a complete departure from my cherished vivid color palettes, I thoroughly enjoyed the vintage tones. These new colors are incredible and I’m hoping they have coordinating ink pads soon!

Vintage Watercolor Paint-A-Flower: Paeonia Japonica

If you follow me, you may know that I hardly ever start a card over. If something goes wrong, I don’t give up until I’m proud. In most cases, I’m happier with the unexpected outcome and learn a new trick along the way.

Vintage Watercolor Paint-A-Flower: Paeonia Japonica

See the pretty card? Well, I painted that and loved it, but decided it needed a watercolor background. And I was pretty happy with that until I couldn’t stop, and added a second layer of color. Gah, I couldn’t get past all that brown. So, I slept on it and painted a second card the next day.

Terrific Tags Card

Fortunately, I didn’t toss the first one. Because in the light of day, I was motivated to save it. I cut it down with a Terrific Tags die and created a tag shaped card base for it. And you know what? I love how it turned out!

Vintage Watercolor Terrific Tags Card

If you decide to create a tag card base, I recommend trimming it to size and punching a hole in the front only. There’s no need to have a hole on the backside of the tag card base. Sadly, I didn’t realize this until I had die-cut two holes.

Curious Metallic Eucalyptus heavyweight cardstock was perfect for the tag base and coordinated with the vintage palette beautifully.

Vintage Watercolor Terrific Tags Card

Silky Lilac Metallic Thread matched the new purple-gray-browns perfectly. So, I wound a bunch of it around the watercolor brush packaging and looped it through the tag hole.

Autumn Festival Watercolor Brush Markers

Pink & Grey Flower | Cotton Candy, Winter Fog
Yellow Flowers | Mango Smoothie, Yellow Ochre, Winter Fog, Cotton Candy
Pink & Yellow Flower | Cotton Candy, Mango Smoothie, Winter Fog
Leaves | Sea Forest, Cotton Candy, Tree Bark

More Paint-A-Flower Inspiration

I just can’t get enough of the Paint-A-Flower line of stamps. How about you?

Create deliciously vibrant cards with Artist Marker Refills and PAF Anemone.

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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 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 Winners Page on 07/31/2020.

Next Stop

The talented Nathalie DeSousa from our Mixed Media Design Team is up next! The full list of super awesome artists is here too.

Altenew Card Blog
Norine Borys
Jaycee Gaspar
Sveta Fotinia
Virginia Lu
Lilith Eeckels
Therese Calvird
Amber Rain Davis <<< You Are Here
Nathalie DeSousa
Svitlana Shayevich
Tania Ahmed
Nicole Watt


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  2. Sheri Carter says:

    I love the tags card. Your vintage coloring is beautiful!

  3. Beautiful. Love the vintage colors.

  4. Kathy Dippner says:

    Beautiful projects! I love the new marker colors and the tag card is lovely.

  5. Love love LOVE your card, and your tag card is amazing! Love your watercoloring, and incorporating your whoops into your video instead of editing it out is very encouraging fo new watercolorers like me! This PAF is going to be a fave for me.!

  6. Denise Bryant says:

    Gorgeous card and tag! Love the way you colored these beautiful blooms!

  7. Amber, your cards are simply fabulous! Love the autumn feel to your design and the pretty illustration in this new set. The marker colors of course are so pretty. I am glad you did not give up on your fist design, the tag shaped card turned out fantastic, I would even go a step further as to perforate the fold so the recipient could use the front panel either as a tag or as a book mark , thanks for the tip about hole punching only the front panel!

  8. Laurie Fleuette says:

    Gorgeous cards with amazing coloring. I really like that tag card. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Oleksandr says:

    Awesome card! I love it ❤️

  10. Barbara Walborn says:

    Gorgeous cards. I especially like your tag card.

  11. Jeanne Beam says:

    Beautiful card and tag! I love how you created the tag…
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. Tammy Hanson says:

    Both are truly amazing. Good thing you took the night to think on it. Would have been a great loss.

  13. I love your gorgeous card & am in awe of your fabulous “reject” card. What a great save!!

  14. Mary Holshouser says:

    So glad you didn’t throw the first card away.
    It is beautiful and makes a wonderful tag.
    Love both versions. thanks for sharing

  15. Penny MCROBERT says:

    Love the Tag Card Idea. The Watercolor Brush Markers sets make water coloring so easy. Thankyou for inspiring me today.

  16. Karen Hale says:

    OOOHH, Love all things Vintage and your card and tag are amazing!

  17. Your tag card is freaking amazing! And now I am going to have to buy the watercolor markers. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. I love that you were so honest with what you felt went wrong! I often think I am making a hot mess but am able to salvage it in the end. I love both your card and tag. The colours are gorgeous!

  19. Just gorgeous, Amber! I love the new colours! Your flowers really come to life. Thanks so much for sharing and the great video!! Take care! 🙂

  20. Sandra Frutchey says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Excited about getting mine!

  21. Lynn Young says:

    Two fabulous vintage look cards.

  22. Cyndi Morris says:

    Your card and tag are wonderful. My first impression of these new watercolor brush marker colors was totally changed when I saw your coloring. They are actually gorgeous and I can’t wait to add them to my collection.

  23. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    I love the warm autumn colors on your tag and card! Both backgrounds are beautiful!

  24. Loved both the card and especially the tag. Even if it had two extra holes it would not take away from that gorgeous tag!!!!

  25. Yvonne Boucher says:

    Amber your coloring is gorgeous. Love the vintage look. And your tag card is so sweet! Thank you for that idea, very clever!

  26. Karen Clark says:

    Beautiful fall colors. Always looking for tips how to correct my mistakes. Thank you.

  27. GleniceBust says:

    Glad you included both. Nice to know even notable people can not always like what the do….lol

  28. Carol Jones says:

    Beautiful projects Amber! I do like the fall feel to the colors in this marker set. I enjoyed a couple of little giggles at some of the funny things you said. Great save on the tag card, and thanks for keeping your mistakes in for us to learn from. I’m so glad I recently started following you! ♥️

  29. Cindy Holmes says:

    Gorgeous card and tag! I really love the vintage style of colors that you chose!

  30. Lisa Premo says:

    Just gorgeous coloring and that vintage feel! You really made a beautiful card and tag! Stunning! I chuckled at your cutting plate comments – boy, have I been there!

  31. Shawn Harcrow says:

    I wish my skill was on par with yours. Very lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Angie Person says:

    Two beautiful watercolored samples of this amazing new paint a flower stamp.

  33. Dorothy A says:

    Your card has a rich, almost Autumn feel to it, in my opinion. Also, your first card turned tag was a brilliant idea, and did save it from a cloudy background to a vivid, lovely creation! I enjoyed watching your video, and can so relate to small mistakes similar to the unwanted hole punch. Mine is usually an image glued in the wrong direction LOL!

  34. Gorgeous!!! The tag is out of this world beautiful.

  35. Love the vintage colors, so creative

  36. Carol Wortman says:

    This is so lovely. Love the vintage feel. My first thought was of a thunderstorm, these have that same special feeling. Love them, especially the tag.

  37. Betty Hempel says:

    Gorgeous card and tag. Love your colors and your designs on both, same stamp but both so different. Thank you for sharing

  38. Marisela Delgado says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful card and tag! Just lovely!

  39. I’m glad you saved the tag. It is very nice and compliments the card. Although I prefer the lighter background, both the card and tag are beautiful.

  40. Theresa Jolly Lee says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! The colors you used are so “different”, but stunning.

  41. Ummekulsum Kutub says:

    I love the flowers colored both ways. Even the one with the background colored looks so beautiful.

  42. Your card is GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing your talent.

  43. Zlatka Kabaivanova says:

    Gorgeous card and tag! The coloring is beautiful.

  44. Meghan Kennihan says:

    Such beautiful coloring! I LOVE the rich colors and your sentiment!

  45. Great stamp set and a lot to work with. Sentiments are really nice too. Love your color choice and card layout. Always helpful information from your work and videos. Off to happy hopping.

  46. So many lovely muted colors!!! These are definitely beautiful and as always I so appreciate your tips and inspiration!!! Have a wonderful week!

  47. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Wow, stunningly beautiful card and tag (LOVE how you saved that water color piece!) These autumn festival water color marker set is my fave I think, I love those colors with the grays and browns too.

  48. BECCA YAHRLING says:

    Love this darker color combo – beautiful projects.

  49. I love the flowing sentiment with this stamp.

  50. Margarita Navarro-Rivera says:

    WOW! Love those vintage cards!

  51. Angela C Posch says:

    Lovely, thanks for sharing.

  52. Kathleen Landphair says:

    Simply beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

  53. Wow! Loved the color combinations you used for the vintage feel. This was a good challenge for me to try because it’s out of my comfort zone. Thank you for the video!

  54. Lori Lehnen says:

    It’s so nice when others share their mistakes and frustrations with a project.
    In this case your perseverance paid off , both the tag and card are beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration!

  55. Lori Lehnen says:

    It’s so nice to see that others make mistakes on their cards and share the frustrations , and struggles with others. The best part is seeing that perseverance pays off , the end result looks beautiful!
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  56. Your card and tag card absolutely gorgeous! I do love the color combo. I have all their water color pan sets. I have never bought the markers; but now I’m really tempted.

  57. Inkin' Chickie says:

    Great video on the coloring process. I like that the background fill was left in for an idea on how to save the coloring for a tag. Great look at the new brush set. I like the color swatch comparison.

  58. Carolyn R says:

    So very beautiful.. I must stop and go watch the video.

  59. LOVE your vintage palette! And I hear you on the whole brown thing — but that Tree Bark and Winter Fog are so lovely — they look like a grey purple — a fig color. Just stunning cards I will try my hand at, too.

  60. I really enjoyed your video Amber. I have to agree with you that these subtle colours are beautiful. I tend to gravitate to brighter “happy” colours as well. But these combinations “speak to me” as they produce an overall calm, somewhat vintage look. Thank you for sharing with us the fact that you struggle at times as well. Me, it’s most of the time. lol

  61. Amber Rain, I LOVE THE ORIGINAL!!! You should be VERY proud! The second take is pretty, too, but doesn’t have that aged-washy-water-color look that I loved!
    Off to watch!

  62. Rema DeLeeuw says:

    Love that vintage look!

  63. These are beautiful! I need to go back to my vintage phase!

  64. Sandra Swayze says:

    Such gorgeous color combinations. Great save too, I love both!

  65. marilyn bailey says:

    Posted long comment on YT…but thoroughly enjoyed this video & seeing your ups and downs was a great learning experience!

  66. Great save. Your designs are beautiful

  67. Fantastic save! Loved how you showed us your bad decisions and how you fixed them. These flowers are lovely and the colors you chose are very nice.

  68. barbara lassiter says:

    These are beautiful and I appreciated that you showed your struggles with this. BTW it doesn’t show that you struggled at all and that’s where talent will out. No one will ever know if you don’t tell! 🙂

  69. Retta Lutte says:

    I actually watched your video this morning and that is how I found out about the blog hop. The colors in this marker set are wonderful! Your cards are beautiful. I have a habit of overcoloring my backgrounds, so I will be using your tag trick often, I imagine. Thank you for sharing!

  70. I love how you saved the “card” and turned it into a tag.

  71. sharon gullikson says:

    When I saw your name as the next on the list, I thought: this one is going to be incredible……and it is. You are SO talented. I love the way you colored the flowers and leaves. I’m just in awe…