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Watercolor + Doodles | Color Connection

It’s time for another Color Connection episode featuring Watercolor + Doodles. Whether you prefer freehand or stencil and stamp assisted watercolor + doodles there’s a handmade card here for you!

Watercolor + Doodles Color Connection with Amber

What is Color Connection with Amber?

If you’re new to Color Connection with Amber, it’s an Altenew video series that focuses on the color palette from the Altenew Inspiration Challenge. This month, Ashlea Cornell from the Altenew Video Design Team is hosting the challenge. She chose a charming vintage farmhouse theme.

Altenew July 2020 Inspiration Challenge

So what will it be, freehand or stencil & stamp watercolor + doodle cards? Why not try both? All the details for these soft watercolor + doodle cards are in this short cardmaking video tutorial.

Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there, I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share it with friends!

Freehand Watercolor + Doodles

First up is a bit of freehand watercolor + doodles. These Silver Dollar Eucalyptus leaves are easy peasy due to their simple shapes.

Watercolor + Doodles

Typically, I use Altenew Artists Watercolor straight out of the pans. But, for this color palette, I mixed a soft green and brownish-pink. Allow the pink stems to mix with the leaves for an artsy effect.

But, make sure you allow leaves to completely dry before painting an overlapping leaf. This will ensure crisp edges.

Altenew Artists Watercolor
Green | Rain Forest, Tropical Forest, Green Hills, Lapis Lazuli
Pink | Tea Party, Fall Harvest, Coffee Break

Altenew Artists Watercolor 24 Pan Set

Next, I doodled some eucalyptus leaves with a Sakura Micron 01 pen to fill in the gaps. I also added a few pen strokes to the branches. For more instruction, definitely watch the video.

Watercolor + Doodles freehand

Lastly, I stamped two sentiments from Statement Flowers in Obsidian Pigment Ink and embellished with Satin Gold Sequins.

Stencil & Stamp Watercolor + Doodles

While freehand watercolor, doodles, and Zentangle® may be my jam, I know it’s not for everyone. So here’s a stencil and stamp version for anyone who’s not ready to take on a new skill.

Watercolor + Doodles with Stencil & Stamps

I didn’t get to play with Altenew Cloud Scene Stencil for the release hop, so I jumped at the chance to break it out for these cards. I absolutely love the realistic cloud texture. These organic edges lend themselves well to this marble-style watercolor background.

Altenew Cloud Scene Stencil

You know I love a twofer so after some stencil assisted watercolor I cut the panel with a rectangle stacking die. This results in a frame and centerpiece. The card above is clean and simple with a stamped sentiment from Weekend Doodles. I popped up the center panel and added White Satin Sequins to finish off the card.

Weekend Doodles is the perfect stamp set to add a hand-drawn doodle look to your cards. First, I stamped the largest image on a 4.25×5.5 piece of white cardstock.

Altenew Weekend Doodles | Watercolor + Doodles with stamps

Second, I left my stamp in the same position in the Mini MISTI and stamped the image on the watercolor frame. Finally, I adhered the frame with foam tape and embellished with White Satin Sequins.

That’s a wrap on Watercolor + Doodles, freehand and with stencils & stamps! I hope you guys enjoyed these projects and if you’ve never tried freehand watercolor and/or doodles before that you’ll give it a go. Do let me know what you think down below.

Crazy One-Layer Dimension

Create spectacular dimension on one-layer cards with Zentangle® and shading.

Learn these easy techniques in this short cardmaking post/video.

Altenew Inspiration Challenge

We’d love to see what you’re creating. Play along with the challenge and you could win one of four $30 gift cards to shop Altenew.

Altenew July 2020 Inspiration Challenge

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  1. I absolutely loved the watercolor eucalyptus Tutorial and the cloud stencil as well! Awesome work! Please do more freehand work for us, your work is such an inspiration!!