Hello, hi! I have a post up on the Altenew Card Blog today and wanted to share my projects here as well! I’m showcasing the recently released Paint-A-Flower: Coral Sunset Stamp Set and featuring Altenew’s Watercolor Brush Markers at the same time.
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I’m sharing three different ways of using the Watercolor Brush Markers to produce one very vivid card, one less vivid, and one muted card, all using the same Coral Sunset stamp set.
For the first and second cards I smooshed watercolor liquid from the brush markers onto a watercolor palette, spritzed some water to dilute the color and using the “smooshing method” laid the watercolor panels face down onto the color puddles approximately where each bloom was positioned.
For the first card, it was easy to match paint puddle to bloom because I had already stamped and heat embossed my design. I stamped on the right hand side of the card panel with the left side of the stamp and on the left side of the card panel with the right side of the stamp to produce an image that is slightly different from the actual stamp.
Once each of the flowers was dry, I squeezed paint from the Moss and Dusk colored markers onto the watercolor palette and inked the leaves and background areas, adding more water with a brush to allow more blending of the colors. I added paint speckles once the flowers and background were dry.
Finally, I stamped the greeting with a combination of stamps in the Coral Sunset stamp set, and added a thin strip of black cardstock along the bottom to balance the whole card.
For the second card, I did much the same as the first, at least with the same colors of Watercolor Markers and the method of laying the watercolor paper face down onto color puddles.
For a more muted version of the first card though, I stamped the complete Coral Sunset stamp onto vellum paper with clear embossing ink and heat set with black embossing powder, and fussy cut the design.
Placing the vellum approximately where it would ultimately go, I was able to put the watercolor paper down into puddles of Warm Sunshine, Sunkissed and Purple Wine, letting each color mostly dry between colors so that they would blend into each other as much. Lastly, I added “smooshes” of green and blue and used a large wet brush to mix some of those colors (diluted) into the background.
To complete the card, I used liquid glue to adhere the vellum to the painted card panel, stamped another combination of greetings from the stamp set, heating with clear embossing powder over Obsidian Pigment ink, and adding a few black enamel dots.
For the last card, I stamped the design once more onto watercolor paper and this time heat embossed with Platinum embossing powder.
I selected the Lava Rock Watercolor Brush Marker because it matched the Platinum embossing powder so well, and painted the floral design varying the color intensity with water for a monochromatic color study.
I trimmed the bottom of the watercolor paper using the Altenew Scalloped Scallops Die, passing it through the die cutting machine twice to get a narrow stripe, which I then pounced with an embossing ink pad and heat set with more Platinum embossing powder for a perfect match.
I layered the painted and paint-speckled card panel overtop of a piece of coordinating patterned paper from my stash and combined some greeting stamps from another stamp set (Framed Friendship – discontinued, I’m sorry) to finish the card.
For a more detailed explanation and list of products used, you can click on over to my post on the Altenew Card Blog. Thank you! I appreciate your interest and support of my work and always appreciate your stopping by!