Altenew + The Daily Marker Watercolor Therapy Blog Hop, A Giveaway & A VIDEO

Hello! We’re back with a blog hop today, with Altenew and Kathy Racoosin’s Daily Marker Coloring Challenge! If you are arriving here from Kathy’s own blog, then you are in the right place, otherwise you can click back to the start of the blog hop at the Altenew Card Blog.

Altenew has many many different options for adding color to your paper crafting projects, but the newest (and maybe my favorite?!) is the Woodless Watercolor Pencils! They are the perfect combination of coloring AND painting! And that is what I used for today’s cards. And for my faithful friends who have been asking for videos….! I finally have one for you today! The last card of this post is made on video and you can watch it at the end.

Once again. I went overboard. I’m sorry. I just had to use as many of the watercolor pencils as I could! *shrug.

I used the lovely Forever In Love stamp set for all of today’s cards, but varied the look of each with different color schemes and card designs.

You’d actually never know it but I’m not a fan of purple. However with the combination of blues and lavender, I feel myself coming around! The image for this card was stamped onto Altenew watercolor cardstock with Obsidian Pigment ink and heat set with clear embossing powder.

To achieve these color blends on the roses I used Desert Night, Ultramarine, Lavender Fields and a touch of Turquoise and Ruby Red watercolor pencils in select spots. Then I used a wet paint brush to activate and blend the pigments. (I should actually show you a photo of what this stamped image looked like before I started the painting step!)

You’d never think that this could become something so beautiful, would you!? So, then I die cut the floral arrangement with the coordinating die, plus several more layers of cardstock to stack and adhere to give some interesting dimension to the finished card. I supported the colors mixed into the flowers with similar shades of patterned paper on the card front. The “thank you” sentiment comes from the Paint-A-Flower Calla Lily stamp set.

For my second card, I stamped the dual rose image onto standard watercolor paper, using Evening Gray ink that dries quickly and doesn’t need any heat embossing to set.

I sharpened the pencil tips for this coloring, to help me get color into the tiny areas of the petals. I used Moss and Rubellite to color the leaves, then painted them with a wet paint brush to blend the colors and get into the crevices of the image.

When the flowers and leaves were done, I added a warm shade of gold to the background by touching the tip of my wet paint brush to the tip of the watercolor pencil and coloring in the background, fading out to very little color on the perimeter by adding more water to the brush and spreading out the color. The “thinking of you” sentiment on this card is from the Just Jasmine stamp set.

This next card is stamped onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock with Obsidian Pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The main reason for that choice of paper was that I wanted to compare the blend-ability of the watercolor pencils on various papers and the smooth cardstock does a lovely job of that! (Important to note though, when you use this paper, be satisfied to add only a little water to the image, and not overwork it with your brush as the paper surface will pill after a bit.

When I color/paint an arrangement with two of the same kind of flowers, I sometimes like to introduce a slightly different shade to one of the flowers. In this case I added the warm shade of yellow to the pink tones of the bottom rose after the first was dry. I painted the two flowers the same, waited for them to dry, then went pack and painted a 2nd layer of pale yellow over top of the dried top rose. I didn’t use the pencils to actually color that 2nd layer, but just touched the tip of the wet paint brush to the tip of the pencil and picked up a small amount of color that way. These pencils are richly pigmented and happily, a little goes a long way!

For these color blends I used the Crimson and Heart Beat watercolor pencils along with the Maple Yellow pencil for the warm shade on the top rose. The greeting on this card comes from the Autumn Bounty stamp set and the enamel dots are gathered from several different enamel dots color sets.

Finally, I have a last arrangement, colored and painted. Along with a video showing how I used the watercolor pencils to paint this card.

I stamped onto Altenew watercolor cardstock – the really bright white paper and these pencils love that paper too!

I used some blue and purple pencils for the berries, different shades of greens (blues + yellows) for the leaves, but then went back and added another layer of Moss over all the leaves to tone them down a little, and Heart Beat, Crimson and a little Ruby Red for the rose blooms. I also splattered paint speckles with the leftover shades of pigment and a heavily wetted paint brush. The sentiment on this card is two of the word stamps in the Birthday Builder stamp set.


Altenew and Kathy from The Daily Marker are giving away over $350 prizes to 17 lucky winners. 

Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below for a chance to win by 11/24/2020. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 11/30/2020.

As well, they are running an additional promotion:

Receive a FREE brand NEW Butterfly Kisses($4.99 value) with *every order from 11/18/2020 at 12:01 am EST until 11/19/2020 at 11:59 pm EST or while supplies last. The free gift will be added to cart automatically. Shop here -> https://altenew.com/collections/all-altenew-products *Not valid on online class, workshop, print media orders. 

Your next stop on the hop is Laura Jane’s blog! If you encounter a broken link, feel free to refer back to the complete Hop listed below. Thank you for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of the hop!

Altenew Card Blog

Kathy Racoosin

Norine Borys – You are here.


Nicole Watt

Caly Person

Virginia Lu

Tenia Nelson

Maryam Perez

Jenny Colacicco

Amber Rain Davis

Emily Midgett

Erum Tasneem

Ashley Tucker

Dana Joy

Kelly Griglione

Jessie Banks

Nenette S. Madero

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