Inky Creations with April

Sharing my love of handmade cards and papercraftting

Hello Crafty Friends! I had so much fun with Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media class taught by Jennifer Rzasa, Debby Hughes and Laura Bassen. They used Altenew’s products in such awesome ways. I don’t have some of the supplies they used so I made a few adjustments to get the same results. I loved the idea of watercoloring using the metallic shimmer sprays which I don’t have yet, so I used Watercolor Brush Markers mixed with Perfect Pearls. This gave a great shimmer to the gorgeous pigments in the brush markers.

For this card I used the following:

I decided to add a couple of the ideas from this class to this card. I did ink smooshing but used ink pads spritzed with some water and watercolor brush markers with some Perfect Pearls.

  • I started with my background panel. I smooshed some Sea Breeze and Turquoise ink on a craft mat then lightly spritzed with water. I then grabbed some recycled packaging from a stamp set and used it to pick up the Sea Breeze and applied it on the panel. I used a heat tool to dry this then added the Turquoise to add some dimension to the panel. I did this until happy with the background. Once this was dry I cut down the panel a little so I would have a white border when mounted on my card base.
  • On some watercolor paper I used VersaMark Ink to stamp a couple flowers and some leaves from the Semi Double Chrysanthemum: Build a Flower Set. Then used Antique Gold Crisp Embossing powder to emboss the images. As always use an anti static powder tool on your cardstock before stamping your images.
  • Next, I grabbed my Spring Garden Watercolor Brush Set and pulled the Warm Sunshine, Autumn Blaze and Moss markers. Then from the Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Set I pulled the Crimson, Sunkissed and Fresh Lemon markers.
  • I dropped some pigment from each of these on my craft mat then added a tiny amount of Perfect Pearls to each drop. I mixed all of these well. It does not take much powder to make the pigment shimmer.
  • Using a watercolor brush I added some clear water over the images so I could do a wet on wet watercoloring technique on the images using the pigment mixed with Perfect Pearls.
  • I started with the lighter colors for both the flowers and the leaves and added depth with the darker colors. When I was happy with the images I set them aside to dry.
  • While those were drying, I stamped a sentiment from the Semi Double Chrysanthemum: Build a Flower set with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on the ink smooshed panel.
  • I then used the Blue Gold from the Starry Colors Set to add some gold splatter to the panel.
  • When everything was dry, I added the flowers and leaves directly to the background panel. Then used some foam tape on the background panel to add it to the front of a top folding heavy weight card base. I did trim off the edge of one leaf that was overhanging my card base.
  • As a final touch, I added some Satin White Sequins to the card.

I am not sure if Chrysanthemum’s grow with this orange color scheme, but when I use flowers on my cards I use whatever colors I am drawn to that day. I hope you have a great day and that you create something beautiful. Thank you for stopping by.

6 thoughts on “Altenew: Creative Watercolor Media

  1. This is such a lovely card!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Erum Tasneem says:

    It turned out gorgeous!! Such beautiful colours and design. Love it. April. Wonderful work! Thank you for submitting your fabulous work to the AECP assignment gallery.

    Liked by 1 person

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