Hello Crafty Friends! Today I have a card I made for the Altenew Color Your Day class. This class is taught by Therese Calvird and is a must take class. She presented how to use color on a card perfectly. It really made me think about composition more when creating. I loved her idea of using a neutral color with bright colors to really make them pop. I couldn’t wait to use my Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers to create both the background and the images.
For this card I used the following:
- Build a Flower: Bellaroma Hybrid Tea Rose – Altenew
- Spring Garden Watercolor Brush Marker set (Moss, Rubellite, Autumn Blaze, and Evening Gray) – Altenew
- Water brush – Altenew
- Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder – Altenew
- VersaFine Onyx Black ink pad
- VersaMark ink pad
- Watercolor paper – Canson
- Distress White Heavystock – Ranger
- Heat It Craft Tool – Ranger
I love the Watercolor Brush Markers from Altenew. I have 2 sets and can’t wait to get the other two. I love that they can be used in so many different ways. I tend to be a bit heavy handed with the pigment so I try to reach for them every chance I get to practice. For this card I actually started very light with the floral images, then dried in between layers and layered color until I was happy with the image.
- For the background panel, I sprayed a panel of Distress White Heavystock with water so that it was fairly wet. I then lightly applied my pigment with the Evening Gray Brush Marker to get color all over the panel.
- Using pigment mixed with water and pigment straight from the brush marker I continued to add color using vertical strokes until I got the look I wanted. I set this aside to dry.
- After stamping the floral image and leaves a few times on the Canson Watercolor Paper, I used a water brush to add water to an image.
- I worked on one image at a time, using my Water Color Brush Markers from the Spring Garden Set to add pigment. I used Rubellite and Autumn Blaze for the flowers and Moss for the leaves.
- I started with very little pigment and let that spread into the water. After adding pigment where I wanted I used my Heat It Craft Tool to dry between layers. I added layers of the pigments to the images until I was happy with they way they looked.
- I left small amounts of white space on my images as suggested by Therese in this class.
- Those were set aside to dry while I finished the background panel and sentiment strip.
- Using the Evening Gray water brush marker, I gently squeezed some pigment into the bristles of the brush marker and flicked some splatter on the background panel only. I set this aside.
- Using a scrap of black cardstock, I prepped it with an anti-static powder bag before stamping my sentiments with VersaMark ink. I then poured Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder over the stamped image and heat set it using an embossing gun.
- To assemble, I added foam tape to my flowers and my sentiment strip. I placed the flowers in the upper left corner and used liquid glue on my leaves to place under the flowers. The sentiment strip was placed on the bottom part of the background panel. Then I adhered the panel to a top folding heavy weight card base using liquid glue.
Therese talks about how to balance colors on a card by using percentages of each color. I tried to stick to this with this card and I loved how this card turned out. I hope you enjoyed today’s card and that you go create something beautiful today. Thanks for stopping by.