Hero Arts Poppy Background

a2z Scrapbooking, Cards, Watercolor


Hi all, I’m over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog today, for the last time, to inspire you to join us in this month’s challenge. Yes, I am leaving the design team of a2z, to go on to other projects but I want to thank all my fellow DTs, especially Cindy,  for all their kindness and support. They are a great team to design with and I will miss them.

Poppy coaster cu

For my last post for them, I wanted to make something special and use an old Hero Arts stamp, called Poppy Background, and give it a fresh look. So do pop on over to see how I created my project!

Poppy coaster

I hope it will inspire you to join in our challenge, with any projects you have coloured with pens, markers, pencils, paints…. The winner, chosen by random draw, will receive his/her choice of 1 digital set from the a2z Scrapbooking store. In addition, if the winner used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps as the main focal point of their project, they will receive a $20 gift card to the store. I look forward to seeing in the challenge gallery!

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day!

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Altenew Academy Color Your Day

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Watercolor

How’s everyone on this wonderful Saturday morning? Here in Germany, the sun is coming out after a full week of non-stop rain and cold and the temperatures are rising at last… at least for the weekend anyway. I was never a fan of the heat until I came to Germany, now I just long to go somewhere dry and warm!

Anyway, I woke up early today to attend another online class at the Altenew Academy as I’m hoping to finish my level two courses this weekend, (I just have one more class to do before my “exam”!) after which I hopefully advance to the final level before getting certified. Today’s course is called “Color Your Day” by the amazing Therese Calvird. I have to be honest and say that as I’ve started learning to paint, I’ve read so many books and done so many courses about colour that I didn’t think I would learn anything new. But I did!

Altenew Botanical gardens prod

I knew about using the colour wheel and I would be lost without my inspirations to paint or make cards, but I think its the first time I heard about the 70, 20 10 colour rule, so I decided to make a card following this method. I used 70% blue, 20% green and 10% pink. As on Therese’s example card, I too used a variation of these colours. I also tried to have these colours a little everywhere on my card, so as not to have a block of colour. I used Altenew’s Botanical Gardens stamp set and the sentiment comes from their Beautiful Quotes set.

Altenew Botanical gardens cu

My no line water-colouring was done with Daniel Smith watercolours and I wanted to create an ombré look for the background, so I splattered it heavily at the bottom using liquid watercolours. Unfortunately, my sleeve ran over the splatters while they were still wet and turned some of the splatters into lines, but I thought it gave some movement to the overall picture so I ran a paintbrush through other splatters to create this windswept look.

Well, I’m off now, I wish I could say into the warm outdoors, but unfortunately not. I’ve volunteered to help at “Engineers without Borders” and we’ll be stuck indoors in a brainstorming session all afternoon, but it’s for a good cause. Well, thanks for dropping by and I would love to hear about whether you use the 70/20/10 colour rule too. Have a great weekend!

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I’m also sharing this with:

Yes VirginiaYes Virginia´s Show and Share

challenge up your life.pngChallenge Up your Life – Bye Bye Winter

Mixitup badgeMix It Up challenge blog – Anything Goes with the optional twist of an inked background

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Whatever the Weather

Altenew Academy “With A Twist”

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Watercolor

If you haven’t noticed, I love taking creative classes. At the moment, I’m enrolled to no less than 5 art classes, 3 online and 2 in real life! I have a thirst for learning new things that’s unquenchable at the moment. 😉 I’m also listening to podcasts while I’m making my cards, painting, or when I’m in the car. I have to admit though that once the lesson/podcast is over, I tend to forget most of what I learnt… that’s my Alzheimer’s settling in I think.🤣

Altenew Tulip product

They do say though that the best way to remember something, is to practise it and then teach/share it to someone else. Which is why the Altenew Academy courses I’m taking as part of my certification course is perfect. Not only do I learn tons of wonderful new techniques, but I also have to make a card out of them and share them with you here.

Today’s card uses 2 of the 6 techniques I learnt from Therese Calvird’s “With A Twist” course. I used Altenew’s Tulip layering stamp set in a different way than what it was intended for and used an unusual colouring scheme to watercolour my card. I first stamped a single tulip in grey, using the outline stamp, as I was going to do a no line water-colouring. I then used the “layering” part of the tulips stamps, which normally add detail to the stamp and used them as grass instead!

As you can see, I partially inked these stamps, with Peeled paint distress ink, so they would appear like grass instead of tulip buds. I then proceeded to watercolour in the rest of my tulip, using my Daniel Smith watercolours followed by Prismacolour pencils once it dried. I was influenced by the colours in the inspiration post in Altenew’s March challenge but combined them in unusual ways. You can see that I painted the tulip red and orange, but also added a hint of light blue. For the leaf, I painted it green but added some orange and blue too. I then went crazy with the paint splatters! I finished the card by stamping the sentiment from the same stamp set, using Versafine ink.

Altenew Tulip cu

I really enjoyed this class and will try to incorporate the other techniques I learnt in my future cards. Thanks for stopping by and I would love to know if you think those colours go well together!

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I’m sharing this over at:

Inspiration challengeAltenew March Inspiration challenge

the flower challengeThe Flower challenge – Anything

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Take It Make challenge – Anything Goes

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Feminine/Girly

time out.pngTime Out challenge – Celebrating their 5th birthday! Congratulations!

Altenew Blooming Bouquet

Addicted to Stamps and More, Altenew, Cards, Watercolor

addicted to stamps

Hi all, its Wednesday, so another challenge starts at the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog! This week it’s “Make Your Mark” so bring out your pencils, pens, markers, watercolours… anything that will leave a mark on your project, and link it up here.

Altenew beautiful day product

I used my favourite colouring medium, my watercolours of course, and did a type of painting that’s apparently on trend at the moment, according to my Skillshare class “Watercolor trends 2019” by Irina Trzaskos, which is to paint a dark background to your florals. I started by stamping Altenew’s Blooming Bouquet stamp set with light grey ink, which I find is the best colour for a no-line water-colouring. I proceeded to paint the stamp with a light colouring as I knew the dark background would really make it stand out, so there was no need to overpaint it. I used 300g watercolour paper as then it wouldn’t buckle when I painted the background.

Altenew beautiful day cu

I prepared alot of dark blue paint for my background by mixing Indigo Blue and Payne’s Grey. (Sidenote: did you know that original jeans used Indigo Blue as it impregnated the cotton really well, but unfortunately they now use synthetic Indigo Blue made from petroleum and metals and really pollute the planet…) Back to my card, to create a homogenous background, my brush had to be loaded with alot wet paint so that it wouldn’t leave too many streaks. I also tried not to go over the background again as it would either remove some paint or leave marks, so it wasn’t really easy to do but I really really enjoyed it! Using a really sharp pointed brush really helped me get in between the flowers.

Altenew beautiful day main

The sentiment comes from Altenew’s Beautiful Quotes stamp set, which I stamped with Color Box Frost white pigment ink as its so creamy and thick that it still stands out even after being a little absorbed by the paint. I cut it with Hero Arts infinity rounded rectangle dies and matted it on a white card base, which I had painted pink on the edges.

I gave this card to a friend who wants to do so many things, like me, but doesn’t have the time to do it all, I’m sure you all relate to that! So I really do appreciate you taking the time to come and visit my blog and I love all the comments you leave me. Do pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog and leave my teammates some love too, as they have created wonderful cards to inspire you to join us in this challenge.

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I’m sharing this over at:

sisterhoodThe Sisterhood of Crafters – Ladies/Girls

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – “Whatever the weather”…its always a good time to craft!

the flower challengeThe Flower challenge – Anything Goes

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Take It Make it challenge


Altenew Academy Beyond Basic Background

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Hi all, after a 6-month break, I’m back into trying to get my Altenew Academy Certification. I’m more than halfway into my level two and I “just” have another 15 or so courses to finish! 😉 Today I attended the online course at the Altenew Academy called “Beyond Basics Background” by the very talented Lydia Evans.

As usual, I learnt so many new techniques but I decided to combine two of my favourite techniques from the 6 different techniques she showed in 6 very detailed and instructive videos. I made my card using a watercolour background and water bleaching through the Altenew Watercolor Bouquet stencil, instead of using stamps.

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On a piece of 300g watercolour paper, I first created a wash using Permanent Alizarin Crimson by Daniel Smith, in the middle, added some Scarlet lake by Winsor and Newton on the sides and Green Gold at the top and sides. I waited for it to dry a little and then placed the Altenew stencil over the watercolour panel and tapped through the stencil with a damp tissue. This lifted some paint from my watercolour wash leaving the outline of the rose stencil. The rest of the stencil also moved the paint underneath, which mixed the paints and gave a wonderful effect, don’t you think?

Altenew watercolor bouquet stencil cu

As you can see, by adding a darker red in the middle where I would be creating the flower, it created a nice dark border, highlighting it even more from the rest of the card.

To finish, I stamped the beautiful sentiment from Altenew’s Beautiful Quotes stamp set, cut it with one of Sue Wilson’s nest rectangle dies and matted it on a card base I created. I’m really very happy with the effect this method gave and thankful to Lydia at the Altenew Academy for inspiring me this way!

Well, thanks for dropping by and I hope you liked my card too. I would love to know your thoughts! Have a great day!

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I’m sharing this with:

Inspiration challenge.jpgAltenew Inspiration challenge – I didn’t use tulips but I did use the three colours in the picture

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Make It Girly

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

Yes VirginiaYes Virginia’s March Show and Share

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