Home decor project for Altenew Academy Assignment

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Home decor, Watercolor

paper coastersHi all. Today’s post is a special one, as it is for my level 2 assignment for Altenew’s Educator Certification program. If I pass this assignment, I will go onto the last level and finally finish the program… and hopefully be certified! So for this assignment, I’ve been asked to create a home decor and a tag, which is perfect, as I’m making watercolour paper drink coasters at the moment. I made a video, which I attached at the end of this post, showing how I did it.
20190328_151105These pulpboard coasters are made from compressed paper and are exactly like the drink coasters you find in your local pub, except they are blank and without any coating. So they are very absorbent. In my video, I show you two different ways of using them. One without any coating and one with clear Gesso, which is a surface preparation. Without Gesso, the coaster is very absorbent, which makes it difficult to blend my watercolours. You can see above on the coaster without gesso, that the different shades are not blended in, but you can still make beautiful coasters, as you can see below.coasters wout gessoI first stamped the flowers from Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus stamp set with Altenew inks and added a first light watercolour wash to each flower, followed by darker colours in the middle. The outline and the accents in the middle of the flowers were made using my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers. Once everything was dry, I sponged in the background using Altenew’s Halftone stencil and Ocean Waves ink20190330_152913For the second bunch of coasters, I first sprayed a layer of Gesso surface preparation on my coasters and let them dry overnight. (I sprayed a whole bunch, out of the house, at the same time so I would have them available for future use).  This turned the surface of my coasters into watercolour paper type surface so I could do normal blending with my watercolours. You will see the difference in my video.coasters with gessoFor these coasters, I used the gorgeous blooms from Altenew’s Botanical Garden stamp set and a paper stencil I made from Altenew’s Layered Floral Cover Die A. I stamped in the flowers and painted the background before painting the flowers so that the orange from the flowers wouldn’t leak into my background. 20190330_150355I placed the paper stencil over my dried coaster and blended in yellow and orange distress inks.  To finish, I sprayed all the coasters with a clear gloss varnish to make it waterproof and resistant to fading and once that dried, they were ready to be used!tagNow onto my gift tag which I wanted to coordinate with the coasters, so I went for the floral theme with a spotty background too.  This was really quick to make as I had some scraps from an experiment with embossing gel and liquid watercolours, which I used for cutting the leaf and flower from Altenew’s Floral Shadow die set.

I used the Halftone stencil again to create the background of my tag so that it would resemble two of the coasters. This time I used a shiny paste from Shimmerz called Coral Me Crazy. Don’t you love the shine? tag cuSo now its packaged and all ready to go to a mother’s friend, as a Thank You gift, as she brings me Altenew products whenever she comes to Europe!

For my two projects, I used the following techniques: stamping, masking, watercolouring, stencilling with inks and pastes, doodling with markers, ink blending and die cutting and you can see all that in detail in my video below. Please give me a thumbs up in Youtube if you like my video, and if you want more helpful tutorials, please subscribe to my channel!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you! Have a great day!

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I’m sharing this at:

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Happy Little Stampers – Watercolour challenge DT

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Home decor

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Hi all! I’m so excited to announce that I’m now on the Happy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge design team! Most of you already know that I love using watercolours to colour my cards, so being on this team is just amazing for me! I am also very lucky to be able to design among such talented watercolourist in this team.

The Ton Fresh cut poppies products

The challenge each month is “Anything Goes”, using watercolour of course, with an optional twist, and the twist for April is “Bright”. I’m making watercolour coasters at the moment so I’m sharing one I made for this challenge using the beautiful poppies from The Ton. I painted clear gesso over the thick paper pulp coaster before doing a no-line water-colouring on it and then sprayed it with transparent gloss varnish once it dried so that it would be water resistant and keep its colour.

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I hope I’ve inspired you to create something with your stamps using watercolours too and I look forward to seeing them in the challenge gallery at Happy Little Stampers! Have a great start to the week!

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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.

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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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