Altenew Educators: “Background Bonanza” | Video Hop + Giveaway

by Erum Tasneem

Altenew Educators' Background Bonanza | Video Hop + Giveaway

Hello, everyone! Welcome to our Altenew Educators' Video Hop!

Erum here, with a new video for the Creative Coloring with Erum video series. Today's theme is Background Bonanza! Prepare to be captivated by a spectacular array of backgrounds.

Check out these amazing projects done by our AECP educators:

Altenew Educators' Background Bonanza | Video Hop + Giveaway

Now, on to our first inspiration for this video hop!

Easy Watercolor Florals and Background

For a truly relaxing day, might I recommend immersing yourself in the simple joy of stamping countless flowers, followed by a leisurely session of mindless watercoloring?

While I personally only colored eight to ten flowers, I found the gradual transition from dark to light hues incredibly soothing, truly embracing the meditative nature of the process.

Altenew Educators' Background Bonanza | Video Hop + Giveaway

  1. On an A2 Watercolor Cardstock, stamp the flower from the Mini Delight Delicate Butterfly several times (or as needed) in Obsidian Pigment Ink.
  2. Color the image using the yellow and orange colors from the Artists' Watercolor 24-Pan Set. Start by adding orange to the anywhere you want to show shadow. Tip: Add yellow instead of diluting the color to show highlights or lighter areas. This way, the color of the flower stays vibrant instead of soft. I keep switching the technique among flowers.
  3. I used warmer green watercolors, Rain Forest and Tropical Forest, for the stems.
  4. Once the images were dry, I fussy cut them and set them aside.
  5. On another panel of A2 Watercolor Cardstock, I applied water in an L shape. Then, I dropped in tropical Forest pigment and spread it around, making sure that the pigment was most concentrated on the bottom left and less as I moved my brush to the top left and to the bottom right. No pigment at all in the top right corner.
  6. I used a heat tool to dry the panel. Then, I added fine black splatters with a paintbrush. For this, I added Jet Black Ink Spray to a pan. This is super helpful and a less messy way to use the ink spray.Altenew Educators' Background Bonanza | Video Hop + Giveaway
  7. Next, I used the Glue Tape to adhere the images that I cut up so I could arrange them to my liking.
  8. Then I stamped the butterfly onto leftover watercolor cardstock in Obsidian Pigment Ink. And partially stamped its layer along the edges with Sunkissed Crisp Dye Ink. Then I used a wet paintbrush and went over the entire butterfly to spread the orange ink. To add the green to the wings, I used watercolor and added it to the area without color.
  9. Once the butterfly was dry, I adhered it to the card front and stamped the sentiment.

Video: Altenew Educators: “Background Bonanza” | Video Hop + Giveaway

You can watch the process video below and hop on to YouTube to leave comments to win prizes!

Giveaway Prizes

$120 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners and a $15 gift certificate to 4 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew video and/or each designer’s YouTube video on the hop list by 03/24/2024 for a chance to win.


Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each hop stop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 03/25/2024.

Video Hop List

Here's a list of the amazing designers joining today's video hop.

***IMPORTANT! Please leave a comment on each video on the hop list below – NOT on this post – to be entered into the giveaway.

Please don't forget to leave a comment on everyone's videos and let them know how amazing they are!

Also, if you have any creative requests you want to see in our next blog posts, feel free to reach out to us HERE! We'd love to hear your feedback.

Thanks so much for hopping!


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Karen Letchworth March 18, 2024 - 11:18 PM

This is stunning, Erum. Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration.

Keesha Soldevilla March 20, 2024 - 1:00 AM

You’re so welcome! I’m thrilled you find it inspiring. Sharing creativity is what it’s all about.

Carrie Ann Sheridan March 19, 2024 - 2:59 PM

What a great hop! So many brilliant techniques!

Keesha Soldevilla March 20, 2024 - 1:35 AM

We’re so happy you think so! We put a lot of effort into showcasing different techniques, and it’s great to hear you enjoyed them.

ggogogonz March 19, 2024 - 11:21 PM

Beautiful color combo. Very informative.

Traci Starkweather March 21, 2024 - 1:30 PM

Oooh this is so beautiful! I love the trick of adding a color to lighten or darken a color–rather than just deleting it! Thank you for the hop!


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