Video: May 2017 Inspiration Challenge – Watercolor Lotus Card

by May Sukyong Park

@Altenew InspirationChallenge May2017Hello, crafty friends. It’s May here today hosting the May Inspiration Challenge. I chose a photo that my older brother sent me last year. He loves taking photos of flowers, so I often ask him to share them with me as I want to feel my home country which is South Korea.

Altenew Lotus WatercolorCard MayPark 7I created a one layer watercolor card using the Lotus stamp set. I was on the fence with stamping the stems. However, I decided to stamp them at the end as I wanted to use the same color scheme from the inspiration photo above.

Altenew Lotus WatercolorCard MayPark 8I started by stamping the images from the Lotus stamp set with black waterproof ink on a piece of cold press watercolor paper. I did some masking using post-it-note along the way to add some interest to my one layer card.

Altenew Lotus WatercolorCard MayPark 3Then I watercolored my images with Mijello Misson Gold watercolor set. I created a gentle gradient by starting with intense colors first with less water and then using a paint brush wet with clean water to diffuse the color.

Altenew Lotus WatercolorCard MayPark 6After stamping the sentiment from the Build-A-Flower: Camellia set, I added some paint splatters to finish off my card.

Altenew Lotus WatercolorCard MayPark 9I made a video tutorial to show you how to make this card from start to finish. You can watch it here below on YouTube channel. Hope you find it helpful.

Play Along:

Make a card, a tag, a layout or any other project based on the inspiration photo above. You may use either the colors, the composition, the elements, the texture or any combination to create your project.


  • Altenew products should be the focus, but other companies’ products can be used.
  • Make sure to use our challenge image above on your blog post.
  • Include a link back to the Altenew Inspiration Challenge post.
  • When uploading your project, make sure you link your entry post, not your entire blog.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish!
  • Challenge ends on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 at 11:55 pm EDT.


After the challenge closes, FOUR WINNERS will be selected. Each will receive a $30 gift certificate to spend at www.altenew.comWinners will be announced on Saturday, June 10th, 2017. 

There is more! If you use #AltenewChallenge when you share your challenge entry on social media, you are entered to win a $15 gift certificate to our online store.

Altenew Lotus WatercolorCard MayPark 5Please click on the blue button below to link your challenge entries. We can not wait to see where this month’s inspiration takes you!

S MaysukyongPark

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Jennifer K May 1, 2017 - 11:24 AM

May your card is stunning!!! I love how you watercolored the Lotus flowers and I think the splatter was the perfect finishing touch. I really enjoyed your video tutorial as well

Teresa Doyle May 1, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Absolutely stunning May!

preeti d. May 1, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Awesome inspiration :)

Helen May 1, 2017 - 12:30 PM

This is a lovely card, May. Thanks for sharing it.

Mary W May 1, 2017 - 12:34 PM

The leaves are my favorite part. Couldn’t wait to see how you colored them and was totally surprised that it was the easiest part! The stamp is really awesome that way.

Darlene Gabriel May 1, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Beautiful card. I love your watercolouring. Could you let me know again what kind of cloth you used? Thanks

Shelly May 1, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Oh, this is beautiful!

Lydia May 1, 2017 - 2:56 PM

Loved your card and water coloring technique. Thank you for the video, it helps us to see your process.

Maja May 1, 2017 - 3:42 PM

It’s gorgeous!

Nancy Sapp May 1, 2017 - 10:29 PM

May – I LOVE your water coloring techniques! Your explanation & video of how to water color the stamp set was “Spot On!” I watercolor EVERYTHING so I was very interested to watch YOUR methods.

Billie A May 2, 2017 - 12:17 AM

Very pretty stamp set and your water coloring is beautiful. Love the splatters.

Donna M. May 2, 2017 - 8:10 AM

What a lovely card! I enjoyed your video- you make watercoloring look so easy, & I am challenged to achieve that loose flowing look like your card has. Beautiful!!!

Pat May 2, 2017 - 10:16 AM

Very pretty and thank you for all the hints and techniques.

Rosy Newlun May 5, 2017 - 12:34 AM

Thank you for taking all the time and effort to create this card and video tutorial for us, May. I love the contrast of pink with pale pinks and white. I’m glad you added the leaves and stems, splattered and added slight blue puffy sky. ♥

Laura P. May 7, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Hi May, I love this card so much, and how sweet of your beother to take photos of home and send them to you! This color combination is beautiful, and the splatters add interest. So pretty!

Laura P. May 7, 2017 - 11:42 AM

*brother* !!!

Karen P May 18, 2017 - 6:02 PM

I love your water lilies card, just fabulously stamped, fabulously coloured and perfectly splattered too! Thank you for the challenge and constant wonderful inspirations from all of you Karen x

Gaylynn May 24, 2017 - 12:10 AM

I am happy to play along this time. I love the colors and the lovely inspiration from your DT. It was super fun getting out my Altenew goodies to create with.


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