Video Guest of the Month: Julia Altermann!

by Nicole Picadura


Welcome to our last video guest post of the year! We've had such a blast having amazing designers throughout the year and today's guest is no different! Julia is an amazing colorist and she created stunning CAS cards! Let's give her a warm welcome!


Hello everyone! This is Julia from Just One More Card and I’m honored to be a guest designer for Altenew this month! I love the amazing images that Altenew puts out as stamps because I can use them for all kinds of coloring techniques. Today, I want to show you how I did some no-line watercoloring using the Poinsettia & Pine stamp set.

First of all, you can use this technique with all sorts of coloring mediums: I selected watercolor because that is easiest for me, but of course you can use Copics or pencils just as well. The trick is to stamp your images with an ink that is light enough to blend into your coloring so you won’t have those stark black outlines. For watercoloring, using Antique Linen Distress Ink is a great choice. I also use other colors because they’d match what I wanted to use anyway, but if you only buy one color, you can use Antique Linen for everything and later color over with your “actual” colors.


It took me quite some time to get the cone right since I applied three or four shades. Just remember: this isn’t a contest. No one is going to grade you on how ‘perfect’ your coloration is, or how life-like. Remember to have fun, and to take artistic license—so what if each sections isn’t quite right in terms of lights and shadows? I guarantee you, 99.9% of possible recipients of such a card will not notice it. Instead, they’ll be amazed at the time and effort you put into this, and they’ll feel special and treasure this card.


As with all watercolor, work in sections that are not adjacent to each other to prevent colors to bleed into each other. It might test your patience—it surely always tests mine—but you’ll save yourself a lot of frustration by just being patient. To get the nice contrast, also dare to go a bit darker in the shadows than you’d normally do. Dark shadows and light highlights will help to make your image pop and appear more interesting.


Lastly, don’t forget the finishing touches. I splattered some color on my piece, just to increase the ‘rustic’ feel of it, and then added some faux snow with my white Sharpie. You can use any opaque white gel pen, you could use white Nuvo drops after the coloration has dried, or even white embossing paste.


Thank you so much for stopping by today, and thank you to Altenew for having me! Cheers!


Please see below for a few of supplies used in this project:

– Altenew Poinsettia & Pine
– Altenew Holiday Wishes
– Hahnemuehle Aquarellkarton
– Sharpie White marker
– Inktense Pencils
– Velvet Black Brush #2
– DaVinci Brush 3/0 Forte Synthetic


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Linda Whitaker December 8, 2016 - 10:27 AM

Julia, I love this pinecone card the color & shading. Also, enjoy listening to you talk. Thank you hope you have a great week end.

Diane H December 8, 2016 - 10:40 AM

This is such a gorgeous card! I, too, love to work with watercolors and I find your video very inspiring to me…I could watch you paint for hours I’m afraid! I have this Poinsettia and Pine stamp from Altenew and I hope to get a chance to try the technique you’ve demonstrated before Christmas.

KimberlyRae December 8, 2016 - 11:17 AM

Simply Outstanding!

Robbin-Jeanne December 8, 2016 - 11:57 AM

Thank you so much for your encouragement and support to try things and to do it for the fun of it! Your coloring is wonderful and of course the Atenew products are great.

Rachel A December 8, 2016 - 12:18 PM

Such a gorgeous card, as always, Julia! This is amazing. I loved the techniques that you used. Seriously beautiful.

FeM December 8, 2016 - 2:31 PM

Amazing painting. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous card.

Melanie December 8, 2016 - 2:38 PM

Beautiful card. Great colouring!

Cynthia Koop December 8, 2016 - 3:03 PM

Such a beautiful card you made and it could be used for more then just a holiday card. Thank you for all the great coloring tips. I love coloring with my Inkense pencils but don’t use them enough. Now is a good time!

Clelie December 8, 2016 - 3:28 PM

What a beautiful job! You always remind us to enjoy the process and have fun! Thanks, I need that sometimes when I try some of these difficult techniques!

Leanne in Cali December 8, 2016 - 4:16 PM

I love Julia! Her work is gorgeous and her videos are amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing this video on the beautiful no line watercoloring pinecone card. It’s stunning!

Harriet December 8, 2016 - 4:47 PM

The humble pine cone is made beautiful by your talent.

Teresa Doyle December 8, 2016 - 5:09 PM

Positively stunning Julia!

Barb December 8, 2016 - 7:56 PM

Beautiful, as always. I adore your work.

Isabelle December 9, 2016 - 8:42 AM

As usual, you made a stunning card ! I agree with you, having fun always gives beautiful result ? !

Christiane Wacker December 9, 2016 - 12:37 PM

Thank you! You outdid yourself one more!

Kristie Maynard December 9, 2016 - 2:52 PM

This turned out gorgeous, Julia! I still haven’t tried the no line coloring again, maybe after the holidays, I’ll get the time. Thanks for a great video.

Claudia December 11, 2016 - 9:32 AM

Beautiful card! I’ve learned a lot from your videos! So thank you for sharing your knowledge:) Happy Holidays

Nancee Purdum December 11, 2016 - 9:55 PM

So pretty. Thanks for sharing! :)

Beth Karschnick December 12, 2016 - 3:24 AM

Your card is SO BEAUTIFUL, Julia!! I absolutely LOVE it!!!!

3kidmama December 14, 2016 - 1:06 AM

Such a LOVELY card, Julia! Your pinecone is stunning. Thanks for the reminder to get my Intense pencils out – I DO love their brighter colors. I just tend to forget to use them – but you’ve inspired me. :)

Maureen Chandler December 14, 2016 - 7:51 AM

Lovely card – thank you so much for your video too!!!

Lagene December 18, 2016 - 4:22 PM

Awesome card and technique! Thanks for the great video!


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