Video Guest of the Month: Michelle Short!

by Nicole Picadura


Hello, friends! We are so thrilled to introduce our video guest for the month of November, Michelle Short! She is amazing with all sorts of different coloring mediums and she created an amazing card to share with you today. Let's give her a warm welcome!


Hello there, Michelle here and I am delighted to be joining Altenew as their Video Guest Designer this month. I love Altenew stamps for their layering abilities but I also love them for watercolouring. I feel their style really lends them to a soft watercolour wash look. I started off by stamping the outline images in the Beautiful Day stamp set onto watercolour paper. This was then coloured using Altenew Inks, a paintbrush and some water. I love these inks for watercolouring as you can combine the shades to give depth to your colouring.

Once dry, the watercolour panel was added to a gray A2 card base with foam sheet to give some dimension. To finish off, I added a few Sparking Clear sequins. 


As you can see, the card is really simple in design but I love how the design of the stamps, along with the watercolouring, give a soft sketchy look. Thank you for visiting the Altenew blog today and a big thank you goes to Altenew for having me guest with them.

  • Beautiful Day Stamp Set
  • Shades of Purple Ink Cubes – I used Lavender Fields, Deep Iris, Midnight Violet
  • Green Fields Ink Cubes – I used Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades
  • Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black
  • Hahnemuhle Torchon Watercolour Paper
  • Inkadinkadoo Mask Paper
  • Mini MISTI
  • Frog Tape
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Brush sizes 4 and 6
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins
  • Zots Bling Glue Dots
  • Foam Sheet
  • Be Creative Tape


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Beverly Parkison November 23, 2016 - 10:31 AM

Really pretty watercolor wash. Thank you for sharing..

Michele F November 23, 2016 - 10:36 AM

Gorgeous stamp, gorgeous inks, Fabulous card!!!

Sue Goff November 23, 2016 - 10:59 AM

Gorgeous, Michelle, I will be having a go at this, Beautiful Day is one of my favourite stamp sets and your video is so clear regarding the placing of the different shades, so thank you for that.
Would you please clarify what you mean by A2 as, to me (also in the UK), A2 is 4 times the size of A4 i.e. 420mm x 594mm. Thanks in advance

Sue Goff November 23, 2016 - 6:15 PM

I’ve worked out what size it is now. :-)

Sue Goff November 23, 2016 - 6:18 PM

….and I’ve just seen your reply on YT. Ooops!

Harriet November 23, 2016 - 11:17 AM

Excellent video and truly a beautiful card. This set is one of my favorites. Altenew has extraordinary stamps and dies and inks.

Tara Prince November 23, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Just gorgeous!!

Ruth Andrews November 23, 2016 - 12:09 PM

I had no idea that you could watercolour with these! I think I need to try that. It’s a beautiful card. You do simple so well. Xx

Dar November 23, 2016 - 1:43 PM

LOVE your warercolored card. Just beautiful. The colors are lovely.

Maja November 23, 2016 - 2:23 PM

Great coloring, very beautiful card.

Christine Smith November 23, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Beautiful! I will watch the video later! xxx

Donna Z November 23, 2016 - 2:53 PM

So lovely! This is my fave set from Altenew. I must have a go at water colouring with it now. Thanks for sharing. Have a most wonderful day. Cheers Donna Z :)

Leanne in Cali November 23, 2016 - 2:56 PM

Beautiful! Love the watercoloring and details. Thanks for sharing the video!!

Lee November 23, 2016 - 5:25 PM


Anne Sturgeon November 23, 2016 - 5:29 PM

Welcome Michelle, and what a beautiful job. I also adore Altenew stamps. This soft pink is so wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn Sullender November 24, 2016 - 10:38 AM

Paper + ink + your amazing talent = a gorgeous card!!! Love your videos and thanks for taking the time to share these

Gail Plaskiewicz November 25, 2016 - 1:13 AM

Oh my gosh, this card is so pretty! I love this stamp and the watercoloring that you did is spectacular. I love to paint and color and LuminArte makes the best watercolor around. I should know, I have a lot of their colors. I also rubber stamp on clothing so I am thinking this would look amazing on a tee shirt but since I can’t water color on fabric, then I would have to use my fabric paints. I’ll have to think about that the next time I do a shirt. I am going to watch this video for sure so I can see what you did. Great job.

Lee November 25, 2016 - 7:31 PM

Thanks for sharing I have this stamp so will try to watercolour it. So beautiful.


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