Forever and Always Watercolored Cards

by May Sukyong Park

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Hello again, Altenew friends! Norine here and I'm back to share a couple of cards made with one of my very favorite techniques – watercolor painting with white-embossed outline stamps! I used the delicate and stunning stamp set Forever and Always.

Altenew Watercolor1 TaeEun 20Yoo 6dbde66b 5e2a 4489 bf2aRemember the recent watercolor paints release? I'm still gaga for this beautifully curated palette of watercolor paints and I want to create all. my. projects. with them!

Altenew foreveralways NorineB 2For today's cards, I stamped the two bunches of roses from the Forever and Always Stamp Set onto watercolor paper with some Clear Embossing Ink and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder.


Altenew ForeverAlways NorineB 4For the most part, I used the paint colors straight from the palette with only a little color mixing to create similar muted blends of the pure paint colors. I often (almost always) do this with green shades no matter what type of coloring medium I'm using.

Altenew ForeverAlways NorineB 5Using a very loose painting technique, I “painted” enclosed areas (like one entire rose bloom) with a wet brush then lightly filled a brush with a paint and dropped the color into the wet areas to let the pigment wick away in an organic fashion. Then, before the paint dried, I added more intensity to the centers of the flowers with a little more paint of the same color.

Altenew Foreveralways NorineB 6Another favorite painting technique I like to do is to create a colored background from the same colors and shades that I've used on the stamped image, by dragging some of the paint outside the lines, to spread out behind the leaves and flowers. Where the paint colors are analogous (similar in hue and close to each other on the color wheel) I don't mind overlapping them on the background so they can blend and dry into a unique shade of its own.

But when the colors are complimentary, (opposite each other on the color wheel, such as pink and green) I try to keep them from blending together, because they will just create an unappealing shade of brown. Once the painting is dry, I like to splatter dots of the same colors of paint that I've used for painting by loading a brush with plenty of water and paint and tapping the brush against my finger to allow the paint to splatter where it will.

Altenew ForeverAlways NorineB 3I stamped two of the sentiments from the same Forever and Always Stamp Set and heat set with a little clear embossing powder. Then I added a few matching enamel dots and mounted each painted panel onto a colored cardstock card base.

I've used diluted shades of the paint colors to achieve the muted look of my cards today but these paints are very capable of much more intense shades as well!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!Norine Borys Blog Footer


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margaret driscoll UK August 23, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Hello Norine
I just love the effect of watercolour on these stamps so beautiful!
Love Marg

Lucille Kearin August 23, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Your rose cards are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing the way you did the watercolor with the embossed images, must try this :)

barbara lassiter August 23, 2018 - 11:03 AM

These cards are stunning. Thanks for all the great watercolor tips in your tutorial.

Harriet Herrington August 23, 2018 - 11:30 AM


Margaret August 23, 2018 - 2:46 PM

Very beautiful! And thank you for the watercoloring tips – so helpful!

Terrie D. August 23, 2018 - 3:15 PM

These are really gorgeous cards! The watercoloring looks beautiful :)

Tracy Hawkins August 23, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Norine these cards are gorgeous! Love your dreamy watercolour style! Your colour choices are perfect x

JanM August 23, 2018 - 7:57 PM

Can I just say OMG!!! You are amazing and these creations are beyond beautiful and elegant. Wow! I’m in love!

Betty August 23, 2018 - 10:04 PM

beautiful cards, Norine – thanks for the tips – I am really enjoying working with these new watercolors.

Lib Harriss August 24, 2018 - 10:45 AM

This card is so beautiful! I can’t wat until my watercolor paints arrive! Thanks for the inspiration!

Mary W August 24, 2018 - 10:48 AM

WOW Really different colors for background and absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

Kathy Bolam August 24, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Thank you, Norine, for much appreciated coloring technique ideas! Your card is absolutely beautiful.

Cheryl Rigney August 24, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Your cards are beautiful!! Thank you for sharing the details of your creative process. I find that very helpful :)

Patt H. August 24, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Lovely card, Norine! Love the soft colors!

jellybeanerz August 24, 2018 - 12:33 PM

oh so very beautiful!

dlweldon August 24, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Wow! Your card is beautiful!!

Sharon N August 24, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Beautiful! Soft and colorful.

Linda Huffman August 24, 2018 - 1:53 PM


Mindy1414 August 24, 2018 - 4:42 PM

Your techniques used on these cards makes for stunning cards! Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration, I can’t wait to try this.

Helen August 24, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Your cards are so beautiful, Norine. Those muted colors are lovely with the white heat embossing. tfs

Karthikha Uday August 25, 2018 - 12:43 AM

Lovely watercoloring!!

Sonja August 25, 2018 - 8:06 AM

That card is GORGEOUS!!!!

June F August 27, 2018 - 7:09 AM

Beautiful designs and such delicate shades of colour

maureenchandler August 27, 2018 - 8:39 AM

Beautiful cards – I just got my watercolors and can’t wait to create!!! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely work!!!

Linda Huffman August 27, 2018 - 11:12 AM

Beautiful cards! Love the new watercolors. Just received mine….can’t wait to use them! Thank you for sharing!

Tara Prince August 28, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Gorgeous colors!!

Jan Metcalf August 30, 2018 - 8:11 AM

Your watercolor cards are fantastic! Just breathtaking!

Daria August 30, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Lovely cards!

Melodee Marienthal September 1, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Absolutely beautiful! Just received my watercolors, can’t wait to start creating. You are very inspiring!


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