Watercoloring Painted Flowers

by yana.smakula

Hello, friends! Yana is here sharing a card I decided to call “Stamped Simplicity”. I've been encouraging myself to revisit some of my older Altenew supplies and naturally, Painted Flowers stamps and dies grabbed my attention.

Watercoloring Painted Flowers from Altenew. Thank you for your kindness card by @yanasmakula

I've created a number of projects using this set in the past and the more I used it the more I wanted not to use the matching stamp layers, but to watercolor these beautiful flowers and leaves. And today I finally have.

Watercoloring Painted Flowers from Altenew. Thank you for your kindness card by @yanasmakula

I started by heat embossing image outlines in clear embossing powder over black pigment ink onto watercolor paper. I used VersaFine Onyx Black ink and Arches Cold Press Paper. To watercolor these I used a new-to-me Daniel Smith Sampler Watercolor sheet. I only went with two colors here – teal and green. By using various amounts of water and pigment I was able to achieve darker and lighter sections on my flower and leaves.

Watercoloring Painted Flowers from Altenew. Thank you for your kindness card by @yanasmakula

Altenew has a number of stamp set that have “layering capabilities” and all of them can be watercolored like the Painted Flowers one. If you've been wanting to watercolor some of those (or color using alcohol markers or pencils) instead of stamping matching layers I encourage you to do so today. Its easy, fun and results are always beautiful. Plus, this lets you get more out of your stamps.

To complete my card I created an A2 top folding tan card base, stamped several painted flower images in Altenew Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink, foam mounted a gorgeous frame, added my flower and leaves and completed with with a simple white heat embossed Thank You sentiment. I did add an additional one that reads “For Your Kindness” and embellished this card with a few sequins.


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Andrea Shell March 28, 2016 - 10:48 AM

“Simply” gorgeous!

Harriet March 28, 2016 - 10:55 AM

Lovely composition. This card has such a refined elegance.

barb macaskill March 28, 2016 - 12:22 PM

This is absolutely stunning! LOVE the frame and your flower is divine!! TFS!

Beverly LoPinto March 28, 2016 - 3:41 PM

Such a beautiful card!

Laurie Page March 28, 2016 - 4:23 PM

Very nice Yana. And thanks for the reminder to use simpler methods for layering stamps.

Melissa Friedrich March 28, 2016 - 4:42 PM

Beautiful card, love the use of the outline stamp and watercolor your own layers!

Celeste Goff March 28, 2016 - 6:44 PM

What a beautifully elegant card Yana!

Janet March 28, 2016 - 8:51 PM

Beautiful -and just love when you incorporate these fabulous frames in your projects :-)

Linda Langes March 28, 2016 - 10:19 PM

Stunning Yana – love love love the design too!


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