Hi there! Today, Altenew is adding the Sweet Pea to their Paint A Flower family, and we’re celebrating with a blog hop! You should have arrived here from LauraJane, and your next stop is Natasha Davies. You can also start back at the beginning at the Altenew Card Blog. Here’s a peek at this month’s Paint A Flower set:
I love the beauty and grace of sweet peas. They add such a lovely, soft, romantic look to bridal bouquets, and this new Paint-A-Flower Sweet Pea stamp set captures that beautifully! If you love these Paint A Flower sets, you can always subscribe to receive them automatically each month-and at a discount! I have a soft watercolored project for you today, so let’s get started with the details!
I began my project by heat embossing the beautiful Sweet Pea stalk twice onto a slightly-larger-than-A2 panel of watercolor paper using white embossing powder. I recently remembered how lovely white embossing looks with watercoloring; the softness almost creates the illusion of no-line coloring, but with the ease of those little raised embossed areas encapsulating your watercolor and keeping the petals from bleeding into each other. Once I had heat embossed my images onto the watercolor card front, I taped my panel down to a watercolor board to help minimize warping.
Next, I used the Altenew Artist’s 24 Pan Watercolor set to add a wash of very diluted pink and coral to the entire background, going back with dabs of more concentrated color in random spots, but keeping the overall feel very light. (Remember, watercolor always dries lighter than when you lay the color down! It’s easy to add color, but difficult to take it away, so adding an extra layer of color keeps things lighter than if you start with darker, more concentrated color.) Once my background wash was dry, I used more concentrated pink to intensify the colors on the flowers themselves, adding subtle washes of coral around the edges of the petals to add some variation.
Once my watercoloring was completely dry, I splattered some dark pink on the panel, then turned my attention to the greeting. I heat embossed one of the “sweet” greetings from the Sweet Pea set using more white embossing powder on some deep raspberry colored cardstock. I popped the sentiment strip up on the watercolored panel using foam adhesive, then added a few iridescent gems to add some sparkle.
Well, that’s all for my project today! Now for some fun giveaway information:
$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 12/29/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 12/30/2021.
Your next stop is Natasha Davies. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy hopping!