Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Altenew Academy Project #24...

Hi! I am here today with my assignment for the Stunningly Simple Watercolor Techniques by Lydia Evans. This was one of the classes I chose to do for my Level 3 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I am a big fan of Lydia Evans. Her cards are always beautiful and her videos are very easy to follow. The class gives several ideas for incorporating watercolour into your work. It also covers many watercolour techniques and mediums with tons of tips and tricks.

I decided to use the Dropped In Color technique to create a galaxy background. Here is the card I made with the background.

I started with a piece of watercolour paper. I sprayed some water to wet a section of the paper. After letting the water soak in for some time, I started dropping in the colour. I used the Photo Inks by Camlin in shades of green, blue and violet. I kept adding the inks till I was happy with the way they mixed. I mixed some Perfect Pearls with water and added that as well. This lightened the colour in places and also gave the background a lovely silvery shine. Once the paper was dry, I added some gold splatters.

For the flowers, I stamped the flower and leaves from the Striped Florals set on the same watercolour paper and cut them with the coordinating dies. I also wet them and then dropped some gold acrylic paint to make them pop. Here is a closer look at the flowers.

I trimmed my galaxy panel and popped it with some foam tape. This was attached to a dark blue card base. I also added a strip of gold paper below the galaxy panel. The sentiment is from the Painted Greetings stamp set. I stamped it twice. Once with black ink and then with Versamark and gold embossing powder with the panel slightly off-set. The sentiment panel was glued directly to the panel. I arranged the die-cuts on the card, popping up the flower with a piece of foam tape for some added dimension. To finish, I adhered a small white half pearl to the centre of the flower.

Here is another look at the card.

I had lots of fun creating this beautiful background and definitely want to make more with different colour combos.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

CAS On Sunday Challenge #149 - Flowers:

Yes, Virginia Show and Share:

Papercraft Challenge #29 - Bright Colours:

Kat Scrappiness Blog January Card Challenge - Anything Goes:



  1. Love the rustic feel and use of colors for the background. REALLY artsy and beautiful!! So glad that you are in AECP Level 3!! Thanks so much for linking up to “Show & Share”! FABULOUS!

  2. Love the background you have created, god splatters are icing on the cake, looks pretty. Stopping here from Virginia's blog.
    My blog-
    Please stop for a visit.
    Have a great day.

  3. Beautiful flower-card!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at Cas on Friday!

  4. Many thanks for showing your wonderful project at Papercraft Challenge. Your background gives your card a very elegant touch. Well done!
    Hugs, Silke