Altenew | Refresh Your Watercolor Brush Markers Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to Altenew Refresh Your Watercolor Brush Markers Blog Hop. We are celebrating the release of Watercolor Brush markers Release!

You probably came from Maryam Perez. If not – you may consider starting from the beginning at Altenew Card Blog and see what other members of Altenew design team and guest designers have created. There are so many beautiful projects from talented designers. Also you on each stop you you have a chance to win a prize.

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I made two cards for two upcoming seasons – fall and winter. And I used refills as liquid watercolor (I mean I wasn’t refilling my markers, I’m not even close to that point when I need to refill them). As any other coloring media they can be used for coloring. But I decided to use a couple of liquid watercolor techniques to create backgrounds. I love making my own backgrounds.

FALL THANK YOU CARD

Making background for this card was both very easy and challenging. I totally forgot how pigmented this liquid watercolor is and added to much ending up with rather messy background and a lot of watercolor waste.
So I ruined several pieces before I got a grip of how much watercolor I need to add. So that was a challenging part. And by the way – when I say I ruined several pieces it doesn’t mean they went to garbage. I’m saving them and can use later for die-cuts. You won’t believe how wonderful die-cut sentiment you can get out of such ruined pieces.

Liquid Watercolor Fall Background. Card by Svitlana Shayevich

And the easy part is that technique itself is very easy.

I was using Crimson, Autumn Blaze, Warm Sunshine and Moss watercolor liquids to make the background. I added tiny drops of each colors onto a watercolor panel all around it. There were maybe like 4-5 droplets of each and the distance between them was about 3/4 of an inch. So they were quite scattered.

Then I sprinkled the panel with clear water. Again it wasn’t a lot – maybe like 3-4 times in different parts of the panel. You don’t need to add a lot of water as may end up with a messy background as I did in the beginning. I was using a mini-mister bottle. It’s a great tool to have in your stash if you ever spray anything. The amount of water from one spray is less than when you use a regular sprayer. And in this case I needed less water in each part of the panel when I was spraying.

Liquid Watercolor Fall Background. Card by Svitlana Shayevich

Ok it was a mouthful for such simple technique. Nowadays I’m not sure people even read blog post texts. But I like sharing my process.

So after spraying the panel the liquid watercolor started moving and blending together, covering the whole panel. I’ve helped to dry using my heat tool. Another tool which I recommend to have in your stash. It’s meant to be used for drying backgrounds when similar techniques are applied. It doesn’t blow as much as an embossing tool and doesn’t move water around. Which can be helpful when you’re happy with when colors are now and just want to fix their position. If it makes sense.

To add interest to the background I’ve added splatters of Crimson watercolor as well as shimmery water (which I made by adding perfect pearls powder to a clear water, I store this mix in another mini-mister bottle).

After that I foam mounted the panel onto a white card base.

Liquid Watercolor Fall Background. Card by Svitlana Shayevich

When you make a fall card you probably want to add fall leaves onto it. Me too! Since there was already quite enough fall colors on the background for leaves I decided to go white. Which is a bit not traditional, but hey! I love beating not traditional with my cards.

I white embossed several leaves from the With Gratitude Stamp Set and die-cut them using the matching dies.

After that I adhered them onto the card.

Liquid Watercolor Fall Background. Card by Svitlana Shayevich

For the sentiment I die-cut a word thanks out of a white and Mirror Gold Cardstock, stacked them with a slight shift and adhered onto the card.

BUBBLE WATERCOLOR BACKGROUND

My next card is a winter one and it was so easy to make. I used an oldie but goodies technique which I knew when I was a kid. And I personally knew this technique used with an acrylic or tempera paint. I wanted to try it with liquid watercolor and totally am happy with the result.

Liquid Watercolor Bubble Background. Card by Svitlana Shayevich

So for this technique you need a small bowl (about a cup size and shape), water, liquid soap, liquid watercolor and a straw.

Depending of proportions the result will be different (color intensity wise). I filled my bowl to the half with water, added one “squeeze” of a liquid soap, and tree droplets of the Dessert Night Liquid Watercolor. Mix all ingredients together, inserted a straw into this mix and started blowing. Which created soap bubbles raising from the bowl. Then I took a watercolor panel and pulling of picked up these bubbles with it. When they went away I ended up with a fun bubble design. I did it several times until I covered the whole panel with bubbles.

This probably is better to be shown in a video, as usual I thought about it too late. Will try to make one if you’re interested.

Liquid Watercolor Bubble Background. Card by Svitlana Shayevich

I was impressed how just tree droplets of the liquid watercolor gave me decent amount of color.

Will be honest – I wasn’t sure this technique would work at all with watercolor. I was afraid I would need to use a lot of it to in diluted form it still creates color. But it would be a total waste. So I decided to sacrifice three droplets to see if it works. And it totally did! This watercolor is so intense!

Next time I want to try less water and maybe make several backgrounds for future. This time I made only two and there still was enough of mix left.

Liquid Watercolor Bubble Background. Card by Svitlana Shayevich

So after that I foam mounted the panel onto a white card base.

Then I die-cut several Layered Snowflakes and adhered them onto the card.

Next I die-cut a word Merry, adhered it onto a vellum strip, which in turn I adhered onto the card.

Liquid Watercolor Bubble Background. Card by Svitlana Shayevich

Lastly I popped up another part of the sentiment and called it a card.

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PRIZES

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 9/25/2019 for a chance to win.

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 9/27/2019.

GET HOPPING!

The next stop in the blog hop will be Laurie Willison. If you got lost you can find the full list of blog hop participants below. 

BLOG HOP

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Nathalie DeSousa

Lydia Fiedler

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Maryam Perez

Svitlana Shayevich

Laurie Willison

Lilith Eeckels

Jen Schow

Agnieszka Malyszek

Janette Kausen

Kymona Tracey

Jaycee Gaspar

 

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61 Comments

  1. Reply

    Nina Houghton

    September 20, 2019

    Your cards both took my breath away! They are so beautiful. I love the Autumn and Fall colors, so the Autumn leaf card was very inspirational. But soft blue is one of my favorite colors, so the snowflake card was equally gorgeous. Thank you!

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    gail

    September 20, 2019

    I’m going to try the bubble technique. so cool

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      Lissette

      September 22, 2019

      I love your cards. My favorite is the autumn/fall card with such vivid colors. Thank you for sharing.

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        Jenrescuemama

        September 25, 2019

        Love that you’re open about experimenting! The end results are gorgeous.

  3. Reply

    Joyce Whitten

    September 20, 2019

    Now you’ve made me want to try my hand at this.

  4. Reply

    Maria B

    September 20, 2019

    I read and appreciate your blog post texts. Please keep writing them. I also appreciate your honesty about your learning process with the watercolors.

  5. Reply

    Joyce Bergthold

    September 20, 2019

    I love that your cards are not ordinary, and just beautiful! I want to try your technique with the! velum leaves. Thank you for sharing these amazing cards!

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    Tammy Cunliffe

    September 20, 2019

    I’ve got to try the bubbles! I couldn’t be happier that I can get refills now! I love the cards you’ve made using them and I’m inspired by your designs as well!

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    Carol Henderson

    September 20, 2019

    Great cards! What a fun idea with the dish soap – I am definitely going to try it! Also, your autumn card gave me an idea for my Thanksgiving cards. Thank you!

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    Brenda L. Kuder

    September 20, 2019

    Beautiful backgrounds! I love the vellum leaves! I might use your card for my Thanksgiving cards. 🙂

  9. Reply

    Laura P.

    September 20, 2019

    I always love your blog posts and read every word, so please keep writing! Both cards are stunning, and like others said I also appreciate you sharing your learning curve on how much of the refills to use. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous cards and techniques!

  10. Reply

    Lois

    September 20, 2019

    Love the intensity of color!

  11. Reply

    Krista Dorsett

    September 20, 2019

    Great job on these cards!

  12. Reply

    Tara Prince

    September 20, 2019

    So pretty! I love the snowflakes!

  13. Reply

    sandy M

    September 20, 2019

    I haven’t used the soap bubble technique in a long time. Your card looks wonderful. Thanks for reminding me I need to try it again. Your fall card background is beautiful.

  14. Reply

    Tammy Hanson

    September 20, 2019

    Love the blue and white card. Right in my favorite color scheme for winter cards.

  15. Reply

    barbara lassiter

    September 20, 2019

    Love that you created a Christmas card with these( “cause that’s what I’m working on ) but the fall card is beautiful too. The soap bubble technique sounds like fun and your results encourage me to try it!

  16. Reply

    Stacey Kowbel

    September 20, 2019

    Such gorgeous cards! I love the fall colours on the thanks card!

  17. Reply

    Denise Bryant

    September 20, 2019

    Gorgeous backgrounds with these beautiful watercolors! Love the color combos you used! Fabulous cards!

  18. Reply

    Nora Noll

    September 20, 2019

    Such GORGEOUS cards!!

  19. Reply

    Betty Hempel

    September 20, 2019

    Vibrant colors on your Thanks card. So rich and fun and all ready for fall. The Merry Wishes card is truly a winter card with the soft colors of snow and warmth. Both cards so different but so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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    La Rae Prentice

    September 20, 2019

    Both of your cards are gorgeous. Also, I love the bubbly technique you described.

  21. Reply

    Geri S

    September 20, 2019

    Beautiful cards and fun techniques – thanks for sharing!

  22. Reply

    Melissa F

    September 20, 2019

    Beautiful cards, love the bubble blowing technique!

  23. Reply

    Susan Strawser

    September 20, 2019

    Those backgrounds are very pretty. I especially like the Merry Wishes.

  24. Reply

    Kelsey Thomas

    September 20, 2019

    I love how you made your backgrounds!

  25. Reply

    Meghan Kennihan

    September 20, 2019

    Perfect seasonal watercolor cards! LOVE THAT autumn one!

  26. Reply

    Deb Tilton

    September 20, 2019

    I haven’t tried the bubble technique yet, but that gives me something to try this weekend. the color and design you got on your card is very nice

  27. Reply

    Carla Hundley

    September 21, 2019

    Oh so gorgeous with
    the beautiful background
    inking!
    Carla from Utah

  28. Reply

    Jen K

    September 21, 2019

    The autumn card is amazing! That background was totally worth the effort to get there.

  29. Reply

    Nandini Karmarkar

    September 21, 2019

    Love the gorgeous backgrounds. The second one is really amazing! Looks like ice floating on a blue lake.

  30. Reply

    Linda BL

    September 21, 2019

    Love both your cards. Thanks for sharing both techniques! Would like to see a video of the soap bubble technique with the watercolor refills. I am glad that you take the time to write out what you do for each card– I read them and learn a lot from your detailed descriptions.

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    Geneviève

    September 21, 2019

    I adore the bubble background this type of technique is a happy one please make a video if you can

  32. Reply

    JoAnn

    September 21, 2019

    Your cards are amazing! I love to make backgrounds and live using watercolors. I’m not sure which is my favourite, I love them both. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Reply

    Tess

    September 21, 2019

    Going to set aside a “kid day” and make some bubble backgrounds. Thanks for reminding us about a forgotten fun!

  34. Reply

    Patty A Eifert

    September 21, 2019

    Very pretty backgrounds!!

  35. Reply

    Derin Thompson

    September 21, 2019

    Love your backgrounds. One bright for fall and one subdued for winter.

  36. Reply

    Cyndi Morris

    September 21, 2019

    Beautiful cards. Your backgrounds are so pretty. I can’t wait to try these new watercolor marker refills.

  37. Reply

    Susan B

    September 21, 2019

    Both cards are outstanding! I love the colors you chose for each card.

  38. Reply

    Annette Reed

    September 22, 2019

    These cards look great! I like the techniques and I think the way you embellished the backgrounds look fantastic. I agree that the leaves look better in white and I love the Christmas card.

  39. Reply

    Michelle Hackett

    September 22, 2019

    I would definitely be interested in seeing a video of that water and bubbles technique. That came out so cool. Love the color in your fall card, and the vellum leaves added a nice touch!

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    Makalah Wagner

    September 22, 2019

    Your snowy winter card is so pretty! Such a cool effect

  41. Reply

    Beverly Jordan

    September 22, 2019

    Your cards are so magical! Great color choices for different seasons and color combos!

  42. Reply

    Connie

    September 22, 2019

    Hi Svitlana 🙂 I love your focus on the seasons…winter with snowflakes and autumn with leaves! Delightful cards indeed!!! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

  43. Reply

    Laurie Schlichter

    September 23, 2019

    Love the autumn colors background with the delicate, lacy leaves. Spasiba.

  44. Reply

    Lauryne Cunningham

    September 23, 2019

    Awesome cards! I love how you created the backgrounds! The fall colors background is so unique and gorgeous!

  45. Reply

    Marisela Delgado

    September 23, 2019

    such great cards

  46. Reply

    Marisela Delgado

    September 23, 2019

    such pretty colors

  47. Reply

    Lisa Byers

    September 23, 2019

    Love your seasonal cards!! The backgrounds are awesome!! I really love the Merry one. That soft blue is beautiful!

  48. Reply

    Kathy Dippner

    September 23, 2019

    Wow! Love the background on the fall card and the cool technique you did on the winter one.

  49. Reply

    Teri S.

    September 23, 2019

    Well, for ruined backgrounds I’d say you got a very dynamic & dramatic & gorgeous card in your first one. Wow! I love the soft blues you’ve used with the second one that is perfect for winter.

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    Betty Hempel

    September 23, 2019

    Wow, love the soft blue colors of Christmas and just opposite, bright brilliant fall colors for the second card, love them both however I am more of a bright bold colors.. But sometimes I just feel I must use soft colors. Thank you for sharing.

  51. Reply

    Kathy McCluskey

    September 24, 2019

    WOW, Svitlana! Both of your cards are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your process with us…I read every word and appreciate that you took the time to share it with us. I love your creativity!!

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    Aimee Phillips

    September 24, 2019

    I absolutely love your bubble card. I’ve never heard of this technique for card-making, and think I might have to try it. Thank you for thinking outside the box for card-making. Both of what you created are beautiful.

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    Karthikha Uday

    September 24, 2019

    Fantastic cards, perfect for the seasons!! Love them 🙂

  54. Reply

    Mendy Crumpton

    September 24, 2019

    Oh those soft blue snowflakes and then that fall background. Simply gorgeous cards!

  55. Reply

    Sue D

    September 24, 2019

    Love the colors on these pretty backgrounds.

  56. Reply

    Maria Malaveci

    September 25, 2019

    These are absolutely gorgeous!

  57. Reply

    Nana Griffin

    September 25, 2019

    Great colors used.

  58. Reply

    Nana Griffin

    September 25, 2019

    Your color choices are great and a wonderful job.

  59. Reply

    Karen Page

    September 28, 2019

    I totally still read blog posts and I am thankful there are still talented crafters willing to explain their techniques as I am still learning after being a card maker for 10+ years now! These cards are beautiful and I had never ever heard of the bubble technique before. And I appreciate the details on the trials and errors of your watercolor background. I will probably have a few of my own when I try this but I have better info to start out with than you did so it should go smoother. Though, I too like to use my “fails” for die cutting, so maybe I shouldn’t worry about getting it right the first time 🙂

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