Friday, May 1, 2020

Altenew + The Daily Marker Watercolor Therapy Blog Hop & Giveaway



Hi Friends! I'm pleased to be joining the Altenew Watercolor Therapy Blog Hop, where the theme is to "color something daily, even if it's a few minutes." This is very similar to my new theme of "exercise something daily, even if it's a few minutes" hahaha. Quite a challenge for me. But, like exercising, if you stick with it, it's amazing how much better you get as the days and weeks go by!

We are super excited to participate with the one and only Kathy Racoosin in her legendary daily coloring challenge! Aside from being ridiculously talented, Kathy is a such a great motivator and cheerleader to so many of us crafters! Her heart is like gold : )

You may have come from Nina-Marie Trapani but if not feel free to start at the beginning with the Altenew Card Blog.



Statement Flowers Stamp Set
This card uses the new Statement Flowers set from the April release, which is just gorgeous, and PERFECT for practicing coloring methods. Here I've used the new 24 pan watercolor set to color these blooms.


One of Kathy Racoosin's famous tips is to darken the nooks and crannies. There might not be a lot of crannies in these flowers, but I really wanted to focus on the darkening aspect of this advice as it relates to the fuchsia. So whenever I thought I was done, I went back and added more fuchsia! I was really surprised with how intense the Altenew watercolors can get if you load your brush up. Definitely not the same results as when I was using my kids' school watercolor sets!


For the center I also concentrated on adding more color variety, and leaving some white space for contrast. It's subtle when you look at the whole card, but I like the extra interest it gives.


While focusing on adding more dark color to the card, I also wanted to focus on keeping more white on the card. So I guess you could say CONTRAST is what I was really trying for here : ) This has been a new concept for me ... not coloring to the edges of everything. I think it gives a more modern and loose vibe, and is a fun way to switch up your style.

The sentiment is from the newly released Sentiment Strips 2.

Even though I made these cards awhile ago, this one is still out on my desk because I love it so!

PRIZES


Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners and Kathy from The Daily Maker is also giving away a goodie bag (worth $30) to 4 lucky winners. Please leave a comment here on the Altenew Card Blog by 5/6/2020 for a chance to win.

We’ll 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 THIS POST on 5/9/2020.


Your next stop is the super talented Norine Borys!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Kelly



Supplies Used (affiliate links, thanks so much for your support!!)

Statement Flowers Stamp Set

73 comments:

  1. I love that stamp set and your water coloring. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Lovely card, well carried through. Love your colors and the stamp!

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  3. Beautiful watercoloring. I want to learn this. I need to practice this medium. [Bunny]

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  4. I'm thinking I need that stamp. WOW. Card well done.

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  5. Beautiful water coloring once again. I just love your artistry.

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  6. Your watercoloring is incredible! I LOVE the pink and beautiful shading!

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  7. Fabulous!! Love your watercoloring!!

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  8. Kelly, I love how bright and bold the color looks! Beautiful!

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  9. Wow! What amazingly beautiful flowers. I love the colors!!! You are so talented. Thank you.

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  10. Kelly, this is gorgeous. I love the layering colours/washes. :)

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  11. you used my favorite colors for your florals
    thanks for sharing
    Barb Housner

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  12. This is lovely. Your coloring looks great.

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  13. Oh what a stunner! Gorgeous card and amazing watercoloring.

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  14. Beautiful card-love the stamp.

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  15. Wow! This is simply gorgeous, Kelly! The white space makes it come alive!

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  16. This hop is perfect timing. I don’t have a pan set, but I just got a marker set. I’m really excited to try something new...and to take advantage of the class bundle. Thanks for your tips and inspiration. I’m definitely going to try to leave some white space. :)

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  17. Loved the card! I just got the spring watercolor brush markers - will try the nook and cranny thing!

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  18. Stunning, love the shading with white space!

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  19. I'm thinking that I might need to buy those flowers--stamps. GOrgeous

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  20. Wow.
    . Gorgeous hot pink flowers against the white.. They look so fab.. I'm in total awe seeing these beauties... ❤️❤️❤️

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  21. I love this card! That floral stamp is one of my new Altenew favorites and you did a fantastic job water coloring it! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  22. Your card is gorgeous. I love that Altenew Flower Stamp. It's one of my favorites.

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  23. Nice look to the coloring. I like the white space left on the petals.

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  24. Beautiful card your did a great job tyfs stay healthy and safe

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  25. OH Kelly - wow! This looks like it belongs in a beautiful coffee table book filled with the wonders of flowers! I love the softness this beholds and the tiny bit of white peeking - it gives your blossoms added dimension! This is sheer perfection! TFS!

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  26. Wow! Beautiful work! The flowers look so amazing!

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  27. Very pretty stamp and card! You did a great job! :)

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  28. I learned so much on water coloring from your post! Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration.

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  29. Beautiful card and watercoloring, great job with the highlights. That's always difficult for me to have the light and dark areas just right.

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  30. Stunning water colouring, Kelly! I love these gorgeous flowers! Take care! :)

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  31. Absolutely exquisite, Kelly! Your loose water-coloring style is my favorite of all. What a gorgeous image, and beautiful card!
    =]

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  32. Kelly - Stunning! Love this stamp set, makes a beautiful card but your coloring is gorgeous. Thank YOU!

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  33. Beautiful flowers! I like the idea of leaving some white. Need to try darkening the nooks and crannies.

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  34. So pretty! I love how you colored the bottom flower, leaving more white; different from the top one.

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  35. Swooning over the beauty of the pink flowers

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  36. I do like those sentiment strips

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  37. Very pretty!! I cannot watercolor worth a hoot so thanks for the inspiration!

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  38. Beautiful card! The Altenew sentiment stamps sets are the best.

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  39. I love watercoloring, thanks for sharing! Beautiful work.

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  40. Very inspiring watercolor. Thank you.

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  41. Beautiful flowers and a lovely card.

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  42. What a beautiful card. I am glad you kept returning to add more color because it really worked.

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  43. I love your watercoloring, adding more color to add more depth is a great idea!! Your card turned out perfectly!! Love the colors!!!❤️❤️❤️

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  44. I want Statement Flowers so bad!!!! I wasn't fast enough when they first came out. What gorgeous colors and blending you got on that card!

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  45. Hi Kelly :) Your card...color palette and composition is remarkable!!! Thanks for sharing about what you've been learning about deepening the colors in the creases! Makes a world of difference! Thanks for inspiring me :)

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  46. Beautiful - I love that new bold flower stamp from Altenew and your card is beautifully coloured!

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  47. Beautiful card! The colors are so sweet, and the white does make a nice contrast.

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  48. Your card just popped when I scrolled down. Hello There, Indeed!!! Loved how you left a little white in the center. Does make a difference. And I agree, the Altenew watercolor sets seem to be of very high quality. Staying home, reading, crafting, blog hopping and staying safe. You all take care.

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  49. Beautifully done Kelly, this is an incredible card!!

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  50. I love the Altenew 36 pan watercolor set and use it so much for watercoloring cards. This card of yours is stunning! I need to make a birthday card for a lady who will be 100 years old soon and this may be the inspiration for that card. Thanks!

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  51. Your blog is wonderful. Thanks for all the cool ideas.

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  52. I appreciate your tips on how to achieve this look and am hoping to be as successful when I try that technique!

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  53. Great project. That Statement Flower is really awesome. Each time I see it it's different and well done! You reached your goal Kelly. Thank you, Denise

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  54. Fresh, clean, crisp and so lovely, Kelly ... the jewel colours are just fabulous! Hugs, Anita :)

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  55. It's one of my favorite stamp of Altenew, and your card is so gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing with us your talent and your inspiration and thanks for the chance to win!

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  56. Kelly, I like how you went outside your comfort zone and did NOT color to the edge of the fuschia flower! I too have trouble with that when coloring in or painting fluers! I will have to try this and see if I can get stunning results too! Cheers!

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  57. SWOON!! Such a BEAUTIFUL Card Kelly!! I LOVE the Colors and the Design!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

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  58. O, Kelly! You've NAILED the loose watercoloring and use of white spaces! It's very beautiful! I love the bright colors in your floral and reminding me of Kathy's tip about the nooks and crannies. Thank you!

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  59. What a super pretty card!! Love the simple design and colors! <3

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  60. That card is so gorgeous. I love the colors and your watercoloring is amazing.

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  61. This stamp set is now on my wish list! Gorgeous watercolor it!

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  62. Beautifully watercoloured. I always like watercolours that kind of wash out at the ends of the flowers. SO SO pretty!

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  63. I also have trouble remembering how negative space can be our friend.

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  64. Gorgeous flowers and coloring! Love the Statement Flowers!

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  65. You captured the contrast between the fuchsia and white space beautifully!

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  66. Very beautiful flowers! Love the pinks!

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  67. I was lucky enough to meet with Kathy on her road trip a year and a half ago and was inspired by her coloring technique. I don't always have enough dark on my cards but I'm trying. You did a great job with the contrast, Kelly. This is such a beautiful card and I can't wait until the stamp is back in stock.

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly