Underpainting with Shimmer Powders + Zig Markers + Altenew Hop

Happy Thursday everybody! I am back again with a new tutorial for you, in honor of a special celebration; Altenew is celebrating their 4th Anniversary! There are lots of anniversary celebrations happening lately… it’s so exciting to see so many of our favorite companies celebrating such wonderful milestones!

If you are just joining in the Altenew Anniversary blog hop, you should have arrived from the talented Laurel Beard’s blog!

Underpainting with Shimmer Powders + Zig Markers + Altenew Hop
Underpainting with Shimmer Powders + Zig Markers + Altenew Hop

In my project for the anniversary blog hop, I am using the stunning Altenew Happy Bloom stamp set and Tonic Studios’ Shimmer Powders. These gorgeous watercolor powders create mesmerizing effects; I used them to make a beautiful background that I used for a Zig Marker underpainting technique. Underpainting is something I’ve been really enjoying lately; you can see more underpainting projects I’ve made by clicking here.

Underpainting with Shimmer Powders + Zig Markers + Altenew Hop

The vibrancy of these Shimmer Powders are incredible. Coupled with similar tones of Zig markers, the white heat embossed florals simply pop off this card. Plus, as the name suggests, these powders are extremely shimmery; when they capture the light, it is so pretty!

I embellished the design with some of Pretty Pink Posh’s new jewels; Amethyst, Aquamarine and Watermelon. I also popped up a sentiment from Happy Bloom that I white heat embossed onto Mermaid cardstock.

Underpainting with Shimmer Powders + Zig Markers + Altenew Hop
Underpainting with Shimmer Powders + Zig Markers + Altenew Hop

If you would like to see how I created this fun watercolor effect, be sure to press play on the video at the top of this post! And be sure to keep on reading for all the details on the Altenew Anniversary blog hop (plus giveaways!).

Thanks for visiting with me today; I’ll be back soon with a brand new video for you!

supplies used

Altenew HAPPY BLOOM Clear Stamp Set…
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Pretty Pink Posh AMETHYST Jewels
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Pretty Pink Posh AQUAMARINE Jewels
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Pretty Pink Posh WATERMELON Jewels
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Tonic CHERRY BOMB Nuvo Shimmer Powder…
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Tonic VIOLET BROCADE Nuvo Shimmer…
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Tonic BLUE BLITZ Nuvo Shimmer Powder…
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Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker…
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Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker…
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Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker…
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Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker…
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Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker…
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Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker…
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Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker…
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Tonic MORNING DEW Grande Nuvo Crystal…
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4…
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Lawn Fawn MERMAID Cardstock LF1121
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Simon Says Stamp WHITE CARDSTOCK 120…
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Canson XL WATERCOLOR PAPER 9×12 140lb…
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE…
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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Brutus Monroe ALABASTER Ultra Fine…
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun…
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keep hopping and giveaways
Underpainting with Shimmer Powders + Zig Markers + Altenew Hop

There are over 30 amazing prizes being given away in this hop, including 5 Altenew $50 gift certificates,  an Altenew Academy class for 5 lucky winners and a Simon Says Stamp $50 gift certificate, just to name a few! You can see all the prizes at the Altenew blog.

Be sure to leave comments by April 15th, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 30 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs in the hop. Winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on April 17th, 2018.

I’m the last stop of the hop! If you missed any of the stops or want to start at the beginning, visit the Altenew blog!

240 Responses

  1. Avatar Cathy P. says:

    Wow – those bold colors with the embossed flowers are awesome!

  2. Avatar Lynne Ingram says:

    Lovely, both ways. Water coloring with the zigs gave more definition to the focal image.

  3. Avatar Nola Sullivan says:

    The shimmer powders look amazing on your cards. Love your talent.

  4. Avatar Sandy M says:

    I have been holding out buying the shimmer powders but after seeing what you can do with them I have to have them. Your cards are stunning.

  5. Avatar Angela Person says:

    I love painting with Zig markers but have not tried the shimmer powders. Love your cards.

  6. Avatar Becky Garcia (QB) says:

    These cards are just stunning! I love using watercolor powders for backgrounds and adding heat-embossed images/sentiments over them, but I never thought of painting on them. So thank you so much for the video tutorial on the under-painting technique. Your addition of the gems just took the card up another level.

  7. Avatar Pattie Jns says:

    haven’t tried these shimmering powders, but do love the zig markers. inspiring.

  8. Avatar Christa Stokes says:

    Such beautiful cards and colors!!

  9. Avatar Rema DeLeeuw says:

    Beautiful card and background!

  10. Avatar Jayne says:

    A fabulous burst of color like fireworks.

  11. Avatar Carolyn S says:

    Love Altenew, love this stamp set and love your card! Happiness all around

  12. Avatar Janet R says:

    Love the shimmer powders & what you’ve done. So vibrant and pretty.

  13. What an amazing cards. There are so many new products that I haven’t seen before. Hard to keep up with all the new stuff. Thanks for sharing this technique!

  14. Avatar Nicole H. says:

    Beautiful card!! :) I need to try those shimmer powders now!

  15. Avatar PatriciaD says:

    Really cool layering technique.

  16. Avatar Barb Housner says:

    love your cards. The video was wonderful also. Thanks for sharing

  17. Avatar Iris Soscia says:

    So pretty – love the shimmer powders.

  18. Avatar Lisa F says:

    This is so stunning!! The colors are so gorgeous!! Thanks for the amazing inspiration!!

  19. Avatar Charlotte Deerborn says:

    This is beautiful. You made me want to try this now. These products are going on my wish list.

  20. Avatar Ellen P De Matos says:

    Oh my! This is wonderful. It reminds me of a beautiful batik!

  21. Avatar Liz O. says:

    Wonderful idea! Love how you used the shimmer powders Nina. Gotta try this technique, thanks for sharing!

  22. Avatar Denise Mlady says:

    Your cards are beautiful! Sometimes I make backgrounds and don’t know what to do with them so I am going to try this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Avatar Nora says:

    WOW!! This is STUNNING!! You are killing me with theses shimmer powders!! I am trying not to buy anything and now I might need them!!!

  24. Avatar Cathy Loveless says:

    I absolutely love both of these cards. I’ve never seen the Nuvo Shimmer Powder and am in love with it. This stamp set from Altenew complements it perfectly!

  25. Avatar Kimberly Rasmusson says:

    I love what you did with the shimmer powders. Each time I tell myself I am not going to buy more crafting supplies someone comes out with an awesome video. You creative people are ruining my budget! Lol

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