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 Susan O'Halloran says:

    Wow! Beautiful cards! I love this watercolor under painting technique — I have never seen it before. Really want to try this!

  2. Avatar Robin Buchholz says:

    Wow, I love the vibrant colors on your beautiful card! Thank you for the inspiration.

  3. Avatar Lisa says:

    Shimmer powders? OH MY! I haven’t seen those before – they’re absolutely gorgeous! And so are your cards! I love the bright, vibrant colors! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  4. Avatar Teresa Godines #6857 says:

    This is my absolute favorite project so far. Love the bold and vibrant colors you always achieve. Thanks for all of the great inspiration

  5. Avatar Stacey Kowbel says:

    Gorgeous card! I love the colours!

  6. Avatar Henriëtte says:

    Wow Nina Marie what a bright and gorgeous colours did you use. Beautiful card with an awesome Altenew Stamp Set. Thanks for sharing.

  7. WOW!! My eyes say “thank you!!” Fantastic colours!

  8. Avatar Laurie Pickerel says:

    Gorgeous card! I love how you created that background and then the addition of the markers really made the image stand out. The colors are amazing. Thank you for the inspiration!

  9. Avatar Sue D says:

    Wow–so pretty and colorful!

  10. Avatar Barbara J. Baxter says:

    Nina, your cards are beautiful! I love your underpainting-with-Nuvo-shimmer-powder technique! I also liked that you had one card flat and the other one with the flowers popped up so one could see the difference. The colors you used on your background are perfect!

  11. Avatar Annette Hindes says:

    Love those colors!

  12. Avatar Mary-Anne V says:

    Never heard of underpainting so this technique is very cool!

  13. Avatar Super Stick Chick says:

    Wonderful card! Love all the vibrant colors.

  14. Avatar Trish F says:

    Oh how beautiful! I love this under-painting technique. Thank for sharing!

  15. Avatar Jennifer Petersen says:

    Fun cards! I had never seen those shimmer powders. So fun!

  16. Avatar Sindhu says:

    lovely card…love the colors used..

  17. Avatar Jennifer K says:

    Your card is beautiful Nina, I love your underpainting technique, I saw another video you did using this technique as well and your results were gorgeous too!!!

  18. Avatar Jean Marmo says:

    Love the bold colors!

  19. Avatar Beth Bray says:

    I’ve never heard of underpainting before. Thanks for introducing me to the technique. Lovely card.

  20. Avatar Karen Rice says:

    Such a vibrant card! Thanks for sharing your technique!

  21. Avatar Ashley Loving says:

    So pretty! Reminds me of a galaxy!

  22. Avatar Heather L DePasquale says:

    Wow! Love how vibrant your colors are. Must try these shimmer powders. Thanks for sharing your talents. Happy 4th Birthday Altenew!

  23. Avatar Miriam Prantner says:

    So bright and bold and FUN!

  24. Avatar Rae H. says:

    WOW! Specatular, Nina-Marie! Lovely color and lovely card. Altenew love your floral layering stamp sets. Happy 4th!

  25. Avatar 3kidmama says:

    I”m so glad you made a video! I was trying my best to figure out how you made these beautiful cards. Those nuvo shimmer powders are a products I haven’t seen before. Love the look and the depth you add with the additional painting. Happy Anniversary, Altenew! Thanks for a fun blog hop today.

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