Gatefold Watercolor Floral Card + Altenew’s Watercolor Release

Hello crafters, welcome back! As many of you know, I am a big fan of watercoloring; it is the technique I first started with when I began cardmaking and even all these years later, it has still held the place as probably my most-favorite coloring medium.

When I found out last year that Altenew was planning on releasing a 36 set of watercolors to coordinate with their ever-growing line of prodcuts, I was thrilled! I have played with these watercolors for almost a year now and can tell you that I still love them as much as I did when I first tried them out last Fall.

Gatefold Watercolor Floral Card + Altenew's Watercolor Release

Today I am participating as a guest in a celebration hop showcasing this gorgeous palette of watercolors. If you have already been hopping along with us, you should have arrived from the amazing, Yoonsun Hur’s blog. Yoonsun is super-talented with watercoloring; I’ve always admired her cards!

Speaking of cards, I have two to share with you featuring these new Altenew watercolors!

Gatefold Watercolor Floral Card + Altenew's Watercolor Release

The first is this elegant, gatefold design. I have loved working with the Starry Flowers stamp set from Altenew and it works so perfectly for this particular card, as the arrangement of florals is quite large.

The Starry Flowers stamp and die set from Altenew is a current favorite of mine; if you love this set as much as I do, you may want to check out this post, where I layered the florals onto a vibrant Copic marker background. I’m also a big fan of the sentiments in this stamp set, as they work well on so many cards.

Gatefold Watercolor Floral Card + Altenew's Watercolor Release

This card is best explained by watching the video at the top of this post. In the video I walk you through how I built the gatefold design with the Starry Flowers stamp and die set. I also talk about the new watercolors, as well as teach how I watercolored these florals too.

All the watercoloring was done on Canson XL watercolor paper. This paper has a pretty light tooth to it, so it works great for stamping and heat embossing. I also recommend you use a powder bag to prep the surface of your watercolor paper before stamping. This will make sure you eliminate any oils or static from the paper.

Gatefold Watercolor Floral Card + Altenew's Watercolor Release
Gatefold Watercolor Floral Card + Altenew's Watercolor Release

I also created a bonus card for you that I colored with these new Altenew watercolors! On this simple card I used the Happy Together and Story of Us stamp sets.

Gatefold Watercolor Floral Card + Altenew's Watercolor Release
Gatefold Watercolor Floral Card + Altenew's Watercolor Release

Be sure to watch the video at the top of this post to see the gatefold card come together! I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration… keep on reading for details on the Altenew Watercolor Release blog hop!

Supplies Used

Altenew Watercolor Pan Case
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Altenew 36 Watercolor Pan Set
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Altenew Large Watercolor Brush
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Altenew Medium Watercolor Brush
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Altenew Small Watercolor Brush
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Altenew Watercolor Palette Medium
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Altenew Watercolor Palette Large
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Altenew STARRY FLOWERS Clear Stamps…
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Altenew STARRY FLOWERS Dies ALT2271…
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Altenew STRENGTH BLOOMS Clear Stamp…
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Altenew HAPPY TOGETHER Clear Stamp…
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Altenew STORY OF US Clear Stamp Set…
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Pretty Pink Posh PEARL WHITE Jewels
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Pretty Pink Posh PANSY PURPLE Jewels
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Pretty Pink Posh WATERMELON Jewels
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Pretty Pink Posh LEMON DROP Jewels
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Marvy Uchida JEWEL PICKER Tool 91GRC
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Tonic HONEY GOLD Mirror Card Satin…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# DOLL…
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Simon Says Stamp WHITE CARDSTOCK 120…
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Brutus Monroe ALABASTER Ultra Fine…
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Brutus Monroe GILDED Ultra Fine…
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Simon Says Stamp CRAFT TACKY GLUE…
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun…
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Spellbinders PLATINUM 6 Die Cutting…
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EK Success CUTTER BEE Scissors EKCB01
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Keep Hopping
Gatefold Watercolor Floral Card + Altenew's Watercolor Release

Are you ready for more inspiration using this new palette of watercolor-goodness?? Your next stop in the hop is my watercolor-loving and talented friend, Rubeena Ianigro! You can see the entire hop list on the Altenew Card Blog.

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by August 15th, 2018 for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on August 18th, 2018.

You can also win a $30 gift certificate here on my blog too! Please leave a comment by August 15th, 2018. Winner will be notified by email shortly thereafter and announced on my Giveaway Winners page.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today! I hope you enjoyed and will be back again, as I have lots more things to share over the coming week!


  1. Jeanne Beam August 9, 2018 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Such beautiful cards!
    Thanks so much for sharing…

  2. Brenda Turner August 9, 2018 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Love this card. The stamps are amazing and the watercolor is beautiful.

  3. Rebecca Ednie August 9, 2018 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous card! I love the colours. And that gatefold idea is brilliant!

  4. MelissaF August 9, 2018 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Beautiful cards, love to watch your watercolor video tutorials, thanks for all your helpful tips. Love these water colors with portable palette and that they match the ink colors, yes!

  5. Mary Lee Makinen August 9, 2018 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Stunning. Thank you for the video tutorial. I love the detail of the gate fold card.

  6. greenpear August 9, 2018 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    I love that the colors in the watercolor set correspond with the ink colors! Beautiful cards!

  7. Helene Ouellet August 9, 2018 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    so cute I love this kind of card!

  8. Betty Sue August 9, 2018 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    This is one gorgeous card! Love everything about it!

  9. Dana M August 9, 2018 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Wow, absolutely stunning cards! Amazing watercoloring and the colors of the palette are just gorgeous.

  10. Dar August 9, 2018 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I love your gate style card. Your watercoloring is beautiful. Love the new watercolors…

  11. Jaycee August 9, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Wow, what an amazing card! I love your on-the-edge floral cut gatefold design. The turquoise and green background really help to make those flowers pop.

  12. Katie Sterry August 9, 2018 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    What an awesome addition to the amazing products Altenew carries! I can’t wait to dabble!!

  13. Erica Kennedy August 9, 2018 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    So lucky to have you card is beautiful. Great job.


    Erica K.

  14. Helen August 9, 2018 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Nina-Marie, This gatefold card is stunning. Like how your incorporated the image on the inside of your card. Those starry flowers are a great image with which to create.

  15. Barbara Walborn August 9, 2018 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Your gatefold card is amazing! Such an ambitious project with such detail. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Elaine Winstead August 9, 2018 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Beautiful card! Love that the colors are so nice and vibrant. Thanks for sharing the bonus too!

  17. Jan Pignanelli August 9, 2018 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    This is my first time seeing your impressive blog. What you did with Starry Flowers was amazing and I love all your coloring!

  18. Lisa Moline August 9, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    WOW! That gatefold card is absolutely gorgeous! I love that the new watercolors are the same as their ink colors! And it looks like they can be vibrant or soft and I love that! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  19. Lesley S August 9, 2018 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    The gatefold card is a sumptuous vision of colour and simply stunning.

  20. Eileen August 9, 2018 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    I love this card. The gold just makes everything stand out. Great water coloring especially the greens around the flowers. This just makes the whole card! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Gloria Rowden August 9, 2018 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Love, love, love the gatefold floral. Very impressive work. I am sure I will be as enthusiastic as you are when I start to play with these new paints. I am glad the hop brought me to you today. A new find for me and I subscribed.

  22. Nora August 9, 2018 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Your cards are STUNNING!! I love the color choices and the vibrancy of these watercolors. I try so hard but just cannot seem to get watercolor. I took classes in college but I am impatient and always start too dark. I hate to wait for things to dry!!

  23. Meghan Kennihan August 9, 2018 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Your cards need to be framed as artwork! They are so detailed and vivid! I just LOVE THEM!

  24. Lenice W August 9, 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Your gatefold card is absolutely amazing. The color choices and design are really beautiful. (Now I gotta go get myself that stamp set!) Keep up the great work!

  25. Maria Peters August 9, 2018 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Stunning card! I’m totally in love with

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