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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!


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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NEW 2020 Wagner Precision Heat Tool…
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Spellbinders PLATINUM 6 Die Cutting…
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EK Success CUTTER BEE Scissors EKCB01
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Are you ready for more inspiration using this new palette of watercolor-goodness?? Your next stop in the hop is, 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!

164 Responses

  1. Connie Johnson says:

    Hi Nina Marie! Your gatefold card is pure elegance…combining the starry flower stamp set and die set with watercolors is gorgeous! Your “So Lucky to have You” card is amazing as well! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  2. Andre M. says:

    Love the gatefold design and the vibrant colour palettes on your cards.

  3. Kelsey Thomas says:

    I really like your card! :)

  4. Marisela Delgado says:

    What fabulous cards! They are so beautiful. You did great!

  5. Louise Schubert says:

    Your work is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the technique for the gatefold card. Very impressive!

  6. Akee says:

    Gate fold one is stunning!

  7. Deborah Moss says:

    Nina-Marie, an EXPLOSION of color and vibrancy of your first card – GORGEOUS!!!! And beautifully creative and elegant too. The bonus card “glows” and almost appears neon – spectacular. I would not have expected such vibrancy from watercolors, Altenew has definitely introduced another beautiful product, this time as a medium to compliment their stamps and dies!

  8. Stefanie White says:

    Your cards are beautiful, the first one is a stunner!,

  9. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Wow! Your card is absolutely gorgeous! Love all the detail.

  10. Debbie Br says:

    Your trifold card is simply amazing and the colors are so vibrant and lovely!

  11. Sheri Kempke says:

    Your trifold card is stunning–the colors and water coloring are simply outstanding. Thanks for sharing this great new product from Altenew.

  12. Kay Demonbren says:

    Wow, wow, wow! Your video card is SO stunning! That was a great tutorial as well, thank you!

  13. Linda F says:

    Wow! your gatefold card is absolutely stunning. I love how bright and beautiful these watercolour are.

  14. Alice Doucette says:

    Beautiful gatefold card! This an awesome release! Colors are so vibrant. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and talent.

  15. Maria Nyce says:

    Love this gorgeous card, it’s magnificent, the colors exquisite & Altenew amazed me again! I think having matching watercolors, ink pads, & alcohol markers is always a great idea! Thanks so much!!!

  16. Lisascreativeniche says:

    Love the depth of colors!

  17. Karrie Lasater says:

    As usual these are so beautiful! All I can say is WOW! Love them!

  18. Sue D says:

    Beautiful colors on both of these cards.

  19. Teri S. says:

    Oh, this is so gorgeous!! I love the fact that you can get some soft pale colours as well as creamy vibrant ones. These paints look extraordinary & they’ve put enough of each colour family to enable someone like me who is blending challenged to have a better chance of succeeding. I’d love to be able to own them.

  20. Jane Sirak says:

    Wow! Just beautiful cards! You have had them for a Year? I can tell
    You really brought out their beauty. I am not familiar with these starry flowers but they sure are pretty if I should be so lucky as to win that would be my first purchase. Oh I forgot to say I got my watercolors today and is soon as I’m done hopping I’m gonna start painting .

  21. Linnea Sundstrom says:

    luv those delicate flowers in watercolor

  22. robyn says:

    awesome cards! i can’t wait to get this new set.

  23. Mary-Anne V says:

    I love your designs and the gate fold is so pretty! These are great watercolours and seem so fun to use.

  24. Amelialesley says:

    These watercolours look amazing! I love using watercolour pencils and have been wanting to try paints and these are the most perfect colours I’ve seen in a set!

  25. Maryam crafter says:

    The fate design are just fabulous, your coloring are amazing

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