Thursday, March 21, 2019

Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, and welcome to Altenew's March 2019 Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Markers Release Blog Hop! You may be starting the hop here with me or you may have come from the super talented Nicole Picadura. Either way, I'm so glad you're joining us!  Today Altenew is launching a new set of Watercolor Brush Markers called Tropical Fiesta and they are amazing (check them out HERE)! The colors in this set are so vibrant and alive that once I picked them up and started playing I just could not put them down. That means that today I've got three cards and video tutorial for you.

For my first card I used the watercolor markers and a sheet of acetate to lay down color in a stamped image. I figured out a way to do this that enabled me to apply the color to the image exactly where I wanted it and still get a loose water color look (video tutorial below). The gorgeous floral image is from a set called Forever and Always. 
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After putting down my first layer of color with acetate I added more layers of color using the Altenew brush pens and a paint brush. 
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After I was done painting I used a fine tipped sharpie and a white gel pen to add in some extra details. I love doing this to add some extra depth and highlights to my work. 
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I cut the watercolored image out with a deckled edge die and popped it up on my card base with foam tape. Then I added sequins and a heat embossed sentiment from the Wonderland stamp set.
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These new Altenew watercolor brush pens are so much fun to work with. Not only are the colors striking and gorgeous but they blend together like a dream. 
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Heres that video video tutorial I promised you. Enjoy!





For my second card I used the same acetate technique as I did on the first card. I wanted you to see that the acetate technique can stand alone and make a very striking card. Again, I used acetate to apply the watercolor to the stamped image for a loose watercolor affect. On the first card I made I went back in and added a ton of extra detail and painting. On this card I added a just a little bit of extra color and then left it alone.

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After the watercolor was dry I added a sentiment, black splatters and some black rhinestones. This card came together quickly and easily and I will definitely be using this technique again. 
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My third card is very different from my first two. Both the floral image and sentiment are from the Beautiful Blossoms stamp set and are heat embossed in silver.  On this card I watercolored straight onto the card using both a wet paintbrush and the watercolor markers.
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This paper is different from the watercolor paper I used on my first two cards. I used Arches cold pressed on the previous cards and as this image was given to me at Creativation I'm not certain what brand the paper is. I did notice that the ink handled differently on this paper. Whatever paper you are using in your craft room it's a good idea to take your new watercolor brush pens for a test drive on a scrap of paper so that you know how they will perform on that paper. The markers worked really well on this paper too. I did notice that I had to work a little more quickly to get a smooth blend with this paper (this is not a problem you just have to know your paper).
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On this card the embossing helped to keep my colors in place because the image was slightly raised. This can be helpful when you are adding shading to each petal and you are too impatient to wait for each petal to dry before moving onto the next one. Once again I have to say how well these colors work together and blend to make new, gorgeous colors. 
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Alright folks, that's all I've got for today but before you head over to Kymona Tracey's blog be sure to enter the Giveaway below! All you have to do is comment and you could win a $40 gift certificate. All details are below as are links to the products I've used today and links to all of the incredibly talented artists who are participating in this hop today.

Have an amazing day!
Maria



Prizes


-Altenew is giving away a $40 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, March 28th for a chance to win.
-We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/31/2019. So leave me a comment for your chance to win!

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121 comments:

  1. Love the colors on your first card!!! gorgeous

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  2. Love these cards! Such a beautiful watercoloring technique <3

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  3. Intense colors. Beautiful cards.

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  4. Gorgeous cards! I love the acetate technique you did - I must try that! BTW - I love your blog name! How fun!

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    1. Thank you Lizzie! My blog name comes from a project I did with my son a few years ago. We 'card bombed" our town and had a lot of fun doing it!

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  5. Your blending is amazing. So beautiful.

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  6. Wow love the acetate technique and all your tipd. Your card id gorgeous. I love the background . Thank you for sharing your talents and inspiring me.

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  7. These markers are so vibrant and your cards are gorgeous Maria!

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  8. Such bold, bright colors! Love your designs.

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  9. Beautiful colors. Looks like they are easy to use.

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    1. Thanks Jackie! They really are easy to use!

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous colors! Fabulous designs Maria! Thanks for sharing!!

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  11. Such a lovely set of cards!! Fabulous new colors!

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  12. Great technique with the acetate sheets! Love these cards. The watercolor markers are on my wish list.

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    1. Thanks Joy! I hope you get the markers bc they are amazing!

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  13. Love how you colored the flowers on that first card. :) So pretty.

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  14. Your cards are lovely! I can't wait to try those brushes!

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    1. Thank you Amee! I hope you'll love them as much as I do!

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  15. Your cards are GORGEOUS!! I LOVE the way you colored each of the flowers in. STUNNING design.

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  16. Looks like these watercolors really blend well, and the white details you've added to your first card make a nice addition

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  17. You're colouring is just out of this world amazing Maria!!! Love all three cards!!! Stunning projects!!

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  18. The coloring of these cards is gorgeous!

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  19. I was so impressed with your beautiful card that I watched the video. What a great technique! I will have to try it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thank you so much for watching the video! I'm glad you liked the card!

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  20. I liked the acetate technique you used. Definitely will give that a try. Your cards are beautiful

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    1. Thank you and I hope you'll have fun with the technique!

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  21. Love this card, your colors are beautiful!

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  22. thank you for showing how well the acetate technique worked. I loved both of these cards but I think I liked the second one better. Your embossed card if nice to. All are very beautiful.

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    1. Thank you! The second card was the easiest and quickest of the three so you're in luck if you decide to give the technique a go!

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  23. The background of the first card is reminiscent of the northern lights! Great technique.

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    1. Ooh, the Northern Lights! Thank you Talitha!

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  24. Both cards are beautiful! I love all the extra details you added on the first card and it definitely does give it more depth. I love the embossing on your second card also.

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  25. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing the acetate technique in detail!

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  26. I love your backgrounds and the sequin accents!

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  27. Wow--so pretty and colorful.

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  28. Love your cards and the video. You make it look easy, although I know it's not!!

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    1. Thank you and thanks for watching the video! It's really not too hard as long as you pick colors that blend well together.

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  29. Love the cards the techniques, and the new colors!

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    1. Thank you, and yes, the new colors are amazing!

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  30. These are all so beautiful!! What a great technique with the piece of acetate!

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  31. Fabulous cards! Gorgeous new colors of Watercolor Brush Markers. Love your great technique with the acetate.

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  32. Amazing coloring on these lovely designs! Love these Tropical Fiesta colors!

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  33. Beautiful cards ... your work is always so inspiring.

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  34. What beautiful cards. Thank you so much for that very informative video....so detailed...it was awesome to watch. Thank you so much for sharing your talent today. Super new watercolor marker set.

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  35. Love these beautiful cards. Thanks for the fabulous inspiration. And I love the name of your blog. Very creative and funky!

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  36. That is a really cool technique. I actually like the controlled haphazard of the second card best without the extra details.

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  37. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  38. Both cards are fabulous!! I love your technique. The colors are bright and vibrant. My kind of card!!

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  39. Beautiful cards. I love your technique and the video had some great tips. Should we call it precision smooshing? Lovely!

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  40. beautiful cards but I especially love the 1st card.

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  41. So excited to see you guesting with Altenew!!! What gorgeous projects!!

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  42. Wow. Your video is amazing I know that I have to try it so inspiring and so unique. Really thank you for sharing this acetate technique with us

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  43. Beautiful! Love the acetate technique!

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  44. Beautiful cards. Love the extra detail you add with the sharpie and gel pen. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. All of your cards are just amazing. And your video and technique for that first card are great! Love the idea! Thanks for the inspirtion!

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  46. love the acetate technique you shared. Thank you! Love the look of the first two cards. but the last one is also pretty/

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  47. I’m absolutely in love with your 1st card. Definitely watching the video! Lovely job. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  48. It's amazing how much difference the black and white pens make. The flowers look so much prettier and sharper than without them. I really like the smooshing technique. Thanks for the video. I really like the addition of the pens. I need to remember to try that.

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  49. Lovely cards! Your acetate technique looks like fun, so when I get these pens I will definitely try it.

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  50. It seems that no matter what colors you use, they just pop!

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  51. Wow, amazing colouring and both projects just stunning.

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  52. Lovely cards and amazing colouring. I appreciate your time in creating a video.

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  53. Beautiful cards. I love the embossed card and all the detail you were able to get in the floral images. On your first card I thought the background was stunning. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

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  54. Your cards are stunning! I love the new colors and how you combined them all! Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration!

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  55. Beautiful coloring, as always, Maria! Thanks for sharing your process for these amazing markers.

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  56. Appreciate you showing completely different styles on your sample cards. Inspiring !

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  57. Beautiful cards. Great video. Love the depth of color you achieved on the first card. Thanks for sharing your art.🐧

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  58. What greats cards.I love thes new colors.Thanks for sharing

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  59. Gorgeous cards! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  60. I love the vivid colors in this new Tropical Fiesta set! Your card is gorgeous and the background is stunning.

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  61. All three are gorgeous,especially the last one! Love these new vibrant colors!

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  62. Beautiful cards! I love the loose color effect on the first two cards

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  63. Beautiful collection of cards.
    Great idea to use the acetate.
    The second card gives an
    underwater feel - fun picture.
    thanks for sharing
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  64. Wow! I'm in love with your first card a lot! Each one is gorgeous! <3

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  65. Lovely cards - your first one is breathtaking. I love the varied colours in the background, and those bold colourful flowers - it gives a magical feel.

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  66. Beautiful cards, Maria, and I appreciate the time you took to share three different techniques for using these newest watercolor markers! Love the depth of color, and the idea to use the acetate is a new one for me. One I will try, for sure! Thanks for sharing!

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  67. Your acetate background is beautiful!

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  68. Simply stunning and vibrant colors!

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  69. Beautiful cards! Your colouring techniques are gorgeous!

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  70. Your projects are very inspiring. I love how you colored in the background on your first project. It reminds me of light going through a crystal. Thanks for sharing

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  71. Oh my your cards are Stunning, you rocked those watercolors... Great Job!

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  72. Your cards are so different and really give lots of thoughts on different ways to use these bright new colours! Your clever designs are just gorgeous and so eye-catching! Thanks so much for sharing and the great inspiration!

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  73. What a great idea to use acetate to get a loose-but-controlled background watercolor. And it's really interesting to see your two different cards with this stamp; I can really see where you added all the details, and I'm so impressed. Thanks for sharing your cards with us!

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  74. These are stunning! I especially love the first one, it's got such an artsy mixed media feel to it!

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  75. Wowza Maria! Your three cards are stunning :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  76. Oh what beautiful and striking cards! Amazing intensity of color and your watercoloring is gorgeous.

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  77. beautiful ink-smooshing and choice of colors. luv the delicate look of your last card!

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