Thursday, July 11, 2019

Watercolor Crystal Frames with Altenew Watercolor Markers and Perfect Pearls


Hello Crafters! 

Welcome to the Altenew July Release Blog Hop! If you're just stopping by head over to the Altenew

Card Blog so you don't miss a stop. If you've been hopping along you should have arrived from the wonderful Zinia Redo's blog.


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 7/16/2019 for a chance to win. They’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 so make sure you leave lots of love along the way! All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/18/2019.

I have 4 cards and a video for you today!
While that part is super exciting let me apologize for the somewhat dark photography. It was 2:00 am and I have limited options for multi card photos. I'm hoping to update them later! **updated with much brighter photos!**



I really fell hard for the Crystal Frames set. I love all things geometric so I just couldn't resist them! I decided to do some watercoloring with them since I felt like it was my best bet to get organic color variation.


When watercoloring with my Altenew watercolor markers I like to lay down the color where I want it to be the darkest. Then I start laying down clean water where I want it to be the lightest. Bringing the clean water to the pigment allows the color to carry naturally into the water instead of me dragging it and causing a flat wash of color. 


For the second card I wanted to try a rainbow effect on multiple crystals. I don't know if I love this one or not but I think that has more to do with the composition than the color. On each of the cards I added some Perfect Pearls while the watercolor was wet. You can't add it in it's powdered form dry or it has nothing to bind too. 
 

I also tried out a few pigment inks from Altenew for these cards. I was pleasantly surprised! I'm impatient so I don't normally reach for pigment inks. They take too long to dry! However, these dried quickly and I had no issues with bleeding or smearing. I tried two different gold colors to complete my designs and loved them both! 


This card is by far my least favorite. I am well aware that it could just be a style thing for me. I don't typically do "busy" cards unless it's a scene. However, I couldn't leave it off because the coverage with the Enchanted Gold ink is ridiculously amazing on that Mega Hello sentiment. I mean, honestly, that coverage!! 

I do have a video for you! It includes the first three cards and the sentiment stamping on the fourth. Though they were all completed with the same technique :)


I really love the metallic inks with the geometric shapes! I'll definitely be revisiting this set soon!

Your next stop on the hop is the amazing Alex Syberia.

Thank you so much for stopping by!


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86 comments:

  1. I love how you colored these crystals. :)

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  2. Very nice cards. Your color combinations are beautiful

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  3. These look so cool and different. I like how you didn't color them all in completely...

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  4. Love your cards! Beautiful colors and love the gold HELLO! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Beautiful creations!! Love your coloring! :)

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  6. These are really neat! Like these stamps and Great Color choices Kelly! TFS

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  7. Simple yet a real statement!

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  8. I really like the teal one. Very classy.

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  9. Your cards are beautiful and, as always, I enjoyed watching you make them. I love the watercoloring you did.

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  10. Your use of the Crystal Frames with your bright color choices really make your cards stand out!

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  11. You're right the gold ink is great :)

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  12. Thanks for giving us so much inspiration for the Crystal Frames set! Fabulous cards!

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  13. Love how the organic water coloring and angled shapes of the gem frames work so well together! Beautiful!

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  14. As always, Kelly, your rock. These cards are so unique.

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  15. I can't wait to watch the video about these cards. You are sooo creative! I discovered your YouTube channel about a month ago, and have watched so many of your videos. THANK YOU for so many great ideas and I love "story time".

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  16. Those crystal frames look spectacular. So neat how you colored them.

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  17. Lovely cards, Kelly. I especially like the rainbow crystals. Good luck with your health quest!

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  18. Love all of the cards but the last one is absolutely STUNNING! TFS...

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  19. happy and lovely coloured cards, love them all x

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  20. Love this release ..specifically the big hello and blessed
    Beautiful cards as always Kelly

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  21. Thanks Kelly, love your cards, great water coloring. Thanks for admitting not all of your cards turn out the way you like, lets us know we're not just messing up, everyone does! Good luck on the exercise program.

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  22. Love those funky hexagons! The grateful one is soooo cool!

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  23. I'm drawn to geometric shapes and especially love the "life is beautiful" one you did; thanx for the inspiration!

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  24. Super cool designs! You made me look at this geometric set in whole new way!

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  25. Love the bright colors with the gold! Gorgeous!

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  26. I think I may fall in love with the frames too!

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  27. So you are a night owl like me! Your blending of the colors is really pretty

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  28. Love, love, love the water colouring...and oh my, gold perfect pearls! Gotta get me some of that lol. Hoping your weekend is fabulous. Cheers Donna :)

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  29. Your least favorite card is my most favorite card - love all the color!

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  30. Gorgeous colourful cards, as always Kelly. Love these new stamps too. I'm a sucker for the geometric designs also. Thanks so much for sharing.
    T x

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  31. Love the beautiful color choices and blending! Great design and so modern!

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  32. Untill now all i thought of them was just frames ,but you turned them into crystals with your Wonder colouring !! Awesome inspiration !

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  33. Really cool cards Kelly, love the colours you used and I really like the 4th card. Very nice.

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  34. love the colors and shapes really cool cards. thanks for the share

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  35. I love your watercoloring in the frames. Wonderful designs as always!!

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  36. These cards are so pretty. Love the new release. It is fabulous!

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  37. These are so pretty. I love the watercolor cards but I’m especially loving the card with the pigment inks. So vibrant and gorgeous.

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  38. I adore the crystal frames set and love how you used the stamp set! TFS

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  39. So pretty! Thanks for the coloring ideas, I wouldn't have known where to start!

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  40. Such beauties, Kelly! Loved watching the video and seeing how you colored each card. Such talent you have!!!

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  41. Beautifully vibrant cards. My favorite is the center card with the underlying shadow. Really adds a lot of dimension. Keep up the wonderful inpiration!

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  42. Sooo pretty! Loved the idea of yours to make them gem/geode stones. TFS!

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  43. Beautiful! I love your color mix. Your video makes me want to try watercoloring! Thank you for sharing. ♡

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  44. I love how you used the geometric stamps. Beautiful cards.

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  45. Very pretty work. All of your samples were lovely. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  46. Cool cards! What's funny is your least favorite is my favorite!!

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  47. So beautiful. You get so much out of simple water coloring by adding the powders and pigments. The last one is the best.

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  48. This is beautiful and creative designs with the watercolors with the new releases!! Gorgeous color combos and loving the stark black which really made the colors pop!!!

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  49. Beautifully unique and I love the tip about the Perfect Pearls. Mine have been very lonely recently on the top shelf and I now want to use them. I love the last card!

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  50. Well these are a whole lot of fun! It's funny...I saw your rainbow card and then you said it wasn't your favorite, but it was MY FAVORITE! And then I saw the large gold hello and loved that one, too, and then I saw that you didn't love it...WHAT IN THE WORLD!?! They are all fabulous. And you are so talented. So just love them all. Lol. You are fantastic.

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  51. Oh, Kelly I could watch you watercolor for hours (and I have....LOL)! Loved that pink/purple crystal just plain but when you stamped the gold on it......really cool! Great, now - thanks to you - I have to get those 2 pigment inks. That gold is awesome! We won't even address THE PICTURE! Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing your talent, girl!

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  52. These are so artsy and modern, thank you for sharing your artistic vision!

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  53. such sweet cards - love the colors

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  54. Great modern looking cards - love the gorgeous artsy colours.

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  55. Immensely enjoyed the Hello being stamped. Great coloring too. When I initially saw how big the hello stamp was. I was like what the hell am I going to do with that? Well thanks for fixing that thought for me :-)

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  56. These are such beautiful cards!!

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  57. Love these cards. You actually make me think i might be able to water color

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  58. Great cards! I don't watercolor very often, but watching your process really makes me feel like I need to give this another go! These geometric dies are awesome! Thanks for sharing your mistakes, too.....so encouraging to us not-so-good 'artists'!! I love the big word dies and wish there were more!

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  59. Marisela Delgado said: Awesome, awesome colors! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  60. Such lovely work!! Ooh I love them all!!!

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  61. Love all these gorgeous catds! The gold is amazing. Wish I could see these beauties in real life as the colors look fabulous online so would be spectacular in person. Thanks for the Perfect Pearls tip!

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  62. Beautiful cards Kelly and I enjoyed watching your process video.

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  63. Kelly, An amazing use of this stamp!

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  64. They remind me of jewels Thanks for the inspiration

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  65. Beautiful cards. Yes, I love the look of the metallic inks too..

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  66. Oooo… you created a beautiful set of very cool cards. I actually like the last ('hello') card the best! It reminds me of a pile of gemstones... ooolala! Nicely done!

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  67. Beautiful cards Kelly. I, too, love geometric shapes and these frames are perfect. The gold ink is gorgeous -- gotta try that!

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  68. Love the watercoloring with the gold hello.

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  69. Such unique ideas for some truly lovely cards. Thanks!

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  70. Love the watercoloring! Even the last card!

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  71. Simply lovely inspirations! Thanks for sharing them!

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  72. Beautiful cards! Love the different ways you used the crystal frames.

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  73. Beautiful cards! Love your color combos!

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  74. I love the geometrics with the hefty words, thank you for the inspiration!

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