Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Altenew Love & Friendship Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway: Simple Watercolor Backgrounds


 Hello Crafters! 

Two posts in one week, did you just fall out of your chair? 

Welcome to the Altenew Love & Friendship Blog Hop! 
You should have arrived here from the wonderfully talented Seeka or if you're just popping by you'll want to head over to the Altenew Card Blog where all the fun starts. 

and there's giveaways! 
$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 10 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 02/08/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 12 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 02/11/2021.
 
I have three cards for you today all using quick and easy watercolor backgrounds. 


I used my Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers for all the backgrounds and several new sets from tody's release. 


For the first background I did a simple color gradient using three different shades of green. The watercolors are super bold. I applied them to my watercolor paper and then used a wide flat brush to sweep water across the entire background. 

I added a few splatters of water, each color, and gold perfect pearls. Once it was dry I used the Tall Foliage stamp and gold emobossed them onto the background. the large sentiment from Modern Greetings finished the card off. 


This background is the same idea as the first but it involves mixing colors this. I laid down the colors the same way as the first background with one exception, the yellow. Yellow can get easily overwhelmed in a rainbow so I leave a gap between the too so that there is at least some pure yellow even after the color blending. 
Again water spatters and shimmer spatters in the background for some interest with a bold black sentiment. 


This last card involves lots of color mixing which isn't everyone's style so feel free to skip it if it isn't for you. I used several colors including greens, blues, reds, and purples for this background. I opted to leave it a simple stamped image this time around but you could certainly dress it up with your artist markers, colored pencils, or more precise watercolor shading. 


Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Your next stop on the hop is the fabulous Anna Mahtani. 

If you get lost along the way here's the entire hop list 












44 comments:

  1. I just love your cards...learn so much from you. tFS

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  2. The green With Gratitude card is extra pretty. I LOVE the simple look

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  3. WOW! Love these bright colors!

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  4. Lovely cards Kelly, using this great new release from Altenew. I have no idea how you do it all--as a wife, Mom, full time worker, card maker and furniture refinisher! I hope you can get some sleep!! Thanks for being an inspiration to all of us crafters.

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  5. I am LOVING these backgrounds Kelly. So beautiful and FUN!

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  6. Oh such great colors, Kellie. Perfect!

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  7. Such vibrant colors -- the green one is my favorite!

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  8. Oohhhhh...wow!!!! Those background colors!!! Absolutely in love with your creations :-)

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  9. Amazing designs KElly, love the bold color combo paired with the big Birthday new products. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. I like the color use. The washes look great.

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  11. How amazing! I LOVE the bright vivid backgrounds!

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  12. These are so lovely! I love the bright colors!

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  13. Marisela Delgado said: Fabulous colors! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  14. Lovely projects and color choices!

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  15. Such bright beautiful colours, looks great! Thank you for sharing with us.
    Keep well.
    T x

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  16. I love these simple but beautiful cards! Watercolor backgrounds are one of my favorites! A great way to showcase a fabulous release! Thank you for sharing!

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  17. Beautiful cards! Love the rainbow background and the flower background is stunning!

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  18. So pretty, thanks for sharing.

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  19. Love the use of such wonderfully bright colours, Kelly! Your cards are so striking! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Stay safe! :)

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  20. Love the rainbow happy bday card. The background has such rich color in it

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  21. Wow, look at those colors! I especially like the fresh cut roses card. It almost reminds me of an old time rendering of a constellation with a galaxy behind it. Very cool affect.

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  22. So vibrant! My favorite is the rose card! Such a large, beautiful flower and it looks fantastic with your water coloring.

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  23. Love your cards! Bright colors are my favorites!! I have to try these backgrounds!

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  24. Fabulous backgrounds that really showcase the stamps. I can't pick a favorite because I love them all and want to give them a try. My watercolor brush markers are on the way! Thanks for the great ideas.

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  25. Pretty cards and bright colors. Nice use of the release products.

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  26. I love the bright vivid colors! Stunning!

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  27. Love the bright bold colors. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  28. Such bold colourings! I love it! I so need to be as adventurous in my card making

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  29. Super bold colors!
    Really impressive use of the brights.

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  30. Wow! Your cards are awesome! I love the bright colors!

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  31. I love the look of the watercolor as your background! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Beautiful coloring. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  33. Kelly, I am definitely going to try this technique. Thanks for the instructions. I especially like the blending of greens with the gold leaves.

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  34. Love your color combos! Beautiful cards!

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  35. WOW. Love the birthday card especially.

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  36. Wonderfully colorful and beautiful cards!
    Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  37. I LOVE bright GREENS on cards...Such a natural peaceful neutral color, even in its brightness form. Thank you for sharing you inspiring cards....Need a little kick of inspiration and this is it...

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  38. Hello, The Happy Birthday is definitely my favorite card.

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  39. Beautiful, bright colored cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Your watercolor backgrounds are amazing. I thought it was alcohol inks. Man!

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