Video. Easy watercolor for beginners with Peony Scrolls

by yana.smakula

Hello-hello, Altenew fans! Yana is here with you today sharing, you guessed it right, a new video tutorial using amazing Peony Scrolls stamps and dies.

I’ll be honest with, I had no idea what to do with this set (I have seen a million amazing samples done by our design team and I didn’t want to duplicate them) until I read the product description and realized that those were Japanese Peonies. I than did what I usually do, which is went to Pinterest and looked them up. And than, than the magic happened, I got inspired and rushed to my craft room to create.

And here is what I came up with:

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I started working on this project by heat embossing a few peonies and leaves onto white cardstock in white embossing powder. I wanted to watercolor these using Faber Castell Art Grip Aquarelle Pencils, but I didn’t want to use watercolor paper as it usually has texture and its really hard to perfectly heat emboss an image with thin outlines like these are. So I didn’t use watercolor paper but went with regular white cardstock. I was still able to watercolor my images and ended up having pretty good results.

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I used a pink color and 2 aqua colors for my coloring. I originally wanted to have green, but I didn’t have a green pencil in my stash, so I went with aqua instead, I think it was a nice substitution.

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I clustered the stamped and die cut flowers and leaves behind a beautiful gold trim from Altenew and finished my card with a heat embossed sentiment from the Sentiments & Quotes set. I also added some drops of pink and gold ink onto my card base to create some movement and interest for this project.

Would you like to watch a detailed video tutorial? Please watch below or on Altenew Youtube channel and be sure to subscribe, too!


If you like this video please give it a thumbs up and share with friends! Thanks so much!

I also created a second version of this card, a simpler and a cleaner one. I didn’t use as many elements for this one and skipped the pink drops of ink but added some gold instead. I wonder which card you like best? Comment below!

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Happy stamping!

S_yana

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vicki dutcher June 5, 2015 - 09:46

Beautiful card — your leaves look amazing

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vicki dutcher June 5, 2015 - 09:47

There is no video :(

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yana.smakula June 5, 2015 - 11:19

sorry about that, Vicki ;) I’ve just added it to the blog post :)
and thank you!

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sharbogast June 5, 2015 - 09:57

Beautiful.

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yana.smakula June 5, 2015 - 13:58

thank you so much!

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Holly Saveur June 5, 2015 - 10:01

SO GORGEOUS!
but don’t see the video..would love to see it!
it says : please insert video here

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yana.smakula June 5, 2015 - 13:58

Holly, I’ve fixed it, sorry about that!
And thank you!

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AmiUrAnGeL June 5, 2015 - 10:37

Beautiful! Would love to check out the video.

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yana.smakula June 5, 2015 - 13:59

thank you so much, video now added :)

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Jocelyn Olson June 5, 2015 - 11:06

Gorgeous card, Yana! I love the shading on the petals!

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yana.smakula June 5, 2015 - 13:59

thank you, Jocelyn!

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May Park June 5, 2015 - 13:08

The best card ever!!!!!!! I love every element she added in her card. Stunner!!!!!!!!

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yana.smakula June 5, 2015 - 13:59

thank you, May :D

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Pai June 5, 2015 - 14:44

so elegant!

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yana.smakula June 5, 2015 - 17:09

thank you, Pai!

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Berina Febin June 5, 2015 - 14:50

so elegant and beautiful!! I love the first one… the peonies give a nice contrast for the gold trim… love it..

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yana.smakula June 5, 2015 - 17:10

thank you so much, Berina!

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Holly Saveur June 5, 2015 - 15:17

great video ..learned a lot and I love to see you color and make the cards!

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yana.smakula June 5, 2015 - 17:10

thank you, Holly! Glad to hear it!

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cmayne June 5, 2015 - 16:25

Yana, I’m horrible with water-colouring, but your technique here has sparked me to try this using my new – and as yet unused – Prima watercolour pencils. I know…silly that I have new pencils given that I’m colouring challenged but…who knows! Maybe I’ll learn! Thank you for the fabulous inspiration; your cards are stunning! (I’m adding the peonies to my wish list….so pretty!)
~c

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yana.smakula June 5, 2015 - 17:12

thank you, C! I know what you mean! I’ve had these pencils for a long time before I started using them (and before I learned some basic watercolor). Same with Copic markers – I had no idea how to use them and I was terrible at coloring, but I still bought them.
I’m glad you found my video educational. Thank you so much!

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cmayne June 6, 2015 - 10:53

You’re such a sweetheart! Thank you for commenting on our comments! Happy Saturday!
~c

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kimberlyrae June 5, 2015 - 16:28

Outstanding watercolor and embossing…all around perfect work!

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yana.smakula June 5, 2015 - 17:13

thank you, Kimberly!

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Celeste Goff June 5, 2015 - 18:53

Wow Yana, this card is elegant and feminine! Love that little touch of gold against the softness of the watercoloring!

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yana.smakula June 6, 2015 - 09:27

thank you, Celeste!

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Harriet June 5, 2015 - 19:00

Yana, your card is beautiful; however, your video was even better. I truly appreciate you showing pencil method of water coloring. This is something I try often. I fail often…mostly because your video showed me use a brush/water brush to extract color from the pencil. I agree…100% that applying pencil is really difficult. Thank you so much.

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yana.smakula June 6, 2015 - 09:29

thank you, Harriet! Yes, its much easier to pick up color with a brush. So glad you have found this video useful!

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Rema Timm June 5, 2015 - 19:05

Absolutely gorgeous Yana ! Beautiful colors and design….

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yana.smakula June 6, 2015 - 09:29

thank you, Rema!

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Hussena June 5, 2015 - 21:25

Both your cards are so gorgeous ..Love the way you have done the coloring and layering ..looks wow !!

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yana.smakula June 6, 2015 - 09:30

thank you, Hussena!

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donna mikasa June 5, 2015 - 21:40

Love your videos, Yana! The watercolored flowers are gorgeous–thanks for sharing the different coloring techniques!

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yana.smakula June 6, 2015 - 09:31

thank you, Donna!

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Jan Castle June 6, 2015 - 00:38

Lovely work of art!!! I prefer the minimal version….but both are beautiful!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

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yana.smakula June 6, 2015 - 09:31

thank you, Jan!

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Marlene B. June 6, 2015 - 01:22

Thanks for your video, Yana!
Your cards are so beautiful! It’s nice to see the difference of both techniques.

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yana.smakula June 6, 2015 - 09:32

thank you, Marlene!

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Clelie June 6, 2015 - 03:33

Gorgeous design, Yana! I am totally inspired to try this technique! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial videos!

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yana.smakula June 6, 2015 - 09:32

thank you, Clelie! Oh this makes me so so happy :)

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Yvonne June 6, 2015 - 12:08

I love water colored images but have not mastered the technique. Your video is very helpful. The cards are beautiful, the colors stunning….just inspirational…Thanks for sharing your talent.

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yana.smakula June 8, 2015 - 05:14

thank you, Yvonne!

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teresa June 6, 2015 - 14:47

Gorgeous! Love watching your video. Thanks for the watercoloring techniques.

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yana.smakula June 8, 2015 - 05:15

thank you, Teresa!

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Ruth G June 6, 2015 - 17:01

Yana, your artwork is always beautiful! You are a very good teacher, and I appreciate your thorough explanations. I love Altenew stamps, and you bring them to life in unique and gorgeous ways. Thank you.

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yana.smakula June 8, 2015 - 05:15

thank you so much, Ruth!

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annettewitherspoon June 6, 2015 - 23:00

This is stunning!

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yana.smakula June 8, 2015 - 05:16

thank you, Annette!

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Ruby N June 7, 2015 - 21:37

Yana, you know how much I love your work!!!! These soft colors are so gorgeous!

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yana.smakula June 8, 2015 - 05:16

I do :) Thank you so so much, Ruby! Hugs!

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Marci Snee June 8, 2015 - 12:07

Yana, I absolutely love everything I see from you. I so enjoy your videos, as well. Thank you for continuing to share your talent, creativity and tutorials. I’m a better cardmaker because of you. You add beauty to my life.

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yana.smakula June 8, 2015 - 14:41

oh my goodness! thank you so very much for your kind words! comments like yours inspire me to do more, much more!

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Sharron Gregory June 8, 2015 - 20:52

Oh, your cards are SO gorgeous! Love the soft look with the gold and your watercoloring is fabulous. Thank you so much for including the video. Your technique with pencils and a water brush looks so much easier than trying to apply the pencil directly to the paper. Can’t wait to give it a try!

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yana.smakula June 9, 2015 - 05:30

thank you so much, Sharron!

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Linda E June 17, 2015 - 13:57

Stunning!

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Conniecrafter June 18, 2015 - 08:54

Beautiful coloring, thanks for sharing your video on water coloring and how you do your backgrounds!

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Viola Leary May 4, 2016 - 11:30

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