Watercolor Painting with Pen Sketched Flowers

by Norine

Hello Altenew friends! Norine here, back again with a couple of cards I’ve made and want to share with you, using the Pen Sketched Flowers Stamp and Die Bundle as well as a few other stamp and die sets.

I’ve used several easy, uncomplicated techniques that give big impact for little effort, so let’s get started!

To begin, I stamped images from the Pen Sketched Flowers Stamp Set onto watercolor paper, with embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I die cut them with the coordinating dies.

I used the Altenew watercolor pans to paint the leaves and blooms of the Pen Sketched Flowers Stamp Set, using a mix of reds for the flowers and greens for the leaves. To paint them, I used a clean, wet brush to “paint” in each section. Before that water dried, I touched the wet brush tip to the paint pans to pick up pigment and touched them down into each section at the darkest/shaded point and let the paint wick out naturally.  Then, I cleaned my brush and went back to that painted section and dragged some of the pigment out towards the edges. And finally, before all of that was dry, I quickly touched a little more paint (usually a slightly different shade of color) back into the darkest corners of the petal or leaf and let it blend and dry.

To create the card, I used one of the Nesting Label dies to die cut the sentiment label out of an A2-sized watercolor card panel, making sure to place the die where I ultimately wanted the sentiment label to sit. And then I stamped the sentiment from the Pen Sketched Flowers Stamp Set, with Obsidian Pigment ink. Then I cut two more labels from more watercolor paper and stacked them all together. Finally, I ran the watercolor card panel (minus the label die-cut) through a polka-dotted embossing folder and trimmed all four edges by 1/8 inch.

I adhered the stamped sentiment label stack back into its opening in the polka-dotted cardstock and then adhered the painted and dried die-cuts on and around the stacked label. Then a few little matching Red Cosmos Enamel Dots complete the card.

For my second card, I used the Pattern Play Diamond Stamp Set to stamp all over another A2-sized piece of watercolor paper, stamping with embossing ink and heat embossing with white embossing powder. Using the same colors of paint that I used for the flowers, I painted over the diamond design with varying amounts of paint and water. Because the embossed lines formed somewhat of a barrier to liquid paint, I stood the cardstock up on its bottom edge and let the paint run down and dry more heavily pigmented towards the bottom of some sections. I re-applied more paint in some spots as the paint dried and lightened. And I added some paint speckles to the background piece and let it dry.

For the sentiment on this card, I stamped one of the stamps from the Sentiment Strips Stamp Set onto watercolor paper, with Obsidian Pigment Ink, then trimmed it down to a narrow strip. And then I used some leftover painted leaf die-cuts from this project back here using the Virginia Rose 3D dies and tucked them in and around the stamped, heat-embossed and painted flowers from the Pen Sketched Flowers Stamp Set. A few matching enamel dots completed this card as well and, as easily as that, two cards are added to the stash!

I hope you enjoyed this basic tutorial and found some inspiration to create something of your own! Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

~SUPPLY LIST~

Pen Sketched Flowers Stamp Set
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Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder
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Embossing Ink
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Watercolor 36 Pan Set
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Nesting Labels Die Set
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Obsidian Pigment Ink
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Red Cosmos Enamel Dots
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Sentiment Strips Stamp Set
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Virginia Rose 3D Die Set
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Green Fields Enamel Dots
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Pattern Play – Diamond Stamp Set
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Sandy Cotton July 28, 2019 - 10:14

Which watercolor paper was used in this project? Thanks

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Norine Borys July 28, 2019 - 12:54

Sandy, I used Canson XL 140lb cold press – the big blue pad you can get inexpensively from HL or Michaels.

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Patty July 28, 2019 - 10:20

I love your cards! Could you let us know about the raised polka dotted paper please? Is this a dry embossed or a purchased paper ?

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Char July 28, 2019 - 10:41

She used a polka-dotted embossing folder to get that look. In my opinion that folder elevates almost any card using a cutout. It’s my go-to.

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Norine Borys July 28, 2019 - 12:55

Thanks Patty, yes it’s an embossing folder – the Sizzix, Tim Holtz one I believe.

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Mary W July 28, 2019 - 10:31

These two are real winners! Everything about them is nice.

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barbara lassiter July 28, 2019 - 10:42

These are lovely card designs with beautiful colors which remind me of Christmas! I’m inspired to try these ideas for some Christmas themed cards. In my case, it’s not too early to start. :) BTW! I knew these were your cards before I ever saw the credits! Love your design style!

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Barbara Smith July 28, 2019 - 10:51

Such lovely cards! I really love the pen sketched flowers.

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Steph M July 28, 2019 - 10:57

Beautiful!

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Greta H July 28, 2019 - 11:00

I should have read your tutorial before trying my wc project last night! Oh well, have to start somewhere. Now I’m ready to try again as your cards are so beautiful!

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Gloria Mandery July 28, 2019 - 12:03

Your cards are always the ones I turn to for inspiration and education. You teach me so much!

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Norine Borys July 28, 2019 - 12:56

Aww, thank you Gloria!

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Linda Huffman July 28, 2019 - 12:09

Wow. Gorgeous!

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Theresa July 28, 2019 - 13:17

Norine, these are beautiful. I love the soft pink flowers that you created.I’ll be looking for the video hint hint.

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Patt H. July 28, 2019 - 23:11

Love these stunning creations, Norine! Two of the prettiest cards I’ve ever seen!

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Helen July 28, 2019 - 14:15

These cards are exquisite. You’ve combined the elements so well and the water coloring is amazing. tfs

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memalagene July 29, 2019 - 10:37

Gorgeous creations! I especially love the lattice background card!

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Tara Prince July 29, 2019 - 15:23

So beautiful!!

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Rebecca July 30, 2019 - 10:20

Love these cards but the post mentions coordinated dies for penned sketches flowers which I don’t see in the shop of the July release. Are there dies for that stamp set?

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scrappergrl July 30, 2019 - 10:29

Thanks Rebecca, yes there are dies to coordinate – but they were delayed in shipping so watch the shop for their arrival soon.

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Rebecca July 30, 2019 - 12:02

Great! Thanks so much.

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Meisie August 1, 2019 - 14:10

These are so beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

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jeanneragan August 5, 2019 - 07:21

These are some of the prettiest cards I’ve ever seen. Love the colors, style, everything! Just beautiful.

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Kenni Eberlin August 12, 2019 - 01:05

Your cards are beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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Daria September 7, 2019 - 08:26

Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing the details.

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