Altenew Academy Beyond Basic Background

Hi all, after a 6-month break, I’m back into trying to get my Altenew Academy Certification. I’m more than halfway into my level two and I “just” have another 15 or so courses to finish! 😉 Today I attended the online course at the Altenew Academy called “Beyond Basics Background” by the very talented Lydia Evans.

As usual, I learnt so many new techniques but I decided to combine two of my favourite techniques from the 6 different techniques she showed in 6 very detailed and instructive videos. I made my card using a watercolour background and water bleaching through the Altenew Watercolor Bouquet stencil, instead of using stamps.

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On a piece of 300g watercolour paper, I first created a wash using Permanent Alizarin Crimson by Daniel Smith, in the middle, added some Scarlet lake by Winsor and Newton on the sides and Green Gold at the top and sides. I waited for it to dry a little and then placed the Altenew stencil over the watercolour panel and tapped through the stencil with a damp tissue. This lifted some paint from my watercolour wash leaving the outline of the rose stencil. The rest of the stencil also moved the paint underneath, which mixed the paints and gave a wonderful effect, don’t you think?

Altenew watercolor bouquet stencil cu

As you can see, by adding a darker red in the middle where I would be creating the flower, it created a nice dark border, highlighting it even more from the rest of the card.

To finish, I stamped the beautiful sentiment from Altenew’s Beautiful Quotes stamp set, cut it with one of Sue Wilson’s nest rectangle dies and matted it on a card base I created. I’m really very happy with the effect this method gave and thankful to Lydia at the Altenew Academy for inspiring me this way!

Well, thanks for dropping by and I hope you liked my card too. I would love to know your thoughts! Have a great day!

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I’m sharing this with:

Inspiration challenge.jpgAltenew Inspiration challenge – I didn’t use tulips but I did use the three colours in the picture

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Make It Girly

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

Yes VirginiaYes Virginia’s March Show and Share

CAS stencilling.jpgCAS Stencil – Ghosting

10 thoughts on “Altenew Academy Beyond Basic Background

  1. What a beautiful card. The technique and result are so interesting and I can’t wait to try this myself. So lovely. Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at The Flower Challenge.
    Rachel DT

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  2. Absolutely stunning card, Gwendolyn! I love your choice for your stencil and how you used it for your ghosting technique…WOW! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CAS Stencil!
    Best of luck to you on your certification!


  3. Beautiful Artsy ghosted watercolored flower background, Gwendolyn. I love how your watercoloring spread and made such cool effects of your gorgeous card. TFS and joining us at CAS Stencil Card Challenge. Hugs..Nancy

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  4. This is so stunning Gwendolyn! It looks part of one of Altenew’s Scrapbook papers! I think from the Reflection kit?
    So gorgeous!
    I am so glad that you entered your beautiful work in the AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!

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  5. This is so stunning, Gwendolyn!! I absolutely love the background you have done! You may think that you “took a break” from card-making, but I am seeing your growth as an artist! Your IG photos are full of inspiration and progress! I am so proud of you! Thanks so much for playing Virginia’s “Show & Share”! FABULOUS! AND I am so glad that you enter your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!

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