Hello, crafty friends! Welcome to the Altenew’s 2nd anniversary blog hop. If you came from the Pretty Pink Posh’s blog, you are right on track. This is a three day event with tons of inspiration and amazing PRIZES!


To celebrate the Altenew’s 2nd anniversary, I created a watercolor card with floral background. I used the flower images from Altenew’s stamp sets: Wild Hibiscus and Botanical Garden. Then I watercolored them with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.


Last weekend I went on the Altenew retreat to New York, and I had some fun crop night with Tasnim Ahmed and Jennifer Rzasa. Jen showed me some tips on watercoloring as I was struggling with this card. She asked me to let the paint dry before adding more color to the image. I think it worked so well for today’s card.

I’m absolutely happy with how my card turned out. Since I’ve started watercoloring, this is the best card I made. Hope you love my card as well. 🙂


I made a video tutorial to show you how I created my watercolor card. You can watch the video here or in HD on YouTube. Hope you find it helpful.

How to Make a Floral Background Card using Watercoloring 

  1. Stamp the images from Wild Hibiscus and Botanical Garden with Ranger Archival black ink on a piece of Arches cold pressed watercolor paper. (Make sure to use a waterproof ink.)
  2. Watercolor the images using Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 color set.
  3. Mount the watercolor panel on a A2 sized top folding card using foam tape.
  4. Stamp ‘Celebrate’ from Super Script with watermark ink, heat emboss it using gold embossing powder, die cut it with coordinating die and adhere it on the card front using foam tape
  5. Stamp the sentiment from Label Love with black ink and adhere it below the die cut.
  6. Finish off the card with some gold metallic thread and Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.


Altenew’s Special Offers



Leave comments along the way for the opportunity to win one of THREE prize packs valued at over $100 from AltenewThere are 8 awesome companies who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments on each stop by Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST for a chance to win. 13 winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the hop list and will be announced on the Altenew blog on Apr 14th.


It is now time to head on over to the amazingly talented Iwona Palamountain’s blog to see what creation she has to inspire you all. But I’ve got the entire hop list for you below. Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy hopping!

751 thoughts on “Video: Floral Background Card w/ Watercoloring + Outline Stamping

  1. Yes, I DO love your card! Your watercolor is great and gold accents are just right. Lovely card!!

  2. Beautiful card, I love your creations. Thank you for being you, and you create such beautiful works of art. Thank you for your extraordinary design. I am glad that I have a chance to win 🙂

  3. Beautiful card and great video! Thanks for showing us how you created your wonderful watercolor background.

  4. Beautiful card. Your attention to the smallest detail is what really makes your creations perfect.

  5. A lot of time and love went into this beautiful card. Your water coloring is wonderful and I love that you mentioned the tip about letting it dry before adding more color.

  6. Absolutely NO ONE can combine different stamp sets and create beautiful backgrounds like you. Your watercoloring on this card is really lovely…seems you’ve mastered it. I never had any doubt you would. Fabulous card, should be hung in a gallery.

  7. Great card and so colorful….love it May! Thanks too for your video on how you made the card!
    Paper Hugs,

  8. These watercoloured images are beautiful. You’ve inspired me to try them with my outlines stamps. Thank you.

  9. What a beautiful, vibrant card! Botanical Garden recently arrived in my mailbox and I’m excited to put it to use.

  10. Your card is beautiful and I see nothing wrong with the watercolouring on the card you linked to either. One of the hardest things about WC is waiting for the paint to dry before adding more colour, I am not patient so I tend to colour an image just before going to bed because then I can’t add more to it and the colour dries thoroughly.
    I love the colours you have used and the fact that you have left some areas white – something for me to try! Thanks for the blog hop, video and awesome inspirations Karen x

  11. Wonderful card and fantastic video. Your use of the MISTI and masking was so inspiring. Can’t wait to try it. I love how used only 3 color blends, left some flowers and leaves in black and white and added the gold thread for that wonderful touch of bling.

  12. Love the card made. Ive wanted to try using the Kuretake Gansai Tambi colors and this made me want to try more :).

  13. Love your video, super love your card, May!! And thanks to you, I had to get more floral stamps! 🙂

  14. I’m fairly new to water coloring too. What a wonderful background you created and just enough color to make a beautiful card. Thank you for sharing your experiences and creativity.

  15. Thanks for sharing such a great video. I love water coloring, though I am too chicken to try it. Your beautiful card and helpful tutorial has inspired me to at least give it a try.

  16. You are very good at watercoloring! I struggle with watercolors myself and really appreciate your talent!

  17. Woooww! Absolutely gorgeous! I will be casing your beautiful card! Thanks for the video and sharing your stunning card!

  18. You are so amazingly creative. From designing to coloring to putting it all together. If I only had a drop of your creativity I would be so happy. So keep creating so I can copy. Thank you.

  19. I do LOVE your card. It is so very pretty. Your water coloring of the flowers makes a gorgeous background.

  20. I love the colors you used and also like the fact you used two different flower stamps together.

  21. Love the watercolors and especially the colors.Very beautiful card and gold with black make it awesome.

  22. So pretty May! You always inspire me to do background stamping but I do it so rarely. Maybe today! 🙂

  23. Love how your watercolouring turned out! I have trouble letting the paint dry before adding a second layer.
    Seeing how well your’s turned out, I’ll have another go. It’s gorgeous!

  24. I really do just adore this card, that little pop of gold with the beautiful cheerful background, makes me happy 😊

  25. Thank you for sharing your background technique. I really like the color combinations you have used – really pretty card!

  26. Such pretty colours! I’m amazed at the diversity of the work on this blog-hop – shows me how much you can do with altenew products. Just hope they get on more widespread sale and become easier to get hold of here in the UK sometime soon!

  27. Beautiful card May! From the vibrant hues in the watercoloring too the lovely gold accents,just Beautiful! I’ll have to try my hand at watercoloring! Thank You for the video and sharing your work!

  28. Wow, this is gorgeous. I think you have learned a lot about water coloring & received a great tip from one of the best. Thanks so much.

  29. Happy birthday such an awesome, amazing 2 years! Keep it up!

    Such beautiful cards & techniques!
    God bless!

  30. May thanks for sharing your beautiful card and water coloring tips. I just ordered one of those sets so anxious to try this new masking and watercolor.

  31. Beautiful card – I love the watercoloring you did, so artsy and gorgeous! The nested thread and sequins are perfect complements to your lovely watercoloring.

  32. This is a lovely card, May! Thanks for making the video too.. it’s always great to see things in progress and how everything comes together at the end. 🙂

  33. Very colorful with all the flowers! I discovered Altenew on a Simon Says Stamp blog hop project and love the Brush Art Floral and Layered Lily sets. So, I ordered the stamps with them, but had to come to Altenew’s site for the dies that match. I’m just getting into card making and can’t wait to try these out with some beadwork accents in a video tutorial I’m going to eventually make at my channel. Love these flowers and I’ve not even gotten mine yet. Thanks

  34. altenew stamps and gansai watercoulours love the way u have combined two of my favorite craft supplies

  35. Altenew really has a knack for creating stunning floral stamp sets! I love that you used these gorgeous flowers to create a beautiful background. So pretty!

  36. Lovely card! You made me chuckly with your “stamp surgery” and buying a set of watercolors because it has your favorite color.

  37. Yes, I do love your card, May. What a great colorer you are!! I also loved your card with the oriental orchids against the green background. Stunning!!

  38. Beautiful card and wonderful technique in making a background design with the MISTI. Great use of an Altenew floral stamp set with watercolours, diecuts and sequins. Lovely example and video!!!

  39. BEAUTIFUL card May!!!
    LOVE your floral background, a DELIGHTFUL design and FABULOUS colouring!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your INKY INSPIRATION, tutorial & RECIPE for AWESOMENESS, THANK YOU for helping to celebrate Altenew’s 2nd Anniversary 🙂
    PS – I’ve done some stamp surgery too … it is not as painful as it looks!!!

  40. Wow May… your card is so beautiful!!! I watched your video and loved watching you watercolor and dab off and add more watercolor to get the look you wanted. Very beautiful card at the end! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    ♥ Jo’s Scrap Shack ♥

  41. Simple yet beautiful card with lots of WOW! factor! Those beautiful blooms make all the difference!

  42. This card is gorgeous! I love how the water coloring came out & that you left some white space as well. The colored flowers have such a pop to them. Thanks for sharing your lovely card & inspiration with me as well.

  43. Wowzers! What a beautiful card! I love the vibrant colors and the coloring technique is fantastic!

  44. I love the colors that you chose for this card. Turquoise and pink are my absolute favorites! Really pretty.

  45. I also really like water coloring so I like to watch other people’s techniques- so helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  46. Awesome card!! Love the fantastic color combo..Thanks for the great video too I always learn so much from them.

  47. Love that your video makes me want to learn more. I have watercolors but do I use them successfully, NO! Make me want to practice more with seeing your lovely card. Thanks for sharing.

  48. Very pretty. I like the full background stamped with flowers and that you left some of them uncolored.

  49. Love that some of the flowers are not colored. What a great card and love anything embossed. So funny stamp surgery.

  50. Those flower backgrounds are really hot right now. You did a great job on yours…and thanks for the video. It always helps to see it actually come together. I am so glad we have great designers like you who share your talent and help us learn new things.

  51. Beautiful card ! I love your watercolouring and the gold embossed “celebrate”. Thank you for the video !

  52. Beautiful card, May! Love the colors you chose for the background. The sequins add just the right touch, too. Thanks for the video showing your process! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  53. Hi, this card is so very pretty and wonderfully water coloured. I love the touch of gold thread. Thanks for the great video. x

  54. Love how you partially colored these flowers. Very effective. Congrats to Altenew. Love your stamp sets. Thanks for sharing.

  55. Wow! This card is stunning! I love the bright colors, and I love how some of the images are not colored in. It makes it more interesting.

  56. This is an fabulously GORGEOUS card!! Watercoloring only certain flowers was a great idea; it really made the colored flowers pop!!! I also like the shaker card that you made with the purple orchids- very beautiful!! Thank you for participating and sharing in this blog hop!!

  57. A beautiful card! Very clever leaving uncoloured images. It’s great the way all the Altnew stamp sets can be combined to make new images.

  58. i love your card, may! in fact im pinning to my craft inspiration board. i really like the combo of colored and b&w flowers. 🙂

  59. Can’t believe you can put so many flowers on one card and still make it beautiful. Love your watercoloring.

  60. Oh my gosh! I just love your Altenew creation! Freaking stunning and fun! Love the colors and combinations!!!

  61. What a beautiful card. I love the combination of wild hibiscus and botanical garden stamps. The water coloring is stunning too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  62. Such a beautiful card! Love your watercoloring. Thanks for the inspiring video – now I want to get my watercolors out and paint!

  63. Love the bright colors! I’m learning how to watercolor, so thanks for the video. Beautiful card!

  64. Lovely card – I really love how you watercolor just some of the flowers – it makes them pop

  65. I love how you did this card. The coloring is beautiful! I’m thinking whoever gets this card will be very happy.

  66. May, stunning! I always love your color combos. I like that the flowers aren’t colored all the way! Thanks for sharing your talents, video and always inspiring.

  67. I absolutely love all the floral stamps from Altenew. Your card is so pretty with the soft watercolored flowers and the gold accents.

  68. Gorgeous card. I am just discovering Alteme and love their floral images. Thanks for the detailed video. Such an inspiration!

  69. Everything about this card is stunning! The color palette is gorgeous and I love the gold accents used on the card. It really makes it feel special.

  70. Very nice card, and I thank you that you use the kuretake paints to see how you use them, it´s going to be usefull for me because I just buy them. Thanks!!!!!

  71. Woooww May
    I miss you at CASology and now I meet you here
    so elegant flower card
    and so clever only colored some and adorable gold sentiment too
    I love love your card

  72. I think you did a great job watercoloring 🙂. I’m still struggling myself to get the technique down. You card turned out beautifully.

  73. Love the combination of the two stamp sets, it gives a very nice background with nice and vibrant colors.
    Thanks for sharing !