Sunday, July 26, 2020

Altenew Academy: Polychromatic

Hello!  I just completed the Polychromatic Class at Altenew Academy and I have some cards I would like to share.  Our instructor, Nina Marie Trapani, taught us about color and  color combinations.  The cards in this post are from lesson #4 "Watercoloring with Similar Colors".  I will say this monochromatic look is difficult to photograph because of the minimal contrast.
For my first card, I heat embossed the spray in white and then colored the blooms and leaves with Zig markers and a wet paint brush.  I used 5 similar shades ranging from light blue to aqua to turquoise to teal.  I made an A2 card base from watercolor paper and heat embossed some leaves for the background.  I took the same five colors and scribbled in the leaves, sprayed with water and dried. The next round I added scribbles of color in the leaves and on the background, sprayed and dried.  I repeated one more time and then added paint splatters in the same five colors.  The background is subtle but really adds dimension to this monochromatic card.
I decided to create the card again but with similar colored embossing powder for a bit more definition.  The Zig colors ranged from Blush for the leaves to Sugared Almond, Light Pink, Peach Pink and Dark Pink.  On this card, I did not emboss the background but just scribbled color, sprayed and dried and repeated a couple of times. I finished with pink paint spatters.  
Altenew Supplies Used:
Altenew Best Mom stamp and die bundle
Altenew Mini Branch stamp (for blue background)
Altenew Golden Peach Embossing Powder

I would love to hear which card you like best.  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Both are beautiful! But I think my favourite is the pink one, as you can see the contrast between the bright petals and the leaves, adding depth.


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