• Preeti

Magnolia On Trellis

Updated: Jan 27


Hello friends,

It has been while since I did the class for Altenew's AEC Program. Lately I have been extremely busy with my son and his care for his Autism and ADHD. Today seem to be a very quiet kinda day and perfect to do a card for the class. Today's card is for the Creative Water Color Media class taught by three wonderful colorists, Jennifer Rzasa, Debby Hughes and Laura Bassen. For this card I was pretty much inspired by all their styles, interpretations and coloring mediums. I chose to watercolor with Altenew Crisp inks for the most part as my coloring medium.


When I make cards, I almost always start with a story or a memory in my mind, which I then translate it to my art. A wonderful memory of my grandmother growing up was her beautiful tea parties, that she would have for the ladies from her church in her backyard. She was an avid gardener, she had the most beautiful floral plants in her garden. In the backyard patio where she held these garden tea parties, she had a trellis covering the patio and was always blooming with beautiful pink bougainvilleas. Sitting under those floral canopy was just magical on a spring morning and summer evenings. Looking up from you chair you could see the blue skies peeking through the trellis and the glistening sun trying to escape through the trellis openings to flood the patio with sunshine and warmth. This card here is a glimpse of that backyard which I so cherished and loved.


Now to the card making process:)

  • Start by stamping and embossing the floral and leaf images from Altenew Magnolia For Her stamp set on a watercolor cardstock. I used Gold Embossing powder.

  • I chose a few altenew dye inks in shades of deep pink and green. I was inspired by Laura Bassen in one of the lessons to use the dye inks for watercoloring.

  • Dye ink colors, Fuchsia, Razzleberry, Lime and Fresh Leaf

  • Water color the petals using these dye inks. Jennifer Rzasa shows a very quick and easy technique to wetercolor using these inks.

  • I fussy cut the images instead of die cutting because I did not want the cream color of the watercolor cardstock to show. If you have a white watercolor cardstock you can use your Magnolia Dies instead.

  • I used Y28 copic color to color the edges, which is a cheat way to show a perfect fussy cut image:). If you don't have a copic color in that shade you could use Altenew Paper Bag dye ink to dab the edges.

  • Die cut the Layer Plaid Cover A die twice onto a Neenah Solar White 110lbs cardstock, and adhere them together.

  • On another white cardstock, I did some ink smooshing with Sea Glass and Ocean Waves dye inks, inspired by Debby Hughes from one of the lessons. I sprayed some Sea Glass Metallic Shimmer to give the background some sparkle.

  • Adhere the Plaid die cut to the blue smooshed background. Also adhere the flowers and the leaves to the Plaid die cut making sure to tuck in a few leaves and flower petals in the Plaid background. This gives the impression of the flowers and vines intertwining in the trellis.

  • I added some clear sequins to show dew on the flowers and leaves, stamped and embossed the sentiment on black with white embossing powder and adhered a part of it on the flowers and the trellis.

  • Add this panel onto a side folding Fuchsia cardstock and it is done.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. If you have not taken any of the Altenew Academy courses, you are missing out on some amazing lesson, taught by one of the best artists in the industry. I will see you soon with my next card and a story, until then keep sharing handmade kindness and love.




I am listing all the Altenew products I have used below. You can click on any image below to directly go to the Altenew store for purchasing the product. I am not affiliated to Altenew in any way, all these products are bought by me. I am just making it easy for you to go to the store if you like any thing you see here:)