Altenew, Happy Little Stampers Challenge

Shimmy on the Shimmer! A Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge

This month’s challenge on the Happy Little Stampers blog is Watercolor with the optional Bling! You can interpret bling in many ways, I chose to add the bling on my cards by watercoloring with Nuvo Shimmer Powders. I love this product because its sooo easy to use and adds so much shine and shimmer to your project. Each bottle of shimmer powder has more than one color so when you sprinkle it onto your project and add water, you can watch the magic happen.

Here are the two techniques I used to create my card.

Technique #1: Sprinkle & Spray!

Tape down your watercolor paper on your mat or on a wooden board using painters or washi tape. This prevents the watercolor paper from warping. Pick your shimmer powder colors and sprinkle onto the paper. Do not sprinkle too much as these powders are highly pigmented. You can always add more to your paper later if needed.

Background: Catherine Wheel & Solar Flare Tonic Nuvo Shimmer Powders

Then, spray water generously onto the paper. You will see the color burst and move with the water.

Spray generously with water

Technique # 2: Shimmy on the shimmer

If you would like to watercolor an image, I would suggest using an image that has a lot of open spaces and preferably heat embossed on watercolor paper. The heat embossing helps to contain the paints and prevents it from bleeding into one another.

For this technique I used the Sweetest Peas stamp set by Altenew. I heat embossed the image with white embossing powder. I sprinkled Violet Brocade over the flowers and Green Parade on the stems and leaves. Then I took a watercolor brush and dipped it in a glass of clean water. I then shimmied my brush over the colors, taking care not to spread it around too much.

Flowers & Leaves: Violet Brocade & Green Parade Tonic Nuvo Shimmer Powders

Then I took a paper towel and started to dab off excess water so the colors do not bleed into each other too much. Then I left it to dry.

After the panel was fully dried, I sprayed both panels with a fixative spray just to be sure that the shimmer does not rub off. I fussy cut the flowers. The orange and yellow panel will be for my background.

I die cut the Leaf cover die Frame by Altenew out of white cardstock. I adhered it on top of the yellow and orange back ground. I then inserted the flowers into the middle of the frame. I used foam tape on the middle flower for some dimension.

To finished off the card, I added some flat back pearls here and there for added bling.

Wonderful shimmer on the flower and the background

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial and will give these shimmer powders a try. See you at the HLS watercolor challenge!

‘Til next time!



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14 thoughts on “Shimmy on the Shimmer! A Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge”

  1. This is gorgeous! I love that those powders have shimmer too as I have the brushos but they don’t shine. Great use of the brush to create the look you want on your flower too. I just love your card! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Gwendolyn


  2. What a stunning card, Anna, with all those wonderful shimmery colours! I haven’t played with colouring with the powders, but you have given me the necessary incentive now I’ve seen your card!!! LOL!! Have a good weekend! πŸ™‚


  3. Oh Anna I so love this card and of course you used one of my favourite powders. I know just how beautiful this card would look IRL. You certainly nailed the ‘bling’ here. Glad you showed the powders as I don’t have the violet brocade and now have to find one. Love them. Awesome die and stamp.


    1. Thank you so much Ina! The Violet Brocade is my favorite among all the powders. It works so well even on its own. I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations πŸ’•


  4. Your card is beautifully crafted and just bursting with wonderful colors from this shimmer powder! I was fortunate enough to find one bottle at my local store, but I LOVE it already! TFS the tutorial of different ways to use this magical stuff – I need to get more colors now πŸ™‚


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