Poly meaning ‘many’ and chromatic meaning ‘color’. I’ve just wrapped up the Altenew class called Polychromatic instructed by Nina-Marie Trapani. She has such a great voice and enthusiasm for art. Her classes covered the many ways to add bold and bright colors to your art as well as using pastels. I was inspired to create my card by her Lesson 8 where she covers coloring in pastels and no line coloring. I love the look of no line coloring, so I really wanted to give this a try with the added plus of pastel coloring. While her classed used copics (which I do not have), I used my Altenew Artist markers. I think I pulled off the pastel colors pretty well.
My card uses the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set. I started by stamping out the outline flower and leave images on 80lb cardstock in a light ink, similar to the color I had a matching ink for. I have two flowers, one stamped with Altenew blush (pink) and Altenew buttercream (yellow). Using the technique shown in the class, I lightly feathered out the lightest ink color onto the petals, then I accented with a slightly darker color. To help pull out some of the shaded areas of the petals, I used the Altenew Morning Frost Artist marker (light gray). My leaves are colored using the Altenew green shades: Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade and Evergreen. I made a purple flower as well, but it seemed to dark to be combined with these two pastel colored flowers. I hand cut the flowers and leaves and arranged them in a design pleasing to my eye. The background for the flowers was created by stamping the other floral images from the set onto white cardstock and embossing with satin pearl powder. It is just enough to add interest to the background without taking away from the beautiful pastel flowers. I mounted the flowers onto the embossed background and popped up the pink flower and leaves, but leaving the yellow flower flat against the background. I embossed my sentiment on some pink cardstock and placed it so one of the leaves would just slightly overlap onto the sentiment. I think this helps to tie them together. To complete my card, I used a top folding card and blended some Altenew buttercream ink around the edges. I then placed foam behind my flowered card panel and adhered these together. I’m pleased with the final card and coloring. This was a fun class with many other wonderful techniques and ideas I experimented with as well.