Here’s my entry for the Altenew Sketch Scrapbook Challenge #15 #AltenewChallenge – the theme this time is Dripping Colors Layout.



Here is the Sketch challenge photo and immediately I saw “dripping colors” I had an idea I wanted to try and make real.

The Challenge Rules (from the website) are as follows:

Create a scrapbook layout, a documenter spread, a notebook pocket spread or any other project based on the sketch above. You may use either the colors, the composition, the elements, the texture or any combination to create your project.

      • Altenew products should be the focus, but other companies’ products can be used.
      • Make sure to use our challenge image above on your blog post.
      • Include a link back to the ALTENEW SKETCH CHALLENGE POST.
      • When uploading your project, make sure you link your entry post, not your entire blog.
      • Don’t have a blog? No worries! You may simply post it on Instagram, along with the challenge graphic above, use #AltenewSketch and, of course, tag @altenewllc. Don’t forget to add a link to your Instagram post by clicking on the button below.
      • You may enter as many times as you wish.
      • Challenge ends on July 7th, 2019 at 11:55 PM EDT.

After the challenge ends, FOUR WINNERS will be selected. Each will receive a $30 gift certificate to spend at

After the challenge ends, FOUR WINNERS will be selected IF, and ONLY IF, we receive at least 10 entries. If there are less than 10 entries, we will only choose TWO winners.

Each winner will receive a $30 gift certificate to spend at Winners will be announced on July 13th, 2019.

Wait, there is more! If you use #AltenewSketch when you share your challenge entry on social media, you are also entered to win a $15 gift certificate to our online store.

So I know you are dying to find out, so here is what I ended up making… (and a kitten)

sunshine after the rain canvas

Well, you say, that’s a little bit different for you, and you’d be right but it was in my head and it needed to come out!

So I took an old el cheapo canvas, one of those I’ve had hanging around forever, and I covered it in gesso (before I covered it in gesso it was pink and yellow and I have no idea why!),  Then I covered it in Tim Holtz collage paper in botanical I think it is called, and then because that was too black and white, I covered it in white gesso to make it a more muted background.

sunshine after the rain canvasThen because you can never have enough gesso, I got out a couple of Altenew stencils (leaf medallion and halftone dots) and used both of those with the gesso.

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Here’s a gesso/stencil close-up!  I felt that I needed more definition between the white gesso on the background and the white gesso on the stencilled parts so I painted around the lines with some watered down Altenew grey ink.

I did take A TON of photos while I was doing this, so when I have more time I will upload some of them, showing the various stages, but I am trying to be quick so I only have about ten or so for just now lol. Ok so background done, and time to move on, and you know I wasted so much time trying to make something work that was clearly not going to work, but it was the idea in my head so I had to keep trying.  I was using a frame die that was way too small but I wanted to put 2-3 of them on the canvas.

sunshine after the rain canvas This was not a good idea and was probably very apparent to anyone but me who was still sticking to the original idea.  I had to walk away, and left it overnight.

sunshine after the rain canvas

I went off on another tangent thinking that I could add some shiny die cuts to the multiple frames.  I ended up choosing the one on the right but I didn’t use it.

nuvo drops

I also made a lot of little Nuvo Drop circles in various colours and sizes and left them to set overnight.


One day later…

I realised that the three frame idea was UTTER MADNESS and then I found this old IKEA frame in the kitchen and decided to go with that instead.  Oh did I mention I planned to use Exotic Tulips in this project?  Well I did, and I had them all stamped out and coloured and diecut for about a week before I started this canvas mayhem.

sunshine after the rain canvasSo here they all are all nicely stamped out in rainbow colours of Altenew inks, and touched up with my Polychromos pencils, and don’t they look lovely?

sunshine after the rain canvasSuch pretty little flowers.

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And don’t they look lovely sitting in my newly painted IKEA frame?

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Now on with the plan, I needed some paint to drip down the page so I mixed up my Altenew Watercolour Pan Set with appropriate matching colours to the inks I used – some of them have the exact same names, but there are others that don’t have a corresponding watercolour colour, so I chose some that were close enough.  then I lay big drips of pigmented colour in rainbow order, and then tilted the canvas to let it run down to the bottom.  Then I did the same on the other side.  BTW in the above photo you can really see the gessoed stencilling really clearly and how much it stands out from the canvas.

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I had so many ideas for what text to put on the canvas but I kept coming back to this, which was something I was humming as I made this rainbow project.  The only problem was where to put it and make it make sense.  At the same time, I added big drops of Nuvo Drops in rainbow colours at the origin of the drips, and then ran clear glossy accents down the drips themselves to give them some shiny dimension.

The text is made with my beloved Bold Alphabet.

sunshine after the rain canvasI cut out multiple letters from watercolour paper, and after several other colour options,

sunshine after the rain canvasI decided to paint them white.  Oh and they are also backed with craft foam.  I wanted the letters to not look as much like white cardboard and to have more of an aged shabbiness to them, so after painting them with the white gesso (seriously how many times have I said that so far?) I used crackle paste on them to make them look all crackled and distressed.  Here’s a close-up…

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And here’s another…

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And why not a third…

I added some big glass pebbles from my bathroom decor haha, and more Nuvo clear drops.

sunshine after the rain canvas

I also diecut some tulips from tissue paper and attached them to the bottom of the frame as I wanted more dimension and for them to look more like real flowers.

sunshine after the rain canvas

Then I randomly added Nuvo Drops to them to look like raindrops and that was pretty much that, just had to attach the frame to the canvas and we were done!

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Just a couple of photos showing the finished canvas

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After I was done, I also made a card with some of the leftover bits and pieces, but I will save that for another day or I will never get done!

altenew challenge participant

I also get to sport this neat little badge!

Exotic Tulips stamps and dies – Altenew
Leaf Medallion and Halftone Stencils- Altenew
Bold Alphabet diet – Altenew
Ink Cubes – Altenew
Watercolor 36 pan set – Altenew
Canvas from stash
old photo frame from stash
Glossy Accents
Nuvo Drops – various colours
Memento Tuxedo Black marker
Tim Holtz Collage Paper
White Gesso!!!
Tissue paper from stash
Glass pebbles from my house lol
Distress Crackle Paste
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

EDITED just wanted to add one more photo to show how I am using this happy canvas – it’s beautiful Possie Cat.

sunshine after the rain canvas


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Liz O
Liz O
July 8, 2019 2:44 am

This is such a fun canvas creation! The tissue paper tulips are a mind blowing addition. Thanks for sharing!

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