4 Ways To Add Color To Cards | Altenew Blog Hop + Giveaways

January 27, 2017

Hi there, thanks for stopping by my blog on the hop! Today I am very excited to share with you some cards using the awesome and creative new release from Altenew that I instantly fell in love with. 🙂 The cards that I am going to share are packed with a ton of different techniques and lot of colors!!!


For the first card, I used the Be Strong stamp set to create a fun scene with lots of color and succulents! I stamped down all of my images and colored them in using very bright shades of Copic Sketch Markers. I love coloring succulents because they are all different and it’s fun to come up with unique color varieties.

Then, I stamped down a background using the string lights and varied the angle they went to create an uneven effect. I colored them in using shades of yellow and then filled the in with a coat of Glossy Accents to make them look like light bulbs. To finish the card, I stamped a sentiment and added everything together on a white top folding card base.


I love Altenew’s layering images and when I saw this Hibiscus Bouquet stamp set I just about fainted and knew that I MUST watercolor stamp them! I started by stamping all of the outline images in black and laid out my scene of flowers. Then, I took the solid layering images and watered down Altenew inks to stamp using a watercolor effect. After that, I used my water brush to soften out the edges and give it more of a watercolor look.

Next, I used my water brush to soften out the edges and give it more of a realistic watercolor look. Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the Halftone Circles stamp set and added a strip of black cardstock and then added it all onto a white top folding card base.

Blooming Rose Card


For the third card, I used the Amazing You stamp set to create a rose blossoming phase card that is a fun shape and super easy to create! I started off by stamping the line of roses using my MISTI to make sure everything is lined up perfectly on the card panel. Then, I colored everything in using a variety of red Copic Sketch Markers and gave the roses a blue halo.

To embellish the roses, I added some Colorless Blender dots and lots of Glossy Accents to give some shine (if you haven’t noticed, I go a little overboard on the Glossy Accents)! Finally, I stamped and encouraging sentiment and added it onto a long black rectangular card base.

Colorful Ombre Stamped Card

I love this last card and all of the time you can save with the solid images that you can stamp over the lined flower images. So, I started off by lining up all of the solid stamps from the Life Is Beautiful stamp set in my MISTI on top of a card panel. Then, I used a variety of colorful inks to ink up the stamps on at a time and stamp it down. Then, you can stamp it over and over using a bunch of colors to get a nice blended background (technique is better explained in the video :))!

Next, I lined up all of the line stamps and stamped them over top of the colorful images in black ink. Finally, I stamped down a sentiment from the Halftone Circles stamp set and adhered everything together onto a top folding white card base!


As AMAZING courtesy of Altenew, I am able to give away one lucky winner a $30 gift certificate to the Altenew shop! All you have to in order to be entered is:

  • Subscribe to my YouTube channel
  • Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite new item from this release is!

They are also giving away THREE $50 gift certificates at the Altenew blog, so head over the and leave a comment to be entered in their giveaways!

The winner will be announced on February 4th for both giveaways and info will be posted on the blog that you entered. ($30 dollar certificate winner will be announced here)


If you want to continue along the hop, next is the amazingly talented (and funny) Lydia Evans! Also, you can start at the beginning with Altenew. 🙂


All of the supplies used in today’s video are linked below. I am affiliated with Ellen Hutson (EH) and Simon Says Stamp (SSS), so I do get a portion of the profit (with no extra cost to you) this is how I am able to run this blog. Affiliate links used when possible. I appreciate your support!

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  • Reply Earline January 27, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Love your work young man. You are very talented . Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  • Reply Ruth Aubertine January 27, 2017 at 9:50 am

    My favorite is definitely the Hibiscus!! Beautiful card you made and made it look so easy!!

  • Reply Susan Powell January 27, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Love that cactus card and that sentiment! Lots of great sentiments in this release!

  • Reply Deb Selby January 27, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Can’r resist a cactus card

  • Reply KathyK January 27, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Lovely cards Simon. I especially like your Hibiscus card, stunning! My favorite stamp set from the release is Let the Wind Carry You.

  • Reply Roberta Eldridge January 27, 2017 at 10:27 am

    I really love the cards you’ve made, Simon! I The cactus and lights card was fun, the hibiscus card was pretty (hibiscus are my all time favorite flower!) and the roses card was interesting with the generation of the flowers. The ombre effect card was wonderful fun too! Thank you for sharing your ideas and talent!

    My favorite product is the set of hibiscus stamps, and I also love the cactus and lights stamp set too!

  • Reply Debbie January 27, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Great cards! My favorite is the cactus one.

  • Reply Catherine Smith January 27, 2017 at 10:36 am

    I have to say the Cactus set is my favorite, and your cards are simply stunning 🙂

  • Reply Sharon January 27, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Wow!! Your cards are amazing. Love the Hibiscus card.

  • Reply Natalie S. January 27, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Beautiful Cards! Really like the watercolour effect on the Hibiscus Bouquet card.

  • Reply Carol Didier January 27, 2017 at 10:53 am

    What fun! I just love your use of color – so creative!

  • Reply Liz O. January 27, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Amazing cards Simon! to tell you the truth is hard to pick one favorite, I love all the floral sets and the halftone circles . Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Roro designer January 27, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Your xards is colorful and happy . Lovethem all . And for the relase it is hard to pink some to buy I found them so inspiring.

  • Reply Kleri F January 27, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Great cards! I’m not sure what’s my fav item from this release… I like the Garden Hydrangea and the Amazing You stampsets but I also like the markers and the calligraphy die set!!!So hard to choose!

  • Reply Julie Haedtke January 27, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Great Designs Simon! I am in love with the circle stamps!

  • Reply Patty Eifert January 27, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Awesome cards Simon!! My favorite is the colorful Hombre card…very cool! My favorite of this new release are those Half Tone circles…loved them as soon as I saw them…in fact, I’ve already ordered them!! I’d love to win a gift card because there were some awesome flower sets I wanted but got to keep to my budget!!

  • Reply Betty January 27, 2017 at 11:14 am

    fun cards, Simon – love this new release – especially love the new ink colors!

  • Reply Jackie Parkins January 27, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Gorgeous cards! I love the new Halftone Circles.

  • Reply Phyllis Sinclair January 27, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Your cards are great. Love your vibrant color choices.

  • Reply Gillian R January 27, 2017 at 11:26 am

    What great cards – love the bright and vibrant colors you use. You are very talented!

  • Reply Monika/buzsy January 27, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Beautiful cards Simon. Love the pretty colors and different coloring techniques. Amazing job showcasing the new sets.

  • Reply Nancy Stott January 27, 2017 at 11:29 am

    You are so talented, Simon! I especially like your ombre card. My favorite stamp set in the release is Amazing You.

  • Reply *Vicki* January 27, 2017 at 11:31 am

    You are such a talented individual! Really love your designs showing these new products in such a brilliant way! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply Jackie L January 27, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Your cards are awesome! My favorite stamp is the hydrangea.

  • Reply Marcia January 27, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I love the new ink colors!! But I also love the hydrangea stamp. . . . kind of love that flower and even though I already have stamp sets with hydrangeas this look too good to pass up!! Thanks for the inspiration Simon!!

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