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 KathleenB January 30, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    What good “poppy” colors. My favorite set in the release is the Hibiscus Bouquet….but they’re all pretty wonderful!

  • Reply Judie Attard January 30, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    The hibiscus card is amazing!!! Its also my favourite from this release!

  • Reply Janet January 30, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Well done, Simon!

  • Reply Megan January 30, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Great work, love the cards, especially the succulents.

  • Reply Donna Ligon January 30, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I love the Be Strong set

  • Reply Suzy Gray January 30, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    I love that set with the cactus. Such cute cards

  • Reply Barbara Green January 30, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    What a great collection.

  • Reply Karen B January 30, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I love all floral stamps, I think my favorite this release is Hibiscus Bouquet. I really like your card using this set, the colors are so cheerful!

  • Reply Toni L January 30, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    My favourite is the Hibiscus stamp set–so many possibilities.

  • Reply Saira January 31, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Such a gorgeous release and such stunning series of cards you have created. My favourite is be strong stamp set..Thank you for inspiring and for the opportunity to win

  • Reply Bev Karolak January 31, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Fantastic cards! This release is amazing! 🙂

  • Reply Naama E January 31, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Love these awesome cards, especially the cactus – so awesome! It’s so hard to choose one favorite from this release, there are so many amazing sets! But I’d go with the Wishing You set because it has a humming bird, and humming birds make my heart sing ^^

  • Reply Dominika January 31, 2017 at 7:36 am

    These are amazing!!! You are so talented!

  • Reply Sindhu January 31, 2017 at 8:40 am

    fantastic cards…new stamps are amazing…i like “be strong” stamp set…

  • Reply Debbie Anemaet January 31, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Simon, I am so proud of you for your great work in making cards! I agree with you on the Hibiscus Bouquet stamp set. It is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway! Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Kimberly Rendino January 31, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I really like your ombre card!!! Fun! My fave set from this release is Farmers Market….

  • Reply Janet Trapp January 31, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Woohoo! Another super release! Lovin’ all the samples and techniques along the way!
    God bless!

  • Reply Farhana S January 31, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    thanks for sharing a range of techiniques and cards! First time stopping by your blog, but I feel like I’ll be back!

  • Reply Marianne January 31, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Love all of your colouring, Simon. Love the hibiscus stamp set, but I may have a few other favourites as well by the time I have finished this blog hop.

  • Reply ME Crafter January 31, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Great cards – thanks for sharing your ideas.

  • Reply RobiW January 31, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Beautiful cards! I especially love the hibiscus set and the half tone circles.

  • Reply jean marmo January 31, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    So beautiful!!

  • Reply HelenK January 31, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Hi Simon,
    I think that rose card is very clever – a rose, is a rose, is a rose…

  • Reply HelenK January 31, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Oh, by the way, my favourite stampset in this release is the feather set – perfection!

  • Reply Helen F. January 31, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    LOVE your four gorgeous cards! The colors really pop! My favorite (so far) is the Garden Hydrangea, but I am wanting all of the new sets (of course)! 😉

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