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 Kim Klinkovsky-My Kraft Kloset February 1, 2017 at 1:37 am

    I can’t believe you are only 13yrs old. WOW! Your talent amazes me. Good for you…you are going places. Your cards are fantastic. All of them, but I think my favorite new stamp set is the Hibiscus Bouquet. And I love glossy accents too. Great job!

  • Reply Pooja February 1, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Hey dear so pretty cards, loved the use of life is beautiful stamp set simply awesome…

  • Reply Carolyn Pokorney February 1, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Your use of watercolors is amazing.

  • Reply Robin February 1, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I love the new ink colors and the Be strong stamps. You have amazing talent I’m so impressed. I’m d.efinitely subscribing to your YouTube channel.

  • Reply Varada Sharma February 1, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Beautiful cards! I love the new ink colors and the Hibiscus stamp set 🙂

  • Reply STACY SCHNETTLER February 1, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Great cards! The cactus set is totally adorable!

  • Reply Melynn February 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Great cards-love the color choices. The halftone circles are my favorite of this release so far and the new inks are a close second.

  • Reply Renae C. February 1, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I loved all the bright colors you used on your cards!

  • Reply Joyce February 1, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Very pretty!

  • Reply preety February 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    gorgeous cards and thanks for the video tutorial! its amazing that you are such a gifted crafter at 13! kudos to you 🙂
    my favourite product from the new release is the be strong stamp set with the succulents and the lights, its quite versatile and i love it.

  • Reply Mom and wife February 1, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Love these card. Simons you are so talented . Thanks for sharing them

  • Reply Tracy Lustick February 1, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Simon you did an excellent job !

  • Reply Susan R K February 1, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing all the different coloring techniques. Enjoyed the string of lights & the ‘make yesterday jealous’ sentiment – both make my heart happy.

  • Reply Dixie Miller February 1, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Hard to believe you are only 13. Your use of color is great. Thanks for sharing your wonderful techniques.

  • Reply Carina February 2, 2017 at 7:42 am

    love the ombre colored card. The colors are beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply SabineVDK February 2, 2017 at 11:03 am

    So pretty!!!! I absolutely love the cards you created!

  • Reply Donna M Cervantez February 2, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I love all the different types of coloring you did. Thanks for sharing all this inspiration

  • Reply Niccole Kulig February 2, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I absolutely love your WATERCOLOR STAMPED HIBISCUS CARD, it is beautiful. Keep sharing with us your beautiful cards! You definitely are an inspiration!

  • Reply Cassie D February 2, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Great cards! I think my favorite set in the release might be that cactus set.

  • Reply Ericka Strange February 2, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Love your cards and the great colors! The hibiscus card is so pretty! Great job.

  • Reply Joanne Travis February 2, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Simon, you are so talented! I love your use of color, your cards are so vibrant and beautifully done.

  • Reply Teresa Godines February 2, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Your coloring is amazing. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration

  • Reply Theresa Houck February 2, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I love the bright colors of the Hibiscus card.

  • Reply Gina Howe February 2, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    My favorite new set is the Hibiscus Bouquet. Your cards are so colorful!

  • Reply Kate B February 2, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    My favorite stamp set has to be the hydrangea one! I’m impressed that you are only 13 – keep it up & can’t wait to see even more!

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