Hello and welcome! It’s been a few weeks since my last video, I am away visiting my family in Korea so my studio hasn’t been getting much love! To get back into crafting, I wanted to create something fun and quick to share with you today.

Altenew just released a lot of fresh stamps, dies, and embossing powders! Yes, you read it correctly, embossing powders! woo hoo!! I personally am a big fan of heat embossing so it was such a great news to hear when I found out Altenew was releasing a new product line.

Today I am participating in a special blog hop to celebrate this release, there are a ton of ways for you to get inspirations as well as chances to win awesome prizes! So make sure to read through the post! Without a further ado, let’s go ahead and dive into today’s project.


When using with water-based dye inks, you can do a lot more than just stamping with them. Watercoloring with these dye inks are one of my go-to techniques and you can get more life/use out of what you already have to create beautiful results!

If you were always hesitant about getting traditional watercolors for your crads/layouts, I highly recommend taking out your dye inks and give this technique a try. When combined with heat embossing, you can easily create a lovely “ombre” of color shades using the inks and stamps.

To go with today’s technique, I used the brand-new Pattern Play – Diamond stamp set for a super quick and simple background stamping results. It is a great set to have, as you can stamp any A2 sized cards either in horizontally or vertically!


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click ATN for Altenew, EH for Ellen Hutson, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, or AMZ for Amazon. I participate in several affiliate programs where I get a small commission at no additional cost to you when products are purchased through links I share here. Thank you for your support!


There are TWO giveaways you can enjoy!

  1. Altenew is giving away THREE $50 gift certificates to Altenew store! Make sure to visit their blog and leave a comment to win.
  2. I am giving away $30 gift certificate to Altenew store! Please leave me a comment below by June 1st, 11:59pm PST. I will post a winner here on the 1st. Good luck!!


Congratulations, Jodi! Please email at winner@altenew.com with the subject line “Altenew May Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog” to claim your prize!


Next stop on the hop is my amazing crafty friend, Yoonsun Hur! Make sure to stop by and leave some love for her! Please see below for full blog hop list.