Happy Friday! I personally think there is no better way to start the weekend than celebrating a brand-new release. Altenew just released an awesome line of fresh stamps and dies, along with an awesome new tool, a mini die cutting machine!

It is always exciting to check out the freshest products on the market and I am even more excited to share a project with you on this release blog hop! If you came from Emily’s blog, you are on the right track – and no worries if you are just starting! You can still hop along with us and make a full circle. There are fun giveaways so make sure to scroll all the way down to enter the giveaways!

One of the first stamps that grabbed my attention was this Frosted Garden Stamp Set. It is a great set to try various techniques like stamping with different colored inks, heat embossing, watercolor stamping, and just like I did on today’s project – white stamping and color pencil coloring!

This is a technique that is super easy for you to give it a try if you not have done so. Just grab any white pigment inks you have in your craftroom and stamp a few images to create a flower arrangement or a background to your liking.

Since white pigment ink takes a long time to fully dry, I recommend leaving it overnight for it to fully set so you can start working on your coloring the next day. This is the best way to make sure your white background does not smudge while coloring.

You can grab pretty much any colored pencils to do this technique, but I prefer to work with either Prismacolor Colored Pencils or Faber Castell Polychromos as they give the best results for me. You can try different types of colored pencils to see which one works best for you!

After the white stamped images were fully dried, I went over the stamped images with a few different shades of greens and blues to color them. In this project, I used Prismacolor Colored Pencils and layered the shades with few strokes. Thanks to the white stamping, they pop out the colors really nicely and give a wonderful look on a dark colored cardstock.

I was able to create this card within just a few minutes (minus the time it took the white stamping to dry, but I just left them overnight). If you have not done so, I highly recommend giving this technique a try! It is quite easy and relaxing.

Hope you enjoyed today’s project! Thank you so much for stopping by, make sure to scroll down to enter the giveaways and check out the next stop in the blog hop!


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 SIX $50 gift certificates to Altenew store! Make sure to visit their blog and leave a comment to win. Giveaway closes on December 15th, 11:59pm EST.
  2. I am also giving away $30 gift certificate to Altenew store! Please leave me a comment below by December 15th, 11:59pm PST. I will post a winner here on the 16th. Good luck!!


Congratulations, Karthikah! Please contact winner@altenew.com by 12/31/2017 with the subject line Altenew December Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog to claim your prize!


Next stop on the hop is my dear friend Laurel Beard! Make sure to stop by and leave some love for her! Please see below for full blog hop list.

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  1. Thanks for making your comment section easy. I have had a hard time with three of the blog hops today. Two just won’t load all the way. Another was hard to find but I finally was able to. I seen Gina k do this same technique lately. It really is a great technique. Thanks for reminding me about it and this stamp set goes perfect to try with it.

  2. Beautiful card, I’m eager to watch the video at home tonight. I love colored pencils on the dark cardstock, so striking!

  3. I love the look of white stamping on dark cardstock then colored with pencils from others! I have never been successful in making it work for myself though. I have tried every white ink in the world and beyond and all the brands of dark papers to no avail! I have stamped the white multiple times but it still never turns out right!
    Your card is a stunner and I love it! TFS!

  4. Beautiful, work with the pencils, this is my go to medium so far, you have made these look divine, will keep your card as a reference & have a go myself x

  5. Your pencil coloring technique is stunning. I’m so inspired to give this a try. Thanks for such beautiful samples.

  6. I love all the coloring on black that I’m seeing in many blogs – haven’t tried your technique, but definitely will – wonderful card, Nicole.

  7. Nicole your card is gorgeous. I love the way colored pencils look on dark paper but have yet to master that technique myself. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have an awesome weekend. ~HUGS~

  8. Beautiful coloring on that dark background. I shy away from trying that as I am sure I would make a mess!

    LOVE the stamp set you used (it’s equal top spot on my wishlist with Flower Arrangement) and LOVE your colours too!
    THANK YOU for sharing and INSPIRING, I NEED to try your white stamping and colouring with pencils real soon, it looks AMAZING 🙂

  10. Amazing look on the dark cardstock! Gorgeous card! Love the beautiful floral set… great release!

  11. That rates a “WOW!!!!” The colors pop and look amazing. Thanks for the tip about letting it dry overnight to be sure. (Although, I am not sure I would sleep if I knew I got to play first thing next day!)

  12. love this release from altenew, there are so many way to use the products, love everyones different takes

  13. Your card is so beautiful. I never thought to use my colored pencils on black cardstock! Thanks for sharing.

  14. I have seen this technique before but have not given it a try yet. It is an awesome technique against black/dark paper as is obvious in your gorgeous creation above with the beautiful blues & greens!! I think the Frosted Garden Stamp Set is my favorite set in this release!!

  15. So pretty, Nicole! I love the color on dark card stock – such an elegant look and perfect way to showcase the Frosted Garden stamp set – a must have for my stash for sure! Lovely!

  16. You use the dark backgrounds so well.
    The blue pops off the black. Blue is my
    favorite color anyway and I love the shade
    you obtained.
    Beautiful card.
    thanks for sharing.

  17. I LOVE this card! It is beautiful! I have been wanting to try this technique and this stamp set is perfect for it!

  18. Love this beautiful card with Frosted Garden, my favorite of the release! I love your pencil coloring over white ink, I’m going to try this with my pencils, thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Oh my gosh, another intriguing technique to try out. I have seen so many new ideas on this hop. I will have to store this in my memory to try when next I sit down in my craft room.

  20. This is a technique I have not tried yet, but very excited to now. Love the vibrant look on the black background! TFS

  21. This is such a wonderful technique. I love how the colors really pop off the black background. Thanks for the inspiration

  22. Your card is beautiful with that blue popping from the black card base. I will definitely have to try this technique

  23. Nicole, your card is beyond amazing, the coloured pencils look fantastic like this, the colours are so bold & bright. I enjoy working in pencil but have yet to try this, thanks x

  24. Love the way you stamped in white then used colored pencils. Makes a beautiful card.Thank you for sharing you cards.

  25. This card is just gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration – I’m going to have to get out my white pigment ink and colored pencils.

  26. This is such a striking card! Love all the new flowers in this release! Thanks for the inspiration xx

  27. I have not won anything in years BUT perhaps Altenew will be under my Christmas tree soon. Love the use of blues on card ,stock, Would like this.

  28. I’m so glad to have received your email about your Cards you make, I’m fairly new to card making but I love it.