Happy Monday! Altenew just released 10 brand-stinking-new stamp sets today and they are all to die for! To celebrate, awesome designers are joining together in a blog hop to provide you with some fresh inspirations.If you just came from the Altenew’s blog, you are on the right track! But you can always start here and go around to make a full circle for the hop. There are also some fun giveaways so make sure to scroll down to see details!

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One of the many questions I get from crafters is how they can easily watercolor with a nice color blending. Some crafters are fairly new to watercoloring so traditional techniques can be tricky or overwhelming. So I hope today’s video tutorial gives you a tip on how you can easily approach this subject.

If you do not wish to worry too much about controlling water or pigment amount and just want to enjoy layering colors with watercolor, simply choose 3-4 different shades of one color family. I think Altenew’s coordinating ink pads are perfect for this case! Make sure to watch the video tutorial above to see how I achieve this look.

To create today’s card, I used one of my favorite stamp set from this release called Botanical Garden. Variety of flowers and shapes are perfect for background stamping, watercoloring, or even for creating a center piece for any projects.


This color layering technique can be done with any coordinating inks you might have on hand. You can use any dye inks that coordinate well, or use distress inks for that matter. But I love getting more out of the inks I already have, and Altenew inks are not only great for layer stamping but also great for watercoloring. So why not take advantage of them, right?

I paired the watercolored piece with a sentiment from the You Are stamp set, which is another brand-new set from this release. I thought a small sentiment would be a perfect partner for today’s card where it won’t take away too much attention from the flowers.

Hope you enjoyed today’s video tutorial! Next up on the blog hop is Lydia Evans – make sure to check out the giveaway details before you go, so you can have a chance to win some wonderful prizes! Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by.


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, or AMZ for Amazon. All the products were personally purchased, otherwise noted. Enjoy shopping and happy creating!


Giveaway #1: Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificate to three lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog for a chance to win! You have until Friday, January 22nd to leave your comments.

Giveaway #2: Leave a comment below to win $30 gift certificate! Giveaway closes on Friday, January 22nd and I will choose a winner on 23rd. Good luck!


Nicole —> You Are Here!


Congratulations, Barb! Please email Altenew at winner@altenew.com to claim your prize with a subject line : Jan 2016 Release winner from Nicole’s Blog

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  1. Very pretty! I like be the soft blue on the watercoloring. This is my favorite stamp set from the release so pretty!

  2. Your card is so beautiful… I love the soft color and the way you have colored these blooms .Thank you so much for sharing

  3. Beautiful card and great video! I especially liked your using the glimmer from block to paper – great tip. Thank you so much.

  4. Thank you so much for the great video. I just subscribed to your channel as well. Your card is beautiful!

  5. Gorgeous card! You make the water coloring look very easy! I am going to give your technique a try.

  6. Love this stamp set. Great idea to brush on the shimmer. Lots more control that way.
    I always look forward to what you do.

  7. Beautiful and you make it look so easy. I think this stamp set and the sentiment set are a must!

  8. This is very beautiful! I have the red collection and I am going to try this with the reds. BTW, I really enjoy your videos. Thank you for sharing with us.

  9. Loved your video with the water coloring. The flowers are just so pretty and I like the shine you applied! Thanks for the chance to win at the giveaway.

  10. Thanks for the help… I really have trouble matching the colors, but I know that the colors in the Altenew ink will be very helpful. Love the card. Clean, Crisp but Elegant!!

  11. This might be my favorite stamp set from this release and I loved your video with your techniques and suggestions! You certainly created a beautiful card.

  12. I am totally in love with the teachers rule set! Of course the new releases are all awesome!

    Love your card and video

  13. Love thi set and the watercolor is gorgeous. Nice and soft. Didn’t know you could watercolor with Altenew inks.

  14. Love your soft colors on your gorgeous card! Thanks for an excellent video with all your watercoloring tips!

  15. DELIGHTFUL card Nicole!!!
    WOW – Botanical Garden was already in my TOP 2 from the new releases => I’m feeling TOTALLY INSPIRED by your ELEGANT design and DELICATE colours!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing you FABULOUS video tutorial too, it was like MAGIC watching the water do the work!!! I really appreciate your tips and will definitely be working on my watercolouring skills this year, hopefully real soon πŸ™‚

  16. Awesome card. I learned alot from the video. I am still learning watercoloring especially watercoloring with ink pads. You made it seem so easy. Botantical Garden is my favorite stamp set so far. Thanks

  17. Your card is beautiful and all the stamp placements are perfect–the yellow/green color almost looked like gold highlights! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Thank you for sharing the technique and the video. I will have to play with the technique. Very clean and elegant card.

  19. What a nice price to win! I cross my fingers that I’ll be one of the lucky ones!
    Take care!
    Monika from Sweden

  20. Beautiful! I love the soft blues. I’m not big on using watercolors myself, but love the look when someone else uses it!

  21. I would love to win the giveaway. I am new to the card world and am doing as much research as possible to learn the techniques. And love viewing all the beautiful work everyone does. Ordered myself supplies yesterday. Therefore I need all the monetary help I can get!!

  22. Thank you so much for selecting my name as the winner of your Blog Hop, Nicole! I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to play with my new Altenew goodies!