Happy Thursday! When there is a very limited time to create and make cards, I like to go for a stamp set that offers variety so I can create with just that and a few ink pads. Today’s project features a stamp set that is just that!

Let’s start with a video tutorial so you can get all the details of the process – It is just a few min. long, so you can quickly see how these cards come together.


I love using a stamp set that offers such a variety, especially when the crafting time is limited but still requires some cards to send or give. The Graphic Brushstroke stamp set is a perfect one for this type of situations.

With this type of background designs, I like to do monochromatic look so you can easily add interest and variations to your project with minimal supplies.

For the card above, I used Iceberg and Eastern Sky. I share a quick tip on how to stamp it with background stamp in the video tutorial above, so make sure to check it out.

The second card brings out more pop to it, with fun green shades! Stamped in the exact same concept as the first card, Limeade and Fresh Leaf inks were used.

These cards don’t require too much time nor supplies! So it is perfect for new stampers or busy crafters who need cards or projects quickly.

You can also create a focal point using the singular brushstroke image from the stamp set. I used Baby Pink, Fuchsia, and Magenta for the color combo.

Bold and strong focal points are sometimes all you need to make a card that speaks clearly. For a strong sentiment impression, I stamped greetings from the same Graphic Brushstrokes stamp set using the Obsidian ink.


What is your favorite stamp set or die set from today’s release? What will you use them for? Please share with me by commenting below! I love hearing from all of you!


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click ATN for Altenew, EH for Ellen Hutson, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, orย 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!


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  1. Altenew is giving away SIX $50 gift certificates to Altenew store! Make sure to visit their blog and leave a comment to win.
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  1. Nicole, I love what you did with the new background stamp. I have to buy it because I could see it stamped in rainbow colors as I do a lot of Pride cards. Soooooo creative and inspiring.

  2. I really like the brushstroke stamp. I’ve tried to do this free hand and it never looks good. Very nice cards.

  3. Nice projects. It’s a very interesting background stamp and good for guy or gal cards!

  4. I love how you approach the cards and a great way for beginner to start. Three great cards with one stamp set and a few ink colors. Wonderful!

  5. Great tips! The cards all turned out great! Simple and clean…love it…thank you so much for sharing your great ideas and work.

  6. Love monochromatic designs and yours are especially lovely, Nicole! I am partial to blue, so that one is my favorite.

  7. The more I see of this background stamp, the better I like it, as with your beautiful cards. I like Charming Doodles and Pen Sketched Flowers, Too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Love your cards. I love that background stamp, and definitely will be doing some cards using your technique for making the backgrounds. They look so nice. I love simple!

  9. At first glance, the Brushstrokes stamp looks fairly straightforward. But after watching your video, I see so many other possibilities! I have lots of artists in my life and this will be the perfect background for cards I make for them.

  10. Beautiful cards using the Brush Strokes stamps. I can think of so many possibilities with this stamp!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  11. I love the monochromatic look and that stamp set is becoming my favorite. Beautiful!

  12. I love how versatile that one stamp set is. You can definitely get so many looks. Love your cards

  13. Great cards. They have a nice youthful feel to them. Well done – thanks for sharing.

  14. I am really diggin’ that graphic brushstrokes stamp. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Thank You! I love the simple designs. I’m new to stamping and card making. I wait to try your ideas.

  16. I like all the cards but my favorite is the pink “believe in yourself” one best. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  17. Thanks so much for the video using the Graphic Brushstrokes stamp set. I liked this set from the start but now I LOVE it and have to have it! Your quick and simple cards were beautiful and I liked that you showed two ways to place cardstock for the second color. Thanks again.

  18. This set is so fun! I enjoyed your video…this would make for some fast cards (and we all need those occasionally…Lol). Great release…I have a giant wish list!!

  19. Hi Nicole. I love your card with the single focal point and the brush stroke stamp. It’s so striking. I must try this technique. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Great idea for quick cards. Your video was great, very clear and concise explanation of your process

  21. I, too, love clean and simple flat cards. These are just stunning! Can’t wait to get my brushstrokes stamp set in the mail! I also liked (and ordered) the Pen Sketched Flowers and the new mat. Thanks for your ever-inspiring work today!

  22. Great cards!! So many wonderful products in this release. I like the Crystal Frames and the dies more than I thought I would. Those items are my favorites from this release.

  23. These are awesome! I love the pink one where you rotated the paint strike stamp. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Very cool cards! I especially like the last, pink one where you created the tri-colored focal point… very nice!

  25. Those backgrounds are gorgeous. I love the fun Graphic Brushstrokes set and you’ve used it wonderfully.

  26. What a great stamp set! Thanks for sharing all these great ideas. I can see everyone needs this set in there stash!

  27. I really love your monochromatic take with the brushstrokes. It’s wonderful. I lik forward to trying it out.