Happy Thursday! A combination of dye inks and pigment inks are not a common go-to method I reach for often, but today’s project provided a perfect canvas for it and I am excited to share it with you.

Altenew just release a set of stamps, dies, stencils, enamel pins, and pigment inks! There are lots to choose from and I will be sharing one of my favorite stamps from this release along with new pigment inks for today’s project.


Less is definitely more in today’s card and I wanted to share a project you can quickly put together while achieving a beautiful, sophisticated look.

Blue with gold is one of my favorite color combos – a splash of gold on blue shades are so soft, feminine, and elegant. I wanted to showcase exactly that on the card above.

The Ornate Foliage stamp set can look intimidating, but it is very fun and straightforward to layer and fill in the outlines. You can also use the outline image alone to color with your coloring mediums, but the fill-in images are so easy and quick to complete the look.

For today’s blue combination, I am using Lapis Lazuli ink color with a hint of Antique Gold pigment ink. I am sharing my thoughts on the best way to stamp with pigment ink in the video tutorial above if you’d like to check out.

The crisp black outline image was stamped using the Obsidian pigment ink – it is fast trying black pigment ink perfect for all stamping needs, and it’s watercolor friendly and heat-embossable.

You can also try mixing in a red color family for this look, or even purple color family for more of a retro look. The possibilities are truly endless and totally up to your personal taste!

I made this for my mom for Mother’s day, so I chose a sweet sentiment from Mother’s Love stamp set.


What are some of your favorite products from today’s release? Share your picks below by commenting, I’d love to hear what you all like and love!


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.
  2. My blog readers get another chance to win a $20 gift certification to Altenew store! Please leave me a comment below by May 17th, 11:59pm PST. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 5/18/2019 Good luck!!


I am participating in a fun blog hop to celebrate today’s release! Next stop on the hop is Jeanne Jachna! Make sure to stop by and leave some love for her! Please see below for the full blog hop list.

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  1. This is my favourite stamp set in the release & I absolutely adore the range of blue inks you used from Altenew. Fabulous card Nicole! Thanks.

  2. Beautiful card! Love the colors you chose. Blue and gold are so perfect together. Thanks for sharing and for the video packed with tips!

  3. I love the Everlasting Happiness stamp set and the Fancy Greetings stamp set, plus I want to try the gold pigment inks. Your card is beautiful btw!

  4. Soooo striking and like you I love blue and gold together. You are very creative and inspiring. Do you have a u-tube channel?

  5. Love the Everlasting Happiness stamp set and the new cover die! Your card is so pretty, love the blue and gold combo.

  6. Oh, your Mom is going to lOVE your card! Thanks for a great process video, especially the tips for crisp stamping using a block vs a stamping tool. I am going to test that myself.
    Faves from this release? Well, here’s what I ordered so far: Basic Blooms, Everlasting Happiness, Fancy Greetings, Dotted Swirls debossing plate, A Walk in the Woods, Ombre Alpha, and Dare to Dream. So I would say I really liked a lot from this collection!!!

  7. Loving this stamp set! From your suggestion of colors, I’m imagining all the possibilities. It’s going on my wish list!

  8. I love those blue inks but I would never think about putting them with gold, I’m pretty sure I would always pick silver. Card came out very pretty.

  9. Beautiful card- I really like the blue and gold combination! Your mother will love it!

  10. I love those colors together, too! Beautiful card, and several of the new release items are on my wish list. Thank you!

  11. Hi Nicole! I LOVE your card- I am obsessed with with the new blue inks too. I am so excited about the new pigment inks the most— I have a wish list of some of the stamps as well. Thanks for sharing your artwork with us!

  12. Is there anything those new blues can’t do? I think not. And it looks amazing paired with the gold pigment ink. Thanks for sharing this lovely card; I’m sure your mom will love it.

  13. love these Blues, they are pretty combined.Thanks for sharing your cards. this is the first time going threw the blog hop. I sure am amazed at the talent out there.

  14. Your card is simple and elegant, Nicole! I love that blue and gold combination! Thanks for making a video showing us how you created your beautiful card!

  15. Loved how your card turned out for your Mom. I sure appreciated the video as well. Thanks so much. Great card!!

  16. Love the blue and gold on your card. This stamp set Ornate Foliage is one of my favorites. It has a unique look to it. Love the simple but elegant design of your card.

  17. loved your color combination. I really like blues and gold together too. Beautiful card! TFS!

  18. Gorgeous card. The Ornate Foliage stamp set is my favorite from this wonderful release, too. I love the blues.

  19. Such a gorgeous card. I love the addition of the gold. Thanks for the tips on stamping with die inks.

  20. I love how the blue pairs with that gold pigment ink! The pigment ink looks so lovely and smooth

  21. Very beautiful card. Love those blues. Great color choices. Thanks for a great video. Love to watch you create your artwork!

  22. Beautiful card Nicole! Your video tutorial was excellent and had such great tips about using pigments inks, I think you are totally right about them squishing out the sides and your tip about using an acrylic stamping block is a great way to solve that, I will be trying that. I love the blues you used with the gold, such a gorgeous combination. Thank you for the excellent tutorial and inspiration!

  23. I love the basic blooms stamp set because I love big flowers. I like the ornate foliage too, it’s so versatile. I love how you’ve incorporated different shades of blues.

  24. Those hints of gold really make it pop. All of the colors work so well together. Beautiful card!