Happy Wednesday! Today is a great day to create cards because we get to play with brand new stamps and dies released by Altenew! I am going to show you how quickly you can create a “watercolored” look on your card without actually using any watercolor mediums.

I am participating in a special blog hop to celebrate today’s release – there are so many wonderful stamps and dies to check out! You can also get a chance to win a cool prize, so make sure to keep reading!

Out of all the wonderful brand-new stamps, Layered Cupcake stamp is the one I used for today’s project to share with you. Usually I am a very precise person who likes clean finish and perfectly lined up images when stamping. However, faux watercolor stamping is something that’s just a lot of fun to play with, even if you do not get clean lines!

This is also a great way to get more use out of your dye inks – make sure they are water-based dye inks like the ones from Altenew, so you can get more flawless faux watercolored look.

Another great way to add interest to your “faux watercolored” card, is by adding sentiments with very crisp impressions. The contrast between the cupcake image and the sentiments will make your card pop effortlessly.

I hope you give this a try! It is super simple and easy – and a perfect one to use if you are short on time but want to create something fun!


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. 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 March 29th, 11:59pm PST. I will post a winner here on the 30th. Good luck!!


Congrats, Christi! Please email winner@altenew.com with the subject “March Release BH Winner from Nicole’s Blog” to claim your prize!


Next stop on the hop is Laura Bassen! Make sure to stop by and leave some love for her! Please see below for full blog hop list.

Prev **VIDEO+GIVEAWAY** Creating Easy Watercolor Wash
Next **GIVEAWAY** Ink Blended Die Cut Background


  1. Such a sweet card! Love the soft colors. Thank you for showing us a closer look at the stamp set.

  2. Oh, my…..your cupcake looks real enough to eat! I can just taste that yummy frosting!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  3. I love to use that technique to spray the inked stamp and have a gorgeous watercolored flower! Beautiful card and thank you for the video to fully appreciate it!

  4. I really like this technique. I’m not good at watercolor but I could do this.
    And I really appreciate that you used acrylic blocks to stamp your images in your video.

  5. THANK YOU for the tips and inspiration for faux watercoloring – it’s my new obsession, and the integration of that technique with the cupcake layers is phenomenal. L O V E !

  6. I love this faux watercolor technique with stamps! I must say that the cupcake set is one of mt favorites from the new sets! Thank you for the great inspiration!

  7. What a pretty card. Love the soft watercolor look. So inspired with this new release from Altenew.

  8. Time for me to go make some cupcakes! Such a yummy card…I’ve been inspired. Beautifully done ♥

  9. Great card. Always on the lookout for techniques for a quick card when short on time, thanks for sharing! Your cupcake is wonderful!

  10. Great Technique for watercolor look! The layered cupcake set is cute and very versatile! Lovely card! Thank You for sharing along in this awesome blog hop and a chance at winning some new stamps!

  11. I just love layered stamp sets as they give so much depth to the images. Such a fabulous cupcake card, Nicole.

  12. Oh great…..I’ve already ordered three of the new stamp sets, and NOW I want the cupcake! Love the layering you got with your water spritzing, too! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

  13. Oh golly. Got to love Altenew…and cupcakes!!! Thanks, demonstrating and inspiring, Nicole!

  14. Thanks for sharing this sweet (pun intended) card and your video. Your demonstration of the “faux” watercolor was clear and complete. I can’t wait to try it!

  15. Your card is a stunning birthday card! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!

  16. Love this card and the technique. Your cupcake looks good enough to eat! Nobody does layering stamps better than Altenew; love how you can just use the outline if you want to do your own coloring.

  17. That cupcake looks as if I could pick it up and eat it. I had a pink frosted cupcake after our Lenten service tonight and it also had pink sprinkles. . . so looked similar to yours. ;>}

  18. Wow, great creation! And thanks for taking the time to make a video – I bookmarked it so I can watch it more closely! Beautiful!

  19. Nicole, I love a lot of frosting, too! I also love your faux water colored affect! I will have to try that. I love the font of the happy birthday sentiment. It looks like someone will be celebrating in style with delicious looking cupcakes! Thank you for sharing.

  20. Yum! That chocolate cupcake is calling my name!

    Thanks for the chance to win a gift certificate.


  21. Thanks for sharing your lovely card and great video. This is a super-cool technique and I’m so keen to try it for myself – thanks for sharing your creativity!

  22. Great card Nicole. Love the faux watercolor technique, it makes the frosting look like a whipped cream frosting – YUM!

  23. I am falling in love with the cupcake stamp more and more! Your card looks lovely! Thanks for sharing Nicole.

  24. The cupcake stamp is one of my favourites from this latest release. Thanks for sharing your inpiration!

  25. AHHHHH, I LOVE your cupcake, I want to eat it, it look’s so yummy !! This is my favorite stamp in the set, and I have commented several times throu out that i believe that this is their BEST release ever, I loved everything. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Love the layering stamps, and this cupcake is so cute! Great simple card that doesn’t take long at all. Thanks for sharing the wet ink technique!

  27. Yummy cupcake! I had only thought about layered floral sets, but I am loving this cupcake set, too!

  28. I think your card is fantastic!!! I love the look you created with the spritzing water technique, the cupcake really looks amazing, I am going to give this technique a try! I really enjoyed your video too, it was great to see how you stamped it with all the layers initially and then an alternative.

  29. This is such a pretty card, and I love your choice of color! You are super talented….thanks for sharing!

  30. So cute! I love Altenew stamp sets. Thank you for the great technique and the chance to win.

  31. I really like your card. I forgot about spritzing the stamp to give the watercolor effect. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Thank you so much for using the layers from the set rather than using markers to color the images. I love to see how the set works with all the layers and the two different methods helped with ideas. Cute card.

  33. What a yummy-looking cupcake. I love your faux watercoloring technique. Am definitely going to try it.

  34. Such a lovely technique and beautiful project! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Thanks for sharing! I host always anything goes challenges on my blog every Friday! Today starts a new one, you should definitely check us out! Have a great weekend!
    ♥ Jo’s Scrap Shack ♥

  35. I love this technique. I didn’t know you could use Altenew inks with water. I can’t wait to try it with mine.

  36. Love the softness of this ‘watercolored’ cupcake, Nicole! Just beautiful. (and yes, it is STILL snowing in Syracuse.)

  37. Thanks for sharing your cupcake card. It’s adorable! (of course, I’m hungry now…)

  38. Thank you for sharing the technique I will have to try that I don’t have those inks but I will try it. The card is super cute

  39. What a cute card, thanks for sharing! I’m loving the new Altenew stamps, especially the flower layering stamp sets. Again thanks.

  40. Great card! So realistic! love the coloring! This is such a great blog hop with so much talent and inspiration! Thanks for sharing yours!

  41. Your cupcake card is wonderful! I love Altenew products. Thank you for showing us how you use them!

  42. Thanks for the tips and video. This release has so many great stamp sets. I can’t pick a favorite yet.

  43. Very quick easy technique to get the watercolor look. I feel like I could do this a lot easier than actually coloring with paints

  44. Such a lovely card – thanks for the tips on how to achieve the watercolour look without actually watercolouring!

  45. The cupcake stamp is so cute and using the different colored inks takes the cake! Sorry couldn’t help myself. I haven’t tried a layered stamp yet, looking forward to it.

  46. I love the watercolouring effect on the cupcake. Clean and simple card, but never boring. I love it!

    Layered Cupcake sits on the TOP of my MUST-HAVE list, right beside the Filled Alpha!

  48. Sweet! I love this cupcake set, though it’s probably bad for my sweet-tooth – so want a cupcake now haha! Thank you!

  49. Thats a scrumptious looking cupcake, I just want to eat it icing and all! Thanks for the video, it helps so much to understanding your technique.

  50. Great technique on the cupcake, Nicole! Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing with us and for being part of this great hop and giveaway!

  51. What a cute card…thanks for showing the contrast between traditional stamping and the faux watercoloring!