Hello! We always look for different ways to get more out of our stamps whenever we craft. In today’s tutorial, I am sharing 5 different ways you can use one stamp set to quickly create clean and simple holiday cards within just minutes! Today’s post is to celebrate the newest release by Altenew for September, along with lots of project photos I am about to share you will also have a chance to enter into two different giveaway! (What better way to shop some new products?)

Let’s go ahead and start with a video tutorial! You can watch how each of the 5 cards I am sharing comes to life with just a few steps.


I am focusing solely on creating quick, simple and easy cards while still adding touches of elegance to these cards. The holiday season can be busy and creating multiple cards can be very daunting. so hopefully today’s tutorial gives you at least one idea to make your holiday card prep easier and quicker!

Let’s start with the poinsettia background. All the cards created for today’s post uses the same technique, creating a background with 1 stamp image (or 2 for layering ones) and creating unique cards easily. For this card, I used two poinsettia layers, Coral Bliss ink and Heart Beat ink for layering.

For the next card, I went all blue! It is so much fun to create cards with some non-traditional colors for the holidays.

This Holiday Bow Stamp Set has 3 layer images for creating beautiful bows and I chose 2 of the layers for this card. Used Turquoise and Tide Blue for the layering and paired a sentiment from the Festive Poinsettia Stamp Set.

You can use all three bow layers from the set, but I thought using the two would be just good enough to add details and keep the card simple.

Next one is all about leaves and berries! I love that this stamp set has various leaves and branches to create floral arrangements or wreaths, and these foliage images are also perfect for the background.

Instead of using the image for all over background look, I stuck to the right portion of the card to leave some white space. This also creates a nice attention-grabbing point for the sentiment. I used Olive, Heart Beat, and Jet Black inks on this card.

3rd card is another favorite of mine, the berry branches! I think the red really stands out and while keeping the card clean and simple, it has lots of eye-catching elements on the card. Heart Beat and Dark Chocolate for the berries and the branches, and the sentiment was stamped with Jet Black.

On to the last card! (Sorry for so many photos!)

I think this has to be the definite fav of mine. I love the boldness and the cleanness feel of the card. This was created using the pine leaves and a sentiment. You could easily make this either the masculine card or just a card for anyone regardless of the gender!

I hope you enjoyed looking through all the cards I have created to share! Let me know by commenting below – which one is your favorite?? I’d love to hear your favs!


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. I am giving away $30 gift certificate to Altenew store! Please leave me a comment below by September 18th, 11:59pm PST. I will post a winner here on the 19th. Good luck!!


Congrats, Kathy! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway! Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 9/30/2018 with the subject line Altenew September 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog to redeem your prize. Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment!!


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

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  1. I definitely agree with you on the pine leaves card. It is so simple yet beautiful. Wonderful creations.

  2. I love the easy of stamps and ink. You have made some beautiful cards. Full of color without coloring.

  3. Thanks for showing 5 different cards using one stamp set. Love how quickly they were pulled together and stilled looked great. I especially liked the pine leaves one!

  4. I think they are all so pretty and I love that you could easily mass
    produce them. My fave is the green leaves w/red berries. I guess I’m
    a traditionalist at heart.

  5. I love the clean and crisp look of your cards! They’re very inspiring as they are quick and easy but come out so beautifully!

  6. I love how each one of your cards you have used one of the individual stamps and arranged them all over each card! Very cool looking!

  7. Every card is lovely but I especially love the Thankful for all the love. There is just something about the red berries!!!

  8. Nicole, You did a wonderful job on these cards and made them simple but elegant. I really like this new stamp set by Altenew Holiday Bow.

  9. Love, love, love your clean look on your cards…..even one for a man…..so hard to do male cards …..thank you!

  10. My #1 favorite is the poinsettia background however the other 4 follow closely behind lol. Thanks for all the inspiration, I will be using your creations in my cards asap. I do love elegant and colorful CAS cards.

  11. I love all of your cards. Even though your designs are easy to reproduce, you were able to create many examples to inspire us. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

    • Congrats, Kathy! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway! Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 9/30/2018 with the subject line Altenew September 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog to redeem your prize. Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment!!

  12. I can’t pick a favorite, they are all so lovely and I really like the idea of multiple stamping with these images. The bow is my favorite part of this release but I think I love your pine branch card the best. TFS!

  13. I love holiday cards like this. The simplicity and yet still so sophisticated. Great cards to make in bulk! Another great release from Altenew!

  14. I love the Holiday Cheer. It reminds me of a fresh Christmas tree. I love all of them but the Holiday Cheer is the best!!

  15. This is another wonderful release from Altenew with great variety, but I really love those Bountiful Branches and the Blessings stamp set. Your cards are gorgeous!

  16. Nicole, I kind of bypassed looking at the Bow stamp set as I’m not someone who uses bows, but my goodness, the more I see it used, the more I realize how versatile it is. I really really like the pine branch. Now I’d like to own it as well as numerous others. Thank you for showing it’s versatility in making the 5 cards.

  17. I liked how many quick layered cards you could create with one set. I think this one will be on my list of must haves.

  18. These are perfect for those Christmas card pile that seem to grow bigger each year. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  19. Love this stamp set even more after watching your video. You really showed the potential. I love the simplicity you gave each card…They are all amazing!!

  20. Absolutely love all these cards Nicole! You did a fabulous job creating this CAS backgrounds, as always thank you for the wonderful inspiration!

  21. I love this so much. Because I (like most crafters, I’m sure) do not buy entire releases at once, I love seeing the many ways one can use just a few stamp sets. All these cards are lovely and go together while being distinct, which might have put this stamp set at the top of my list! Also, I love the non-traditional colors of the bows. Sometimes one needs to break up the sea of red and green! Thank you so much for sharing your deep dive into this stamp set!

  22. Lovely and wonderfully festive cards! I love the berry card, the red pops so beautifully against the white card panel.

  23. I love to make quick and easy cards that are still classy, and these are! Thanks for sharing how you created them.

  24. I really like how crisp and clean your cards turned out. My favorite has to be the pine branches. The house I grew up in had 50+ pine trees on less than an acre lot! Thank for sharing!!

  25. Love all these awesome cards! My favorite is the pine sprigs as I’m always looking for masculine type Christmas cards. Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  26. Please don’t enter me for competition if it’s still running. I just wanted to say how classy & elegant your cards look. Such a fabulous idea & they all look so striking. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Hi Nicole! Your “Holiday Cheer” card with the poinsettias is my favorite but I like ALL of them. Your clean and simple look is soooooo elegant 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  28. Love the clean and simple designs.
    One layer stamping is still a wonderful
    technique. thanks for sharing

  29. I like the pine bough card, but all are great. I think I have already decided that that stamp set is “a must” for me. I am at a point in my buying where I look at the multiple uses of a stamp set and this set meets my criteria.

  30. Clean and simple with the punch of these great new images!!! So many cards and so perfectly done! Love them all!!

  31. Wow these are all wonderful CAS cards. The green leaves and berries is probably my favorite. This stamp set is becoming one of my favorites from the release because of its versatility. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Wonderful cards! Love the deep colours used. It’s nice to see some quick and simple cards made. This stamp set has so many beautiful elements and makes it easy to make several different cards using it. This set is a favourite of mine from this release.