Hello and happy Friday! I have a very fun post to share with you today because I am celebrating Altenew’s 3rd birthday with some amazing designers and sponsors! I also have a video tutorial that probably many of you have been waiting for. 

Before we jump into today’s project and the video tutorial, I wanted to let you know Altenew has been celebrating this special anniversary for 4 days already! These blog hops are filled with amazing projects and wonderful giveaway prizes. I will link those below so you can check them out if you missed any.

Colored pencils have been getting a lot of love in our crafting community, so I have been playing with different pencils for a while. Prismacolor pencils are probably familiar to you already, but you many not know of these Polychromos I am about to share. There is an in-depth comparison video tutorial of these two, which you can watch it HERE.

Let’s go ahead and watch today’s project come to life in the video tutorial below:


One of the reasons I love these pencils is that they are oil-based. You can get a lot of layers using these pencils and even create a new shade by doing so. Also, these hold a fine tip very well! So you do not have to sharpen them often while coloring.

Want to know how to keep those pencil strokes and textures on your paper easily? I explain the type of paper I am using and why I chose it in the video. Make sure to check it out!

The stamp set I used for today’s card is Garden Treasure. It is a wonderful set to work alone, or with other mediums like colored pencils. I love the fine outlines that are perfect for coloring! You can also get the matching dies to cut those images in a snap!

I hope you enjoyed my card for today. Please check below for supplies, giveaway details, and special offers!


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!

Giveaway 1.There are some amazing giveaways provided by the wonderful sponsors. 21 lucky winners get to enjoy the following prizes. To enter to win, leave a comment below and on all participating blog hops as the winners will be selected randomly! Be sure to leave comments by Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win!

Giveaway 2. Altenew is also giving away FIVE $50 gift certificates to Altenew store! Make sure to visit their blog and leave a comment to win.


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

If you missed any of the blog hops this week, make sure to check them below!

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  1. What a lovely card. I like how you used the colored pencils on this. They really give dimension to those beautiful flowers.

  2. This is beautiful. Thanks for the comparison of the colored pencils. I have Prismacolor pencils, but hav e not tried the others.

  3. Beautiful coloring! My daughter designs with colored pencils and it’s fun to see how how others use them too! Thanks!

  4. I could sit and watch you color all day long. I wish I had just a little bit of your creative talent. God really blessed you with a good eye for color and creativity.

  5. This card is so beautiful!! Love the texture in the coloring of these flowers, just so pretty! And love the use of white space to frame the focal point – thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Loved watching you use the colored pencils! Will be watching more of your videos in the future! Your card is gorgeous!

  7. Beautiful flowers! Delicate and so lovely! The petals look so real that I can almost feel their softness! TFS!

  8. Drat! I need to go run some errands, but I want to watch your video. I promise I am coming back! I love using colored pencils, but my work doesn’t look anything like this, so I need all the help I can get! Thanks so much. (I am curious about the polychromos–I am not so very impressed with my prismacolors, especially when they need sharpening.) I WILL be back!

  9. Love this card! And, I do love my Prismacolor pencils but the comparison to the Polychrome ones is a good one. Thanks for the video.

  10. Thank you for the video. I have been hearing about these pencils and have wondered about them. I appreciate the “introduction” (for me) to them. I enjoy using prisma pencils very much and am happy to hear about Faber Castelle’s pencils. Thanks again!

  11. That’s gorgeous! I don’t use my colored pencils often enough. I have a small set of the Polychromos and I do like them. Can you tell me where you got your pencil sharpener? I need a new one and I like the way that one sharpens the pencils.

  12. What a pretty card! Thanks for sharing this video. I love watching how you did the coloring.

  13. Wow!!! Your work is so beautiful! I have been working on my coloring technique, so I think I will watch and learn from this video several times over. Thanks, too, for all of the blog hop info.

  14. This is such a lovely card. I enjoy working with colored pencils so I really appreciate both your card design and the videos. . .thanks for all of this and a big thank you for being part of this blog hop.

  15. Such patience to color those beautiful flowers! I try but mine look like a 1st grader did them. Great card!

  16. Very pretty card. Your instruction for coloring with Polychromos pencils was timely as I just purchased them and was intimidated. I can’t wait to try the flicking.

  17. So gorgeous with those beautiful colors. I love the design and your work is amazingly lovely.

  18. Hi Nicole, Your card is beautiful and the video is so helpful! You’re a great teacher! I enrolled in the Altenew Academy and am learning so much from you. Thank you!

  19. Beautiful pencil coloring and nice design. I like the “white” leaves to set off the flowers.

  20. I am just getting into pencil colouring, I love the oil based pencils you used as it creates so much depth, loving the Altenew Garden Treasure stamp set.

  21. Beautiful coloring! I am just starting to learn, just got my first set of prismacolors so thank you for the inspiration!

  22. Oh my goodness.. I love your card and coloring..you provided so many tips I will check out your video comparing both pencils.. I have the Prisma Pencils and love them but the colors on the Poly Chromos is so vibrant.. may have to give them a try..

  23. so many possibilities with these products! Thank you for the lovely card, and the post. I love Altenew.

  24. Beautiful coloring. I’ve just started trying to use colored pencils. Thanks for the pointers.

  25. Very pretty coloring – you inspire me to do more with my colored pencils. I recently won some Spectrum Noir pencils which I am anxious to try with inks too.

  26. Whomever you send that card to will know you were thinking of them! You did a wonderful job. The colors and texture you created are beautiful. Easter Blessings, Lisa

  27. Lovely colouring. I should give my coloured pencils a try too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  28. Beautiful card, I am going to check out the colored pencils. I think I would like the oil based pencils.

  29. Beautiful colouring! I’ve never heard of oil-based pencils again – I’m intrigued to try them now!

  30. Never heard of polychromos and even if I did I wouldn’t know how to use them. So thank so much for all the tips and tricks. I love colored pencils so it was fun to see the comparison. Beautiful card.

  31. Beautiful colors. I’m hesitant to use pencils but may give them a second thought now!

  32. WOW! I absolutely love this card. Your colored pencil technique is amazing. Thank you for your video, it was very helpful.

  33. Very lovely flowers.
    You did a great job with the pencil crayons.
    I will watch your video again.
    Thank you

  34. Thanks for a great video using colored pencils! I’m always looking for information about using my pencils and your coloring on this card is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Beautiful coloring! I’m really enjoying this amazing 4 day long blog hop. Thanks for sharing!!

  36. Beautiful card. Thanks for including the video. I just got some colored pencils and the video is so helpful.

  37. After seeing your amazing video, I now have 2 new products on my Wish List – Altenew’s gorgeous Garden Treasure set, and a set of 120 Polychromos Pencils 🙂

  38. Absolutely beautiful! I enjoyed your video, it was so helpful for me. I will use the technique of flicking, which you perfectly demonstrated. Also, I enjoyed your comparison video. Thanks for sharing your expertise, & your lovely card!

  39. Nicole, thank you sooooo much for the video; I so enjoyed watching you breath life into these lovely blooms! I especially appreciate that you showed ‘real time’ colouring, as this is exactly what my visual learning style needs! Gorgeous results…can’t wait to try this with my poly pencils!

  40. Popping pieces off the background always makes for
    an interesting card. Your flowers are gorgeous
    and the layering is wonderful.
    thanks for sharing.

  41. Your card is very pretty! I’d never heard of Polychromo pencils before. I’ll have to read up on them. I need all the help I can get with shading. 🙂

  42. Love the coloring! Right now, I only have Crayola colored pencils because it’s a medium I don’t reach out for very often. But I am always stunned by the wonderful cards I see made with polychromos and the like so I may have to reconsider. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous card!

  43. A really beautiful card, I love the colours you chose for it. And thanks for letting us watch you colouring them, that was very interesting!

  44. BEAUTIFUL card!
    LOVE the colours, LOVE the textures and dimension your pencils add!
    Thank You for sharing and inspiring 🙂

  45. Wow!! Your flowers are just gorgeous. Would love to try those pencils! Might have to put them on my wish list. Thanks so much for sharing.

  46. I just found your blog today because I’m still new to paper crafting. I love this technique.

  47. I’ve heard people rave about these colored pencils. Guess I’m gonna have to get some for myself. Your cards are beautiful and I love florals. Thanks for sharing.

  48. Beautiful coloring – gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing and Happy 3rd Anniversary to Altenew!

  49. Thanks so much for sharing your pretty card, and your talent, skills and helpful tips in the accompanying video: brilliant!

  50. Oh wow your card looks so wonderful and the coloring video is so fantastic. I have also many polychromos and will try the coloring as the same way you colored your image.
    Many thanks for your inspiration.♥

  51. Great colouring technique. Thank you for the video and also the video on the pencil comparison

  52. Pretty card. I have used prisma color pencils but I like the look you got with the polychrome.

  53. Beautiful card, amazing colouring ! Thank you for the clear video.
    Happy Easter Greetings from Belgium.

  54. Thank you for the video Tutorial! I use colored pencils too. But they are water color. I am going to try this and I might have to get some more pencils 😉 Love the simplicity of your card but the color and dept give it such a sophisticated look. Love it!
    XO April

  55. Your card is absolutely GORGEOUS! I’ve been wanting to try these pencils and I really appreciate your wonderful tutorial

  56. The card is lovely. I appreciated the description of coloring process. I am considering upgrading my color pencils.

  57. Such a beautiful card. Great colours and design. Love how you used the shimmer sprays for splatters.

  58. Your Garden Treasure coloring is fabulous, Nicole. Thanks for sharing colored pencil details and a great video. Great hop!

  59. These flowers are gorgeous. I had not heard of these pencils. Thanks for the great video and inspiration !