Hello and welcome! It’s been a few weeks since my last video, I am away visiting my family in Korea so my studio hasn’t been getting much love! To get back into crafting, I wanted to create something fun and quick to share with you today.

Altenew just released a lot of fresh stamps, dies, and embossing powders! Yes, you read it correctly, embossing powders! woo hoo!! I personally am a big fan of heat embossing so it was such a great news to hear when I found out Altenew was releasing a new product line.

Today I am participating in a special blog hop to celebrate this release, there are a ton of ways for you to get inspirations as well as chances to win awesome prizes! So make sure to read through the post! Without a further ado, let’s go ahead and dive into today’s project.


When using with water-based dye inks, you can do a lot more than just stamping with them. Watercoloring with these dye inks are one of my go-to techniques and you can get more life/use out of what you already have to create beautiful results!

If you were always hesitant about getting traditional watercolors for your crads/layouts, I highly recommend taking out your dye inks and give this technique a try. When combined with heat embossing, you can easily create a lovely “ombre” of color shades using the inks and stamps.

To go with today’s technique, I used the brand-new Pattern Play – Diamond stamp set for a super quick and simple background stamping results. It is a great set to have, as you can stamp any A2 sized cards either in horizontally or vertically!


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 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 June 1st, 11:59pm PST. I will post a winner here on the 1st. Good luck!!


Congratulations, Jodi! Please email at winner@altenew.com with the subject line “Altenew May Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog” to claim your prize!


Next stop on the hop is my amazing crafty friend, Yoonsun Hur! Make sure to stop by and leave some love for her! Please see below for full blog hop list.

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  1. THANK YOU for this video!!!! I just got this exact set of inks, for this type of project…..haven’t even opened yet, but now today will be the day after your video!! Your card is gorgeous and I can’t wait to get started.

  2. Love the coloring technique you used. Even tho it is a simple card you
    made it look elegant. Thanks.

  3. Thank you for the tip about dye inks, I will surely try this technique very soon. Your card is really awesome, your work on the ombre is fantastic.

  4. Love the pattern stamp. Oh My Gosh, my brain is just going crazy thinking of all the fun things you can with that set. Great cards. TYFS

  5. What a great card. It looks so simple, but there is more too it. Loved your video with all your helpful techniques. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Thanks for the great video. I’m a little “afraid” of water coloring, but you made it easy to follow!

  7. Thanks for sharing this card and the video showing how to create this ombre effect. This background, along with the sequin embellishments, provides a great setting for your sentiment. Glad you’re part of the blog hop.

  8. What a gorgeous card! Love the ombre aqua on that white embossed argile background – just beautiful!

  9. Lovely card and another really lovely release. I especially love the Budding thanks set and those layering dies!

  10. So pretty. Love that soft gradation with the lovely blue shade. I think this background stamp has loads of possibilities. Keeping my fingers crossed…

  11. I love your video and have subscribed to your channel. I can’t wait to try this technique.

  12. I love Altenew’s inks and the ombre effect you created with their new diamond stamp set is gorgeous.

  13. Love the blue ombré you achieved! So very pretty. Thanks for the informative video as well

  14. I really like the ombré effect on your card– very soothing color scheme with a pretty effect.

  15. I love the soft gradation of color, and these are beautiful colors! Thanks for using this stamp. I had a hunch when I first saw it that it would be a great basic to add to my collection. I loved how the color puddled when you tipped the card as you were painting, and thought that might also be a really cool look. (I realize it’s not what you were going for, just thought it might be fun to try!) Thanks so much. I learned a lot today!

  16. Your card is gorgeous! Thank you for the great tutorial on getting an ombre background. I think that is the easiest one I’ve seen!

  17. A great card and helpful video to explain how to do the water colour background…thanks so much!

  18. Lovely card – simple and beautiful. The colours look great and the background stamp looks really effective.

  19. Love your beautiful card. Great water coloring. Thanks for the video. How nice that you were able to visit your family. It must be hard to be so far away from them.

  20. Oh Nicole, your colours are beautiful. I guess I need to add Altenew Inks to my growing list along with that beautiful stamp! LOL TFS!

  21. So pretty! I love the Diamond pattern play stamps and must add them to my stash! TFS!

  22. Thanks so much for showing this technique. I have a few coordinating ink pads I purchased for my layering stamps, but it never occurred to me that I could use them to watercolor for an ombre background — can’t wait to try this. Your card is beautiful.

  23. Your card is very nice, and your video explained very well how to create the ombré background. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Really beautiful card, I love the ombre effect you created with the gorgeous colours that you used! Great tip about wetting the back of your watercolour paper to keep it in place, thank you.

  25. This card is awesome!! I love the ombre…and I love the colors!! And I love everything else too!!

  26. Thanks for the great video – it was very informative. I really like the clean & simple look of this card. That stamp set is going on my wish list.

  27. lovely and so elegant. I feel very “drawn” to the diamond set and the powders look sumptuous 🙂

  28. Great card! Love the ombré effect and this diamond set is so versatile and can be used over and over!

  29. Great card! I love when I can say, “I’m going to do that today!” Such a great release and amazing blog hop! So much talent and inspiration! Thanks for sharing yours!

  30. Cute card. Love how a background stamp is the focus of the cards. Pretty colors too!

  31. This is stunning. I love blog hops because they give us the opportunity to meet new crafters or at least for me. Your cards are gorgeous and I know I will be back.

  32. Thank you for the gorgeous card and the how-to video! I so enjoy your ‘lessons’, both here and in the Academy; you’re a top-notch teacher and source of marvelous inspiration!

  33. I love the simplicity of your card. The colors you used are beautiful and the sentiment is new. Very fresh and pretty. Thank you!

  34. Beautiful ombre card! Thanks for the tips in the video – especially love the one about using the pocket as a palette.

  35. It looks like a simple card but I know it’s not. I love the ombre effect with you’re coloring. That’s a technique that I would love to learn. Those sequins that you used add just the right touch. You didn’t need anything else. What a really nice card. Thanks for showing it to us and for allowing us to win something. I hope I get to win something.

  36. This background stamp is perfect for clean and simple cards. I like your color choices. Thanks

  37. What a beautiful card – the heat embossing and watercolour combine to make a wonderful background!

  38. Love the simplicity of your card. The colors are beautiful. Thanks for sharing the technique for keeping the paper down.