Happy Thursday! I am back home from Creativation 2019 and so excited to share a brand new project I’ve enjoyed so much creating. We are kicking off today with an awesome release by Altenew and today’s project features one of my favorite stamps!

Before I get into more details on today’s card with words and pictures, I wanted to share a step-by-step video tutorial you can follow along. It is a very simple card to create, so feel free to give it a try with me!


Alcohol markers are not only great for filling in every crooks and crannies of a stamped image, but also great for creating a loose, blended look so that you could make it look like a watercolored look in a way.

I wanted to do something super quick, simple and easy that takes marker coloring to feel less daunting for those who are starting out. And by leaving some white spaces, you can easily create this loosely “painted” look.

Any beautiful background stamp set would work for this technique, in this card I used the Beautiful Blossom stamp set.

This stamp set is actually pretty unique in a way that you can create a continuous image by stamping on top or on the bottom to make longer backgrounds. How amazing is that?!

To color in the flowers of the stamp set, I used some blue shades and green shades of Artist Markers and blended few different shades together. In the video tutorial, you will be able to see a tip-to-tip technique I use to make blending easier when working with big color gaps.

I went very loosely with coloring and didn’t mind going over the lines time to time. After all, that is the whole point of creating this look! I also left a few images as is, so that the card can shine the detailed stamp image and the colored images at the same time.

For a quick finishing touch, I stamped the sentiment on a black cardstock and heat set it using a gold embossing powder. Quick and easy!

What is your favorite product from today’s release? Let me know by commenting below, you will also automatically be entered into the giveaway!


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


Congrats, Shawn! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway! Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 2/15/2019 with the subject line Altenew January 2019 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 Nathalie DeSousa! Make sure to stop by and leave some love for her! Please see below for full blog hop list.

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  1. Your card is so beautiful I really need to try this type of coloring! My top pick from this release is the garden picks, so many dies I can’t wait to work with it!

    • Congrats, Shawn! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway! Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 2/15/2019 with the subject line Altenew January 2019 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog to redeem your prize. Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment!!

  2. my favorite from this release is the blossom stamps. I love how you colored them. very lovely card

  3. What a wonderful idea to create a detailed stamp set like this so you can use the bottom of the stamp set to match up with the top. Someone had their thinking cap on with this one. Thanks for the video showing how to do that loose colouring. It’s my kind as I’m not good a shading. My favourite from what I’ve seen on the hop so far are the Mask Stencils. Another great idea!

  4. Oh, Nicole….your card is so beautiful! I love how you left some of the images uncolored…truly inspiring!

  5. Beautiful card!! How do I pick a favorite from this release? Hibiscus 3D Die Flowers are among my top picks, though I love the constellations, as well as any of the sets (stamps, dies, stencil/masks).

  6. My favorite is the hibiscus 3D die cut set. Can’t wait to get it. Thanks for sharing your beautiful technique!

  7. You did a very nice job coloring this stamp and your layout was beautiful too 🙂 !


  8. Love your card and the video. My favorite product from this release is the Wonderland stamp set. I love it for the beautiful flowers and the great small sentiments!

  9. Love how you blended your colors to make such a pretty card! My favorite from this release has to be the Garden Picks 3D dies. They will make such lovely, intricate looking cards.

  10. This new release is fantastic!! I love the stencils with the stamps for masking. It will make it so much easier. Your card is beautiful. Thank you for sharing, and inspiring!!

  11. Thanks for your ‘loose’ coloring. It shows me how I can use my markers in a different way. Very pretty colors. Thank you!

  12. I am absolutely crazy about this stunning release! Love the beautiful flower stamp sets, and especially the Garden Picks 3D dies. The card inspiration is amazing!

  13. Love the stamp set and your card. That’s a great idea to not to color all the flowers- leaving the white space really does make the flowers pop, beautiful. Thanks

  14. I love how you left some of the flowers white, it looks so cool. Whenever I go for that, I lose my nerve and end up colouring everything in 😉
    Will try to get inspiration from you and dare to leave bare!

  15. Every time I think I have enough flower stamp sets, along comes a release like this one! Thanks for your wonderful cards and video. I think the Garden Picks die set is my favorite.

  16. Very pretty card Nicole. And thank you for the great video. I just love this new release….I just got my first primary set of the altenew alcohol markers….it’s a start. Have a great day!!

  17. Wow! Gorgeous card! I love that stamp set, I can see using it on a scrapbook layout too! Thanks for great inspiration!

  18. Love your beautiful card and the way you did partial coloring of the floral background. Such a pretty effect. So many great products in the release… I’m partial to the floral stamp sets; they are all just gorgeous.\

  19. What a pretty card! I love how you colored only a few flowers- it gives such an interesting look. Thank you for the coloring tips!

  20. I really like the effect of some coloured images and some left just as they were stamped. Must try this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  21. This new release from Altenew is simply stunning! And, your card is just beautiful. Thanks for the video.

  22. Beautiful, Nicole! I’m so excited that I just received my Altenew Artist Markers and I can create along side with you!

  23. Love the stamps. Love the colors and the coloring technique. Love the simple, elegant card. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  24. Love how you only colored a few of the flowers on this card. I need to learn this coloring technique! Leaving the rest black really pops on this cool card. This new release is so awesome…..I am going to have to space out my spending dollars!! Thanks for the inspiration.
    I have already ordered several items from this release. I think my fave right now is the Garden Picks dies….but the Angelique is a close second, and also the new hearts cover plate!

  25. Gorgeous card, thanks for the awesome video with tips and techniques especially for coloring. The Beautiful Blossoms is my favorite stamp set of this amazing release, love the flower design.

  26. Love this stamp set it is just beautiful. Great technique. You did a wonderful job coloring the flowers and on the card design. Thanks for sharing your art.

  27. Nicole, I can see why this is your favorite stamp set, it’s gorgeous! I would love to get my hands on some alcohol markers to color with, they look so amazing!

  28. Wasn’t sure this stamp set appealed to me when I first saw it, but your card has convinced me!
    This is such a fabulous release!

  29. Your card is beautiful Nicole. This is a gorgeous stamp set, as is this whole reease…. I want it all! Thank you for the video, as I have alcohol markers but haven’t really used them. I am a bit intimidated by them, but your technique looks like one I could do. Thank you.

  30. Love this background stamp! And I love that you only highlighted some of them with color – makes it feel much more dimensional <3

  31. Quite simply Nicole, your cards is lovely and I love that you didn’t colour all of the flowers.
    I have more than a few faves in this release but the Hibiscus Garden 3D die set is gorgeous and I am very excited about the Masked Stencils, just to name 2!

  32. I don’t have many alcohol inks so I like your idea of creating a ‘spotlighting’ look by only colouring in a few focal points. Will have to try this technique. Thanks

  33. Love the selective coloring of that stamp set. That really made that set pop. Thanks for the terrific idea

  34. I really like the look and the “viney” feel of the Beautiful Blossoms set, and I like the layout of your card.

  35. My favorite stamp set is the Beautiful Blossoms. Love how you left some flowers uncolored, allowing the colored ones to pop. Your coloring is well-done so that there are shadows and depth. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  36. What a beautiful card! The Beautiful Blossoms and Radical Hearts Cover Die are two of my favorites in the new release! Thanks for the inspiration!

  37. I’m just learning to use alcohol markers. I really appreciate your advice on how to blend 2 colors because I don’t yet have a lot of colors. Your card is so pretty!

  38. That is really neat how you made the flowere look watercolours using alcohol markers. I so loved seeing your technique and after watching it really helped to read about what your process was. Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

  39. Love your creative way of coloring and I think this floral is going to be one of my favorites!

  40. This stamp set is amazing and I love your idea of coloring a few of the images. The black with gold sentiment is the perfect finishing touch.

  41. Beautiful, unique card. The Beautiful Blossoms set is one of my favorites from this gorgeous release.

  42. The January release is so fabulous; I want them all! Wish my bank account agreed! Your great cards are inspiring me to get the Beautiful Blossoms set.

  43. Love the gorgeous blue and green in your vard. Also love that you only colored some of the flowers and leaves. Beautifl!!! My favorite product from this release, hard choosing though it is, is the Radiating Hearts Cover Die. Thanks so much for sharing.

  44. Very pretty card today. I just received a small set of the artists markers and have not had time to play with them yet. I love how you left some of the images not being colored….very pretty. Thank you so much for the great video.

  45. So beautiful! I’ve been holding out on getting alcohol markers and you just made it harder! Thanks for sharing

  46. Nicole, thank you for sharing this beautiful card with the new Beautiful Blossoms stamp set! The whole new release from Altenew is just gorgeous! I love the marker that you chose. What a beautiful blue!

  47. Beautiful card. Great coloring technique. Thanks for showing us how with the video. I think Bloom and Bud is my favoirte from this release, but jury is still out as there are so many great choice.

  48. What a great way to ease into alcohol markers and create a really pretty card! I think I’m most excited about the Stained Glass set; I think it’s really cleverly designed. However, this release is just an embarrassment of riches, so I’m loving SO MANY products. Thanks for the inspiration!

  49. Wow! You have given me some really great ideas. Love how you use the lighter colored marker and add the darker by touching them. The colors coordinate better that way. Also, I struggle with my banners being even and will try the process you used. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and creativity!

  50. I know I say it with every release lol but this Altenew Release is fabulous!! I am always all about the tropical so I was thrilled to see the Hibiscus Garden 3D Die Set, of course this is my #1 favorite from this release with all the rest following lol. Thanks as always for the awesome inspiration with your card, I’m heading over to watch the video. (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

  51. It may be a simple card to create but it’s very pretty and I think you captured the “sketchyness” of the stamp so well with your coloring Nicole

  52. Beautiful card and stamp set! Interesting technique with the alcohol markers. I haven’t yet tried them but having been watching tutorials to get a feel for them. I appreciate the video showing your process.

  53. Great video and beautiful card! Like the idea of loosely coloring. It really does resemble water coloring. Also like the idea of only coloring some of the flowers. There is so much detail in this stamp that it still looks beautiful when not fully colored. Thanks for the inspiration!

  54. Lovely card, the white space with the black sentiment really makes the flowers pop! I have too many wonderful products in this release to pick a favorite, but I love the idea of continuous stamps like this one and would like to see more of those in the future.

  55. That came out very pretty. I like that you left some of the images just stamped in black it all works together beautifully .

  56. I love the use of this stamp set you created. I think its sooo cool you can stamp image and make bigger because it is a continuing stamp set. Simply beautiful.