You Need to TRY This Cool Hack to Add Color to Images!

by Hannelie Bester

Hi Altenew friends, Hannelie here! I am so excited to share my first design team project on the Altenew blog today – a cool way to add color to images!

My Altenew Journey

From placing my first Altenew order in 2016 and playing in almost all the Inspiration Challenges since then, to this joyous day where I am able to share my creativity on the blog with all of you, feels amazing!

TRY This Cool Hack to Add Color to Images

My first stamp sets from Altenew were Doodle Blooms and Henna Elements, and of course the Beautiful Day stamp set which, to this day still is one of my favorite stamp sets.

Do you have these stamp sets? Comment below!

So, after looking back over the years, let's get to the clean and simple cards I'm sharing today using one of my favorite older products, the Watercolor Stripes stencil and one of my new favorite stamp sets, The Bouquet of Poppies stamp set and coordinating die set.

TRY This Cool Hack to Add Color to Images

Using Stripes to Add Color to Stamped Images

I love the combination of flowers and stripes and I think adding color to your outline images using stripes, is a fun way to get more out of your stamps!

To keep my designs clean and simple, I used a piece of paper to die cut an oval frame to mask off a focal area and added color to the masked area using my Altenew mini blending tool and the Watercolor Stripes stencil.

First Card Idea

For the first card, I used Orange Cream and Sunkissed inks from the Warm& Cozy Crisp Dye Ink mini-cube set, Honey Drizzle from the Pocketful of Sunshine mini cube set and Olive ink from the Tropical Forest mini cube set .

The Mini blending Tool really makes it easy to “stay between the lines” and also blends the ink so smoothly.

The Stampwheel really is a game changer when it comes to holding those stencils in place, ready to complete the stamping process after the stenciling was done.

Altenew Bouquet of poppies stamp set Watercolor stripes Stencil Stampwheel Obsidian Pigment Ink

I then placed one of the single poppy images from the Bouquet of Poppies stamp set over the stenciled oval area and used Obsidian Pigment Ink to stamp the image.

Altenew Bouquet of poppies stamp set Watercolor stripes Bouquet of Poppies die set

After the image was stamped, I removed the cardstock panel from the Stampwheel and used the coordinating die to cut out the image.

ltenew Bouquet of poppies stamp set Watercolor stripes Instant dimenion Foam tape 001

I stamped the sentiment from the Bouquet of Poppies stamp set on the card panel, and adhered Instant Dimension Foam Tape to the back of the poppy image. I then glued the upper card panel to the card base and adhered the die-cut image in the negative space that was created by die cutting the image from the card panel.

Altenew Bouquet of poppies stamp set Watercolor stripes Stencil

To finish off the card, I used Black Enamel Dots from the Colorful Wonder Enamel Dots set .

Altenew Bouquet of poppies stamp set Watercolor stripes Stencil 4

Second Card Idea

I made another card using the same principle, but this time I used a rectangle shape to crop the focal area and I only popped up the pretty butterfly with Instant Dimension Foam Tape.

For this card I used Olive, Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze, and Firebrick inks. I used Smoky Quartz Gem Sparkles to embellish the card.

Altenew Bouquet of poppies stamp set Watercolor stripes Stencil 3

PRO TIP: When choosing an image to combine with bold stripes like the Watercolor Stripes Stencil, a simple image with clean lines and not too much detail works the best!

Have you tried to add color to stamped images using stripes? Which other stencils do you think can work with this technique? I would love to read your suggestions in the comments below!

Wishing you a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!


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Annette Hindes April 27, 2024 - 11:07 AM

Wow! I was just thinking of making lines with my alcohol markers & then stamping over them! Thanks for more inspiration & pretty examples!!

Julie Beech April 27, 2024 - 1:04 PM

Congrats on the new gig and two fab cards. :)

terry glover April 27, 2024 - 1:37 PM

Love the stripes! I’m missing a step I think – I don’t see a link to the oval stencil you used. Ready to order :)
Terry Glover

Hannelie Bester April 29, 2024 - 6:42 AM

Thanks Terry! Here’s the link :

scrappingnana4 April 27, 2024 - 2:48 PM

Beautiful cards with this technique. Will have to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

Daniela April 27, 2024 - 5:09 PM

Very nice!

donna mikasa April 27, 2024 - 5:32 PM

So very cool, Hannelie! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

ggnurse April 27, 2024 - 5:41 PM

Brilliant idea–love these cards!

Andrea V April 27, 2024 - 9:18 PM

Love these cards! I’m definitely going to give this technique a try! Looking forward to seeing more inspiration from you, Hannelie!!

karen514 April 27, 2024 - 9:30 PM

So happy to see you here, and for the explanations of your wonderful designs!

Tara C Prince April 28, 2024 - 11:45 AM

just stunning!!

Renee VanEpps April 28, 2024 - 2:19 PM

Very creative, love the popped up parts!

Beth April 30, 2024 - 10:13 AM

Spectacular… thanks for sharing your process and tips

Sadia Ashraf May 4, 2024 - 1:48 AM

Thankful for the tutorial. So happy to see your first design team post. Congratulation once again!


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