Creative Takes with Altenew’s Gradient Cardstock Sets: How to Make These Beautiful Colorful Cards

by Virginia Lu

Hello friends! This is Virginia here. The recent release of the new Gradient Cardstock was such a welcomed one. They were so popular that it was no surprise they were nearly sold out on the day of the release! They are awesome for creating with dies, especially the layering floral dies. I am sharing more creative ways to use the Gradient Cardstock and hopefully, my two projects will spark your creativity in using this colorful cardstock.

My first card is a play on color-blocking. You often see color-blocking in fashion, ads, and all kinds of designs. It is fun, easy, and impactful.


I took out the cardstock from Summer Afternoon, Cheery Blossom and Shades of Purple and started playing.


This resulted in a very colorful and striking background. I adhered a butterfly from Mix & Match Mariposa Die Set. To highlight the white, I white heat-embossed the sentiment from “Fancy Greetings”. This card is sweet and eye-catching, right?


My 2nd card looks more intricate and detailed. I started out with small strips of cardstock from Summer Afternoon, Cheery Blossom and Shades of Purple. I glued them to a piece of copy paper and then ran them through my Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine with Crystal Frames Die Set.

Altenew-GradientCardStock-CrystalFrameDie-FloralGardenStencil-Virginia#2 I then made another die-cut with white cardstock and carefully placed the white intricate frame over the colorful one.  The Fancy Thanks Die truly makes this card “sing”!

I added stenciled details with Floral Garden Stencil and Antique Silver Metallic Spray Mist. For the final embellishments, I added sequins and strings.

The Gradient Cardstock is compatible no matter how you use them. How cool is that!?  I hope you give these ideas a try! Thank you for stopping by!

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sharon brand November 23, 2019 - 10:08 AM

These two cards are awesome, and show perfectly
the best ways to us this gradient cardstock!

Terrie D. November 23, 2019 - 11:14 AM

These cards look so cool! I love how you used different colors of cardstock together; very eye-catching! :)

Denise Bryant November 23, 2019 - 11:58 AM

Pretty color combos! I love the color blocked background for the butterfly! Awesome way to use the gradient cardstocks!

Laura Jane November 23, 2019 - 12:32 PM

You have officially knocked my socks off Virginia! These are Ahhh-Mazing cards! Love the delicate flowers behind the Thanks…. And that Bold Color blocking is beyond beautiful! Would definitely wear an outfit like that card… Gold Mariposa and all!

Ginger G November 23, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Hoping the gradient cardstock will be back in stock soon.

Shelly November 23, 2019 - 2:49 PM

These are beautiful! Love how you used the cardstock…wonderfully done!

SheilabH November 23, 2019 - 3:30 PM

These cards are lovely. I especially love the first with color blocking. Such a great technique!

donna mikasa November 23, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Oh, I LOVE the color blocking, Virginia! Imagine all the color combo possibilities you can come up with using the gorgeous card stock.

Henriëtte November 23, 2019 - 3:42 PM

What a awesome cards Virginia, I love them both can”t say which one I love most.
This is also a great idea to use with leftovers and/or to create a great masculine background.
Thank you so much for sharing this awesome inspriation and have a great weekend.

Greta H November 23, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Really love the thank you card! The frames are wonderful!

Yasmine Omar November 28, 2019 - 8:46 PM

So beautiful cards, Virginia! This color blocking idea is so awesome. Thanks for the inspiration.


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