Creativity Unlocked feat. Out & About Ensemble | How to Make 2 Modern Cute Cards Using Images (With Video Tutorial)

by Therese Calvird

03 15 2023 Creativity Unlocked Blog Post Header ImageHi, it's Therese, and I am back with another edition of Take 2 with Therese and Creativity Unlocked. Today, I'm sharing a fun way to step up your stamp images to make quick and easy modern cards!

Welcome to Creativity Unlocked, where we highlight a new product from this month’s new collection! Discover each product's endless creative possibilities and get inspired to create the paper crafting ideas we share here. Keep on reading for exclusive tips from our designers, handy tips and tricks, and stunning project inspiration from talented crafters.   

Keep on reading for more tips and project ideas using the Out & About Ensemble!

03 15 2023 Creativity Unlocked Projects Collage Out and About EnsembleOut & About Ensemble 

The Out & About Ensemble showcases some adorable pandas and lovely bamboo trees. Combine products from this ensemble to create beautiful scenes that may be used as backgrounds or focal points. You may also use each product in this ensemble by itself, or even perfect pair it with other Altenew products!

I have made two adorable cards using the fabulous Out & About Ensemble

Are You READY? 

Altenew Out and About Ensemble Take 2 With Therese card video 1 copyToday's cards are both very clean and simple, but just how do you add that modern edge?

Modern Card Idea # 1 – Use Unexpected Color

An easy way to take an image to the next level is to stamp it in an unexpected color.  Have you ever seen a Pinkalicious Panda before? Personally, I think she looks divine.  I did use a Fine Liner Pen to add her sweet face, but you could certainly recreate it without doing this.

Altenew Out and About Ensemble Take 2 With Therese card video 2 copyUsing the Out & About Ensemble made creating easy.  The Bamboo Branches Simple Coloring Stencil and coordinating 3D Embossing Folder was the perfect partner for this Panda. And yes, I have used some slightly unexpected Bamboo Branches colors here too.

Altenew Out and About Ensemble Take 2 With Therese card video 3 copyThe “Smile always” sentiment is from the Stunning Sakura Stamp Set.


Make the most of  ‘white spaces' on your card designs, this will add to the ‘modern' look.

Altenew Out and About Ensemble Take 2 With Therese card video 4 copy

Modern Card Idea # 2 – Add a Party Hat!

This time I kept my Panda in its expected color, but added a quirky party hat! I used the Chevron Background Hot Foil Plate and some Brass Hot Foil to create the shiny stripes.  Then, I added color using the Hawaiian Shores Brush and Fine Tip Pens.  

Altenew Out and About Ensemble Take 2 With Therese card video 5 copyI popped up the image and the hat so that I could add a fun pom pom. The cute “take it easy” sentiment is from the Roaming Pandas Stamp Set, which is also part of the Out & About Ensemble.Altenew Out and About Ensemble Take 2 With Therese card video 6 copyBONUS IDEA!

Don't want a party hat?  Why not add a balloon, a cup of coffee or even pop up a heart in his hands.

If you would like to see how these modern cards came together, you can watch the process in the video linked below.

Modern Cards with Panda ImagesYou can see my video here or watch it in HD on YouTube.

1 Product, Multiple Ways!

Before you go, here are a few card ideas featuring the Out & About Ensemble!

Altenew Roaming Pandas Bamboo Branches Simply the Best card 3 copy Therese CalvirdWhat's better than a panda? Why, multiple cute pandas, of course! We just know that the recipient of Therese's adorable card will be all smiles! We love the coordinating colors of the bamboo on the background and the bamboo that the furry pandas are eating. ALTENEW ROAMING PANDAS stamp die BAMBOO BRANCHES 3D embossing folder VERTICAL GREETINGS Hot foild plateZERO WASTE LEAF PATTERN DIE MAr23 2 Nathalie DeSousa

Minimalistic designs are best paired with some good ol' embossing and hot foiling! Here, we have Nathalie's beautiful panda card topped with sparkling sentiments from the Vertical Greetings set. 

Altenew Roaming Pandas stamp set roaming pandas die set bamboo branches stencil bamboo brances 3D embossing folder a love for stripes set A paper pack TERRI KOSZLERTeamwork makes the dream work, as seen in the two pandas helping each other to reach the bamboo tree in Terri's card. The scene and coloring are just gorgeous! Altenew Roaming Pandas Stamp Roaming Pandas Die Bamboo Branches Embossing Folder Michelle ShortMichelle's card features a stunning realistic-looking bamboo set against a dark background. The card brandishes a cuddly panda with an “I miss you” sentiment. Through coloring, she gave beautiful highlights and shadows to the image. Dana Joy Altenew Bamboo Branches StencilThe magnificent colors of the Lagoon Crisp Dye Ink really stood out on Dana's card! We adore how her card focused on the lovely bamboo in the background together with a bold “happy birthday” sentiment stamped in black. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you like my modern cards! Will you try for a modern-style card using an image or two?  And if you do, comment down below! 

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Maureen R March 15, 2023 - 4:37 PM

These are Fabulous!!!! I love the bamboo

Altenew March 16, 2023 - 2:42 PM

indeed they are!

Bo Gilmore March 15, 2023 - 11:24 PM

Hi Therese, I can’t make up my mind because I love all of these card. I especially love the Pretty Pink Panda cards. I always look forward to seeing your projects.

Altenew March 16, 2023 - 2:46 PM

They are indeed lovely! You can try creating other variations as well. Sky is the limit!


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