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7 Reasons I Love Slimline Cards And You Should Too!

Here are 7 reasons I love slimline cards and you should too! Plus, absolutely amazing watercolor & layer stamp techniques for spectacular slimline cards. Welcome to the Altenew Quiet Reflections Blog Hop.

Big thanks to Dana Joy for relaying you over to my blog. To start at the beginning of the hop, head to the Altenew Card Blog.

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Find out seven reasons I love slimline cards and learn amazing watercolor and layer stamp techniques in this cardmaking video tutorial. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share it with your crafty friends.

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Click the images below to go to the Altenew shop for full-size pictures and more inspiration. I have to say the new ink colors and Delicate Stripes & Dots Washi Tape won me over this month. What’s on your wish list?

Watercolor Slimline Card

1st Reason I Love Slimline Cards

The first reason I love slimline cards is that there is so much room to experiment with watercolor techniques. This Goldfish Pond watercolor card was so incredibly fun to make and I learned some new techniques to share with you!

Watch the video to learn watercolor techniques that create waves and flowing seaweed.

2nd Reason I Love Slimline Cards

Additionally, slimline cards are perfect to create scene cards with great visual depth. Here, there’s more opportunity to spread out the stamps to create a deep underwater scene.

3rd Reason I Love Slimline Cards

Of course, you don’t need slimline products to create slimline cards. Don’t let a lack of slimline specialty products hold you back from creating them. Use your trimmer to create a variety of sizes.

Although my favorite size is 3 1/2 x 8 1/2-inches sometimes that’s too tall for the composition. In those cases, I create a 3 1/2 x 6-inch slimline design. Send the smaller slimline in a standard slimline envelope (size 9 or 10 works) or choose a smaller 3 5/8 x 6 1/2 envelope.

Layer Stamp Slimline Cards (Twofer)

4th Reason I Love Slimline Cards

As you can see slimline cards are great for techniques and scene cards. The slimline card also allows you to add more stamps and die-cuts to your cards. So go stamp crazy and load up those slimline cards. Just look at how many large lilies for the You Are Beautiful Set fit on this slimline card!

Praise be, ya’ll, Delicate Stripes Washi Tape is finally released. If you follow me or watched my last two Color Connection With Amber videos, then you know I sneak peeked this washi tape twice! I cannot get enough of this one. Get it before it’s gone!

5th Reason I Love Slimline Cards

Are you a clean and simple fan? The 5th reason I love slimline cards is due to the amount of white space. There’s a ton to work with here. Of course, I couldn’t resist adding splatter with a Jet Black Watercolor Pencil. The process for this twofer set is in the video.

6th Reason I Love Slimline Cards

It’s been a tough year for many reasons. Maybe new stamps and dies aren’t in the budget. But, that’s the beauty of slimline card designs. The elongated format can totally refresh your older stamp sets. So break out your golden oldies and see what new designs you can create!

7th Reason I Love Slimline Cards

Lastly, slimline cards are still novel especially for people who aren’t cardmakers. It’s still unexpected to receive a slimline card in the mail which makes that handmade card all the more special.

I’m sure there are many more reasons to love slimline card designs. Do you love slimline cards? Let me know why in the comments.

Bonus Cards

Now I know what you’re thinking, these aren’t slimline cards. What gives? My new ink pad colors came in a later shipment and these cards weren’t going to make it into the slimline video so I switched things up.

Ornamental Feature 3D Embossing Folder & Northern Shore Inks

Meet the Northern Shore Crisp Dye Ink family. These blues are absolutely gorgeous. They have a light to medium denim wash vibe going on. I ink blended all four colors on Savoy 100% Cotton cardstock and then embossed the panel with the Ornamental Feature 3D Embossing Folder.

Lastly, I lightly rubbed a General’s White Charcoal Pencil over the raised embossed areas highlight the design.

Tranquility Rose Simple Coloring Stencil

As I said earlier, sometimes new stamps and dies aren’t in the budget. Here I chose to use the Tranquility Rose Simple Coloring Stencil as a stand-alone product. And it was highly effective!

This beautiful card showcases all three of the new ink families and they’re gorgeous you guys. Totally unique colors to Altenew’s previous collections.

Folks this is a one layer card with the exception of the Delicate Stripes Washi Tape. I trimmed the washi tape with a craft knife for a custom inlaid look.

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Slimline Watercolor Card

Need a more slimline inspiration? Learn to create loose floaty watercolor backgrounds with Altenew Woodless Watercolor Pencils.

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Giveaway – $300 in total prizes!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $40 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 9 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 12/09/2020 for a chance to win.

Altenew will draw 12 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 12/11/2020.

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7 Reasons I Love Slimline Cards + Watercolor

Next Stop

The next stop on the hop is the lovely Kelly Griglione, @notablenest. The full list is below so you don’t miss any crafty inspiration from these talented artists.

Altenew Card Blog
Vicky Papaioannou
Norine Borys
Emily Midgett
Amanda Baldwin
Jaycee Gaspar
Dana Joy
Amber Rain Davis <<< You Are Here
Kelly Griglione
Erum Tasneem
Amy Hill
Nathalie DeSousa
Terri Koszler
Therese Calvird
Tina Smith
Laurie Willison
Jenny Colacicco
Nicole Watt
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Tania Ahmed
Keisha Charles
Virginia Lu
Maryam Perez
Tenia Nelson
Agnieszka Małyszek
Anna Veach
Reiko Tsuchida
Mindy Eggen
Svitlana Shayevich
Lilith Eeckels


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  1. Colleen in Santa Fe says:

    My reason to love slimline cards? I’ve been making cards for nearly forty years, and slimline cards were all the rage for awhile in the ’90s, and because I also have CSAI (craft supply abandonment issues), I can happily resurrect those old envelopes & cardstock sets in my stash now that they’re popular again! LOLOL!

    Your card designs are lovely! I especially like your watercolored goldfish/koi card — I love it when happy accidents happen to enhance the design. Thanks for participating & sharing these cards! 🙂

  2. Denise Bryant says:

    Beautiful cards! I love the background you created for the fish!

  3. Heidi+Rees says:

    Absolutely beautiful slimline cards! I love making them as well! Love all the room to go crazy!

  4. Kelly Keenan says:

    Beautiful cards. I love the watercolor background on the fish. The hibiscus are super cool as well.

  5. Me too – slim line is da bomb! And when you pull it outta the mail box you think, “Oh no, a bill” and then “NO A CARD!”

  6. Silvia Hutchinson says:

    You’ve been busy!!! Beautiful cards!! I LOVE the depth of shading on the water of the koi card and I love the lime and blue hibiscus!!

  7. Your cards are amazing. Love the background on the fish card.

  8. Inkin' Chickie says:

    Very much liking the sets in the release. The fish are on my fave as well as the embossing folders. Great look at a few ideas.

  9. Melissa+Friedrich says:

    Wow, so many gorgeous cards! Thanks for another awesome video tutorial – love the background for the pretty fish, and the painting on stamps with water color is such a gorgeous look.

  10. Tracey+Landt says:

    Absolutely stunning cards Amber. Thank you for all the information on water colouring.
    Keep well.
    T x

  11. Those slimline cards are so BEAUTIFUL! Every card you created is first rate. 🙂

  12. Liz Kelch-Bush says:

    I love that your using watercolors on the stamps..I’ll have to try that. I love the flower set. Thanks for all your teaching.

  13. Vanessa Natseway says:

    That sympathy card is simply stunning!!! #cardmakinggoals

  14. Your cards look absolutely amazing!!!

  15. berryblue says:

    Thanks for all the reasons to love slimline cards! I haven’t tried one yet, but I think I’m going to need to! Your koi card is absolutely amazing!!!

  16. Luanne Ford says:

    I’m just getting into the slimline craze! I love your encouragement to do more! Those goldfish are amazing! Totally love them!

  17. Carol Wortman says:

    That was fun! I am in love with the first fish background, the movement is fantastic. Thanks for the sticky paper adhesive tip, must try that. You are such a fabulous colorist, I never tire of your talent!

  18. Mary Ann Reilly says:

    Beautiful! The goldfish card just takes my breath away. I appreciate you sharing your work and I’m going to dig into your blog!

  19. Kelsey Thomas says:

    These are beautiful!

  20. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    You’ve definitely inspired me to create more slimlines! Your cards are lovely!

  21. You outdid yourself with this new release! All your cards are incredible! The fish card is a masterpiece. The background took my breath away. I just love it!❤️ Thank you. You are very talented.

  22. Sandra Swayze says:

    All awesome cards! Thanks for sharing.

  23. Peg Frushour says:

    I think your fish card is wonderful, but my favorite is the one with the green and blue hibiscus! Great video!

  24. Laurie Black says:

    Beautiful cards! The watery background for the goldfish is stunning!

  25. Wow! Another set of beautiful cards and I always learn something from your videos!

  26. Laura Cummings says:

    Wonderful new release and beautiful cards, Amber! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I love learning new techniques!! 😀

  27. A always, your cards are wonderful, Amber! I loved watching you create that stunning background for the gold fish! I must give it a try!! Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration and video! Take care! 🙂

  28. A always, your cards are wonderful, Amber! I loved watching you create that amazing background for your gold fish! Love it!!! I agree … Slimline cards are such fun to make! Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration and video! Take care! 🙂

  29. Michelle Sauve' says:

    Beautiful cards, I love to watch you create!

  30. Kristine Boydstun says:

    I love to watch you create. The goldfish card was superb!

  31. Dorothy Ayotte says:

    Beautiful cards! I enjoyed your video, especially how you created the fish background with the iridescent spray! Altenew is sold out of this product but I am on the list! Your lily cards are so pretty and you have certainly made amazing slimline cards.

  32. Maureen Reiss says:

    Gorgeous cards!!! Your goldfish card is Amazing!!!

  33. Meghan Kennihan says:

    The layered flowers are amazing and I love the goldfish pond!!!

  34. Susanbcards says:

    Oh, your slimline cards are so special, I love the fish, the water looks perfect!

  35. Seeing your work twice in one day not a problem. Just enjoying the hop and all the great options in this release. The new ink colors are really nice.

  36. Marisela Delgado says:

    What beautiful cards! 💜

  37. loving all your cards and you are right about the slim-line card for the goldfish …that is fabulous..

  38. Absolutely beautiful. Loving you goldfish slimline card.

  39. Retta Lutte says:

    I always love your videos, Amber, and learn so much from them. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards!

  40. Sharon Gullikson says:

    The water looks amazing. I also love the fish, but the water is such a cool technique.

  41. Beautiful cards as always and the water scene you created on your koi card is really stunning!

  42. Beautiful cards Amber! Your watercoloring is amazing! I love the tip to wet your glass mat & the back of your paper to act as an adhesive- brilliant! I think my favorite is the blue thanks card, I’m a sucker for those blues! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you, Sandy! I picked up the water adhesive tip from Lydia Evans. She’s so clever!! Thanks again!

  43. Jan Castle says:

    Beautifully Done Amber!!!! TFS the tutorial….love the greens and blues you used!
    Paper Hugs,

  44. Jan Castle says:

    Love the koi fish slimline!!! The others are wonderful too! TFS!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  45. Lisa Angel says:

    This set of cards is beautiful!!!

  46. So very clever Amber. You drew me in immediately!

  47. Patty A Eifert says:

    Your cards are always amazing Amber! I can’t color worth a hoot, but I love the sets that come with the stencils for you to color them in with ink.

    1. Thank you, Patt! Right? I questioned my sanity when I requested the Tranquility Rose Simple Coloring Stencil Set all on it’s own without the Stamp or Dies, but it paid off. I love it and it was pretty cool to use it without the stamps. The blues are fab!

  48. Wow, Amber, you have done it again! Your creations never cease to amaze me. You’ve inspired me to dig out some older stamps & make some slimline cards. I love ALL the lovely creations on todays blog. And that Northern
    Shores ink is the perfect blue. Cant wait to try it!

    1. Yay! I’m happy to hear you’re inspired to create some slimline cards! I totally agree, the blues are so yummy!

    2. Thank, Patt! Right? I questioned my sanity when I requested the Tranquility Rose Simple Coloring Stencil Set all on it’s own without the Stamp or Dies, but it paid off. I love it and it was pretty cool to use it without the stamps. The blues are fab!

  49. Sandhya Iyer says:

    Stunning cards! I love the bonus card even if it’s not slimline.. he he. I so want to be like you when I grow up… so awesome!

      1. Brenda Aplin says:

        You did it again, you never let us down. Beautiful cards as always. I hope you will have YouTube videos of them..