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Amazing Pastel Chic Cardmaking | Altenew Release Hop + Freebie

How about some Amazing Pastel Chic Cardmaking? This pastel color scheme is a classy take on that sickly sweet pastel palette of the ’80s. Create trendy pastel holiday cards with new products from Altenew Beauty of the Season release.

Altenew Beauty of the Season Blog Hop

If you hopped over from the Altenew Card Blog you’re right on track. Hang with me for these pastel lovelies and I’ll relay you on to the next talented artist!

Altenew Beauty of the Season Full Release

This release is fab and I wanted all the things! As a result, I have loads to share with you today, but first, let’s take a closer look at the full release.

Altenew Beauty of the Season Full Release
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Altenew Beauty of the Season Release

All the details for this amazing pastel chic cardmaking session are in this short cardmaking video tutorial. Watch her or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there, I’d love it if you like, subscribe with notifications on, and share with your crafty friends!

Pastel Chic Autumn Leaves

Grape Leaves Stamp Set

It was the product insert that accompanied the Grape Leaves Stamp Set that inspired me to create some soft pastel Autumn leaves. Last time I created Fall leaves they were dark earth tones.

Amazing Pastel Chic Grape Leaves

This 6×8 stamp set includes an outline stamp and solid stamp for three different leaf images. However, you can still achieve multi-colored leaves with one solid stamp layer. Simply stamp with multiple colors!

To create mulit-colored leaves, I stamped solid images with Mountain Mist, Sea Glass, & Frayed Leaf Crisp Dye Inks. Next, I partially inked the images with Soft Lilac and Cotton Candy Crisp Dye Inks.

Altenew Grape Leaves Stamp Set | Amazing Pastel Chic

Grape Leaves Color Combinations

Mountain Mist & Soft Lilac
Sea Glass & Soft Lilac
Frayed Leaf & Cotton Candy

The leaf frame and sentiment are from Autumn Bounty Stamp Set. I stamped the frame with gray ink and clear heat embossed on vellum.

Leaf Mix Die Set

Not a fan of pastels? Looking for traditional Earth tones? No worries!

Check out these rich Autumn Festival Leaf Mix Die cards.

Amazing Pastel Chic Pumpkin

Autumn Bounty Stamp Set

Of course, I had to color up this sweet pumpkin flower arrangement like the pastel chic pumpkin decor you see in the shops. It was an odd combination of markers and turned out better than I imagined!

Amazing Pastel Chic Colored Pumpkin

Artist Marker Color Combination

Pumpkin Skin
Frayed Leaf, Sea Glass, Mountain Mist, Blush, & Morning Frost
Pumpkin Stem
Limestone, Morning Frost, & Blush
Limestone, Blush, & Frayed Leaf
Pink Flower
Blush, Rouge, & Limestone
Blue Flower
Mountain Mist, Sea Glass, & Limestone
White Flower
Morning Frost, Limestone, Colorless Blender

Altenew Autumn Bounty Stamp Set | Amazing Pastel Chic

Simple Pastel Stamp Layering

Postive Vibes Stamp Set

After all that coloring, I moved back to simple pastel stamp layering with Positive Vibes Stamp Set.

Pastel Layer Stamping

I absolutely love pre-arranged floral layering stamps. Anytime I can avoid the extra step of masking I’m game. Who’s with me?! We’re keeping the same pastel color palette going with coordinating Crisp Dye Inks.

Altenew Positive Vibes Stamp Set

Pastel Crisp Dye Ink Color Combinations

Blush & Rouge
Frayed Leaf & Forest Glades

Splatter on a bit of Forest Glades Metallic Ink Spray to finish off the card. This is the benefit of Altenew’s color coordinated mediums!

Amazing Pastel Chic Roses

Kind Reminders Stamp Set

And just like that, we’re back to coloring! I did all these cards in one sitting since I had all the supplies out and ready to go. Although I love them all, this is my favorite card of the bunch.

Amazing Pastel Chic Roses

I know coloring isn’t everyone’s thing, so I try to use a variety of techniques and coloring cheats in my posts to appeal to the masses. In this case, there is very minimal and basic coloring on the roses and the color that makes this card pop is on the background.

Altenew Kind Reminders Stamp Set | Amazing Pastel Chic

As you can see in the video, very little coloring skill is needed for this background. Simple scribble on Blush Artist Marker to fill the background once or twice for fuller coverage. Next, add shadows around the roses with Rouge Artist Marker, and blend out the edges with Blush. Easy Peasy.

Artist Marker Color Combinations

Blush & Rouge
Blush & Colorless Blender
Frayed Leaf, Sea Glass, & Colorless Blender

As seen in the video, I added a bit of graphite shading around the roses to pop them off the page.

3D Poinsettia Pastel Perfection

Poinsettia 3D Die Set

Last but not least is the pastel perfection of this Poinsettia 3D Die Set. This die is incredible! What an absolute show stopper this one is!

Amazing Pastel Chic Poinsettia

Confession, my poinsettias are always pink and green. They’re my favorite and I cannot bring myself to create red ones. This color combo sneaks in every single time!

Artist Marker Color Combinations

Blush & Rouge
Frayed Leaf

Altenew Poinsettia 3D Die Set | Amazing Pastel Chic

A tip for coloring is to add textured dots with the brush and bullet nibs. For extra dimension, simply bend the petals along the center vein. Is that gorgeous or what?!?

The sentiment is from Holiday Tag Sentiments Stamp Set. So many great sentiments!!

Altenew Festive Poinsettia

Altenew Festive Poinsettia

I mean come on, that’s a rock star color combination. Am I right?

No blog or video on this one, but you can check out details here.

Altenew Festive Poinsettia

More Festive Poinsettia

This pink & green Festive Poinsettia dates back to October 2018.

Watch the video to see my mistake and how I saved the card!

Whew, that was a whirlwind of cards! I might have even gotten a bit out of breath with my voiceover! I hope you enjoyed these amazing pastel chic holiday cards with Altenew’s Beauty of the Season release! Let me know your fave below.

Woot Woot, FREEBIE!!

Altenew FREEBIE!
  • Get a FREE brand new Beauty of the Season Stamp & Die Release Inspiration Booklet (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Beauty of the Season Release Bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.
  • Get a FREE brand new Online Cardmaking Class with every order from the new Beauty of the Season Stamp & Die Release collection from 9/10/2020 through 9/13/2020. Shop HERE!
  • Get a FREE brand new Beauty of the Season Stamp & Die Release Mini Inspiration Booklet with every order from 9/10/2020 through 9/12/2020. Shop HERE!


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 9/15/2020 for a chance to win. 

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 09/18/2020.

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  1. Oh my! All your cards are so beautiful and amazing! I love the how you used the Autumn bounty stamp. Love that green pumpkin. Your leaf cards is so beautiful!

  2. Beautiful choice of colors on all of these and love the 3 D poinsettia.

  3. Sarina Parhawk says:

    Your earth-tone autumn leaves had me floored, but this color palette is equally stunning, Amber.. So glad I found your blog, and thank you for sharing your creativity with us!

  4. Gorgeous cards as always, Amber! I love to see your creations. I must admit your poinsettias are stunning! I must use your combo soon! Thanks for the great inspiration! Take care! 🙂

  5. Elizabeth Kuhn says:

    You are right that the colors on the pumpkin are unusual, and you wouldn’t immediately think to put them together, but the finished product is gorgeous!

  6. Carla Hundley says:

    Wow, lots of fabulous
    cards here. I love the
    pumpkins, look so neat.
    Carla from Utah


    That hello autumn card is amazing. Love all your cards!!

  8. Melissa Friedrich says:

    So many gorgeous card, love the soft non-traditional colors!

  9. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Your cards are gorgeous! I love how you curved the petals on the poinsettia!

  10. Amber, I’ve only recently began following you and your blog and I am so glad that I did! You always have the most beautiful ideas and are so inspiring! I love all of your beautiful ideas today, and I’m really starting to feel like fall is on its way!

  11. Linda Clineman says:

    You’re so talented! Hard to choose just one fave but love the pastel colors.

  12. Pamela Palm says:

    Wonderful pastel cards! I especially liked the rose pastel card and the one with the die cut poinsettia.

  13. Inkin' Chickie says:

    I’m going to have to get the leaves, because I never really knew how much I like looking at them. Enjoy the color mix.

  14. Denise Bryant says:

    Beautiful autumn and holiday cards! Really love the pretty grape leaves and the pumpkin design! Love the poinsettia die set too!

  15. All are great, but the pumpkin really caught my eye.

  16. Karen Walker says:

    What a fabulous array of cards! It’s impossible to pick a favorite, but I’ve got my wish list started thanks to all your inspiration!

  17. Denise Ward says:

    I found your video online and absolutely loved the cards you made! I especially liked the unusual color choices on the Grape Leaves and pumpkin cards. I am very traditional in my choices, but your creativity has inspired me! Thanks for the great ideas with these Altenew products!

  18. I absolutely love your pastel color palette . I especially like your green pumpkin and the arrangement of flowers surrounding it. The beautiful color palette of the first two cards is mine blowing.. I love it so much.. Your cards are always fresh and so unique.. 😊

  19. Laurie Black says:

    Beautiful cards! I love the softly colored pumpkin.

  20. Cyndi Morris says:

    Gorgeous cards. I love them all. The Positive Vibes set is definitely on my wish list.

  21. Christina Emrick says:

    Love them all!

  22. Cordelia Alderman says:

    The cards are beautiful; I can’t decide which I like best! But, what great products you have to work with.

  23. Absolutely gorgeous cards and a lovely change from the dark colors of autumn. The poinsettia is a showstopper!

  24. Joanne M Hoffmann says:

    Love that you used a different color palette for your cards, Amber…what gorgeous pastel cards!! Never thought to stray away from the traditional but these are awesome!!

  25. I would’ve never thought to use those colors for the poinsettia and it is fantastic! I like the grape leaves too.

  26. Allison Nesbitt says:

    The light pastel palette is delicious and dreamy. So creative.

  27. Well now I know what I’m going to play with next! I get so focused on staying within the pre-made color sets that I forget that there’s a whole world of colors I can make. These are so gorgeous, and I think it’s the perfect time of year to create these soft, toned down blends.

  28. Christine Domino says:

    That pumpkin really is outstanding in its softer colors along with the other stunning projects ypu shared.

  29. Margarita Navarro-Rivera says:

    I absolutely love how your cards turned out with all those soft colors! That poinsettia ia to die for! Thank you for the video tutorial!

  30. Your autumn leaves design is sooo sophisticated. Your color palette is perfect to make a very strong, subtle statement. Awesome collection of cards. Great job!

  31. Heidi Rees says:

    Beautiful cards! Love the soft colors!

  32. Amber Bissonnette says:

    I love all your cards!! Using pastels is a great idea to switch up the look from the traditional colours.

  33. Carol Carrier says:

    Just love the colors you used in the leaf card example. Also love the pumpkin card.

  34. Lori Lehnen says:

    Absolutely fabulous cards!
    Thanks for sharing.

  35. What fabulous inspiration and yes to pink poinsettias.

  36. Elizabeth Rue says:

    Amazingly beautiful color choices…thanks for the inspiration!

  37. Stunning cards. Absolutely love your pumpkin card. Thanks for sharing

  38. Sandra Swayze says:

    Love your cards! Beautiful!

  39. I love the idea of all these pastels. Great video and inspiration

  40. These are Beautiful cards! Thanks so much!!

  41. Martha Kuehn says:

    Love the non traditional colors

  42. LOVE LOVE LOVE these color combinations!

  43. BrendaLea says:

    I love the soft colors of your cards! Each one is different but gorgeous! The poinsettia card took my breath away. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  44. Sally Janca says:

    I am usually not a big fan of pastels but these cards are beautiful! I especially like the poinsettia…absolutely stunning! All items in the new release from Altenew are fantastic.

  45. Jackie Posnansky says:

    Gorgeous cards! Using pastels on a poinsettia! Stunning and genius!

  46. Ummekulsum Kutub says:

    Wow!!! Such amazing cards. Love them all, especially the 3d pastel poinsettia one. Thats gorgeous!

  47. Naghma Husain says:

    Beautiful cards!

  48. Connie Johanns says:

    You make it look so easy. I desire to have that skill set.

  49. Meghan Kennihan says:

    STUNNING CREATIONS! I love your flowers and the pumpkin coloring!

  50. Dawn Tooley says:

    Thanks for sharing so many beautiful cards!

  51. Awesome cards. Out of the norm, but maybe that is what makes them so pretty. TFS

  52. Michelle P says:

    Ooooh, what a fabulous release. I love your positive vibes card…that set is definitely my favorite. Thank you for the inspiration.

  53. Marisela Delgado says:

    Such beautiful cards!

  54. Savannagh Kacey says:

    Amber, your choice of pastels for theses cards was truly inspired. Loved the grape leaves and the pointsettia especially!

  55. Such a beautiful grouping of cards! I’m so loving your tutorial and the color selection, wow. You have elevated pastel. Thanks for this amazing tutorial.

  56. Ruth Mayberry says:

    My favorite has to be the Holiday Tag Sentiments stamps and dies.

  57. Tawna Witney says:

    That pumpkin … I love it!!!

  58. Peg Frushour says:

    You have really been busy! I love all of your pastel coloring! The pink and green poinsettias are my favorite!

  59. Dorothy A says:

    Great video! Love all the stamp sets you used and your great colors! Pumpkins are fun to buy that are all different colors. I love your idea of bending the poinsettia leaves. That die set is in my cart right now!

  60. Carolyn R says:

    What wonderful cards, Amber. Your autumn leaves are stunning. Who wouldn’t love that card this year.

  61. I like the pastel nontraditional colors. Love your coloring and use of Zentangle shading.

  62. Thank you so much for the inspiration, Amber. LOVE your pink and green poinsettia — mine are also always a light pink and green, that’s just how I like them. All your cards are wonderful!
    My very best to you,

  63. Nice work! Love the grape leaves in the soft greens. And know how know how to do the background drops that’s add so much. Thank you!

  64. So, so pretty! These pastels are so calming and such a lovely reminder of the beauty that exists in the world! Thanks so much for sharing your process in the video (I really appreciate seeing all the techniques you used!) You are an inspiration!

  65. Patty A Eifert says:

    Beautiful cards!! They look lovely in pastels!

  66. Debbie S. says:

    Beautiful cards. Love the colors.

  67. Your cards are gorgeous! The colors do look great.

  68. BECCA YAHRLING says:

    All of your cards are so lovely. The first poinsettia card is a stunner; love the dimension and how big it is! And the way you colored the pumpkin – wowza! Just gorgeous.

  69. Wow..so many gorgeous clouds. Your first card is really unique with the vellum layer…

  70. especially loved the look of the pastels- beautiful cards

  71. Kandice J says:

    Absolutely love the colors of your first card! Beautiful color palette, and your video is definitely on my watch list! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  72. Awesome as always. You used most of my favorite sets. My very favorite has to be the Poinsettia. Looks so real in colors. The colors are so close to how it makes it’s way to red in real life. Super sets, too many to choose from. Thanks for tips and sharing. More hopping.

  73. I absolutely love your pastel color palette! I always have loved using and wearing pastel colors. I especially like your green pumpkin and the arrangement of flowers surrounding it. I typically would buy the red poinsettias at Christmas but would always gaze at the paler versions and think maybe I will get one of those someday. A card with pastel ones would be just as pretty.

  74. Joni Mastronardi says:

    Love the look of pastels on the autumn cards

  75. Your cards are incredibly beautiful!!

  76. Joy Meadows says:

    What beautiful cards you have created! Love each one of them.

  77. Your cards are incredible! You have an amazing sense for color and layout. Very creative. I really like the first card. The color combinations are fabulous. I never would have thought of combining the colors you used. Thank you for sharing and brightening my day.

  78. Yvonne Boucher says:

    Amber your cards are gorgeous! I too love the pointsettia…but in all honesty I am a fool for leaves and those grape leaves are fantastic!

  79. Marilynn D-R says:

    Amber, love all the cards you have made with the new release. Especially like the leaves and the vellum stamped with the leaves stamp, so attractive! Thanks for the inspiration.

  80. Georgia Hruska says:

    Love love love your beautiful cards

  81. Dianna L Jacobs says:

    Love those colors!!

  82. Maureen Reiss says:

    Wow!!! Really Amazing cards!!!! I LOVE the colors you used!!!

  83. ALL your creative ARE absolutely stunning!!! The colors you have chosen for each project is downright beautiful too!

  84. Pastels for fall leaves, great idea!

  85. Wow! Just gorgeous. Love this release! Altenew “rocks”!

  86. Brenda Raymond Johnson says:

    I am a Big fan of every card you make but these are even more amazing!! I was just going to get the pumpkin stamp set but now I have to have them all. Lol. Thank you for sharing with us your incredible talent.

    1. Please send my condolences to your wallet, but I agree, there were just so many sets I had to have from this release! Thanks so much, Brenda!

  87. So beautiful, Amber! I wouldn’t have thought of pastels for autumn or holiday cards but these are gorgeous! I am a fairly new fan, having just come across your blog this summer, but I am a solid fan for sure! You never disappoint!

    1. Thanks so much, Dori! I must confess, I wouldn’t have gone with pastels were it not for the card in the Grape Leaves product insert. That kicked off the lot of them. It’s definitely a palette I’ll use again though!

  88. Bernadette says:

    Really pretty cards. Love the grape leaves and the 3D pointsetta.

  89. Retta Lutte says:

    Holy Cow! I always love your cards, but these are really special. The color palette is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!

  90. Such amazing creations! You never cease to amaze me, love each one!

  91. Kathy Jo Rockrohr says:

    So gorgeous! What a super release. Love your use of soft colors!

  92. You never fail to inspire me. Thank you for this awesome video showcasing all these new products. Need to hang on to my credit card!!

  93. Astounding job Amber! You never cease to mesmerize with your designs, I am a fan of prearranged floral grouping stamps too! Thanks for the inspiration! Will have to case some ideas for later 😬 have a wonderful day!

  94. Stunning cards! Love the idea of softer muted pastel colors! Ingenious! Thank you for the inspiration!