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Easy Ink & Wash Hack for Stampers | Altenew Blog Hop

Try this easy ink & wash hack for stampers! If you love the look of watercolor ink & wash but aren’t comfortable drawing on your own, this amazing shortcut is for you! Welcome to the Altenew Twinkle & Shine Release Hop + Giveaway.

Many thanks to Therese Calvird for sending you over to my blog! To start at the beginning of the hop, visit the Altenew Card Blog.

Card Video

All the details for this easy ink & wash hack plus one more card are in this short 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.

Mini Ink Cube Label Decals

Before we commence with creating, let’s take a look at these awesome Mini Ink Cube Label Decals! No need to swatch and create labels on your own. These water-resistant labels wrap perfectly around the base of each cube.

Altenew Mini Ink Cube Label Decals

There is one colored label for the full line of Altenew Mini Ink Cubes currently on the marker. In addition, there is one label for each color family.

Altenew Mini Ink Cube Label Decals

Full Twinkle & Shine Release

Here’s a closer look a the full Altenew Twinkle & Shine Release including floral, geometric, and hero stamp sets. As well as new embossing folders, Fine Liners, washi tape, and of course decals.

What’s on your wish list?

Altenew Twinkle & Shine Release

Easy Ink & Wash Hack

Easily achieve the look of watercolor ink and wash with this simple stamping hack. Although I can sketch some florals, this eucalyptus jar arrangement is outside my current skill level.

Easy Ink and Wash Hack For Stampers

But, no worries a bit of watercolor stamping and fine liner detail does the trick. Here I used the brand new 01 Fine Liner to sketch in the details of the eucalyptus jar arrangement after watercoloring.

Now you might ask, why sketch it vs. stamping it in black ink? Well it gives you a completely different look and stretches the use of your stamps. Next time, I’ll add ink shading with cross hatching to further the pen sketched look.

I’d love to see your makes with this watercolor ink and wash technique. Tag me @notableink.

Striped Circle Stamp Set

As you can see, Altenew Striped Circle Stamp Set lends itself to bold graphic card designs. Here I paired it with Sea Shore Crisp Dye Ink #swinking and water splatter.

Altenew Striped Circle Stamp Set

This card is included in the video. Do check it out for all the details to create this quick and easy card.

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Sparkle Stamp Set

Altenew Sparkle Stamp Set offers a simple outline image along with hatched layers. This style of pen stroke shading, leaving white highlights, is called sparkle in Zentangle drawing.

Altenew Sparkle Stamp Set

For a completely different look, try stamping the layers with black and gray for a pen sketched look.

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If you love it, pin it, and share it with your crafty friends! Visit me on Pinterest for more design inspiration, patterns, and color combinations.

Easy Ink & Wash Hack For Stampers

Watercolor + Doodles | Freehand Ink & Wash

Freehand Ink & Wash

Ready for freestyle ink & wash? Try these freehand sketched and watercolor eucalyptus leaves.

Visit the post/video for more details.


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 11/10/2020 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will 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 11/12/2020.

Next Stop

The next stop on the hop is the uber talented, Tenia Nelson!

Altenew Card Blog
Laura Bassen
Erum Tasneem
Kelly Griglione
Therese Calvird
Amber Rain Davis <<< You Are Here
Tenia Nelson
Nicole Watt
Terri Koszler
Nathalie DeSousa
Jenny Colacicco
Jaycee Gaspar
Victoria Calvin
Amanda Baldwin
Emily Midgett
Kymona Tracey
Dana Joy
Lilith Eeckels
Norine Borys
Vicky Papaioannou
Virginia Lu
Nenette S. Madero 
Svitlana Shayevich
Keisha Charles
Maryam Perez
Vicki Finger
Laurie Willison
Reiko Tsuchida
Amy Hill
Agnieszka Małyszek
Anna Veach


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  5. Cyndi+Morris says:

    Such beautiful cards! I especially love the one using the Striped Circle set — that’s one of my favorites from this fantastic release.

  6. Love the ink and wash technique I will have to try that in the future… I love all your cards… I am a big fan of splatters as well…smile..

  7. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Gorgeous cards! The ink and wash technique is really cool! Thanks for all the tips! I love the background on the Striped Circle card!

  8. Wow. Really appreciate the video. Just beginning to try watercolor so I have definitely subscribed to your site. Thanks.

  9. Inkin' Chickie says:

    Great look to the projects. I’m heading to the video to take a closer look. Thank you for the idea shares.

  10. Michelle P says:

    Beautiful cards. And thanks for the great videos! I really love this release and all the inspiration!

  11. Love your cards and the ink wash. The tips and techniques are always so helpful.
    Thanks for sharing.

  12. Karen Judy says:

    I love the ink and wash look of your cards. Simply gorgeous.

  13. Wonderful cards and thanks for the watercolor hack. I will have to try this.

  14. Love the cards and your coloring

  15. Dawn Tooley says:

    I love the cards you made! Thanks for showing the ink and wash technique and using the droplets of water to make the second card!

  16. I would like to know how do you purchase the craft apron. I’ve searched Altenew’s site & can’t find it.

    1. Oh, no! That’s totally my fault. You just made me realize that I shared it too soon. The apron will release later this month. Enjoy the sneak peek.

  17. Gorgeous designs, love the striped circle so much. Thanks for sharing the fun process video.

  18. Tammy L Davis says:

    Wow, Amber! I think I could watch you paint all day! You are amazing! I plan on coming back to this video several times to try and learn the techniques you have shown. Wonderful!

  19. I love the way you’ve coloured the jar of eucalypt leaves, Amber! They are just stunning! You really inspire me to work on my colouring techniques! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Take care! 🙂

  20. Amber Bissonnette says:

    Beautiful cards!!! Especially loving the stripes and circle one!

  21. I really enjoy your videos Amber & the variety of techniques you show. Your first card has that loose look to it that I enjoy with watercolours. I am wowed by the colours & splattered look of your second card using the Striped Circle stamp set. You’ve sold me on it. I also happen to like the Sparkled stamp set as well.

  22. Kristine Boydstun says:

    Stunning cards! I love this release, and I love watching you create!

  23. Deb Bryson says:

    Great freehanding techniques!! I’m loving this release, & really loving how versatile the striped circle stamp is!

  24. Nicki Baxley says:

    Your projects are always amazing. Loved these!

  25. Stacey Kowbel says:

    Beautiful cards! The sparkle and shine card is my favourite!

  26. Joan Mastronardi says:

    Gorgeous cards! Thank you for the video, great inspiration.

  27. Michelle Sauve' says:

    I love all the techniques you shared in this video. I am also obsessed with the apron!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! The apron will be out later this month. I didn’t realize I sneak peeked it early.

  28. Donna Lindner says:

    love the watercolor. I am a fan of the ink cubes

  29. Love love love your creativity!

  30. Nancy Dempsey says:

    Beautiful watercolor. I love it!

  31. Sharon Meyer says:

    love the colors and the stripes of this card.. thanks for the inspiration!..

  32. Dorothy Ayotte says:

    I really enjoyed your video. I am going to put that watercolor pan on my wish list for the holidays. I really like the technique and the outlining. I used to watercolor in high school and loved it. Now that I’m retired I think I will do this, especially in the winter when I can’t garden as much. Your second background is so pretty behind the striped stamp. Lovely 3 cards!

    1. Thanks so much, Dorothy. Next week I’ll post a Watercolor Showdown video comparing the Artist Watercolor 24 Pan Set, the Watercolor Brush Markers, and the Woodless Watercolor Pencils. Stay tuned!

  33. Jeanne Beam says:

    Such gorgeous cards! Love the ink and wash technique..great video.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  34. Barbara Koppelman says:

    I love the ink and wash technique…love this stamp set!

  35. Marisela Delgado says:

    Awesome cards! Great colors! 💜

  36. Wow…. beautiful cards! Thank you for the video. You are so talented! I love the ink and wash technique.

  37. Donna de Gale-Kalloo says:

    Beautiful cards!

  38. Carolyn R says:

    Oh geez, there is so much to want in this release. Just when I was saying I have enough stamps, die, stencil, etc., etc……… Love your creative examples!

  39. Fabulous video and useful techniques resulted in incredibly beautiful cards. Thank you.

  40. Meghan Kennihan says:

    Such cool designs, great video and I LOVE the colors!!!

  41. Lori Spitzer says:

    I left a comment at YT, a comment at your IG and am now finding this spot, too. I loved the video and think you are a gifted teacher — so much is in the clarity of the explanation and the imparting of confidence to learners. Thanks!! Am going to try swinking this week!
    Lori S in PA

    1. Thanks so very much, Lori! Your comments on YouTube and IG were equally as kind and I so appreciate it. Happy crafting!

  42. Sharon Gullikson says:

    Your first card is especially cool. I like the dots and drops, and the technique of coloring

  43. Marty Bartlett says:

    Such beautiful cards, love them and I enjoy watching your insightful videos!

  44. Marty Bartlett says:

    Love your cards and enjoy watching your insightful videos!

  45. Beautiful cards! Also love the video — very inspiring and helpful!

  46. Kathy Ladra says:

    Love the cards and your use of color,

  47. Jan Castle says:

    Beautifully done Amber!!!! TFS!
    Paper Hugs,

  48. Joanne M Hoffmann says:

    Amber, I am so intrigued by the Ink and Wash technique!! You make it look so easy!! Your color palettes and designs on your cards are so creatively inspiring!! I LOVE them all!!

  49. Maureen Reiss says:

    I love your beautiful cards!!! I need that striped circle stamp now!!!

  50. Yvonne Boucher says:

    Amber your cards are gorgeous. I especially love the one using the Eucalyptus Jar stamp set! Love the incredible results with the ink wash technique!

  51. Beautiful cards indeed!! And yes I am excited to try the Freestyle Ink & Wash technique, thanks for sharing Amber!

  52. Peg Frushour says:

    Your cards are beautiful! I love all the stripes!!

  53. Love the striped stamped circle. Great cards, thank you

  54. Brenda+McKinley says:

    Love the colors you chose and the pin stripes!!

  55. Beautiful cards. Your first card is stunning. Such a great video. Thanks for sharing