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Friday, April 14, 2017

Adding Shading With Colored Pencils - Altenew’s 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop & Giveaway


Hey everyone!  I'm so glad you stopped by today.  I have some really fun projects for you today featuring products from Altenew.  In fact, Altenew is celebrating their three year anniversary.  This post is a part of their 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop.  Be sure you check out the information below for information on the blog hop, a discount code and giveaway information!


When I saw the Simple Flowers stamp set from Altenew, I knew I wanted to use these fun and funky flowers.  With bold, solid images like these, it's easy for them to fall a little flat when stamping them using just one ink color.  I'm going to add a little shading and dimension to these flowers with some colored pencils.


I stamped lots and lots of these flowers in different colors.  I chose some colored pencils that are just slightly darker than the ink colors I chose to add shading.  I'll add the darkest color around the edge of the flower and then lighten my stroke as I move in to create a soft fade of the colored pencil into the stamped ink color.  I'm using Prismacolor pencils today, but you can try this with any colored pencils you may have.


Once I had colored all of my images, I used my scissors to cut them out.


I arranged these pieces on top of some card fonts I stamped using the Halftone Circles stamp set.  This is another set that I just knew I had to have.


All of the ink colors I'm using today are from Altenew.  They have a fabulous line of inks and some of my favorite!  Current favorites are Mountain Mist and Volcano Lake.  LOVE!


I'll walk you through the creation of these cards in the video tutorial below.  Be sure you check it out.


I created a total of ten cards when I sat down to create these cards.  And they're perfect for any occasion!


Here's a look at some more of these cards.





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***Giveaway Information***

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Be sure to leave comments by Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 21 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew blog on April 28th, 2017.


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335 comments:

  1. These are all adorable. What a great technique for quickly adding some shading to enhance the designs! Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. Lovely cards with the added colored pencil details!

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  3. Lovely cards with the added colored pencil details!

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  4. I love this set! So cool how you can just change things up a little for variety but they are all coordinated. Would make a lovely card set gift for someone!

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  5. This set of card designs are so striking and elegant, beautifully crafted work!!!

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  6. Lovely bright cards. Its amazing how the gold and black and white strips really bring out the colours!

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  7. Such a fun, graphic set of cards!

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  8. I just love your fun and bright and different card design!

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  9. I love the graphics behind the flowers. So pretty!!

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  10. Love these cards! The colored pencils are a great tool to really add dimension.

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  11. Loooove all your cards !! So lovely.

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  12. I am so grateful you show your mishaps, it gives great way to fix things. I think my garbage can is decorated with all of my mistakes. I really enjoy seeing you having so much fun creating!

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  13. Great cards! I love the bright colors. Thanks for sharing the tips about Press n Seal vs Micropore tape and using versamark ink on the new stamps!

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  14. Superr bright and modern, they just pop off my screen!!

    xx Irene

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  15. WOW! What an amazing suite of cards, all from a simple stamp set. The colored pencils really make everything pop. Thanks for your inspiration!

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  16. Just amazing! Love the boldness, and the way you grounded the flowers with the halftone circles. Can't wait to watch the video. Btw, your pencil shading is gorgeous!

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  17. I never thought of using pencils with stamped images. What a great idea. Your cards are beautiful.

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  18. I love your technique for achieving depth and the Halftone Circles background is awesome.

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  19. I hadn't really looked at the halftone circle stamp set. You have shown what a great background those stamps make . Thanks for the inspiration.

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  20. Fun, bright cards. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Such beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing your talents!

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  22. I want to go and get this set out of the stamp drawer and use it with bright colours right now! Housework can wait!

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  23. I love these card and the stamp set. I was not much into the stamp set until I seen your cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I love how you added shading and how the colors pop! Gorgeous!

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  25. Those are gorgeous! Thanks for the tip about the colored pencils and the warning about the micropore tape! I tried using that stuff to tape down dies for die cutting and it tore the paper every time. Washi tape or 3M PostIt Tape works best for me.

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    1. My favorite is actually the Frog delicate surface painters tape.

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  26. Really perky, bright cards! Like them

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  27. Beautiful designs! And I love the colors!

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  28. Simply beautiful! Great colored pencil touches!

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  29. You did a very fine job on all your cards...love them!

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  30. I love the layout of these beautiful cards! Your shading with colored pencils is awesome and really brings the flowers to life! TFS!

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  31. Fantastic! Love the combination of colors, inks and pencils along with a little glitter and striped paper accents.

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  32. Beautiful card! I love the colors

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  33. Beautiful. Simple. With just the right touch. I love how you incorporated the little bit of stripe!

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  34. Your cards are bold and beautiful. Great color choices.

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  35. I love your clean and simple designs! Thank you for sharing!

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  36. Your card design is amazing and those colors on those beautiful images just make it stunning! This a truly gorgeous set of cards, thanks so much for sharing!

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  37. Pretty assortment of cards...love the colors used...CAS

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  38. I am coming back for the video for sure, but I have some errands to run and I want to get at least halfway through the hop (didn't start at the beginning!) before I go. I confess I didn't see much use for the half-tone circles, but I love how you used them to spotlight your floral elements. And of course, the black and white! Thanks so much.

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  39. Fresh and colorful. I also like the diagonal stripe.

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  40. I love seeing how you make so many different cards using the same sentiments!

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  42. Your card is so beautiful and vibrant!

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  43. Beautiful cards, Carissa! Love the half tone circles in the background. And, thanks for showing the micropore tape snafu. Keepin' it real makes for great videos.

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  44. Great cards love the effect with the half tone circles stamp x

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  45. great ideas in the video....love the bold cards

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  46. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us.

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  47. Amazing cards! Happy Anniversary Altenew!

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  48. Thank you for the inspiration! I just love these designs!

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  49. That halftone stamp set looks so neat! I'll have to pick that one up soon.

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  50. wow very colorful card love the design thank you for sharing your work with us

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  51. Lovely cards. Love the simple layout.

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  52. I love the colors you used, so beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing
    Terese

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  53. fun cards Carissa - wonderful colors and design!

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  54. Thanx for this technique. Love the added dimension.

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  55. I love these colorful, fun cards! I'll definitely be putting this floral set on my wish list.

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  56. I love it!!! These simple flower stamps didn't really call out to me until I saw what you did here. I love the gradient circles! Thanks for sharing!

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  57. So beautiful! Thanks for the giveaways and inspiration!

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  58. Your cards all turned out great! Love the circle backgrounds.

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  59. An amazing card set. Love the half-tone circle background with the vibrant colors and the "Carissa embellishments".

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  60. Your cards are so pretty and I love how you used the black and white edge on them.

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  61. Fun cards. Love the colored pencil technique. Thanks.

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  62. What a collection of cards! What you did with the shading gives great dimension to these stamped images. The simple background and minimal sentiments work so well together with your main design. Thanks for sharing these and being part of the blog hop.

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  63. What a totally fun set of cards. Love that you created different cards based on the same idea and general layout.

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  64. these are wonderfully vibrant and oh so sweet!

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  65. Love the colors and design. Thank you for the not to do! :)

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  66. Great production set of cards! I'm curious why you used the Versamark...guess I'll have to search through Jennifer's blog.

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    1. When you're using brand new stamps, it's hard to get good impressions, especially on such solid images. The Versamark is something you can quickly do to help get better stamped images from the get go. It's a "seasoning" process. :)

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  67. Great set of cards! Love how you shaded the flowers and that Half Tone Circle.

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  68. I love your cards! Very pretty colors and really like the glitter embellishment strip. Thank you for sharing!

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  69. Thanks for the inspiration. Lovely cards!

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  70. Thank you for the great design inspiration, and the tutorial! I just love this stamp set and I'm happy to see it used in a slightly different way.

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  71. I know they are flowers, but the bright colors remind me of fruits and I want to eat them! So pretty!

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  72. great colors, so pretty and cheery!

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  73. Lovely cards! Really like the vibrant colors you chose and the black and white stripes really set off the flowers. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  74. Great cards! They're so cheerful and bright!

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  75. Beautiful cards! Love the way you used the half-tone circles as a background for your images!

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  76. Wow, you are the queen of graphic cards with pops of color! Love them all. Your work is outstanding! I am falling in love with those halftone circles...adding to my wish list!

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  77. Just watched the video and learned how you did all of the various flowers and the layout for stamping them with the Misti. Your cards are so beautiful and these tips surely will make a big difference.

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  78. Love these bright and warm color cards.

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  79. Veery stylish set of cards - thanks for the ideas:)

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  80. Great caards! Love the vibrant colors that you used.

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  81. I love the effect of the simple flowers contrasted with the half-tone background stamps from Altenew. Definitely need to add these to my stash of Altenew stamps!

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  82. Really beautiful cards, Carissa! Thanks so much for another great video...so glad you were part of the hop :) Crossing my fingers and toes on this one...I adore Altenew!!!

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  83. Beautiful color combos on all your fantastic cards!

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  84. These cards are so cute!!!! Never would think to use the half tone behind flowers.

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  85. I love how bright and happy these cards are!

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  86. I love how bright and happy these cards are!

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  87. Love your style - so modern and full of color and pop!

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  88. Oh my I love all these cards! So fun and cheery, great job! The halftone circles set is on my wishlist, it is so versatile it can be used on every card!

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  89. Love all the pretty layers in your design of these cards.

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  90. Love all the bright cheery colours - and thanks for the tip about pencil colouring as well. Love the difference it makes.

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  91. You do nice work! Thanks for the post, and thank you all for the hop!

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  92. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  93. I've never used colored pencils with stamping before, but I love the effect you achieved. Can't wait to try it. Beautiful cards.

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  94. Beautiful cards!! Love the bright colors! You make it look so easy! :)

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  95. Your cards are so fun! You used my favorite Altenew images! Love their inks and the colors you chose! Fabulous inspiration!

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  96. Great cards ... and I love that you used what I refer to as "Carissa's signature" ... black and white stripe strips!

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  97. Lovely cards - I especially love the ones with the halftone detail - very dynamic!

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  98. Your cards are so bright & happy! Love them! Jil

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  99. What NEAT cards!
    Thank you very much for sharing that tip about colored-pencils and shading!

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  100. You are right, the shading really brings out the flowers. These cards would make anyone smile! Easter Blessings, Lisa

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  101. Your cards are fun and modern looking . Great colors.

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  102. These cards are beautiful and vibrant!

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  103. These are all so beautiful!! I love the colors, I love the design, and I love that little stripe down the side!!

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  104. Gorgeous shading and I love your doodled dots too!!

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  105. Watched your video, love it. Thanks for sharing!

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  106. Wonderful cards! I love using colored pencils with my stamping.

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  107. Huzzah! My halftone circle stamp set just showed up last night... these cards have made my mind start racing with ideas!!

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  108. I love the contrast of the halftone stamp with the solid flowers!

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  109. Your cards are so fun and happy! I really enjoyed your video, you made me laugh several times, you're a hoot!

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  110. Such bright and beautiful card. I love them all!

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  111. Your cards are beautiful - love the depth the extra colouring adds to the flowers!

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  112. Shading mystifies me, so it was great to see how you did it. Loved your cards.

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  113. Such cute cards. I loved the black and white strip.

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  114. I like the sweetness and versatility of your cards.

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  115. Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  116. What fun cards! Love the way the pencil adds extra shading.

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  117. such fun colors with this springy stamp

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  118. you were a busy lady cutting out all those images. your shading really adds some POW to them. thank you.

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  119. Fantastic cards! Love the colors and design!

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  120. These are so fun. I love how you layered the images. TFS

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  121. Your cards are so fun!! Love them and Altenew:)

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  122. Love how cheerful you cards are and that you came up with so many great combinations.

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  123. Such lovely , bright, vibrant cards. Love the stencilling in the background.

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  124. Clean, simple and so pretty! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  125. Fabulous cards as always. I have both stamp sets , so it is great to see inspiration from you.

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  126. Gorgeous,fun cards!! I always enjoy your video. Thanks💟

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  127. Wow - these cards are gorgeous. I just love the bright and happy colors. Thank your for sharing your tips, let's hope I can remember to use them.

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  128. Absolutely stunning Carissa! The subtle halftone circle in the backgrounds is totally making my heart melt!

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  129. Great cards, very colorful! The difference when adding shading with colored pencils is amazing!

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  130. A great technique for giving your colored pencils a little love. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  131. These are all gorgeous!!! FAB colouring and colour combos!

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  132. All of these are so much fun! Love the different look of them.

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  133. Lovely!! Love the bright colors!! Love the extra details of shading!!

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  134. Love love! The bright bold colors are stunning:)

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  135. These stamp sets really did not appeal to me, but I love what you did with them!

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  136. soo creative and now i have another use for all my colored pencils!

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  137. I like the shading with the pencils. I had pencils and just don't know how to use them. Thanks for the ideas

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  138. Your cards are so fun and whimsical! They make me smile and make me happy! Thank you!

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  139. Great cards.
    So cute and fun!!!

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  140. Love these fun and cheerful cards. The pencil shading looks fabulous!

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  141. These really are fun AND funky Carissa, a great job on all of them.

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  142. Love the colors and techniques used. Love the half tone as background. Very beautiful cards.

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  143. Thank you for the video and for not editing it the micropore tape problem Lesson learned!! Beautiful cards.

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  144. I love your cards. I love the colors too.

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  145. Great technique with the colored pencils.

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  146. I love the vibrant colors & how the funky flower set has some flat areas for shading! Thanks!

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  147. The cards are so cheerful and bright, I love them.

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  148. Beautiful cards! I love the colors.

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  149. These are really fun and so cheerful. Great job!

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  150. I love your style.. I have watched many of your YouTube videos... I love your cute laugh! Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  151. Love the vibrant color choices. Your cards are lovely.

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  152. Such happy fun cards! Love!

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  153. Love your cards. The half tone circles really add some depth.

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  154. Oh my! Beautiful cards! I love these stamp sets. They will definitely be part of my next purchase from Altenew!

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  155. So fun! I love Altenew products and it's great to see how they can be used. Thanks so much for sharing on this amazing blog hop!!

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  156. wonderfully bright and cheery cards. great coloring

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  157. Colorful and cheery! Thanks for including the video.

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  158. Beautiful, wonderfully creative!

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  159. Such a gorgeous and eye-catching set of cards! Thanks for sharing the wonderful shading technique.

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  160. I love the funky flowers and fun colors

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  161. Oh those bold colors make these so much fun.

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  162. I love the colored pencils added to shade the flowers. All the versions are just beautiful and vibrant!

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  163. This is a gorgeous set of cards! Love the CAS design with those beautiful bright colours! The pencil shading looks fabulous!

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  164. Such beautiful cards. Love the colours!

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  165. Wow! These are stunning! Love the juicy colours!

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  166. Absolutely gorgeous cards, love the simplicity of the shapes, and your colouring is beautiful.

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  167. So many awesome cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  168. What an amazing collection of Simple Flower cards - all equally gorgeous, and since I own this set, they've inspired me to bring it out and ink it up!

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  169. Gorgeous cards! I love the addition of the color pencil to add dimension! Great inspiration!

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  170. Gorgeous cards, love the rich colors

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  171. Great cards and I like that you used the half circles on your cards.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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