Hello, and welcome to the Altenew & Tombow USA collaboration blog hop! If you came from the amazing Therese’s blog, you are right on track! Today the design team girls are sharing some fabulous projects using both Altenew and Tombow USA products, and here is what I came up with:


I love creating my own stamped background and I went further this time to achieve a gallery style look. Instead of stamping the images directly on my card base, I watercolored and popped up my images on the card front.


I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens to watercolor my images and I spend less than 10 minutes watercoloring. You’ll see how easy and quick watercoloring can be in my video. You can watch it below or on my YouTube channel.

How to Make a Watercolor Card using Tombow Dual Brush Pens

  1. Stamp the images from Garden Grow stamp set with with black ink on some watercolor paper. (Make sure to use waterproof ink for watercolors. Or you can heat emboss the images with white/clear embossing powder.)
  2. Watercolor the images with Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set : Primary. (I tried to color loosely and not to overcolor the images.)
  3. Die cut the watercolored images with Garden Grow die set.
  4. Die cut the frame out of Woodgrain White cardstock using Scallop Frame Die and adhere it on the A2 size top folding card using foam tape. (I also used Woodgrain White cardstock for my card base.)
  5. Stamp the sentiments from the same set and mount the die cut images inside the frame using foam tape.



  • There are TWO $30 Tombow USA prize packs and TWO $30 Altenew gift certificates up for grabs. Winners will be picked randomly from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below. Please leave your comments by Friday, June 3rd and winners will be announced on the Altenew and Tombow USA blogs on Saturday, June 4th.
  • And there is more! I have a $15 Altenew gift certificate to give away to one winner. Leave a comment below and I will announce the lucky winner in this post on Saturday, June 4th.


It is now time to head on over to the talented Cynthia’s blog to see what creation she has to inspire you all. I am sure she has something amazing made up. Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy hopping!

Tombow USA
Jennie Garcia
Serena Bee
Marika Rahtu
Smitha Katti
Therese Calvird
May Sukyong Park (you’re here!)
Cynthia Banessa
Agnieszka Malyszek
Lauren Fitzmaurice
Sveta Fotinia
Beth Watson
Amy Gray
Anna Kossakovskaya


Giveaway Winner (Edited to add) 

Congratulations, Denise! Please email Altenew at to claim your prize with a subject line : May 2016 Collaboration blog hop winner from May’s Blog.

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198 thoughts on “Video: Altenew & Tombow Collaboration Blog Hop + Giveaways

  1. Altenew always has the most beautiful stamp sets which allow for your creative colouring juices to flow! Lovely card; gives me a lot of ideas!

  2. Oh I love your little collection of garden paraphernalia! It’s so sweet! Reminds me of things you’d put in one of those sectioned shadow boxes. So darling!

  3. Just love watching your process of coloring & always with such great layout. Beautiful style!!!

  4. Loved the garden card, my Mum is an avid gardener and I would love to make this card for her

  5. Love how you did the water coloring. Beautiful background – great to use as a card when giving away things from the garden. Thank you

  6. Very pretty card – I just finished planting all of my annuals and this card is so appropro for this time of year!

  7. You are so imaginative – I love the way the little items are all popped up on the base – really brings them to life.
    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win these great prizes!

  8. Your videos are teaching me a lot about paper crafting. Thank you! I like seeing how you use so many stamps on one card.

  9. Love this Altenew set…the background is lovely with that frame around around your diecuts…casts a lovely shadow. And the coloring is, as usual, spot on. But I miss hearing your voice.

  10. Enjoying watching the videos on the blog hop! Thanks for the chance to win some nice prizes!

  11. This is such a beautiful card, thanks for the chance to win some great prizes! Good luck everyone 😊

  12. Your cards are always amazing! This one just takes me back to mom’s gardening days. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!! 🙂

  13. Seems pretty easy and effective! I would love to get a set and try them out. I like the idea of the extra control they provide, especially on small pieces/cards. Thanks for the info and for the give away!

  14. I love your card filled with all these items from the Garden Grow stamp set and they are framed so prettily with the scallops. The Tombow Markers are great for colouring these stamps and thanks for the great video. x

  15. I love the gallery style layout you designed with the Altenew stamps and your colouring with the Tombow dual brush markers is pretty and quick. I like the frame around the gallery. Altogether a lovely card. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Thanks for sharing May…I’ve had this stamp set for awhile now, just haven’t had any inspiration on how to go about using it. Such perfect combo with the Tombow markers!!!

  17. How cute this card came
    out. Love the water coloring
    and all the popped up items.
    Carla from Utah

  18. Adorable stamp set and card. Every time I come to your blog I am in awe. Clean and simple with beautiful coloring. Video is filled with information. Thanks for sharing and all the inspiration.

  19. Such a fun stamp set for summer! I like the watercolors and your ability to shade to make the objects look so realistic – great job!

  20. The frame and the simple watercoloring really gives that Gallery look you wanted to achieve.

  21. Lovely card, and with so many cool details – looks really cool! It’s nice to use a lot of stamps, too, and feel that one is getting good use of the stash! 🙂

  22. Love love this card. It’s inspired me to do a card like this for my partners mum who loves gardening

  23. As an avid gardener, it’s no surprise that I think this card is FABULOUS, May! Love the soft colouring details and how you popped up each image within the scallop frame.

  24. Such a fun card .wish i could look as organized as you when playing with all these die cuts
    Great video pleeeeeease make more 🙂

  25. SWEET card May 🙂
    Your garden goodies look SO PRETTY in their scalloped frame!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your INKY INSPIRATION and video … added watercolouring with markers to my to-try list!!!

  26. Yep…it’s that time of year…..we all look forward to gardening after a long winter indoors! Your project is so timely and – ADORABLE! Thanks for sharing.
    Paper Hugs,

  27. I love it when you create these backgrounds and popping the images up gives it such a dramatic feel too!

  28. Your card is really great. I’ve got also this stamp set and love it, it gives so many possibilities and now, thank to you, I’ve got new ideas…..

  29. I’m hooked on Tombow!! I’ve made an creative artist resources tower (CART) using Tombow and scortape! It holds all 358 Copic markers and over 500 more items. Including 72 Derwent Inktense pencils, 24 Inktense blocks 60 distress inks, and many 12×12 paper or card pads! It spins around too! So yes I love my Tombow it’s a 20 mule team strong!

  30. What an amazing and fun card! I love the Tombow watercolored scene popped out, it adding great dimension!

  31. Love the card..I am avid gardener and appreciate the look. The video was inspiring. Thanks
    for the opportunity to win any of the great prizes.

  32. Just the cutest. Liked your technique of putting the color on a palate. Really liked how you laid everything out. Not too cluttered. Thanks.

  33. Super cute card….Spring is just around the corner .Loving the look that everyone is achieving with these Tombow pens.

  34. I bow in awe, you have truly made this stamp set shine (again). Thanks for the inspiration and all the hard work, this hop was a complete success and I am loving all the fabulous projects (and videos / instructions) along the way!

  35. Love how you used all the smaller stamps – I never know the best way to showcase them – TFS!

  36. Your collection of garden images has me smiling, especially as I absolutely love to garden! I have a handful of Tombow markers (and an ever-expanding wishlist of both markers and Altenew products!), so I’ll definitely be taking a cue from you and trying your technique! Thank you for the marvelous inspiration!

  37. Such a fabulous showcase of the Duel Brush Pens! I absolutely love your card! Thanks for sharing it with us for this special hop! Super inspiring!! 🙂

  38. Cute card! It’s always nice to try different ideas that are fun and out of your ordinary card making scheme. ..very cute. Thanks for sharing!

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