STAMPtember: Altenew + Alcohol Ink Autumn Background

Hey there friends, thanks for stopping by today! I’ve got a new card to share with you featuring the newest STAMPtembr exclusive stamp set from Simon Says Stamp!


This new set is designed by Altenew and is called Be Leaf Me and features a lot of fun layering images that can be used to create beautifully stamped leaves. However, for this card, I wanted to use the outline image to do some coloring.


For my coloring medium, I chose the Tim Holtz Ranger Alcohol Inks. This is a newer medium to me that I have been experimenting with for a little bit now. This however, is the first finished project I have created with the alcohol inks and I really love how it turned out!


I started off by applying alcohol inks (Wild Plum, Butterscotch and Sunset) randomly onto a piece of Freezer Paper. These inks are very intense, and I wanted something a bit more subtle for the background. So, I smooshed glossy cardstock into the ink and then smooshed that ink-covered paper into another piece of glossy cardstock. This created a second generation of ink that’s also got a bit of texture as well. I let the paper dry a few minutes before moving on.

My next step was to stamp the outline leaves from the new Be Leaf Me stamp set in Simon’s Dark Chocolate dye ink. Simon dye inks are waterproof and alcohol ink friendly, which makes them perfect to use with these inks.


After stamping the leaves, I applied alcohol inks into a palette and used a water brush filled with 91% alcohol to paint the leaves with a mixture of the same inks used in the background.

Once I had the leaves colored in, I added splatter/droplet layers using a mix of 91% alcohol, Alcohol Inks (in the same three colors used throughout the background) and Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Mica Spray. The  alcohol products all dry really quickly which makes creating a background like this take very little time!


The final steps I took to finish this card was to add a sentiment (using both the Be Leaf Me stamp set and the Autumn Blessings die), as well as layering the background panel onto some colored cardstocks that matched the colors I used. I also tied a bit of hemp and adhered a little acorn embellishment on top.

I hope this has given you some inspiration for how you can use the Be Leaf Me exclusive from Simon Says Stamp and Altenew! Be sure to pick up your copy of this special exclusive, as there is only a limited quantity available and once they are gone, they won’t be restocked. You can purchase the stamp set HERE.



If you enjoyed this card, be sure to check out these other most recent cards I’ve created using some of the other popular STAMPtember Exclusives from Simon Says Stamp! Click on the photos to be taken to the corresponding posts.

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If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible.

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  1. Izzy Scrap September 21, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Your card is stunning Nina ! For a first finished project, it’s a total success ! What wonderful colors you chose. And I love this stamp set, those leaves seem so real ! Thanks for sharing and can’t wait for watching your video !

  2. Barbara Green September 20, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Love what you have done with the alcohol inks. Beautiful fall card.

  3. GrammyP September 20, 2016 at 8:55 am - Reply

    What a beautiful card! Fall is my favorite season and your card reminds me of all the colors I so love! Thanks for sharing!

  4. JoAnn Girimonte September 20, 2016 at 1:20 am - Reply

    Nina your cards are beautiful. I have a question. Where do you purchase your linen card stock? What color do you purchase. TIA.

    • ninamarie
      ninamarie September 20, 2016 at 11:53 pm - Reply

      Hi JoAnn! Thank you so much for your kind comment! I get my linen cardstocks at Paper and More and I choose both the bright white (100 sheet ream of 80lb cardstock), as well as the natural cream color (also 100 sheet ream, 80lb). Hope that helps! You can find them both here:

      Bright white:

      Natural cream:

  5. Carolyn S September 19, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    The card is amazing! I hope you do a video using alcohol inks soon. I’d love to see them in action. The results are so gorgeous but seeing is so much better than reading!

    • ninamarie
      ninamarie September 20, 2016 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Carolyn! Yes, I am planning on doing a video very soon showing some fun ways to use the Alcohol Inks! :D

  6. wendy puckett September 19, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    That’s a beautiful fall card! Those colors are perfect!

  7. Jamie Vanskiver September 19, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! So beautiful and vibrant!

  8. KatieP September 19, 2016 at 12:45 am - Reply

    Love this, it’s beautiful. Amazing colors.

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