Stamp Tracing + Blog Hop + Giveaways + FREE STAMP

Welcome! Today’s video shares a very simple technique called stamp tracing. You likely have all the supplies you need already!


[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

One great way to use stamps creatively is to trace them with fun fine-tip markers or gel pens. The results can be colorful and look hand-drawn.

For these cards, I used the new-and-oh-so-gorgeous Altenew Adore You Stamp Set. Isn’t it pretty? I stamped it in Altenew Morning Frost Crisp Dye Ink (an ink light enough to trace over) and traced it with Uni-ball Silver and White Gel Pens.


On this next card, I also added in a few touches of Uni-Ball Gold Gel Pen. All the white accents were created with Ranger Glacier White Enamel Accents.


The gold pen looks great in real life…


This technique also works great with gel and glitter pens. I used a set of Kaisercraft Gel Pens on the next example. (These pens would be a fun gift!) They seem to glow on the Gina K Silver Metallic Cardstock notecard.


And finally… I used the glitter pens from the Kaisercraft Gel Pens Set to trace the flowers on a white card.


I wish I could capture the sparkle in the photo! Oh – and for the gold dots, I cover gold gel pen with Glossy Accents.



Today’s post is part of a blog hop launching Altenew’s newest release. You can see all the new products HERE. Lots of good ones!


The next stop on the hop is Therese Calvird’s wonderful blog. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop HERE.)


Place an order with Altenew and receive a FREE You Make Me Happy Stamp Set! No need to add to cart, limit one per customer, while supplies last. No minimum purchase! Offer ends on Thursday 11/17/2016 at 11:59pm EST.


Interested in winning a $30 gift certificate to Altenew? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmET on 11/21/16 telling me your favorite stamp set from this newest Altenew release. (You can find them all HERE.) I will randomly pick a winner.

ALSO…to celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by 11/21/16 at 11:59 PM ET for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on 11/22/16.


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.

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620 thoughts on “Stamp Tracing + Blog Hop + Giveaways + FREE STAMP”

  1. I’ve been doing this technique for years and it’s so fun! I enjoyed the video so much and all the cards came out so great! Love the bright colors! And I think the best stamp set from the release has to be Hello sunshine because it has no many cute flowers and greenery pieces plus it’s a great doodle look!

  2. This is such a great technique, and just perfect for Altenew’s stamps style! All those lovely shading lines come out so beautiful in the coloring… Thanks so much for sharing another inspiring project!

  3. Way too hard to pick one favorite set, they are all so gorgeous! I think vintage teacup and happy dreams are probably the most unique and moments in time will definitely end up in my stash since I’m addicted to cherry blossoms 🙂 Thanks as always for the inspiration!

  4. They are all great. I have not used this kind of stamp before but will definitely look for them! My favourite is “Hello Sunshine”. Thanks for the videos.

  5. Well, you’ve made the Adore You stamp set irresistible, but I am always looking for stamps in Spanish, so I am ecstatic to see the Label Love Spanish Stamp Set. TFS.

  6. A friend talked me into trying their stamps and inks when at LSS. I bought the little xmas trees and small green assortment cubes ink. They are amazing. Love them

  7. Hi Jennifer!

    I love this technique and I have never seen this one either! You seem to have an endless supply of ideas! I think this technique is probably relaxing and it’s obviously beautiful. Thank you for sharing this idea!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win some awesome goodies from your blog. Thank you to Altenew also. I love this “Adore You” set from them!

    Traci Starkweather
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  8. Love what you did here AND love how you used the gel pens. I really like this I adore you stamp set of the new release! I do quite like the hello sunshine one as well though 🙂

  9. I learned about Altenew last year and fell in love with there great layering flowerstamps! Couln’t help myself to buy some other stamps aswell 🙂
    This is a great technique if you want to draw something you’re not good in and you have a stamp of it…thanks for the idea! So usefull!

  10. I love gel pens, but have discovered that not all gel pens will show up the same (or at all) on dark cardstock! The UniballGel Impact in silver and gold will, as will the Uniball Signo ANGELIC COLOUR, but other Uniball Signo colors do not. Also, the Kaiser colour pens that you listed are gorgeous on white [as can be seen in your card 🙂 ] but I found that they didn’t show up nearly as well (if at all) on black…they almost seemed to soak into the cardstock. Since you used the pen on a Gina K Metallic card, I wonder if the metallic surface of the cardstock kept it from soaking in…? I made a swatch set for my gel pens, adding a thin black strip of cardstock so I could see how they look on dark as well, but I think I might go back and add a black glossy strip to see if they show up differently. I recently ordered some Sakura gelly moonlight pens as I heard they are great on black, but they haven’t arrived yet. I am anxious to see how they compare! So.. just as a caution – in the Kaiser set listed I found that the pastel pens soaked in the least therefore worked the best (but not great by any means); the neons showed up a little bit (except for the purples and blues); and with the glitter set all of the color soaked in (except for silver) leaving only the glitter effect on the surface but no color; and in the metallic set all of the color soaked in leaving just a silvery metallic remainder. Again this could be due to the fact that it was an uncoated matte cardstock- but just something to keep in mind depending how you intend to use the pens. Hope this helps someone.

  11. Obviously, I am a fan. Here is my version of your card done using stamp tracing technique. In my version, I used a digi stamp and kraft cardstock. Thank you for being an inspiration to a lot of crafters, including me. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

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