Stencils + Spray Ink 7 Ways + Altenew Release Hop

Stencils + Spray Ink 7 Ways + Altenew Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

Hi crafty friends! Today’s video is all about using stencils and spray inks; both together and separately from each other. I’m also participating in the Altenew March Release Blog Hop! If you have been already hopping along, you should have arrived from my sweet friend Virginia Lu’s blog.

Stencils & Spray Inks 7 Ways + Altenew Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

Do you enjoy working with stencils? I love incorporating them into my cards. Today’s video is going to focus on seven different techniques for using stencils and spray inks; both together and separately.

I’m going to share a quick overview of each of the cards I created and then you can see the video below for additional details and technique how-to’s!


Stencils + Spray Ink 7 Ways + Altenew Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

For these two cards, I used the Ocean Waves spray ink to create the shimmery effects which are SO gorgeous! Both cards may look similar, but they feature different ways to apply the spray ink.

Stencils + Spray Ink 7 Ways + Altenew Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

On this first one, I applied the stencil directly onto the paper and sprayed the ink through the stencil. No ink was added, just the shimmery spray. I then let it dry and added a few gray and clear sequins around the sentiment. The sentiment is heat embossed in silver using Altenew’s Be Strong stamp set.

Stencils + Spray Ink 7 Ways + Altenew Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

This second card is pretty similar, but the difference is that I first stenciled the design of the Layered Medallion stencil onto the navy cardstock. Then I spritzed the entire paper with the same Ocean Waves spray ink, this time without the stencil laid over top.

The result is just as beautiful but a bit more striking than the one without the ink blending. Both I think create gorgeous effects!


Stencils + Spray Ink 7 Ways + Altenew Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

Stenciling is a technique that has been around for a very long time. I love the anticipation of lifting off the stencil to reveal the beautiful design inked onto the paper… something about it is just so exciting! I wanted to do a bit of “traditional” stenciling with these products as well; its a look that will never go out of style.

Stencils + Spray Ink 7 Ways + Altenew Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

For the purple card, I used the Layered Medallion B stencil and some Altenew dye ink (Deep Iris); I stenciled the design onto some purple cardstock with an Ink Duster brush from Inkylicious.

The border was created with a scoring tool; and to accent the effect, I used a matching Copic marker to color in the border. This helps frame the card, especially since it is a very minimalistic design.

For a sentiment, I used the Be Strong stamp set and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. And for a bit of shine, I added splatters with some Distress Spray Stain in Brushed Pewter. The splatters create a bit of interest that gives the cards a more “artistic” flair.

Stencils + Spray Ink 7 Ways + Altenew Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

This next card again features the traditional stenciling technique but with a bit of a twist. Instead of using a single color of ink to stencil the pretty silhouettes of the Floral Drape stencil, I used two. With those two colors I created an ombré effect, which adds a lot of interest. The Ink Duster brushes make it really easy to blend the colors together!

I finished this card off similar as to the purple one, except using gold accents in place of silver.


Stencils + Spray Ink 7 Ways + Altenew Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

For my last card, I create a background to go behind a focal point. With very subtle ink blending, I made a light colored pattern using the Sketched Lines stencil and a couple of Altenew ink colors.

Because the style of the stencil felt very “southwestern” to me, I decided to pair the background with Altenew’s Be Strong stamp set. The cacti and light string were colored with Copic markers and I added a heat embossed sentiment strip across the bottom.


Stencils + Spray Ink 7 Ways + Altenew Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

Those of you that visit my blog frequently know I enjoy watercoloring quite a bit. Did you know that you can watercolor with the Altenew Spray Inks? You can put a small puddle of spray onto a slick surface and then paint away! Remember that a little bit goes a long way. For a palette, I love using this one from Art Impressions.

The images I watercolored with the sprays are from the Amazing You stamp set; the sentiments are from the same set as well. I popped the sentiments up off of the card and added a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti sequins around the card. The scallop edge is created using a Tailored Stitches die from Memory Box.

Stencils + Spray Ink 7 Ways + Altenew Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

Be sure to check out the video below to see all of the techniques in action! There are so many things you can do with both stencils and spray inks… what I covered today is just a tip of the iceberg, but I hope it was helpful and fun for you to see!

To keep hopping along in the Altenew March Release hop, your next stop is Eunyoung Lee. All the links for the rest of the hop participants are listed further down in the post. Thanks for visiting me today!



Stencils and Spray Ink + Altenew Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design


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 Thursday, March 16th at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Friday, March 17th.

Therese Calvird
Ashley Horton
Nicole Picadura
Debby Hughes
Lisa Spangler
Erum Tasneem
Evelyn Yusuf
Yana Smakula
Virginia Lu
Nina Marie Trapani
Eunyoung Lee
Barb Engler
Yoonsun Hur
Lydia Evans
Jennifer McGuire
Lilith Eeckels
Heather Ruwe
Agnieszka Malyszek
Flora Monika Farkas
Laura Bassen
Keeway Tsao
Aimee Dow
Svitlana Shayevich
May Sukyong Park


158 Responses

  1. Avatar Kleri F says:

    Stunning projects!Love the different backgrounds!Thank you for sharing your tips and ideas :)

  2. Avatar sheron egolf says:

    Thanks for all of the ideas for using stencils. You always have such great videos and I learn a lot from you.

  3. Avatar Brandi R says:

    OH these are awesome! Beautiful collection of cards ♥

  4. Avatar Patt H. says:

    Beautiful cards, especially the vibrant red flower! Thanks for all the tips on using these sprays.

  5. Avatar Linnea Sundstrom says:

    just luv the vibrancy of color of those sprays!!

  6. Avatar Farida says:

    Wow! Beautiful cards…thank you for sharing your techniques!

  7. Avatar ambecoming says:

    I love all of the backgrounds, but the red flowers are just stunning. Since I don’t wear those colors, I forget how classic black and white and red look. The edge die was the perfect finishing detail! Thank you so much.

  8. Avatar Betty says:

    love the idea of watercoloring with the sprays – beautiful cards Nina!

  9. Avatar Troy Louise says:

    Great ideas & great cards! Thanks so much.

  10. Avatar Carolyn S says:

    These are great products but I especially love that you showed so many different ways to use them. This way I get more bang for my buck! You really showcased the versatility of these gorgeous sprays – and your cards are amazing. You’re a great teacher!

  11. Avatar christyboron says:

    Very pretty cards…love the bright colors.

  12. Avatar Janet D. says:

    Oh my goodness, sooo pretty!

  13. Avatar Maureen Reiss says:

    Wow!! Sooo many great ideas and cards!!! Love them all!!

  14. fun techniques great cards1

  15. Avatar Annie Solomon says:

    Love those red flowers. Thought it was great to see the different ways to use the ink spray with the stencils.

  16. Avatar Teresa Doyle says:

    These are so awesome Nina, your talent always amazes me! TFS!

  17. Avatar Tracy A says:

    The cards are so fun. Love seeing so many ways to use stencils. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Avatar Debs says:

    I love your style. Thank you for the creative energy!

  19. Avatar Mary Holshouser says:

    So many wonderful techniques.
    Had never thought about puddling spray ink
    to make a “watercolor”. Can’t wait to
    try all of these ideas.
    thanks for sharing.

  20. Avatar Jennifer K says:

    Your cards are all beautiful but the last one is really stunning, I love how you painted the rose with the sprays, really gorgeous! Its great to see so many different ways to use the stencils and sprays, thank you for such a fantastic video tutorial and all the awesome ideas.

  21. Avatar Diane B says:

    I love how bright and colourful your cards are. I enjoyed seeing the many different ways of using some of the stencils. Thanks for the tip about the copic coloured border. It looks cool.

  22. Lovely cards. Especially love the ink sprays and stencils!

  23. Avatar Barbara J. says:

    Wonderful release, what fun! I love your cactus cards, thanks.

  24. Avatar Barbara Green says:

    Thank you for the inspiration. You used a wonderful release to make some beautiful cards. Love the backgrounds and the idea that you used these spray inks as a water color. What a great idea. Thank you.

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