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. Laurie says:

    What is not to love with all that shiny, bright color? Love your samples!!

  2. Terri Bradburn says:

    Sweet Cards! Beautiful Inks!

  3. Kim Anning says:

    Great cards they look awesome

  4. momrc says:

    Beautiful cards and great use of the new product line.

  5. Dee Willson says:

    They are all so beautiful. Thanks for the video..I am a visual learner and the videos really help!

  6. mandalj says:

    Love the vibrant colours of your cards!

  7. Lisa Maxner says:

    I really love the background stencil. Very pretty cards.

  8. Teri Smith says:

    Bright, bold & beautiful cards! Wow!

  9. Pam Dunbar says:

    Great cards! Thanks for all the ideas, I am inspired to try some techniques new to me now. Love love love the purple and pink cards, the border sets the cards off perfectly!

  10. Trisha says:

    First off, I love your site, Nina Marie – so colorful, cheerful! I love the spray over stencil effect. The colors you used on all the cards are stunning! They’re all definitely in my color wheel :) I really like the sketched lines stenciling in the “Be You & Be Happy” card, subtle but strong impact. The yellow definitely brings out the other colors :) The rose is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing!

  11. violaleary says:

    The tone on tone cards are great. I love that kind of look. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Helen says:

    Thanks for sharing these lovely cards. Your use of both traditional and creative stenciling techniques helps me explore the options as I make plans for my next cards.

  13. Sue LD says:

    Thanks for sharing all of these great ways to use stencils.

  14. Stacey Berns says:

    LOVE the gold splatter. The Beauty of the cards makes the sentiments really powerful!

  15. Abby says:

    Beautiful! Thanx for the great techniques.

  16. NatQuebec says:

    Such great job with these spray inks

  17. Marie Worthing says:

    Wonderful cards with great techniques!!!! I loved the look of the distress oxide ink just wiped off…it will make a beautiful background. Thanks for all the inspiration!!!!

  18. Carol K says:

    this new release is amazing. . . the layering stencils and spray inks are a lovely pairing

  19. Michel Espey says:

    Great info. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Karen P. says:

    A thanks for sharing all the ways to use the beautiful stencils. I love the cards with all th shimmer.

  21. Phyllis Nufer says:

    Great cards. Love your choice of bright colors and your techniques.

  22. hobbitnoll says:

    Each and every one of these cards is amazing!! I LOVE the bright shimmer of that spray and your use of the stencils is so fun!! Thank you for all the inspiration!!

  23. Julie says:

    Great techniques!

  24. barbara lassiter says:

    You have been busy creating all these beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing the many ways we can use stencils, spray inks and stamping.

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