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 Sue McRae says:

    Love your jewel tone cards with the subtle stenciling.

  2. Love these cards and who you make these stencils background.

  3. Avatar FeM says:

    Wow your cards are beautiful. The flower you colored with the inks is super beautiful. Thanks for sharing these techniques in using stencils.

  4. Avatar Barbara Baxter says:

    Nina, thank you so much for your video. You had so many different ways to use the stencils! I can’t wait to order some of the stencils and spray ink and use your techniques to make my own cards. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Avatar Drifa Margret Gudbjornsdottir says:

    Love your cards. I’m getting so many ideas doing this blog hop :)

  6. Avatar Vicenta Ghylin says:

    Awesome cards. Love the background on the Be Strong card and the layering stencils. Thank you for making the video and sharing your ideas and techniques

  7. Avatar Marlee S. says:

    Love your cards! The colors are so bright and cheery!

  8. Avatar Meghan Peterson says:

    Such pretty cards! Love all the different ways you used the stencils and inks – thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Avatar Debbie Barba says:

    Wow! Sooo many great cards! Love your cards! Great new Altenew release! I’m totally enjoying this hop and all the talent here. Thanks for sharing yours!

  10. Avatar Lizzie T says:

    Awesome cards – love those bold colors! Love all your tips and techniques!

  11. Avatar Giovanna says:

    Love your water colouring with the sprays!

  12. Avatar Mary-Anne V. says:

    Wow Nina Marie you have given me so many great ideas! Awesome techniques. Thanks!

  13. Avatar Jeanne Beam says:

    Beautiful cards. I love the way you used the stencils and sprays.

  14. OMG! I love the brilliant colors of these inks! I especially love the Ocean Waves!! WOW! What a vibrant blue!!! Totally in love with all of your spectacular cards! TFS!

  15. Avatar shylaa says:

    inspiring cards and the shimmery spray inks are amazing

  16. Avatar Amante del Papel says:

    so beautiful colors, beautiful cards!

  17. Avatar Jeanette Ford says:

    Great cards

  18. Avatar Carolyn Pokorney says:

    You have an amazing skill and love your bold beautiful colors.

  19. Avatar Karen B says:

    Such rich vibrant cards! Very nice.

  20. Avatar Gail Plaskiewicz says:

    You did some great cards! The blue background stencil with the Spray Ink is amazing! I like that stencil and you could use it for a male or female card. The effects with the sequins and splatters is really nice. I am a lover of sequins big time! The purple and pink ones are so nice too and it’s all using the new stencils.When I win, I want the stencils and the shimmery Spray Ink. I love the roses too cause my mom’s name is Rose. She would like those on a card. Great job and thanks for giving us the chance to win something!

  21. Avatar Sabrina Fioretti says:

    Lovely cards! I am loving my Altenew stamps and the new release!

  22. Avatar pegasong says:

    Great cards! Thank you for sharing!

  23. Avatar Beverly Perdue says:

    Your cards are lovely. Love the beautiful backgrounds created with the stencils and the sprays.

  24. Avatar Nina says:

    Beautiful cards!

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