A Look Back: Altenew’s A Year in Review Blog Hop!

A Look Back: Altenew's A Year in Review Blog Hop!

Hello everyone! I am taking part in a special “year in review” blog hop hosted by Altenew; if you have been already hopping with us, you should have arrived at Terhi Koskinen’s blog.

The basis of this hop is for each designer to look back at all of the projects created in 2017 and share the ones we loved most that used Altenew products! How fun is that?? I’ve got quite a few to share with you today – plus I’ve included all the videos too! – so let’s dive right in!

A Look Back: Altenew's A Year in Review Blog Hop!

Let’s start with my top-four projects… Altenew kindly put together these collages for each guest in the hop, which feature our four most-favorite cards. Thanks Altenew!

A Look Back: Altenew's A Year in Review Blog Hop!

The first card in my collage is this one here that features the gorgeous Altenew Rose Filament dies and a layered die cutting technique. I also included stamped images and sentiments from the More Than Words and Floral Shadow stamp sets. And that stunning “love” die cut? That’s from the Script Words die set.

The fun thing about this card was that it was inspired by an apron! You can see how it inspired my design by watching the video below. You can also see the full post featuring this card HERE.

A Look Back: Altenew's A Year in Review Blog Hop!

Christmas may be almost here, but who doesn’t love a fun holiday idea? I loved how this Christmas card turned out, with the intricate layered stamping that was easy-peasy thanks to the Majestic Mistletoe stamp set. Would you believe I used a total of just four shades of ink to do the stamping?? The ink is also from Altenew; colors used were Frayed Leaf, Olive and Evergreen for the leaves and some Ruby Red.

See how effortless the stamp layering is by watching the video below! You can also see the full post that this card was featured in by clicking HERE.

A Look Back: Altenew's A Year in Review Blog Hop!

I’m a big fan of alcohol markers, so when Altenew came out with their latest colors of Artist Markers, I was thrilled! This set of sunny-cards I created with both the Artist Markers and colored pencils; the daisies are from the Spring Daisy Altenew stamp set. I started off the project at a retreat; then came home and finished the card! I loved how it turned out and then created a second version on camera to show you how I did it.

By combining the markers and pencils together, you get an amazingly-detailed effect. To see what I mean, make sure you check out the video below! You can also see the full post for this card set HERE.

A Look Back: Altenew's A Year in Review Blog Hop!

At the same time I created the Merry & Bright card above, I also shared inspiration using another Altenew layering set called Layered Laurel. I love experimenting with color, so I went a bit wild and used bright pinks and purples to ink up these leaf images! I chose to use Midnight Violet, Rubellite, Pink Diamond and Frosty Pink, with the darkest colors being stamped first. When I added the lighter colors on top of the darker, it created a stunning “ghost” effect!

I did not film the creation process of this card, but you can see a close-up look at it in the release walk-through video I had created at the time. You can also see the full post for this card HERE.

A Look Back: Altenew's A Year in Review Blog Hop!

This card here spurned from a obsession of the Rose Filament die set; it is still one of my most-favorite die sets! I used Copic markers to color in the roses and I layered them onto a kraft card base with Nuvo Drops. The Birthday Greetings Altenew stamp set paired perfectly with the word “happy” from the Your Next Stamp  Bold Happy Birthday Words die set.

If you want to see a close up look at this card, you can find it featured (amongst two other cards I shared) in the video below. The full post for this card can be found HERE.

A Look Back: Altenew's A Year in Review Blog Hop!

Another one of my favorite cards featuring Altenew products was definitely this card here! This one uses the at-the-time-STAMPtember-exclusive, Fabulous You (now sold out; STAMPtember is an annual Simon Says Stamp online-event celebrating stamping). If you were one of the lucky people who got the set, this is a fun way to use it! If you did not get it, a great substitute would be Altenew’s Sketchy Floral stamp set.

This technique of coloring on glitter paper used Altenew Artists Markers and Simon Says Stamp’s White Glitter cardstock; the result is an incredible, velvet-like finished to the stamped images!

See the technique in action by watching the video below! You can also see the full post for this card HERE.

A Look Back: Altenew's A Year in Review Blog Hop!

Sticking with the shiny theme here a bit longer, I also wanted to make sure I included one of my favorite foiling projects of the year! This “distressed” foil effect turned out even better than I had hoped when I had the idea. You know how sometimes foiling comes out a bit imperfect and we are tempted to toss out the project right then and there? Well I wanted to see how I could embrace imperfect foiling!

This card features Altenew’s stunning Big Rose stencil and I applied ThermOWeb Transfer Gel onto it using an ink blending tool. The foil is a gorgeous Amethyst Watercolor foil from ThermoWeb, which really matched nicely with the distress effect.

See how I made imperfect foiling WORK in this video below! You can also see the full post (with additional project ideas!) by clicking HERE.

A Look Back: Altenew's A Year in Review Blog Hop!

Okay, one more card to share with you! This final project also features some distressing, but a bit different from the card above!

Have you ever created a faux watercolor effect using Distress Inks? It’s super fun, plus quick and easy (perfect for last minute cards that you want to look like you slaved away for hours painting!). I used Altenew’s Simple Fruits stamp set and mixed and matched a few other images from the Floral Shadow and Peony Bouquet sets.

See the Distress watercolor stamping technique in action by watching the video below. You can see the full post for this card by clicking HERE.

I really hope you enjoyed this look back at these Altenew cards that I’ve made during 2017; I have to say, looking at these previously-designed cards, it’s helped inspire me with fresh, new ideas for 2018! Thanks to all of you who have been along on this amazing ride with me during 2017… I am excited to see you continue along into the new year for more crafty-adventures!

Keep reading to find out more about the Altenew Year In Review blog hop!


A Look Back: Altenew's A Year in Review Blog Hop!

To celebrate this hop, the end of 2017 and new beginnings for 2018, Altenew is giving away a $40 gift certificate to FIVE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 01/03/2018 for a chance to win. Five winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on 01/06/2018.

There is also a $20 gift certificate up for grabs here on my blog if you leave a comment below by 01/03/2018! The winner will be emailed with details on how to claim your prize.

And do not forget to continue hopping! TaeEun Yoo is your next stop! You can also reference the entire hop order below. This is a BIG hop, so grab a cup of your favorite beverage (mine is an almond milk latte!) and cozy up for lots of great recaps from everyone participating!

Altenew Card Blog

Kristina Werner

May Sukyong Park

Anna Komenda

Sveta Fotinia

Galina Filippenko

Therese Calvird

Laura Bassen

Erum Tasneem

Olga Moss

Enza Gudor

Chari Moss

Svitlana Shayevich

Kymona Tracey

Yana Smakula

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Debby Hughes

Terhi Koskinen

Nina-Marie Trapani – that’s me! :) 

TaeEun Yoo

Vicky Papaioannou

Kristina Pokazanieva

Laurel Beard

Virginia Lu

Laurie Schmidlin

Heather Ruwe

Sandra Dietrich

Justine Hovey

Isha Gupta

Anna Kossakovskaya

Lilith Eeckels

Hussena Calcuttawala

Barb Engler

Dana Gong

Emily Leiphart

Laura Jane

Kelly Latevola


90 Responses

  1. TracyM #6773 says:

    FABULOUS favourites!
    SO MANY WONDERFUL techniques and designs to LOVE!
    My favourites are your GORGEOUS “Merry & Bright” layered mistletoe card and your DIE-lightful blue & green rose birthday card!
    Feeling EXTRA INSPIRED – I have the Rose FIlament die set on order, can’t wait to get creating with it :)

  2. Stephanie Savidge says:

    Your cards are so fun! Great job.

  3. Theresa V says:

    Nina, I love how your cards are so bold and graphic. Thank you for sharing them with us!

  4. Kerry Myers says:

    Your cards are just beautiful!! I love the rose filament die as well- your card is stunning! Thankfully I was able to get the fabulous you stamp set- your card is beautiful & I will have to try that with my Altenew markers!! Great videos… keep up the wonderful videos and cards! You inspire me!

  5. Barbmac says:

    Loving all of these but the Spring Daisy card is my favorite! Love how bright and sunny it is! TFS!

  6. Teri S. says:

    Wow! Great cards! I can see why you’d be obsessed with the Rose Filament die. You made beautiful unique cards with it. Happy New Year!

  7. Kris Reeves says:

    I love your mostly CAS style!

  8. Marjorie DUMONTIER says:

    You did a wonderful job !

  9. Aimee LaCroix-Slocum says:

    Great cards! Your color choices are fun and simple and I enjoy the combinations you put together. Thank you for the inspiration!

  10. Terri Trotter Earley says:

    Love you creations!

  11. Nana Griffin says:

    These are great. Love that you included the Christmas one.

  12. Maryam says:

    Amazing cards and inspiration Nina. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us. Wish you all the best in 2018

  13. I always admire your use of bright colors. And I think you really make the Altenew stamps and dies shine! Loved the second look at all the fabulous cards. I am definitely coming back for the videos.

  14. Lorraine Turner says:

    Nina-Marie I love to watch you design cards as they are all so unique. You create designs from dies and stamp sets that I would not thought possible. I love the way you layer your large sentiments to create depth I have CASEd this idea now on my own cards.

  15. Rubeena I says:

    really awesome cards!!

  16. I love when people show me different ways to use what supplies I already have…though I need some of the stamps! Thank you!

  17. Stacey Kowbel says:

    So many fabulous cards you highlighted from this year! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in 2018!

  18. FD91354 says:

    I’ve enjoyed seeing Altenew through 2017, I cant wait to see what they have in store for 2018!

  19. Beth Merrill says:

    All your card designs look very “doable” to a less experienced card maker like me. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Lagene says:

    Absolutely WONDERFUL cards, I love your inspiration! I especially love the Spring Daisy YOU ARE LOVED card!

  21. I have really enjoyed watching your tutorials you’re such an inspiration to me thanks so much for sharing!

  22. Janet Ingraham says:

    I love your truly celebrational techniques!!! Thank you

  23. Carol K says:

    wonderful! love your creativity … the layered die cut cards are beautiful

  24. Pai says:

    LOVE that pink and purple wishes card and i’m not a pink gal!

  25. Cynthia Cole says:

    Lovely review of so many great cards!

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