4 Ways to Use Altenew April Release + Blog Hop

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be back with you today, sharing inspiration using the new April release from Altenew! To celebrate the new release, Altenew is hosting a huge blog hop, full of fabulous inspiration! If you have already been hopping along with us, you should have arrived from  my super-sweet and talented friend, May Sukyong Park’s blog!

Altenew April Release Blog Hop

I was really looking forward to playing with the Watercolor Dots stamp set. The cute painted polka dot pattern with fun accent elements seemed like they would be awesome for creating colorful backgrounds… and I think they do! I used masking and a rainbow of Altenew ink colors to stamp the dot background; then I used black and slightly darker shades of colored inks to stamp the accents onto some of the dots.

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I love balancing colors with, so I chose to die cut the beautiful You Are Loved die from three different colors of cardstock; this die is meant to be one single piece, but I trimmed each word out for something a bit different. For the color balancing, I made sure that the pink and teal colors were opposite of those colors in the background. This helps the sentiment stand out, but also have a cohesive look.

The card was finished off by adding some Spectrum Noir shimmer pen onto the words and some of the polka dots in the background.

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This next card I created features the beautiful Mega Hello die and Mega Greetings stamp set. These greetings from both sets are indeed HUGE! The are so big that you could make a simple card like this one and it looks gorgeous because the greetings are the focal point.

In this card I die cut the word hello from a background I made with Tonic Studios’ Shimmer Powders. I layered the die cut onto a couple more hello words, giving the top layer lots of dimension. The rest of the sentiment is white heat embossed onto purple cardstock, which helps draw out the subtle purples in the hello die cut.

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The card base features some pretty, dimensional gold paint splatters. I really love the look of Prima’s Art Alchemy acrylic paints; their metallics are so beautiful, and of course acrylic maintains its dimensionality. This adds the perfect finishing touch to a simple card like this one.

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I had so much fun with the Mega Hello die that I had to create another card using it! This time I stamped some florals around the negative space that was created from cutting the watercolor paper. Then I painted the florals with Prima Watercolor Confections, filled in the background with a light wash of watercolor and even added a few doodled details!

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I popped the negative space panel up off of a kraft card base and layered the word I had cut out of that paper off of that, creating an offset. The supporting sentiment I gold heat embossed onto purple cardstock was from the Strength Blooms stamp set, which is full of uplifting greetings (and pretty layering florals).

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Speaking of those Strength Blooms florals… I used those here on this colorful card, along with the fun Gradient Stripes background!

The background was ink blended with Distress Oxide inks and I added a few splatters to it before trimming it down with the Gradient Stripes background die.

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The flowers from the Strength Blooms stamp set are layering stamps and I chose specific colors from Altenew’s layering inks to best match the colors I used in the background. I have a definite rainbow theme going on here, and again, I tried to keep a balance between the colors in the background versus the colors in the florals.

The biggest floral within the arrangement is the pink blossom. Because it is the biggest, I made sure this one was opposite of the pink in the background that is on the top. This helps visually ground the colors, since there are lots of them in this card! I also chose to use navy for the sentiment label, as it is placed in the general area as the blue stripes and helps to subtly finish the mostly-hidden navy stripe in my background.

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With so much color in this card, I kept the rest of the design fairly clean, and added just a few Sparkling Clear sequins tucked in and around the florals for a bit of sparkle!

I hope these cards have inspired you with fresh ideas for creating with some of the newest stamps and dies from Altenew! Be sure to keep reading for the next stop in the hop, plus giveaways!

Thanks for visiting with me today!

supplies used

Altenew YOU ARE LOVED Die Set ALT2249…
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Altenew WISH BIG Clear Stamp Set…
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Altenew WATERCOLOR DOTS Clear Stamp…
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Altenew STRENGTH BLOOMS Clear Stamp…
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Altenew PARTY TIME Die Set ALT2235 at…
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Altenew PARTY TIME Clear Stamp Set…
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Altenew MINI HELLO Clear Stamp Set…
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Altenew MEGA THANKS Die Set ALT2231…
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Altenew MEGA HELLO Die ALT2230 at…
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Altenew MEGA GREETINGS Clear Stamp…
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Altenew JUST FOR YOU Die Set ALT2227…
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Altenew JUST FOR YOU Clear Stamp Set…
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Altenew IN MY THOUGHTS Die Set…
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Altenew IN MY THOUGHTS Clear Stamp…
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Altenew HAPPY HEART Die Set ALT2221…
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Altenew HAPPY HEART Clear Stamp Set…
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Altenew GRADIENT STRIPES COVER Die…
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Altenew GRADIENT STRIPES Clear Stamp…
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Altenew FOLKSY FLORALS Die Set…
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Altenew FOLKSY FLORALS Clear Stamp…
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Altenew DREAM BIG Die Set ALT2212 at…
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Altenew DREAM BIG Clear Stamp Set…
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supplies used

Altenew STRENGTH BLOOMS Clear Stamp…
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Altenew STRENGTH BLOOMS Die Set ALT2238
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Altenew FLORAL SHADOW Clear Stamp Set…
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Altenew FLORAL SHADOW DIE Set ALT1383*
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Altenew HOPE Clear Stamp Set ALT2093
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Altenew HOPE Die Set ALT2094
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Altenew MEGA HELLO Die ALT2230 at…
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Altenew MEGA GREETINGS Clear Stamp…
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Altenew HAPPY BLOOM Clear Stamp Set…
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Tonic CHERRY BOMB Nuvo Shimmer Powder…
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Tonic ATLANTIS BURST Nuvo Shimmer…
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Tonic SOLAR FLARE Nuvo Shimmer Powder…
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Tonic VIOLET BROCADE Nuvo Shimmer…
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Tonic BLUE BLITZ Nuvo Shimmer Powder…
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Prima Marketing THE CLASSICS…
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Prima Marketing TROPICALS Watercolor…
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Prima Marketing DECADENT PIES…
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Altenew POCKETFUL OF SUNSHINE OVAL…
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Altenew CHERRY BLOSSOM OVAL SET Crisp…
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Altenew GREEN MEADOWS OVAL SET Crisp…
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Altenew COOL SUMMER NIGHT OVAL SET…
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Altenew GLACIER CAVES OVAL SET Crisp…
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Altenew SHADES OF PURPLE OVAL SET…
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Altenew GREEN FIELDS OVAL SET Crisp…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad WILD…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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keep hopping and giveaways

Your next stop in the hop is another amazingly talented friend of mine, Svitlana Shayevich! You can also reference the entire hop order below:

Altenew Card Blog

Erum Tasneem

Kay Miller

May Sukyong Park

Nina-Marie Trapani – you’re here! :)

Svitlana Shayevich

Lilith Eeckels

Jenn Shurkus

Agnieszka Malyszek

Lydia Evans

Jennifer McGuire

Flora Monika Farkas

Janette Kausen

Sveta Fotinia

Lydia Fiedler

Debby Hughes

Virginia Lu

Laurie Willison

Kymona Tracey

Keeway Tsao

Sandra Dietrich

Gayatri Murali

Vicky Papaioannou

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Therese Calvird

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Nicole Picadura

Justine Hovey

Reiko Tsuchida

Amber Rain Davis

Enza Gudor

Kelli Cool

Laura Bassen

To celebrate this release, Altenew is generously giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Saturday, April 21st for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on April 22nd.

I’m also giving away and $30 gift certificate to Altenew as well! You can leave a comment here on my blog for a chance to win, and I’ll be choosing the winner by April 21st (the winner will be announced  shortly thereafter).

By | 2018-04-16T08:58:20+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Cardmaking, Die Cutting, Distress Oxide, Guest Designer|198 Comments

198 Comments

  1. harshita May 24, 2018 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Your cards are always so pretty!

  2. Sandra Farnham May 18, 2018 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Love your cardsz

  3. Lisa Javoric April 22, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Beautiful cards!

  4. TracyM #6773 April 21, 2018 at 3:57 am - Reply

    FABULOUS cards!
    You always share such CHEERY designs!
    LOVE your colours and creative use of the dies and negative bits … my wishlist is growing so fast I think I will be wanting it all :)

  5. Denise Bryant April 21, 2018 at 12:26 am - Reply

    Gorgeous cards! Love that big ‘hello’ die and the fun polka dot background stamp!

  6. Cynthia Myers April 20, 2018 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Your cards are so bright and cheerful! They make me happy just looking at them. The Watercolor Dots set looks like such fun.

  7. F. Andre April 20, 2018 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Your style is always so inventive. Thanks for sharing the technique video.

  8. Yasmine Omar April 20, 2018 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Wow!! Absolutely Gorgeous cards! love all these vibrant colors and amazing ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Sarina P April 20, 2018 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Stunning cards, and I especially love the rainbow-hued Watercolor Dots card… Thank you for the inspiration!

  10. Carol Rossouw April 20, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Beautiful inspiration! This is another wonderful release with some lovely sentiment dies and more beautiful layering flowers. Love it!

  11. Raga Senthil April 20, 2018 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Such fantabulous creations. So colourful 😍. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Peggy M April 20, 2018 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing!

  13. Karen Rice April 19, 2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Such amazing cards–the colors you used are bold and beautiful! Thanks for sharing your ideas and talent!

  14. Wendy Lambert April 19, 2018 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Color, color, color! Just love them. So vibrant!

  15. Teresa Godines #6857 April 19, 2018 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Beautiful projects. Thanks for sharing

  16. Luci Manos April 19, 2018 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Beautiful cards love the colors! Thank you for the inspiration!

  17. Kim Faucher April 19, 2018 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Such a beautiful set of cards. I particularly love that one with the gold drips on the background

  18. Katy April 19, 2018 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    A wonderful release. All the stamps are fabulous and your cards are so colorful.

  19. Sheri K April 19, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Oh my-as I scrolled down to look at your projects, each was prettier than the last–simply amazing! You certain had me at “Hello”. Great job Nina and I greatly enjoy your enthusiastic video’s–I can tell you love crafting! Thanks for showing us these wonderful new products from Altenew.

  20. Caroline April 19, 2018 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Amazing – loves your cards!

  21. Karthikha Uday April 19, 2018 at 3:02 am - Reply

    Fantastic set of creations!! Love them all! <3

  22. Connie April 18, 2018 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    These are so pretty. This release is amazing and you are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Iris Soscia April 18, 2018 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Such pretty cards – love the colors and all the layering.
    isoscia at aol dot com

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