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!

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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).

198 Responses

  1. Avatar bev p says:

    So much fun and color! I don’t know which one I would have to start with, but I do love the watercolor circles! This is one of those that you would just have to sit down and start playing as soon as you open the mail–just pull out some colors and start playing. And it looks like you had fun!!! Thank you.

  2. Avatar joy meadows says:

    Beautiful release and your cards are very pretty!

  3. Avatar SentSue says:

    I am loving those big word! Great cards.

  4. Avatar Lisa says:

    Your two “hello” cards are fabulous ! really ! And it seems to be a wonderful die :))

  5. Avatar Lindar C says:

    Stunning cards, I can’t wait to try the Nuvo shimmer powders!

  6. Avatar Maxine M says:

    Love your cards.

  7. Avatar Rema DeLeeuw says:

    Beautiful inspiration!

  8. Avatar Sue D. says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful cards using the new products! I really like the fun, colorful background you created with the Watercolor Dots stamps on the first card. But, oh my, your floral “hello’ card is simply gorgeous; your water coloring phenomenal. TFS your talent and inspiration.

  9. Avatar Nancy Ketcham says:

    Love your colorful cards, especially the color blended hello

  10. Avatar DGolly says:

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful cards.

  11. Avatar Sherry Butcher says:

    Great job, love your cards designs. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Avatar Sue D says:

    Love your colorful cards!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  13. Avatar Cathy Lillie says:

    Great cards! I love all the fun color balancing you did on your first card. The Watercolor Dots seems like the perfect set to just let your creativity flow.

  14. Avatar sandy m says:

    Astonishing. All of your cards are beautiful. I love the huge word with the shimmer powder and the floral background with die cut is awesome.

  15. Avatar Monika says:

    Such pretty cards Nina Marie. Love the mega words and those stripes with the pretty flowers!

  16. Avatar Patty Eifert says:

    Fantastic colorful cards Nina!!

  17. Avatar Stacey Kowbel says:

    Fantastic cards! I love the hello sentiment with the shimmer powders!

  18. Avatar Riecy says:

    Love the floral hello card…thanks for sharing!

  19. Avatar Laura Casselman says:

    I like the way you used the Hello die with negative and positive space! All your designs are pretty!

  20. Avatar Angel Gilbert says:

    Love the Hello using the negative space! Wonderful release, love the large word dyes. And so many beautiful florals! Altenew stamps are so fun, I really want to try their beautiful inks too.

  21. Avatar Linda Miltzow says:

    You are so creative Nina! Your first card is so cute and happy! Feels like a great big hug! :) Thanks!!

  22. Avatar Colleen Halpern says:

    I like the watercolor dots and how you used them. Great inspiration for me. Thanks

  23. Avatar Janet McCurry says:

    Love your cards! I enjoy your videos because you are so upbeat! And for being quirky that just makes you even more unique!

  24. Avatar Cynthia Cole says:

    Lovely cards and really love that huge hello die!

  25. Avatar Becca Yahrling says:

    Such lovely cards, Nina-Marie. I esp. love the design of
    the 3rd card & all the glorious flowers!

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