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 Beverly Jordan says:

    Nina, your cards are as remarkable as you are!!! I am thrilled with your inspiration and beauty of them! Great new release and wanting all of it!

  2. Avatar Lisa A creations says:

    Cute cards! I like that new watercolor dots stamp set. You get so many ideas by just looking at it.

  3. Avatar Janet says:

    Great cards, my favorite is the third card, love it!

  4. Avatar Colorado Crafter says:

    Fabulous cards!!! I love that huge “hello” die. It’s on my wish list as are so many other items in this new release!!!

  5. Avatar Anne Roberts says:

    Love your refreshing selection of colors for all of the cards, and especially appreciate the techniques on the HELLO cards. I learned so much and can’t wait to get started using these stamps. Thank you!

  6. Gorgeous colors on all of these cards. I love the big “hello” die. Thank you for sharing so many ways to use it. Stunning cards!!

  7. Avatar Shawn Wenrich says:

    All of your cards are amazing and thank you for listing the supplies used separately so helpful!

  8. Avatar JaneenK says:

    Your big Hello in color is s amazing

  9. Avatar Amna Hasan says:

    All the cards are amazing! The one with the strengths bloom stamp set is so beautiful! TFS

  10. Avatar Lesley S says:

    Love that Mega Hello Die and all the colours you used. Also like the Gradient Stripe die….what fun!

  11. Avatar Denise Ward says:

    This release has such a great mix of words and florals!! I love the “You are loved” die and the many floral stamps are stunning! But I also like the fun “Celebrate” set. This is a very fun collection of items and I think everyone will find something here they can use and enjoy!!

  12. Avatar Sharon L. says:

    Great cards and colors. TFS

  13. Avatar Darshana Acharya says:

    All cards r beautiful. I love multi color card. I love mega die sets
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. I love your cards, the colors are so bright and cheerful!

  15. Avatar Super Stick Chick says:

    Fabulous cards! Love the big, bold sentiments and wonderful backgrounds.

  16. Avatar Ann says:

    Super fun colorful cards!!

  17. Avatar Liz O says:

    Fabulous designs, love the watercolor dots background, thanks for sharing!

  18. Avatar Julie Shearer says:

    Great cards!!! Love the oversized word dies.TFS.

  19. Avatar Sophie Farah says:

    Hi Nina!!! The watercolor background stamp was one of my favorites from this new release so I was super excited to see how you used it! I love how you used a rainbow of inks to add so much fun and whimsy to this bright cheery card <3 thank you so much for sharing with us!

  20. Avatar MelissaF says:

    Wow, these cards are so beautiful, and I’m in love with the Mega stamps and dies, you show them off so well!

  21. Avatar Kim Salito says:

    I love all of your cards, thanks for sharing.

  22. Avatar Jodi C says:

    These creations are fabulous and I love the multicolor….so I am also very curious about the shimmer powders 😊. Thank You!!!

  23. Avatar Jackie L says:

    Beautiful cards. Now I’m very curious about shimmer powder :)

  24. Avatar Rose Mary Smalley says:

    Boy were you a busy little bee…..loved all of your bright and beautiful cards…thank you so much!!!

  25. Avatar Denise Mlady says:

    All your cards are beautiful! I really like the Multi-Color Hello card and I think my favorite set from this release is the Watercolor Dots. TFS.

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