Altenew December 2018 Stamp | Die | Paper Pack Release Blog Hop + Giveaway + Video

by alex
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Hello everyone and Welcome to the Altenew December 2018 Release Blog Hop! I’m so excited to join this hop!

You should have arrived from Lilith Eeckels. If not, you can start from the beginning at Altenew Card Blog.

Release

As always, there are lots of great products to pick from – new stamp sets, coordinating die! There are some absolute Must-Haves here!

Check out the entire new release here!

Projects

I’ve made 12 cards for you! I love different styles and techniques in card making and I like to use one product in different ways. So, this blog post is a very long post as I was very inspired by the beautiful new products. Grab a cuppa & enjoy!

Also, I filmed a video for you showing all the cards and my coloring process from start to finish. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy it!

Love Letters Stamp & Die Bundle

Let’s start with Love Letters Stamp & Die Bundle. When pressed for time, you can create something quick with these easy ideas. To make these cards I focused on negative and positive die cutting. Every time we create a die cut we have a positive piece (the die cut we created) and a negative (something we usually throw away). This technique allows you to use your dies in a whole new way. I want to show you different ways you can use negative and positive die cutting.

This is the perfect bundle for creating Clean&Simple cards. My first card is a long card featuring repeated negative die cutting technique using Love Letters Die Set.

I watercolored a slim background panel with Altenew metallic ink sprays in following colors: Lagoon and Orange Cream. I then used the dies to create a unique negative die cut piece. I glued my panel onto a white card base, stamped a sentiment and finished off the card with some sequins.

The next card I made with the same way but to make it more interesting I created a shaker card.

This time to color my panel I used the following colors for a color combo: Puffy Heart and Orange Cream. I die cut the hearts in the colored panel (I kept some positive die cuts and glued it on the panel ), adhered a layer of clear acetate from the back of the negative panel, outlined the opening with thick foam squares, added sequins, closed that shut with another layer of acetate and adhered my shaker element onto a white card base.

My next card is completely white and I love the way it looks. I really wanted to keep this card simple so the focus would be on the background small panel.

For this card, I decided to add a little color. I love how it turned out!

I used two colors of  Zig markers to color in the panel (red and black).

Happy Valentines Day Card

Flower Vine Stamp & Die Bundle

I’ve become quite a fan of dark backgrounds and “long” cards! I know that most people are afraid of them. Now seems like dark backgrounds are becoming trendy. This trend came mostly with pencil coloring and heat embossing technique. Using black for a card base can add a lot of contrast to the otherwise simple card. I used Flower Vine Stamp & Die Bundle to make these cards.

The first card is my favorite. It looks simple but elegant!

I made a panel out of black cardstock and heat embossed the flowers in the middle of the panel using the Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I then stamped a sentiment in black ink onto a white cardstock stripe. I used thin foam adhesive and foam mounted the sentiment stripe onto the background and added some clear drops.

For the next card I did very simple coloring.

 

I started by stamping the flowers onto black cardstock using clear inks and gold heat embossed.

After I was done, I used the coordinating dies with the Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine to die cut the images. I foam mounted flowers and leaves on my black card panel and cut out the excess.

I popped up a sentiment, gold heat embossed on black cardstock. At last, I glued my panel onto a white card base and finished off the card with July Crystals.

The next card is a long card. I love non traditional card sizes recently.

I heat embossed a floral background in white pearl embossing powder on white cardstock. Next, I stamped, colored in and die-cut images out of the cardstock and arranged them onto my panel.

I colored the images with copic markers: R20, R22, V12, V15, V17, BG13, BG49. I stamped the sentiment and added s some clear drops.

Bed of Roses Stamp Set

My next card is a simple one-layer card featuring the basic technique – Stamping. The Bed of Roses stamp set is a perfect for this technique.

I stamped the images using the set of Altenew inks, stamped a sentiment and added some sequins.

Engagement Wishes Stamp & Die Bundle

I love playing with new sizes. It’s different, I have more room, so I made a long, dimensional card. Flowers from the new Engagement Wishes Stamp set are just gorgeous and I love how it turned out. The size of the card is 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.

I started working on the card by gold heat embossing the beautiful rose and leaves from the stamp set in Altenew Antique Gold Embossing Powder  onto a white card stock. Next, I watercolored the images with  ZIG “Art and Graphic Twin” markers.

I used the coordinating dies with the Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine to die cut the images.

I then gold heat embossed the images onto a card panel and made blending various colors of Altenew inks: mountain mist and  pink diamond. I arranged all flowers and leaves on a long folded card base.

The sentiment is from the same set was stamped on white cardstock. I finished it off with some sequins.

Mega Greetings 3 Stamp & Die Bundle + Love Letters Die

Do you like to get your fingers inky with inks? 🙂 My next card is a card with bokeh background. This technique requires only inks and masks.

I started with masking off lower part of a piece of white card stock and creating a bokeh effect with Altenew inks and Love letters Die. I then stamped sentiment using black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I added some sequins.

Wispy Begonia Stamp Set

I decided to do some pencil coloring for a a simple floral card featuring Wispy Begonia Stamp Set. I went with this image because of its size and the amount of white or open space. Whenever I do pencil coloring I make sure that the image I pick for my coloring is large enough so that I can actually do some color blending.

I heat embossed the flowers and leaves in white pearl embossing powder on gray cardstock and colored each with colored pencils. Coloring process went rather quickly and I can’t say it took me longer than 30-40 minutes.

I popped up a sentiment. At last, I glued my panel onto a white card base and finished off the card with Midnight Blue Crystals.

Wispy Begonia Stamp Set + Mega Greetings 3 Stamp & Die Bundle

Finally, here is my last card featuring masking technique. I know for some card makers it seems intimidating, but it’s really not hard. It just takes a little bit more time, but totally worth it in the end. A detailed process of the card you can watch in my video below.

I used my “dots” coloring technique (also, check out this and this post if you are new to my blog).

Video

If you’re interested in seeing how I made my last card, I have a video to share! Watch it below or in HD at my YouTube channel.

You asked me in the comments to film a video in real time coloring process (with no speed coloring). So, I’m a slow cardmaker!!!  To make this card it took me more than 1 hour.. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy it! 🙂

Supplies

Below you will find links to the supplies used to create the projects. Click on the letters to go to a favorite store: Ellen Hutson (EH), Altenew (AN), Studio Katia (SK), Amazon (AZ). Where available I use compensated affiliate links. This means that I receive a small commission when products are purchased through links I share here (at no additional cost to you).  Thank you so much!

Bed of Roses Stamp Set
Bed of Roses Stamp Set
Shop at:
AN
Flower Vine Stamp Set
Flower Vine Stamp Set
Shop at:
AN
Flower Vine Die Set
Flower Vine Die Set
Shop at:
AN
Midnight Blue, Studio Katia Crystals
Midnight Blue, Studio Katia Crystals
Shop at:
EH | SK
Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Jet Black
Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Jet Black
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Tonic Comfort 8.5 Inch Guillotine Paper Trimmer
Tonic Comfort 8.5 Inch Guillotine Paper Trimmer
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Tim Holtz Tonic Mini Snips
Tim Holtz Tonic Mini Snips
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Zig Art & Graphic Twin Tip Marker, Set of 84
Zig Art & Graphic Twin Tip Marker, Set of 84
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Hero Arts Embossing Powder, White
Hero Arts Embossing Powder, White
Shop at:
EH | AZ
X-Press It High Tack Double-Sided Tape
X-Press It High Tack Double-Sided Tape
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Altenew Crisp Dye Ink Cubes, Red Cosmos
Altenew Crisp Dye Ink Cubes, Red Cosmos
Shop at:
AN | EH
Essentials By Ellen Cardstock
Essentials By Ellen Cardstock
Shop at:
EH
Neenah Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Ranger Emboss It Ink Pad
Ranger Emboss It Ink Pad
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Hero Arts Embossing Gun
Hero Arts Embossing Gun
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Ranger Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam
Ranger Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Scrapbook Adhesives 3-D Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives 3-D Foam Squares
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Studio Katia Confetti, Satin Rainbow
Studio Katia Confetti, Satin Rainbow
Shop at:
EH | SK
TONIC STUDIOS Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
TONIC STUDIOS Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Shop at:
AZ
Altenew inks. Sea Shore
Altenew inks. Sea Shore
Shop at:
EH
Studio Katia Clear Round Drops
Studio Katia Clear Round Drops
Shop at:
EH | SK
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, 0.88 oz
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, 0.88 oz
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Altenew Ink Cubes, Cool Summer Night
Altenew Ink Cubes, Cool Summer Night
Shop at:
AN | EH
Altenew Embossing Powder, Antique Gold
Altenew Embossing Powder, Antique Gold
Shop at:
AN | EH
Be creative Tape
Be creative Tape
Shop at:
EH
Altenew Ink Cubes, Green Meadows
Altenew Ink Cubes, Green Meadows
Shop at:
AN | EH
Mini Die Cutting Machine
Mini Die Cutting Machine
Shop at:
AN
Powder Tool Adhesive Deactivator
Powder Tool Adhesive Deactivator
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Studio Katia Crystals, July
Studio Katia Crystals, July
Shop at:
EH
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock
Shop at:
EH
Puffy Heart Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
Puffy Heart Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
Shop at:
AN
Orange Cream Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
Orange Cream Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
Shop at:
AN
Lagoon Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
Lagoon Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
Shop at:
AN
WOW Embossing Powder, Super Fine - White Pearl
WOW Embossing Powder, Super Fine – White Pearl
Shop at:
EH
Love Letters Stamp & Die Bundle
Love Letters Stamp & Die Bundle
Shop at:
AN
Engagement Wishes Stamp Set
Engagement Wishes Stamp Set
Shop at:
AN
Engagement Wishes Die Set
Engagement Wishes Die Set
Shop at:
AN
Wispy Begonia Stamp Set
Wispy Begonia Stamp Set
Shop at:
AN
Mega Greetings 3 Stamp Set
Mega Greetings 3 Stamp Set
Shop at:
AN
Mega Love Die
Mega Love Die
Shop at:
AN

 

Your support

Thank you for spending time with me! I can’t even explain how thankful I am for all of you who keep coming to see my cards and leaving me lovely comments! I love that my cards can bring joy and inspire you.

If you enjoy my projects you see here, I would be so grateful if you would consider using the links/banners listed (click an link/banner) when you are heading off to shop, at no cost to you whatsoever. Your support helps me to keep bringing you new projects and videos. You can help me running this blog.

Thank you to all of you who support me!

Prizes

To celebrate this release, Altenew is 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 12/18/2018 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 12/22/2018.

Giveaway

I will also choose one lucky winner from comments left on this post who will receive a $30 gift certificate to Altenew online store. Please leave a comment on this post by 12/18/2018 for a chance to win. I will announce the winner on 12/18/2018.

Blog Hop

I hope you felt inspired today! The next stop on the hop is Sveta Fotinia

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138 comments

Sue D December 19, 2018 - 12:48 am

Pretty flowers and I like all the hearts.

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Kathleen Callahan December 18, 2018 - 3:30 am

Alex, thank you so much for sharing these beautiful creations. I am new to card making and every blog you post has helped me immensely. I truly cannot get over how breathtakingly intricate your cards are. Between the use of colors and the small details, I am absolutely blown away! You can tell you put a lot of love and time into each one. Thank you for helping a newbie like myself learn!

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:05 pm

Kathleen, Thank you so much for your words! I appreciate that!!

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Andre M. December 18, 2018 - 1:19 am

Thanks for sharing this amazing showcase of these wonderful products. Looking forward to watching the technique video. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:13 pm

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, Andre!

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Siobhan Burtlow December 17, 2018 - 5:44 pm

Love what you’ve done with this collection!

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:13 pm

Thank you!

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Rosali December 17, 2018 - 2:53 pm

Wow, 12 cards, amazing!!
I always adore your dotty coloring so the last card is probably my favorite! 🙂

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:13 pm

Thank you very much, Rosali!

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Melissa Smith December 17, 2018 - 2:28 pm

Oh my goodness! I don’t know if I have enough compliments! Your cards are gorgeous!!! The “best wishes” card is so elegant. I love the dot method and coloring on the beautiful “love” card. The “happy birthday” is stunning and the “wishing you, happily ever after” card is beautiful! I am so glad you decided to do a real time coloring video! I can’t wait to watch and hopefully learn a lot! I’m new to cardmaking and need all kinds of help! 🙂 Thank you for all the inspiration!

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:07 pm

Hi Melissa, Thank you so much for your kind words! I appreciate that!

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Donna Goggin December 17, 2018 - 10:56 am

Really like all your cards but the black and gold are just wow.

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:08 pm

Thank you so much, Donna!

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:11 pm

Thank you, Donna!

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Marie-Helene Guay December 17, 2018 - 7:20 am

Black and gold embossing card is amazing. Thanks for the inspiration ☺

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:08 pm

Thank you! 🙂

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Leo December 17, 2018 - 2:46 am

Loved your use of the flowering vine stamp set and dies ,especially the black with gold embossing powder!!

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:08 pm

Thank you:)

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Mindy Drummond December 17, 2018 - 1:25 am

WOW, Alex you always inspire me with your creations but you blew me away today!! All of the cards are truly works of art but the 2 that really grabbed me most are the Black & Red Flower Vine and the Engagement Wishes. Stunning is just not a big enough word for those two lol, great job on all of them. Thank you for making the video, I can’t wait to watch it later tonight and thank you for the always amazing inspiration! (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:09 pm

Hi Mindy, Thank you so much for your words! I appreciate that!!

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Linnea Sundstrom December 17, 2018 - 12:35 am

wow! luv the white on white and black on white and gold on black designs!!! you had fun!!

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:09 pm

Thank you! 🙂

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cyndi morris December 16, 2018 - 11:26 pm

Another amazing release from Altenew! I love all your projects and the colors are gorgeous.. My favorite is the Wispy Begonia.

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:09 pm

Thank you so much, Cyndi!

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Michele W December 16, 2018 - 10:24 pm

WOW!!! Your cards are amazing! Love all the styles and layouts you used and that fact that not all were the typical A2 size. Great use of negatives from die cutting and so much attention to detail in all of your cards. I honestly can’t pick a favorite. Thanks for so much inspiration!

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:10 pm

Thank you so much, Michele! I appreciate that!!

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Linda R December 16, 2018 - 8:59 pm

Wow! 12 Cards! You’ve been very busy. I like them all so much. And it was pure pleasure to watch your coloring on the video. I think I like the vine cards best and they look great on the dark background. Did you use prismas to color that card? Thanks for sharing all your beautiful artwork.

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alex December 18, 2018 - 3:39 pm

Hi Linda, Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! For that card with the black background, I used my oldie colored pencils 🙂

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Linda R December 18, 2018 - 4:52 pm

Thanks!

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Jeanne Beam December 16, 2018 - 7:20 pm

Wow! So many gorgeous cards! Love all of them ❤️
Thanks for sharing…

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:10 pm

Hi Jeanne! Thank you so much!

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BrendaLea Abbott December 16, 2018 - 3:14 pm

Wow! So much beautiful inspiration! I love how you gave us multiple cards with the same stamps and/or dies. But my favorite is the card where you used the Engagement Wishes Set.

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:10 pm

Thank you so much for your words! I appreciate that!!

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Jeannie F December 16, 2018 - 8:25 am

Such a beautiful showcase of cards! You did this release proud! I love all, but the cards using the love letter stamps and dies really spoke to me. Great inspiration!

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:15 pm

Thank you so much for your words! I appreciate that!!

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Johanna T. December 16, 2018 - 4:15 am

Love these beautiful cards! Thanks for all the inspiration.

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:15 pm

Thank you, Johanna!

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Maryam crafter December 16, 2018 - 1:24 am

Lots is amazing cards . They are all unique and pretty

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:16 pm

Thank you so much for your comment, Maryam!

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Natasha Louissaint December 16, 2018 - 12:17 am

What creative ways to use the items in the new release. All 12 cards are beautiful.

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alex December 18, 2018 - 5:16 pm

Thank you so much for your words, Natasha!

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