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Altenew August 2018 Release Hop

Hello! I’m thrilled to be participating in this fantastic release from Altenew. This release contains some of my favorite Altenew stamp sets to date! If you’ve reached me from Zinia Redo’s  blog, then you’re right on track.

Altenew 2018 Blog Hop

This 6 card set is inspired by Altenew’s new Geo Frames Stamp set. It’s sure to become a staple in any crafter’s stash. Hand drawn borders & a bright rainbow palette were used throughout the set. There are 6 videos below!

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Inked Flora, Geo Frames, & Mega Greetings 2

Altenew Inked Flora, Geo Frames, Mega Greetings 2 Watercolor Card

I started by cutting a diamond shaped mask with the Geo Frames Stamp & Die Bundle and adhered it to a piece of Fabriano Artistico Extra White Hot Press watercolor paper. I then stamped the large Inked Flora flower & leaf, turned the cardstock, and mirrored the stamping on the other side.

Tip: When stamping the Geo Frames be sure to clean any excess ink from the center of the stamp. I had an air bubble under the stamp & got a large smudge in the center of my card. I was able to remove the ink smudge with a Tombow Mono Sand Eraser. Whew!

Flat gold sequins, spatter with Altenew Jet Black Ink Spray, & a hand-drawn thin black border was added to finish off the card. These hand drawn borders are inspired by Kelly Latevola, as I recently took her Altenew Academy One Layer Wonders class.

Halftone Squares & Mega Greetings 2

Altenew Halftone Squares & Mega Greetings 2

The Halftone Squares set was calling for a rectangle rainbow. I started by drawing guidelines on an A2 sized card front then stamped the long rectangle stamp in rainbow order.

The birthday sentiment felt a bit plain, so I outlined it with a black border then decided to outline the rainbow as well. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black to complete the card.

Floral Art & Block Print

Altenew Block Print & Floral Art

These two sets are amazing!! I absolutely love the sketchy feel to the Floral Art stamps and the versatility of the Block Print set. I started by stamping one of the block prints at the top center of an A2 sized card front.

The die cuts were popped up with foam tape and squares, a hand-drawn border, and a beautiful scripty sentiment from Floral Art was added.

Block Print & Mega Number Die

Say hello to the Mega Number Dies!! These dies are perfectly sized for card fronts and Altenew’s Party Banner and Pocket Banner dies.

I inked up the Block Print stamp a rainbow of Altenew Crisp Dye Mini Ink Cubes and stamped in the center of an A2 sized card front and clear heat embossed. I then used Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens to add a black, green, and blue border.

I cut 5 number 1’s with the Mega Number Die. You are my inspiration, from Altenew’s Halftone Circle stamp set, was stamped and white embossed. The number 1’s were stacked, glued together, and added to the card front.

Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal drops were added to bring in more black and Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen was used to add shine to the number 1. The card panel was cut down by 1/4 inch and backed with blue cardstock for added interest.

Inked Flora & Geo Frames

Altenew Inked Flora & Geo Frames

I couldn’t get enough of the Geo Frames & Inked Flora so they begged to be featured on a 2nd card. This time the smaller flower from Inked Flora was stamped with VersaMark ink and pearl heat embossed on watercolor paper.

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I watercolored the flower with Tide Blue Altenew Crisp Dye Ink & Perfect Pearls in the color Pearl. The diamond frame was stamped with VersaMark ink on blue cardstock and pearl heat embossed.

The rectangle frame was stamped directly on the A2 sized card front. And smile from the Geo Frames stamp set was stamped on vellum and fussy cut. All pieces were popped up with foam tape and added to the card front.

Black spatter was added with Altenew Jet Black Ink Spray and flat clear sequins were added to finish off the card.

Inked Flora Background

Whew, we’re coming to a close here with the last card which uses one of the leaves from the Inked Flora Stamp Set to create a background pattern.

I enhanced the sketchiness of the illustration by using a Sakura Pigma Micron 01 pen to add black ink to the leaves. This helps to make the black frame and sentiment pop.

Have a lovely day, from the Inked Flora stamp set, was stamped with VersaMark ink and white heat embossed on black paper and popped up on the card front.

A hand drawn border was added behind the leaves to add interest and structure. If you give this design a go, consider adding shadows to the leaves with a grey Copic marker.


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 Wednesday, August 22nd for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 8/26/2018.


For another chance to win a $30 gift certificate from Altenew, subscribe to my blog & leave a comment on this post letting me know your favorite product from the release & a technique you’d like me to use in a future video. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on 8/21/18.

Winner Update – 8/21/18

The winner of Altenew’s $30 gift certificate is…..

Kelsey Thomas 

Beautiful cards! 🙂 I am already a subscriber. My favorite from the release is the Block Print stamp set. It looks like it would be a lot of fun! I think some fancy fold types of card techniques would be cool to see! 🙂

Kelsey, please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 8/30/2018 with the subject line Altenew August 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop Winner from Amber Rain Davis’ Blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by! The next stop on the hop is the amazing Svitlana Shayevich and the full list can be found here.

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  1. Beautiful Cards, thank you so much for the videos!

  2. Linnea Sundstrom says:

    that Inked Flora set is gonna catch me yet! wonderful cards!!

  3. Annalisa Young says:

    Mmm, such an amazing set of cards. I love all the different techniques and colors and styles you used. I think my favorite for this release is the halftone squares (but possibly also the block prints or the frames). I’m really feeling the geometry this time around. And I would love to see how you did multicolor stamping on one stamp. I always seem to make either a giant mess or very artificial lines, but I love how your block print turned out! Thanks for sharing all of these with us!

  4. Karen Russell says:

    Gorgeous cards! Love this new release! Thank you for the inspiration!

  5. This is a lovely range of cards that really bring these products to life. I love your colour choices for these cards. Thanks for the inspiration and the videos.

  6. Teresa Godines #6857 says:

    Love your big bold sentiments. Thanks for the inspiration

  7. Margaret Roberts says:

    Your cards are gorgeous – every single one of them! Love the bold florals, the oversized sentiments, the gradient colors – I could go on and on!

  8. Jane Sirak says:

    Wow! Beautiful. . . All of them. My fav maybe the first one. I really love the way you use those half town squares in the different colors it’s just fabulous I almost said bad ass but I love it. I’m gonna go try and figure out how to subscribe to your blog and come back and watch all your videos thank you so much for everything you did this cards rock and I’m going to watch all your videos one by one! LDYJS@outlook.com

    1. Jane you’re so sweet! Thank you so much!! Scroll all the way to the bottom to subscribe to the blog. If you have any trouble at all please let me know, happy to help!

  9. Nanette Leiker says:

    I really loved the card that you used the “Inked Flora stampset”. Thank you for sharing your techniques with us!

  10. Susie Moore says:

    Your projects are amazing!

  11. Dee Earnshaw says:

    awesome work – LOVE the bright bold colors you used:)

  12. Sandy Stein says:

    Thank you for doing videos. Love watching you create.

  13. Sandra Wharton says:

    These are all amazing. Loved the videos.

  14. These are wonderful! Happy happy cards. Love them all ♥

  15. BrendaLea Abbott says:

    Love all of your cards. So many different techniques and styles. Wow!

  16. Carol Sue Abell Jones says:

    Gorgeous set of cards! Love all the stamp sets, colors and techniques you used. Brilliant idea to add the black flicks to the leaves card. I love all your hand drawn borders. Kelly Latevola is one of my favorites!

  17. Dana Marsolek says:

    Beautiful and fun cards! Such creative use of the new products. I love the Floral Art stamp set and I’d like to learn more about your design process.

  18. Carol Rossouw says:

    I am useless at getting an “artsy”” look on my own so this release is perfect! Also love the frames. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration. Your cards are unique and clever!

  19. Wendy Lambert says:

    Not sure which one I love more. They are all just so colorful and beautiful. I love the rainbow look but the last two have to be my favorite.

  20. Mindy Drummond says:

    Your cards are awesome, thanks for the inspiration! My favorite in this release is the Hello Gorgeous set, as much for the gladiolus as the sentiments lol. I’m just learning papercrafting so any techniques you wish to share are incredibly helpful for me.

  21. Denise Bryant says:

    Beautiful assortment of cards!

  22. Beautiful cards- and so many styles! I am amazed at how versatile the geo frames are. Any technique you want to share would be great!

  23. Karthikha Balasubramanian says:

    Wonderful set of cards using a lovely release! 🙂

  24. Joy Meadows says:

    I love this release! My favorite is the inked flora. Altenew has the most beautiful flowers!!

  25. Kelly Parker says:

    wonderful cards, your use of color is awesome!!

  26. Pam Nichols says:

    Love all the great videos to go with each card!! Beautiful work….

  27. Nandini Karmarkar says:

    This is such a fabulous release! And I love the inspiration! It is awesome! My favourite product from this release has to be the Floral Art stamp set.

  28. Donna Oates says:

    Lovely cards! Layouts and color choices really showcase all these Altenew products!

  29. Kelli Squires says:

    All so beautiful and colourful! I’m in love with the floral art stamp and die set. I’m new to all this so I have no idea what I would like to see, just enjoying all the beautiful inspiration!

    1. Thanks Kelli! And welcome to this great crafty community! I’ll be sure to keep the inspiration coming along with all the other amazing artists out there!

  30. Teresa Doyle says:

    These are all stunning cards Amber.
    My fave product from this release is the Geo Frame set and I love how versatile it is. I also love the Halftone stamp set and how you used it today, very pretty!

    1. Thanks Teresa! I lean towards florals, which is why I love Altenew, but the geometric sets in this release really blew me away too!

  31. Cynthia Cole says:

    I love your cards and that first one is my favorite! My personal favorite product from the release is the Smile and Hugs stamps set.

    1. Thanks Cynthia! You’re not alone! I had a request to create a video with that set…so I’ll need to do some shopping. 🙂

  32. Andrea Hastilow says:

    Fantastic cards, wow ! So rich in colours & unique in style even though youve used products from the same release as other’s. I’ve not seen your work till now , I’m so inspired by how you use products, thanks.

  33. What beautiful cards! I saw your first one in the altenew email and couldn’t wait to find you on the bloghop!

  34. Anja Curvers says:

    Wow all those cards are amazing love them all. Can’t think of a favorite one I really love the release but if I had to choose I would go for the floral art stampset. You used great colors and I love your designs. About a future technique you already showed many different techniques and love all the videos. Maybe some background inking or creative use from dies. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Jeanette Hebden says:

    So many cards,. So many ideas with those gorgeous patterns and colours. Thanks for sharing .

  36. Asawari Padhye says:

    lovely cards…I love your choice of colors. I especially liked the blue one with the pearl effect. It is just elegant! also love the way you have added a border to every design, some of them really subtle but highly effective.

  37. My favorite is the block print stamp set. Thanks for all of the beautiful inspiration. I am always looking for new techniques, but would like to see some old ones with your twist.

  38. Michelle Henderson says:

    Brilliant cards, love the floral art stamp and halftones, love the one with the rainbow background 💕

  39. Kirsty Vittetoe says:

    Fantastic cards! Such great designs!

  40. Rebecca Ednie says:

    I love card 5. Definitely my fave floral of this releaSe.

  41. I like the variety of cards you have created. My fave is the block print stamp set. I would like to see creative inking techniques

  42. Miriam Prantner says:

    So many great cards! I really like how you used the frame stamps and just the very modern and clean and simple designs and compositions!

  43. Kelsey Thomas says:

    Beautiful cards! 🙂 I am already a subscriber. My favorite from the release is the Block Print stamp set. It looks like it would be a lot of fun! I think some fancy fold types of card techniques would be cool to see! 🙂

  44. Suzanne Hanlon says:

    Amazing release, love what you did with it!

  45. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Beautiful cards and thanks for the awesome videos too! My favorite of new release is the Inked Flora set and love the first of your cards the best with the Geo Frame and Inked Flora and those colors are just stunning. I would love to see more techniques for making multiple cards or getting 2 cards from one technique.

    1. Thanks so much Melissa! I love the two-fers too! I can definitely do more of those videos! Thanks for the feedback!

  46. Lindsay Dickason says:

    I love how colorful your cards are!

  47. WOW! I love the colors you used! SO BRIGHT AND VIVID

  48. Mirella ROGAN says:

    Gorgeous cards, all of them! The third one is my favourite – love the bold colours!

  49. wonderful vibrant projects!! I do love the new floral with matching dies.

  50. Lori Roberson says:

    Wow, Beautiful cards.. Love the floral, and the geo frame set and the colors. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

  51. Rebecca Yahrling says:

    Gorgeous array of cards! I love the new Geo Frame set so card #5 really speaks to my heart. So pretty with that beautiful floral.

  52. You really went to town with this new release! Beautiful!

  53. Great designs, I would love for you to feature the Smiles and Hugs set in a video, please. Thanks for the inspiration!

  54. Tara Prince says:

    Amazing cards! Wonderful new sets!

  55. Kay Demonbren says:

    Beautiful, beautiful cards; I love all these colorful projects!

  56. Debra Rumpza says:

    Beautiful cards! I love your clean look and the use of the Mega Words.

  57. elsmith2005 says:

    I love blog hops because I get to discover new artists, like you! I LOVE your cards – so modern, vibrant, and beautiful! Thanks so much for the inspiration!