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Altenew Educators Giving Thanks Blog Hop

Hi crafty friends! Altenew Educators are Giving Thanks to Heroes who have worked tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic and the most recent devastating events. We’re thankful for each and every one of you and my heart goes out to all those who have been affected by virus and violence.

Altenew Educator Giving Thanks to Heroes Blog Hop

If you made your way here from, Irina’s blog you are right on track. If you’d like to hop to the beginning, visit the Altenew Card Blog.

I finally got my hands on some Altenew Gradient Cardstock! So, today, I’m sharing three ways to get your gradient cardstock on…your cards! All the details for these cards are in this short card making video tutorial.

Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share with friends.

Paint Chip Card

The first thing I thought of when I fanned out the gradient cardstock was a paint chip from your local Sherwin-Williams or the like. This card is quick and easy and makes a statement.

Paint Chip Card with Gradient Cardstock

I cut a 1 1/16-inch strip of each shade of Sea Shore gradient cardstock. I lined them up in a Mini MISTI and stamped Floral Vine in Obsidian Pigment Ink. Then to add a bit of interest, I tore the outer edges of the cardstock strips.

Altenew Gradient Cardstock Thank You Card

Flower Vine Stamp Set includes some of my favorite sentiments. They’re all tiny like the one you see above. Leave the in one strip, stack them as I’ve done here, or use them as sub-sentiments with larger stamps or dies.

3D Layer Dies

Surely one of the first uses of gradient cardstock that comes to mind is 3D layer dies. If you feel they look a little naked on their own, add extra dimension with Artist Markers and ink smooshing.

3D Layering Dies with Markers & Ink Smooshing

I used Fantasy Floral 3D Die Set, one of my all-time faves, for these three vibrant blooms. As you can see, the top flower and leaves are naked (no added color), the bottom left is colored with Artist Markers, and the bottom right has subtle ink smooshing.

Add dimension to 3D layering dies with markers & ink smooshing

Summer Afternoon & Green Meadows

Summer Afternoon & Just Green (ink only)

In addition to the gradient cardstock, I also picked up the Black & White Essentials 6×6 Paper Pack. People, I can’t believe I didn’t have this already given how much I love designing with black. Insert forehead slap!

Use Your Leftovers

If you follow me you know, I don’t like to leave leftovers hanging around my craft room. I’ve got to eat those up right away. So whenever I use pattern paper, I typically make a twofer.

Thank you card

You know I wasn’t going to waste these awesome black and white stripes! I cut a couple of colored strips from Sweet Leaf and Emerald cardstock from Green Meadows and Sea Shore Gradient Cardstocks respectively.

Thank you card

The Halftone Circle sentiment is stamped on Sweet Leaf Gradient Cardstock and cut with the coordinating die set. The lovely flower and leaf cluster you see is a sneak peek that will be released soon. Hang tight for a video on that one. That precious leftover was sitting on my desk and was perfect to finish off this card.


Did you miss my 3D Layer Die Hacks post and video? There are lots of great tips for adding extra dimension to your die-cuts.

Watch it here and share it with friends.

That’s a wrap on the projects, but there is a lot more crafty info to share so make your way down the page for prizes, special offers, linky party info, and supplies.

Let me know your favorite way to use Gradient Cardstock in the comments below. It’s not required to enter the giveaway, I’m just interested in how you’re using it. Thanks for stopping by everyone and hugs to all our heroesx and those who have suffered and need our support during this challenging time.

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Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment here on the Altenew Card Blog by 6/17/2020 for a chance to win. 

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Card Blog on 6/21/2020.

There’s MORE! We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!

Linky Party

This is no ordinary hop! We want you to join in on the fun as well. There is a Linky Party going on at the Altenew Card Blog. All you have to do is link up your creations based on the theme of the hop, which is, “Giving Thanks” and mention that you are taking part in the Altenew Educators Blog Hop and Linky Party. So what are you waiting for?! Link up!

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Shop HERE! Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. Not valid on Altenew Academy Classes and Virtual Workshops.

Next Stop

The next stop on the hop is the lovely Patty Mello. The full list is below so you don’t miss any crafty inspiration from our talented Educators.

Altenew Card Blog
Nenette S. Madero
Christine Pennington
Vicki Finger
Amy Hill
Nandini Karmarkar
Nancy McClelland
Neha Aggarwal
Terri Marie Koszler
Rosie Neustaedter
Helen Kalb
Laurel Beard
Maryam Sharara 
Teri Stokes
Nicole Watt 
Erin Thompson
Irina Fonina
Amber Rain Davis. <<< You Are Here
Patty Mello
Virginia Lu


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  1. Elizabeth Kuhn says:

    Oohhh…I love ink smooshing! I love how that turned out with the layered flower dies 🙂

  2. Carol E. Wortman says:

    Beautiful. Love the yellow one so much. Just beautiful!

  3. Beautiful and colorful card designs.

  4. Mary-Anne V says:

    Wow I saw your paint chip card on the Altenew site and just loved it. Love your style.

  5. Fabulous cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Melissa M says:

    I really love the colors in the first card. It looks like a beautiful set of paint chips, the flowers look so pretty on them. The different colors for the flower on the second card work so well together. I love the stripes on the last card. Very striking and it looks great together with that mystery flower.

  7. Angela Clark says:

    Amber, thank you for the video. The gradient layers with all the different colors are great. I can’t pick a favorite.

  8. great cards Amber, love the paint chip card especially.

  9. Danyelle Dillon says:

    You always do such nice work! I love your cards. Very bright and beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Penny Pynnonen says:

    You always do such a nice job, Amber. Great work.

  11. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Beautiful cards! I love the look of the blue torn papers with the dainty flowers- so pretty!

  12. Paint chip cards are so fun to make and so easy with the gradient card stock – I need to get my hands on some for sure! As usual, all your cards are lovely Amber!

  13. Amber Bissonnette says:

    Love your cards!!! The paint chip one is so neat and you rocked those 3D dies!

  14. Wow – those 3D flowers are fabulous – gorgeous cards! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Hi Amber. You make the most amazing cards! I enjoy your color choices and the wonderful ideas that you come up with and put together!!

  16. Love blue gradient background! Such pretty cards!
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  17. Dawn Tooley says:

    Beautiful cards! My favorite is the paint chip card. Love the simplicity and elegance of it. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Hi, Amber, I jumped right to you to start the hop, because you’re one of my faves. And, sure enough, there was the one card that had immediately caught my eye in the thumbnails: the orange flowers on b&w stripe! Adding extra color is a great touch.

  19. Suzanne Russell says:

    So many great tips in one video. Thanks, Amber!

  20. pat young says:

    Love your designs — you are always so creative and inspiring! Thank you.

  21. Cyndi Morris says:

    Gorgeous cards. I must get some of the wonderful gradient cardstock.

  22. you are so refreshing – love that you keep your oops in. it gives us all hope

  23. Marcia Neagley says:

    It doesn’t matter how long or short you are at card making one can learn something new and this video did this for me. I can’t wait to try adding ink to my layer flower die cuts. Thanks for the tips.

  24. Marcia Neagley says:

    It doesn’t matter how long or short you are at card making and this video shows great techniques. I can’t wait to try adding ink to my layer flower die cuts. Thanks for the tips.

  25. Patricia Beck says:

    Wow, where do I start? Your cards are lovely! I so appreciate your videos! I will have to grab a beverage and carve out a block of time and go through all of the links and prior posts. Favorite way to use gradient paper? ….I did not know gradient paper existed!!!! As a new crafter, your creations have me confused as to what wonderful Altenew products to buy first ! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Aw, thanks so much, Patricia! I feel ya. The struggle is real with prioritizing the wish list!

  26. Denise Bryant says:

    Beautiful cards! I love the Flower Vine on the paint chip background, and also the Fantasy Floral 3D dies! A couple of my favorites!

  27. Some very neat ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  28. You have some very neat ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Amber, your designs & creativity are wonderful & inspiring. Thank you.

  30. Leslie Hasen says:

    Thank you so very much for the video. It was very helpful, especially the tip about using a darker marker on the Cardstock because when it dries the ink matches the Cardstock too well. I try to learn from my “learning opportunities”, and it’s especially nice of you to share yours so we can all learn.

    1. Thanks so much, Leslie! I love to share those little nuggets of what I learned along the way and thrilled to hear they’re helpful!

  31. Patty A Eifert says:

    Another fabulous set of cards Amber…Love them!!

  32. Linda S Hyden says:

    Love your cards and talent in design.

  33. Sheri Hartman says:

    What creative and unique ideas. Very nice.

  34. Laura Casselman says:

    I have the 3D rose die, but have a hard time using it. Thank you for showing a way for me to get more out of what I have and be more creative. As always, I think your creations are gorgeous!

    1. Oh, thanks so much, Laura. I hope this video helps with the layering die. Altenew also has layering videos and intro videos for each of their products on the product page. Be sure to check those out too for extra tips.

  35. Pam Boedeker says:

    I really like the Thanks card you made with scraps. Interesting that the black and white stripes are one way and the two color stripes are opposite. It’s a very nice, simple card design.

    1. Thanks so much, Pam. I like to get those leftovers out of the way right away rather than storing them and I’m especially loving those stripes!

  36. Stunning cards, as usual. Love that you use your scraps, mine are in a box, a very big box!

    1. Thanks, Vickie! Right, when my scraps overflowed, I knew I needed a new system. Just using that extra piece right away was a huge help!

  37. I am saving all your ideas! Thank you.

  38. Joanne M Hoffmann says:

    Absolutely stunning and creatively inspirational card(s)!

  39. Jacque Rodgers says:

    Lovely Cards!

  40. Loved the simplicity of the paint chip card

  41. Inkin' Chickie says:

    Great video showing the steps. I need to remember to use some of the tips to add more color. Always like the use of the leftover cuts right away for another project.

  42. Dorothy A says:

    Such lovely cards with fabulous Altenew stamps and dies. Always inspirational to see your creations. Thank you!

  43. So very nice. Thanks for sharing

  44. Marisela Delgado says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

  45. Peg Frushour says:

    Love your cards! i love the bright colors you used against the black and white stripes. Beautiful!

  46. Awesome cards- I really love your paint chip card! Love all these bold colors!

  47. wonderful cards, Amber, but the yellow one has my heart!!

  48. Great and amazing cards. Your ideas are so clever. Thank you.

  49. Nancy McClelland says:

    Great cards and ideas as always!

  50. Thanks for all the awesome inspiration! I love the torn edge gradient strips! A great idea for scraps & such a pretty card!!

  51. Carolyn R says:

    Oh I love your paint chip card. So simple but so striking!

  52. Janis Spear says:

    Your cards always make me happy, and inspire me. you are so talented, and these cards are gorgeous.

  53. Love the way you used the gradient card stock. It is such a unique way to use it and such a nice result. The torn edges really add a nice touch.

  54. that gradient cardstock is really cool! thanks for inspiring!

  55. I’m such a fan of your work, Amber!!! Great idea using the gradient cardstocks❤️

  56. All of these are great but that paint chip card is my favorite. Great idea!

  57. sharon gulliksons says:

    The die cut flowers look amazing!!

  58. Super cool projects!!

  59. Meghan Kennihan says:

    I love the yellow layering flower die card! And what a beautiful blue background with the stripes!

  60. Beautiful cards. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.