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Design With Black Make A Statement| Altenew June 2019

It’s no secret that I’m in love with Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink. I mean come, on its tagline is Exceptionally Crisp! Altenew’s June 2019 Stamp and Die release has loads of clever stamp sets that lend themselves to designing with black and that’s what I’m featuring today!

Altenew June 2019 Stamp Die Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

If you’ve found your way here via Zsoka Marko’s blog then you’re right on track. I just love her cards, don’t you? For the full participant list, click here.

Designing with Black - Altenew June 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

There are so many awesome sets in this release that it was hard to choose what to use for today’s cards. Shop the full release here.

Altenew June 2019 Stamp Die Stencil Full Release

All the details for designing these cards are in the video!

Altenew Peaceful Reverie

Isn’t the stippling layer on this stamp set the coolest?!? Stippling is an age-old technique that uses small ink dots in various densities to shade an image.

Every now and then I use stippling in my Zentangle® compositions. Traditionally, stippling is done in black ink which is what I’ll be sharing today.

Altenew Peaceful Reverie

I stamped the solid flower layers in Coral Berry and Sunray Crisp Dye Inks. The stamens and stems were stamped in Olive Crisp Dye Ink.

I used the Olive Artist Marker to draw longer stems which is just one more reason I love that all of the Altenew colors coordinate across their different coloring mediums!

Altenew Peaceful Reverie Stamp Set

The second detail layers were stamped in Obsidian Pigment Ink which is my new favorite black ink! I added additional stippling to the hand-drawn stems with a Sakura Micron 01 pen.

The sentiment is from the new Sentiment Strips Stamp Set and there are so many awesome sayings to choose from. This has already become a quick everyday staple in my crafting!

When designing with black I think it’s important to use it in at least 3 areas and to maintain large areas of white space. Here, we’ve used black for the stippling layer, sentiment strip, and splatter with Altenew Jet Black Ink Spray.

Altenew Pattern Power & Sunflower Daisy

If you love the Altenew Builder Stencils (Heart, Weave, Scallop, Cube, and Step) then you’re going to love the new Pattern Power Stamp Set. It’s so ingenious!

Altenew Pattern Power Stamp Set, Altenew Sunflower Daisy Stamp Set

Graduation season is upon us and the Pattern Power geometrics were giving me a college vibe. My husband graduated from Georgia Tech and I remembered the colors being black and gold, you know for Buzz, their bee mascot.

But, I’ve come to find out their colors are actually navy and gold. What?? So confused…anyhow, back to the card!

Maintain Your White Space

This card has a lot of graphic elements so maintaining white space will be crucial to offset the patterns and black ink.

Rather than using 3 colors with the Pattern Power stamp as intended, I only used 2 colors and stamped the pattern twice vs. three times. This helped to minimize the color palette and reserve more white space. See video.

Designing with Black - Altenew June 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

For the lovely Sunflower Daisy stamps, I only used 1 layer for the bloom and 2 for the centers. Again this minimizes the color palette and reserves the bright white highlights.

Separate Your Whites

In order to separate the white die cut sentiment from the white card panel, I layered a black die cut behind it and positioned it on the top edge.

I then popped up the sentiment die cut on foam tape so that ambient light would cast a shadow on the bottom edge and further separate it from the white card front.

So, all in all, we have black ink on 5 areas of this card, but it works because we’ve reserved so much white space.

Designing with Black

I hope you’ve enjoyed my cards today and all of the other amazing inspiration on the hop! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below! As always supplies, giveaway information, and the next stop on the hop are listed below.

Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time, Breathe · Ink · Inspire.



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 6/18/2019 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 6/22/2019.

Next Stop

The next stop on the hop is the amazing Reiko Tsuchida. The full list of participants is below in case you get lost along the way!

Altenew Card Blog
Kelly Griglione
May Sukyong Park
Maryam Perez
Svitlana Shayevich
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Laurie Willison
Nathalie DeSousa
Virginia Lu
Ashlea Cornell
Enza Gudor
Lisa Spangler
Agnieszka Malyszek
Vicky Papaioannou
Norine Borys
Kathleen Graumüller
Therese Calvird
Emily Midgett
Zinia Redo
Jaycee Gaspar
Kymona Tracey
Joni Andaya
Lilith Eeckels
Ilda Dias
Isha Gupta
Lydia Evans
Arjita Sepaha Singh
Sandra Dietrich
Marge Yoon
Sveta Fotinia
Zsoka Marko
Amber Rain Davis – YOU ARE HERE
Reiko Tsuchida
Kelly Janes

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  1. Laura Casselman says:

    The stencil background totally changes the feel of your card. Love it!

  2. Darlene DeSario says:

    An inspiration. Lovely. Thank you

  3. Johanna T. says:

    Great cards! Love how you used the pattern stamp behind the daisies!

  4. Yolanda F says:

    These are so pretty. They have a great pop art feel to them

  5. Totally love the white space! And your very creative use of unique colors for these two new stamp set flowers. Love them! Thanks for some more great inspiration, Amber!

  6. Such gorgeous cards. I especially love the card using the peaceful reverie set. I love those florals.

  7. Beverly Jordan says:

    What beautiful eye candy! The graphics using these is fabulous! Adding the long inked stem to the Peaceful reverie was brilliant!

  8. Fabulous design with the new releases!

  9. Beautiful cards. Love your process video. Thanks for sharing and I have pinned your cards.

  10. Beautiful cards and great video. Your strong black is inspirational. I’ve never done that on a card, but now I’ve got to try it. This hop is so much fun. Lots of new ideas!

  11. Cyndi Morris says:

    Gorgeous cards. You’ve used my two favorites from this wonderful release — the Sunflower Daisy and the Peaceful Reverie sets. Gorgeous colors.

  12. Brenda S. Schuhmacher says:

    Very interesting take on these stamp designs. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Melissa Sullivan says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  14. After seeing your lovely cards, & reading your detailed thoughts on using black with colors & white space, I have to try making some designs like yours. Adding Peaceful Reverie to my wishlist right now!

  15. Kathy Dippner says:

    Beautiful cards! Thanks for the tip about the inks and markers matching. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  16. see mary stamp says:

    The black and yellow combo on the Sunflower Daisy card is stunning.

  17. Very pretty. I like the stippling.

  18. Anne Sturgeon says:

    The Peaceful Reverie set is amazing. There are so many possibilities here. Love both cards!

  19. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Stunning cards! I, too, love cards with bright colors and pops of black! I make my scrapbook layouts like that, also. So, your cards really appeal to me! the Peaceful Reverie stamp set is definitely on my wishlist!

  20. Jaycee C. says:

    Your white and black compositions are very cool. Thank you for your added notes. It make a great deal of sense to only use 2 colors in your stencil. I think the Pattern Power stamps are ingenious too!

  21. Oh what striking cards! Beautiful designs and the pops of color are amazing. Fabulous!

  22. Lisa Byers says:

    Your cards always amaze how unique and different they are. I love the texture of the flowers and the colors you used. The designs are fabulous!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!!

  23. Sharon Youngblood says:

    Thanks you so much for explaining the reason why the design with the black and white work. I struggle with design, I have a good eye and know when it looks right and when it isn’t working but struggle with knowing why it’s working or what to change to make it work. I spend a lot of time just trying different thing till it feels right.

  24. What a cool pop art look! The bright colors with the heavy black accents is so striking. Thanks for another great idea!

  25. Teri Terrific says:

    Oh my stars! Your cards are so unique! I just love the black dot print layer over the color; it looks so vintage and beautiful. And the bold colors you used on the Congratulations card; I love that they are in the background and the flowers are black and white _ stunning! Thank you.

  26. Sally Powers says:

    I always fail with the white space. You seem to know how to do it! Great inspiration for the new Altenew release!

  27. joy meadows says:

    wow! these cards are spectacular! love the black and white with a little color added.

  28. Beautiful cards. I love your use of black. Thanks!

  29. Jenrescuemama says:

    I love learning and I’m so appreciative that you are generous with sharing your talents & knowledge. Gorgeous cards as always!

  30. Debbie Rumpza says:

    Beautiful cards! I love the bold colors…

  31. Denise M Freeman says:

    Hi Amber! Well, first I was like no I don’t want to see black, I’ll catch her next time. Bur wow oh wee! I watched and listened and these turned out really well. I do like the stippling pattern in these layers. It really does make the look way more interesting. I like it – your the boss! Thank you so much Denise

  32. I love your Peaceful Reverie card – the stamps are so interestingly textured!

  33. I love your cards. I really appreciate how you explain your cards and why you did what you did. TFS your creativity with us.

  34. Lovely cards. Thanks for sharing your videos on how you made them

  35. Kathy McCluskey says:

    Both cards are so awesome, Amber! Thanks for making a video showing us how you made them….so helpful! Your talent and creativity is very inspiring! Thanks for sharing with us!!

  36. Tad Krauss says:

    Thanks for the great tips. Zentangle is new for me. I’ll be back.

  37. Wow! Wow! Wow! I think these are my favorite cards on the hop! They’re both amazing!

  38. Such lovely cards. So striking and elegant. I love the overall feel of your cards. Just gorgeous. <3

  39. Thanks for all the great tips, Amber! Love the cards! Great designs as usual!!

  40. striking designs – love the black with the bright colors!

  41. Gorgeous cards. The style is so beautiful.

  42. Marilyn Bronson says:

    Beautiful, bold and very graphic!

  43. Laurie Black says:

    Pretty cards and great tips. Love the retro vibe with these designs and colors.

  44. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome cards! Love your use of black ink with these beautiful designs!

  45. Donna Deck says:

    Lovely! The yellow and black card with its geometrical elements is stunning.

  46. Miriam Prantner says:

    These cards have such a great graphic punch and boldness to them!

  47. barbara lassiter says:

    I am a fan of black and white with some color and your cards are beautiful examples of that! They are unique and very creative, I think!

  48. Sandy Stein says:

    Stippling makes a huge difference. Love your cards and especially the Peaceful Reverie Stamp Set.

  49. Kristen Snoozy says:

    I love this graphic style, beautiful and really eye catching!

  50. Dee Earnshaw says:

    super cards – thanks for the inspiration:)

  51. Love, love your black and gold flowers with the builder stencil used for the background.

  52. Marisela Delgado says:

    awesome cards

  53. Beautiful cards! So clean and gorgeous!

  54. I LOVE how you used the pattern power stamp! My kids went to GTech. It’s a Yellowjacket wasp and I used Gold and Cream for their colors with optional black or navy when I made decorations. Their colors are confusing. Just terrific inspiration! Thank you.

  55. As always, amazing post Amber! I love to watch your videos! Love the take on black and white!

  56. Meghan Kennihan says:

    Such fun and unique cards! I love how the color POPS from the black and white!

  57. Heather Clay says:

    The splatters add great texture to these cards.

  58. Sascha Bausch says:

    Oh WOW…lovley Artwork <3 The Pattern Set is my favorite

  59. Maureen Knowler says:

    Great designs

  60. Anushree Vaish says:

    Gorgeous cards and lovely video!

  61. I love these! I never would have thought to use the black. I love all the different perspectives and creativity on these blog hops, It’s amazing!

  62. Awesome designs Amber!Love the color combos and stamps you chose. Thanks for the inspiration!

  63. Jan castle says:

    Both cards are AWESOME!!!! Thanks for sharing how you made them!
    Paper Hugs,

  64. Wow! I love your color and design strategies!! I would never think of stamping a flower layer just in black! It is gorgeous with the color combination 🙂

  65. Beautiful cards!! Love how you have used these stamps together, it gives so different look. 🙂

  66. Judith Valerio says:

    Amber, I love the graphic nature of your cards! Your flower card is awesome and the step stamp stencil, wow! Thanks for all the tips today. I never remember to sprinkle before assembling a card, but then I’m a new card maker! Have a great day!

  67. Suzanne Russell says:

    Loved your video and will subscribe. These two cards are stunning. You did an excellent job of describing your process and the result is that I will be buying all of the products used in your video!
    Your newest fan, Suzanne