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Altenew Stencil Blog Hop

I love, love, love Altenew stencils and if you’ve been hopping along with us then you’ve no doubt seen this new release is awesome! I have 6 cards to share with you today as we bring this hop to a close!

Altenew May 2019 Stencil Blog Hop + Giveaway

If you’ve made your way here from uber talented Ashlea Cornell’s blog, then you’re on track. This is the last stop on the hop, so click here if you’d like to go back to the beginning.

Here’s a little preview of the cards I’m sharing along with the stencil bundle.

Shop Altenew May 2019 Stencil Release

Altenew Deco Wonder Stencil

The first stencil I gravitated to was Deco Wonder. When I was about 10 years old, I loved Art Deco.

There was something about the patterns and black and gold that really spoke to me. That’s what inspired this card set featuring ink blending and 2nd generation stencil inking.

Altenew Deco Wonder & 2nd Generation Stencil Inking

Have you tried the new gold pigment ink pads from Altenew? Let me know what you think in the comments. I adore them! These 2 cards are clean and simple and come together in a snap!

I had lots of yummy gold ink left on my stencil after ink blending the first panel. Rather than waste the ink, I did what I call 2nd generation stencil inking.

Altenew Deco Wonder Masculine Graduation Card

Simply place your stencil on your mat, ink side up, and spray with a fine mist of water from about 8-10 inches away. Then place a piece of smooth white cardstock on top of the stencil and walk your fingers over the cardstock to transfer the ink.

Altenew Deco Wonder Masculine Birthday Card

Just like 2nd generation stamping, the image is lighter and the pattern is more subtle as it transfers an outline of the stencil and the negative space is left white.

Altenew Ombre Stripes Stencil

The Ombre Stripes Stencil has already become a staple in my stash. It’s a favorite right up there with Gradient Stripes Stamp Set and Cover Die.

Altenew Ombre Stripes Stencil & Everlasting Happiness Stamp Set

Only the top half of this card panel was ink blended at the start. I stamped the largest flower arrangement from Everlasting Happiness on the bottom half of the panel and colored it with Altenew Artist Markers.

After I colored the image with Sea Shores, Warm & Cozy, and Tropical Forest Altenew Artist Markers I replaced the stencil and ink blended right over the image. If you look closely you can see a Lime green cast over the image.

Altenew Heart Builder Stencil

This was my first time using an Altenew Builder Stencil, there are several, and I was blown away by how easy it was to get a 3D look with crisp edges.

Altenew Heart Builder Stencil Twofer Card Set

Simply ink blend with one color, clean the stencil, flip it over and realign it, and ink blend with a second color. I made a mistake with these cards that had me chuckling to myself. Check out the video for details.

Altenew Floral Garden & Broken Chevron Stencils

The Altenew Floral Garden Stencil is genius, simple to use, and it’s perfect for cards and large layouts.

Ink blend the flowers in Fuchsia, wipe the stencil clean, turn it 180 degrees, and ink the leaves in Fresh Leaf. Voila, you’ve got a full panel of flowers.

Broken Chevrons Stencil has fine lines and is great for making subtle backgrounds with dry embossing, ink blending, or embossing paste.

The green stripe panel was the leftover piece from the Sending Hugs card made with the Heart Builder stencil. It was so pretty I didn’t want to waste it and it was an easy way to add another touch of green.

That’s a wrap! There are so many ways to use stencils. You can find other cards featuring stencil techniques here. Let me know your favorite way to use stencils in the comments below!

As aways supplies and giveaway information is listed below.



To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 5/28/2019 for a chance to win.

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left below on my blog. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 5/31/2019.

Next Stop

If you’re starting the hop on my blog be sure to click here to go back to the first stop. Here’s the full list of participants.

Altenew Card Blog

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Lydia Evans

Laurie Willison

Kymona TraceyE

Zinia Redo

Agnieszka Malyszek

Svitlana Shayevich

Virginia Lu

Lilith Eeckels

Isha Gupta

Kelly Janes

Jaycee Gaspar

Vicky Papaioannou

Maryam Perez

Marie Nicole

Jeanne Jachna

Ashlea Cornell

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  1. Thank you for sharing this great information with us. I really liked your way of presenting the article.

  2. Boy, I messed up. I ordered a lot from this release, but for some reason I didn’t get the gradient stripes. What a ninny….after seeing your work with it, I know I have to have it! Gorgeous cards as always, and perfect sentiments for each one!

    1. I’ve totally done that!! The good thing is, there is always the next order. LOL! Thanks so much, Kathy! I’m so happy to hear you’re inspired by these stencil projects!!

  3. Linnea Sundstrom says:

    my favorite is using embossing paste. SOO MUCH luv the black and gold card!!!

  4. Beverly Jordan says:

    Your creative juices were really flowing with these new stencils, inks and pastes! You rocked these gorgeous cards and I enjoy all of the fun of watching! Am going to use your crafting ideas!!

  5. Dee-Dee Riggs says:

    I really like your Ombre Stripes card. I would have never dreamed of putting the sentiment on or die cut and then putting the stencil back over and put color over it. It looks very professional and well done.

    1. Thanks, Dee-Dee! Me either, but it was feeling so naked I thought, what do I have to lose?!

  6. Dear Amber
    I just fell in love with all your beautiful creations using teh Altenew stencils. They are simply out of this world. Love them all. Hugs and love

  7. Wow Amber! Your cards are amazing!!! I think I see these stencils in my not too distant future! I’m a new subbie on your tube channel too! Thanks for all the inspiration 🙂

    1. Welcome, Connie!! Thanks so much for visiting, enjoying, and subbing!! I hope to see you again real soon!

  8. I REALLY love that Floral Garden stencil. Love how well thought out it is and I love how versatile it is.

  9. Beautiful variety of stenciled cards.

  10. Thanks for sharing these great card ideas using stencils.

  11. Aimee Phillips says:

    Omg you made beautiful creations. I love the use of the ombre striped stencil in the first one. I love the floral stamp used with it.

    1. Thank you, Aimee! Yes, Everlasting Happiness is an awesome set. I love the circular frame and the fact that the bouquet is already arranged for me!!

  12. Cyndi Morris says:

    Wonderful cards. I love these new stencils, particularly the Floral Garden and the Heart Builder (so fun!).

  13. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Awesome cards! I love the 2nd generation background on the gold and black card! Thank you for the reminder to use leftover ink- great idea!

  14. I love the look of the congrats card in particular though all your cards are beautiful. Thanks for sharing how to do these

  15. Very beautiful cards and thanks for the videos. And you are certainly not alone! I have messed up my sentiment wording. But I have discovered you can snip another sentiment stamp to help fix it. In any case, your cards are just beautiful. You really have a talent for using stencils!

    1. Thanks so much Rozy! I do love my stencils and have a nice little collection going now. Totally with you on the sentiment strip and I bet there was one on the newly released set I was using that would have worked! Lol!!

  16. Lisa Byers says:

    Amber, your cards are spectacular!! They are designed beautifully. The colors are gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing with us.

  17. Susan Babcock says:

    The gold ink looks very dramatic against the black. I love deco, symmetry and straight lines! Beautiful work on beautiful stencils!

  18. Gorgeous projects – I love the gold and black congrats card; very dramatic and elegant, and love the fading of the gold on the black. I also love the hearts in heart die cut card too – such a great look!

  19. Denise Bryant says:

    Such pretty cards! The Illusion Spiral stencil design is a favorite, along with the Floral Garden stencil! Thanks for all the stencil inspiration and ideas!

    1. Hi Denise! Did you see Lydia’s Facebook Live session? Her use of the Illusion Stencil was amazing!! When I used that one I tried it out with Ink Spray which was nice, but dang I really do need to practice my ink spray technique. Lol!

  20. June Swart says:

    Beautiful cards. Love your techniques and videos! So inspiring!!!

    1. Thanks, June! I’m so glad to hear you like the videos!! For the next hop, I think I’ll combine the cards into 1 video. I’m curious, do you have a preference on 1 long video or a few short videos?

  21. Kathy Dippner says:

    Fabulous cards! Thanks for sharing your techniques.

  22. Vicki Kroll says:

    All your cards are great, but my favorites are the cards using the Heart Builder Stencil. So cool are the designs. I am drawn to that 3D effect. Nice way to end the Giveaway!

    1. Thanks, Vicki! Aren’t the Builder Stencils so cool?!? I’ve ordered some more and am excited to give them a go!

  23. Cynthia Cole says:

    All of these cards are stunning!

  24. Laura Casselman says:

    These are all great! I like seeing the ones that can tend to be used for more masculine look!

    1. Thank you, Laura! I have to admit, I always go geometric with my masculine cards. What’s your go-to for masculine cards? I could use some inspiration!

  25. Your cards are beautiful! I just love the colors you used with the deco wonder stencil. 🙂

  26. Kelly Kennedy says:

    Love the gold Art Deco but can also appreciate the softer looks! Beautiful examples!

  27. Michele W says:

    Thanks for the great videos showing how you made these fantastic cards! I learned so much. I would never have dared to ink blend a stencil over a stamped image but I love the look you achieved. Guess it pays to be a little daring from time to time. 🙂

    1. Thanks Michelle! You know, I wouldn’t have either if it didn’t look so plain and I’m glad I tried it!

  28. Anne Sturgeon says:

    My first visit Amber and I am so happy I got here. Such a great job and I now am up to four got to haves. This chevron is so cool. Also love your second generation stamping. Who would want to waste gold anyway…. Nicely done and I will definitely be back.

    1. I’m so happy you found my blog and like what you see Anne! Totally, it’s too hard to throw away such pretty ink!

  29. S Jameson says:

    These are wonderful cards – so pretty and bright. The gold and black of your first card is just stunning. I never would have thought of second generation stenciling (I only recently started getting into stencils myself) but what a clever idea!

    1. Thanks so much!! I’m happy to hear you learned learned something new!! So exciting! There are so many things you can do with stencils and they’re such a great value! I love them!!

  30. joy meadows says:

    Such beautiful cards, Amber! I especially love the heart stencil and your use of it is spectacular.

  31. I love your cards. I especially love the cards using the heart builder stencil. The colors are gorgeous and is two-for-one. Beautiful use of the stencils. TFS

  32. WOW Amber. Such fun cards with the stencils. I’m impressed. Love the floral one and can’t wait to order it.

    1. Hi Dawn! Thank a bunch! You will love Floral Garden. It’s so unique and the results you can get are spectacular!

  33. Denise M Freeman says:

    Hi Amber Rain! So glad to see you in this Hop – you know you’re a favorite. Definitely much easier navigation!! Thank you. Love your work with the stencils. The use of 2nd gen ink made awesome panels. Before I watched the videos seeing the card made me kinda curious. I was thinking – now how did she do that?? I have an affinity for geo/deco shapes, especially anything that era too. You did a fabulous job with it. Altenew’s gold paper really looks high quality! What’s the “spray ink”?? The additional stripes to the Everlasting card was perfect – sort of glow rather than white. Really nice touch. Thanks for the inspiration – love it! Denise

    1. Hi Denise! I’m always excited to hear from you. Your comments are so thoughtful! I’m thrilled to hear navigation is easier! Cheers to success! Yeah, though I gravitate to bold colors I really enjoy 2nd gen ink with stencils. Altenew has a line of Metallic Ink Sprays that are fabulous! In the 2nd gen video I only used a water mister. Thanks again Denise!!

  34. Love the pretty use of stencils! Beautiful projects, color choices and card designs too! Love it1

  35. Your cards are outstanding! Your black and gold card is a total WOW card. And I am totally with you on regarding the black and white stripe and black and white dot paper. That would be the ideal paper pack! Thanks for sharing your talent and inspiration!

  36. Brooke Guadagno says:

    Loved the art deco card. I never thought about stencils too much before but I can’t wait to try them now.

  37. You do beautiful card! Like how you did the strips in the background. I love how you designed the envelope. I’m needing to that out.
    Ps I’m a new subscriber by the way. 👍🏻

    1. I’m so glad you like them, Renee! Thanks so much for visiting and subscribing to my YouTube channel as well!! You’re awesome!!

  38. Catherine says:

    Gorgeous cards and colors!

  39. Beautiful cards. Very inspirational.

  40. Carmela Hubler says:

    Amber, I admire your style! These are such pretty cards. The black and gold card is stunning and I love your card with the floral garden stencil!

  41. Meghan Kennihan says:

    All are stunning! I love the congrats one! SO ELEGANT! Great colors on the bottom ones!

  42. Jenrescuemama says:

    The gold is stunning! I have all three of the new inks on my immediate to-buy list. And I can’t help but want every one of these stencils. The ombré is my favorite – for now! I see that changing often. Thanks for sharing your talents!

    1. You’re so welcome Jen! Thanks so much for visiting! You’ll LOVE the new Inks when you get them.

  43. Your cards are amazing!! My favorite is the black and gold. So striking!!

  44. Teri Terrific says:

    Fantastic cards! They’re all so lovely, but I, too, am fond of the Deco Wonder stencil. The way you used it _TWICE_with the gold and got completely different looks is really inspiring. I also like your color choices; they are so bold and beautiful. Thank you

  45. WOW! You were certainly inspired when you worked with the new stencils!!!! Loved seeing
    all your cards! 🙂

    1. Yes, I so was Beverly! I was really digging the stencils and the Inks. Thanks for visiting!!

  46. Brenda L. Kuder says:

    Love your cards! Great stencils!

  47. Oh wow! So many awesome cards!! The congrats one in gold and black is just fantastic, and that’s my fav of all 🙂 Beautiful work!!

  48. barbara lassiter says:

    All your cards are amazing. What a great ending to this blog hop. I love the card created from the Floral Garden stencil best, because that’s my favorite stencil from this release. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Barbara! I’m always amazed that people make it to the end of hops! It’s hard not to get lost in all that great inspiration along the way. Floral Garden is such a great stencil!


    So many great cards, but I especially love the first set! Very art deco, and love the colors!

  50. Claudia C. Ressler says:

    Amber, I love all your cards and especially when you use two different stencils. It gives the projects even more depth.

    1. Thank you, Claudia! I totally agree. I have to remember to do that more often, I really like the layering!

  51. One more comment from me, dear Amber, my favorite way to use stencils is with a gel press, where I can take advantage of the positive and the negative. I love layering colors and different stencils on one project. I also like working with embossing paste, ink blending, spray, glitter paste, pan pastels, perfect pearls, … I just love stencils any and every way, they are the most versatile tool. And the new ones are attractive. Of your cards the black art deco is the most gorgeous of your beautiful cards followed by sending hugs — great color combination and overall design, including the placement of the enamel dots. Thanks again.

    1. Ooh, thanks for the Gel Press reminder Caroline! I have one and have only used it twice. I need to pull that sucker out and give it another go! Thanks, so much!

  52. Love your cards and videos — you have an amazing voice; I could listen to you for hours! Thank you for the inspiration.
    I thought I would share a tip with you, if I may. You could save that first panel (“From the bottom of”) by adding a tiny heart to the sentiment (either die cut and colored to match the sentiment or the hearts in your cut-out or an enamel heart). I think that would have looked nice. But your version is just as beautiful.

    1. Thank you, Caroline that’s a very nice compliment! And I LOVE your tip!! That didn’t even occur to me and I have tons of little heart stamps! 🤣🤣

  53. So many gorgeous cards!! Love each one, wonderful colors and lovely designs. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  54. Your cards are just gorgeous. I really love the art deco, as well as the second one you managed to get from the second generation 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing, as always, just beautiful work.

  55. Sandy Mcallister says:

    Th Aet deco cards are very many. Thanks for sharing all your ideas

  56. Amber you & I have some things in common in the crafting of cards. I am impatient with waiting for ink to dry & get my fingers inky & next thing I see are smudges here & there. I also cut out the middle of my frames I make as, like you, I don’t like to waste paper. My hubby just shakes his head at times… lol You’ve made great videos & I have three favourite stencils. The Art Deco, the Ombre Stripes & the Broken Chevron. I like to ink blend the best, although I love the look of dry embossing with them. I’ve got to try that soon. Love your videos too. Enough rambling. Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Teri! It would be fun to craft together, we’d have bits of ink all over! Yes, those are great staple stencils! So many things you can do with them! Tag me on Instagram @notableink if you do the dry embossing. I think you’ll love it!

  57. Loved the varied use of stencils on your cards !

  58. Tricia A Podmore says:

    Your work is amazing and love all of it. Soooooo much inspiration and thank you for sharing.

  59. The art deco card is so cool. Love the look of that!

  60. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Beautiful cards, love the “extra” card with the gold ink blending and the pretty floral garden card is my fave. Thanks for the awesome video tutorials too.

    1. You’re so welcome Melissa! Thank you so much for checking out my cards and your lovely feedback!