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How To Make Mixed Media Cards | Altenew Exotic Garden Hop

Create gorgeous mixed media cards with the Altenew Exotic Garden release. Altenew Tropical Jungle Stamp Set definitely inspires a rainforest vibe.

Many thanks to fellow Altenew Educator Helen Kalb for relaying you over to my blog. To start at the beginning of the hop please visit the Altenew Card Blog.

All the details on how to create mixed media cards with the Altenew Exotic Garden release are in this short 6-minute video tutorial. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share it with your crafty friends.

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Altenew Exotic Garden Release

The Altenew Exotic Garden release exudes a summer vibe. And I’m so ready for consistent warm weather. How about you?

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Tropical Jungle Mixed Media Card

Tropical Jungle is definitely my new favorite stamp set. It reminds me of hiking in Hawaii back when we flew away for summer vacation. That being said, I wanted to create a lush rainforest feel with this stamp set. Hang with me to the end of the video so you can see the gel printing I did in my art journal to prep for the card.

Dovetail Butterflies Mixed Media Card

The lovely butterflies in this Dovetail Butterflies Stamp Set are remarkably life-size. Here I used Altenew Instant Dimension Foam Tape down the center of the butterflies and folded the wings up for dimension. As a bonus, the butterflies are die-cut from double-sided gel printed paper. There are different colors and designs on the backsides.

Simply Spring Mixed Media Card

This card is so simple to make. I just grabbed a book page I used to clean off my brayer during gel printing and used the Simply Spring Stamp & Die Bundle. Easy peasy! The sentiment is made with the Simply Hello Die and a sub-sentiment from the Hello & Hugs Stamp Set.

$300 in total prizes!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 05/10/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/12/2021.

Build-A-Flower: Indian Lotus

Get more mileage out of your stamps and inks and try gel printing. In this video, I compare 3 different media, dye ink, pigment ink, and acrylic paint on the Gel Press. Learn how to use your stamps with the gel press and create artsy monoprint cards with loads of texture and color. Visit the post and watch the video below.

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Next Stop

The next stop on the hop is my good friend, Jenny Colacicco. Her projects are sure to delight you! To start at the beginning and access a full list of our talented artists, visit the Altenew Card Blog.


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  1. Debbie Frank says:

    Always love watching your videos! Your projects are so cool!

  2. Thank you for your wonderful video! I can’t thank you enough for sharing all of your knowledge with us! Thank you for another beautiful release, Altenew!

  3. Sarina Parhawk says:

    Beautiful cards… I’m off to watch both videos… Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. Cyndi+Morris says:

    I love your beautiful cards and I love this fantastic release!

  5. Mary Ann Reilly says:

    Very nice! There are so many layers and textures to see. The first two really feel like you are in the tropics.

  6. Becky Esposito says:

    I learn so many new techniques

  7. S Schmidt says:

    Thanks for explaining the different results you get with different media on a gel press. Can’t wait to try it.

  8. Kristine Boydstun says:

    So fun!!! I think a gel press is my next big purchase! Love it!

  9. Denise Bryant says:

    So pretty! I love the jungle card!

  10. Soooo beautiful, Amber! I love the bright colors & those butterflies are really calling my name! Thanks for all the tips!

  11. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    I love all the textures and colors on your cards! They are all beautiful!

  12. Dhruvika Patel says:

    preetttyyy cards!

  13. Outstanding! I just bought a gel press from Altenew but havent tried it out yet! Perhaps I will begin using it today!

  14. So many great ideas, I love the gel press design. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Wonderful video Amber. I just bought a gel press and this was great for ideas! Always love to see what you create! Stay safe! 🙂

  16. Elizabeth Kuhn says:

    What a fun new medium! I’ve seen a lot of this gel roll technique lately, and have been so curious! Love how absolutely exotic and tropical these gel backgrounds are ❤️

  17. So very pretty. Thanks for sharing

  18. Karen Letchworth says:

    Oh Amber: You really ROCKED these new Altenew products. I love it all.

  19. Janice Hixon says:

    Love the first card in the mixed media set. I am amazed at the background you got with the gel press. It is amazing! The second set with the lotus is stunning. I truly am hard pressed to pick a favorite. They are all gorgeous. I am inspired to play with my gel press for sure.

  20. Love your cards. Especially love that Tropical Jungle stamp.

  21. berryblue says:

    I, too, love that Tropical Jungle stamp set! Your beautiful cards and techniques have totally inspired me to look at my supplies in a whole new way. I’m ready to go play!

  22. Barb in kazoo says:

    Wonderful cards and video. I always love the altenew products. They speak t9 my heart.

  23. Dorothy Ayotte says:

    What cool gel press cards! I enjoyed the gel press video as well. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration!

  24. Mahalo Amber for returning me to Hawaii even for a little while! So interesting to see your take on mixed media with this release. Thanks for the inspiration.

  25. Debbie McKelvey says:

    Wow, how cool are your cards? I love them, so pretty!

  26. Margaret Mckernan says:

    Such a great gel press video! Thank you!

  27. Beautiful cards. Love all that color!

  28. Silvia Hutchinson says:

    Fabulous cards!! I especially love the jungle hello!

  29. I love your mixed media angle card. You stamped the background on premium copy paper instead of cardstock. Is that what you always use for gel press? Why?

    1. Thanks, Pam! Yes, I like to use cover-weight copy paper in lieu of cardstock for gel printing. It’s thinner and pulls the prints well, but it’s also less expensive. I typically pull a bunch of prints per session and the thinner paper is easier to tear and layer for collages without getting too bulky.

      I also don’t add a card base to my cards until I’m ready to send them. It’s easier to take the flat lay photos without a card base and they’re easier to store as card fronts. So since I always create on cardfronts and I’m going to glue it to a base anyway, using thinner paper works well for me.

      I also use the same paper for Copic coloring. It’s super smooth and the markers blend well and it can be put in the automatic feeder of your printer without jamming when I use digital stamps.

      Lol, lots of reasons here, so I will make a note to share this in one of my future videos.

  30. Joni J. Seith says:

    I love your work.

  31. Wonderful mixed media projects!!

  32. What fantastic art work! Love all that you do.

  33. Patricia Wilson says:

    Loved your cards and also your journal pages. That’s a great way to clean your brayer. Who, but you, would have thought to save those cleaning pages and use them. They were lovely especially the one where you stamped the flower spray and then cut it out. Love watching you.

    1. Aw, thanks, Patricia! Think about all the things you can brayer off on. Maybe pattern paper that needs some sprucing up or background patterns you don’t love or got messed up. Lots of options!

  34. Marisela Delgado says:

    So wonderful!

  35. Nicki Baxley says:

    Beautiful examples!

  36. I love the Tropical Jungle stamps! Thank you for using the gel press in your design. I am just beginning to use gel press and am always looking for ways to use it.

  37. Joni Mastronardi says:

    Gorgeous cards, love the vibrant colors!

  38. Melissa Leftrick says:

    These are awesome!!!

  39. Carolyn Reiners says:

    I finally bought the gel press but still haven’t used it. I love your examples. Time to get inky!

  40. Roxanne Tellini says:

    All of these cards have a tropical vibe. Summer is just around the corner.

  41. Linda Petersen says:

    beautiful cards

  42. barbara lassiter says:

    Love the butterflies! Beautiful backgrounds and a wonderful way to use them.

  43. Kate OConnor says:

    Very different beautiful techniques

  44. Love the tropical vibes of the new products, as always Amber your cards are fantastic, love the different looks you have created! Thanks for the inspiration!

  45. Margi Chesbro says:

    So many ideas. Thank you for this post, love the giant image of the Simply Spring.

  46. Debbie brogan says:

    Keep seeing videos using the gel press but have not tried it yet. May have to give it a try. Also Nicely done on the cards

  47. Sharon Gullikson says:

    The first card is so RICH AND GORGEOUS. I love the way you put the exotic flower in the foreground. It makes me want to see it bloooooooom

  48. Stacey Kowbel says:

    Such beautiful cards! Your backgrounds are gorgeous!

  49. Inkin' Chickie says:

    I like the mixed media styles for the projects.