Hello there!

What a better way to celebrate mid-week (almost close to the weekend!) than checking out a brand-new release? Don’t you agree? Today we are going to do exactly that!

Altenew is releasing 18 lovely stamp sets, some stand-alone and coordinating dies, AND brand-new ink colors!! If you have not checked them out, make sure you do so you won’t miss anything! I also have TWO awesome giveaways to share so make sure to scroll down!

One of the favorite techniques I love to use when making the focal points stand out easily is to combine background stamp and other image stamps. When you think of background stamps, you often think to cover your whole card front with it. You actually don’t have to! Partial background stamping is a lovely way to set the tone for your focal point.

On today’s project, I used the Pattern Play – Hexagon stamp set as a tone setter of the card. I stamped it with the Limestone ink pad for a subtle tone.

Then for the focal points, I wanted something really bold and big – lovely floral images from the Floral Fantasy is the perfect one for this. You can layer the images together for striking stamping results.

Rock and roll stamping is a great way to add some variations in one image, so that is what I did on the leaves!

Rest of the card assembly is pretty simple and easy. I added various foam dots behind the stamped images to create a different level of depth. For a final touch, I stamped the sentiment from the lovely Heartfelt Stamp Set and added a few of black sequins.

This card is very easy to create yet it will give you great results. Do you have a favorite one(s) from this month’s release? Share your picks with me in the comment section below!


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click ATN for Altenew, EH for Ellen Hutson, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, or AMZ for Amazon. I participate in several affiliate programs where I get a small commission at no additional cost to you when products are purchased through links I share here. Thank you for your support!


There are TWO giveaways you can enjoy!

  1. Altenew is giving away FIVE (yup, 5 winners!) $50 gift certificates to Altenew store! Make sure to visit their blog and leave a comment to win.
  2. I am giving away $30 gift certificate to Altenew store! Please leave me a comment below by July 26th, 11:59pm PST. I will post a winner here on the 28th. Good luck!!


Congratulations, Jeanmarie! You are the lucky winner of the giveaway. Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 8/31/2017 with the subject line Altenew July 2017 Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog to claim your prize!


I am the LAST stop of the hop! No worries, you can always start with #1 stop, which is the Altenew Card Blog! Make sure to stop by each blog to share your love and enter to win giveaways!

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  1. Love your card. I’m excited about the new ink colors and layering cover plates.

  2. The partial background stamp really adds to the card. So many options with this new release and such a variety of products!

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  4. Beautiful card! This is a great release and many favorites at this point. Favoring the pansies though.

  5. Such a talented group of artists! Thanks for your tip on how to use the hexagon stamp set. Now that I am at the end of the blog hop, I discovered that I like everything in this release! I had been looking for a realistic pansy stamp set, and Altenew has the one I want. I do like the other sets, too, especially the arabesque medallion and the sentiment stamp set.

  6. Blue is my favorite color. These new flowers are absolutely beautiful. Lovely card you created. Love all of the new release.

  7. I love love love the floral fantasy stamp set and I also love the pansies. But the roses are my favorite. So so gorgeous!

  8. These floral images look fantastic in the blue ink colours you’ve chosen – such a great card!

  9. Your card is beautiful and I liked how you colored the images. Thanks for sharing how you painted the leaves using the rock and roll technique.

  10. Lovely card, love the blues and how you used the Pattern Play – Hexagon. This is another great release and and the Pattern Play – Hexagon and Arabesque are my favorites.

  11. Lovely card! Love that you did the layered flower in blues, I never would have thought of using that but it turned out beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  12. Your blue blossoms are so pretty. I have to say that the background behind your photo is pretty awesome, also!

  13. Love your card. I love the Floral Fantasy, Sketchy Floral and Pattern Play Hexagon stamp sets. So many ideas!

  14. At the start of the hop, I really liked the Parrot Paradise stamp set because of all of the different leaves that I could use with my many flower stamps but now that I have seen all of uses in the hop, I think all of Altenew’s releases are wonderful!

  15. I like Floral Fantasy. Love Altenew florals. They make beautiful cards and you can color them in so many ways, watercolor, inks, markers. What a joy making beautiful cards…

  16. Beautiful card! Thanks for the tips about the background stamp – it looks lovely. And, I love the rock and roll on your flowers. Thanks!

  17. This is so pretty! Floral Favorites is one of my favorite stamp sets from this release! I love the new Hexagon Stamp in the background, too, to ground the images. Beautiful job!

  18. What a great idea to combine the hexagon stamp as a background for the floral images. The shades of blue work so well together with the subtle gray of the hexagons. Thanks for sharing such a lovely card.

  19. Good tip about a background stamp not having to be used for the whole background. Lovely card!

  20. So beautiful Nicole, not just the stamps but the colours, I am so impressed. Great work.

  21. Lovely cards! Loving this release … the balloons, the pansies, the arabesque design … beautiful deisgns and projects by all you fantastic bloggers. Thank you for inspiring us all!

  22. Such a pretty card! This is such a fabulous release it is hard to decide what I like the best. There are about four of them that are tied for first place on my wish list.

  23. I love your card! The new inks are so pretty used on the floral fantasy stamp set which is my favorite, I think? They are all so great it’s hard to pick just one! Thanks for sharing.

  24. Such great projects! My favorite stamp set is the Beautiful Inside since I need insides for my cards. Since a sentiment set hardly counts, my next favorite is the Pansy set

  25. So pretty! Love that new blue ink! Love all the new inks! Awesome new Altenew release! Loving this blog hop with all it’s talent and inspiration! Thanks for sharing yours!

  26. I love the way you used the hexagon stamp as a subtle background for your beautiful card! This release has so many wonderful stamps and dies! Thanks for the inspiration!

  27. Marveling at your creativity and your stunning showcase of the new release. Blue flowers…sighhhhh. Thank you for the inspiration!

  28. I’m loving the Pansy set and the Hexagon Pattern Play the most! Love your cool blue florals! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Very nice card. I am in love with to many of this new release.stamp sets love the ink colors.

  30. I love your card!!! Very unique. I love learning ways to combine stamp sets to get more uses out of them. My favorite set from this release is the arabesque medallion stamp. Soooo many ideas running through my head for that one and a close second is the hexagon pattern play!!! But in all honesty I Love ALL of this release and I WANT it all too!! Haha!! Thanks for sharing your card!!! This hop has been phenomenal and packed with inspiration!!! 5 star review for all the stops on the hop!!

  31. Hi Nicole,
    A beautiful, simple but elegant card. Love the way you’ve created the background. I agree, a partial background stamping is a lovely way to set the tone for the focal point. More doesn’t always mean better and your sample just prove it! Favorite from this month release? Difficult to decide … the sentiments from Parrot Paradise stamps set, the Layered Blossom Cover dies, the Pretty Pansies and the Baby Balloon stamp sets … in other words all new products, including the new inks are on my endless wish list. Thank you for sharing your work, for the inspiration, tutorial and for the chance to win a $30 GC.

  32. Love how you used the hexagon stamp to “ground” your flowers! And the blue…my favorite color!

  33. Thank you for the tip about partial background stamping to create focal points. I see how it works with the subtle use of Pattern Play Hexagon. You inspire me.

  34. Beautiful cards. I always enjoy your work and you highlighted the Altenew release so well.

  35. Everyone did their flowers a different color. Yours are blue and that color is so pretty! I love how you made them look. Your card is so pretty! I can’t believe the hop is done! It took me 3 days to do and this was the longest hop I have ever been on! My little feet and legs are very tired from all that hopping but I learned a lot from each and every person on the hop. I was glad to be a part of this hop even if all I did was hop and not create any cards. Thank you for showing us your pretty card and for giving us the chance to win something. Now I am off to bed!

  36. What lovely cards! This is another stunning release! Love those pansies and the heartfelt sentiments!

  37. Gorgeous card! Love the partial background stamping – especially in that pale ink color. Thanks so much for sharing!

  38. Love your pretty floral card in blue…there aren’t enough blue flowers…happy to see them highlighted.

  39. Love your blue roses, (if that is what they are). And I will try the partial stamping of a background stamp. Can you explain rock and roll stamping? It’s beautiful!

  40. I have quite a few favourites from this release. I have the hexagon and tropical set on order. When they finally arrive from America I can use your inspiration to do my own card. Thanks for your lovely card.

  41. Thank you for sharing this beautiful card and your tip on combining backgrounds and stamp images. I have never considered only using part of the background image. Definitely going to give it a try.

  42. Oh my! How lovely your card is! I love everything about it! Asking my favorites is like asking me to choose a favorite child with them standing right in front of me! Let’s just say that their are MANY on my wishlist and I have already ordered 5 stamp sets, the new inks and one die set. Many more will be ordered if I can manage it! TFS!

  43. Beautiful card! Love the technique, colors, style…..well everything !! I need to make an important Thank You and would love to use your idea. I don’t have these stamps but I have Diamond Play and various flowers. Hope it’s ok to CASE this gorgeous creation, THANK YOU!

  44. Love the way you used the Hexagon as a background, thinking that’s moving to the top of my list!! Great samples today!! TFS!

  45. Love this card Nicole. The Pattern Play Hexagon stamp is on my wish list — thanks for showing yet another way to use it.

  46. Lovely card, so nice to see blue. When I do flowers I always fall back on pinks and reds. I need to try blue!

  47. Gorgeous! At a first glance, I thought that this set resembled some of the other sets too much, but I’ve come to realise that these new florals have a bigger size, making them just perfect to serve as a focal point the way you did. Other favourites are the bouquet stamp and the Indoor garden set.

  48. Your card is just lovely! And, I love how you used the bg stamp – I’ll have to look at mine differently now.

  49. Altenew has the best floral stamps around! You have done a wonderful job combining it with the subtle background. Very lovely! Thanks for sharing Nicole.

  50. What a clever use of a the hexagon background stamp. Really highlights the flower motif.

  51. The floral fantasy is one of my favorites along with the sketch floral stamp. I LOVE your tips about rocking the leave stamp for added interest. Looks great

  52. What a gorgeous design Nicole! Love the blue floral and the hexagons on the background, thanks for all the inspiration!

  53. Beautiful card! I like the way you used partial stamping to ground your flowers. Thanks for sharing!

  54. Stunning card; I love the subtlety of the geometric background and the teal flowers with it are gorgeous!

  55. Can always count on Altenew for the prettiest floral images and dies. Love the layering stamps; makes me look like I am so skilled; lol. Thanks for the chance to win and build up my stamp/die inventory.

  56. Hi Nicole, I love your card, those flower are lovely, I like the blue’s a nice mix, and the hex stamp at the bottom just give a nice touch, TFS, Cheers ANNA.

  57. GORGEOUS card!
    LOVE your background and flowers … you could even say it’s an INKY FLORAL FANTASY!
    THANK YOU for sharing 🙂

  58. Love your card. And Thanks for the advice about using background stamp sparingly. I want this stamp set. I like something that makes card making quick and simple – but with fabulous results. THANKS!

  59. Your card is so beautiful and bright, featuring the new blues has made me want to purchase them, thanks so much for sharing!