Happy Thursday! Today I am sharing a quick way to create a layered background for your projects just using one stencil. We are also celebrating a brand-new release, so make sure to read on!

Altenew is releasing 10 brand-new stencils today and each and every one of them is very unique and fun! I chose one of my favorite from this month’s release called City Scene Stencil. This stencil has two different ends that you can use to create a layered skyline, or you can use one or the other end to create one city background on your projects.

I used the Ocean Waves ink for the buildings that are further away and used Desert Night for the building that is closer to create some depth within the card. You can either use any dye inks you have or use ink sprays to create a background like this.

After adding the skyline, I used the Antique Silver Ink Spray to add some shimmery splatters throughout the card. For a simple sentiment, I added “missing you” from the Label Love stamp set.

I kept the card very simple and clean so the layered city look can get all the attention it deserves. This would be a perfect card for anyone that lives in the city or loves a city, you can quickly change up the sentiment to fit various occasions.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card! What is your favorite stencil from today’s release? Comment below and you will also be entered into a giveaway!


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 SIX $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 10th, 11:59pm PST. I will post a winner here on the 11th. Good luck!!


Congrats, Kathy! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway! Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 7/20/2018 with the subject line Altenew July 2018 Stencil Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog to redeem your prize. Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment!!


I am participating a fun blog hop to celebrate today’s release! Next stop on the hop is Karin Åkesdotter! Make sure to stop by and leave some love for her! Please see below for full blog hop list.

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  1. Absolutely beautiful card. Loved it! Thank you much for inspiring and for the opportunity to win!

  2. Love all the stencils in the new release, but the City Scene is one of my favorites. Love the colors of your card. Thanks for the continued inspiration.

  3. Great card! I am not sure how I myself could use this particular stencil. But, that hasn’t stopping me from putting three of the others from this release into my cart at AlteNew..LOL…can’t wait to create with them….have a splendid day!!!

  4. You did it! You used my favorite stencil from this release and the card is beautiful. I know that I have to have this! 🙂

  5. I really like the look of the city scene stencil!! It looks great in the blues you chose!!

  6. These are some more spectacular and unique stencils. Love the amazing results that you achieved with this one, and I already have some on my wish list. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Love your card using the City Scene stencil! Great depth, and the misting makes it sparkle. Thanks for your inspiration! Love all these new stencils, more now after seeing the delicious work you gals have done with them!

  8. My favorite stencil from the release is the mega dot stencil! Your card is just lovely!!

  9. Love how you use all the blue with this City Scene stencil, Nicole! Beautiful inspiration!

  10. Such a nice and clean city background card! I l❤️ve the blues! I really like this release… I feel like need all of these stencils!

  11. Love your work – I always find something to learn from your posts – thanks for sharing:)

  12. I like the color ink you used. I personally don’t care for this stencil much and wouldn’t use it too often myself. I liked the other stencils in this release

  13. This is so pretty – lovin’ the blues! My favorite stencil from the new release is the dotty one!

  14. Thanks for sharing your lovely card with us! I think City Scenes is my favorite, too!

  15. This has been a really fun blog hop – I’m so happy to have found so much inspiration!

  16. The City Scene stencil is one of my favorites in this release. I love the way you used it on this card.

  17. Love your city scene stenciled card. This stencil is very unique. I love the miss you sentiment. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. I love the simple elegance of this skyline stencil on your card. Great design.

  19. I absolutely think your card is fabulous! I see so much versatility with this stencil & I’m grateful for a (slim) chance to win. I’d get the City Scene, the Mega Hydrangea & the Feeling Dotty stencils.

  20. Love this city scape stencil! Fabulous card Nicole, love the blues! Thanks for sharing!

  21. I love the color combinations you used with the City Scene stencil on your card. This card could be a very nice masculine card, which is often hard to come up with. Thanks for sharing your work!

  22. FANTASTIC card! I just LOVE how this card can work for either female or male! I love the color combination too!!!

  23. Hi Nicole 🙂 You’ve chosen one of my favorite stencils from this release! Love your city scene scape card…such a deep emotion conveyed there! The other stencils I like are The Elegant Swirls and Aztec. Great card! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  24. Beautiful card! I love how the stencil gives some dimension to the card while still being one layer. Great colors, as well! I like several of the stencils but my favorite is the Flowing Drops.

  25. Such a fun card with the City stencil. My favorites are the Molded Lines and the Feeling Dotty.

  26. Like your card. The black mat helps set off the gorgeous blues you used with the stencils and also ties in your sentiment. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Lovely card! Love how you used the dark and light color. Worked perfectly. Gotta add a Happy Birthday to you! My favorite from this release is the Elegant Swirls.. I am so excited for it to arrive and to play with it!

  28. Your card looks great! I love the blue colors you used so this card could be used for male or female and for any occassion, perfect to keep on hand for those quickie cards.

  29. Very pretty card! Love the two colors together & how they add so much interest to the card. Great job!