Hello, all! I hope you are ready for some serious inspiration overload today. Altenew just released awesome stamp sets and new paper collection and this blog hop will offer lots of tips, techniques, and inspiration for you. You probably came from May’s blog – I am so glad you are here!

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There are 10 brand-new stamp sets and wonderful new paper lines to check out in this release. Please see the bottom of the post to check out the full list! I will walk you through each stamp image in the video tutorial below as well so you can check those out.

Foiling has been getting a lot of attention in the crafting world this year and I was a bit hesitant to give it a try. I finally stepped into the foiling world and decided to pair it up with one of the brand-new, beautiful stamp sets from Altenew.

I wanted to share you can easily combine stamp layering with foiling on your projects. I used the Winter Cardinal stamp set and added foils on top of the bird. With Altenew’s crisp dye inks, you can layer each images effortlessly to create a dimensional image. I chose three darkest shades from pink/red and blue color family to stamp 3 layers of the bird, and used foiling as a last layer.

As you can see above, Altenew’s pink/red color family can be paired nicely with any gold foils. For this card, I used Rose Gold Deco Foil. Oh and I got the Minc couple weeks ago and they make foiling so easy!!


I couldn’t pass up playing with blue colors for another card. This time I paired it with Silver Deco Foil as the last layer of the bird. Blue and silver are my favorite colors to pair.

To add some light background that won’t take away attention from the birds, I added a bit of splatters on the white space of the card. As you can see, various sized splatters can add wonderful effects on any cards.


You can easily add splatters by tapping over any spray mist nozzles as they work best for this technique. However, if you do not have any mists or spray stains on hand you can easily use your watercolor mediums or ink pads by mixing the pigments with clean water and soak up those with brush. Tap the brush over the card layer and you will be able to create the same look!


You can foil easily with a laminator if you do not have the Minc machine. I recommend checking out the Minc though, since it will provide you evenly distributed heat.

Foiling stamped images with clear embossing powder or bonding powder can be a bit different than foiling toner printed images. So I encourage you to play and experiments with different heat settings to see what will give you the best results.


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, or AMZ for Amazon. All the products were personally purchased, otherwise noted. Enjoy shopping and happy creating! (Altenew stamp sets used today’s video has been provided by Altenew.)


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away $30 gift certificate to three lucky winners. Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Friday November 20, 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win.

For another chance to win a $30 gift certificate, leave a comment below by Friday November 20, 11:59pm EST and I will pick a winner! Good luck! (some comments may require manual approval, so if you don’t see your comment right away, don’t worry!)

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  1. What a totally fabulous set of cards ..I am so excited to see how you have used foiling in theses layered stamps ..Thank you so much for the inspiration 🙂

  2. The touch of foil on the birds is a wonderful idea.
    the shading is great.
    thanks for sharing some pretty cards.

  3. Love the gold foiling on this Cardinal.
    I would never have thought of putting gold on a cardinal,
    but the end results are magnificent!

  4. Nicole, i just LOVE so much this cards! i never think to add some foiling so THANK YOU for the tip! just STUNNING release so i have to have a few of the stamps! as always I THANK YOU for all the inspiration! Blesings!!

  5. wow…. so gorgeous nicole! thanks for providing so many interesting tutorials… and i love your cardmaking skills… c ya next time:)

  6. Your cards are beautiful! I live in the upper Midwest and love seeing the cardinals that live in our neighborhood. They are such a beautiful bird. I really love the foil touches that you added to your cards.

  7. Your cards are beautiful and thank you so much for the video on applying foil. It is just such a special addition to the lovely stamping.

  8. I am debating getting the Minc but I have a feeling it will be on my Xmas list:-) Your cards are gorgeous, the touch of foil really makes the cardinals pop.

  9. My on my Nicole, your cards are absolutely stunning! I had no idea I could use my Minc machine with embossed images and I’m so excited to try it. Oh, and I’ve already ordered this stamp set. Keep them coming Nicole!

  10. i think you were right, the white space between the elemnts make them look more graphic, they’re awesoe cards, and a korean stampset! I think i might have confused you and May for a minute

  11. The cards turned out so pretty and I love the layering bird stamp set. They came out with some really nice sets this time. Thanks for showing them all.

  12. Wow! Pretty card and awesome technique with the foiling! I love the new release, esp. the Beautiful Day stamp set.

  13. Love the Cardinal…It reminds me of my Grandmother (her favorite bird). Love the stamping with foil touch…simply beautiful.

  14. Nicole, I really enjoy watching your videos. There is so much inspiration and the Altenew stamps are the best! I have been using the “New York” stamp with watercolors and they come out perfectly (use the MISTI too).

  15. Gorgeous cards, LOVE the gold foil for the layered cardinals. These cards are stunning! Thanks for the video too, always love your tips and techniques.

  16. I love the foiling idea, it’s too cool. It adds another layer to a already beautiful watercoloured look! I’m in love with your elegant and gorgeous cards!:)

  17. Beautiful cards Nicole!! Cardinal is one of my favorite birds and a favorite for adding in Christmas cards. I love your idea of foiling on the layer!! Genius!! It’s very beautiful!!

  18. Stunning designs Nicole! Love the tip about the foil application, thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful day!

  19. Holding myself about foiling…. card stamping is just too over whelming 😀 but I love my new hobby! Beautiful cards!!!

  20. I love the foiling on the cardinal stamp. I would have never thought to do this. I love how elegant it makes the cards.

  21. DELIGHTFUL cards Nicole, such an ELEGANT design!!!
    LOVE the BEAUTIFUL sentiment and layered stamping of your cardinals, the foil accent must look AMAZING in real life!!!
    THANK YOU for the CREATIVE INSPIRATION and the chance to win 🙂

  22. What a lovely CAS card love this layered bird set. Also thank you for showing another foiling technique l have not seen this one done before. Have a wonderful day!

  23. Amazing job on your cards! I like the new Winter Cardinal set too! Never heard of the Minc until YOU!

  24. Love the gold foiling. Very effective. So glad to see a stamp set in Korean. The characters in your words are so beautiful. Hope there are more to come for all the Korean stampers out there. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Both Cardinals are stunning! Your videos are always so well done and I thoroughly enjoyed your Altenew class. I really hope you’ll do more in the future! And thumbs up for blue Cardinals! Who knew?!