I am super excited for today’s blog post because it has one of my brand-new favorite stamp set from Altenew’s release. I’m so giddy about it, so let’s get right into it!

Altenew just released an awesome set of fresh, new designs in stamps, dies, and mask stencils. And these are just to die for- and one of the stamp sets actually is a perfect one to use along with one of my all-time-favorite, Vintage Roses.

Before I share never-ending scroll of projet photos (you have been warned!), let’s start with a video tutorial. You can create with me while watching the video tutorial to create the cards shown above!


One of the things that can help you with making your stamped images stand out is to play with color contrast. In today’s projects, I used gray/blue/green in one card to help each element stand out while not overwhelming each other. In another card, I simply play with different shades of blue and black to create an eye-catching focal point.

The first card is created with the Antique Roses stamp set and its coordinating die set, and fun patterns from the Dot Art stamp set. This is the card I played with three different color families to pop out the focal point.

I stamped the rose image in blue color layers and the leaves in green layers. To help this cut out stamped image stand out more, I added patterns in two different shades of gray. While it creates a subtle background, it also adds a nice depth to it.

I also added some splashes using the Metallic Silver color from the Winter Wonderland Watercolor Brush Marker Set. Just a tiny bit of splatters add more interest to the card.

Finishing touches were added with some clear sequins and clear drops.

I am really in love with the Antique Rose stamp set – don’t you agree? The detailed layers just make the stamp image look so alive!

Next project is created using the same blue color shades but in a different way. Instead of stamping, I did ink blending with these fun blue shades.

Ink blending can be used in many different ways, but I love creating a focal point window for the main image. It sets the tone in such an elegant way in my opinion.

After the ink blending portion, I stamped one of the floral images from the Dot Art set in black to pop it out.

You can create a simple one layer image without adding another “physical layer” to the card when playing with color contrast concept. This will help your main image to stand out effortlessly without making the card bulky.

The sentiment was stamped in dark blue from the same stamp set. I kept it very clean and white to allow the focal point to receive all the attention when looking at the card.

Same finishing touches from the first card were added here as well.

There you go! You can easily create two completely different looking cards using the same stamps and inks.


Which one is your favorite card from the two? Also, what is your most favorite stamp set from today’s release? Comment below for me, I would LOVE to hear your picks!!


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click ATN for Altenew, EH for Ellen Hutson, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, orย 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.
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I am participating in a fun blog hop to celebrate today’s release! Next stop on the hop is Janette Kausen! Make sure to stop by and leave some love for her! Please see below for the full blog hop list.

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  1. love these cards – they are so different and inspiring – LOVE the second card – thanks for sharing

  2. Love both cards, but my favourite is the Dot Art stamp card. Just love the simple elegance.

  3. Blue is my favorite color and I love roses. Your colors and composition on the cards are just so lovely.

  4. Both cards are lovely and would be simple to create if you needed a card fast (as I often do)! It’s a close call, but the antique rose card is my favorite!

  5. Love the subtle background you added on the rose card – that isn’t something i would have thought to do, but it completes the card perfectly!

  6. Thank you for sharing and doing a video. I bought the ventage roses a few months ago and still figuring how to layer but might have to get this rose.

  7. I fell in love with the new rose stamp set as soon as I saw it but wasn’t sure I liked the dot art set; however, the more I see it in use the more I think I need to give it a second look. Your beautiful cards are helping to win me over. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Simple and useful explanation of how to create interest with contrasting colours. The floral image from the Dot Art set is very eye-catching!

  9. Two beautiful cards in blue ! I loved the blue ,green and grey on vintage rose card a lot ! Thanks for sharing the trick to create OLC by masking with second one ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. OH so Bluetiful! Ha Ha! My favorites are the Polish (because I am) and the dots. GREAT release:-)

  11. Very nice cards. First I love the blues. The rose card is my favorite. I like that you used geometric things on the background. I really like the plumeria and the layered pansy die set from this release.

  12. That blue rose is just gorgeous, and the dot art stamp is such a neat idea! I wonder if you could use it for paper piercing.

  13. Beautiful Blue cards! I like the Antique Roses stamp set, but I was surprised by how stunning your card was using the Dot Art set. Really neat!

  14. Florals are always so lovely in blue, your second card is my fave. Thanks for sharing your tips and the technique video

  15. Fabulous CAS designs Nicole! Love the Antique Roses set, you did an outstanding job showcasing it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. You always come up with the most beautiful color combinations, and you did it again! The Antique Roses are so elegant and your blue card creations are just gorgeous, so excited to see these new stamp sets “in action”!

  17. Both of your cards were great, but I think the “Dot art” set edged the other one out. Thank you for sharing your techniques with us!

  18. I love the dot art set card most. The ombre blend is a great backdrop for the great dot leaf image. I really love that leaf image.

  19. You chose my 2 favorite sets from this release! love seeing all of the wonderful inspiration!!!

  20. I don’t tend to gravitate towards blue too often…but these are gorgeous! Maybe I’ll have to use some blue!

  21. Agreed – Antique Roses is terrific! And your cards are beautiful with a wonderful lesson on contrast. Thanks!

  22. Both your cards are wonderful & I really like the look of the geometric shapes stamped in the grey ink behind that beautiful layered rose.

  23. Nicole,
    I’m with you about loving the antique roses stamp set and dies. I really like your card using that set. I also feel like I need to get the blue inks you used, they look so beautiful!! Can’t wait for my antique rose stamp and die set to arrive, I ordered them as soon as I saw them.

  24. I love your designs, so pretty! I love the ease of use of both stamp sets, and am falling in love with the dotted stamp set.

  25. Wonderful cards. The Antique Roses set is one of my absolutely favorites from this fantastic release, and that card is gorgeous.

  26. I these cards – but of course these shades of blue are my very favorite colors! Its so awesome seeing that dot art set put to use in the blog hop today. It looks fantastic, yet until seeing all the inspiration from the Altenew artists on the hop – I would have had no idea the huge variety of styles that set would enhance! Great job!

  27. Hi Nicole ๐Ÿ™‚ Both of your cards are terrific!!! Interesting that you chose the ANTIQUE rose and the stamp that reminds me of pointillism! Thanks for the inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Love your ‘simple’ cards, Nicole! Beautiful designs and colors, and these are two of my fave stamp sets from this release! Your videos are so clear and descriptive, and I find them very helpful! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Nicole, your projects are simply gorgeous! I love both of the stamp sets you used, and I’m in blue heaven over the color palettes you chose!!! TFS

  30. Your cards are so beautiful! I especially love the second one – so simple and elegant!

  31. Your cards are beautiful.I usually have difficulty with the layering stamps but this looks pretty simple.

  32. Beautiful blues… I love the blues! You make them look fabulous – they come alive on paper! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Beautiful cards, Nicole! I really love the Dot Art Stamp set and you showcased it beautifully!!

  34. Nicole, the Antique Roses set is my favorite…maybe it is because my name is Rose…I seem to go towards them every time I see stamp sets that are of Roses. Your cards are both quite lovely. Great video. Thank you.