Hello! Today I have two new cards to share with you – hopefully, these will help you start the new week on a creative note. I had so much fun creating them and they are so easy to do so, hope you give them a try!

The two cards I am sharing were made using some of the brand-new products that were just released today by Altenew. There are some amazing stamp sets and die sets you do not want to miss in this release! To check out more details on cool giveaways and full supplies list, make sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post.


Altenew carries some very cool background stamp sets, and the ones I used today are no exception! I used two brand-new background stamp sets from this release to create the cards for today.

For the first card, I used the Gradient Stripes Stamp Set along with colors from the Sweet Dream ink set. The fact that there are 4 shades in each color family is very helpful when creating “ombre” look on your projects. When mixed with a good background stamp set like this one, it is super simple and easy to create one of a kind background!

I decided to go with bold sentiments on both of the cards for today. So on this one, I used the You Are Loved Die, which creates this hand-written sentiment perfect for any sized cards or layouts.

To dress up the sentiment, I added two layers of Antique Silver embossing powder for extra texture, added dimension, and a contrast. This card totally screams summer to me, don’t you think?

For the next card, I went for more feminene and spring feel. This card was made using the Watercolor Dot Stamp Set along with the Tea Party Ink Set. In the video tutorial above, I shared a quick tip on how to get a good ink coverage on large solid stamps like this, so if you are struggling with large stamps make sure to check it out.

The sentiment on this card was created with the Mega Hello Die and the Rose Gold embossing powder. The die cuts a big, bold “hello” that is awesome to cover the whole A2 sized card front. I also added a bit of enamel dots for small accents to make the “hello” stand out easily.

That wraps up my projects for today! I hope you are feeling inspired after seeing my video tutorial and project photos. If you have any questions, you can always comment 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, 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.
  2. I am giving away $30 gift certificate to Altenew store! Please leave me a comment below by April 20th, 11:59pm PST. I will post a winner here on the 21st. Good luck!!


Congrats, Lauryne! You are the lucky winner of the giveaway! Please email Altenew at winner@altenew.com with the subject “Altenew 04/2018 Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog” to claim your prize, by April 30th. Thank you!


Next stop on the hop isย Justine Hovey! Make sure to stop by and leave some love for her! Please see below for full blog hop list.

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  1. I just love your color combinations today! That silver embossing powder with the turquoise ombre is stunning! Somehow, I don’t own any Altenew inks yet. I think I need to buy some soon!

  2. Love that these cards soak the message loud and clear! Simply done for any one to receive just because.

  3. Thank you for sharing these ideas. I learn so many new ways of card making and scrapbook layouts.

  4. Such sweet cards! I love the ombre effect and also love
    the polka dots and gradient stripes.

  5. Two beautiful cards. My favorite is definitely the gold embossed ‘hello’ card. Love your red Watercolor Dot ombre background!!! It’s just the happiest ever!! TFS your talent and inspiration.

  6. Your cards are stunning! I love the ombre look with these stamps and love that you shared how you did that…Thanks!

  7. Love how the ombre color adds to the stripe background. Great dimension, bold sentiment, colorful background=winner! Thank you.

  8. I havenโ€™t seen anyone attach the die cut word to scrap paper before embossing several times. Very clever. Thanks for the great idea.

  9. The ombrรฉ backgrounds you achieved were gorgeous. Thanks for all the helpful tips to make that process move smoothly!

  10. Can’t decide which I like better; the Gradient Stamp or the Watercolor Dots. You make both look so good!

  11. I just love the watercolor dots background. And your card with this stamp is just stunning!

  12. After seeing all the creative ways to use that mega hello die, think it’s a must have for me. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Love the coral polka dotted card in particular. I’ve been wanting to see the tones of the tea party ink set used again – it’s so very pretty! I”m also quite taken with the bold size of those lovely sentiment dies. They make such a great statement focal point on a card. Beautiful release again, Altenew! Thanks for the tip on prepping new stamps too, Nicole. That’s so helpful!

  14. Love these cards! The mega word dies are so nice and the watercolor polka dot background stamp is one of my favorites from this new release! Thanks for the video.

  15. Love the two cards you made using the gradient background stripes and the spots background stamps! They are so lovely. The colors are so perfect. Love the silver and gold embossing powder on the word dies, completes everything perfectly!

  16. Love the silver and gold you used with your sentiments! Can’t wait to get my supplies in the mail—I ordered everything you used on your cards before I even got to you in the hop! This is a delicious release from Altenew! Thanks for your wonderful inspiration and the the tips for priming the new stamps!

  17. You have made fantastic creations with the new release from Altenew! The ombre colored backgrounds just make everything come together so beautifully! Thanks!

  18. Very pretty cards! I love those big words dies and stamps! There are so many great things in this release! Thank you for the inspiration!

  19. Very pretty cards, Nicole. Lovin’ those Mega Greeting dies! Thanks for the inspiration and video.

  20. Nicole, love your ombre backgrounds! Your Watercolor Dots card is gorgeous with that rose gold embossed “hello”! Your card with the Gradient Stripes Die is so pretty…the shades of blue with that silver embossed “you are loved” is so eye catching! Thanks for sharing your amazing cards!!

  21. Nicole,
    I really like how you did these cards with the new products from Altenew, especially the Gradient Stripes stamp and die.

  22. I love the โ€œyou are lovedโ€ for two reasons. First it is perfect to send to my six grandkids! Second it is one piece so no worry about spacing and lining up the words!

  23. Oh I just love the ombre pink water color dots background!!! It really makes your bright gold hello pop – pink and gold is a favorite color combination of mine!! Thank you for sharing with us ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Love your use of the new background stamps and wish I could buy every Altenew product including ALL the inks in ovals to use them! Unfortunately, I will be limited and get only some of their new releases and have a LONG wish list for another time!!

  25. Fabulous! All the new products that I loved the big watercolor dots the bold greetings and the gradient diecuts I love it all !!

  26. Nicole, your cards are really pretty. Thank you for the tutorial on how to prepare new stamps. This was SO helpful! I really appreciate you walked us through the whole process and let us see what a difference it made in the stamping quality! : ) Isn’t this new release amazing?

  27. Great color choices for your cards! I especially like the coral colors you used with the watercolor dots. The bold embossed sentiments are all you really need for embellishments on these fun cards.

  28. Really nice , simple cards yet very pretty! Thanks for the inspiration… this opens the dor to spring for me.

  29. Those cards are so simple, yet they pack a punch with the bold sentiments and the gorgeous ombre backgrounds. I love both color combinations that you used. Just beautiful!

    • Congrats, Lauryne! You are the lucky winner of the giveaway! Please email Altenew at winner@altenew.com with the subject “Altenew 04/2018 Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog” to claim your prize, by April 30th. Thank you!ย 

  30. Thanks for the tip about the eraser. Sometimes I have trouble with solid stamps. The two sets you used are my favorites from the release. Fun cards!

  31. Hi Nicole! I like both of your cards but admit that I am a sucker for pink and gold. Love the shades of pink background with the rose gold embossing. So pretty!

  32. Wonderful cards! I really like the gradient stripes stamp set (and cover die) and the watercolor dots stamp set. They are fabulous and so versatile and your cards showcase them very well.

  33. These are stunning cards! I loved your video showing your technique for ombre coloring–thanks for the tips, too!

  34. Beautiful inspiration! This is another wonderful release with some lovely sentiment dies and more beautiful layering flowers. Love it!

  35. Wow! Love the gold and red ombre… The silver with blue. These bold word dies are just amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  36. The Altenew mega sentiments and unique background sets that you selected to create these lovely crisp card designs have left me truely inspired. Thank you so much!

  37. I am loving the ombre coloring with the Watercolor Dots stamp. Yum. It reminds me of the candy dots that come on a roll of paper.

  38. WOW – WONDERFUL cards!
    LOVE your designs and the extra AWESOME with the heat embossing!
    The gradient stripes and mega words are super exciting MUST HAVES ๐Ÿ™‚