Altenew Educators Blog Hop +Giveaway

Hello everyone! Welcome to Altenew Educator’s Blog Hop!

If you’ve been following along, you’ve just arrived from Patty Mello’s blog. If you find a broken link, you’ll find a master list of the hop links below and at the Altenew Card Blog.

Altenew Card Blog
Nancy McClelland
Kelli Cool
Michelle Ochoa Murray
Terri Koszler
Maryam Sharara
Amber Rain Davis
Irina Fonina
Francine Dodwell
Teri Wilson
Patty Mello
Nenette S. Madero <—YOU ARE HERE
Nicole Picadura

This is my very first blog hop AND my very first time to create a video tutorial, so I beg for your indulgence. It was a great learning experience. 🙂 I didn’t realize how much time and effort it took to film and edit a video (or was it just me?!), so hats off to all my card-making idols out there who unselfishly share their time and talents through video tutorials!!!

As Altenew-certified educators, we were asked to share our FAVORITE techniques, styles or Altenew supplies. Oh dear…I have too many favorite stamp sets!!! 😀 It took a while for me to narrow it down to 5 and here they are in no particular order.


The Needlework Motif Stamp set is just beautiful. The floral design is so intricate and delicate and it can be used in so many ways.


You can find the video tutorial on how to create the Needlework Motif card below.

To change it up a bit, I thought of stamping the images over black cardstock and I was not disappointed. This made the Altenew rose gold embossing powder stand out against the black background, thus making it more striking!


Here’s how this card was made:

  • Moroccan Mosaic background die was used to cut 4 sheets of black cardstock. These were stacked up and glued together to give dimension to the background.
  • The Needlework Motif image was stamped on black cardstock using clear embossing ink and embossed using Altenew’s Rose Gold embossing powder.
  • Finetech Artist pearlescent Mica watercolors were used to color the image to add shimmer to the card.
  • A strip of thick vellum was colored with Finetech watercolor then the sentiment was stamped in black and embossed with clear embossing powder.
  • The layered black Moroccan mosaic die cut was then adhered to a gold A2 side folding card and the image was attached to the center.
  • The sentiment strip was tucked under the swirl to add more interest.

Same procedure was done to the image as card 2 but this time, gold frames using Altenew’s Fine Frames were used to bring focus to the stamped image.


Another favorite of mine is the Persian Motifs stamp set. I made this layout sometime ago but wanted to share it with you. I love how Altenew stamps and dies are so versatile and can be used to make your own embellishments for scrapbooking layouts.

The flowers were stamped on watercolor paper using clear embossing ink and embossed with white embossing powder. Wet on wet technique was done to color the flowers using distress inks.


For this card, I used my other 3 favorite stamp and die sets. (This is sort of a cheat card cause I put my 3 favorites in one card 🙂 )

  • The images from the 2 stamp sets were stamped on Neenah Solar White 100lb cardstock using black dye ink
  • The other layers of the Handpicked bouquet were stamped with the following Altenew dye inks: Frosty Pink, Coral Berry and Rubellite. The Beautiful Day flower layers were stamped with Dew Drops, Aqualicious and Teal Cave. I used Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades for the leaves. The other flowers and foliage were left uncolored so that the 3 main flowers will stand out more.
  • The biggest rose from the Rose flurries die set was die cut using white cardstock then colored using Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris and Midnight Violet.
  • TIP: If you do not have a darker shade of ink, just stamp the lighter color multiple times to create a darker shade. Using a Misti or any stamp positioning tool will come in handy for these layered stamp sets.
  • Before assembling the flowers and leaves, I used the Classy stripes stencil with texture paste tinted with Dew Drops to add some texture to the background. Black ink was splattered for more contrast.
  • Foam tape was used to adhere the elements to create layers.

Here’s a tag I made using the Beautiful Day stamp set and the thin frames die set.

  • The image was stamped twice and the center portion of the flower was cut to add a second layer to the flower.
  • Wet on wet technique was used to color the petals and Nuvo drops to add dimension to the anthers of the flower.
  • Foam tape was added to the center layer for more dimension.
  • The leaves were stamped on vellum using clear embossing ink then embossed with gold embossing powder .
  • Altenew thin frames were layered at the back of the tag to add more contrast and dimension.

The Altenew Educator Certificate Program was a wonderful way to hone my skills as a card-maker. There was a variety of classes to choose from and each class was filled with so much inspiration, amazing tips, and techniques. The beautiful thing about this program is that you go at your own pace but because the classes were so inspiring, I couldn’t wait to start the next class!!! I learned so many techniques from the fabulous instructors and whatever knowledge I gained can be applied to both cardmaking and scrapbooking. To move to the next level, there were challenges that inspired me to think outside the box. All throughout the program, Virginia Lu (AECP coordinator) and Nicole Picadura were always there to answer questions, give encouragement, inspire, and support. Their words of encouragement were vital in pushing me to finish the program. I highly recommend this program to anyone who strives to get better in their cardmaking skills.

Altenew is giving away $30 Gift Certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by Jan. 23rd for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 1/25/2019.

I will also be choosing a winner who will receive a $15 gift certificate from Altenew. Let me know what your favorite Altenew product is in the comment section below. Make sure your comments are in by 11:59pm EST on Jan. 21, 2019. The winner’s name will be randomly chosen and posted here on my blog by Jan. 22. International participants are welcome to join!!!

Next stop is Nicole Picadura’s blog. Make sure to check out all the blog posts from the other Altenew educators if you haven’t. I’m definitely sure you will find tons of inspiration from all of them. Thank you so much for dropping by and don’t forget to share crafting kindness! 🙂


P.S. Do drop by and say hi!


184 thoughts on “Altenew Educators Blog Hop +Giveaway

  • January 20, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Your creations are truly fabulous! So many different techniques & such gorgeous results! I love them all! The Beautiful Day tag is my favorite, maybe because that’s my favorite Altenew set. Thank you for sharing all this beauty!

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Patt!!! So happy you like them! 🙂

  • January 20, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Nenette, your projects are stunning! I especially love the metallic on black background, that makes the colors of the flowers really stand out (I also love this technique). So proud to call you an AECP sister!

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      Hi Michelle!!! I am humbled to be a part of the AECP family. I love that!!! AECP sister!!!! I’m a fan of your work and I look forward to getting more inspiration from your works of art.

  • January 20, 2019 at 4:00 am

    I really love cards 2 and 3 with the dramatic colours on the black! <3 <3 <3 And I love the stenciling on number 4. Thanks for sharing.
    There seems to be something wrong with your subscribe by email box – maybe because so many of us are joining we all broke it.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • January 20, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Wow – your work is very inspiring! So lovely! I do love Altenew and one of my favorite products of theirs is watercolor brush markers! Thank you!

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:27 pm

      Hi Lee!!! I’ve heard so much about these watercolor brush markers and I can’t wait to try them myself!

  • January 20, 2019 at 4:39 am

    Beautiful Day is a gorgeous set. Love the tag you created. Absolutely gorgeous. TFS.

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks Jeannie! Beautiful Day is an amazing stamp set 🙂

  • January 20, 2019 at 5:25 am

    What gorgeous cards! You did a great job of teaching us how you created these wonderful cards! Congratulations on your achievements!

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, ajoyfullifegives! Sharing what I know gives me great pleasure 🙂 Do you have a favorite Altenew product?

  • January 20, 2019 at 5:33 am

    Your cards are awesome!

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you, Cynthia!

  • January 20, 2019 at 5:43 am

    Outstanding cards! No wonder you are an educator.

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you, Vicky! Do you have a favorite Altenew set?

  • January 20, 2019 at 5:45 am

    What beautiful cards!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Michelle!

  • January 20, 2019 at 6:33 am

    I adore the card on the black cardstock so inspiring and great composition.

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:41 pm

      So happy you like it, Caroline!

  • January 20, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Girl, I am speechless. Your cards and FABULOUS!!! OH MY GOODNESS…………..

  • January 20, 2019 at 6:43 am

    By the way, I am having serious problems and trouble subscribing to your blog via email. I don’t know what else to do. Can you sign me up???

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Marisela! I love your name!!! 🙂 Let me check what the problem is. You can also follow me on IG at My Little Attic Studio 🙂

  • January 20, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Love your beautiful cards. Lots of fun techniques and clever designs. Wonderful job. Thanks for sharing your art.🐧

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you so much, Kayethrasher!

  • January 20, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Gorgeous cards, tag and layout! Love your fabulous colors combos and details! The Needlework Motif designs and black paper look fabulous together!

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Denise!

  • January 20, 2019 at 9:02 am

    What fabulous cards! Your designs and color choices are absolutely stunning. I am saving your post to read again since it’s so inspiring! I love seeing projects using the Moroccan elements and the Needlework stamps work so well with them! Congratulations on your wonderful videos, too!

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:46 pm

      Awww… so sweet, Laura! Thank you so much!!@

  • January 20, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing!

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks so much, Peggy!

  • January 20, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Nenette, I am blown away by the beautiful array of cards, along with the layout you’ve given us to feast our eyes upon. I’d just told Patty that her card using Dandelion Wishes had been my favourite so far. Well, your cards using the Needlework Motif set are tied in first place. It’s okay to have more than one favourite isn’t it? lol
    I remember the release Altenew did & these two stamp sets & dies were & still are my all time favourites. Bravo & very well done!

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      Your comment made me so happy, Teri!!! Thank you for your kind words! I’m so motivated to create more projects because of all the positive comments here <3

  • January 20, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Beautiful–love what you created with these stamp sets.

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks so much, Sue!

  • January 20, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Amazing! You have chosen some great stamps and created simply beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      Thank you, Susan!

  • January 20, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Wow! you’re cards are totally delightful, I love every design element you used in all your cards. I am inspired and can’t wait to get crafting. The Beautiful Day stamp set and dies are one of my favourites. Thanks for sharing your amazing cards.

    • January 20, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      So glad to hear this, Susan!!! Love love love the Beautiful Day stamp set too 🙂

  • January 20, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    WOW Nenette, your work is absolutely stunning from your gorgeous cards to your layouts and tag! (I tried a few times to subscribe to your blog but it keeps saying ‘page not found’??? I’ll have to try another day! TFS!

    • January 20, 2019 at 11:38 pm

      Hi Teresa!!! Thanks for letting me know! I will have the site checked to figure out the problem. Please make sure to come back. I will be posting projects more often now. 🙂 Thank you for your kind words!!!

  • January 20, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    OMG!!! Every single card, scrapbook page, or tag is stunning. You amazed and inspired me with your wonderful talent. This is my first ime to our blog, but I will be subscribing and returning. My head is still spinning with the beauty that I saw. Thank you.

    • January 20, 2019 at 11:39 pm

      Awww…. so sweet BrendaLea!!! I’m so touched with your kind words <3 Hope you drop by again soon! Do you have a favorite Altenew set?

  • January 20, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    All of your creations are so beautiful and vibrant! Thank you so much for sharing your talent!

    • January 20, 2019 at 11:40 pm

      Thank you so much, Susan!!! What’s your Altenew favorite?

  • January 20, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Oh these are super! I love the Beautiful Day set and I think I want the Handpicked Bouquet set now after seeing your idea.

    • January 20, 2019 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks so much, Nana!!!

  • January 20, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Love your projects, so beautiful! Thanks for video tutorial!

    • January 20, 2019 at 11:41 pm

      You’re welcome, Irene! Will definitely do more tutorials 🙂

  • January 21, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Congrats on being an Altenew Educator! Beautiful projects! I especially love card 2 & 3 with the pearlescent watercolors on black!

    • January 21, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you so much memalagene! Do you have a favorite Altenew set?

  • January 21, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Congratulations on accomplishing Certified Educator status. Your tips, techniques, and elegant execution certainly represent this line of products beautifully. I will be following you for inspiration as I pursue excellence in my own card making!

    • January 21, 2019 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you so much, sbrussell!!! Do you have a favorite Altenew product?

  • January 21, 2019 at 3:33 am

    Oh My God,everything showcased here is super gorgeous,thanks for sharing and congratulations for your achievement as well!!

    • January 21, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you so much, anushreevaish! Do you have a favorite Altenew product?

  • January 21, 2019 at 3:50 am

    FIRST Blog Hop AND FIRST video??? YOU ACED both of them! Love your cards and that gorgeous scrapbook page, and your instructions and photography are so clear and understandable. I will be coming back often to try to learn some of your awesome techniques.
    I did try to join your mailing list but it didn’t work (?) Mail chimp came up but went nowhere.
    Thank you so much for your amazing inspiration….can’t wait to see more of your work!

    • January 21, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      Hi knurse22!! Thank you for your kind words! I’m working on trying to fix the issue regarding subscription. Thank you so much for dropping by!

  • January 21, 2019 at 4:16 am

    Gorgeous job coloring! This is a beautiful card. Congratulations on completing the educator program!

    • January 21, 2019 at 12:28 pm

      Thank you, Carmela! Let me know what your favorite Altenew product is!

  • January 21, 2019 at 4:46 am

    All of your projects are amazing. The colors are beautiful and the styles so unique.

    • January 21, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you Cyndi! Do you have a favorite Altenew product?

  • January 21, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Beautiful cards and I learned so much from your post.

    • January 21, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      Thank you Dana! Please let me know what your favorite Altenew product is!

  • January 21, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Congratulations on becoming an AN Educator Nenette! Lovely designs. This is such a wonderful array of creations I am mesmerized by all the dimension and texture you incorporated on each and everyone!
    Thanks for the inspiration and for the giveaway!

    • January 21, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Liz! Please let me know what your favorite Altenew product is to be eligible to join the giveaway 🙂

  • January 21, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Beautiful cards! Congratulations on becoming an Altenew Educator! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win! I appreciate the tip of stamping a lighter color multiple times to achieve a darker color! Great tip! I do adore my Misti!

    • January 21, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      Hi Carney! Glad to be able to share some tips on cardmaking! What’s your favorite Atlenew product?

  • January 21, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Love your card favorites so much that I had to follow you on Pinterest. So inspirational, I can’t wait to use some of your techniques. Thanks for sharing!

    • January 21, 2019 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you so much, Kandice!!! Appreciate it! Please let me know what your favorite Altenew product is!

  • January 21, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Oh my, these are stunning with the gorgeous colors and design! Am so in love with these!!! So many different ways you impressed me with these! Gorgeous work!

    • January 21, 2019 at 12:34 pm

      So happy you liked my projects, Beverly! Let me know what your favorite Altenew product is!

  • January 22, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Your creations are beautiful. Love all the dimension and colorful pallet you used. Book marking your blog on my favs.

    • January 22, 2019 at 10:18 am

      So sweet of you, Chai! Glad you liked them! Do you have a favorite Altenew product?

    • January 22, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Chai! Comments like yours give me more inspiration to create. Thanks for dropping by!

  • January 22, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Nenette, you did an amazing job with your first blog hop . Your are so talented and your art sense is so high . All your creations were perfectly perfect and stunning. Love the idea of having the die cut flower next to stamping ones . So unique. Love all the amazing details on your 2nd card . And as I am a few fans of scrapbooking layout. You did an amazing creation. Wash to ho . Do proud with all the effort you made in this post ..

    • January 22, 2019 at 10:21 am

      I am so humbled hearing comments coming from a talented crafter like you!!! I adore your work, Maryam!!! Thank you so much for dropping by. <3

  • January 22, 2019 at 2:42 am

    Woohoo!!! So proud of you Nette!!! 😍😍😍

    • January 22, 2019 at 10:22 am

      So happy you dropped by, May!!! Thanks for the continued support!!! <3

  • January 22, 2019 at 8:34 am

    WOW! These cards are stunning! I love the stamp set from the first card. Much different actually seeing it stamped out than on the stamp sheet.

    • January 22, 2019 at 10:24 am

      So true brightdesignstudio! I immediately fell in love with the intricate designs which can be easily achieved in 1 stamp impression. So cool!!! Thanks for dropping by!

  • January 22, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    So many Altenew favorites to choose from LOL but if I must choose just one it would be the Delicate Primrose set. I seem to always want to go to it first and it looks good no matter which medium I use or what colors I use, it’s just so beautiful to me. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous creations and for making a video (I’m about to go watch it now :). Thank you for sharing with us and for the inspiration to continue learning and making. (

  • January 22, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Super, super cards. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. xx

    • January 22, 2019 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you so much for appreciating them and for dropping by, Mogsya!

    • January 25, 2019 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you so much, Kristy!

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