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.

BLOG HOP ORDER
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.

NEEDLEWORK MOTIF STAMP SET

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.

CARD 1

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!

CARD 2

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.
CARD 3

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.

PERSIAN MOTIFS STAMP SET

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.

HANDPICKED BOUQUET, BEAUTIFUL DAY STAMPS AND DIES AND ROSE FLURRIES 3D DIES

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 🙂 )

CARD 4
  • 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! 🙂

Nenette

P.S. Do drop by and say hi!

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Vivian C
Vivian C
2 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Vivian C

Thank you so much, Vivian! Please let me know your favorite Altenew product too 🙂

Mary L Makinen
Mary L Makinen
2 years ago

They were all so beautiful. What a great inspiration.

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary L Makinen

Thanks for your kind words, Mary! If you want to join the raffle, pls let me know your favorite Altenew product, ok? 🙂

Virginia L.
Virginia L.
2 years ago

What an AMAZING post for your first blog hop! I am smiling from ear to ear just admiring your beautiful work (and video!) ! Your art and your artistic journey are truly inspiring, Nenette! I could not be more proud of you and you achievement! Thank you for joining the Altenew Educators Blog Hop today!

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Virginia L.

Hi Virginia!!! I feel like you are our Mom and this blog hop is your way of letting your children fly!!! You are truly an amazing mentor. Thank you so much for this opportunity!!! <3 <3 <3 I love everything Altenew and will keep on supporting you any way I can. 🙂

Teri Wilson
Teri Wilson
2 years ago

Wow! Such dramatic colors! Love your cards! I have this set. Need to pull it out and play!

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Teri Wilson

Thank you for your kind words and droppibg by, Terry! <3

Emmaline
Emmaline
2 years ago

Oh my! Needlework motif is one of my absolute favorite stamp sets and your creations with it are GORGEOUS! You can’t beat gold embossing – so striking and classic <3 So happy to have discovered your blog on this hop!

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Emmaline

Awww… so sweet Emmaline!!! So glad you dropped by. Happy to know that the Needlework motif is your favorite too! 🙂 Thanks for your kind words. <3

Betty
Betty
2 years ago

gorgeous creations, Nenette – love all the gold accents – thanks for sharing all your talent and ideas!

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Betty

Thanks so much, Betty! Let me know what your favorite Altenew product is so that you can be part of the raffle 🙂

Delikt72
Delikt72
2 years ago

I am stunned! These cards so gorgeous and so well thought out. Even down to the little details like tucking a sentiment behind the image. Thank you so much for sharing!

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Delikt72

Thank you for noticing that small detail, Delikt72! Just means you have an artistic eye for detail 🙂 Thank you for your kind words! Please let me know what your favorite Altenew product is to be eligible to win the GC 🙂

Bonnie Eng
Bonnie Eng
2 years ago

Lovely projects! I really like the layered needlework flower on the dark gray cardstock. I had thought that set was not to my taste, but you changed my mind with how you used it. Your pieces with it are quite lovely and all your pieces are very inspiring – nicely done!

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Bonnie Eng

So sweet, Bonnie! Thank you for your kind words. 🙂 Let me know what your favorite Altenew product is please! 🙂

barbara lassiter
barbara lassiter
2 years ago

Your cards and projects are awesome. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration!

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago

Thanks for dropping by, Barbara! What’s your favorite Altenew set?

Patty Eifert
Patty Eifert
2 years ago

I would have never believed that was your first video…you did an awesome job!! All of your cards & layout are just stunning!! Loved every one of the designs!!

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Patty Eifert

So sweet, Patty! Thanks for appreciating my work <3 Still so much to learn!!! Let me know what your favorite Altenew product is, ok? Thanks for dropping by!

Lisa Byers
Lisa Byers
2 years ago

Your cards are very beautiful. I love the coloring of your stamping. All of the colors you chose are so delightful. If I had to choose one favorite Altenew product, it would be the Spring Garden watercolor brushes. I love using them and I tend to use them more than my Zigs or Tombows. The Winter set is next on my list, the colors are dreamy!!

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Lisa Byers

Glad to hear that, Lisa! I have yet to try the watercolor brushes and because of what you said, I defininitely will!!! Thanks for dropping by!

Nancy
Nancy
2 years ago

Love all the projects. Colors are fabulous

Rema DeLeeuw
Rema DeLeeuw
2 years ago

Wow! Such beautiful work!

Mary G
Mary G
2 years ago

Beautiful projects! I’m partial to the tag (I love watercolors) and the Needlework Motif images on black cardstock (I love Mica).

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw
2 years ago

OMG these cards are drop dead gorgeous – I am going to have to tag this post so that I can savor the creative processes!!!!

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw
2 years ago
Reply to  Nenette Madero

The needlework motif – you have made me see how versatile and beautiful these stamps are now – got to have it lol!!!!!

Tracy
Tracy
2 years ago

Wow, still picking my jaw up off the floor. These are amazing!!

Rayla Melchor Santos
Rayla Melchor Santos
2 years ago

Simply AMAZING and ALL of the above (beautiful, drop dead gorgeous, inspiring, etc)! I feel your love as I always have through Amigo, the three kids and your heART …… These and you are Special, Unique and
Precious, Nette!

Geri Stuart
Geri Stuart
2 years ago

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous and great techniques!

Carol Rossouw
Carol Rossouw
2 years ago

Congratulations on qualifying as an Altenew Educator. Absolutely love your beautiful projects!

Mariab
Mariab
2 years ago

Wow! What beautiful cards! Need to try stamping on black CS. My favorite Altenew stamp set is Beautiful Day

Lisa Moline
Lisa Moline
2 years ago

WOW! Your cards and layout are gorgeous! The ones on black are just breathtaking! Thanks for the fantastic inspiration!

Dana M
Dana M
2 years ago

Congrats on achieving your Altenew Educator certificate! Oh what gorgeous cards! Such stunning and creative designs. Beautiful vibrancy and layers.

Cheryl Rigney
Cheryl Rigney
2 years ago

Congratulations on achieving your Altenew Educator Certification!! Your projects are all so fabulous! The cards you created with Needlework Motif are simply stunning!!!

Anna Mahtani
Anna Mahtani
2 years ago

Great job on your first video tutorial! I look forward to seeing more in the near future! Stunning cards!! Oh and my favorite stamp set is the Needlework motif. All the best! 💕

JGaultier
JGaultier
2 years ago

Sophisticated cards! I love the bold colors on soft backgrounds!

trainwithmeghan
trainwithmeghan
2 years ago

These are all works of art! Just incredible talent! I love them all!

itstrulyanoriginal
itstrulyanoriginal
2 years ago

Goodness – these cards are amazing! Great ideas. Congrats on your certification! Fabulous work on your videos too!

anyasofia
anyasofia
2 years ago

Your first posting for the blog hop is amazingly stunning and very inspirational…thank you for the beauty you added and the depth, and so loving the scrap layout, more inspiration.xx

[aussie aNNie blog] ♥ ♥

Linda Tucker
Linda Tucker
2 years ago

Your cards are sooooo BEAUTIFUL and your first video was very good! My favorite Altenew stamp/die set so far is the Handpicked Bouquet. But, I’ve got Ruffled Flowers coming this week. I love Altenew products and I love what you’ve created with your favorite stamps!!!

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Linda Tucker

Warms my heart knowing you appreciate my work, Linda! I also love the handpicked bouquet!!! <3 Hope to see you on IG or FB. Thanks for dropping by! <3

Karthikha Balasubramanian
Karthikha Balasubramanian
2 years ago

Wow! These are fabulous!! Thank you for the super gorgeous inspirations using the needlework motif stampset, it is my favorite!! <3

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago

So happy to know that the Needlework Motif is your favorite too, Karthikha! Thanks for your kind words <3

Heather Nelson
Heather Nelson
2 years ago

Gorgeous!!! Congrats on your certification, first blog hop and video!! Love my Climbing Clematis set. I’m excited to see it featured on the Layering Class.

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Heather Nelson

Thank you so much, Heather! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the layering class 🙂

roni
roni
2 years ago

WOW!! Love your Persian motif work of art!!! I love your choice of color pallets, just amazing!

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  roni

Thanks so much, Roni! What’s your favorite Altenew product?

Kathy Ferguson
Kathy Ferguson
2 years ago

Gorgeous cards. I love the use of the gold embossing on your first few cards. They are awesome. Thanks for adding so many projects to inspire us.

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Kathy Ferguson

Thank you so much, Kathy! I love gold embossing powder espevially Altenew’s rose gold. What’s your favorite Altenew product?

Niki
Niki
2 years ago

The frame card is stunning! I love seeing how you intertwined the die cuts together so they switch places! Your colour palettes are very gorgeous too!

Favorite set would be the Leafy Canopy Stamp and Die (I’d love either ^ ^)

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Niki

Thank you so much, Niki!!! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

Annette Reed
Annette Reed
2 years ago

Wow! Where to start? I saw that first stamp set and was like “it’s pretty but not for me” -just kind of 😶. Then I saw the cards and I changed to “whoa!”😮 They were stunning with the swirls and colors. All of your cards are lovely and I really like the flower on your tag. Well done!

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Annette Reed

Hi Annette! So happy I was able to change your mind about the Needlework Motif stamp set 🙂 what’s your favorite Altenew set?

Karen Co
Karen Co
2 years ago

Nette….wow!!! your work is just wow!!! thanks for continuing to inspire!!! Super love 🙂

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Karen Co

Hi Karen!!! Thanks for your kind words and always being supportive!!! What’s your favorite Altenew set?

Terri Koszler
Terri Koszler
2 years ago

Stunning work, I love your choice of colours in your projects. Congratulations

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Terri Koszler

Hi Terri! Thank you for your kind words! 🙂 Love your work too <3

Daniel Flororita
Daniel Flororita
2 years ago

Extremely impressive creations! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent and techniques. Truly inspiring Nenette! Love it!

Nandini Karmarkar
Nandini Karmarkar
2 years ago

Wow! All your cards are simply stunning! I am so awed and inspired by your work!

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago

Awww… so sweet! Thank you do much, Nandini! Do you have a favorite Altenew product?

scraphousemom
scraphousemom
2 years ago

My fave has to be the Needlework Motif on black. It just looks SO striking! I’m following you on Instagram now!

lhyden1
lhyden1
2 years ago

Your cards are stunning! ou are so creative.

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  lhyden1

Thank you so much, Ihyden1!

Becky Smith
Becky Smith
2 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous; I could spend a lot of time taking in all the lovely details.

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Becky Smith

Thank you for your kind comments, Becky! Do you have a favorite Altenew set?

Laurie Barnes
Laurie Barnes
2 years ago

Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Laurie Barnes

Thanks so much, Laurie! Do you have a favorite too?

Delia Wilkes
Delia Wilkes
2 years ago

Love your cards, they are so bright and vibrant. Really like how you chose to use different mediums to really compliment the stamp sets and bring out the best in your designs. It’s very obvious a great deal of consideration has been given to each card. They are beautifully executed. Thank you for sharing.

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Delia Wilkes

Delia your comments made me so happy! Thanks for your kind words 🙂 Do you have a favorite Altenew product?

Deb Hurtig
Deb Hurtig
2 years ago

Lovely! Such a variety of looks

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Deb Hurtig

Thank you, Deb! Do you have a favorite?

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser
2 years ago

I love the needlework motif. Many years ago I was into
crewel embroidery and one of the pictures I stitches used
this design. It was a large vase of flowers. Don’t think
I ever finished it though but I was glad I worked on it.
Your cards are fantastic. thanks for sharing
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Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago

Thank you so much for appreciating my work, Mary! 🙂

Rochelle
Rochelle
2 years ago

This past year I heard about Alte&New and ever since then, I’m hooked. One of my Christmas gifts was the Rose Flurries 3D and I love it!

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  Rochelle

Isn’t it an amazing company?! Thanks for sharing your favorites, Rochelle!

Carol-Lynn Carnes
Carol-Lynn Carnes
2 years ago

I really,really love the needlework motif, as well, will definitely be getting this collection…Love your video, very informative.

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago

Thank you so much, Carol-Lynn! 🙂

laurie2cats
laurie2cats
2 years ago

Lovely projects, I really like your style. The flower on the tag is beautifully colored. Love the gold embossing on black paper – will be trying that today. My fave Altenew products are the layered floral dies because I don’t color very well, but I have lots of colored paper!

rostamps4fun
rostamps4fun
2 years ago

Very pretty work..I loved your scrapbook layout. I need to get to work on some of my scrapbooks again. Thank you so much ….Your blog is great..and this hop if fun and very informative.

Nenette Madero
Nenette Madero
2 years ago
Reply to  rostamps4fun

Hi rostamps4fun! I too have been so behind with scrapbooking since I started creating cards. But because Altenew stamps are so versatile, I end up using them for layouts too.Do you have an Altenew favorite?

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