Altenew Educators “Giving Thanks” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

Welcome everyone to Altenew Educators Giving Thanks Blog hop and linky party + giveaway!!! I’m so excited to be a part of this blog hop with my co-educators!!! The hop starts at the Altenew Card Blog. The complete blog hop list is at the end of this post in case you get lost.

We are in this unprecedented crisis. Yet so many doctors, nurses, technicians, scientists, policemen, grocery storekeepers, pharmacists, food delivery crew, bank tellers, couriers, garbage collectors, hospital cleaning staff etc. work tirelessly to keep us all safe and so that we can continue to live our new normal lives. I truly appreciate that the theme for this blog hop is thankfulness. In our own little way, we can express our appreciation and gratitude to these everyday heroes for their dedication and selflessness through our cards.

I love the idea of coming up with 2 cards using the same stamped images. I sometimes call it my yin and yang cards. The following pairs were done using the same stamp sets. I just varied the looks by using the negative and positive die cuts, changing up the placement of the flowers, or by cutting the die cuts in half (the split card trick was inspired by Jennifer Mcguire). Here are my samples:


I loved coloring the Poppy Garden stamp images so I used it in 4 of my cards– warm colors for one set of die cuts and cool colors for the other set. I stamped all the images on watercolor paper with Versamark Ink then embossed with Rose gold embossing powder. The Tropical Fiesta and Winter Wonderland watecolor brush markers were used to color the stamped and embossed images. The images where then die cut using the coordinating dies.

Next, I stamped the biggest image onto Neenah Solar White CS using the Silver lake dye ink. I chose a lighter color instead of black so that the watercolored images will stand out more. Then I used the coordinating stencil to mask the stamped image so that I can overlap and stamp the second image. Always remember that whatever you stamp first will be the image that will look closest to you. Everything else will be behind the masked image so plan your stamping accordingly. I continued until I covered the entire paper using all the different stamp images.

I then temporarily adhered vellum over the stamped panel using washi tape so that I can glue the die-cut flowers on top following the placement of the stamped images. You can also use transparency as an alternative. Make sure you secure the two together using washi tape so that the vellum with the die cuts and the stamped panel will not shift when it goes through the die-cutting machine. Both sheets were then die cut using a rectangular die to create a frame.

The negative die cut frame was adhered onto an A2 card front using foam squares. The middle portion of the stamped panel was glued to the center of the card then the sentiment from the Ornamental Bliss stamp set was stamped on black cardstock and embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. This was mounted onto the card front using foam squares.

The same thing was done for the 2nd card. I just made sure that the flowers aligned when I adhered the middle panel using foam squares. Sentiment for this card was from the Needlework Motif stamp set.


For these cards, I watercolored the flowers using the wet on wet technique using warm colors. I loved the split card idea of Jennifer Mcguire wherein she adhered the elements in the middle of an 81/2 x 5 1/2 cardstock just like the photo below.

I then used a guillotine cutter to cut right at the center thus dividing it into two panels. I wanted a gold border for both panels to define the edges so I went ahead and embossed the fine frame die cuts with rose gold embossing powder.

First, I inked up the frames with Versamark Ink then I poured the embossing powder and embossed it with a heat gun.

Now I have frames that match perfectly with the embossed flowers.

I made sure to use foam squares to adhere some of the flowers for added dimension. I also did not put glue at the tips of the leaves and small flowers for a more organic look. To finish it off, the card fronts were adhered to top folding and side folding A2 white cardstocks.


For these two cards, I used the Regal Beauty Stamp and die set, Rose Flurries 3D dies, and Garden Picks 3d dies. The layers of the flowers and leaves were stamped using Altenew dye inks then these were die cut using the coordinating dies.

Leaves from the Rose Flurries and the Garden Picks 3D die sets were used for these cards as well.

Sentiments from the Needlework Motif stamp set were stamped using the Platinum crisp embossing powder. I used similar ink colors from the brush markers to create a mat for the sentiment.


Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment here on the Altenew Card Blog by 6/17/2020 for a chance to win.

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Card Blog on 6/21/2020.

There’s MORE! We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!

Special offer:
FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY6T or $5 OFF international shipping with code SHOPPING6T at checkout on orders over $29. Offer valid from 6/10/2020 at 12:01 am EDT through6/11/2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. Shop HERE! Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. Not valid on Altenew Academy Classes and Virtual Workshops.

This is no ordinary hop! Altenew wants you to join in on the fun as well. There is a Linky Party going on at the Altenew Card Blog. All you have to do is link up your creations based on the theme of the hop, which is, “Giving Thanks” and mention that you are taking part in the Altenew Educators Blog Hop and Linky Party. So what are you waiting for?! Link up!

There are many more card examples from the other amazing certified Altenew educators so please make sure to drop by their blogs, too! Next up is Christine Pennington. Thank you so much for dropping by and do leave a comment to get a chance to win! I always love hearing from my readers. Stay safe everyone! Until my next post. Happy crafting!!!



184 thoughts on “Altenew Educators “Giving Thanks” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

  • June 11, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Love the way you made one image and created two cards!!! Just stunning!

    • June 11, 2020 at 9:29 pm

      The colors on your cards are beautiful! I absolutely love them!

      • June 14, 2020 at 4:09 am

        Beautiful cards. Love the vellum base, such a soft looking card.

        • June 24, 2020 at 8:26 am

          I love the effect of vellum!!! Thanks for dropping by!

  • June 11, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    If the cards alone are not enough to comment about, I love your color choices, especially the blue and oranges. I will be saving and CASEing this later!

  • June 11, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Gorgeous cards, great tip about using Pressnseal for positioning! The 2nd set of cards using the Poppies set are so stunning, I must CASE the color combo!

  • June 11, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    WOW! So So pretty! I love those deep rich blues! And the metallic outlines on all of them. I really like how on the first two the negative and postive colours! Those cards are amazing! I have never been able to do the 2 cards out of one design thing and make them turn out. Such talent.

  • June 11, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    What a spectacular set of cards! The card with the frame is amazing.

  • June 11, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Fabulous cards! Gorgeous color and design with the bright colors and gold embossing!

  • June 11, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Your poppy cards are my favorite! I saw them in the Altenew email and was inspired to finally participate in a blog hop!!

  • June 11, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Beautiful colors and I love the idea of your embossed frame to match the embossing on your flowers!

  • June 11, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Stunning cards! I love the bold colors!

  • June 11, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    Colors in the last set are gorgeous

  • June 11, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Wow! These are all so colorful and beautiful!! I really love the one with the orange flowers on the dark blue cardstock!!

  • June 12, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Love all your cards. So many ideas to try to incorporate into my attempts at card making. I have to save these. Thank you.

  • June 12, 2020 at 12:29 am

    Omgoodness, your cards are all so beautiful!! I have read through your blog several times and hoping it will make sense when I have paper and ink in hand. I am new to card making, and am grateful I discovered the blog hops!!!! Thank you so much for sharing, and I look forward to your next showcase.

  • June 12, 2020 at 12:58 am

    Gorgeous cards. Love the colors.

  • June 12, 2020 at 1:15 am

    Stunning cards

  • June 12, 2020 at 1:27 am

    Your cards are absolutely wonderful! Where is the video??

  • June 12, 2020 at 2:21 am

    Nanette, this blue is stunning; takes my breath away; love your card.

  • June 12, 2020 at 2:27 am

    These are gorgeous! I particularly like the first set. I am intrigued with the idea of having colored flowers over a black/white background of the same flowers.

  • June 12, 2020 at 3:18 am

    Beautiful card! Love the colors and the rose gold embossing.

  • June 12, 2020 at 4:52 am

    I love this stamp set and the many ways you used it. I learned some new ideas from your post also. I live the colors you used also. These are gorgeous cards. Thanks for sharing.

  • June 12, 2020 at 5:28 am

    Beautiful cards! Love the colors.
    Thanks for sharing..

  • June 12, 2020 at 5:40 am

    Is there anything here that you have not seen on Jennifer McGuire’s blog? It would have been nice to acknowledge that these ideas are all hers.

    • June 13, 2020 at 8:35 pm

      HI Caroline! Jennifer is the guru of card making. She has done countless beautiful cards! I did mention her name by the way.

  • June 12, 2020 at 5:42 am

    Nannett, your cards are are just beautiful! I love the brilliant blues and oranges that are in the first couple of cards and I love how you made two cards by layering flowers and then cutting down the center of the arrangement.

  • June 12, 2020 at 7:26 am

    I’m awe struck at how awesome all the cards are. Great ideas.

  • June 12, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Stunning cards! I especially liked the navy with orange flowers. Thanks for the great technique idea to do embossed frames. Super classy.

  • June 12, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Gorgeous cards! I love the 1 image/2 cards method.

  • June 12, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Beautiful cards! I love how you used the negative die cut and the frames in two different cards! Thanks for sharing!

  • June 12, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Beautiful work! Your deep, rich colors really inspire me!

  • June 12, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    I like the color combinations. I like the ideas on making the split card designs.

  • June 12, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    I can’t choose they are all unique and wonderful

  • June 12, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    All are so gorgeous and in wonderful colors.

  • June 12, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Love the colors with the orange blooms and the fact you acknowledged Jennifer McGuire‘s card with the cutting in half of the flower arrangement. Thank you for the frame idea.

    • June 13, 2020 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Rhonda! thank you so much for your kind words! I do my best to acknowledge ideas/works from other artists. I draw inspiration from so many of them! <3 Probably some of the techniques here are from other artists too but unfortunately I can't keep track of all the techniques I learned from many. 🙁

  • June 12, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    I love the unusual placement of the frames with the flowers, truly inspirational.

  • June 12, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Gorgeous cards, gorgeous colors. Altenew’s watercolor brush markers have become my favorite coloring medium and my goals is to eventually get all of them. I just got notification that my Tropical Fiesta set is one the was — I can’t wait to get it!

  • June 13, 2020 at 12:14 am

    These are amazing! Love everything about them.

  • June 13, 2020 at 5:13 am

    Oh, my goodness….your cards are absolutely spectacular!!! I love the vivid colors. My fave is the blue with the metallic embossing and the vellum. WOW!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  • June 13, 2020 at 8:51 am

    I love the cards. The coloring on the blue card is inspirational.

  • June 13, 2020 at 9:17 am

    These are stunning! Anyone would be thrilled to receive one of your cards.

  • June 14, 2020 at 12:12 am

    I love all your cards. Those flowers are gorgeous.

  • June 14, 2020 at 12:46 am

    Gorgeous cards – I love that embossed framing, and both of those poppy cards are stunning. I love that gorgeous blue your chose for the blue poppies.

  • June 14, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Your cards are gorgeous!!! I especially love the gold embossing!

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  • June 14, 2020 at 11:21 am

    These cards are beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration!

  • June 14, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Oh these are gorgeous 💕

    • June 24, 2020 at 8:25 am

      Hi Helen!!!! So nice of you to drop by <3 Thanks so much!

  • June 14, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    I LOVE your beautiful watercolor look! This is really an amazing technique, and thank you so much for sharing it with us!
    Warm Hugs,
    Michele K. Henderson

    • June 24, 2020 at 8:24 am

      I’m so happy that you appreciate my work, Michele! Thanks for dropping by! <3

  • June 14, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    Your cards are fabulous and you colored the flowers so beautifully! I love the orange and navy color combination!

  • June 14, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Love every single one of your cards but the one that really stood out to me were those gorgeous deep blue flowers and how you cut them out around the card and placed over the edges of the card. Very special! Thanks for sharing such pretty designs!

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