Altenew 5th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 3 + Giveaway

4th April 2019

We’re so excited to be a part of Altenew’s fabulous blog hop!

And in honour of Altenew’s anniversary we want to talk about their signature layered stamps. They have a huge (and GORGEOUS) range, but sometimes these can be a little intimidating, especially if you’re a newbie stamper. Multiple stamps that make up on image? Why is one stamp so detailed? Where do I even begin?

Layered stamps are multiple stamps that make up on whole image. Each layer adds more detail to the previous layer and once complete, you’re left with an image that looks realistic with lots of dimension. We’re having a play with the Beautiful Heart stamp and die set to create an easy all-occasion card. But first, let’s have a chat about everything you’ll need to layer your stamps effectively.

  1. Let’s talk colours! You’ll need a range of stamp ink colours. It’ll be helpful to have a combination of light and dark inks in one shade. Like 2 shades of green for leaves or 2 shades of purple for flowers. One shade will need to be significantly lighter than the other to get a good contrast in your layers. You’ll need one shade per stamp layer. This range of colours will give your stamping realistic depth.
  2. Now let’s talk ink. There’s a great selection of inks from Altenew, Nuvo Hybrid Inks, or even Distress Inks if you have those in your stash. Remember though if you’re doing any colouring with alcohol markers you’ll need to not use Distress Inks because they’ll smear. Hybrid inks are fantastic because you don’t have to worry about what medium to use with them. They work with watercolouring and alcohol markers!
  3. On to the good stuff–how to line up your stamps. Altenew has helpful layering guides for all of their stamps on their site, but it’s pretty easy to see how the stamps line up. Just look for a defining detail. Look for a specific curl in the petals or leaves and let that defining detail guide your layering. Once you become more familiar with your stamps, you’ll be able to layer more quickly.
  4. You’ll also need a stamping platform. Of course you can use a stamp block, but if you happen to not ink your stamp properly it’ll be difficult to line up your stamp with a block alone.
  5. Always start with the lightest colours first. Then the darker shade for your second layer and then finally your outline stamp in black for the easiest way to stamp layer. If you have 3 shades of one colour then that will be even more realistic.

Stamp layering takes time, and it can be a bit frustrating when things don’t line up, but be patient and don’t lose heart! You’ll become more familiar with your stamps the more you use them, and the results are definitely worth the effort.


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Giveaway Prizes and How to enter to win!

Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 10 lucky winners. There are also 14 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by 12th April 2019 for a chance to win! 33 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Blog on 20/04/2019.


Kathy Racoosin  

Therese Calvird

Pretty Pink Posh

Nicole Picadura

Flora Monika Farkas

Norine Borys

Emily Midgett

Butterfly Reflections Ink

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Lisa Spangler

Jen Schow

Nancy McClelland

Raquel Bowman

Sarah Naumann

Janette Kausen

Kim Jeffress


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204 Replies to “Altenew 5th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 3 + Giveaway”

  • Altenew is one of my favorite companies! Happy Birthday/Anniversary!

  • Thank you for sharing the tips on layered stamping. Beautiful results!

  • Thank you for these helpful tips!

  • Beautiful card and great technique…Altenew has a lot of great supplies…
    Thank you for the video and sharing.

  • Such great tips and a BEAUTIFUL card! Happy 5th Birthday Altenew!

  • Love all the details in your tips, thanks

  • Pretty card! Love the big blossom!

  • Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing!

  • This is really pretty. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks for the detailed tutorial.

  • Thanks for the inspiration! I love Altenew products! I save and save so I can buy more! I can’t have enough! Happy Anniversary Altenew!

  • Such a pretty cards and like the stamp positioning tips.

  • Thanks for the great tutorial on using layered stamps – very helpful! And beautiful 🙂

  • Pretty card. Happy 5th Anniversary Altenew!

  • I have to admit that sometimes I do have trouble lining the stamps up. But Altenew has made it much easier with the layering. Love that they tell you the colors to use from the beginning of the layering of the flowers. Love your card and the flower is beautiful.

  • Thanks for the helpful tips on using the layering guides from Altenew! Love their floral designs and they have come along way in helping us with lining up theirr layering stamps!

  • Another fun day on the Blog Hop. Congratulations to Altenew! Beautiful card!

  • Happy 5 Altenew! The layering stamps really what was got this company started and how wonderful and versatile are they! Great stamps and inks for sure.

  • Love the stamp set that you used!

  • Love your purple flower. Purple is my favorite color, so your card makes my heart skip a beat. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  • Very nice card and nice, basic explanation of layered stamping. Happy 5th anniversary to Altenew!

  • Very beautiful card! Thanks for share with us on this fun Altenew Anniversary hop!!

  • Thank you for sharing this beautiful card and the tip on how to stamp the layers.

  • Great card. Happy 5th Anniversary Altenew.

  • Thank you so much for posting such great instructions on how to duplicate this look. This is such a pretty card!!!

  • Beautiful card, Indeed. Thanks for sharing your process, Denise

  • beautiful, love the purple.. fab layering
    Happy Anniversary Altnew

  • Happy 5th Anniversary to Altenew! Congrats!!!

  • Beautiful card! I have that stamp and die set!

  • Fabulous design, love the color palette! Thanks for All you share! Happy anniversary to Altenew!

  • Love Altenew’s layered stamps/dies! Thank you for the tips on lining the layers up. Your card is so pretty, too.

  • love the purple/green color combo – very fresh!!

  • I love blog hops for they inspire me to create. Thank you.

  • You have the most beautiful card! I love your colors and design. Thanks for sharing.

  • Love It !!!!
    Thank you for the beautiful designs

  • Thk u I just learned how to do the layering stamps. I wasn’t quite sure before.

  • Gorgeous card. I love Altenew’s layering stamps and my goal is to expand my ink colors. I seldom have more than one color in the same family, so I have to double- and triple-stamp the layers.

  • Love your great tips. Thank you.

  • so pretty beautifully done

  • Beautiful purple! THank you for the video! GORGEOUS!

  • You are right, there is a learning curve to the layering stamps but the results are well worth it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and Happy Anniversary!

  • Yet another beautiful card! thanx for the video

  • yes, stamp layering takes time, indeed. well worth it by the looks of your design

  • lovely layered stamped card – thank you for the inspiration, now just have to win the misti in order to make this.

  • Very pretty card! In spite of all that is on the internet there is something about a paper copy of a magazine that I love!

  • Love this!! Nice to see the big beautiful flower and the gorgeous purpled used in the layering stamp! Thanks for sharing

  • Lovely card. Great use of Altenew products!

  • Beautiful card, Thanks for the tips on layered stamping!

  • Love! Love! and happy birthday altenew!!

  • Thank you so much for the video-you have great tips for those multi-layer stamps. The card is beautiful.

  • Beautiful card!
    Thanks for all the great information…

  • Great advice on stamp layering. I learned a few tips. I’ve always enjoyed your magazine.

  • Practice practice practice. I’m finding this to be true with stamp layers. But so worth the final result!

  • Beautiful card! Great instructions on how to do it!

  • Beautiful floral card. Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration. Happy 5th Anniversary Altenew.

  • You’re right, gorgeous they are! Thanks for the article and highlighting Altenew.

  • Thanks for all the tips!

  • Beautiful card. Thank you for explaining layering stamps

  • I love the Altenew layered stamps! Beautiful card, thanks for sharing. Congrats to Altenew!!!

  • Fabulous card! Love the colors and your wonderful style.

  • Pretty card! Thanks for the chance to win and sharing.

  • Such a gorgeous card! Love that beautiful flower! Thanks for joining in on Altenew’s 5th Anniversary blog hop!

  • Gorgeous card. I’ll be coming back to see what you sell as I have never been to this website.

  • Beautiful card. Purple is always a good idea!

  • Wow, great tips on stamp layering. It can be intimidating & frustrating with all the layers and which colors to use, it takes time to learn it & get into it, but once you get it, AMAZING! Altenew has the best floral layering stamps.

  • Thanks for sharing. A very pretty card!

  • That’s a lovely card and a stamp set. I have the bigger Tim Holtz stamping platform but I think I need to get that smaller one too.

  • What a beautiful card. Loved the video showing how easy this one is to layer.

  • Very pretty cards and great tips on layering! I haven’t used my platform for layering but I have a number of birthdays coming up so I will need to give it a try.

  • Love flowers, Have a couple of Altnew stamps, love the Quality.

  • Beautiful card and thankyou for the tutorial.
    Happy 5th Anniversary Altenew!

  • Beautiful card, happy birthday Altenew!

  • What a beautiful card! I love the purple!

  • great work and happy birthday to Altenew!

  • Beautiful card! I love the color! Congratulations to Altenew for five years of amazing products and inspiration!

  • Thank you for the tips with layering stamps! I confess that I get frustrated with them at times! Lovely card!

  • Thanks for your beautiful flower card & the bit of a tutorial about colour choices & layering.

  • I agree that layering stamps can sometimes be tricky but the Altenew stamps are great to use.

  • I love all the really useful tips, great crafting ideas x

  • I love layering stamps! This flowerlooks so stunning.

  • I love Altenew inks and stamps, especially their layered stamps!

  • Love your card and your tips video! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  • Thanks for the video and the great tips! I agree that Altenew has some of the most beautiful stamps on the market. It is one of my favorite companies!

  • I love this card! Great job. Keep making great cards please!

  • Thank you for sharing yet another amazing card.

  • I really like the colors you chose for this one!

  • Amazing choice of colors. The greens look so vibrant!

  • You have created a wonderful card. I love your work!

  • Thanks for the great tips didn’t know Distress smudged with Alcohol Markers

  • What a beautiful card…that big purple flower is really gorgeous. Thanks for all the great tips, too!

  • This little tutorial is very informative and helpful! I keep forgetting if I can use alcohol markers with my hybrid ink pad and I think I test it on a scrap paper first every.single.time. Maybe after reading this, it’ll finally sink in! Thanks!!

  • Yes, Altanew has an amazing variety of products. Love their floral stamps, the greetings… and of course the matching dies… so cool.. and now colors, washi, stencils… love, love, love the variety! Happy Anniversary to Altanew!

  • The flower on your card just POPS! It’s gorgeous. Thanks for the informative pep talk on using the layering floral stamps. I have been intimidated by them and have been trying to build up my inks. I think I’m almost ready to give it a whirl! Thanks for sharing your art. Be well, Jen Brier

  • I enjoyed watching the layering video – helpful to know what order to do the colouring. I’ve been card-making for years but this is the first blog I’ve commented on! Happy crafting all:)

  • Thank you for your very informative video, with lots of useful tips. Beautiful card, thank you for sharing.
    Spring greetings from Belgium.

  • Wow, what a great post. Thank you for your inspiration, video tutorial and participating in this great Altenew 5th Anniversary party and for the stunning prize contribution.

  • Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  • I love their stamps, have a few. Your colors are quit striking, I like it. Thanks for sharing and the chance-although small-of winning a prize.

  • Great colors and cute card.

  • Very pretty color scheme for this gorgeous flower! Like that sentiment, and your pearls add just the right pop! So glad you joined in on the Altenew celebration!

  • Love Altenew’s floral stamps and appreciate the details you shared in making your beautiful card.

  • Great tips! I love Altenew blog hops because I can focus on one set at a time. There are SO many beautiful products to choose from! kReN

  • BEAUTIFUL card!
    THANK YOU for sharing your video, TOP TIPS and INSPIRATION … I look forward to getting better at layering my stamps and getting perfect alignment 🙂

  • Lovely card – beautiful colours and detail – thanks for the tips and inspiration!

  • thanks for the tips on using the layering stamps.
    I always start with the light colors but get
    criticized for that – glad you are in my corner.

  • Great video and post. Thanks for all the tips and the card you made turned out beautifully!

  • The purple flower is so pretty! The layering stamps by Altenew are my favorites and I have several. I love that they come with the layering guide. Thanks for sharing the tips and your lovely card!

  • A lovely understated card. Elegant. Thanks for the video.

  • What a delightful learning experience! I am a newish stamper and I can totally relate! Thank you for sharing on the hop!

  • These are great tips! I totally agree that a stamp positioner was a game changer for me being able to do layered stamping. Especially because now I can stamp a bunch in different colors all at the same time.

  • Beautiful card. Love the colours. Congrats to Altenew on turning 5! I have loved their designs right from the first release. Wishing them many more years of fabulous success!

  • happy birthday ALTENEW am enjoying learning to make my own amazing cards so much to learn

  • Beautiful card. Thanks for all the tips.

  • Your use of layering stamps is perfection. Love the colors you used!

  • Love the Altenew Layering Stamps. Lovely flower.

  • Great idea on using the sharpie to mark where to line the die to the stamp! Thank you for sharing

  • Great article – thanks for the tips

  • Fantastic! I love Altenew stamps! What lovely prizes.

  • The purples and spring greens you’ve chosen for this card really highly Altenew’s layered florals stamps beautifully! Congratulations on your 5th Birthday, Altenew! Looking forward to many more!

  • Very informative. Loved the layered daffodils dies. I have a few sets of layered stamps that I have used but I think they need to have more depth. Will try again with mixed media. Happy anniversary!

  • Absolutely adore everything about Altenew products, they have even inspired my hubby to have a go at layering up blooms on cards❗
    Can’t believe it’s 5yrs since they started inspiring is with their concept of layering stamps….here’s to the next 5years, at least!😉

  • Very helpful & handy tips on using layering stamps, don’t feel too wary of using them now!
    Happy Birthday!

  • Thanks for the tutorial. Stamping platforms come into their own on projects like this, with fantastic results.

  • Beautiful card and thanks for all the tips on using the layering stamps.

  • Thank you for sharing this informative tutorial video, the card came out beautifully. Happy Anniversary Altenew!

  • Yeah, didn’t know that the last color could be black to outline the image. Thank you for all the useful tips.

  • Oh my gosh, I have some layering stamps from Altenew but I’m not sure how to use them. I saved your post so I can see your video & read what you said about layering stamps. I like your card! It’s so pretty & I love the purple color! I love their flower stamps & this is a good one. Thank you for showing us your pretty card & for giving us the chance to win something! Happy 5th Anniversary Altenew!

  • What a beautiful card and the tips were really helpful. Congratulations on your anniversary xx

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