Welcome to a fun blog hop! The latest release by Altenew is here and we celebrate with an inspirational blog hop and lots of giveaways.

In the new release you will find great stamps, dies and stencils plus a new ink blending tool!

If you are looking for

  • soft blending
  • no sploches
  • quick big area coverage
  • ergonomic handle
  • soft white bristles
  • washabe

then this is the one for you! Plus it comes with a lid so no more mess when you store it away.

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

For the background I combined Tumbled Grass and Cracked Pistachio oxide inks and did the blending with the new blending brush. Works like a dream for large areas.

The gorgeou flowers are from the new Bird of Paradise Stamp Set( ALTN | SSS ) as well as the sentiment.

I stamped the sentiment in one of the labels from the Apothecary Labels Stamp Set( ALTN ).

Also for some added interest on the background I did use the Garden Trellis Cover Die( ALTN | SSS ) but teared off a part of it!


Links to multiple online stores linked below. Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you.

Ink Blending Tool – Large
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Bird of Paradise Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Garden Trellis Cover Die
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Apothecary Labels Stamp Set
[ ALTN ]
Apothecary Labels Nesting Die Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Green Meadows Oval Set
[ ALTN ]
Golden Sunset Oval Set
[ ALTN ]
Permanent Black Crisp Ink
[ ALTN ]
Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
[ SBC | SSS ]
Therm O Web – iCraft – Purple Tape -…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Mini MISTI – Most Incredible Stamp…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz -…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Non-Stick…
[ SBC | SSS ]
[ SSS ]
Studio Katia TRIANGLE TRAY sk2119
[ SSS ]
Crafter’s Companion – Gemini -…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – 8.5 Inch…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
[ SBC | SSS ]


  • To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Mixed Media Blog by 6/9/2020 for a chance to win.
  • Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 6/11/2020.

blog hop list


  1. Wonderful card, love your use of new trellis cover die and the bird of paradise layering stamp set.

  2. This is beautiful and I knew it would be. Love the way you used the trellis die and it definitely completed the card design perfectly!

  3. Beautiful card, love the ink blended background and the pretty Birds of paradise flowers! Thanks for another awesome video.

  4. Love your card! Very pretty. I am also excited that you showed me that Altenew has a new blending tool. I am probably going to order it soon.

  5. I think the colours you chose for the background really suited the stunning beauty of the Bird of Paradise flower stamp and the sentiment set the whole thing of. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Absolutely beautiful card I love that this is the first bird of paradise I have seen and you made it beautifully also love the new blending brushes

  7. This card honestly is one of my favorites! The blend is so soft, the die is a very nice addition, and the flowers are absolutely beautiful! I just LOVE it all! Thanks for sharing Vicky, it’s a.simply stunning card! Hugs!

  8. The bird of paradise is beautiful. If you have time can you please use the big rose stamp. I bet it would make a great art journal project. Thank you for sharing your talents.

  9. I love that label stamp set ! Great inspiration Vicky – I like how you tore the trellis – it makes for a very interesting card with the flowers.

  10. I just watched your video, beautiful card. I love the partial use of the background stamp. thank you

  11. Wonderful release and your card is lovely! Beautiful color palette and card design!!

  12. Stunning! You chose my favorite of this stamp release. It is just beautiful. I like your use of only a torn portion of the trellis and the background colors. ALSO, I am going to have to get some of those new brushes!!!

  13. Do love that lattice die and never thought of partially cutting it. I especially love that the blending brush is washable!

  14. Pretty card, love your choice of colors to blend. Can’t wait to get one of those blending brushes.

  15. Your cards are always so nice. I love the bird of paradise stamp set! All of the Altenew release looks enticing! Thank you for sharing.

  16. Hi Vicky. Do you know these flowers are called Strelitzia? They are indigenous here in South Africa and I have two bushes growing in my garden. You have captured the colours beautifully.

  17. Wow! Love your Bird of Paradise card! Since it’s one of my favorite flowers I tried to order that bundle but it’s already sold out on the first day of release!

  18. I love this stamp set. We have plenty of these flowers growing around my place and I am amazed by how realistic the stamped ones look! I love your beautiful card. The lattice background really makes the flowers pop!

  19. Vicki, Love with you did to display that beautiful Bird of Paradise flower. Love the encouragement sentiment too.

  20. I love your colors. The background is beautiful. I especially like the addition of the torn Garden Trellis. Thank you!

  21. Birds of Paradise always remind me of my visits to Hawaii. Your card is beautiful. Another great release from Altenew.

  22. Once again another wonderful video, you make these products come to life like no-one else, I have been binge watching you and all your Altenew videos throughout the lockdown and they have kept me going during a lonely time. Love the products and love the videos, keep them coming Vicky x

  23. Love the chalkboard look of the apothecary stamp and white ink! Bird of Paradise are such a great, different and vibrant colored flower. And thanks for the reminder that there are other ways to use a background die. I really like using them as stencils! Thanks, Vicky.

  24. The Bird of Paradise Stamp Set is so beautiful! Love the way you torn the background for an interesting change! Lovely card!

  25. Love your Bird of Paradise card! The colors you used are perfect and the background is so creative.

  26. Totally enjoyable video and I always learn something. Thank you, Vicky. Altenew’s release looks like lots of fun!

  27. Absolutely gorgeous card! I love the bird of paradise flower and this stamp set is beautiful! Can’t wait to add it to my collection! Thank you for the inspiration!

  28. What a beautiful card! Love the background, and of course the bird of paradise is a fun flower. We used to have a bird of paradise in our backyard in California, and it is right on!

  29. I wasn’t going to get the Bird of Paradise layering stamp set, but now after seeing a few cards created with it, I have changed my mind. So lovely! I also like the trellis die cut…perfect behind any flower arrangement! Thanks for sharing your talents with us here today, Vicky!

  30. This card is delightful, and the colour contrast is perfect. I love the almost cartoonish style of the layers of the flowers, rather than trying for a hyper realistic image. They’re still amazingly beautiful though.
    Thank you for sharing this. Now I am wishing we were growing these in our garden!

  31. Love the organic look of what you did with the background die…beautiful cards, as always!
    Another great release from Altenew!

  32. Gorgeous card. I love the partial die cut background and your colour palette is stunning. That lovely cool background is a great foil for the florals.

  33. Beautiful card! The Bird of Paradise is such an unusual flower that it can be used in different styles of cards. Thanks!

  34. Your cards and tutorials are always wonderful but during this crazy time: what a breath of sunshine this new release is!

  35. I was inspired by the way you tore the background trellis. It made a much greater impression the way you used it!

  36. Such beautiful designs. I send several cards a week to relatives in nursing homes and to my friends and extended family. I would put this gift card to good use!

  37. Vicky, thank you for your lovely card?I really am impressed with the new blending brush. I bet it would work well with stencils. I also really like the Apothecary stamps.?

  38. Fabulous card! You used two of my favorites from this release, the bird of paradise and the garden trellis cover die! Beautiful coloring on your card!

  39. Love your pitch for the new blending tool, and then seeing it in action- I’m sold! What a clever idea to tear off part of the trellis- a much more realistic feel! Thanks for sharing your creative talents on the hop– Be Well.

  40. Hi Vicky!
    What a gorgeous card! I just loved it! And, I love, love, love the colors together! And, you used so many items from this awesome new release. The Birds of Paradise stamp is just stunning! I do not think I’ve ever seen one with them before! I was trying to figure out what I would do with the trellis piece. I think it adds a lot of dimension by tearing part if it off. This was the first time I’ve visited—it will not be the last!

    He IS Able!
    Traci Starkweather

  41. That stamp set is my favorite from this release, but I was surprised at how much I like the torn trellis. That is not usually my style.

  42. Thanks for sharing, beautiful card! I think I need the blending tool, creating your backgrounds looked effortless.

  43. Thank you for sharing. Your card is lovely, and the videos help me as a new crafter. I am gaining confidence, and learning so much!

  44. Bird of paradise was always my mom’s favorite, so I’m super excited to see this design.

  45. Love your card! Tearing the trellis die cut for the background left such a nice effect, beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  46. I really love the blended background! The way you used the paradise floral is so pretty!

  47. Oh this is beautiful! Those soft ink colors & lattice are the perfect background for that Bird of Paradise!!

  48. I love how you combined the bird of paradise flower with the partial trellis background. It’s such a stunning card!

  49. I love hearing your voice on your video’s : ) Your card is beautiful, love to see you tead the die cut- a great and creative look! Beautiful card!

  50. A beautiful card using the bird of paradise stamp set. The colors on the blooms are exceptional.

  51. Wow! Tearing the garden trellis background die, what a great idea! Can’t wait to try it! Thank you for sharing!

  52. Vicky, I always enjoy watching you create beautiful cards, journal entries, etc. I love the background you created with oxide inks and the torn trellis cover die. Well done!

  53. Such a beautiful card Vicky!! I love those two colours of D Ox inks blended together. I hadn’t thought of ripping a background cover die when I use one, but why not? It looks fabulous on your card & the Bird of Paradise stamp set really is striking when layered. Enjoyed your video.

  54. Beautiful card. Reminds me of the bird of paradise we had in front of our house in CA. Gives me inspiration. Thank you for sharing it.

  55. Your card is very pretty…. ripping the cover die added such a wonderful new dimension to the card…so creative.

  56. I love birds of paradise! Your card is perfect, bringing that flower to life! Beautiful job & thanks for sharing your work!!!

  57. Wow, do I love this stamp set. It’s so very cool, and I love the colors you chose. I also really like your point about how cover dies need not always cover! I tend to be very linear, so seeing how you incorporate your mixed media techniques helps me break outside my comfort zone.

  58. Beautiful card! I love that you showed tearing the cover die. It look great and something I’ll keep in mind.

  59. That blending tool is a winner. And sold out. No wonder!!! I like that it is washable and has a lid. Likine that trellis die cut also. You used two of my favorites from this release.

  60. Super fabulous blending Vicky.. Completely admire the choice colors.. And the placement of the cover die.. It looks so beautiful.. The flowers of the paradise is so stunning with the beautiful coloring… Enjoyed the card so much..

  61. Love the Bird of Paradise flower and your pretty card! Your background is great and the sentiment is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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