Altenew Blog Hop! Video! Giveaways! (Giveaway now closed)

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Welcome to Altenew’s third Blog Hop! Altenew is a relatively new stamp company that opened it’s doors in April 2014. Today they are celebrating the release of their third collection of stamps. All the stamps that you will see here are available for purchase at the Altenew store and the Simon Says Stamp store.

Altenew Blog Hop

I’m sharing a few modern holiday cards using two of my most favorite stamps – Festive Silhouettes and Invisible Aplha. These are super flat white + black + yellow cards. I was going for a non traditional color combo.

Yana Smakula | 2014 Altenew Modern Holiday Cards

For my first card I stamped a holiday message in the background using Soft Vanilla ink from Hero Arts and added a reindeer with a bow and an ornament on top. I did some fake stitching on my sewing machine, or I should say I only pieced holes in my stamped panel, I did not want to add stitching to this card.

Yana Smakula | 2014 Altenew Modern Holiday Cards

I also scattered a few woodgrain looking starts from Studio Calico and adhered my panel to a yellow card base:

Yana Smakula | 2014 Altenew Modern Holiday Cards

Yana Smakula | 2014 Altenew Modern Holiday Cards

For my second card I reversed the design – I first stamped the reindeer in Soft Vanilla, then added a sentiment in black:

Yana Smakula | 2014 Altenew Modern Holiday Cards

I also used my sewing machine and added some random stitching to somehow frame this piece and finally added my panel to a yellow card base:

Yana Smakula | 2014 Altenew Modern Holiday Cards

Yana Smakula | 2014 Altenew Modern Holiday Cards

I also have one more card to share, this one has a more traditional design and is done in white and silver:

Yana Smakula | 2014 Altenew Modern Holiday Cards

Yana Smakula | 2014 Altenew Modern Holiday Cards

If you’d like to know how I made these cards, please watch my video below or on Youtube. Supplies for these cards are listed at the end of this post.


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away five stamp sets of choice to three lucky winners! The winners will be chosen from comments left on the Altenew blog.

But wait, there is more! I will choose a winner from comments left on this post and the prize will be two stamps sets of your choice. You have until Friday October 31, 11:59 EST to leave your comments. You may enter up to two comments on each blog:

The winners will be selected and announced on Saturday November 1 at 9:00 am EST. Giveaway is now closed. Winner has been announced here.

Hop along!

If you arrived from

Joni Andaya’s blog

your next step should be at

Iwona Palamountain’s blog.

If you got lost you can start at the beginning here.



    1. I ADORE these cards. They are so stunning and modern and trendy. A job very well done.

    1. Love your cards! Very cool, and different, colors for Christmas. Beautiful work!!!

    1. WOW! Beautiful cards…I especially like the white and silver. What a great combination! I’m going to have to try it! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Your cards are very pretty and on trend!
      I love the silver embossing on vellum-so elegant 🙂

    1. So beautiful – and a very cool modern take on holiday cards.
      Greetings, Christine

    1. Fabulous cards, Yana and thank you for the wonderful video ~ so informative ~ will definitely try the double embossing! Soooo inspiring 🙂

    1. Thank you for sharing your work. I am especially attracted to your white and silver card. I am not familiar with Altenew; will be checking them out!

    1. I like your stitching. My favorite is the silver on white card. The vellum looks pretty on that white wood grain background.

    1. Hi Yana! I love all of your projects! What a neat idea, I never thought of stamping on both sides of vellum. I can tell you had a lot of fun with these new stamps. I LOVE that shadow alpha set, it’s so cool!

    1. white plus yellow is a awesome combination! your cards look so beauitiful and the stamps are perfects!

    1. Thanks for the idea of stamp for both sides of vellum, looks amazing!

    1. The cards are great. I love the random stitching. The stamping on the vellum is so pretty. I finally heat-embossed my first vellum yesterday. wonderful technique.
      thanks for sharing.

    1. My first time seeing your video. You explain things very well and all of your cards are lovely.

    1. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous and I really think its inspiring. THanks for sharing

    1. Love all your beautiful cards Yana! They are so enjoyable to look at and super inspiring too!!! thanks for being a part of this wonderful hop!!!

    1. I adore all the new images your used! I think my favorite is the alpha silhouettes!!! They are all SO gorgeous and wonderful! 🙂

    1. Wonderful cards! My two favorites (because I can’t just pick one) are the white and silver card and the invisible alpha stamp. Fantastic.

    1. Great cards! Love the clean simplicity, lots of white – literally, and general design. The Invisible Alpha stamp set is one of my “most wanted”.

    1. OMG OMG OMG!! LOVING this and the New Release!! WOWOWOWZZZEERRRZZ!! What AWESOME Inspiration!! THANKS for sharing and for the chances to win!! Have a Fabulous Halloween Weekend!! =)

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