As the year comes to a close, it's a great time to take stock of the paper crafting products that have made our projects a success. From colorful cardstock to gorgeous stamps and intricate dies, so many unique products enabled us to reach new levels of creativity this year. 2022 has indeed been a blast for all of us!
In this year-end review, we'll highlight the top paper crafting collections of the year and offer 12 beautiful card inspirations you can make with them. Plus, we'll share some of the best 2022 deals and discounts available on these must-have products, so you can stock up and save on all your favorite paper crafting essentials for the new year. So read on, and let's commence 12 Days of Crafting with Altenew!
When it comes to crafting New Year cards, you can never go wrong with a vintage-themed card! There is nothing like the beauty of the classics, and the Vintage Galore release certainly set the standard for 2022 during its release in January. Featuring the infamous Golden Days Hot Foil Plate and the Here For You Stamp & Die Bundle, this release made a special mark on crafters' hearts with products that became a part of our everyday projects.
Remember someone this New Year and make them feel special with some sweet rose images from the Blobby Roses Stencil & Die Bundle. You can make adorable floral backgrounds using complementary ink colors and pair them with your favorite washi tape and sentiment! You can easily create stunning patterns and accents with this versatile die and stencil.
Love was definitely in the air for the February 2022 release: All Things Handmade! There is nothing better than showing your care through the efforts of handmade projects, and that is definitely what the products in this release embodied. From adorable love bird stamps to stunning magnolia dies, this release gave us a lot of products to fall in love with and to express love with.
This release also definitely colored us impressed with its launch of the Island Garden Artist Alcohol Markers Set H. We speak on behalf of all crafters when we say that we colored most of our projects for February with the vibrantly gorgeous hues of red, green, and blue in this set! Even with just a coloring sheet, some enamel dots, and some colored cardstock, you can go a long way with your Valentine's Day cards with these rich alcohol markers.
The beautiful and one-of-a-kind products we got during the March 2022 release: Folktales and Stories, certainly gave us a happy ending with our cards, scrapbook pages, journals, layouts, and more. In honor of National Reading Month, this collection gave us swoon-worthy products that are reminiscent of the fairytales that we used to enjoy and listen to during bedtime. Thanks to this release, we were able to replicate that magic in our paper crafting, and it gave our projects a much-needed boot-kicking boost!
Using this release's unique array of products, you can make someone feel like royalty on their birthday with elegant and whimsical floral cards. Looking like a flower straight out of a fantasy book, the Craft-A-Flower: Sunburst Azalea Layering Die Set remains a versatile design for birthday cards and other greeting cards for special occasions. Its timeless beauty will enchant us, crafters for many years to come.
The crafty heavens smiled upon us for April as it gave us everything that we needed to make the astounding gardens we've always dreamed of growing - on paper!
From the essential Ultra Sticky Tapes to the Build-A-Flower: Belladonna Lily Layering Stamp & Die Set, the Gardens Around The World Release gave us products we now can't live without. The flowers and foliage designs from this collection made our month busy - we were too enthralled crafting with exotic blooms!
Let's face it: floral designs are perfect for any occasion. Whether it's a sympathy card, an "I miss you" card, or even a Just-Because card, most of us find ourselves reaching for our favorite flower stamps. They're just so easy to use, and you can whip up a bunch of show-stopper cards in minutes. We don't care how many years come and go- floral backgrounds and patterns will ALWAYS be the trend!
Every one of us crafters has only one goal: to make captivating, professional-looking projects. The May 2022 release: Dreams Come True certainly granted that wish. Like a crafty genie giving us all the exquisite butterfly stamps, flower dies, and embossing folders we could ever want, this release gave us memorable designs that will surely be the focal points of our past, present, and future projects.
Nothing encapsulates the feeling of a warm hug like a wonderful background of flowers and leaves. If you want to encapsulate the grace of billowing flowers in the wind in your cards, then check out the Wispy Joy Stamp & Die Bundle. Color it in your favorite pastel colors, and you get the perfect card to portray your care.
June was the month of motivation. For us crafters, there is no better pick-me-up than getting intricately designed stamps, dies, stencils, and paper packs that teach us to seize the day and make every moment count. The Today is The Day Release was full of uplifting designs that served as our inspiration for crafting. Sometimes, life can get in the way, and we all need something to keep us going. Whether it's through making a handmade card, a scrapbook page, or a simple journal page, we filled the days of June with the gorgeous products from this release.
When you need to make an encouraging card, why not use cheerful colors, such as yellows and greens, to color your floral images? Arranging your card with beautiful flowers as your focal point may just be the thing that can make someone's day!
For the July 2022 release, we got to swim in beautiful beach designs - all from the comfort of our own homes! The Summer Sunshine collection delivered all the sand, starfishes, and seashells by the seashores to our crafting room for July. For those of you who relish the warm feelings of sun and summer, you can forever preserve those memories with the embossing folders and stencils in this release.
If you want to make summer cards but still want to have enough time to hit the waves at the beach, you can easily make them using stamps and dies. Just set them as accents on a gradient sunset background, and pair them with alphabet dies spelling out "summer fun," "beach time," or "good times and tan lines."
With the August 2022 release of Bold and Beautiful, the paper crafting projects made during this time certainly were eye-catching! We had so much fun dressing cards with embossing folders and playful stamps for this month. There was something for everyone in this release, from Intricate Mandala stencils to glamorous frame die sets; every project left a lasting impression. Every crafter's heart brimmed with confidence as this release enabled each one of us to craft a masterpiece.
Crafting and creating can be so rewarding, especially when you make something that's both easy and stunning! Making a card with the Timeless Tulip Stamp and Die is one way to get the best of both worlds. With an elegant arrangement of tulips, these linger-worthy stamps can help create a show-stopping card that will dazzle its recipient. All it takes is some cardstock, two copies of the tulip die-cuts, Instant Dimension Foam Tape, and a sentiment stamp, and you'll have something exquisite in no time.
The early bird gets the worm - or in this case, gets some lovely crafting supplies! Even as early as September 2022, the Winter Magic Release offered us the perfect way to get an early start on our holiday projects. Boasting holiday-themed stamps, dies, embossing folders, stencils, and hot foil plates, this delightful September 2022 release got us in a festive mood. The holiday spirit definitely shone in this collection, with endless possibilities for DIY holiday cards, gift wraps, ornaments, and more.
No one is going to contest us when we say that the hot foil plates were the stars of this collection. They just made it so easy to make shimmery and luxurious projects! You can use them to create beautiful golden backgrounds coupled with some vellum layering and metallic embellishments. The result would be out-of-this-world holiday cards!
The October 2022 release left us drooling with its imaginative product designs. This highly anticipated paper crafting collection featured intricate floral stamps, geometric cover dies, mesmerizing embossing folders, stencils, and innovative hot foil plates. You can create projects that will be all the rage from the rich array of products in this collection—not just for this year but far into the future! It's truly a release littered with gorgeous designs that will leave you spellbound.
When we review the products from this year that made our hearts aflutter, we can put the Swallowtail Butterfly Die Set at the top of the list. It perfectly fits the theme of the Just Imagine release, as our imaginations are the limit when it comes to using this versatile and stunning die set. From coloring the butterflies' wings with watercolors to using patterned paper to make unique patterns, your creativity will soar and take flight with this die.
During the time of Black Friday and holiday deals, November 2022 was the month that really tested our wallets - there were just so many gorgeous designs! The Simply Scientific release catered to the geeky crafter inside all of us, featuring a mixture of botanical florals, beakers, and geometric images. Plus, the new set of Fresh Dye Inks was released, and we couldn't get enough of the look of the round ink pads. This month kept us cooped up with experimenting with different project designs - just in time for Thanksgiving cards!
If you're looking for a stamp set to carry you over until next year, then the Doodle Bouquet Stamp Set is just the ticket! Filled with whimsical daisies, these images will give your paper crafting projects a splash of vibrancy and joy. It's such a beautifully-drawn stamp; you can explore so many different effects with it! You can color it in shades of blue to give an inverted negative picture look, like Teresa's design below, or make a watercolor painting. Whatever you choose to do with it, this set is bound to take you—and your projects—to new heights.
The last contender on our list, but definitely not the least - is the first-ever special release of Altenew's Artists' Gouache Set - Strolling Through New York. If you're starting your New Year's Resolution already, we recommend adding "learn how to paint with gouache" to the list! This beautiful and vibrant medium will give your projects a fresh look for 2023 with its opaque yet bright colors reminiscent of a brisk stroll through New York.
From bold city-inspired hues of vibrant pink, cheerful yellow, and energetic blue right down to lustrous black and shimmering gold, this gouache paint set is designed to help you achieve incredible masterpieces. With twelve versatile colors, you can confidently bring any subject to life - from vivid street scenes to delicate tree paintings.
And That’s a Wrap on Our Crafting for 2022!
In this blog post, we have rounded up 12 card inspirations you can make from each monthly release. To show you how much we appreciate you, we would like to invite you to join us on this nostalgic journey and celebrate another year of crafting with us by doing some of the card inspirations from this blog post and from our daily craft prompts on Facebook and Instagram! Tag us on social media with the hashtag, #AltenewCraftPrompts. We’ll be choosing a winner per day, so join in the fun and receive a $30 gift card! We can’t wait to see what you create!
You have consistently shown us your support with every collection from January 2022 to November 2022 - and now, it's our time to give back to you! Now that the year is closing, we want to wrap up another great year of crafting by launching our annual Year-In-Review Sale. All your favorite paper crafting collections will be on sale, with up to 55% OFF. We'll also be offering FREE gift items on qualified orders, so be sure to check them out!
We hope you start your 12 days of crafting with these fun ideas and hope you continue to craft your life with us for many more years. With love, we wish you and your family a happy holiday!