Altenew Educators’ “Secret Card Recipe” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

I loved the idea for this blog hop and I hope that you will have picked up lots of tips on how to create amazing cards. You should have arrived here from Anna Patricia Mahtani‘s blog. This is the final stop for our blog hop so if you didn’t get the chance to start at the beginning you can go to the Altenew Card Blog.

My secret recipe for a fantastic card is 3.

Sounds a little crazy? Well I find that 3 helps me a number of ways.

I made three cards using three colors (Distress Oxide Sprays – Speckled Egg, Uncharted Mariner and Villainous Potion). Limiting yourself to three colors helps you to not get overwhelmed and gives you some direction.

The backgrounds were made by spraying and smooshing the oxides individually and drying them to layer the colors for some depth on a large piece of cardstock. This was then cut up to use for the different cards ( a tip that I got from watching a Tim Holtz video).

Altenew’s Flower Vine stamp and die set were used for the floral image on this card along with Altenew’s Tiny Sentiments Hello die and stamp set. Off setting a white piece of cardstock behind the hello gives you a lovely shadow which also elevates your card design.

I then use the 3 elements on my card – the flowers, the hello die cut and three gems, to decorate. There is also 3 elements on the background of this card. A sprayed base with two scored lines, a white frame and then the ink smooshed background that I made earlier and cut down.

Altenew’s alcohol markers – Water Garden Set matched perfectly with the oxides that I had chosen.

My next card used the same ideas in a different way.

The background has a larger ink smooshed piece, a white frame and some holographic paper for sparkle.

Then I used Altenew’s Watercolor Halftone stamp and die set with just Obsidian ink, 3 flower sequins ( in a triangle formation) and 3 banners cut for the sentiment.

My last card is my favorite. I used the same stamp set but stamped it twice, once on the white background cardstock in black and then stamped it onto my smaller ink smooshed piece. This just adds some extra interest to the card. I did also add some extra flourishes with my brush pen to the flowers and leaves for more definition.

Finally I added 3 silver gems (in a triangle formation), some silver thread and my sentiment raised on foam to the card.

So there you have it – my secret is 3. I hope that you will give it a try! It certainly has helped me when my creativity is feeling a little flat.

Don’t forget

$130 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners and a $15 gift certificate to 4 winners! To win, please comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 10/30/2022. 

There’s MORE! Join our party! We have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your beautiful, Altenew “Secret Card Recipe” creations. 

We will pick one of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party, and they will receive a $10 Altenew gift certificate!

Altenew will draw 5 random winners from the comments left on each blog hop stop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/31/2022.

Altenew Card Blog

Laurie Patterson

Irene Mejia

Roteja Galvan

Virginia Lu

Pam Boedeker

Neha Aggarwal

Nancy Souza

Helen Kalb

Rachael Shedeed

Rosie Neustaedter

Nicki Baxley

Joylita D’Souza

Lana Taber

Bridget Casey

Nandini Karmarkar

Teri Duncan

Eva Bussom

April Leithner

Amy Hill

Jennifer Leonard

Annemarie Caister

Natasha Davies

Anna Patricia Mahtani

Fiona Duff – You are here!

Thanks for stopping by.

Remember to leave a comment to be in the draw and also we would love 💕 to see your own card that has been inspired by any of our blog posts.

19 thoughts on “Altenew Educators’ “Secret Card Recipe” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

  1. Very pretty! The idea of limiting yourself tom3 of some,thing is a great idea, It is so easy to get carried away or overwhelmed by too many choices otherwise,

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  2. I adore this color combination. That Uncharted Mariner is my favorite color. And I realize now that I do things in 3 too. Who knew I was using a trick all along. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards and tips.

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  3. This is excellent advice. Three colors, use each color three times, embellishments in a loose triangle (3 points); there are lots of instances of the rule of three in cardmaking- or art in general.


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