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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Leonard

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

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

Hello Everyone! Are you ready for another ALTENEW Blog Hop and more Card Secrets from the Altenew Educators? If you're following along the hop, you should have arrived from the blog of Amy Hill and your next hop is Annemarie Caister If you want to start at the beginning, go to the Altenew Blog!

$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.

Now onto MY Secret Recipe!

Just like we all have our favorite childhood recipes our Mother's made for us, card makers and scrapbookers have their Tried and True Recipes Too! These go-to's sketches and backgrounds assure me of a great foundation! So let's dive in! What are your favorite card recipes? Leave me a comment! I'd love to get to know yours too!


When I begin to create a card, I first think of my background! Should I use a piece of patterned Card Stock? Use a Water Wash? Or an embossing folder? Here are three examples of using each of these back grounds.

Card One: Patterned Card Stock! Looks like a water wash right? But it's actually a piece of card stock from Altenew's Summer Garden 6 x 6 paper pack. The Dreamy Feather was created using a loose water wash of lagoon, mountain mist and industrial diamond from Altenew's 36 Water Color Pan Set and the metallic pan set. Once the feather was assembled, I adhered it to a layer of vellum, which covers the patterned paper. I then adhered to an A2 card panel. Check out my you tube video for the details!!

I made the card again, but slightly different as no 2 cards will ever be the same with this technique!

Card 2: Water Wash!!!

When I created the feather for card one, I had made an extra background and this became my foundation for the card. I simply die cut a piece of Gold Mirror Card Stock with the floral lace die. I then fussy cut the die to fit the A2 Card, added a sentiment and a strip of gold mirror metallic card stock! Easy as 1-2-3!

Card 3: Embossing Folder will do the trick! Using the Hello Beautiful CYL set, I used Navy CS with the embossing folder for the background. I then used the Martian Terrain Ink Set to make the layering florals. I attached my florals, and chose a sentiment from the sentiment strips stamp set. Using the Must Have Gel Pen Set, I added a few touches of pizzazz among the florals. When you use an embossing folder and add florals, your cards will turn out beautiful each time!

I hope I have inspired you to begin your project using a bold background! Can't wait to see what you create! Till next time! HUGS! Your next stop of the hop will be to the Lovely Annemarie Caister!

Here is the complete list! Have Fun!

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29 de out. de 2022

Wow those colors are gorgeous. Sarah Haumschild


28 de out. de 2022

Gorgeous! I guess my favorite card recipe is starting with color and foundation.

Jeanne Rice


27 de out. de 2022

That feather card is beyond beautiful! I love how you created the background for that card and all the layers of colors and added metallic. Just brilliant!


roxanne tellini
roxanne tellini
27 de out. de 2022

I think backgrounds are easier than focal points. They can be literally ANYTHING and you can make it work.


26 de out. de 2022

What gorgeous backgrounds. Admittedly, this is my weak point. I tend to ignore the background and focus on the image and then it is too late. Thanks for the ideas here. I am definitely going to have to focus more on the background.

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