Saturday, May 1, 2021

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Indian Lotus Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi! I am very excited and honoured to guest design for Altenew. You must have arrived here from the blog of Nathalie DeSousaIf you want to start from the beginning, just head back to the Altenew Card Blog.

The newest addition to the Build-a-flower series by Altenew is the Indian Lotus. Lotus flowers are common in India and are considered sacred. My great-grandparents' garden had a pond filled with beautiful pink and purple lotus flowers. I have very fond memories of spending lazy afternoons hanging around the pond, reading. 

A little bit about the new release...

"Be true to yourself with this beautiful floral stamp set. This floral layering stamp set has a gorgeous 6-layered bloom along with a detailed coordinating lotus leaf. The accompanying leaf may also be used as a lily pad for extra versatility on your crafting projects. The beautiful accompanying sentiments are related to appreciating yourself, having confidence, and being authentic, so you can send motivation to your loved ones."


Here is the card I created.

The background was created using pigment powders and watercolor paper. I added some gold splatters to the background. For the slowers and the leaf, I stamped only the last layer using Versamark ink. I used metallic gold embossing powder to heat emboss and added some shading with green & pink inks. Here is a close-up of the stamping.

The sentiment is also from the same stamp set. 

I trimmed the panel and popped up the sentiment and the die-cuts with foam tape. Finally, I adhered the whole thing to a dark teal card base.

Here is another look at the finished card.

Hope you liked my card. I would love the hear from you. Scroll down for the shopping links and giveaway info.



Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 05/06/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/08/2021.

You can head to Sandhya Iyer now or go to the Altenew Card Blog if you want to start from the beginning. 

Here is the full list of participants:

Altenew Card Blog

Norine Borys

Amanda Baldwin

Emily Midgett

Carol Hintermeier

Amber Rain Davis

Erin Thompson 

Therese Calvird

Jenny Colacicco

Tenia Nelson

Joylita Dsouza

Virginia Lu

Keren Baker


Linda Westfall

Nathalie DeSousa

Nandini Karmarkar - You are here!

Sandhya Iyer 


Teresa Litchfield

Terri Koszler

Verity Biddlecombe

Helen Kalb




  1. Beautiful background and I love the teal color with it...fabulous card!

  2. Love your card. Thanks for the information about the lotus flower.

  3. Lovely card and love your background too!

  4. I love this new set and thanks for sharing how you've used it. It is giving me lots of ideas.

  5. The background reminds me of Monet, just so beautiful.

  6. This is gorgeous!!! That background is beautiful!

  7. Love the gold embossing with the soft pink. Always love teal.

  8. I love your background!! Beautiful card!!

  9. Soft and beautiful color palette! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Marisela Delgado said: So beautiful!

  11. Gorgeous card! Thank you for sharing!

  12. Very pretty, love the colors!

  13. I really like the background created. Very nice combination.

  14. What a beautiful color combination! I love the background!

  15. The background for your lotus reminds me of temple garden pools where I have seen amazing lotus blossoms. I love the feeling your card evokes. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Embossing the lotus in gold give them a regal look. I like it.

  17. Swoon! Pink, gold, and green are so gorgeous together!

  18. The embossing looks really pretty. I have never used gold and pink before. It is gorgeous

  19. Stunning card. That background is amazing. I love this Indian Lotus set.

  20. Gorgeous! I love the dark rich colors with the gold accents.

  21. Lovely card Nandini! Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. Love the beautiful, soft coloring on the lotus flower and leaf So pretty against the darker colored background!

  23. Oh, I love the gold embossing, and admire the serene elegance of your style ❤️

  24. Such a cool card! I love the colors and your arrangement of the flowers!

  25. Beautiful card!! I love the pink/and gold lotus and the beautifully variegated background.

  26. Gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing

  27. Wow, just love your colors& background!