Monday, October 24, 2022

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

Hi! I hope you are enjoying this special blog hop by the Altenew Educators. We decided to share our secret hacks to create beautiful cards!  You should have arrived here from Bridget Casey's blog.

I created a card using one of my favorite styles - a bold background combined with silhouettes.

There are several ways to create bold backgrounds. One of my favorites is the Retiform technique. This is a grid technique where we draw lines across paper and add color. For this card, I used the Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Markers in shades Fresh Lemon, Lime and Turquoise. I colored stripes of color in one direction. After drying my panel, I turned it 90° and colored again. This gives a lovely, plaid like effect to the panel. I also added some distressing by sprinkling droplets of water.

Once the panel was dry, I trimmed it and rounded the corners. For the silhouette images, I used the Bird of Paradise stamps and dies. The sentiment is from the Victorian Greenhouse stamp set.

I hope you liked my card and will give the retiform technique a try.


$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.

Hop list:

The next person on the hop is Teri Duncan. I also have the entire list for you if you want to start from the beginning.

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 - That's me!!

Teri Duncan

Eva Bussom

April Leithner

Amy Hill

Jennifer Leonard

Annemarie Caister

Natasha Davies

Anna Patricia Mahtani

Fiona Duff




  1. Great job on this. I love silhouettes!

  2. The background just pops. So colorful.

  3. Thanks for sharing your lovely card. I love the background!

  4. I'm going to try that--making silhouettes with this stamp set. I have it, so I'm going to try it. Very cool.

  5. Love the background!

  6. Silhouette florals over an inky background is some of my favorite designs too.

  7. Lovely card! I have not heard of the retiform technique before so I will have to give it a try.

  8. What a cool background! I love the colors you used.

  9. Wow! I love how the black silhouette looks against the bright background! Great technique!

  10. Beautiful. Learning something everyday. Love the background technique and the silhoutte.

  11. The shades of blue and green are so pretty