Get Inspired and Win Prizes! September 2020 Inspiration Challenge: Butterfly Garden

by Lydia Evans

Hello there, everyone! Happy Friday! Lydia here, and this month I will be hosting the Inspiration Challenge. This photo was taken last year on a trip to the butterfly house in our local zoo. I hope you find the photo and colors inspiring!

As you can see, I took inspiration from both the colors and the flower and butterfly in the photo.

I started by stamping my elements first. For the flower, I chose to use the Build-A-Flower: Japanese Mum Layering Stamp & Die Set as I thought it very nearly matched the bloom in the photo. I stamped the flower using Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, and Heart Beat Crisp Dye Inks. Now for the leaves, I didn't quite have a green that matched, so I created my own by layering a few inks.

So, for the base layer of the leaves, I stamped it with Morning Frost Crisp Dye Ink. Then, I added 2 layers of Mountain Mist Crisp Dye Ink and then added another layer of Morning Frost. This gave me a color that was pretty close to the green in the photo, only a little lighter. Then, for the second layer of the leaf, I stamped it first with Evening Gray Crisp Dye Ink and then a layer with Volcano Lake Crisp Dye Ink, and I have to say this is nearly an exact match for that gorgeous green!

The butterfly is from Dream Big Stamp Set, this was stamped using Obsidian, Mountain Mist and Volcano Lake Inks. The sentiment is again from Dream Big Stamp Set and was heat embossed using Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder onto Jet Black Cardstock.

I wanted to add a little added texture to the background so I used some Embossing Paste through Sketched Lines Stencil. A little Jet Black Ink Spray and a strip of patterned paper finished the look.

For a video to see how this card came together, please watch the video below. Or over on YouTube:

I really hope this month's challenge inspires you, and we can't wait to see what you create! You can see all the inspiration challenge details below.


Build-A-Flower: Japanese Mum Layering…
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Dream Big Stamp & Die Bundle
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Dream Big Stamp Set
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Dream Big Die Set
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Sketched Lines Stencil
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Embossing Paste
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Embossing Ink
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Pink Pearl Crisp Dye Ink
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Coral Bliss Crisp Dye Ink
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Heart Beat Crisp Dye Ink
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Mountain Mist Crisp Dye Ink
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Volcano Lake Crisp Dye Ink
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Morning Frost Crisp Dye Ink
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Evening Gray Crisp Dye Ink
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Obsidian Pigment Ink
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Jet Black Ink Spray
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Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder
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Essential Black & White 6×6 Paper Pack
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3 Pack Glue Tape
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Classic Crest Solar White (25…
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Jet Black Cardstock (15 sheets/set)
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  • Altenew products should be the focus, but other companies’ products can be used.
  • Make sure to use our challenge image above in your blog post.
  • Include a link back to the ALTENEW INSPIRATION CHALLENGE POST.
  • When uploading your project, make sure you link your entry post, not your entire blog.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish!
  • Challenge ends on September 30th, 2020, at 11:55 PM EDT.

After the challenge ends, FOUR WINNERS will be selected. Each will receive a $30 gift certificate to spend at

Winners will be announced on 10/10/2020.

WAIT – there’s more!

If you use #AltenewChallenge when you share your challenge entry on social media, you are instantly entered into a raffle to win a $15 gift certificate to our online store!

Feel free to use the banner above and let everyone know that you are participating in our Inspiration Challenge!

Please click on the blue button below to link your challenge entries. We cannot wait to see where this month’s inspiration takes you!

Good luck and happy crafting!

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Cindy C. September 4, 2020 - 22:38

The inspiration photo looks amazing and so is your beautiful card Lydia!

Patricia Wilson September 6, 2020 - 07:40

Lovely card and very close on the inspiration match.

Dawn Cooksley Art September 7, 2020 - 02:47

Love it…so pretty…

Phyllis Miller September 15, 2020 - 05:54

I learn so much with your inspirational videos. Thank you.


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