Altenew Inspiration Challenge for March 2024 with Emily Midgett!

by Emily

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Ready for inspiration to bloom this March? Let's kick your creative juices into high gear by introducing this month's inspiration challenge, hosted by the endearing Emily Midgett!

March 2024 Inspiration Challenge

Hi friends! Emily Midgett here with you today to introduce the March 2024 Inspiration Challenge!

Each month, a member of the Altenew Design Team selects a photo that they have created themselves and then uses that as inspiration for a project. We want to share the fun, of course, and so we invite YOU to use your own creativity to make a project inspired by our photo!

For this month's inspiration photo, I scrolled back through my phone to find a photo of this lovely bouquet of flowers given to me by my husband:

@altenew_ Inspiration Challenge March 2024 with Emily Midgett

The bouquet featured dahlias, sweet peas, and a favorite of mine: lisianthus. If you've never seen lisianthus, they are an utterly lush bloom, kind of like a cross between the fluffy and ruffly petals of a peony and the tightly wrapped petals of a rose. All in all, utterly scrumptious!

The bouquet in the photo featured some beautiful mauves, fern greens, and buttery yellows, so I thought I would use the fluffy flowers and beautiful colors as the inspiration for my project today. Let's get started with the details!

Creating Stunning Cards With Vivid Color Combinations

Whenever I'm working with a color combination as my inspiration starter, I almost always turn to my colored cardstock collection.

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I find that standalone dies paired with vivid colored cardstock is my favorite way to incorporate vibrant color into my cards because the colorful cardstock is so saturated and full of vibrancy and easy to further embellish with ink blending. It helps my creative process to have a real-life reminder of the color palette before pulling the products I would like to use.

Next, I pulled out some cardstock in a few different shades of vivid pink for the flowers, as well as jade green and lemongrass green for the foliage, and some buttery yellow for the flower centers and accents.

I also pulled out some of my favorite standalone floral dies from Altenew: Craft-A-Flower: Garden Rose and Craft-A-Flower: Open Peony, to which I added some little sprigs of buttercups from the Jumbo Garden Picks standalone die set.

A Full and Fluffy Paper Bouquet 

@altenew_ Inspiration Challenge March 2024 with Emily Midgett

Drawing from the full and fluffy bouquet of flowers that engulfs the majority of my inspiration photo, I knew that I wanted to create my own full and fluffy paper bouquet on my card front.

The substantial size of the Craft-A-Flower: Garden Rose and Craft-A-Flower: Open Peony die sets means that you can cover an A2 card front very easily and quickly!

I began by cutting a few of each of my chosen flowers from the colorful cardstock that I had selected. Before assembling my flowers, I used blending brushes with Cosmic Berry and Razzleberry inks to embellish the centers of the pink flowers, deepening the “shadows” and intensifying the centers of each flower before assembling.

I also swiped the edges of the peony die cuts with some white pigment ink to help increase the amount of contrast between the edges and the centers of the flowers.

@altenew_ Inspiration Challenge March 2024 with Emily Midgett

Enhancing With More Dimension

To add some shape and depth to the foliage, I blended Forest Fern and Oak Moss inks towards the center of each of the foliage die cuts.

To avoid having to cut multiple colors of cardstock for my small buttercups, I simply die cut them once from pale yellow cardstock and blended Lemonade Stand ink on the different layers. This quick extra step is a simple way to elevate your standalone die cuts and make them even more spectacular!

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I arranged the flowers on some of Altenew's Dark Chocolate cardstock, which picked up the bits of my kitchen table that could be seen in the background of the inspiration photo.

I contemplated embossing the background with a wood plank embossing folder, but thought that with the large size of the die cuts the card would be visually busy enough without the added texture.

Then, I arranged the flowers on my A2 card fronts, popping some of the layers up with foam adhesive and adding others with liquid adhesive for lots of depth and multiple heights on my card front.

Bonus Card: Let's Celebrate!

One of the bonuses of die cutting a bunch of blooms before beginning my floral arrangements is that I had enough die-cuts to create two entire cards!

I could also have easily saved some of these blooms for a rainy day, but I thought that this color combination and layout were utterly delicious. I am definitely the type of girl to buy the same shirt in five different colors if I find one that I love, and that applies to my cardmaking, as well!

@altenew_ Inspiration Challenge March 2024 with Emily Midgett

For the greeting, I kept things simple, die cutting a sentiment from Sweet Sentiments using Moonstone glitter cardstock found in the Milky Way Glitter Cardstock pack, backing the glittered detail layer with a vellum shadow layer to help add more contrast from the colorful background.

Finally, I tucked a few Dried Petals Enamel Dots in some of the bare spots to add one last element of textural interest to these vivid, saturated cards!

Well, that's all for my projects today! If you would like to join in the challenge, simply use our inspiration photo from the graphic above and add your product to our Linkdeli list. You could win one of five $30 gift certificates to the Altenew store!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy crafting!

Play along with our Inspiration Challenge

  • 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 the challenge as many times as you wish!
  • The challenge ends on March 31st, 2024, at 11:55 pm EDT.

But wait — we have more amazing stuff in this Inspiration Challenge, just for you!

FREE Coloring Pages!

Tapcart new sizeNothing from Altenew in your crafting stash? Not a problem!

Introducing our FREE Coloring Pages, a collection of printable coloring sheets for the Inspiration Challenge. The options for creative coloring, fussy cutting, embossing, and combining them with other designs are endless. You can get more designs here.

Inspiration Challenge Prizes

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


There's MORE! Each winner also gets a chance join one of our future blog hops as a guest designer. Winners will be announced on April 12, 2024.

More Prizes! 

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.

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Good luck and happy crafting!

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9 comments

Tara C Prince March 1, 2024 - 3:09 PM

Wow! Such beautiful color and amazing design!!

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Keesha Soldevilla March 5, 2024 - 6:31 PM

Your comment brightens our day! We put a lot of care into creating this, especially Emily and we’re glad you find it amazing.

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Linda Fields March 2, 2024 - 9:03 AM

I love this so much! The colors, the flowers, beautiful!

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Cindy C. March 4, 2024 - 3:29 PM

Wow that is a very lovely bouquet, and your cards are bright and beautiful!

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Cindy C. March 4, 2024 - 3:32 PM

Btw the badge at the end of the post is the winner badge, not the “I am playing along” badge.

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Keesha Soldevilla March 5, 2024 - 6:42 PM

good catch! I already changed it. Thank you so much for pointing it out and apologies for the mistake.. :)

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Cindy C. March 6, 2024 - 8:46 AM

Yay, and no need to apologies, we are all just craft loving human.

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Marjolein Verleg March 27, 2024 - 2:36 AM

That color combination is beautiful. I am just in time with my tulips card! What a fun challenge this is.
Love from The Netherlands
Marjolein

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