August 2017 Inspiration Challenge

by Erum Tasneem

Altenew August2017 InspirationChallenge

Hello everyone! Erum here today. I am hosting my first Inspiration Challenge here. The inspiration photo is based on my card that I made for my very first Altenew blog hop as a DT member. I remember being terrified if I'd be good enough but all of you loved this particular card.

Altenew Smile More Stamp Set watercoloured by Erum Tasneem - @pr0digy0Featured product: Smile More Stamp Set

So I thought why not use that as an inspiration graphic. And here is my new project using the inspiration graphic:

Altenew Sketchy Floral and Script Words Die Set, watercoloured by Erum Tasneem - @pr0digy0

For my card I chose the brand new Sketchy Floral Stamp Set and Script Words Die Set. Firstly, I stamped my image using Versamark ink and heat embossed it using Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder.

I then proceeded on to watercolour my image using liquid watercolours hence the bright, bold jewel toned look of the image. As you can see I didn't pay any attention to lights and shadows and just filled in my colours. Accordingly, I just changed the concentration of my watercolour to add a bit of interest.

Altenew Sketchy Floral and Script Words Die Set, watercoloured by Erum Tasneem - @pr0digy0In addition to adding watercolour inside the lines, I added a bit of brown outside the lines too but in an ombre' fashion going dark to light diagonally from left to right.

I placed my panel on my base using Altenew Glue Tape, after it was dry. Before doing so, I added a strip of Gold Glitter Tape to my base. I used Gold Mirror Cardstock to diecut the word “Love” from Script Words Set. Then, I heat embossed part of the sentiment “and hugs” on to black cardstock for a bit of contrast.

Finally in the end I added a few gold sequins for some extra bling.

I hope you were inspired and like the colour combination, I know it's a bit different but I hope you play along. You know me, I can't do without gold but I am really curious to see what other combinations you come up with!

Play Along:

Make a card, a tag, a layout or any other project based on the inspiration photo above. You may use either the colors, the composition, the elements, the texture or any combination to create your project.


  • Altenew products should be the focus, but other companies’ products can be used.
  • Make sure to use our challenge image above on 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 Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 11:55 pm EDT.


After the challenge closes, FOUR WINNERS will be selected. Each will receive a $30 gift certificate to spend at www.altenew.comWinners will be announced on Thursday, September 10th, 2017. 

There is more! If you use #AltenewChallenge when you share your challenge entry on social media, you are entered to win a $15 gift certificate to our online store.

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

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Hussena August 1, 2017 - 9:58 AM

A big WOW! Your card is just so spectacular. I love the colours you’ve worked with. So unusual and gorgeous! I will definitely try to join this month’s challenge too. ❤

Erum Tasneem August 3, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Thank you so much Hussena! I cant wait to see your take on it.

Anila August 1, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Gorgeous cards Erum…. Colours Are so very vibrant and the gold looks amazing

Erum Tasneem August 4, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Thanks Anila :)

Harriet August 1, 2017 - 10:09 AM


Erum Tasneem August 4, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Thank you :)

Amna August 1, 2017 - 10:09 AM

Love!! both the cards are fabulous and the colors are amazing! ❤ Will definitely be joining in this month!

Erum Tasneem August 4, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Thank you Amna! Cant wait!

Pam August 1, 2017 - 10:22 AM

Oh my goodness those are Stumning, wow! I’m going to have to purchase some of these great stamps!

Erum Tasneem August 5, 2017 - 9:38 AM

Pam, I totally get what you mean :)

Tara Prince August 1, 2017 - 10:22 AM

WOW!! Gorgeous colors!!

Erum Tasneem August 5, 2017 - 9:38 AM

Thanks Tara.

Michele F August 1, 2017 - 10:29 AM

a gorgeous trio of colors, Erum! and I adore your cards – each and EVERY one! I’ve received my own Sketchy set … though I have no dream of creating anything this stunning, I’m excited to try!!

Erum Tasneem August 5, 2017 - 9:43 AM

Michele believe me it is super easy! Give it a try :)

LauraJane:) August 1, 2017 - 10:34 AM

LOVE the jewel; tones with GOLD accents Erum!

Erum Tasneem August 5, 2017 - 9:44 AM

Thank you lovely :)

Marcia August 1, 2017 - 11:03 AM

Absolutely love the colors of the gorgeous Smile More card. : )

Erum Tasneem August 5, 2017 - 9:45 AM

Thanks Marcia

Kanan Pandya August 1, 2017 - 11:03 AM

Both your cards are gorgeous!! Love these colors. :-)

Erum Tasneem August 5, 2017 - 9:46 AM

Thank you so much Kanan. I hope you play along :)

Barb macaskill August 1, 2017 - 11:11 AM

Swooning over this luxurious color palette! These cards are both breathtaking and if I had to choose a favorite it would have to be the first one! TFS!

Erum Tasneem August 5, 2017 - 10:07 AM

Thank you very much Barb :)

hannelie Bester August 1, 2017 - 11:13 AM

So beautiful I can’t wait to create something inspired by this!

Erum Tasneem August 5, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Your project is AMAZING!

Kailash August 1, 2017 - 11:28 AM

I absolutely love both of your stunning cards Erum, the colors, designs and your use of color is simply breathtaking. Your work is very inspiring, love it!!!

Erum Tasneem August 5, 2017 - 10:09 AM

Thank you so much Kailash.

Dottie August 1, 2017 - 11:29 AM

Boy the colors of these flowers sure grabbed my attention as they look simply gorgeous with the gold. Why do we not use gold on every card !!! Great composition and job done!

Erum Tasneem August 5, 2017 - 10:14 AM

That is the question! HA!
Thanks a ton for the love.

Teresa Doyle August 1, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Just gorgeous Erum, love the touch of brown around the images!

Erum Tasneem August 5, 2017 - 10:15 AM

Thanks Teresa.

Maryam crafter August 1, 2017 - 11:42 AM

Two wow cards here.. I was waiting for your challenge housing time (I was sure it will be something unique) .. so happy with all these new colors and shines..

Erum Tasneem August 5, 2017 - 10:20 AM

I am glad the colour palette didnt scare you :)

Shelly August 1, 2017 - 11:46 AM

Oooh, these are gorgeous! Love the inspiration!

Kim M Jacobs August 1, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Stunning cards! The colors are gorgeous!

Viktoriya August 1, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Absolutelly fantastic card! Love these colors and your style!

Anne Sturgeon August 1, 2017 - 1:00 PM

I was in love with the colors of your first card. Your new inspiration is just as lovely. You are a gifted designer. Can’t wait to see what everyone submits…

sylvie August 1, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Love the card, the colors. I am left with “I want to see it being done”. A video? Please…

Lindsay w August 2, 2017 - 2:05 PM

I totally agre, we need a video to see your magic!! And what watercolors did you use?

Erum Tasneem August 3, 2017 - 11:28 AM

Thank you ladies. Lindsay, I used Ecoline liquid watercolours.

Patricia Higgins August 1, 2017 - 1:31 PM

Beautiful! I am not very good at heat embossing so don’t know if I could manage the same result.

Erum Tasneem August 3, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Oh no Patricia. I find heat embossing and watercolouring relatively easy. Why do you think you are not good at heat embossing?

Sharon Mattingly August 1, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Both are just gorgeous!

Kathy Schweinfurth August 1, 2017 - 3:31 PM

GORGEOUS! Adore that color combo, too!

Billie A August 1, 2017 - 4:23 PM

Beautiful. Stunning the colors are gorgeous.

janet August 1, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Such a striking colour combination – and your cards are spectacular =-)

Marge.crafts August 1, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Such fabulous cards, Erum. I love the colors so much. Thank you for the inspiration. Marge xx

Tracy Hawkins August 2, 2017 - 7:09 AM

Gorgeous card and inspiration thanks! Love this colour combination, maybe I will try it too! X

Mac Mable August 2, 2017 - 10:56 AM

Stunning inspiration and what fabulous colours x

Jan Castle August 2, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Beautiful cards…love the colors and the creativity of the coloring! TFS
Paper Hugs,

Gale Ann Thompson August 2, 2017 - 9:18 PM

Lovely color combination!

Elizabeth Stewart August 3, 2017 - 6:57 PM

OMG…I was mesmerized when Michele Ferguson shared the feature card on her post (of course, I love Michele’s interpretation too!)…but your second card interpretation is even more stunning if that is even possible! Wowzer!

Jane Daniels August 4, 2017 - 4:12 AM

Simply gorgeous! I love your technique and stunning colour combos. Really inspiring.

Cindy C. August 4, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Stunning card, love the color combination!!

Gwendolyn August 4, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Wow what amazing cards Erum! You are such an artist. It was a real pleasure playing in this month’s inspiration challenge as you really inspired me! Thanks!

Doris Jones August 9, 2017 - 5:37 PM

This batch of cards are truly stunning!

renatelynn edwards August 11, 2017 - 5:03 PM

I just love the cards. I have a bunch of your stamps cuz they are so nice to work with.

Janice Rosenthal Rock August 13, 2017 - 6:34 PM

Erum – the card is stunning . . . and I totally love the inspiration card! I searched your blog for 2014 looking for some details on the inks/watercolors you used . . I’m having trouble getting exactly the colors I want. Would you share the ink/watercolor products you used on these 2 cards? (I have the stamp set and dies, and gold embossing powder . . .just need the “color” details! Thank you so much!

Kathy Mc August 23, 2017 - 8:51 AM

I am totally in love with this card – the gold embossing, the colors, everything!!

Disha Jain August 28, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Can we enter more than 1 entry for the same challenge?If yes, how many are allowed?


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