April 2022 Inspiration Challenge | Color Combination Inspired by Nature

by Michelle
April 2022 Inspiration Challenge

Hello there, are you ready for a new Inspiration Challenge? It's Michelle here and I am excited to be hosting the challenge this month with a color combination inspired by nature. My inspiration photo was taken last spring and features beautiful Nemesia growing in my garden.

Although there is no need to, I decided to be very literal with my approach to the challenge and as soon as I saw the Pleasant Pansy 3D Die Set, I knew I wanted to use it for my card today, as they look so similar to Nemesia. I also found that by using a color combination inspired by nature, I got out of my comfort zone!

Color Combination Inspired by Nature

Layering Up Flowers and Leaves

I started off my card by die cutting the Pleasant Pansy 3D Die Set from Gradient Cardstock. I used New Purple Gradient Cardstock Set for the main flowers, adding in a layer of white cardstock, as well as the center being cut from the lightest shade in the Summer Afternoon Gradient Cardstock Set.

The layers were adhered one on top of another using 2 in 1 Precision Glue Pen. For the leaves, I decided to just cut the layers from the middle shade in the Green Meadows Gradient Cardstock Set and layer them up. Even though it is one flat color, I still like the effect!

Color Combination Inspired by Nature

Using Tag Dies in a Different Way

I wanted to create a focal point for my flowers to sit on. Ordinarily, I would add them to a tag but this time, I wanted to use the tag in a different way. I die cut one of the largest tags from the Terrific Tag Die Set from white cardstock. I cut the top off and used it as a banner on my card.

Color Combination Inspired by Nature

I took Sunray Crisp Dye Ink and using a Small Ink Blending Tool, I blended ink onto the banner, concentrating most of the color towards the top and fading to white at the bottom. I would usually gravitate towards blue or purple for this, but because of the inspiration photo, I wanted to add more of the yellow. If the flowers didn't have that yellow, my card would have looked very different. I am so glad that my color combination was inspired by nature today!

Color Combination Inspired by Nature

Creating the Focal Point

The banner was adhered to a 4″ x 5.5″ white card base with Instant Dimension Foam Tape. I made the card base narrower so that I could have one of the leaves overhanging the card base, but the card still fit into a standard-sized envelope.

The leaves were adhered next using Glue Tape, followed by the flowers. I took the sentiment from the Sentiment Strips Stamp Set and stamped it onto white cardstock with Obsidian Pigment Ink. It was cut into a strip and added to the card with more Instant Dimension Foam Tape and Glue Tape. To finish off, I added Pocketful of Sunshine Enamel Dots to bring the card together. I really love this color combination and will definitely use it again!

You can watch the full process video below, or on YouTube.

Now it's your turn – create something inspired by this month's challenge image, and get a chance to WIN prizes!

Play Along

  • 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.
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  • 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 April 30th, 2022, at 11:55 PM EDT.


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 to receive never-before-seen Altenew products for FREE and join our future blog hops. Winners will be announced on May 10th, 2022.

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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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Supplies Used

altenew dies pleasant pansy 3d die 12451763519570 550eb854 a63c 4b6c b1a9
Pleasant Pansy 3D Die
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altenew clear stamps sentiment strips stamp set 28254636605497 48e289e9 3f58 4e77 b22c
Sentiment Strips Stamp Set
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altenew dies terrific tags die set 15366180438098 b7c584d7 ef62 4c2e 98b1
Terrific Tags Die Set
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stewart superior inks sunray crisp dye ink
Sunray Crisp Dye Ink
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shenzhen gracedo makeup accessories co tools ink blending tool small set of 4
Ink Blending Tool – Small (Set of 4)
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altenew cardstock gradient cardstock set new purple 28257310801977 410c481a 4892 418d a59d
Gradient Cardstock Set – New Purple
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altenew cardstock gradient cardstock set summer afternoon 28046231142457 f136d340 9358 4b43 a894
Gradient Cardstock Set – Summer…
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altenew cardstock gradient cardstock set green meadows 28045875576889 b1d669be b163 4259 b624
Gradient Cardstock Set – Green Meadows
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altenew inks obsidian pigment ink
Obsidian Pigment Ink
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altenew embellishments pocketful of sunshine enamel dots 28167391739961 d4f17307 3388 4adb af79
Pocketful of Sunshine Enamel Dots
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3 Pack Glue Tape
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cks stationery adhesives 2 in 1 precision glue pen
2 in 1 Precision Glue Pen
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kingzom adhesive tape co ltd adhesives instant dimension foam tape
Instant Dimension Foam Tape
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altenew tools my sweet petunia misti mini 3540811055213 4903a732 b7b4 4829 84ce
My Sweet Petunia MISTI – Mini
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announcement converters cardstock classic crest solar white cardstock 25 sheets set 110lb
Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock…
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Kristi H. April 4, 2022 - 2:05 PM

This is fabulous, Michelle! I, too, often get a little literal with challenges. Looking forward to making something this month. Thank you for the inspiration!

Ginger Dorr April 4, 2022 - 8:47 PM

Hi, this is Ginger from Orlando Fl. I Love all the flower stamps, dies, stencils and layered stamping is my favorite! The quality of your products shine and watching all of our favorite craft artists create unique and special projects that inspire me to craft all of the time!

Gillian Finlay April 5, 2022 - 2:29 PM

Lovely Michelle. Such an attractive card. Clever die and beautiful coloured card stock. Well done! 👏

Pam B April 9, 2022 - 12:51 PM

Such a lovely video! Thank you for sharing!

Khena Grant April 29, 2022 - 6:00 PM

What if you’re not a blogger but wants to enter in the challenge, how do you do that?

Virginia Lu April 29, 2022 - 8:51 PM

Hi Khena, you can link your project via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or Flickr. Any safe public platforms are acceptable. Hope this info helps. Can’t wait to see you participate.


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