Get Creative with the July 2021 Inspiration Challenge

by Nicole Watt

Hello, Altenew Nation! It's Nicole, and I'm here with the July 2021 Inspiration Challenge. Summertime is a time for celebrations, barbecues, hot nights, and FIREWORKS! So, I thought I'd pull an inspiration photo to get you in the mood. I seriously LOVE fireworks and am lucky enough to have an amazing pyrotechnic in the neighborhood that puts on an A-MAZ-ING show for our community every year after the 4th of July. It's a fundraiser for our local Volunteer Fire Department and is the best show I've ever seen!
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Of course, I'm pairing this month's challenge with a Sketch from my Sketch Starters with Nicole video series, so here's the sketch.

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I was inspired by all the sparkle and the starburst effect of the fireworks, and then paired it with the gorgeous color palette and sketches. This first project is full of sparkle with a beautiful blended Metallic Watercolor background wash, along with gold embossing from the Spheres & Spirals Stamp & Die Bundle. I even did some double embossing in the center. (Be sure to check that out in the video!)

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Of course, I have a new Sketch Starters video, so dive in and get all of the nitty-gritty details! You can watch the video below or over on our YouTube channel:

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Spheres & Spirals Stamp & Die Bundle
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Sentiment Strips 2 Stamp Set
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Mid-Century Frame Die
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Caps Bold Alphabet Die Set
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Sweet Leaf Crisp Dye Ink
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Rubellite Crisp Dye Ink
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Hydrangea Crisp Dye Ink
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Antique Gold Pigment Ink
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Obsidian Pigment Ink
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Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set
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Sequins – Satin Gold
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Ink Blending Tool – Large
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Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder
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Antique Gold Metallic Ink Spray
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Gold Mirror Cardstock (5 sheets/set)
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Gradient Cardstock Set – New Purple
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Gradient Cardstock Set – Cherry Blossom
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Navy Cardstock (25 sheets/set)
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My Sweet Petunia MISTI – Original
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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.
  • 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 July 31st, 2021, at 11:55 PM EDT.


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

Gift Certificate

Winners will be announced on 8/10/2021.

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!

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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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Allison Denny July 4, 2021 - 10:23 AM

Hi Nicole, your cards are beautiful. I love putting gold embossing on projects, gives such an elegant feel even when on a simple card. I’m wondering if I can enter Altenew’s challenge(s) if I don’t have a blog? I would post my creation on instagram and link to that. Would that be okay? TFS your talent and, in advance, your time to answer my question.

Syca July 6, 2021 - 2:21 PM

Love the colors, they are so beautiful. Thank you

Liz O. July 9, 2021 - 7:37 PM

Love the color palette! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration Nicole!

Liz O. July 9, 2021 - 7:44 PM

Hello Allison, you can post on social media to play along ANs challenges. I think the only requirements are that you mention the challenge and include #AltenewChallenge in your post and that your profile is public. That’s how I do it if I don’t want to write a full blog post 😉 hope this helps!


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