April 2020 Inspiration Challenge

by Nicole Watt

Inspiration Challenge 2020 04 SQ

Hello, everyone! Nicole here, and I’m happy to be hosting the April 2020 Inspiration Challenge. I rifled through lots of photos to find a fun, and different challenge for us, and I think I did! This photo is from a trip to Hawaii. This was at the Pololū Valley where the black sand beach is also covered with these beautiful ocean-polished lava rocks. Many spend time there stacking them up into cairns like the one in the photo. The floral lei helped pull in some contrasting colors to give us a great palette to work with.

I thought I’d combine the color and photo challenge with a sketch to bring you a new Sketch Starters with Nicole.

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For my first project, I really wanted to draw on the rocky background, so I took the Warm Gray Artist Marker Refills to some vellum to create a beautiful alcohol ink background. I added in some Platinum embossing powder for sparkle and shine.

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I used a die from Crystal Frames to cut out an oval shape from the center and then mounted it all on a card base. The flowers were no-line watercolored from the Floral Sprig stamp set. Then, I used Rubellite and Lava Rock from the 36 Pan Watercolor set.

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Next, I fussy cut the finished image and separated the three blooms to create a small arrangement, tied off with some natural twine.

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The card was finished off with the sentiment from the Crystal Frames stamp set – heat embossed in black on Vellum Cardstock.


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For my second card, I took a completely different approach! I used Artist Marker Refill ink in Cotton Candy and Peach Perfect to create a circular background on white cardstock.

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Then, I added in the sentiment from the Floral Sprig stamp set and mounted it on some Real Gray cardstock.

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I finished off the design with another Floral Sprig, detailed with just a hint of Limestone Artist Marker to give it some dimension.

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Of course, I have a Sketch Starter video that will help show some more details from my project!

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I hope you take on this month’s Inspiration Challenge and link up your projects below. Using the sketch is optional but can be a great place to start. I can’t wait to see what beautiful designs you create!

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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 April 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 www.altenew.com.

Gift CertificateWinners will be announced on 05/09/2020. (UPDATE: Winners will be announced on 6/3/2020. We apologize for the delay.)

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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kraftyiam April 6, 2020 - 10:16 AM

Lovely card something mysterious about it. Thanks for sharing.

Carol McCready April 6, 2020 - 10:32 AM

Thank you for the technique video. I love the alcohol ink backgrounds.

Patricia Wilson April 6, 2020 - 12:41 PM

Loved your rocks background. Very interesting and loved how simple the card was but so lovely when complete. Thank you, that brought a smile to my face today.

Annette Gordon April 6, 2020 - 2:25 PM

These cards are amazing! But the first card is beyond stunning! That background with the flowers is so sooo stunning! Thanks for the video. It was very helpful, and I didn’t even know you could use alcohol inks/marker refills on velum. What a fantastic look. I also really like the added shine and texture from the embossing powder. You really achieved the rock look. Would have loved to see how you did your no line watercolouring of the flower as well.

Lynn Milewski April 6, 2020 - 2:29 PM

“Hi from Greensboro, NC!” I love your cards! So inspiring!

Nelya April 6, 2020 - 4:23 PM

Been waiting for this! ?? Planning to use up some older Altenew stuff, and just received 2 new items today! And yay for pink :)

Anonymous April 7, 2020 - 6:37 AM

Hi from Birmingham (England, not Alabama). Can wait to use some of the new releases. Your blog is so inspiring. Stay safe everyone. Xx

Cindy C. April 7, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Awesome inspirations!! Love the background on the first one.

Annette Reed April 9, 2020 - 12:51 AM

Pink and great is such a lovely combination. Your cards are beautiful. I absolutely love that first one.

Inkin' Chickie April 9, 2020 - 9:43 PM

I like the look of the background. Great video showing the combination. Can’t wait to see the projects for the month.

Beverly Jordan April 21, 2020 - 12:02 PM

Am going to play along this month!!

Irene April 24, 2020 - 5:57 AM

Gorgeous cards and great inspiration… Thank you

NANETTE F. May 21, 2020 - 10:40 AM

I don’t know if this is the place to ask this but I was wondering if the winners were picked for this April Inspiration Challenge?

Donna Gourley May 21, 2020 - 11:13 AM

I’m wondering the same thing…I think they’ve forgotten to announce the winners for April.


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