A Touch of Winter for January’s 2021 Inspiration Challenge

by nathalie

Happy New Year to you all!
Nathalie with you today to kick off the new year with a new & fun Inspiration Challenge. January here in Canada is usually one of our coldest and snowiest months of the year. We love snow; everything just seems to glisten and shine against the white canvas it creates. This is a picture I took a few years back after a snow/ice storm on one of our walks. Let's use this as inspiration for this month's challenge.

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I love the colors of the background with lots of white and hints of magenta and black. Since I want to bring the snow to the focus of the card, I am switching the colors to the background, and making the Craft-A-Flower: Poppy Layering Die Set the focal point of the card.

ALTENEW JANUARY 2021 Challenge Artist Marker Refill Cosmic Berry Pure Graphite CAF POPPY Best Sentiments Stamp set Nathalie DeSousa

Let's build a background.

I am using  a 4.5″ x 6.5″ piece of Yupo paper.  To bring the magenta and black accents from the picture, I used Artist Marker Refills in Pure Graphite Alcohol ink and Cosmic Berry Alcohol Ink. A bit of Alcohol Ink blending solution helps to move the ink around and create the cloud-like background. I set this aside to let the inks dry completely.

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Our Focal Point

I am using the Craft-A-Flower: Poppy Layering Die Set to build the flowers from white and light gray cardstock. First, I am keeping the die-cuts plain and closest to white, thus evoking the feel of snow and winter to the card. Next, I am using soft tones of gray cardstock to bring definition and dimension to the die-cuts. Finally, I am using two flower die-cuts to help emphasize the snowy color of the picture.ALTENEW JANUARY 2021 Challenge Artist Marker Refill Cosmic Berry Pure Graphite CAF POPPY Best Sentiments Stamp set Nathalie DeSousa 3

Let's build the card.

First, I attach the inked panel to a Pale Gray cardstock panel (5″ x 7″).  Next, I use foam adhesive to attach the florals onto the panel; this creates dimension and movement on the card. Finally, I am adding a sentiment created with the Best Sentiments Stamp Set and Obsidian Pigment Ink.

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I hope this inspires you to join in the challenge, share your projects, and have a chance to win prizes. I cannot wait to see what you create!

Thank you for stopping by!

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  • 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 January 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 www.altenew.com.

Gift CertificateWinners will be announced on 2/16/2021.

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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Michele F January 2, 2021 - 10:14 AM

Happy New Year, Nathalie! I’m waiting for this very set to be delivered today!! You’ve captured its beauty in my favorite shades of grey!! Thanks for a beautiful Inspiration to begin our year!

Cindy C. January 2, 2021 - 10:36 AM

Stunning card!! Love the alcohol inked background in reds, perfect for the white flowers!

Patricia Wilson January 2, 2021 - 10:39 AM

Interesting takes on how to focus on winter. Being in New England don’t have to worry about that, though.

Pauline Abeysekera January 2, 2021 - 2:48 PM

I love seeing your journal pages, and this card shows how multi-talented you are. This is really beautiful. It could have been too busy but the calming grey and white are perfect. That background is everything!

Carmela Hubler January 2, 2021 - 6:10 PM

Gorgeous color combination!

Julie January 2, 2021 - 6:26 PM

Love the background, love the flowers, but not together – too busy, end up not being able to focus on either. Thank you.

Connie Johnson January 2, 2021 - 7:45 PM

Nathalie, your card is stunning!!! Thanks for the reminder on the alcohol inks too…adding them onto my wish list! Oh how those beautiful inks make the white flowers pop! Absolutely stunning :)

Helen Negron January 2, 2021 - 10:34 PM


Sadia Ashraf January 4, 2021 - 4:00 AM

Wow, this is fabulous!

Claire A January 17, 2021 - 1:54 AM

Such a stunning card – I love it! Are we able to use greens with the inspiration colours or not? So many of the Altenew stamps feature florals, I wondered if it was acceptable. If not, you’d better delete my entry!

Tara Prince September 2, 2021 - 2:43 PM

so very pretty!!

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