Altenew January 2021 Inspiration Challenge – A Touch of Winter


Hello everyone!

Time for another Challenge!  This time I’m participating in the Altenew January 2021 Inspiration Challenge.  For this challenge we are given a picture that serves as the inspiration for the card we make.

The picture to the right is the inspiration for this month’s card.

I decided to go a little non-traditional for this card.  I used the Altenew Craft-a-Flower Snowdrops layering dies but instead of making my snowdrops white like they usually are, I made them shades of magenta and pink. I love the magentas and grays in the inspiration photo!

To get the variation in the petals, I loosely painted a piece of watercolor paper with an Altenew Purple Wine watercolor brush marker and a bit of water – making sure I had intense color in some areas and more diluted color in others.  I waited (impatiently) for the watercolor to dry before I cut them with the dies.

To get the grays I used the leaves and stems from the die set and cut the pieces from gray cardstock and vellum.

I assembled my flowers, stems, and leaves on a piece of Bazzill Linen White cardstock and then mounted that with foam tape onto my card front.

For the sentiment, I cut the Altenew Fancy Thanks die out of black cardstock 3 times and glued them together to get some dimension for the sentiment.  I then adhered that to the card front.

I finished the card by adding a few Pretty Pink Posh dew drops to give the card the look of melting snow that’s in the picture.

I hope you like this card!  I had so much fun participating in this challenge and I hope you find something to challenge you creatively today, too!

All the best,



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  1. Cindy C.

    So beautifully done!

    • Jean

      Thank you so much!

  2. maria f.

    So different, but so pretty, in those wintry colors.

    • Jean

      Thank you!

  3. Triana Burrill


    • Jean

      Thank you! It was a fun card to make!

  4. Triana


    • Jean

      Thank you!


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