Wednesday, June 12, 2024


Today's card uses a technique that I don't remember having done before.  I am trying to think outside of the box a bit and try different things.  When coloring with Stampin' Blends, one of my favorite coloring mediums, I usually color on Basic White cardstock or occasionally Very Vanilla.  Today I thought I would try the Stampin' Blends on colored cardstock.

What do you think?  I heat embossed the images from Spotlight on Nature with white embossing powder on Moody Mauve cardstock and then colored them with Stampin' Blends.  I discovered that the alcohol based Stampin' Blends also add some color to the embossed portion of the image and it doesn't easily wipe off.  I ending up really liking this "surprise" particularly on the leaves because then the Granny Apple Green color showed up a bit.

If I tried to keep the green only on the Moody Mauve cardstock and not on the embossed portion of the image, it didn't really look "green".  It just sort of darkened the Moody Mauve cardstock.

What do you think? Even though it was different than I envisioned, I sort of like how it turned out.

This was not a difficult card, but I will admit that it was one that I played around with a lot more than I wanted.  I kept changing the colors of the cardstock layers.  

I started with a Basic Beige card base which looked really pretty in the "pile" on my workspace, one once the card was put together it looked a bit blah.  Then I added the Basic White layer between the Pretty Peacock and the Moody Mauve and that helped brighten it up a bit, but I still wasn't crazy about it.

I finally ended up getting rid of the Basic Beige totally and just going with a Basic White card base, and that gave it more "life".  Am I the only one that struggles with colors?  Sometimes even my Color Coach lets me down.  And this was one of those days!

The sentiment die cut is from the Spotlight on Nature Dies.  I love these circle dies!  There are 3 different designs and several sizes of each which can be layered or left to stand alone.

After I added the Iridescent Faceted Gems on the card front (one was strategically placed to cover up a boo-boo!), it still seemed like it needed something -- so I added the two little ribbon tails under the sentiment.

I know this is weird but I'm probably happiest with the inside of the card!  The leaves were stamped with Black Memento and colored with Granny Apple Green Blends.

I'd love to hear what you think of the card.  For an easy card, I sure stressed over this one!

Now that I have it all figured out (I think), you can take advantage of my struggles and just download the FREE Tutorial.   

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