Thursday, March 25, 2021

Colour Challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments

This colour challenge popped into my inbox and I knew it was one I had to try! It seemed like the perfect timing with spring and Easter around the corner.  I surprised myself when I didn't create an Easter card, lol!  But I do think my card has the feeling of spring.

I combined an old sketch from a different challenge with this colour challenge which actually led to some pretty quick creating for me.  In addition, I gave myself a 30 minute time limit to create this design live (video posted below) on my Facebook Page. I also decided ahead of time that I would work with the host set from Stampin' Up!'s January - June mini catty, Suite Sampler.

With the given colour combo, I immediately thought to use the Hydrangea Hill DSP and the coordinating hydrangea image. This would take care of two of the 3 colours.  To incorporate the So Saffron, I pulled out my subtles DSP pack (with the new patterns available early during Saleabration). I had considered a Basic White card base but I found it to be too much of a contrast from the Saffron so stuck with a tone on tone design instead.

Okay... the stamping! 

On the largest stitched circle die cut, I stamped the image using smoky slate. Whenever I want something softer than black, I look to smoky slate or crumb cake. To get multiple blooms, I inked up only the top part of the image and stamped it repeatedly.  I then use my Blending Brushes with Highland Heather for the blooms and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves. As an afterthought, I ended up sponging any white space with So Saffron which I think adds to the cohesiveness of the card.

The dragonfly image was stamped in Basic Gray on Basic White cardstock. I then sponged with Highland Heather before adding the other colours using my Stampin' Write markers.  I then liberally applied Wink of Stella to the wings before fussy cutting the image out.

After considering leaving it free of a sentiment, I didn't like where I had a dark spot of ink on my image so I used Itty Bitty Greetings and my Classic Label punch for a bit of cover up.  I really like this addition of Smoky Slate to the image.

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The Fine Details:

Cardstock: So Saffron, Basic White

DSP: Hydrangea Hill, Subtles

Stamps: Suite Sampler, Itty Bitty Greetings

Embellishments: Pastel Pearls

Inks: So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Highland Heather

Dies/Punches: Stitched Shapes, Classic Label

Other: Stampin' Write markers, Wink of Stella, Stampin' Dimensionals, Blending Brushes, Sponge Daubers, Stampin' Seal


  1. Wow! So creative to have created this lovely spring card design in 30 minutes. There are so many wonderful details and textures. Thanks so much for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

  2. I love how our colours look on your card - the tone on tone really works well - thanks for sharing with us at HSS this week.