August 18, 2018


I realize that customers cannot order from the upcoming 2018 Holiday Catalog until September 1. But, as a Demonstrator, I was able to preorder product from the catalog so I can prepare samples and projects for September events. One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! demo: We get to play before everyone else!

Anyway, I was quite taken with the Beautiful Baubles set, found on page 10 of the Holiday Catalog. I was especially drawn to the giant ornament, which just screams to be COLORED! And, besides being a cool set, it is really inexpensive at $17.00!

So far, I don't possess a whole lot of the Stampin' Blends. I have been focusing recently on getting up to speed with new colors of inks and cardstock as a result of the Color Revamp. I will definitely be adding to my collection of the Blends. But, the few sets I do already have will need to suffice for this blog post. And they are not what would be considered traditional Christmas colors.

I thought it would be fun to compare two cards, one colored with the dark Blend of the sets, while the other one with the light Blend. I did no shading. Just straight up coloring. So we could see exactly what the difference is between the lights and darks in each set.

The colors I used are Pool Party. Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight. The only difference between the two card samples is the light/dark. Otherwise, the cards are as identical as I could make them.

The first card is done with the dark Blends:

The second card is done with the lighter of the Blends:

Another closer view of the dark Blends:

A close-up of the light Blends:

And once more:

There is quite the difference between the light and dark Blend of the color sets. I found that very gratifying. At first, I didn't think they were all that different, but here is living proof. Just right for shading.

Now, which do you prefer? Dark? Light?



  1. Nice cards, great design. I prefer the dark one.

    1. Thank you so much, for the compliment as well as your opinion. I am still on the line as to which is my favorite. They both have their charms. But, you are right: there is a richness to the darker one that the lighter one lacks.

  2. They are so beautiful! I love the lighter one.. it just seems so soft and romantic. Pinned.

    1. Aw, thanks! As I said in my previous response, I am still on the fence as to which one is my favorite. But, I like your "soft and romantic" vision!

  3. Love this card! Thanks for sharing at the To Grandma's House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Link Party! I pinned this post! Hope to have you join us again next week.