I read and look at so many ideas and techniques online that they all become a blur. Once in awhile I will jot a quick note so I don't forget to try something that intrigued me sometime in the future.
One of the notes I'd made was to use Stampin' Blends on cardstock other than Whisper White. Hmmm. Curious as to how that would work out, I decided to give it a try.
Not wanting to be just too adventurous, I opted to try it out on Smoky Slate cardstock, a very light gray. I stamped the four cute birds on a branch from the Free As a Bird stamp set (it is also in the upcoming Annual Catalog!) in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on the light gray.
I colored the birdies and their branch in with the following Stampin' Blends: Dark Petal Pink, Light Balmy Blue, Light Pumpkin Pie, Light Rococo Rose, Light Old Olive and Light Crumb Cake.
The coloring went well, but the finished product was not nearly as vivid and bright as it would be on Whisper White cardstock. Nice though. I decided it looked more masculine, so I went ahead and made it into a card which I will send to my brother-in-law for his birthday later this month.
I cut the colored piece out with one of the rectangular dies from the Stitched So Sweetly die set, which has also been carried over to the upcoming Annual Catalog. A big YAY for that!
Before mounting it onto a Basic Gray background, I embossed this 4" x 5 1/4" piece of cardstock with the lovely Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder, found on page 39 of the current Mini Catalog. I mention this because, since it is such an awesome embossing folder, I thought you'd maybe like to order it before it RETIRES on June 2! Unfortunately, this embossing folder didn't get promoted into the Annual Catalog. I'm so glad I got it before it left us forever.
The retired sentiment was stamped in Basic Gray ink, then cut out with another of the dies from the Stitched So Sweetly die set. I added a piece of Basic Gray satin ribbon to the back of the sentiment piece to give it a little differentiation from the bird piece, popping it up to give it the importance the greeting deserves.
I am not convinced that I like the look of this alternative to Stampin' Blends on Whisper White. Although I just may give it a try once again, this time with Petal Pink. What do you think?