March 27, 2021

FOUR SQUARES

If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, you already know that I LOVE TO COLOR! No, not in a coloring book. That sort of thing brings me no joy whatsoever.

What does bring me joy is using my Stampin' Blends in my paper crafting. They make such a difference in creating beautiful cards. So much fun and really easy to use. 

While coloring in stamped images is wonderful, what I find even more wonderful is coloring in Designer Series Paper images. Those that Stampin' Up! makes that feature metallic embossing are definitely the most pleasing to work with.


Recently I sifted through my stash of DSP and discovered a few of these. One was from last year's Sale-A-Bration. Remember the bee DSP? Luscious stuff, and, of course, I had some left. The other one featured lots of small flowers and is a current product, Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper on page 149 of the Annual Catalog (on sale now because it's retiring!)


The two uncolored pieces of DSP I used in my project:


I took a chunk of each of the designs and went to work with  my Blends. I used the same color combo for both designs to give it some continuity. The Stampin' Blends I used were Dark Mango Melody, Light and Dark Calypso Coral, Dark Seaside Spray and Dark Mint Macaron.

Of course, it took quite a lot of <pleasant> time to color in enough of these pieces in order to get two 1 3/4" squares of each. I did love every minute of it though.


As I stated, I cut two 1 3/4" square of each of the designs. To make it into a card, I mounted the squares onto a 4" square of black cardstock, leaving even margins all around.

Since I am keeping this card as a decorative piece, I opted for no sentiment. To finish it off, I die cut a couple of silhouettes of floral stems from black cardstock. I carefully mounted these stems centered onto the panel of four squares..

To follow through with the delicate gold metallic outlines on the DSP I mounted the panel onto a brushed gold card base that measures 4 1/4" square.


The photos do not do the richness of the colors and gold metallic justice at all. I wish you could see it in person.

Have you ever colored Designer Series Paper with Stampin' Blends, whether metallic or regular? So much fun! 

Blended

Smiles.












18 comments:

  1. That is beautiful! I have some embossed DSP but it's a crafty brown background color so I have to use much richer/ darker inks to compensate.

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    1. Thanks, Joanne! Have you tried using colored pencils on the crafty brown paper? It looks really cool!

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  2. Oh wow, that looks amazing. I'm not at all very creative in a visual way!

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  3. Hi Linda, thanks for visiting again to link up. Would be awesome if you commented on my post when you do as well!

    Thank you for linking up for Life This Week, and as we approach the changing month to April, may you have some good weather where it’s enjoyable to be outside. Next week, the optional prompt is the second of the Self Care stories. Are you self caring enough? See you on Monday 5 April for #lifethisweek link up. Denyse.

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  4. What a creative way to construct a card!

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  5. It's lovely, colouring in is such a lovely way to switch off from life's pressures isn't it?

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    1. Thanks, Julie! Yes, it is a wonderful way to get away from it all for awhile.

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  6. This is gorgeous! Love the honeycomb pattern! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

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  7. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.

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  8. I definitely love the honeycomb pattern. Everything about this card is creative and beautiful. #HomeMattersParty

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  9. Linda, this craft is like looking through at stained glass. Very pretty and creative. Thanks for sharing at the FWF link party :)

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