February 8, 2022


 Here I am again, talking about just how much I love using my Stampin' Blends on Designer Series Papers. The DSP I used for this card happened to be black and white. So I literally started from scratch in adding my colors. Which is great, because in doing that, I'm free to choose my own color scheme.

A photo of the finished card sitting atop 
a piece of the uncolored Designer Series Paper:

The black and white paper was excruciatingly busy and condensed. It took quite awhile to color in this detailed monstrosity. I wanted to keep the piece fairly warm, but added in a bit of green here and there to tone down the warmth with a little coolness.

For my Stampin' Blends, I used Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Flirty Flamingo, Light Calypso Coral, Light Just Jade and Dark Daffodil Delight. 

The sentiment -- isn't it cute?? -- came from the All Squared Away stamp set, found on page 117 in the Annual Catalog.

Notice my bling -- I added Gold Metallic Pearls to the center of sequins. I love the way it looks.

The label, die cut from a retired die set, featured those cute decorative slots on either side into which I threaded a cool piece of ribbon.

A super closeup of the coloring

While I love the completely black and white look, even for an entire card, I was compelled to do some detailed coloring for this card. And I'm really glad I did.

Would you have left this Designer Series Paper as it is, all black and white? Or would you have elected to have a little stress freeing time by coloring it in? Do you enjoy detailed coloring?



  1. I wonder how the DSP would look if only a band of it were colored. There are many ways to color it, and I think they would all look nice. Even just black and white would be nice! Thank you for sharing!

    1. What a great idea! Just a band of it! I think I may give it a try.

  2. I love all the colors in this card, Linda! They got along with the happy message.


  3. What a beautiful card! I just ordered 4 or 5 sets of Stampin' Blends and have got to open them and start using them. Pinned.

    1. Thanks, Joanne! I wish I was your Stampin' Up! demonstrator! You order good stuff! Have fun with the Blends! I love them!

  4. This is a very pretty card. Love all of the pinks and roses. #HomeMattersParty