July 5, 2023


Sometimes subtlety is a nice touch in cardmaking. Not splashy or in-your-face. Just beautiful and subtle. As in my card for the day.

The Designer Series Paper upon which I stamped my lily image is subtlety personified. A very pale tone on tone. You have to look closely to even decipher that it actually is a design.

Taking my cue from the subtle design of the background paper, I continued that with my image. I embossed the lily stem in gold, then colored it in soft colors of Stampin' Blends.

To combine the soft color and the gold of the embossing, I added a strip of beautiful ribbon that featured flecks of metallic gold in it.

This photo is at a very strange angle, but it was the only position in which I could really show of the glow of the gold embossing.

Following is a tutorial on how I made this card. Enjoy!

Flirty Flamingo cardstock
Subtle coordinating Designer Series Paper

Peaceful Moments stamp set 
Stamp from March 2023 Paper Pumpkin kit

VersaMark Ink
Stampin' Blends in: Light and Dark Flirty Flamingo and Dark Mint Macaron

Heat Tool
Embossing Buddy
Gold Embossing Powder
Polished Dots
Flirty Flamingo/Gold ribbon trim
Stampin' Dimensionals

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

With Stampin' Dimensionals, add a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock.

Cut a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of a subtle coordinating Designer Series Paper. Rub an Embossing Buddy across the entire piece of DSP. In VersaMark ink, stamp a sprig of lilies so there is about the same amount of space at the top and the sides of the DSP. Cover the stamping with gold embossing powder and heat emboss the image.

Lower on this same piece of DSP, gold emboss in the same manner a sentiment.

Color in the lilies, leaves and stems as desired.

Wrap a length of Flirty Flamingo/Gold ribbon around the bottom of this panel underneath the sentiment, fastening the ends to the back of the DSP. Adhere it to the raised Flirty Flamingo layer.

Add embellishments to each side of the sentiment.


Just as the Lily blooms in the midst of adversity, 
so too can we find strength and resilience 
in the face of life’s challenges.”
- Unknown -



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