Saturday, 19 November 2022

Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop - A Colour Challenge

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I am taking part in a blog hop with some fellow enthusiasts who love sharing their creative talents using their Stampin' Up!® products.

We have a colour challenge this month for the Stamping Inkspirations blog hop. The colours are all shades of green. There is an additional / alternative challenge to make a Clean And Simple card.

I have challenged myself to try to create a Clean and Simple card today - I love to add layers, embossing and embellishments on my cards so I do find CAS cards tricky!

I still need to make Christmas cards, and with a green colour scheme the stamp set that immediately came to mind was Merriest Moments. The set includes three different types of foliage plus two sizes of holly leaves and when you include the splatters aswell that takes me to five shades of green!

My first job was to decide on the shades of green to include in my composition, so I made myself a little swatch card. This made it easier for me to select a range of harmonious colours.

Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent were my starting point. They make a fantastic duo, which I used for the fern type foliage. Then, I used Old Olive for the rounded leaves and Garden Green for the holly leaves. Finally, I added Soft Sea Foam splatters to fill in the gaps between the leaves. The splatters are pale but they really help to create a fuller looking border.

The narrow sentiment is stamped in Evening Evergreen and mounted on a matching strip of cardstock. Cunningly, it hides all the overlapping stems in the centre of the card!

Try as I might, I couldn't help but add a layer of Evening Evergreen under the Basic White stamped layer. I know it's not strictly done on a CAS card, but I did say that I found them hard to do! 

As I mentioned, I still need to add to my pile of Christmas cards so I made a few more of the foliage panels and then added more in the way of decoration to them.

The first addition was a scattering of Soft Succulent Pearls and the second one has an embossed background.

I placed the Stitched Greenery die up to the score line at the top ot the card base and then ran it through the Cut&Emboss machine to emboss the leaf detail on card front.

The next variation adds a twist of Simply Elegant
trim for a little bit of shine! The sentiment is then popped up on dimensionals. The final version has all of the above. I think it is still a simple, fresh looking card.

I hope that you are inspired by my cards today and that you will continue along the hop to see what the others have created too. Enjoy the projects. We would love to hear from you and so if you have been inspired, please leave a comment.



Angie McKenzie  ●  Karen Henderson  ●  Leonie Stuart

Mo Rootes  ●  Susan Webster

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Thank you for joining us today! Looking forward to seeing you next time. 

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  1. Such a pretty card Karen and I love the layout x

  2. Beautiful Cards Karen. A fabulous design! x

  3. These cards are lovely! I love your layout with this greenery.

  4. Karen, I love it! You got all the greens in there and they look lovely. Plus the CAS design works so well with this too! Thanks for sharing.