This week we’re showcasing Balmy Blue for week two of our Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop 2020-21.
Balmy Blue is a lovely soft and powdery blue and part of the subtles family. It is available in the following products.
Today I’m sharing a card that uses two really versatile new products from the 2021-22 Annual catalogue: the Basic Border dies and the Biggest Wish stamp set.
To make an ombre card you simply chose a colour and fade from dark to light. Balmy Blue is our colour this week so I’ve paired it with the other blues as well as black and white to get an ombre effect.
Each strip of card stock was die cut using one of the Basic Borders dies at approximately 3cm wide. Once all my card stock strips were die cut I carefully lined them up in ombre order, then adhered them to a piece of Basic White card stock. This ombre layer was then die cut using the largest stitched rectangle die. (Tip – if you place your rectangle die and card stock on a angle it is much easier to die cut.)
These Basic borders dies are incredible – there are six different shaped dies and the die I’ve used on my card leaves a stitched pattern on one side and a dotted pattern on the other side of the die cut.
My Stamparatus made creating an ombre sentiment quick and easy. I lined up the “happy” and the “birthday” stamps and then used sponge daubers and the Stamparatus to repeatedly stamp and gradually build up ombre colour. The ombre effect was created by stamping in Night of Navy, then Pacific Point and finally Balmy Blue.
A slightly smaller stitched rectangle die was used twice to die cut the sentiment and a single layer of Basic White twine from the Bakers Twine Essentials pack was wrapped around the side of the card.
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Caroline Manwaring.
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Welcome to week one of our 2020-2021 Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase.
Each week various members of our Art With Heart Colour Creations team will be bringing you weekly colour inspiration as we showcase our range of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alphabetical order.
Week 1 – Balmy Blue
Balmy Blue is a soft, powdery light blue that is part of the Subtles collection of colours. It is available as a Classic Stampin’ Pad and ink refill, Stampin blends combo pack, watercolour pencil, Stampin’ Write marker, Subtle Designer Series Paper and Whale of a time DSP, or you can purchase it within any of the Subtles collections.
Balmy Blue looks so fresh when paired with both of the darker blues – Pacific Point and Night of Navy – but today I’ve chosen Night of Navy because I wanted colours that are available in our Stampin Blends.
I used Tuxedo Black ink to stamp my flowers onto Whisper White cardstock because I coloured my stamped images with Stampin Blends. If I was going to watercolour with inkpads or watercolour pencils and an aqua brush I would have stamped using Stazon Ink instead and either watercolour paper or shimmery white paper.
The large floral images in the Bloom & Grow stamp set and its matching Budding Bloom dies make card making fast and easy because each stamp and dies creates one large spray of flowers already beautifully arranged!
For my card I’ve stamped and die cut the same flower spray twice. The large sentiment was die cut and layered using the long scalloped edge die.
Here’s a closer look at this gorgeous scalloped edge – it adds so much visual interest.
I’m really looking forward to using Balmy Blue with lots of different colour combinations and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have come up with today.
Just click on the links below to see what they’ve all made.
Thanks so much for hopping along with the Art With Heart Team on our very first weekly Colour Creations Showcase. Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the neutrals: Basic Gray. We hope you can join us all then.
To purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, simply contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, any of the ladies in the AWH Colour Creations Showcase or click on the product links below.
Isn’t it amazing where the inspiration for a card can come from?
Two weeks ago I went to Bendigo for the very first time to see the Marimekko exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery and I fell in love with the classic bold graphics of this design house all over again.
And then last week I went to a lampshade making evening with some of my girlfriends and made not one, but two lampshades.
I love the watercolour look of the fabric on this lamp. I found this fabric in a remnant pile.
But it’s the fabric I used to make this next lampshade that inspired my project tonight. This lampshade is made from a new colourway of one of my favourite Marimekko designs: Unikko.
At the Marimekko exhibition, I learnt that this classic design was created in 1964, despite the Marimekko founder having publicly proclaimed a ban on flowers in Marimekko prints. One of the artists designed a collection of floral patterns that were so fresh and unique that Marimekko produced eight of them, including their now iconic Unikko pattern.
To replicate this beautiful Marimekko design on my card I used Crumbcake, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, and a new colour Stampin’ Up! colour, Balmy Blue, for the lovely light blue centre of the flowers. In hindsight, I could have also replicated this fabric using Crushed Curry as the background colour.
The flowers, their centres and their stems were cut from cardstock using the Seasonal Layers thinlit dies. The stems were made using the Adirondack chair die cut into smaller pieces, and the middle of the flower was coloured in with a black marker. The sentiment comes from the matching stamp set, Colorful Seasons.
When I purchased the fabric I just couldn’t resist buying a matching cup for my morning cup of tea. I’ve actually had my morning cup of tea out of the Red Unikko mug for the past 10 years so it was high time to update my morning brew with a fresh new colour of that classic design I love so much.
This was a quick and easy card to make and I’m going to have a go now at replicating all of the beautiful Marimekko colourways of this gorgeous design using Stampin’ Up! colours. I’ll share them on my blog when they’re done.
In the meantime, To purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, simply click on the product links below.
Welcome to week 1 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop!
Because we have 52 stunning Stampin’ Up! colours (not including Whisper White) and 52 weeks of the year, it really made sense to decide to do a weekly blog hop to showcase each and every one of these beautiful colours.
Stampin’ Up! have had a colour refresh this year, introducing 10 new core colours, 6 returning favourites, and 5 new in colours. Here’s the entire list of Stampin’ Up! colours for 2018-2019.
Working through the colours in alphabetical order, we begin our blog hop this week with a brand new colour: Balmy Blue. Balmy Blue is part of the subtles colour family and a great replacement for the now retired Marina Mist.
To showcase this colour I’ve paired it with a classic and elegant colour combination of neutrals: Night of Navy and Whisper White, with just a touch of Old Olive for the leaves in the bouquet. Something old and something new… Night of Navy and Balmy Blue.
This card uses one of my all-time favourite stamp sets, Beautiful Bouquet, with the matching Bouquet Bunch Framelits dies.
That little gift tag is just the sweetest…can you see it peeping out from behind the Night of Navy bakers twine?
I’m hopeless at remembering to stamp the inside of my cards so I’ve set myself a personal challenge with this blog, to stamp the inside of every card!
I’m really looking forward to using Balmy Blue with lots of different colour combinations and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have come up with today. Just click on the links below to see what they’ve all made.