Welcome to week 3 of our Colour Creations blog hop format for 2020-21!
Today we are showcasing a very dark neutral – Basic Gray – and I’ve teamed it with other neutrals to make an all-purpose masculine slimline card. I’ve deliberately left the inside blank so I can use it for a variety of occasions.
My friend Kate has been making the most fabulous cards with the new Hats Off bundle so I finally caved in and bought it too. I’m so glad I did – what a great bundle for masculine, teenager (and feminine) cards!
There are so many cute little elements in this bundle and options for decorating the emblem on the front of the cap and you can make this cap in any colour you like! I’ve got some great ideas for this bundle…watch this space!
If you take a closer look at the emblem I chose for my cap I think you’ll understand why I decided to pair the Hats Off bundle with the Mountain Air Stamp set and Majestic Mountain dies.
They really were made to to be used together, don’t you think?
To make a quick and easy matching envelope for my slimline card I’ve simply decorated a standard business envelope by adhering a stamped panel of card Sahara Sand card stock to the front of the envelope. I deliberately trimmed the Sahara Sand card stock layer to be smaller than the envelope so there was a border of white that matched the design of the card itself.
The sentiment also perfectly matches the Mountain Air stamp set and was stamped in Basic Gray and die cut using a stitched rectangle die.
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Rachel Palmieri.
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This week our AWH Colour Creations team showcased one of the versatile neutrals: Basic Gray. If you missed the blog hop you can take a look at all the amazing projects here.
If I’m totally honest Basic Gray is not a colour I use that often but I found that once I started playing with it I couldn’t stop. So I thought I’d share with you today a couple more cards I made with Basic Gray.
Both cards feature a tiled background – one background is created with an embossing folder and the other one is with a tile stamp. But both use the lovely Country Home stamp set.
All the colours on both cards are from the Neutrals family, but mainly different shades of grays with just a tiny pop of green .
This tin tile embossing folder is a favourite of mine and it co-ordinates beautifully with this stamp set. I love this little white jug and the flower arrangement which I’ve used my Stampin’ Blends to colour in with Smokey Slate, Gray Granite and Mossy Meadow.
A little bit of shading underneath the jug with my Gray Granite blend really grounds this image and a simple bow of linen thread is the finishing touch.
For my other card I stamped a tile background and layered the other rustic jug onto an oval before fussy cutting the flowers with my paper snips
Once again I shaded underneath the jug – this time with my Smoky Slate blends – and added a bow of crinkle seam binding.
I hope I’ve inspired you to use this versatile neutral. I’ll be back next week with the AWH Colour Creations team to Showcase Bermuda Bay.
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Welcome to week two 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 2 – Basic Gray
Basic Gray is what I would call a “gunmetal” gray and part of the Neutrals collection of colours.
It is available in the following products.
Like all of the versatile neutrals, Basic Gray works with any colour, and today I’ve chosen to pair it with some other neutrals as well as two colours that really pop beside Basic Gray: Mango Melody and Crushed Curry.
Mango Melody and Crushed Curry are two colours I rarely use, but for some reason they are the first colours I seem to reach for when using any shade of grey.
All three of my cards today are CASED from the brand new 2021-22 annual Catalogue as I excitedly wait for my order to arrive!
Luckily, as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I was able to place a pre-order for the new catalogue so I already have some of the new products, including the Lovely You punch bundle.
I love this card on page 22 of the new catalogue because it uses one of my favourite techniques – stamping your own DSP. There are seven little floral stamps in the Lovely You stamp set and they are just the perfect size for creating homemade DSP.
And here’s my CASE of this card, using the Basic Gray palette of colours that I’ve chosen for my cards today.
Strips of card stock give a ribbon effect and gilded gems add a touch of bling.
I also wanted to make a strong masculine card using Basic Gray and I was inspired by a very neutral card layout on page 124 of the catalogue. The card on the bottom right of this photo uses one of the dies from Tasteful Touches bundle and the lovely wooden papers in the “In Good Taste” Designer Series Paper .
I love taking a shortcut where ever I can, so for my card I decided to use a punch instead of a die. Using the Tailored Tag punch enabled me to make a card with a very similar layout…only much faster.
I’m very happy with how this card turned out and I’m going to make a couple more cards using this design but with different coloured card stock.
The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from the new Blossoms in Bloom Stamp set, stamped in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed using White embossing powder.
My final card was CASED from a card on page 84 of the catalogue that features the stunning new Peony Garden Designer Series Paper. The blue card in the photo below is the one I decided to CASE.
I cannot wait to get my hands on this paper, but in the meantime I’ve recreated this card using the two of the stamps from the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set and my Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends.
This is such an easy and fun design and also a great way to add a colour to your card if you don’t have any card stock in that colour.
I’ve simply randomly stamped the flower and the branches of the card onto Whisper White card stock using my Basic Gray ink. I then carefully traced around the outline of each images with my Mango Melody Stampin’ Blend before colouring in all of the white area between each image.
The “you are so special” sentiment comes from the Tasteful Touches stamp set.
Basic Gray is such a versatile neutral – I could easily replace the Crushed Curry and the Mango Melody in any of these cards with pinks, red, purples, blues, greens, or even some foil or other neutrals. Any colours would pop really nicely beside Basic Gray.
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.
Welcome to week 2 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop!
This week we are showcasing one of the most versatile neutrals: Basic Gray.
As a quilter, I know that gray is one of the best neutrals to use as a background colour because it really makes other colour pop, but I wanted to make the Basic Gray the focus for my projects today so I’ve deliberately paired it with other neutrals, even though it looks fantastic with any colour.
For all of these cards, I’ve used one of my favourite new stamp sets: Dandelion Wishes.
For the first 2 cards, I used silver and gold foil with the Basic Gray. I stamped onto the Basic Gray cardstock with Versamark ink and then heat embossed using white embossing powder. The gold facetted gems, and a bow made of gold metallic thread and Whisper White bakers twine finished off the gold foil card. You can see the silver card in the group shots of all the cards.
I then decided to contrast the Basic Gray with black and white, and even though there are a few heat embossing mistakes on this card, I still like the contrast in the colours. I used the white Stampin’ chalk marker to draw over the Dandelion stamp. The new black cord ribbon is stunning but slippery so I made the shape of a bow (without tying it) and used glue dots to make it stick to the card. The tiny hello sentiment is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.
I also just couldn’t resist pairing Basic Gray with two of my all-time favourite colours: Night of Navy and Crumb Cake. For this Night of Navy card, I used some fantastic new DSP that comes in every single Stampin’ Up! colour (you can see the different patterns in the Basic Gray example I’ve included at the start of this blog). The happy birthday sentiment is from a new hostess stamp set: Hand Delivered.
But finally, I think this last card, pairing Basic Gray with Crumb Cake, is my absolute favourite!
It was really hard to get a shot of all the cards together, but I think laying them on the different contrasting cardstocks gives a good idea of how versatile this neutral really is.
I’m really looking forward to using Basic Gray 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.