Gorgeous Grape Forever Forest Watercoloured Christmas Card

Gorgeous Grape Forever Forest Watercoloured Christmas Card

Welcome to week twenty six of our Art With Heart 2023-24 Colour Creations blog hop!

This week we are showcasing Gorgeous Grape, a vibrant purple colour that is now in the regals family, however I still consider it to be a bright! I’ve made a watercolour Christmas card that pairs Gorgeous Grape with Orchid Oasis and Starry Sky.

Watercolor backgrounds are so easy to make and even though they come out differently every time you really can’t make a mistake with watercolour. Well, that’s what I like to tell myself, anyway.

Adhere a torn strip of Stampin’ Up masking paper to the bottom section of a sheet of Fluid 100 watercolour paper and then use the widest water painter brush to cover the watercolour paper with water.

Once the paper is all wet, colour it in with Gorgeous Grape, Orchid Oasis and Starry Sky from top to bottom. Use a heat tool to dry the water coloured background.

Stamp trees from the Forever Forest stamp set in Starry Sky and splatter some Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Ink Refill (diluted with water) before carefully removing the masking paper to reveal the snowy landscape.

The ‘joy & peace’ sentiment is from the Night Divine stamp set and the moon and star images are from The Forever Forest stamp set, both stamped in Starry Sky.

Tiny white snowflakes from the Adhesive-Backed Snowflake Assortment complete the front of the card.

I stamped another tree on the left in Starry Sky once I trimmed the card front to fit on the card base – I forgot the watercolour paper is a lot wider than our metric card bases.

The Starry Sky cardstock layer behind the water coloured card front really makes the Gorgeous Grape water coloured section of the sky stand out.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Rachel Palmieri – I can’t wait to see what Rachel has made this week!

If at any time you find a broken link, you can find the complete list of all participants below.

Andrea Sargent  

Tina Gillespie  

Kate Morgan   

Christine Blain  

Catherine Proctor  – you are here!

Rachel Palmieri

Next Wednesday, 1st November, we’ll be back showcasing Granny Apple Green or you can join us on Monday night for some Christmas inspiration.

I hope you can join us then.

Starry Sky Teacup Dies Card – Week 3 AWH Colour Creations

Starry Sky Teacup Dies Card – Week 3 AWH Colour Creations

Welcome to week three of our Art With Heart 2022-23 Colour Creations blog hop! We are showcasing each of the 5 new In Colours for the first 5 weeks before we then feature our core colours in alphabetical order for the rest of the year.

Our third new In Colour is Starry Sky, a rich and dramatic midnight blue.

Here’s what Starry Sky looks like in comparison to the other current Stampin’ Up! blues and blue/green aqua colours.

My card today is a belated Mother’s Day card for my mum who loves beautiful old china cups and anything blue and white – blue is her favourite colour. I’ve used both the Teacup Dies and the Flowers of Home Dies to create a Wedgewood like effect on my teacups.

Smaller dies can often be overlooked, but these dies from the Flowers of Home Dies are the perfect scale for these teacups. The “fern” die on the other teacups is one of the dies in the Teacup Die set.

My top tip for adding these detailed dies to the top of your teacups? Make sure you adhere an adhesive sheet to the reverse side of the cardstock you are die cutting BEFORE you die cut it with these floral dies. It makes it so much easier to adhere them without getting glue everywhere.

The Teacup Dies don’t have a saucer die, however that is easily fixed. The plain oval from the Double Oval Punch or the smallest plain oval die from the now retired Oval Layering Dies (these two ovals are virtually identical in size and shape) work perfectly as a saucer for the teacups.

I used my light Gray Granite and light Starry Sky Stampin’ Blends to draw a line under the base of each cup to “anchor” the cups into their saucers.

The “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiment from Flowering Tulips stamp set was the perfect shaped sentiment for this layout, however you could replace this sentiment with the “Happy Birthday” “Thank You”, “Thinking of You” or the “Hello” sentiment from the new Go To Greetings stamp set.

An oversized card requires an oversized envelope, so I made a simple one using one of the DSP patterns from the new stunning Sun Prints DSP.

Both sides of this DSP perfectly match the colours I’ve used in my card today: Starry Sky, Gray Granite and Basic White.

Gray Granite Baker’s Twine and two square white brads make an easy and stylish closure.

As well as mix and matching your dies, don’t forget to mix and match your stamp sets too. To make the perfect sentiment for my mum I combined the “Thank you” sentiment from the Cup of Tea Stamp set and the “love you so much” sentiment from the Flowering Tulips stamp set.

I added a capital “I” to make the sentiment read “I love you so much” by stamping the “/” stamp from the new Alphabest stamp set on an angle and it worked perfectly!

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Andrea Sargent – I can’t wait to see what Andrea has made this week!

If at any time you find a broken link, you can find the complete list of all participants below.

Andrea Sargent

Diane Furniss  

Theresa Gerrard

Kate Morgan  

Rachel Palmieri

Amie McIlroy  

Tina Gillespie

Rachel Woollard  

Sharon Davern  

Christine Blain  

Ros Davidson  

Michele Taylor   

Rosa Leyden 

Catherine Proctor – you are here!  

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

Product List

Next Wednesday we will showcase another new In Colour – Sweet Sorbet, a very vibrant red,

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Cath xx

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