Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!

This month, the theme is a Color Challenge. Using Crumb Cake, Mango Melody, Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow, the Design Team has created some great projects you will want to see. We hope you’ll be inspired by the amazing creations! As you hop from blog to blog, we would love for you to leave a comment. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” from Pal to Pal.

What makes today’s card so simple and easy to put together is the combination of the Nature’s Prints Bundle amd the Deckled Rectangle Dies. They’re a winning team! I designed this card with today’s Color Challenge in mind, however the combination of these stamps and dies can be used with whatever color combination you can imagine.

Today’s Card Parts And Pieces

  • I cut a Very Vanilla top fold card base at 11″ x 4 1/4″ and scored at 5 1/2″.
  • The textured Crumb Cake layer is die cut using one of the Deckled Rectangle Dies. The layer measures 3 3/4″ x 5″.
  • I die cut both the Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow layers using a Deckled Rectangle Die. They measure about 2 5/8″ x 3 7/8″.
  • I stamped the die cut images with Mango Melody and Mossy Meadow ink.
  • The sprig elements are die cuts using Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Mango Melody cardstock.
  • I used a Blending Brush to add some ink to the Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow DSP layers.
  • The small strips of cardstock are 1/4″ wide. I used them for the inside of the card.

A Simple And Fun Design Tip

  • When working with a color palette, it’s fun to keep in mind the “Gallon, Quart, Pint” color rule. I always do, and I also test myself after I complete my design, especially when I’m creating for a Challenge!
  • A Color Challenge will usually include a “Neutral”. In today’s Challenge, the Neutral is Crumb Cake. I also included Very Vanilla in my project.
  • In my card, the “Gallon” (or more predominant) color is Cajun Craze. I used it in the bottom offset layer, in the middle of my design for the die-cut wheat, ink splatter and little sprig under the sentiment, and at the top of my design in the sentiment ink color.
  • My “Quart” color is Mossy Meadow. I used it for the second off-set layer in the middle of the design, along with the die cut leaf branch in the middle of the design.
  • My “Pint” color is Mango Melody. I used this sparingly, Slightly less than Mossy Meadow. I stamped the large die cut  with Mango Melody ink and colored a few white Classic Matte Dots with a Stampin’ Blend.

A Little Technique With A Whole Lot Of Texture

  • I wanted to add texture to my large Crumb Cake background layer.
  • With the help of my Simply Scored Scoring Tool, I was able to create a perfectly spaced, “striped” embossed look.
  • I placed the layer on the scoring plate diagonally, making sure one corner was aligned with one of the crevices.
  • I secured the layer with some low tack tape and scored at 1/8″ increments.
  • It sounds complicated and time consuming, but it really isn’t. Once you get going, it’s a quick process.
  • You can also turn your cardstock layer and create a diamond pattern.
  • If you score at larger intervals (1/4″ or 1/2″ for example) you’ll have a completely different look.
  • The scoring tool is featured on page 155 in the Anual Catalog.

And, don’t forget the inside.

Check back tomorrow. I will have a PDF Tutorial you can download and print for today’s card.

So, wander through your Bundle stash, cut a few layers, score lots of lines to create custom texture, add a few colored Matte Dots and create something you would be proud to share with someone special.

… the only limitation is your imagination!

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on November 9th when the theme will be Home for the Holidays.

Until then, have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb …
  3. Rae Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  4. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  5. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  11. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  12. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  13. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  14. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  15. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  16. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  17. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  18. Lori Webb at Clever Copies


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