Monochromatic Mossy Meadow – Planted Paradise

Today for the Crafty Collaborations Monochromatic Insta Hop we are featuring one of the least used colours in my collection. Poor old Mossy Meadow doesn’t get much of a look in generally but today, it’s front and centre on my card.

When I work with a rather strong colour, I like to tone it down with a softer neutral. In this case – Gray Granite. I really like how these 2 colours blended.

I stamped the leaves onto a label die cut using the Countryside Corners dies. On the base of this I added a piece of Take to the Sky Designer Series Paper and a strip of Basic White Cardstock coloured with Soft Pastels.

How to create the white panel

Use the Mossy Meadow Soft Pastel on the length to drag across the strip of Cardstock, filling it in with the colour. Then turn the Pastel vertical so the small square end is against the Cardstock. Draw lines at varied heights to create an interesting panel.

I created a Faux Suede panel for the background. This is done by scrunching up Cardstock and breaking down the fibres with a bone folder. In time, the Cardstock will peel apart, giving you 2 halves. I’ve used one half on this card and have one left for another project.

A few silver pearls strewn around work in with the Gray Granite and the check DSP.

I hope this project inspires you to perhaps try out a technique you haven’t tried before. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely Saturday.

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Step-it-Up Sunday #53 Country Rooster Card for all Cardmakers

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What a wonderful 3 months we have had with Sale-A-Bration and all the excitement it brings with it. With today being the last day of Sale-A-Bration I have chosen one of my favourite Sale-A-Bration stamp sets to work with. I just love the Home to Roost stamp set and for this card I”m working with a very simple colour palette of Night of Navy and Very Vanilla. 


Beginner card with Home to Roost Saleabration stamp set

This is a definite #simplestamping project for the beginner crafter. All the images have been stamped in Night of Navy for this card. I punched out the rooster with the 2″ circle punch and then added a 2¼’ circle in Night of Navy. This was mounted onto the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Layer this onto a Night of Navy card base and you have a quick and easy card ready to go.


To add more detail on this card, I embossed a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock with the Hexagon embossing folder. As this is a Dynamic Textured Impression Embossing Folder (a really detailed and thick one) it’s best to give your cardstock a light mist of water with your Spritzer so the cardstock doesn’t crease, before running through the Big Shot.

Step-it-Up Sunday, Casual Crafter, Rooster with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers, Country look handmade card

The rooster has been coloured in with a combination of Stampin’ Blends. I added the gingham ribbon at the join using double sided tape (tear & tape). I used the Classic Label punch for the sentiment and shortened the edge by reinserting one end back into the punch. 


To step up this card I have added some heat embossing and also used the Faux Suede technique to create the Night of Navy panel on the bottom of the card. 

Step-it-Up Sunday, Home to Roost, Sale-A-Bration card, Faux Suede Technique

Faux Suede Technique
  • Take your piece of cardstock and scrunch it well in the palm of your hand. Open it out and scrunch it in every direction so it’s completely crushed. Then use your bone folder and stretch the cardstock towards you. The idea is to breakdown the fibres of the cardstock. 
  • After doing this for a while the cardstock will naturally begin to separate. At this point, carefully peel the cardstock apart. 


Faux Suede Technique, Step-it-Up Sunday

I then stamped and heat embossed the grass in gold on the inner side of the faux suede piece of cardstock.

Step-it-Up Sunday, Home to Roost card, Faux Suede technique

Once I embossed the Very Vanilla cardstock with the Hexagon embossing folder, I lightly tapped the Versamark inkpad in sections over the cardstock. Then I added Gold Embossing Powder. This will show up the square edges of the Versamark stamp pad so just go over these edge with a dry paint brush to soften the harsh edges and make it look more natural when the embossing powder melts. Then I heat embossed the panel. I repeated this with the Copper Embossing Powder. 

The rooster was heat embossed and coloured with Stampin’ Blends. I love the look of layered cardstock and I also do the same with my ribbons. In this case I have layered the gold ribbon onto the gingham to tie in with the rest of the card.  

Home to Roost, Rooster coloured with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

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