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Monochromatic Granny Apple Green – Planted Paradise

Welcome to the weekend and to this week’s Crafty Collaborations Monochromatic Insta Hop theme with Granny Apple Green as our featured colour.

I was inspired by some home decor I saw and created a bit of a funky background with the pot from the Planted Paradise stamp set. This is a Reversible stamp set which means that one side of the stamp has one image and you flip the stamp over to reveal another image.

I used the Stamparatus (retired) to stamp the black pot a few times. Any stamp positioning tool would work and enables you to get a nice dark image. I flipped the stamp over and inked up in Granny Apple Green ink, then spritzed the stamp before stamping the image. This gave the image a lovely watercoloured look.

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I drew some lines with the Light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend using a ruler as a guide. Starting off with the bullet tip I felt it needed some wider stripes so I freehanded the thicker stripes with a brush end of the Blend. This was totally out of character for me as I love straight, neat lines. However, I loved the look of these and will probably be trying this again for some custom backgrounds.

Foliage from the Flowers of Beauty dies provides a simple focal point against the different textures and patterns on the card.

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Awow Blog hop – Let’s Take a Walk

Hello friend, Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop where every second Wednesday of the month we travel from New Zealand to Hawaii for some creative inspiration with our lovely team. This month’s theme is Let’s Take a Walk, so come with me for a walk and see where each of us stroll through.

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I’m taking a walk down memory lane with my dear mum as my inspiration today. Back to the days where she is used to work in a radio broadcasting company called Back to the Bible Broadcast in Sri Lanka. She played the piano for the music department and she also corrected the English Bible correspondence courses there. I remember visiting her office many times and it was like one big family. As a child, all the adults were so kind and treated me like one of their own children and I still keep in touch with some of these people.

In my mum’s office she had a typewriter and my card has been inspired by that. Of course, the Just My Type stamp set was the perfect choice. This could be the reason I purchase every typewriter stamp set that comes out! Ironically, my father was a very speedy typist as well. At home, I remember mum typing letters on the old aerogramme paper and then she’d have carbon paper inbetween so she could keep a copy of it. Carbon paper – now that seems like a lifetime ago!

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To create this card I watercoloured the background with Bubble Bath, Moody Mauve and Calypso Coral. The ink was left to pool heavier in certain areas as I wanted a deeper colouring. Moody Mauve, to my surprise, has been the colour I’ve used the least from our new In-Colours. I actually thought this would be my go-to but it hasn’t been like that. Using it extensively on this card may possibly be the turning of the corner for me with this colour.

Once the watercolouring was dry, I stamped some smaller flowers in Moody Mauve on top on the right side. Although the images blend in, I really like the faint images of the flowers you can still see in the background.

The note pad paper was scrunched up for a textured finish. The main flower was inked up in Bubble Bath and then I added some Moody Mauve with a Sponge Dauber in the centre.

To break up the pinks I added some Soft Sea Foam leaves. As this card is a memory of my time spent with my mum, I added the panel at the back which was embossed with the Merry Melody Embossing Folder to depict her musical talent.

I hope you have enjoyed taking this stroll with me as I reminisced and shared with you a little bit about my family. Please follow our hop through for fabulous inspiration from our team. As you go through we would love for you to drop us a comment as we love hearing from you.

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Emboss Resist Technique – Inked & Tiled Stamp Set

The Emboss Resist Technique is so simple but yields such effective results. If you have not heard of this technique – you heat emboss an image and then when you add colour over it, the heat embossed image ‘resists’ the colour and the stamped image shows through while the colour is in the background.

Inspired by Susan Wong’s creation for the Global Design Project GDP404 – Case the Designer Challenge I wanted to recreate the blended circle element Susan had on her project along withe the colour palette.

I stamped the leaf image from the Inked & Tiled stamp set inVersamark and heat embossed it in White. Then I blended a range of blue inks from lightest to darkest, over the samped images. I wiped back the colour off the leaves with a tissue which brought up the white.

For the matte layer I cut apart one of the cards from the Kraft Notecards & Envelopes pack. This pack comes with 20 notecards and envelopes plus a box to assemble which you can put the cards in once you’ve created them. It’s great for gift giving.

The card had a score line in the centre so I added some additional score lines using my Simply Scored Scoring Tool.

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I added some leaves in Garden Green die cut from the Meadow Dies to resemble the trees in the original image. Another leaf die cut from the Kraft notecards tied the matte layer in with the focal image. You can see another card I made some years back using the Emboss Resist technique here.

I kept the rest of the card clean with a simple White heat embossed sentiment with the ‘happy’ taken from the Ringed with Nature stamp set.

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