Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the 29th 2020 Colour Creations Showcase by members of the Art with Heart Team - our last Showcase for the year.
This week we are focussing on a deep green called Mossy Meadow. It is classified as a Neutral as given it's depth and richness it is a colour that goes with so many other colours. Mossy Meadows can be found in Stampin' Up!s card-stock, both A4 & 12"x12"; Classic Stampin' inks (ink pads, re-inkers); Stampin' Write Markers; Stampin' Blends; numerous Designer Series Papers, including World of Good DSP; Memories & More Cards pack and ribbons/trim and the gorgeous Joy of Sharing all inclusive card kit. Mossy Meadow is a great colour!
I have a number of cards to share with you tonight. Two using the Dove of Hope bundle and two extras direct from the Joy of Sharing card kit. This is an all inclusive kit.
CARD 1: The format for my first card was inspired by Emma Goddard, a Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from the United Kingdom and she has been part of the Artisan for the last 3 years. As always, thanks for the inspiration Emma.
I started by painting Mossy Meadow stripes on a piece of Shimmery White card-stock using the mid-sized Water Painter. While I covered the card front with stripes, those at the top were fairly light. A little Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint was splattered over the card front. Once dry, I tied a piece of Vanilla ribbon from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo pack around the card front ending with a relaxed large bow.
Two circles were die cut using the Stitched Shapes dies, one from Whisper White card-stock and the other from Mossy Meadow card-stock. After the 2 circles were adhered together, they were popped up on Dimensionals.
At this point I faffed around quite a bit, including die cutting and colouring trees cut using the In the Pines dies. I tried a range of colour combinations for water-colouring the trees. Nothing really worked. I then thought of using one of the doves from the Dove of Hope bundle, trying the die cut dove first. That dove was too big for placement on the circles. I stamped the mid-sized dove on Whisper White card-stock using Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' ink and then die cut it out using the coordinating Detailed Dove dies. The size was right. A little Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint was added to the wings and the dove was adhered at the body directly to the circles. Looking back I think it would have been good to add some subtle colouring on the dove - perhaps next time.
"Peace on earth" from the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set was stamped on Whisper White card-stock with Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' ink. The sentiment was trimmed down and popped in place with Dimensionals. A Mossy Meadow leaf sprig was die cut using the small sprig die from the Detailed Dove dies and it was adhered underneath the dove's beak.
The card front was adhered directly to a Mossy Meadow card-stock base. A number of Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels were added to finish the card.
The card inner was also painted with a number of Mossy Meadow stripes and another sentiment from the Wrapped In Christmas stamp set was added using Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' ink. The smaller dove was stamped on a small piece of Whisper White card-stock and fussy cut out. A C6 Whisper White envelope was stamped with the larger dove in Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' ink.
CARD 2: As I had die cut all the pieces for a Whisper White dove, I decided to use them for my second card. In thinking about the design for this 2nd card I decided to use a non-Christmas Designer Series Paper even though I was planning to create a Christmas card. (As I started to plan and write Christmas cards I realised that I didn't have enough so this week I made the most of prepping for tonight's blog hop to create another two Chrissy cards.) This second card is a Double Z-fold card.
The World of Good Speciality Designer Series Paper included two designs using Mossy Meadow, one of which had a watercolour effect of repeated world maps. I love the soft relaxed effect of this design. I cut a stripe of DSP centring the world continents across the 12 x 12" sheet. From there I cut a Brass Foil strip a little wider than the DSP so the brass mount would show. I also cut some Mossy Meadow card-stock a little wider again to enable the Brass Foil and the DSP to be mounted onto the Mossy Meadow card-stock.
The card base is half an A4 sheet of Thick Whisper White card-stock, cut lengthwise. The card base was scored in half at the mid-point and the front section was scored so that it could be folded back in half again. The Mossy Meadow piece was scored similarly. Both were pieces of card-stock were folded and burnished at the scoreline with a Bone Folder. The Mossy Meadow piece was turned around so the Z-fold is in reverse to the card base.
The largest circle from the Stitched Shapes dies was used to cut a Mossy Meadow card-stock circle. The next size stitched circle was used to die cut a circle out of the DSP. A circle from the Layered Circles dies was used to cut a Brass Foil circle. The Foil circle was dry embossed using the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing folder.The 3 circles were adhered directly together.
The Whisper White card-stock and Vellum pieces were adhered together to form the dove. The body of the dove was popped up on Dimensionals. The small leaf spray die was used to cut a Brass Metallic spray of leaves, which was then adhered under the dove's beak.
Pieces of Whisper White card-stock were cut to fit on each of the three sections of the card base. Each was embossed with the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing folder and then were adhered directly to the card-base. Similarly, 3 pieces of Brass Foil were cut from the Brass Foil strip to fit on the 3 sections of the Mossy Meadow scored and burnished strip. The 3 pieces of Brass Foil also were embossed with the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing folder. The strip of DSP was also cut into 3 to fit each section of the Mossy Meadows strip. The embossed pieces of Brass Foil were adhered directly to the Mossy Meadows strip and then the pieces of DSP were adhered to the Brass Foil.
A Whisper White C6 envelope and a piece of Whisper white card-stock were stamped with the mid-sized dove using Mossy Meadows Classic Stampin' ink. The piece of card-stock was adhered to the back of the card in readiness to write a longer greeting.
The two Z-fold pieces were adhered together, being careful to only add Multipurpose Liquid Glue to half of the longer section of the top Z-fold. The card was folded and glue was added to the lower half section of the Mossy Meadow strip and it was adhered to the end half of the lower part of the card. The dove & layered circles piece was centred onto the top section of the Mossy Meadows strip. A number of Wonderful Gems were added as the final touch. They are gorgeous gems.
CARDS 3 & 4: The Joy of Christmas All Inclusive Card Kit is a lovely kit from the August-December Mini Catalogue and the good news is that it is currently discounted. It's only available till the end of December or until sold out. This kit is wonderful if you send a family photo at Christmas. I used the kit as part of a class. I didn't have a suitable photo so made up a couple of cards as shown in the kit. The class ladies loved them, commenting that the cards were really elegant.
The cards have a Mossy Meadow base. The pine cones and the poinsettias come in various sizes so there are more than enough to create whatever style card you choose - whether portrait, landscape or with or without a photo. Sorry, I ran out of time to create my own designs with the kit.
That's it for me for this blog and for the year.
Catherine Proctor is our amazing host of the Art with Heart Colour Creations Showcase. If you haven't finished visiting all of the team's colour creations, you can visit/revisit Catherine's page at What Cathy Made, where she hosts all the links to the other Showcase participants. I'm looking forward to checking out everyone's Mossy Meadow creations. It is always inspiring to see the amazing projects created by my colleagues and their application of the colour. Cathy thank you so much for coordinating this Showcase this year. I have really enjoyed the challenge of focussing on each colour and working up a design that will show it off.
Looking forward to seeing you again in the new year when members of the team will share projects that hero Night of Navy (I love this colour), as we continue creating through the Stampin' Up! colour range. Our first Showcase for 2021 will be in the evening of Wednesday 6th January.
I hope you have an amazing Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Here's hoping that 2021 is a year were we get on top of COVID-19 and life gets back on track. Do look after yourself and your loved ones. Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others in these strange times.