Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Art with Heart Colour Creations Showcase - #30 Night of Navy

Night of Navy with Art Gallery and Best Plaid Builder

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the 30th 2020/2021 Colour Creations Showcase by members of the Art with Heart Team - our first one for the new year.

This week we are focussing on an amazing blue called Night of Navy. As its name suggests it is a deep navy blue that can be found in the Stampin' Up! Neutral's collection. Depending on the project, I sometimes use Night of Navy instead of black and, like black, it can be used with most colours. Night of Navy 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; Water-colour pencils Assortment 2, many, many Designer Series Papers, including the Boho Indigo Product Medley, Twine and Embellishments. It is such a versatile colour!

I combined a number of ideas that had been buzzing around in my head in the creation of the card for this blog hop. I love navy and yellow so that is the focal colour combination for this first card. I also want to participate in this week's Casing the Catty Challenge so I created a blended background that enabled me to made two backgrounds at the same time.

Night of Navy Art Gallery and Best Plaid Builder Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide foothills, Valley Inspirations, Australia

To create this background I started with a Whisper White card front and also die cut two pieces of Whisper White card-stock using both dies from the Best Plaid Builder die set. The two die cut pieces were layered on top of the card front. This was my first use of the amazing Stampin' Up! Blending Brushes.  I used one brush to apply Seaside Spray Classic Stampin' ink and another to apply Misty Moonlight, Pacific Point and Night of Navy inks.The brushes are so soft and smooth and applied colour brilliantly, sliding over the die cut layers easily without catching on the edges. The aim was to have patches of different colours and light and dark variations.

Night of Navy Art Gallery and Best Plaid Builder Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide foothills, Valley Inspirations, Australia

Once coloured, the two die cut pieces were trimmed down and adhered to a piece of Night of Navy card-stock that had some Night of Navy ink blended on the edge and some Whisper White Craft ink blended in the centre to add light and shade to this layer. This piece was mounted on a piece of Daffodil Delight card-stock leaving a fine boarder. 

Flowers from the Art Gallery Stamp set were stamped in Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' ink on Whisper White card-stock. Using the Stamparatus, touches of Mango Melody were added to the stamp with a Stampin' Write Marker pen to add depth of colour. The spray of flowers was also stamped in Granny Apple Green Classic Stampin' ink. The floral sprays were cut out with the coordinating set of dies, the Floral Gallery dies and the Daffodil Delight flowers were fussy cut. The individual flowers were slightly shaped and adhered over the green spray with Dimensionals. The small floral arrangement was also stamped in Daffodil Delight ink and die cut with the coordinating die. I so love Stampin' Up!'s coordination of products. 

The flowers were arranged from corner to corner. As I write this blog I keep looking at the arrangement and I am realising that it could do with a few more leaves. I am no flower arranger and it can take time for me to work out what to do to improve an arrangement. No time to fix it up, re-photograph and upload today, but I hope to make the changes in the next day or two. Keep an eye out.

A sentiment from the same Art Gallery stamp set was stamped in Versamark ink on to Night of Navy card-stock and heat embossed using White Stampin' Emboss powder. The sentiment was die cut using the larger label from the coordinating Floral Gallery dies. Some of the new Night of Navy twine from the Well Suited Twine Combo pack was wrapped around the card front twice and tied in a bow slipping on a little silver heart trinket from the Heart Charms pack.

The card front was adhered directly to the Night of Navy card base. To complete the card front some Bumblebee 2020-2022 In Colour Enamel Dots were added to both sets of flower buds. A little Wink of Stella was added to parts of the flowers and lightly splattered over the card front. The camera hasn't been able to capture this sparkle. 

To create the card inner, the smaller floral arrangement stamp was stamped in Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' ink along one side of a piece of Whisper White card-stock. This was layered on a piece of Daffodil Delight card-stock leaving a very fine boarder of yellow, and then added inside the Night of Navy card base. The same stamp and ink were used on a C6 Whisper White envelope, so it matched the card.

Night of Navy Art Gallery and Best Plaid Builder Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide foothills, Valley Inspirations, Australia

Once my second card has been finished and entered into this week's Casing the Catty Challenge I will add it here to show the second blended background that was created at the same time as the background used on this card. This week's Casing the Catty Challenge is to "Step Up a project from the current Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue". I'm planning to use different flowers and a different colour.

Here is the card using the blended background after the removal of the two layers of plaid.

Catherine Proctor continues as the wonderful 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. Thank you so much Cathy for taking up coordination of the Colour Creations Showcase again this year - you are a Champion. I'm looking forward to checking out everyone's Night of Navy creations. It is always a blessing to be a part of this amazing blog hop of wonderful projects.

I hope to see you again next week when members of the team will share projects that hero Old Olive. This is another versatile colour.

I hope the New Year has started well for you and your loved ones. Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others in these strange times. 

Andrea 💕🐾


  1. Andrea there is so much to love about this card and I so look forward to seeing your companion card for CASEing the Catty this week. Your blended blue background is incredible. Thank you for sharing your Night of Navy inspiration with us all.

  2. You have created a really interesting, dramatic, background Andrea! I love the Daffodil Delight flowers trailing down the card front. The Night of Navy sentiment label anchors everything beautifully.

  3. Wow, your yellow blooms really pop against the blue background. It looks like you had a lot of fun with the blending brushes!

  4. I love Daffodil Delight with Navy! What a great description of all your steps, thank you for giving so much detail and a great review of the new blending brushes. I can’t wait to see your next project with the alternate background :)

  5. Love your card with the plaid background die and look forward to seeing card number 2 soon.

  6. Beautiful Andrea, Daffodil Delight really pops on Night of Navy.

  7. I love your colour choices and the layout of the flowers above and below the sentiment is fabulous. The blue plaid background creates a wonderful effect for your yellow flowers.

  8. Love the pop of yellow on the Navy background - your placement of the flowers looks great!

  9. A really striking colour combination Andrea. I really like your choice of the twine bow and the sweet heart trinket was a lovely addition.

  10. Stunning card Andrea. The Daffodil Delight was an inspired choice as it really makes a statement against your gorgeous background.


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