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Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Art with Heart Colour Creations Showcase - #37 Pretty Peacock

Pretty Peacock with Arrange a Wreath and Today's Tiles

Hi. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the 37th 2020/2021 Colour Creations Showcase by members of the Art with Heart Team.


I am so please you have called by.


This week we are focussing on a a deep teal blue green called Pretty Peacock. Pretty Peacock is one of Stampin' Up! 2019-2021 In Colour collection. It is a beautiful deep rich colour that is a delight to use. Pretty Peacock 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, some Designer Series Papers, including the Forever Greenery and Whale of a Time DSP, Pretty Peacock Scalloped Linen Ribbon, the delightful Pretty Peacock/Old Olive Reversible Ribbon, Woven Threads Sequin Assortment and Butterfly Gems.

Two cards featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, one card with 2-step layered stamping and heat embossing; the other with water-coloured die cuts and dry embossing.

I've created two different cards this week, both featuring Pretty Peacock, however, the colour schemes and techniques are different. The first card includes water-coloured die cuts with minimal stamping, while the second card uses layered 2-step stamping and heat embossing.

CARD 1:

A card featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, with water-coloured die cuts and dry embossing.

The oh so gorgeous Pretty Peacock/Old Olive Reversible Ribbon was the inspiration for this first card. The ribbon features Pretty Peacock with an Old Olive tinge on one side and the reverse on the other side, both with a metallic sheen. Also, I recently saw a video creating different styles of easel cards and was intrigued to try an upright wreath easel card. This is my version using quality Stampin' Up! products.

A card featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, with water-coloured die cuts and dry embossing.

The Pretty Peacock cardstock card base was scored in half, folded and burnished - as normal.  Approximately 5cm was trimmed off the front flap of the card base. A card front was prepared in Basic White card-stock and cut in two at the same point as the front of the base. Both pieces of the card front were dry embossed using the Tin Tile 3D embossing folder. The bigger piece was directly adhered to the top section of the card and the other piece adhered to the card base, ensuring that when the card is closed flat embossed white card-stock is fully seen. 

A card featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, with water-coloured die cuts and dry embossing.

Two strips of Soft Sea Foam card-stock were cut to sit across the card at the edges of the embossed card-stock. A sentiment was stamped in the centre of one strip using Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin' ink. I chose "Happy Easter" from the Arrange a Wreath stamp set as I was creating an Easter Wreath. (I'm getting in early with preparations for Easter.) This is such a versatile set as it can be used for a range of celebrations. The two light green strips were adhered to abutting edges of the embossed white card, ensuring the sentiment would be seen on the base. A thin strip of Brass Foil was adhered to the bottom edge of the Soft Sea Foam strip on the top section of the card. Another thin strip of Brass Foil was adhered to the top section of the Soft Sea Foam strip on the base of the card. Two more strips of foil were layered on top of this strip, thereby forming a lip that will hold the wreath as an easel. 

A card featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, with water-coloured die cuts and dry embossing.

Using the two different wreath dies from the Wreath Builder dies, one of each was cut from Shimmery White card-stock and a third from Brass Foil using the leafy wreath die. The leaf Shimmery White wreath was water-coloured with Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin' ink refill adding touched of Old Olive ink and the spriggy wreath was water-coloured with Old Olive with touches of Pretty Peacock. Extra wreaths were cut from Basic White card-stock and they were adhered directly to the underneath of the water-coloured wreaths to add extra strength. The wreaths were layered and adhered together.

A card featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, with water-coloured die cuts and dry embossing.

A strip of Shimmery White card-stock was water-coloured with Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' ink, ensuring some variation of depth of colour. Once dry, Easter eggs from the Arrange a Wreath stamp set were stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed using Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. The eggs and some little flowers were die cut from the water-coloured strip using the coordinating Wreath Builder dies. Little flowers were also die cut from  Brass Foil. Each water-coloured flower was layered with a brass flower. Also cut from the Cherry Cobbler water-coloured strip (that had been mounted on a piece of Foam Adhesive Sheet) was a heart with letters spelling "LOVE" cut out.


The eggs and flowers were arranged around the wreath, with a bow of the Reversible Ribbon being adhered at the top with a couple of Glue Dots. Small white Elegant Faceted Gems were added to the centre of each flower. A Soft Sea Spray die cut circle (cut using the Layering Circle Dies) was adhered to the back of the wreath. A smaller circle, die cut from Pretty Peacock card-stock was folded in half and with one half adhered to the underneath side of the card front. The other half of the circle was adhered to the upper centre of the back of the wreath - thus forming the hinge for the wreath. The cut out water-coloured lettering was adhered to the centre of the wreath.

A card featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, with water-coloured die cuts and dry embossing.

An extra piece of Basic White card-stock was adhered above the embossed section on the inner section of the card. This is for writing a message to the recipient. A white heart was die cut (using the same set of dies) and adhered directly to the card inner together with a left over water-coloured flower with an Elegant Faceted Gem adhered at the centre.

A card featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, with water-coloured die cuts and dry embossing.

A wreath (from the same stamp set) was partially stamped on a Basic White C6 envelope to provide an inkling of what may be inside.

A card featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, with water-coloured die cuts and dry embossing.

I loved creating a different version of an easel card. I learnt along the way, so will make changes to my next card, including moving the layered section further down so the easel wreath sits at an angle rather than at right angles to the card base. This has spiked my creativity and I am looking forward to further exploration of ideas.

CARD 2:

As I pondered the other project to create showing Pretty Peacock, my mind went to an uninked stamp set, Today's Tiles. I decided to combine Pretty Peacock with Pool Party and silver embossing.

A card featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, with 2-step layered stamping and heat embossing.

Using my trusty Stamparatus, I set it up with a stamp from the Today's Tiles stamp set that would stamp 2 rows of 4 tiles in one go. Wanting alternate tiles of Pretty Peacock and Pool Party, I had planned to use Stampin' Spots to ink the tiles. In preparing, I wondered if there would be more control using the Marker to Stamp technique ... I tried this option. 

A card featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, with 2-step layered stamping and heat embossing.

I stamped the full stamp in Pool Party Classic Stampin' ink knowing that Pretty Peacock was a strong colour and could cover the lighter Pool Party. As this was my first use of the stamp set, I needed to stamp, re-ink and stamp again to attain good ink coverage. I then coloured each alternate tile using a Pretty Peacock Stampin' Write Marker - stamping one tile at a time. The stamping plate was moved 2 notches to stamp another set of 8 tiles adjacent to the first. You have to love Stampin' Up's attention to detail that ensured the tile width matched the Stamparatus width of 2 notches. 

As the stamp had significant area that touched the paper, the Basic White card-stock moved each time I lifted the stamp, even though it was held with 3 bar magnets. I tried to re-align it back into the same spot, but as you can see in the close-ups, it wasn't exact all the time and led to a little shadowing on some of the Pretty Peacock tiles. I wasn't happy with my first attempt so started afresh, adding an extra bar magnet. It still wasn't perfect, but I needed to progress the card - forgetting that there would be close-up photos. Ah well, in sharing the imperfections it is showing areas to watch out for, if you give this a go. I'm certainly looking forward to playing again with this set and working out how to ensure the card-stock doesn't move.

A card featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, with 2-step layered stamping and heat embossing.

I set up the second stamp designed to highlight certain aspects of the tile design. I stamped it in Versamark ink and then heat embossed the tiles using Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder. I then moved the stamp plate 2 steps along and added Versamark ink to the adjoining set of 8 tiles. Wow, I was so excited with the effect (I know, it doesn't take much for me to get excited.)

A card featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, with 2-step layered stamping and heat embossing.

The stamped square of 4 by 4 tiles was trimmed close to the tiles. I mounted it directly on a slightly larger square of Basic White card-stock and then mounted it on larger square of Pool Party card-stock using Dimensionals. It was then adhered directly to the Pretty Peacock card-stock base. A sentiment from the same Today's Tiles stamp set was stamped in Versamark on Pool Party card-stock and heat embossed with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder. It was trimmed to a strip that spanned the tile design and mounted onto a wider piece of Basic White card-stock. Some white twine from the Snail Mail Combo Pack was tied around the sentiment strip ending in a bow. This was popped up with Dimensionals over a strip of 4 tiles. The final touch was the addition of 3 clear Elegant Faceted Gems.

A card featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, with 2-step layered stamping and heat embossing.

A piece of Basic White card-stock, mounted on Pool Party card-stock was adhered to the inside of the card. Three tiles from the discarded stamped tiles was added to carry the focal design through to the inside. As the card was not a standard size at about 12.5 x 12.5cm I custom-made an envelope using a piece of the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper. A Basic White die cut oval was adhered to the front of the envelope for writing name & address.

A card featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, with 2-step layered stamping and heat embossing.

I am looking forward to playing with this stamp set again and working to eliminate the imperfections. The coordinating dies are gorgeous and I have numerous ideas to include them on a project. So stay tuned ...

A card featuring a deep teal blue-green, Pretty Peacock, with 2-step layered stamping and heat embossing.

Thank you so much for spending time with me. 😘

Catherine Proctor is the fantastic 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 participating blogs so you can find everyone's Pretty Peacock creations. Checking out everyone's creations and their interpretation of the amazing Stampin' Up! colours is always inspiring. 

I hope to see you again next week when members of the team share projects that hero Pumpkin Pie, a strong orange. 

Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others as these strange times continue.  

Andrea 💕🐾



10 comments:

  1. Andrea your cards are both so different but equally gorgeous. I love how the stamping, the cards stock and watercolouring of pretty peacock give such different tones. Thank you for sharing your pretty peacock projects with us tonight in the Colour Creations Showcase.

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  2. Oh!! Wow! Wow! Wow! Andrea! Both cards are amazing! I love your "limited palette" which really showcases the strength of Pretty Peacock. Nice work!

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  3. Two gorgeous cards, Andrea. Your Easter card is so beautifully bright, and a very clever design. That lovely ribbon had completely skipped my mind, when thinking of Pretty Peacock products to create with. Your second card is an "oh-my-goodness, WOW!" card. Such a beautiful colour combination (and the silver embossing takes it to another level). Your patience is admirable, getting all those tiles inked up! I love the end result.

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  4. I don't know where to start Andrea, both your cards are so gorgeous! I could stare at them for hours! I love the Easter Wreath card there is so much to look at and appreciate and all the different colourings then there is the tile card which is just STUNNING! Oh just beautiful! There are not enough words!

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  5. You’ve done a beautiful job with the wreath and exceptional alignment of the stamped tiles and use of the two blue ink colours with the embossed silver. Well done!

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  6. Oh wow, the work and detail in that first card is totally stunning, Andrea. It is just gorgeous. Thank goodness for the Stamparatus, to be able to line up all those tiles so perfectly. Amazing colours and I love the heat embossing on both cards.

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  7. Oh my! I'm am totally gobsmacked by your first card - it looks very complicated, but absolutely stunning! I love the tile card too - the straight lines and colour combo are very pleasing to my brain.

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  8. Andrea I do love both of your stunning cards but the easel Easter wreath is just so very pretty. I appreciate the level of detail and the amount of work that has gone into creating such a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Three WOW's for your cards Andrea, both of them are simply stunning! I'm in awe of that beautiful wreath card and then boom! - that tile card! Absolutely gorgeous and so much detail in both using lots of different techniques.

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  10. You made 3 lovely cards but you've done an amazing job lining up the images perfectly in the tile card. It looks fabulous and is my favourite.

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