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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Art with Heart Colour Creations Showcase - #43 Terracotta Tile

Terracotta Tile with Today's Tiles and Soar Confidently 

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the 43rd 2020/2021 Colour Creations Showcase by members of the Art with Heart Team.

This week we are showcasing a lovely colour, Terracotta Tile. It is one of the soon to retire In Colours for 2019-2021, with it's last day as a Stampin' Up In Colour being 3 May 2021. I haven't used this colour often, but when I do I realise how lovely it is. Having said that,  my examination of the new In Colours for 2021-2023 has me excited and looking forward to playing with them.

Terracotta Tile is a softer rusty tan. It has been produced in Stampin' Up!'s card-stock, both A4 & 12"x12"Classic Stampin' inks (ink pads & re-inkers); Stampin' Write Markers; Designer Series Paper including the Ornate Garden DSPand a number of embellishments - Woven Threads Sequins, Butterfly Gems & Scalloped Ribbon.

I have had one of those days that hasn't gone to plan - how has your day been? I have two different cards to share tonight; one using a retiring bundle (that I will miss) and the other card uses a stamp set from the January - June Mini Catalogue plus a die from another retiring set of dies. They retiring products are still available but if you are wanting one - don't delay too long as they are only available till sold out. Many Items have already gone.

CARD 1: 

For the first card I decided it was only appropriate to use the Today's Tiles bundle to show Terracotta Tile. As mentioned, this bundle is retiring soon. It stamps the tiles brilliantly as a group of 8 tiles. This go me thinking and I decided to create a Stable Door fold. I''m not sure if it is actually called a Stable Door fold - but that is what I always think of with this fold. The set of 8 tiles fits perfectly on both the top and bottom sections, forming a visual square of 8 x 8 tiles.

The card base was cut larger but after stamping and trimming the tiles, the Thick Basic White card base was trimmed down to form a 5 x 5 inch card. Sorry about inches - it ended up being easier with this card. The front of the card was cut in half horizontally using the Stampin' Trimmer and then cut up along the fold line to the top - thereby completely removing the top half of the front of the card.

The more filled in tile stamp was attached to my Stamparatus - so love this positioning tool. It was inked with Petal Pink Classic Stampin' ink and then Calypso Coral ink was added randomly in patches with a Sponge Dauber. A second stamping was required to give it good coverage. The Stamparatus Plate was moved 2 steps down, reinked and re-stamped. The second tile stamp adds to the design by adding highlights. This stamp was laid over the stamped tiles and positioned so that it would stamp over white sections. As the stamps are photopolymer it was easy to see through the stamp to position it correctly. The stamp was inked with Terracotta Tile Classic Stampin' ink and stamped over both sets of tiles. I love the effect of the mottled tile background.

The stamped tiles were trimmed down the edges of the set of 8 tiles. Each set of tiles were mounted on Basic White card-stock leaving a boarder about the same as the gap between the tiles (representing mortar between tiles). It was then mounded on Calypso Coral card-stock leaving a fine boarder and then onto Petal Pink card-stock with a wider mount. One mounted set of tiles was adhered directly to the exposed card inner on the top half. The other set of mounted tiles had the Petal Pink and calypso Coral boarders trimmed of on one of the long sides. The trimmed edge was adhered at the cut edge of the remaining card front.

The coordinating Field Tiles dies have a couple of detailed dies that could be layered over the stamped design. The more detailed die was used to cut 3 detailed tile pieces from Terracotta Tile card-stock. The 3 were adhered together, one directly over the other to give this feature greater depth as well as strength to hold itself unsupported. a small square of Petal Pink cardstock was stamped with a sentiment from the stamp set, "Namaste". It is a Sanskrit phrase that means "I bow to you". One usually puts their hands together and bows as it s said.

Given the style of card the card inner doesn't need further decoration as the top section of tiles is seen, however, I added a small strip of Petal Pink card-stock at the bottom.

As the finishing touch, 4 Artistry Blooms Sequins were added at the inner corners of the detailed die cut - except looking at this photo I just realised that one of the sequins had jumped nearer to the sentiment.  Oops. I made an envelope using the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (DSP) - a different tile design.

CARD 2: 

I recently acquired a fantastic holder for my crafting tools. A fellow crafter's father created it out of rectangular tubing cut at different heights. I am so delighted with it and wanted to say "Thank You" so I created this card with this in mind. 

I recently saw a Jennifer Mc Quire uTube where she talked about creating different shaped cards, that is different from the usual rectangular cards. My take on this technique was to use the balloons from the Sour Confidently stamp set to extend past the cut down card base.

A Thick Basic White card base was cut down using a curvy die for the Happy die set. The curves in this die are reminiscent of clouds. The card front and card back were die cut separately to give a perception of more clouds. Two additional pieces of card-stock were also cut so they could be layered to indicate numerous clouds at the front. Each of the pieces were coloured using a Blending Brush with Balmy Blue classic Stampin' ink. The blue was added at the base so the top of the clouds were white and fluffy.

The large balloon and the smaller one from the stamp set were stamped in Terracotta Tile Classic Stampin' ink. The balloons were coloured with Stampin' Blends, ie Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Crumb Cake and touches of Soft Suede. The balloons were fussy cut as there were no coordinating dies. To give both extra dimension and strength they were adhered to another piece of Basic White card-stock and fussy cut again. This also neatened the back of them so the Blends ink that seeps through the card-stock could not be seen from the back.

A small cloud was die cut to fill an area that looked a bit sparse. To add some extra interest a little water was flicked over the "clouds" and then some Balmy Blue ink was splattered using a Stampin' Write Marker.

The larger balloons were positioned and the top one adhered at the basket with the balloon popped up on a couple of Dimensionals. The other large ballon was adhered directly to the back inner of the card, with most of the balloon hanging off the top edge of the clouds - flying freely in its own sky.

I love the sentiment in the stamp set "Soar confidently in you own sky". I tried stamping it in Terracotta Tile and then Soft Suede. Neither seemed quite right, so I decided to ink the sentiment with both colours using the Stampin' Write Markers and a huff. The sentiment was then fussy cut and adhered directly to the clouds. The card was finished with some white Elegant Faceted Gems - I'm so glad they are carrying over - they are often just the right bit of sparkle!

Again, the card inner didn't need further decoration. But ... I couldn't help myself and added some blue sky, another layer of clouds near the bottom and I couldn't waste the smaller elongated balloon (I can't remember the special name of this shape of flying device). The C6 Basic White envelope was also stamped with some balloons in Terracotta Tile ink.

I really like this different style of card and will try it again with different images. The more I use Terracotta Tile, the more I like it - but now it is time to say goodby.

Thank you for visiting. I really enjoyed creating these cards to share.

Catherine Proctor is the 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 the links to the participating blogs so you can find everyone's Terracotta Tile creations. Checking out everyone's creations and their interpretation of the amazing Stampin' Up! colours is always a treat. 

I hope to see you again next week when members of the team share projects that hero Sahara Sand, a light colour from the Neutral family.

Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others. Hopefully life with settle to an improved normality before too long. 

Andrea 💕🐾


  1. Two incredible cards Andrea! I've never seen a stable door card before and and as for your second card it is lovely and I really want to see your storage system now! Thank you for sharing your Terracotta Tile inspiration!

  2. Rachel Woollard7 April 2021 at 19:47

    Beautiful cards Andrea, I love how you’ve used Terracotta Tile

  3. I really like the combination of colours on both of your cards, Andrea. On your first card, the tiles look fantastic with Petal Pink backgrounds, and shading/depth provided by sponging on Calypso Coral. Both tones look great with Terracotta Tile. Your second card is very creative (and looks time-consuming to create!). I'm sure the recipient will love it.

  4. Both cards use Terracotta Tile brilliantly. I especially love the tile stamping using Petal Pink and Terracotta. And the other card looks great with the clouds and balloons placed above them.

  5. WOW, love both of your cards and the colour combinations are fantastic. I have just gotten the Soar Confidently bundle so I look forward to trying out some of your inspiration.

  6. Oh Andrea, what amazing cards. They are both so different but unique in their own way.

  7. Two fantastic cards Andrea. I'm not picking favourites, they're both too beautiful.

  8. Wow, please don't ask my choose as they are both unique and fabulous I don't have either of these sets as they really didn't appeal to me but you have made me wish I had looked at them more closely.

  9. Is it a Zeppelin? Or Dirigible? Regardless, your cards are both amazing!! The tiles look spectacular stamped in the tonal colours, and the balloons look ready to soar straight off the page!

  10. Two gorgeous cards Andrea. I love the fancy fold design and how you have showcased Terracotta Tile so differently but lovely on both cards.


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