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Wednesday, 1 December 2021

AWHT Colour Creations #27 Merry Merlot

Merry Merlot with Poinsettia Petals

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the Art with Heart 2021-2022 Colour Creations Blog Hop.


This week’s Blog Hop is focussing on a strong deep red called Merry Merlot. Merry Merlot is part of the Neutrals Colour Family and is a lovely colour for Christmas, flowers and hearts to name a few. It is a great deep red that works brilliantly with various greens, pinks and mauves. 


Merry Merlot is produced in Stampin' Up!'s card-stock, both A4 & 12"x12"Classic Stampin' inks (ink pads re-inkers); Stampin' Write Markers; and the Neutrals Designer Series Papers as well as Beauty of the Earth and In  the Wild Designer Series Papers. The card below has used Merry Merlot Card-stock and Classic Stampin' ink plus a range of other non-MM bits and pieces.

Here is my card showcasing Merry Merlot:

Send Merry Christmas wishes with this water-coloured poinsettia slim line card by Andrea Sargent, Australia

When I thought of Merry Merlot, I knew I would use a Poinsettia or another flower. My plan was to create 2 similar but different cards using different water-colouring techniques. Given time constraints I have only completed one card at the time of writing this blog. I would still like to try the different water-colour technique that gives a more relaxed feel. If I get to it in the next day or two I will add photos here as well.

Send Merry Christmas wishes with this water-coloured poinsettia slim line card by Andrea Sargent, Australia

Recently I found some Christmas slim-line envelopes that had been purchased years and years ago in the post Christmas sales ... so I sized the card to fit the envelopes. 

I started with a long piece of Shimmery White card-stock as I initially thought I would only colour the poinsettias, however, I ended up using water-colouring all over and used a fair bit of water so it would have been better to have used the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. This is a brilliant paper to use when water-colouring.

Send Merry Christmas wishes with this water-coloured poinsettia slim line card by Andrea Sargent, Australia

The card front panel was stamped with Versamark ink using the full poinsettia stamp from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set. The images were heat embossed with White Emboss Powder using a Heat Gun.

Send Merry Christmas wishes with this water-coloured poinsettia slim line card by Andrea Sargent, Australia

As you would know, its not easy to see the stamped images when it's white embossing on white paper, however, with a squint and an extra light, the poinsettias were water-coloured using the fine Water Painter with Daffodil Delight, Fresh Freesia and Merry Merlot Classic inks. Daffodil Delight was used for the flower centres; Fresh Freesia for the inner sections of the petals and Merry Merlot for the tips, etc of the petals. Some Balmy Blue ink was used to loosely watercolour the background, that is the colouring gives variations of blue. Hmm, not sure if it was the best colour to use. What do you think?

Send Merry Christmas wishes with this water-coloured poinsettia slim line card by Andrea Sargent, Australia

The sentiment is from the same stamp set. It was stamped in Versamark ink on to Merry Merlot card-stock and heat embossed with White Emboss powder and a Heat Gun. I had a bow of White Glittered Organdy ribbon on my work table and it seemed just right for this card, so it was added with a couple of Glue Dots. A number of Subtle Shimmer Sequins were sprinkled over the card and then glued in place as the finishing touch.

Send Merry Christmas wishes with this water-coloured poinsettia slim line card by Andrea Sargent, Australia

A Basic White card inner was stamped with the poinsettia together with a different sentiment - both in Merry Merlot ink. It was then mounted onto a slightly larger piece of Merry Merlot card-stock.  The slimline envelope was also stamped with the poinsettia around one edge.

Send Merry Christmas wishes with this water-coloured poinsettia slim line card by Andrea Sargent, Australia

Thank you so much for dropping by. I do value that you spent time with me on my blog.

Send Merry Christmas wishes with this water-coloured poinsettia slim line card by Andrea Sargent, Australia


If you live in Australia, don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like your own copy of Stampin' Up's 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue and or the July - December 2021 Mini Catalogue then let me know and I will be delighted to send them to you. The Mini Catalogue finishes on the 2nd January and from the 1st December many discontinued products are discounted. If there is something you have had your eye on, act quickly as once discontinued products sell out they are gone. Please don't hesitate to make contact with any other queries about these projects or Stampin' Up!. 

There is more Merry Merlot creativity. To continue with the blog hop, click on the "next" graphic below to be taken to the blog of a very talented lady, Tina Gillespie. As always, I am looking forward to checking out Tina's amazing creation and everyone else's. I do love seeing everyones' projects - so many ideas and such great creations

Hope to see you next week when we will be featuring delightful colour Mint Macaron. There are only a couple more Colour Creations blog hops for 2021, but don't worry, we will commence again in the New Year.

Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others.

Andrea 💕🐾

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the full list of participants on Catherine Proctor’s blog, our amazing AWHT Colour Creations Coordinator.  I so appreciate all Cathy has done and continues to do to coordinate this blog hop each week. Check out her delightful creation while you are there.

#colourcreationsbloghop  #colourcreationsbloghop2021  #stampinup  #artwithheartteam #poinsettiapetals

5 comments:

  1. Such a gorgeous card, Andrea, I love your watercolouring techniques. I had to giggle at your comment about squinting and extra light; I think we can all associate with that! I love how we both had very similar ideas, but I used the dies and you used the stamps!!!

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  2. Andrea, your watercolouring is wonderful and I really like the variations of blue the Balmy Blue has given this card. It's so elegant and I really like the way your watercolouring softens Merry Merlot.

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  3. I think Balmy Blue was a lovely choice for your background, Andrea. The white-embossed, watercoloured, poinsettias look so nice. Beautiful job with Merry Merlot!

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  4. Beautiful card Andrea, I’m very happy you chose to colour the background as well, it looks amazing. I love this effect with the white embossing powder.

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  5. Love the balmy blue surrounding the poinsettias, which look fabulous in Merry Merlot. Really nice to see this in the longer format card too, gives us more lovely blooms to admire!

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