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Wednesday, 8 June 2022

AWHT Colour Creations #6 Balmy Blue

#6 Balmy Blue with Wild & Sweet and Bamboo Beauty

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the Art with Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop. We are working though the standard Stampin' Up! colours in alphabetical order, starting with "B". 

This week’s Blog Hop is focussing on a soft blue called Balmy Blue. One of my favourite SU colours. Balmy Blue is part of the Subtles Colour Family and is a delightful blue. This colour is gorgeous on its own or can be combined with so many other colour combos. It is great with other subtle colours.

Balmy Blue is produced in Stampin' Up!'s card-stock, both A4 & 12"x12"Classic Stampin' inks (ink pads re-inkers); Stampin' Write Markers; Stampin' Blends, Watercolour Pencils, Subtles Designer Series Paper, Awash in Beauty DSP, Robot Buddies Kids Card Kit, For Everything Fancy Sequins, Christmas Whimsy Card Kit, Solid Faceted Gems and Abstract Beauty Ephemera Pack, SDSP and Cards & Envelopes . The cards below have used Balmy Blue Classic Stampin' ink (re-inker), Card-stock and a Stampin’ Blends plus a range of other non-PP bits and pieces.

I had planned to create 2 cards, but only 1 is finished to showcase Balmy Blue. Here it is:

I had decided to use a water-colour wash on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper as background for a panda from the Wild & Sweet stamp set. I love the panda as it reminds me of the 2 pandas we have in the Adelaide Zoo - Wang Wang and Funi. After designing this card I saw Stesha Bloodhart's card where she used bamboo in the background. It was such a great idea so I needed to add some bamboo too.

The water-coloured background was stamped with bamboo from the Bamboo Beauty stamp set in Gray Granite Classic Stampin' ink. This panel was mounted on Balmy Blue card-stock before being mounted to the Thick Basic White card base. In real life the creamy tinge of the water-colour paper isn't as noticeable.

The lazy panda image was stamped on basic White card-stock with Momento Black ink. It was stamped a couple of times to get a good black. The image was coloured with Stampin' Blends before being fussy cut out. I wanted the Balmy Blue, reminiscent of the sky, to show behind the panda. The panda's black areas were further defined with Black Stampin' Blends and the white areas had some Balmy Blue Blends added as shading to bring some Balmy Blue into the focal image. As I was planning to tie the colours of the 2nd card in to this card I included some Fresh Freesia and Rich Razzleberry with the Crumb Cake Blends on the tree and leaves. (Sorry there is no second card.)

A large label was die cut in Vellum using the Scalloped Contour dies. The label was embossed with the Timber 3D embossing folder (I love embossing Vellum). Some Dimensionals popped up the focal image on the Vellum. A sentiment from the Bamboo Beauty stamp 
set was also stamped in Momento before being die cut with a Beautiful Shapes die. A double Linen Twine bow was tucked under the sentiment and a few Fine Sparkle Adhesive-backed Gems were added for a little bit of sparkle.

A piece of Basic White card-stock was stamped with the bamboo in Gray Granite ink before being adhered to a slightly larger piece of Balmy Blue card-stock.  one of Stampin' Up!s Basic White C6 Envelope was also stamped with the bamboo stamps in Gray Granite ink

Thank you so much for dropping by. I do value the time you spend with me.

There is more Balmy Blue creativity. To continue with the blog hop, click on the "next" graphic below to be taken to the blog of the lovely Christine Blain. I always look forward to checking out Christine's creation (I wonder what she has in store for us tonight?). I do love seeing everyones' projects - there is always so much inspiration.

Hope to see you next week when we will be featuring a Neutral, Basic Grey, as we continue the weekly 2022-2023 Colour Creations blog hops.

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 @ What Cathy Made. Cathy is our wonderful Art With Heart Team Colour Creations Coordinator.  I so appreciate all she does in coordinating this blog hop each week. She is such an amazing lady. Check out her wonderful creation while you are there.

If you live in Australia, don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like your own copy of Stampin' Up's 2022-2023 Annual Catalogue and or the coming July - December 2022 Mini Catalogue then let me know and I will be delighted to send them to you.  Please don't hesitate to make contact with any other queries about this project or Stampin' Up!. 

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  1. Rachel Woollard8 June 2022 at 20:03

    Your panda is so cute, he looks so relaxed in his bamboo forest. Great combination of stamp sets

  2. Another gorgeous card, Andrea! The bamboo behind the panda was a great idea, and I absolutely adore the loopy trim behind the sentiment panel.

  3. What a perfect marriage of stamp sets, Andrea! I just love your embossed vellum, it looks stunning and as usual your watercolouring is sublime!

  4. Oh I iso love the bamboo background overlaid with the embossed vellum panel. Nice pairing of stamp sets to create a peaceful scene.

  5. The bamboo background sure is perfect for your cute panda card, Andrea. I have very fond memories of Wang Wang & Funi when we were in Adelaide, such gorgeous animals. Your colouring is fantastic, especially that tree branch!

  6. Andrea your card is so serene just like the gorgeous panda. The addition of the bamboo in the background is a perfect setting. Just lovely

  7. Now that you bring it up, why wouldn't you pair the panda with bamboo. Such a cutie!

  8. I love the look of the vellum scalloped rectangle over the Balmy Blue watercolour wash, Andrea; I thought you'd coloured the vellum. Yes, bamboo makes for the perfect background for the lovely panda. Great work!


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