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Wednesday 26 April 2023

AWHT Colour Creations #50 Soft Suede

Soft Suede with Greatest Journey 

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the Art with Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop. We have been working though the Stampin' Up! colours in alphabetical order, focussing on one colour each week. This week’s Blog Hop is the last in the 2022-2023 series.



This Blog Hop is focussing on a retiring deep warm brown called Soft Suede. Soft Suede is part of the Neutrals Colour Family and is a rich and versatile colour. This colour is lovely when used for masculine projects, for trees, earthy themes and so much more. It works well with so many colours. 


Soft Suede is produced in Stampin' Up!'s card-stock, both A4 & 12"x12"Classic Stampin' inks (ink pads re-inkers); Stampin' Write Markers; Stampin' Blends Combo; Neutrals Designer Series Paper as well as Happy Forest Friends, Ready to Ride, Like an Animal Speciality, Fancy Flora and Texture Chic Speciality DSPs; as well as Texture Chic Memories & More Card Pack and Cards & Envelopes; the Christmas Whimsy Card Kit and the Timeless Greetings Kit. That’s a solid list demonstrating the colour's versatility.

Strong colours (like Soft Suede) and an activity theme displayed in a fun fold are great when creating a card for a fella.

Soft Suede card-stock and ink have been used in this project plus a range of non-Soft Suede bits and pieces.

Strong colours (like Soft Suede) and an activity theme displayed in a fun fold are great when creating a card for a fella.

I created this card for a male friend’s birthday. He is a jogger and cyclist, so I couldn’t go past the Greatest Journey bundle with the Enjoy the Journey Designer Series Paper. All of these products are retiring on 1 May 2023 so if you are inspired by this project don’t wait. NB: I have just realised that the dies have already sold out but the Greatest Journey stamps and Enjoy the Journey DSP are available for a limited time. The card was created prior to knowing retiring colours and products so my apologies that the dies are no longer available.

Strong colours (like Soft Suede) and an activity theme displayed in a fun fold are great when creating a card for a fella.

Retiring Pale Papaya card-stock was cut and scored for this Double Z-fold card and pieces of a design from the Enjoy the Journey DSP were cut to size and adhered directly to each panel in order so the DSP design flowed across the card. The back and left side panels were stamped with trees using Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ ink prior to the DSP being adhered in place. Strips of Vellum card-stock were cut for the top layer and pieces of Soft Suede card-stock were cut using the mountain top die from the Greatest Journey dies to create the hilly rocky ground. 

Strong colours (like Soft Suede) and an activity theme displayed in a fun fold are great when creating a card for a fella.

The previous photo shows the card from above so you can see the way the top and bottom sections fold. The Vellum was embossed with the retiring In the Clouds Embossing Folder. It was then scored to support the folding of the Vellum. Some clouds and a crescent moon were also die cut from Vellum. The die cut panels of Soft Suede were embossed with the Splatters EF of the Stripes & Splatters 3D Embossing Folders set, before being scored. A little Soft Suede strip was also cut to enable an extra layer with some tree tops. Three figures were also die cut from Soft Suede card-stock, eg the runner, the bike rider and the hiker, plus a walking stick and some plants.

Strong colours (like Soft Suede) and an activity theme displayed in a fun fold are great when creating a card for a fella.

Shading was added to the Soft Suede die cuts with Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ ink and a Sponge Dauber. The Vellum top section was lightly adhered in place. Multipurpose Liquid Glue was added to the back of the Vellum with another Sponge Dauber. The Soft Suede section was adhered in place at the base and the extra strip was positioned and die cut stamped tree tops were added to build dimension within the scene. The die cut plants were tucked behind the rocks on the back panel. The 3 figures were added with Dimensionals apart from feet and base of wheels that were adhered directly with a small dot of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Strong colours (like Soft Suede) and an activity theme displayed in a fun fold are great when creating a card for a fella.

A birthday sentiment from the Something Fancy stamp set was white heat embossed on Soft Suede card-stock using Versamark ink, White Emboss powder and a Heat Tool. The sentiment was fussy cut and added with Mini Dimensionals. Some Enamel Dot Essentials added the finishing touch for the card design.

Strong colours (like Soft Suede) and an activity theme displayed in a fun fold are great when creating a card for a fella.

A Pale Papaya card-stock panel had a strip of the DSP added to the right and a small die cut piece of mountain top/rock was adhered at the base. A sentiment from the Greatest Journey stamp set was stamped in Soft Suede ink on a scrap of Pale Papaya card-stock. The sentiment was fussy cut as I wanted to omit a few of the words at the end of the first line. The card could be folded to fit into a standard Basic White C6 envelope. A thin strip of the DSP was added to the left edge of the envelope and a sentiment from the Something Fancy stamp set was stamped in Soft Suede ink. I wasn’t well so wasn’t able to attend the recipient’s birthday celebration and the card was given later, so this sentiment was perfect.

Strong colours (like Soft Suede) and an activity theme displayed in a fun fold are great when creating a card for a fella.

Thank you so much for dropping in. I so appreciate it.

Strong colours (like Soft Suede) and an activity theme displayed in a fun fold are great when creating a card for a fella.

There is more Soft Suede creativity. To continue with the blog hop, click the "onto the next" graphic below and be taken to the blog of the lovely and talented Rachel Woollard
I look forward to checking out Rachel’s creations. I do love seeing everyones' projects - there is always inspiration.

I hope to see you next week, when we will be commencing the new series of AWHT Colour Creations Blog Hops for 2023-2024. We will be featuring the new colours first, starting with Boho Blueone of the new 2023-2025 In Colour family.

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  Art With Heart Team Colour Creations Coordinator.  She is a special lady. Check out her delightful 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 the new Stampin' Up 2023-2024 Annual Catalogue then let me know and I will be delighted to send it to you.  Please don't hesitate to make contact with any other queries about this project or Stampin' Up!. 

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6 comments:

  1. Oh, wow, what an awesome card! You've used the dies and papers so perfectly to create a fabulous series of scenes.

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  2. Andrea, this is the perfect card for a jogger and cyclist! I love the way your card folds at the top on one side and on the bottom on the other side. Beautiful colour combination too.

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  3. Rachel Woollard26 April 2023 at 20:18

    Really clever fancy fold Andrea, great idea to use embossed Vellum as the top layer

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  4. Wow Andrea, such a fabulous fancy fold card and just perfect for your friend. I'm sure he'll love it! I really enjoy seeing your attention to detail in all of your cards.

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  5. What a great card, Andrea. I love that vellum with the clouds and the embossing folder for the ground is perfect. Great use of these patterned papers and dies!

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  6. Love your card Andrea, It makes me want to go hiking. I can't wait to get my knee fixed so that we can do that again. Thank you for giving me inspiration.

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