Creating a Fall Blessings Card for Color My Heart Dare

It’s a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at Color My Heart Dare, and, this week, we are asking you to use up a few of those leftover supplies as we create with retired CTMH colors.  As you will see, I chose to use some “non-typical” fall colors to create a Fall Blessing card.  Before I show you my project, let’s look at the Tic-Tac-Toe Board.68773621_10214613503073271_2758369061397069824_n.jpg

Choose a row, column, or diagonal to create something new, then link your creation before September 27th.  I chose to use the color palette from Row two with Pomegranate and Emerald, then added my color of choice –  Goldrush. Why Goldrush? Our Love of Color Book shows Goldrush as a complementary color to Emerald, and I felt that this would be the perfect color combination for a Fall card.

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I felt like the Goldrush cardstock was a bit too harsh for my background, so I inked our Stitched Circles Embossing Folder, and ran it through my embossing machine. If you have never created an Inked Embossed Background before, you can view a tutorial HERE.  I layered my cardstock, added some stitching, then began stamping the leaves using the Hawthorn Scrapbooking Stamp set. misscarriescreations-hawthornsbstampthincut.jpg

I wanted a multi-colored look to my leaves, so I stamped them in Emerald, Pomegranate, & Goldrush, then I rolled ink onto the edges of the stamp and added another layer of color to the edges of each of the leaves. MissCarriesCreations-GratefulBlessedCard-Detail

The bow was created by adding Goldrush Ink to White Ribbon. This is a great way to make matching ribbon for a project. Make sure to “heat-set” it or let it dry a few days before using.  I cut a Stitched Circle from Goldrush Cardstock, added the sentiment, attached a few Gold Sequins and the card was complete.

I hope that this card inspired you to join the Color My Heart Dare challenge. Stop by each week for a new challenge and be inspired by all the wonderful creations.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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A Bestie Card with a Watercolor Embossed Background

Last week, I created a tutorial showing you how to use our Flower Garden embossing folder to make an inked embossed background. This week, I am going to show you another way to use the same embossing folder to create another type of background for your projects – one that uses our Watercolor Paints to create a one-of-a-kind look. MissCarriesCreations-MyBestieWatercolorCard

This Bestie Card was simple to create using using our May stamp of the month and the embossed background technique I am going to show you.  This stamp set is only available during the month of May and is the inspiration for the Besties with H2H challenge. If you would like to recreate this card, there is also a complete list of supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.

 

My background consists of a piece of Cold Pressed Watercolor paper that I dry embossed with our Flower Garden embossing folder.  I prefer to brush the watercolor paper with water first, but some people prefer to paint directly on dry paper.

 

So what’s the difference???  When you apply wet paint to dry paper you will have more control and more of a defined edge when shading your images. The paint only goes where your brush goes and the color soaks directly into the paper.

When you apply wet paint to wet paper, you achieve more of a washed effect. You do have a little less control of where the paint goes, but it is a little easier to remove mistakes before they completely soak into the paper. This is the method I prefer because I can easily clean up my mistakes before they set into the paper. 

 

As you can see, by painting onto wet paper, my paint is a bit more opaque and it flows onto the raised images very easily.  I was able to shade each of the raised images on the paper using a small brush with various watercolor paints.  This technique is a simple way to create your own personalized background using an embossing folder.

 

The rest of the card was very easy to assemble.  I stamped the Besties image onto some Vellum paper with Black Ink, heat embossed the image with Clear Embossing powder, then shaded the back of the Vellum using ShinHan Markers.

 

I adhered the Vellum onto a White Rectangle Stitched Frame then layered the frame onto that beautiful Embossed Watercolor background using Foam Tape. I love how that little Bee from the Sweet Girl Complements goes so well with the flower images and sapphire matting. MissCarriesCreations-MyBestieWatercolorCardUpClose.jpg

I hope that you take the time try this technique and create a unique background for your own paper crafting project. Don’t forget, the To My Bestie stamp set is only available through May 31st. This means that you only have a few more days to add this stamp set to your collection for only $5.00 with any qualifying $50 purchase. 

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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UPDATE: I made the H2H May Darlings List. 🙂 Have you visited the Heart2Heart Blog recently? If not, you might want to check out some of their current challenges. 

View them here

Stamps
To My Bestie Stamp Set

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Watercolor Paper Pad

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

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12 x 12 Vellum Paper


Sweet Girl Complements

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Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts

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Watercolor Paints

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ShinHan Marker Bundle

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Heat Tool

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Anti-Static Pouch

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All Purpose Mat

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Ranger™ Clear Embossing Powder

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Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Thin 3D & 3D Foam Dots

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My Acrylix Block Starter Kit

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White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

Inked Embossed Background Card

I know that it has been over a month since I last posted a tutorial.  I have been working hard to create some new projects and “trying” to create some process videos you can watch.  Please understand, I am trying to learn and we have limited internet at my house, so finding an offline editor has been tricky. I attempted a program called Filmora and it was a bust. After six hours of editing, it left a watermark covering half my screen and took five hours to convert to MP4. (Sorry I am ranting) So…instead of a video like I had hoped, this week, I am going to show you how to use your embossing folders to create and inked backgroundMissCarriesCreations-URLovedCard-TuesdayTutorial
Paper Needed: 5½ x 4¼ Heather Cardstock, 5¼ x 4 Heather Cardstock, 5 x 3¾ White Daisy Cardstock, Sweet Girl Cut Apart Sheet, 5 x 2 Ballerina Cardstock

To create an inked embossed background, you will need to start with an embossing folder that has a larger image. (I have tried this technique with delicate images and the images don’t appear as crisp.) I chose to use our new Flower Garden Embossing Folder. You will notice that there are two sides to the embossing folder – one where the images are raised and the other where the images are inset. We are going to use the side that has the logo on it – the side with the inset images.

Simply apply the ink across the surface of the side of the embossing folder with the logo (inset images). I used Ballerina Ink to match the images from the Sweet Girl cut-apart sheet.

Place the White Daisy cardstock onto the uninked side of the embossing folder. Carefully, close the folder and keep it closed while you place it between the plates of your embossing machine. If you move the cardstock, you risk the chance of your image smearing.

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After embossing your cardstock, remove from the folder and set aside. Rinse your embossing folder with some warm water, dish soap if needed, and set-aside to dry.  That is all you need to create this beautiful inked embossed background.

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The rest of the card is very simple to make. This technique can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, and home decor projects. This Inked Embossed background creates such a beautiful accent to anything you make.

I will be continuing to search for an offline editor so that I can finish the process video for you.  If you have an suggestions, please comment below.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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