A Heat Embossed Monochromatic Card in Blue

For the Color Dare Challenge Design Team

Have you ever had an idea in your head that didn’t quite work out as you planned? That is exactly what happened when I made this week’s inspiration creation. Before I tell you more about my mishaps, let me tell you about this week’s Color My Heart Dare color challenge. 

The challenge this week is a monochromatic challenge, which means that you can only use one color – blue.  You are allowed to use black white, and neutrals on your creations. Make sure to link your challenge to the blog before July 23rd. 


So…these past few weeks have been full of activity in our home with renovations, a yard being taken all the way back to dirt, and the typical addition of summer chores.  I have fallen a bit behind this month so I decided to keep my project super simple with a few little fun techniques.  That is when I should have realized that I don’t do “simple” very well. 

I started out with a great design in my head – a block design with only two colors. Each of the blocks need some type of stamped image, so chose to use the floral bouquet from our stamp of the month to add some designs to the card.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t just stamp the images in blue, I had to heat emboss in white which – like when a moose eats muffin – lead to over embossing the whole background. 

Once the embossing was done and the card was assembled, I decided to start stitching – AT MIDNIGHT. I should have just stopped, but I was determined to finish the card. Straight stitching lead to zig-zag stitching which lead to me fussing with a ribbon bow for over twenty minutes (which you can see is now just a knot).  

At this point I realized that I didn’t have a sentiment. Have you ever tried to stamp on heat embossing?? Trying to stamp anything at 1:00AM is one thing, but trying to make something work that should never have been attempted is another. 😜

BUT…I made it work.  I grabbed my StazOn ink pad and placed that sentiment right over the heat embossed flowers. (That stuff will stamp on anything.)  In hindsight, I should have left off the sentiment or placed it onto vellum or stamped less flowers – but you know – that whole moose and muffin thing.

Even with it’s mishaps, and late night craziness, the card didn’t turn out half bad. I hope that you were inspired to try something new (or avoid a crafting mishap) and that you join us for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.

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Creating a Lilac Dragonfly Card

For the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge

Monochromatic cards can be fun to create, especially if you are able to add one of your favorite creatures to the design.  I enjoyed creating this card so much, that I have created a process video to inspire you to join our challenge.  This week, at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog, we are asking you to create a monochromatic card using only shades of purple.  

To be honest, purple is not a color I use very often, but I will admit that I have enjoyed using our new Wisteria color. It has just the right amount of blue and, paired with Eggplant, it creates an elegant design.  On my Lilac Dragonfly card, I chose to complement these colors with some grey and black die cuts and stickers from our Celebrate Today collection. 

I wanted to keep this card simple and make the dragonfly the focal point of the card. After all, it is one of my favorite creatures. This Country Dragonfly image has three layers and makes quite the statement. After stamping the image onto the circle, I created a second layer on a White Daisy cardstock die cut, then I created another layer on vellum. 

I used that same Country Dragonfly stamp to create a randomly stamped background on my Wisteria cardstock. At this point, I felt like I had used a little too much purple, so I balanced out the design with some Vellum Leaf die cuts and a sentiment from the Celebrate Today sticker sheet. 

This card is full of layers and layers of simple images and can easily be recreated for your purple-loving friends. To inspire you even more, I have created a simple how-to video for you to view. 

I hope that today’s project has inspired you to try something new and join us for the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.  Make sure to share your monochromatic creation with us before March 5th. 

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Here is a List of the Supplies I Used on This Project

A Beautiful Blue Snowflake Card

For the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog

If you enjoy simple, monochromatic colors and sharing your creations with others, then you will enjoy this Color Dare challenge. Our Design Team has created some inspirational pieces this week on the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog using ONLY shades of blue.

To join the challenge, simply link your photo before January 16th. You don’t even need to have a blog to play – just link your photo through any online gallery.  This week, I am sharing a Beautiful Blue Snowflake card that I creating using some snowflake images from the Flower Market Cricut™ Collection. 

To create the three-dimensional effect on this card, I attached some score lines onto the snowflakes, then folded them both up and down (mountain & valley), and attached them together with some foam tape. Here is a link to the tutorial  showing you how I made these using Cricut Design Space™.

I chose two pattern papers in a Glacier color along with some embossed White Daisy cardstock for my background, then layered it all atop a piece of Glacier cardstock. To embellish, I painted a Wooden Snowflake with a Black Shimmer Brush, added some loops of white thread, and placed a few Bitty Sparkles in the background. 

Once I had added all of the elements, I was struggling with finding a sentiment until I remembered our Everyday Magic stamp set had a saying about being “your own kind of beautiful” – like a snowflake. Each one of you is a special individual, created  uniquely, unlike anyone else, and you are your own kind of beautiful

I hope that today’s card has inspired you to try something new and that you will share your creation with us at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog. Remember, you have until January 16th to create something BLUE-ti-ful and link it to the challenge. 

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Here is the list of supplies I used on my project