Friday, July 20, 2012


This week at Just Add Ink, Mae has challenged us to use Black & White PLUS ONE. 

Tangerine Tango is a colour that doesn't see much light of day at my place, so I challenged myself to use it for this challenge.  I came up with the idea for this project when I couldn't sleep one night this week, and it came out pretty much how I'd envisaged it.  Miriam Thomas shared on her blog how to make a box using four of Stampin' Up!'s Petite Pocket die cuts.  Perfect - I have barely used my Petite Pockets die (another of the many products I just HAD to have!).

I cut four Petite Pockets from Basic Black cardstock.  The next step was to emboss each one using Stampin' Up!'s Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, that had been inked with Versamark (I just rubbed the inkpad over the raised surface of the embossing folder before inserting the cardstock).  I then randomly sprinkled White and Tangerine Tango embossing powder over the dry-embossed card, and heat-embossed it.

Here's a close-up of how that turned out:

Here is the box, containing a flower arrangement made from embossed flowers (I was on a bit of an embossing kick with this one, wasn't I?):

I was really pleased to discover that the large flower from the Printed Petals stamp set fits perfectly inside the new Blossom punch.  I've hardly used that stamp set, but will now get some more mileage from it, because I do love a stamp that co-ordinates with a punch, y'know!  On Whisper White cardstock, I stamped five flowers in Versamark ink, and used Tangerine Tango embossing powder on three of them, and Black embossing powder on the other two.  The flower centres are also embossed (in the reverse colours); they're one of the smaller flowers from Printed Petals, that have been punched out using the 1" Circle punch.  I used Jet Black Staz-On ink to colour the skewers (messy, but I achieved the desired result).

Here are the 'ingredients' I used:

Stamps: Printed Petals
Card: Basic Black, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
DSP: Basic Black and Tangerine Tango Patterns Designer Papers (tied around 'stems')
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Jet Black Staz-On inkpad
Other: White embossing powder, Tangerine Tango embossing powder, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Petite Pockets die, Basic Black satin ribbon, Tangerine Tango Scallop Dots ribbon, sticky strip, Blossom punch, 1" punch, Beautiful Wings embosslits

Make sure you visit the Just Add Ink website, to see the variety of projects that the Design Team have come up with - you'll love them!


  1. The tangerine and black make a stunning combo.Love what you have done especially the random sprinkling of the embossing powder.

  2. Love, love, love this. Very inspired to try the versamark on an embossing folder...such a great effect. You inspire me to think outside the pink paradigm :)

  3. Love your project Christine. I especially love what you have done with the two ribbons for the bow!!

  4. Oh you are a clever one! Never would have thought to use the punch with those flowers.
    Beautiful use of colour and texture! xxx

  5. I love the effect you got using the two embossing powders on the box Christine and I love that your dedication carried through to making the skewers black :)

  6. Love your choice for the "extra" colour! What a fun project! Haven't had that set out in ages. Hugs xxx

  7. These are stunning, Christine. Good tip about the punch and I love your embossed 'vase'.

  8. TT doesn't see a lot of love at my house either, Christine, but, boy oh boy, have you made it shine! Love those fabulous blooms & the box they are housed in is magnificent. The double embossing looks awesome, as does that double bow!!! Hugs :)

  9. I love how you've used Tangerine Tango - it's a colour I've hardy ever used myself! That effect on your box is fantastic and I just love those flowers!

  10. What a striking colour combo, Christine. Love those flowers punched out. For someone who doesn't do 3D, you've done it fabulously!