Friday, May 16, 2014


We have a colour challenge for you at Just Add Ink this week ... and because several of us on the Design Team will be attending Stampin' Up! Convention in Melbourne next week (woohoo!!), this challenge will run for two weeks.

Trish came up with this colour combo for us to use on a papercraft project:

Garden Green is a colour that I have always actively avoided (it's right up there with So Saffron, as one of my least favourite colours in the Stampin' Up! range).  I have to admit, though, that I'm warming to it, as a result of this challenge!

I decided to make a Christmas card, with subtle use of Baked Brown Sugar - it's in the Designer Series Paper, and was used for the tree trunk.

I have to say I was pretty happy with the way my sentiment turned out.  After cutting a "Merry" in Cherry Cobbler, I needed a bit of contrast against the background papers ... but a piece of Very Vanilla card was too heavy looking.  My solution was to cut a second "Merry" in Very Vanilla, and adhere the two words together, slightly offset - cool, don't you think? 

Here's a list of all the Stampin' Up! products used to make this card:

Stamps: Evergreen
Card: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
DSP: Season of Style Designer Series Paper
Ink: Garden Green stampin' pad, Baked Brown Sugar stampin' pad (for sponging card and paper edges) and marker
Other: Expressions thinlits dies, Ovals Collection framelits, Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack and paper-piercing tool, sponge dauber, Regals buttons, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, glue dots, Multipurpose Liquid Glue
The rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team members have come up with some amazing projects using this colour combo, so be sure to check them out - here.  We'd love to see what you create with these colours, too.


  1. Christine, your sentiment solution is perfect! Love the whole card!

  2. Love love love what how you've created a 3d merry!
    As you said these colours really are perfect for a Christmas card :)

  3. Great Christmas card Christine and really like how you have offset the 'Merry' sentiment with a shadow of Very Vanilla, very cool indeed.

  4. Christine, Very cool, it all looks so nice together, you have followed on from last weeks angles! I like the two differant dsp in the back ground.

  5. What a lovely rich toned Christmas card Christine. Love those buttons :) and the sentiment looks just fab! xxx

  6. A beautiful, traditional Christmas card Christine. Love the idea of the buttons and off-setting the 'Merry' is genius! Lou xo

  7. Very cute! Love the details and double sentiment, you've used these colours beautifully. xxx

  8. I went through a time when i would not look at garden green too....but i love it now. Love your cards Christine. Love how you used the merry. Chantell

  9. thanks for dropping by my blog, Christine... and that is a really pretty Christmas card - I like that you did the white offset shadow for the word 'Merry'

  10. Beautiful! LOVE how you've used the challenge colours - they work perfectly for Christmas! I love your clever use of the two-toned sentiments - so effective!