Wednesday, April 14, 2021



This week's Colour Creations Showcase, hosted by Cathy Proctor, is focussing on Sahara Sand.  Cathy has on her blog a comprehensive list of all participants in this week's share.  Sahara Sand is a neutral that I would normally use as a card base ... but I was challenged, using it as my focal colour!  

I have defaulted to my comfort zone, of masculine cards, for this week's colour.  I've just added the Mountain Air bundle to my craft collection, so that's what I decided to use for my Sahara Sand creation, adding Basic Black into the mix.

The stamps in the Mountain Air bundle are reversible.  I stamped the row of trees, using the reverse side of the stamp, in Sahara Sand ink onto Sahara Sand card.  I then cleaned the stamp, flipped it over and stamped the etched detailed side in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Using the Stitched Shapes Dies, I cut a square piece from my stamped card.  I matted this on a scalloped square of Sahara Sand Designer Series Paper, cut with a Layering Squares Die.  The background paper on my card (woodgrain patterned Designer Series Paper) has been stamped, top and bottom, with the detailed side of the tree stamp, and Sahara Sand ink.

There are actually two die-cut trees on this card.  I placed one behind the scalloped square, and adhered the second over the top (and slightly offset, but clearly not enough!) once the layers were all stuck down.

I first tried stamping the sentiment, from the Rustic Retreat stamp set, in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Sahara Sand card.  I wasn't happy with the (lack of) intensity of colour I achieved, so ended up stamping the sentiment in Versamark ink, and heat-embossing it with black embossing powder.  Black Stampin' Emboss Powder will return to Stampin' Up!'s range on 4th May.

Listed below are the current Stampin' Up! products I used to make this card.  If you live in Australia, and would like to shop with me for your Stampin' Up! supplies, you can get to my online store by clicking on any of the thumbnail images below.

Make sure you hop on over to Cathy's blog, to see her Sahara Sand creation, and the list of all other participants.

I will have another card, using some of these same products, to share with you tomorrow.

Product List
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Paper Snips


  1. Oh wow Christine, I absolutely love this masculine design - it’s fabulous! Lots of little details and I am so pleased that black embossing powder is making a comeback as I love it. I love everything about this card!

  2. Such a. great masculine card, Christine! I love how you've stamped the DSP at the top and bottom of the card, and the die cut trees are a wonderful finishing touch.

  3. Oh Christine what a stunning card, you are so good at masculine cards. The black looks so good with the Sahara Sand on your card - I have just purchased this bundle too and your card has inspired me to play with it.

  4. What a lovely Masculine card, I always struggle to find enough male ideas. I love the trees in the black they really pop.

  5. Rachel Woollard15 April, 2021 06:52

    Stunning masculine card Christine, beautifully done

  6. Oh wow Christine, that is gorgeous. I hadn't even looked at this bundle, but it is so perfect for masculine cards, wonderful.

  7. This is so gorgeous. I love it! Such a beautiful masculine card. I don't think I could do use this stamp set but you have made such a wonderful card you are making me think about it. I love the black tree as well.

  8. Great masculine card, one of your many specialities.