Wednesday, April 27, 2022



Tonight's Colour Creations blog hop is the final one in our current run of colours in alphabetical order; we've worked our way through 50 of them!

This week we are showcasing Soft Suede, a mid-brown in Stampin' Up!'s Neutrals collection.  I have defaulted to my comfort zone of a masculine card. 

To create the background for my card design, I started with a piece of Basic White card.  Using a Blending Brush, I added Soft Suede ink to the entire surface area.  I wanted a bit of a rustic look, so didn't carefully blend the ink - I just wanted to have a lighter Soft Suede base to work with, than if I'd used a piece of Soft Suede card.  After blending ink all over the Basic White card, I laid a Plenty of Patterns Decorative Mask over the top, and added another layer of Soft Suede ink using a Blending Brush.  I added some stamped detail with one of the small stamps from Hello Beautiful.

Using the Stitched Stars Dies, I cut some stars from Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Pool Party card.  After applying Soft Suede ink directly to the inside cover of the Hive 3D embossing folder, I placed the die-cut stars inside the folder, closed it, and ran it through my Stampin' Cut & Emboss machine.  This allowed the Soft Suede ink to settle into the embossed areas.  I sponged Soft Suede ink around the edges of the stars, and adhered them to the background panel.

Here you can better see the background stencilling and stamping, and the texture on the stars:

The sentiment, from Happiest of Birthdays, was stamped in Soft Suede ink on a scrap of Crumb Cake card.  I used my Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment, several times in place, to ensure good ink coverage.  After cropping the sentiment with a Stitched Rectangle Die, I used my Blending Brush to lightly add some Soft Suede ink to the edges.   The finishing touch to my design was a few Rustic Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dots, which are coming out in the new Annual Catalogue on 3rd May.

Next up on tonight's blog hop is Rachel Palmieri.   If you click on the button below, you'll be taken to her blog:

If you come across any broken links, or would like to see a comprehensive list of who's taking part in the Soft Suede Colour Creations blog hop, head over to Catherine Proctor's blog.  Cathy does a great job throughout the year of co-ordinating our colour shares every week.

Next Wednesday night we will kick off a whole new round of Colour Creations blog hops, starting with one of the beautiful new In Colors being released in the catalogue that goes live on 3rd May.  We love new colours!

Listed below are the current Stampin' Up! products I used to make my 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.

Product List


  1. Cristine, I love all of the texture, masking, blending, stencilling and stamping on your fabulous masculine card. The blues really pop against soft Suede. Thank you for for all your creative colour inspiration over the past year!

  2. Another fab masculine card, Christine! The stencilled background looks amazing!

  3. Wow, Christine - you create amazing masculine cards. Love the blended background with masking and stamping. Brilliant. Xxx

  4. Oh Christine this card is fantastic, you really do have a great style when it comes to masculine cards. I love the stencilling on the background and how you got the depth of colour and those stars are fabulous! Love your card!

  5. Oh wow, we can always rely of you for masculine inspiration and this is another wonderful card. That background looks fab with those stars!

  6. The combo of masking and blending looks great, but for me, I adore those little arrows you’ve stamped. My mind is whirring on how to CASE you!