Wednesday, May 18, 2022



This week's Colour Creations blog hop is focussing on Starry Sky, a bright "royal" blue that is a newly-introduced In Color.

Taking inspiration from the new Sun Prints Designer Series Paper, I have paired Starry Sky with Gray Granite, to make a masculine birthday card.

When I showed the card to my partner, he commented that it has a Japanese look to it, particularly with the mountains.  I think the new In the Clouds embossing folder (that I used on the Starry Sky background panel) evokes thoughts of Japan.  This wasn't my intention, but I found the observation interesting!

I am in LOVE with the new Deckled Rectangles Dies; I used one to cut out the main panel, from a piece of Gray Granite Sun Prints DSP.  This particular sheet of paper has a concrete-like finish, with very fine subtle script detail, and was lovely to stamp on.

In this photo, you can see more clearly the Deckled Rectangle edge, and the detail of the embossing folder.  I knotted a length of Starry Sky Metallic Woven Ribbon, and frayed the ends by teasing the threads out with my fingers.  As you can see, I stamped birds in both Gray Granite and Starry Sky inks, directly onto the Designer Series Paper.

Another new favourite product is the Charming Sentiments bundle.  I white heat-embossed the sentiment onto a piece of Starry Sky card, then used the co-ordinating die to closely crop the words.  This bundle contains dies to cut out every sentiment - love it!

In this photo, you can also better see the "stamped off" mountains in Gray Granite ink.

One tree was die cut from Gray Granite card, and the other Sahara Sand card.  Using a Blending Brush, I added Gray Granite ink to both trees - lightly on the right-hand tree, and more heavily on the tree in the foreground.

Next up on tonight's blog hop is Ros Davidson.   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 everyone taking part in the blog hop this week, head over to Catherine Proctor's blog.  Cathy does a great job every week of co-ordinating our Colour Creations shares.

Listed below are all the 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.

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  1. Stunning card Christine. Starry Sky with both Gray Granite and Sahara Sand looks great. The Blending Brush adds so much dimension. Deckled Rectangles and the cloud embossing folder have now been added to my wish list, thanks

  2. I can totally see the Japanese influence in the card. It's another gorgeous masculine card from you, Christine. I especially love that frayed ribbon.

  3. Oh yes, Christine, this card definitely has a Japanese look to it. I love it all, but especially that white heat-embossed sentiment from the Charming Sentiments bundle.

  4. Christine I love the way the deckled edge on your wonderful focal panel works against the cloud embossed background. A fabulous card all round. I think I must have missed the memo about masculine cards for tonight's challenge. Hahaha.

  5. Wow! Love that you have used a bunch of different products together to create a very creative card with a great colour combination!

  6. I too can see the Japanese feel to the card but a stunning male card noneless.

  7. Yay someone who agrees with me that Starry Sky is a "royal" blue! I actually agree with Ross your card does evoke Japanese feels. Such a great masculine card which you could easily substitute the sentiment for any other.

  8. Ooh lots of new products here, Christine. Those sentiments are going to be a blessing, not having to fussy cut them. Love the stamped mountains on that DSP and those Deckled Rectangles... love them! Starry Sky does look very royal to me too.

  9. I love your card Christine and the unintended Japanese look! That cloud embossed background looks fab and just love the Deckled rectangles. Those die cut trees go so well with the DSP.

  10. Another stunning male card and the Japanese look, we love that in our house so unintended or not, way to go! I never know how to use these kinds of mountain stamps and you have created such a great card and scene and I love the deckled rectangles are perfect.