Wednesday, March 27, 2024



This week's Colour Creations blog hop is all about Smoky Slate, my favourite grey in Stampin' Up!'s Neutrals range.

This is the colour combination I have used:

... and here is my card, featuring the awesome Trusty Tools bundle:

I started by stamping a Smoky Slate card panel with images (the adjustable wrench and nut, screw and bolt stamps) from Trusty Tools, using Smoky Slate ink.  I stamped them randomly to create a background that would work in with the theme of my card.  I then used both the Light and Dark Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends markers, to splatter ink all over the design.  I did this by flicking the brush end of each marker against the lid, that I held in my other hand.  After sponging the edges of this piece with Smoky Slate ink, I adhered it to a Basic Gray card mat.  The Basic Gray layer is raised up on Black Stampin' Dimensionals, on the Thick Basic White card base.

On another piece of Smoky Slate card, I repeatedly stamped the same images, and added splatters.  I used this piece to die-cut the "Celebrate" (before mounting it on a Basic Gray die-cut piece) and some of the nuts and screws added to the background.

The second part of the sentiment is from the Notes of Nature stamp set.  It is stamped in Real Red ink on Basic white card, and tucked slightly underneath the Smoky Slate DSP strip laid across the card front.

Here's a closer look at the stamped background, and the little die-cut additions in Smoky Slate and Basic Gray:

On Basic White card, I stamped two adjustable wrenches in Basic Gray ink, then coloured them using the Light Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends marker.  After die-cutting them, I attached them to my Real Red peg board (cut using one of the dies in the Trusty Tools die set) with White Square Brads that I'd coloured with my Dark Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends marker.  Using the paper-piercing end of my Take Your Pick tool, I pierced a hole in each handle, and put the brads through to line up with holes in the peg board.  I left the wrenches "hanging" so that it's a little interactive element to the card - the handles are secured with the brads, but the tools can be moved around.

Inside my card I added a piece of Winter Meadow DSP, as I think the design looks a little "greasy", to tie in with the tool/workshop theme.  I stamped some screws, nuts and bolts along the bottom edge, and sponged the edges of the paper, using Smoky Slate ink.

Next up on tonight's blog hop is Rachel Woollard:

If you come across any broken links on the blog hop, or would like to see a full list of participants, head over to Catherine Proctor's blog.  Cathy does a fantastic job of co-ordinating our Colour Creations blog hops every week.

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.

Product List


  1. Rachel Woollard27 March, 2024 20:38

    Great masculine card Christine, the pop of red is very effective. The inside of your card is fabulous too.

  2. Fabulous card, Christine! I love that you've left the tools hanging by the brads - it's such a fun element to your card.

  3. I love the stamped background on your card Christine and the elements you've added on top. Clever idea to colour the brads to suit!

  4. What a fabulous masculine card, Christine! The way you have left the wrenches "hanging" to add an interactive element to the card is super cool! I'm sure your recipient will love this card.

  5. Christine your stamped background certainly adds more depth on top of your layers. Love the red peg board and pairing with both sentiments. The inner panel looks awesome using both the DSP and stamped nuts & bolts.

  6. Oh, I love your stamped background, Christine, what a beauty. Funny how we both used the same bundle, but got a totally different look!

  7. A great card for a fella, Christine. I love your layering and stamping to add depth and texture. I love cards with movement too so adore your interactive wrenches. xxx