Monday, 23 May 2016

Mix It Up Monday: Love You Lots with Emerald Envy

It’s Mix It Up Monday and time to start creating with my brand new set of In Color charts, featuring 50 colour combinations using the 2015-17 In Colors. 

I’ve started with a combo that’s WAY out of my comfort zone, using two brand new colours, Emerald Envy and... I can hardly bring myself to say the words... Peekaboo Peach. I’m going to feel SO ridiculous saying that colour name at Stampin’ Up!® parties! I even dug out my little-used Tempting Turquoise for the occasion. Definitely not my sort of colour combo but it seemed to fit the image. You’d be forgiven for missing this stamp set as it’s right at the back in the Stampin’ Rewards section, but do check it out. It’s called Love You Lots and you can earn it free when you host a £150 workshop. 

It’s just ripe for watercolouring, so that’s exactly what I did, using the ink in the lid of my Emerald Envy and Tempting Turquoise ink pads. 

Here’s a tip if you’re nervous about going over the edges (not that it matters, honest!) or about colours bleeding into each other and you’re too impatient to wait for them to dry. 

Start by painting with clean water. Paint the area you want to colour – in this case, the frog and, with a slight gap, the puddle below. Now, when you add the ink, it will only spread as far as the edges of the water and won’t bleed over the edges. Genius, eh?

And, of course, this gives you a useful margin for error: if your water painting goes “wrong”, you can allow it to dry and start again with no harm done. 

Watercolouring completed, I added a greeting with the new Thoughtful Banners stamp set and matching punch. To finish off, I had fun with some Timeless Textures spatters which, to my surprise, gave the card a bit of a 90s vibe; not sure why, but that’s the impression I get when looking at this project. 

Finally, I tried to photograph my project... and got photobombed!


  1. Okay ... this color combo has a way of making my eyes happy! I might never have added the T.Turquoise, but now I've got to try it! BTW ... don't you absolutely adore this stamp set?!! Can't choose a fave critter ... too much cute in there!

    1. Glad you like the combo - it made my "tabs laugh" as we say round here, usually referring to something tart like lemon juice. Yes this set is EXTREMELY cute - I think the elephant and mouse stamp is my favourite... just made a card with that for next Monday's challenge!

  2. Yes it's good to get out of your comfort zone , good result Helen

  3. the card itself is nothing short of adorable....add in the darling photobomber and you have a real winner! How cute...thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks! It's a challenge getting a cat-free photo as they always want to come and have a look what's going on!


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