Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Color & Contour and Best Year stamp sets for PP537

Hello and thanks for visiting!

Today's card is inspired by a flower in my garden and the Paper Players Clean-And-Simple Challenge.  Please click on either my card or the Paper Players image to go directly to their blog post #PP537 and prepare to be inspired!

I'm excited to use the new In Color's but I'm also sad to say goodbye to some favourites.  SU's  #simplestamping challenge for the month of April is a SIP card with a favourite retiring item, and for me that's the Subtle 3D Embossing folder retiring May 3.  I'm really going to miss this one because it offers such a beautiful soft texture to the paper, enhancing the stamped images.  I've added a close up picture of it.

The new In Color 2021-2023 for today is Evening Evergreen - a beautiful dark, deep, rich, forest green.  The flower I chose from the new Color & Contour stamp set (available May 4) looked like the Hellebore flower I have blooming in my garden right now, it is an evergreen plant.  The gorgeous flowers bloom in spring, but the leaves last all year and are very dark green, like Evening Evergreen, so that became my inspiration.  Please see my flower photo from my garden and let me know if I've captured a likeness  :) 

And here's the card details:

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Thick Very Vanilla card base ( 5 1/2x 8 1/2 folded in half)

4 x 5 1/4 Very Vanilla card stock layer


* Stamp the sentiment with Merry Merlot ink.

* Stamp the flower image with Evening Evergreen new In Color 2021-2023.  

* Blend a tiny bit of Merry Merlot ink using a Blender Pen  ** I did this because I was trying to replicate the flower in my garden which has vanilla petals and the slightest hint of dark red in the centre.  

* Emboss this stamped layer with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder - my retiring fav!

* Adhere the layer to the card base using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Love this texture!  Click here to buy the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder  Item #151775

The new leaves are lighter green at this time of year, but they darken (see the leaf on the ground) and they last the entire year, a beautiful 'evening evergreen' colour :)   I hope I've inspired you to look around and be inspired by nature.

Enjoy and have a super day!


  1. This is so pretty! I love the embossed background and your gorgeous bloom! CAS perfection! So happy you joined us at The Paper Players this week!

    1. wow thx so much for your kind words Claire. Thank you for providing the creative inspiration!

  2. This is just beautiful Lesley! I love how you were inspired by your garden and your delicate floral with subtle texture to the cardstock is CAS perfection! Thanks for sharing with us over at The Paper Players this week!

    1. Thx so much Joanne for your kind words. Yes, my garden, another passion, always a source of inspiration. Thank for your challenges, they're fantastic!


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