Ombre or Rainbow… Which do you prefer?

This week I happened upon the A Muse|Studio Consultant Challenge Blog!  What fun!
This wonderful site poses creative challenges and all of the design team members are
A Muse|Studio Consultants. This is a great place to visit when you need some stamping inspiration!

This week’s challenge is to make a card showcasing “ombre” or “rainbow”… whichever you prefer. I decided to go with ombre and this is the card I created for the challenge…

Ombre a muse studio cas card design

Ombre is french term meaning shaded or graduated in tone. In stamping, this usually refers to using shades of color that would normally be adjacent on a color wheel, either warm or cool.

For my card design, I created the ombre background by taking an empty acrylic block, running a pink, then orange, then yellow Tombow marker back & forth in stripes across the empty block and then spritzing it lightly with water before stamping it onto a square of Bristol/watercolor paper. As soon as the background was dry, I stamped the flower sillouette from the A Muse|Studio Beautiful Botanicals 2 stamp set, in onyx ink directly over top of my background color. I finished off the design by wrapping a bit of onyx & white baker’s twine around the panel before attaching it to the base card with foam tape and adding that little “hello” sentiment.

There are some wonderful examples of ombre and rainbow cards at the challenge blog…pop on over to play along or to enjoy the inspiration provided by these very talented consultants.

clean & simple sunday #36

Today I went back to my 4 original kit stamp sets from A|S for inspiration, and chose this leaf botanical to create the C&SS design for this week…

The card base is winter sky. I stamped the image on a white panel with rialto ink. The sentiment was stamped in navy ink and I used a strip of rialto venetian paper to add some interest. The only embellishments are the three little pearl stickers among the leaves of the botanical. I love how those little pearls catch the light on any card design!

clean & simple sunday #30

Wow…30 clean and simple sundays since I started this little feature on my blog all those months ago!  What fun! And for today’s C&SS design…

I used some of the new polka dot card stock in buttercup… the flower image is from Marvelous Marigolds and the sentiment is from the Friend to Friend stamp set.  That set has several useful card sentiments in addition to some very cute botanicals (you can find it on page 42 of the catalog). The polka dots are so cute with this color combination and add just the right amount of interest to the card design this week…  Have fun stamping and enjoy your Sunday!!

color challenge wednesday #8

The color challenge I’m posing today includes purple, orange and green {A|S colors: heather, bellini and sage}…

This card incorporates a strip-panel design combined with random stamping of various small botanical images from different
A Muse|Studio stamp sets. I embellished the center of each of the heather flowers with a tiny sparkle, to add interest. The new Venetian color palette comes in solid card stock as well as the Venetian patterned card stock and all five new colors come in a 5/8″ satin ribbon, like the bellini shown above…a very vibrant, happy, color combination! One of the nicest features of the new Venetian color palette is the way these colors coordinate so beautifully with the other A|S colors. I hope this color combination inspires you in your own stamping this week!

color challenge wednesday #6

The color challenge combination for today is dark brown, olive green and red (A|S colors I used: french roast, rialto and cherry).

This is a very versatile card design and it works well with any type of blossom or leaf image. I chose a square card to keep with the more modern design but it would work with a standard A2-size card as well…Give it a try this week–pull a small piece of patterned paper from  your scrap bin, any larger botanical image you have would work, and have a little fun!

clean & simple sunday #23

I have recently added heather card stock and ribbon to my A|S color palette and wanted to use this color in this week’s clean and simple card design…

This card measures 4.25 x 4.25. I rounded the bottom corners with my corner rounder punch. The featured image is from one of the botanical stamp sets in the 2011 catalog. I stamped the leaves in fern ink and the sentiment in french roast.  The card stock colors are latte (base card), vanilla (stamped panel) and heather as the accent color. In addition to the heather ribbon, I used some pearl accents on the stamped panel. They catch the light and add a nice touch to the finished card. A great little card for sending a quick note to a friend or a nice way to welcome someone new to the office or even a new family to the neighborhood!

nature walk.

The stamp set featured in today’s post is Nature Walk, by Stampin’ Up! This beautiful, nature-themed set has gorgeous fine detailed images that lend themselves well to interesting, multi-image card designs. In my examples below, I chose a variety of the images provided in the set to come up with three lovely cards that could be used for any number of occasions…

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The color scheme I chose includes cream, dark brown, warm grey, olive green a soft greenish-blue and just a touch of red (the SU! equivalent would be vanilla, chocolate chip, sahara sand, old olive, pool party and ridinghood red). For the flower image, I used markers to color the image directly on the block. For the bird in the third card, I stamped it in the same color ink as the paper to give it a watermarked look—Versamark ink would work just as well to create this effect.  Embellishments include ribbon, buttons, brads and baker’s twine in brown and white.  This “color-block” style of design where you divide the front of your card into square or rectangular “blocks” is especially fun to use when you have a stamp set with several related images. Enjoy these ideas … please feel free to ask any questions or share comments!!