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Today's post provides the how-tos for making another one of the cards I designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  To see the line up of amazing international Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

The Colorful Seasons stamp set is part of the Color Theory Suite of products in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog (US Catalog pages 146-147).  For this card, I used the Colorful Seasons stamp set with coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies and the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.  A few years ago, incorporating Paint Chip cards was all the rage in paper crafting.  Recently, the ombre look of color gradients is quite the thing.  So when I saw the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack which includes a sheet of paper with color gradients in two types of ombre and another with the same color gradients with white separators to look like a Paint Chip card I was very excited.  So many possibilities AND the paper stack contains four (4) different color schemes:  Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive, and Berry Burst (those are the darkest colors).  Oh, boy!!

One thing that retired a couple of years ago that I've really missed is the scallop edgelit.  I really love big scallops.  I was super excited to see that a scallop edgelit was included with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits so I wanted to use that first.  


This card begins with a card base of Crushed Curry cardstock.  A piece of Crushed Curry Paint Chip card paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack was cut apart with the Stampin' Trimmer along the white dividing lines creating 5 strips of paper.  Each of the color gradient sections was die cut with the Big Shot using the scallop edgelit, from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, placing the bottom edge of the edgelit along the bottom edge of each paper strip.  A bone folder was used to gently curl the edges of the scalloped edge up.  The darkest strip was adhered to a panel of So Saffron cardstock with the bottom edge of the scallop 1/8" from the bottom edge of the cardstock and the right and left sides of the paper 1/16" from the right and left edges of the cardstock.  The next lighter strip was adhered directly above the darkest strip with the top edge of the next lighter strip 1/2" above the top edge of the darkest strip.  Continue with the remaining strips of paper, darkest to lightest, until you have adhered all five strips of paper.

Swipe the Embossing Buddy over a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Using Versamark ink, stamp the "You Make Me Smile." greeting, from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, near the right center of the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Cover the ink with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder, tap the excess back into the container, and then melt the embossing powder with the Heat Tool.  Using Soft Suede ink, stamp the short branch image with the left end of the branch along the left edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock and the right branch end pointing toward the greeting.  Using Crushed Curry ink, stamp the small flower and buds image over the branch (note that there are cut away areas along the branch that accommodate the flower images and the buds will go at the tips of the branch ends AND the flower at the furthest left end of the image will not be included).  Adhere the Very Vanilla cardstock to the So Saffron panel with the top, right, and left edges of the Very Vanilla panel 1/16" from the top, right, and left edges of the So Saffron panel (the Very Vanilla panel may overlap the top piece of paper just slightly--that's OK).

Wrap a piece of Gold 1/4" Natural Trim around the So Saffron/Very Vanilla/scalloped paper panel over the area where the Very Vanilla and top layer of scalloped paper meet and knot below the branch.  Mat the So Saffron panel with a slightly larger panel of Soft Suede and adhere at the center of the card front.


The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The branch image was stamped near the left upper center of the liner using Soft Suede ink.  The flowers with buds image was stamped over the branch using Crushed Curry ink.  [These kinds of images really make you appreciate photopolymer stamps, don't they?!]  The "Grateful for a Friend Like You" sentiment, from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set, was stamped at the end of the branch using Soft Suede ink.


I was really enjoying the way the flowers fit along the length of the branch, so I decided to use the two images one more time on the envelope; the branch stamped with Soft Suede ink and the flowers with Crushed Curry ink.  The "You Make Me Smile." greeting was stamped below the branch using Soft Suede ink.  

When this card was posted for the blog hop, one of the comments I received for this card from the incredibly talented Linda Callahan was "...oh those a fabulous party dress!"  I agree with Linda.  Once I finished this card and set it up to look at it I immediately thought of a high school prom dress with layers of flounces.  And that made me smile.

Card Measurements --

Crushed Curry:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; So Saffron:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Soft Suede:  4" x 5-1/4"; Very Vanilla:  2-1/4" x 3-3/4", 4" x 5-1/4"; Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack:  3-3/4" x 6"; Gold 1/4" Natural Trim:  12"


Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Colorful Seasons, Bunch of Blossoms; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Versamark; Cardstock:  Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Color Theory Stack; Embellishments:  Gold 1/4" Natural Trim; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Plate, Seasonal Layers Thinlits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


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