Creating Kindness Design Team Blog Hop September – Colour

Creating Kindness Design Team Blog Hop September – Colour

Header Stitched Leaves


Stitched Leaves Dies used with Masks for yummy colourful goodness.

Creating kindness Design Team

Welcome to the Creating Kindness Design Team Blog Hop for September 2020. My name is Cheryll Miller, and I am so delighted to hop with this fabulous group of artists each month. The theme for September is “Colour Inspiration”. I am definitely a colour girl so this one is right up my alley.

Our guest designer this month is fellow Aussie Nicole Wilson. Make sure you check out her blog for some wonderful inspiration.

Avert your eyes ….

Creatiing Kindness Colour Inspiration

I love playing with colour and all the mediums that give you colour. Sponging is one of my favourite things to do. I love that you can change a colour simply by sponging a different colour over the top, add depth with a swirl of a sponge or “finish” an image off with a licketty spongy split around the outside of panel. And I particularly like how you can create a totally different vibe just by using and combining different colours.

Stitched Leaves Dies

Stitched Leaves Dies

The Stitched Leaves dies are one of my new “fave” things. This card is such a mish mash of techniques, I can’t even begin to describe them because you will wonder what drugs this girl is on. 😉

But it does involved creating a stencil with the leaf dies, then placing a mask/stencil over the top and applying Versmark ink. Remove both masks and apply white or clear embossing powder over the whole thing before heating to melt the powder. In this card the white dots are heat embossed. This forms a resist and I have placed the leaf outline stencil down again and added sponged colour over the top of the embossing into the leaf shapes.

And then take those leaves that you cut out and place over the embossed and sponged leaves and sponge colour to the background. Have I lost you yet? I like to start with lighter colours and then add darker or contrasting colours over the top. I love to see what the end result is when you mix two colours together.

Stitched Leaves Dies

The colours I used here are Crumb Cake and Rich Razzleberry in the leaves and for the background I have used Crumb Cake, Seaside Spray and Night of Navy inks.

After adding the words and the sequins, my card still felt like it was lacking! I added the doodled outline around the leaves with my Black Stampin’ Write Marker, and then some faux stitching around the entire panel to tie in with that amazing die cut stitching in the leaves (these are separate stitched vein dies from the Stitched Leaves Die Set).

A different colour way …

Stitched Leaves Dies

So quite often when I am “free creating”, I will make the same or a very similar card in a different colour way just to see what it looks like. This one is a slightly different layout, a different Mask (but still from the same Basic Patterns Mask Set), and of course, different colours.

The colours I used here are Blushing Bride and Rich Razzleberry for the leaves, and then Soft Seafoam and Mint Macaron for the background. BUT WAIT!!! … I hear you say! There is another shade behind the leaves, what is that? Well it is like this … I didn’t put the leaf mask on over that middle leaf before I started sponging the background and the Soft Seafoam sponge picked up the stronger Rich Razzleberry and spread it out from the leaf. Oooops! My motto is if you are going to make a mistake while creating then best to make at least four mistakes the same and make it look deliberate!!! So I went ahead andpulled some of the Rich Razzleberry ink out into the Soft Seafoam background with my sponge …. which created a sort of browny, yellowy, weird colour and I am convinced it was meant to be! 😉

Stitched Leaves Dies

This time I added faux stitching around the leaves and the sponged panel, just to tie those black sentiment pieces (Rooted in Nature Stamp set ) back in somewhere.

Sunglasses please ….

Stitched Be Mine Dies

This bright card goes to show what happens when you change up the colours totally. This is using the largest heart from the Stitched Be Mine dies. Same technique, except I used colours with a similar value and man …. is it bright. The colours were Magenta Madness and Rich Razzleberry for the hearts, and then Pumpkin Pie and Bumblebee for the background. Holy Moly!!! Pass me those sunglasses please!!!!

If you would like to see the rigmarole of the creation process of the Stitched Leaves double masking, emboss resist, sponging stuff, I did create the pink and green leafy card live in my Stampin’ Up! group!

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Take a colourful tour with the Creating Kindness Blog Hop …

Don’t forget to hop around to all the Designer’s blogs for more colour inspired beauty. Woohoo, Jenny Hall is up next on the hop. Cannot wait to see what beauty she has for us.

Blog Hop Participants

  1. Nicole Wilson – Guest Designer – Australia
  2. Jay Soriano – UK
  3. Lou Kitzelman – Australia
  4. Liz Yuille – UK
  5. Marcy Denning – Canada
  6. Cheryll Miller – Australia
  7. Jenny Hall – USA


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  • Well whatever those crafty drugs you were on … yes please …. I’ll have some! These are just amazing. One stencil normally does most people but using 2 in the way you have certainly has taken it up a notch. And you are still trying to tempt me with these stitched leaves aren’t you. Long story short – Love these Cheryll. x

  • I love all your cards. I am a great fan of colour blending, it is such a great technique. I may have to borrow the idea of adding the doodle lines on future projects, such a simple bur effective result. LOVE!!!