I had a hankering to do some coloring with my Stampin’ Blends so I went looking through my collection of current stamps for some images that I hadn’t colored recently. I settled on the Blessings of Home stamps very quickly because of this larger floral cluster image. It was just the right size to give me a bit of coloring and a variety of flowers so I could use several different colors. I really wanted to have some pretty colors to brighten my day since it’s been so cold and dreary here lately. I picked a very simple greeting and a mostly plain background so that the flowers would be the star of this card. I confess that I used a “contraband” die to create the stitched look to the background. I really love these stitched background dies and I’ve used the Stitched Greenery die from Stampin’ Up! a bunch. I just wish that they offered more; so I went rogue and purchased this one online.

I also searched for another color card in the Color Cube collection that I talked about in this post. For this project I used color card #026. I did have to pick some approximations for colors because we don’t have all of the colors shown on the card. For example, the color combination has a really pale blue (Seaside Spray would have been perfect) but there isn’t currently a great match. So I used Balmy Blue as the lightest blue that we have now. There’s no rules about these color combinations, they are for inspiration only. There aren’t “Color Cube Police” that are going to admonish me for not sticking perfectly to the original color combination. Here are the colors that I used, and I encourage you to play with the combo, too.

You may be a little curious about how the flower cluster looks a little “bumped up”, and I haven’t listed Stampin’ Dimensionals in the Product List below. It isn’t an oversight – I didn’t use any Dimensionals on this card. Instead I used another technique that I learned from a watching a bunch of crafty videos on YouTube. Instead of using Dimensionals, I cut out two additional shapes for the flower cluster using scrap white cardstock. I glued them together in a stack so that the image has a thicker profile. Liquid glue is a necessity for this technique so you have a little time to get the layers lined up perfectly. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the look from Dimensionals, but this gives a slightly different look while adding some depth.

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