I’ve been trying to think of a card design to show off Soft Succulent for my In Color Club members. I really want to use stamps other than the Succulents since that just seems far too obvious. I looked at some interested color combinations and I really liked the look of Soft Succulent, Petal Pink, Merry Merlot and Basic Black. They just seemed like a perfect combination for some pretty stamped flower images. I recently purchased the Art in Bloom bundle, so I broke it out for a first inking on this card. I have to say that the bundle is pretty darned cool, and I’m so glad to have it. You may be wondering about the extra large border around the flowers… that’s because that die is part of the “hybrid embossing folder” that will emboss and diecut at the same time. I haven’t tried that part yet, but it seems pretty darned cool!

My inspiration for this card is the current Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I chose the bottom row: Stencil, Vellum and Butterfly. In fact, my butterfly IS vellum – does that mean that I took the challenge even further? đŸ˜‰

I really love creating backgrounds with stencils, and I just haven’t done it enough lately. I have to say that the Blending Brushes from Stampin’ Up! are an absolute DREAM for adding color with the stencils. I’ve ruined several sponge daubers over the years because rubbing over the edges of a stencil really beats them up. As far as I could tell, there was no harm to the Blending Brush that I used, and it was great for allowing me to apply ink lightly or heavily. I definitely vote for these tools as a “must have”.

I’m not 100% convinced that this card will be the one that I use for the In Color Club, but it’s a strong contender. Contact me if you’re curious about the In Color Club and you want to learn more. Sign ups are still open!

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