Friday, October 26, 2018

Country Home Stamp Set in Pastels

I have been so inspired by a set of cards made by Laurin Alarid from the Artisan Design Team for Stampin' Up! using the Country Home stamp set and pastel colours with lots of texture and layering. Laurin's inspirational blog is Crafty Little Peach. I'm used to seeing this set with more intense colours like Blackberry Bliss and Crushed Curry, so when I saw her designs in shades of Balmy Blue and Frost White Shimmer Paint, I wanted to get on the pastel bandwagon right away.

I used Petal Pink for my pastel along with Sahara Sand as my neutral and Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (and a little Frost White as well). Here's how it turned out:

  • I embossed my Petal Pink card base with the Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder to add texture to the project and just because I love it so much!
  • My front panel is Shimmery White cardstock because I wanted to do some watercolour smooshing and Whisper White won't stand up to the water you need to use to do that. To smoosh,  I used a Stampin' Write Marker and scribbled on an acetate sheet, then spritzed with a little water and pressed it to my paper, rubbing the ink around by rubbing the back of the acetate with my fingers, making the ink go roughly where I wanted it to go. I lifted off the acetate and blotted the extra puddles with some paper towel, then dried the paper on both sides with the Heat Tool. Once dry, I repeated the steps with another layer of the same colour or added another colour, in this case Sahara Sand.
  • I love the combo of the Petal Pink and the touch of Sahara Sand. I ended up with a very marble-like design.
  • You can use the Chicken Wire Element as a mask. I taped some down and painted over it with the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint. I think I needed to add more paint to really get the feel of the chicken wire, but I was still left with a really neat shimmery, textury looking area that I really liked.
  • I stamped my images from the Country Home stamp set on Shimmery White cardstock as well so I could watercolour them using an Aqua Painter. I stuck to Petal Pink, Sahara Sand and I threw in some Frost White Shimmer Paint for the cotton balls. It gives them a little dimension as well as shine. The images were fussy cut and added to the stamped front panel, bumping up the milk tin with Dimensionals.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List
Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad
Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad
Big Shot
Glue Dots


  1. This is gorgeous!! I love the softness of the colors and the added elements/details that add to the overall beauty. Layout and color combo is perfect!

  2. Thanks, Pam. This is one of my favourites.


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