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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Color My Heart in Not Quite Fifty Shades of Gray

The Color My Heart dare this week is to use two shades of gray, Whisper and Slate, plus a color of your choice.  Since I have been playing with the Frosted paper pack, I chose Frosted Blue as my other color.  (I am assuming that Frosted Gray counts as a neutral.)  I stamped the fir tree with Versamark onto Frosted Blue paper and embossed it with clear detail powder.  I then sponged over it with Colonial White ink which is a pigment ink that, unlike watery dye inks, is paint like and tends to coat the embossing, so I had to wipe it off to let the image show.  I sponged the edges of the panels with Whisper and stamped the sentiment and snowflake in Slate.  The snowflake was cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge (page 27 shift at 1 inch) and popped up with foam tape.  The layout is one of my "go to" sketches from Freshly Made Sketches:

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time, Hansi
Materials used, all from Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Paper:  Frosted, Frosted Blue, Whisper and Colonial White cardstock
Ink:  Colonial White, Slate and Whisper
Stamps: Always Grateful, Snow Flurries (retired), A Very Merry Christmas (retired)
Embellishments:  Clear Sparkle and Bitty Sparkle
Other:  Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge


  1. Hansi, your card is gorgeous! The soft tree, sponged background, and subtle background paper create a elegant blending of colors.

  2. Beautiful card, Hansi! I love how your tree looks like it is "glowing". Thanks for playing along with us again at Color My Heart--we love your artwork!
    :) Marie

  3. Amazing card. The Christmas tree is glowing! Thank you for sharing how you created this look and thank you for joining us at Color My Heart

  4. What a beautiful card! So soft and classy! Nice job. Thanks for taking the Color Dare this week.

  5. I had never thought to emboss in clear then put white pigment ink over the top. Oh...I am SOOO trying this soon. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us again this week at Color My Heart.

  6. Hi Hansi, I am a subscriber and love every time I get one of your posts in my e-mail. You are the only one I have signed up for and I hope you don't mind my passing it along to my whole scrapper list. I love your work. I do have one question about this one. In the write up you said you had to wipe the white pigment off once you put it on? I think? Can you explain that more clearly? I don't use the pigment too much and am curious why you would put it on the wipe off. Thanks, my e-mail is debbiemay3115@yahoo.com

    1. Debbie, thank you so much for subscribing and I am honored that you share my blog with your friends. I am also sorry for taking this long to get back to you. This weekend was exceptionally busy. I usually use dye ink which is watery and does not stick to embossed areas. Pigment ink, on the otherhand, is paint like and tends to coat the embossing, so I have to wipe it off. Otherwise, you can see the image to some extent but not the details and the color below does not show well. I will go back and reword that post to make it more clear.

  7. Absolutely Gorgeous! I love the clear embossing highlighted with the colonial white. Going to have to try this technique on my own. Thanks.

  8. Thank you so much for your kind words, y'all!