I had this set out for some cards in my Etsy shop and, as usual, I stamped some extra images. I was just about to make cards pretty much like I’ve made before when I started to think about the hydrangeas in our neighbors’ yard. They cut them back — way back — in early summer, and it broke my heart. I love them when they’re fresh and green, but also think they’re beautiful when they are dried out. So I thought I’d try to re-create that look.
What to use to give that subtle, faded beauty feel? How about my Stampin’ Pastels? These haven’t seen the light of day since … forever. I don’t generally use them in camp because they take such a beating. I never upgraded to the “new” colors a few years ago and haven’t bought the New Color Kit this year. And so they have been neglected.
Shame on me! What fun it was to color these flowers! I just used a cotton swab to rub the colors on the stamped images and easily erased excess color when I overdid it. After I was satisfied with the colors (although this is nothing like reality!), I overstamped the panel with the background stamp.
I apologize for using retired ribbon on this card — it was just the right choice!
Stamps: Because I Care, En Français, Fabulous Phrases
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Paper: Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Other: Tasteful Trim die, 1-3/8″ x 5/8″ Oval punch, Metallic Brad (Pewter), Stampin’ Dimensionals, retired ribbon