Autumn hydrangeas

Debra Burgin Autumn hydrangeasI 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

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8 Responses to Autumn hydrangeas

  1. I think you did a great job! I love them too and love to look at them when there dried up too. Beautiful card!

  2. sue says:

    Fabulous card. I really, really like this color combination.

  3. See Julie Stamp says:

    Love this! It inspires me.

  4. Adriana B says:

    Debra this is beautiful! So soft and pretty.

  5. Yapha says:

    So pretty! I love how they look with the Stampin’ pastels.

  6. Cindy E. says:

    I love the look of them dried, too, and apparently florists do as well, since I’ve seen them in everlasting arrangements! Beautiful job capturing their dried essence, Deb!

  7. Tanya Boser says:

    Simply lovely! Reminds me of a country summer day….

  8. Pastels were the perfect choice- love them!

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