Real Red Colour Challenge 2

Hello and welcome back to this month’s Colour Challenge! April’s randomly selected colour was Real Red and we’ve already had Week 1 – the monochrome challenge. If you missed it, you can find it here.

Week 2 sees Real Red combined with Coastal Cabana and Old Olive. I decided to use the Stampin’ Up! Painted Poppies Stamp Set to create a scene, with the help of my trusty Sponge Brayers!

If you would prefer to watch me create the card, simply scroll to the end of this blog post where you can watch my video tutorial.

Let’s make it…

The card base is created from Basic Black cardstock. If you really don’t want a black card base I would recommend at least framing the card front with a layer of Basic Black – try it, you’ll be surprised how much difference it makes! I have then used a layer of Whisper White cardstock for the main card front.

I created a mask using a piece of scrap paper. I simply ripped the paper in order to create a ‘natural’ landscape type outline. Remember to keep both halves of the mask! I placed the bottom half of the mask over the card front and held in place using masking tape. The two images (single poppy and group of poppies) were then stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

With the mask still in place, and ensuring that the ink was dry, I used a sponge brayer to apply to Coastal Cabana ink in order to form the sky. I then swapped to the other half of the mask and created the grass using a sponge brayer and Old Olive ink.

Using a Journaling Pen, I outlined the shape of the grass such that the group of poppies appear to be beyond the ‘hill’ while the single poppy appears to be on top, in the foreground.

The poppies were coloured using one of the abstract in-fill stamps in Real Red ink. You could colour them using more traditional methods if you prefer a more realistic look.

The card front was adhered to the card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I decided not to put a sentiment on the card as it has a ‘note card’ feel and can thus be used for any occasion – or ‘just because’.

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Would you like to create this card yourself? You an purchase any of the items used (or any other Stampin’ Up! products) by clicking here or on the individual links below.

Happy crafting, h x

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One Sheet Wonder!

Helen’s ‘One Sheet Wonder’

This is a great project if you have been hoarding your beautiful 12x12s for just the right occasion! You will create a fantastic matching set of items to complement a special gift for someone. Just make sure its someone who deserves your best papers!

What you will create:

  •           Notecard
  •           Envelope
  •           Gift bag
  •           Gift tag
  •           Bookmark

You will need:

  •           One sheet of 12×12 paper / card
  •           Trimmer
  •           Corner punch
  •           Hole punch
  •           Small scraps of white paper and card
  •           Scissors
  •           Ribbon / twine
  •           Tear tape
  •           Envelope punch board
  •           Gift bag punch board


Step 1: Trim the pieces as shown in the diagram and described below. Numbers in circles are the cutting order. Other numbers are measurements in inches.

a) Create one 4×12” strip by cutting along line 1.

b) Cut this strip into one 4×2” strip and one 4×10” strip by cutting along line 2. Put these to one side for the moment.

c) Take the remaining 8×12” piece and cut into one 8×4” strip and one 8×8” square by cutting along line 3. Put the smaller piece to one side.

d) Trim the 8×8” square into a 6×6” square, making sure you keep the trimmed pieces.

Step 2: Score and fold the 8×4” piece in half to create the 4×4” notecard. If required, cut a 7×3” piece of white paper, score and fold in half, to create an insert. Use tear tape to attach to the inside of the notecard. This is only necessary if you are using double sided or a dark coloured card / paper and allows you to write in the card.

Step 3: Round the corners of the 4×2” piece to create your gift tag. Punch a hole at one end and thread a length of twine or ribbon through. If required, cut a 1×2” piece of white card and adhere to the back of the tag. This is only necessary if you are using double sided or a dark coloured card / paper and allows you to write on the tag.

Step 4: Round the corners of one of the long, thin offcuts to create your bookmark. Punch a hole at one end and thread a length of twine or ribbon through.

Step 5: Take the 4×10” strip and create the gift bag according to the instructions on the gift bag punch for a SMALL gift bag. Assemble using tear tape.

Step 6: Take the 6×6” square and create the envelope according to the instructions on the envelope punch – the score line for a 4×4” envelope is at 3”. Adhere using tear tape and add extra tape, leaving the backing in place, ready to seal the envelope.