Thursday, 26 March 2015

CAS Colours and Sketches #117

I have always loved IndigoBlu stamps and have decided to use them again on my card for CAS Colours and Sketches this week. Even though I've been using them for several years, I don't think I've ever entered their blog challenges so, to put that right, I would like to enter my card for this month's IndigoBlu Blog Challenge #26. Jane has given us a great sketch to work with and IndigoBlu's theme is 'Off The Edge'. Darnell has unknowingly encouraged me to use this NBU stamp set so I would also like to enter her NBUS Challenge #4 where the theme is 'Anything Goes'.

I've used an unusual colour for me, 'red'. I have 3 colleagues at work with birthdays this week and one of them loves red so this is for her. I took a strip of red textured cardstock and stamped the flower image randomly with Versamark ink and embossed with another new product for me, white embossing powder. I then stamped the flower again and another smaller one in between in black ink. I also stamped and embossed the large flower twice onto a scrap piece of the same cardstock and then cut the two images out. The sentiment is from the same set which is actually a set that came free with a craft magazine last year which I bought just for the gift! This is stamped straight onto the card blank with the two flowers raised on foam pads. The only deviation from Jane's sketch is that I positioned the two flowers in the opposite corners as they worked better that way. 

I enjoyed making this card so much that I made another one at the same time using a deep purple cardstock instead of red and altering the position of the elements a little.

Supplies used:
Stamp set: Free gift with a craft magazine (IndigoBlu)
Ink pads: Versamark, Black (Whispers)
Snippets: Red & purple cardstock, White EP

I have really enjoyed working with Jane's colours and sketches this month. It will be my first turn soon; I have a lot to live up to! Can't wait to see what you make of this week's sketch.

Thanks for visiting!
Stef x


  1. Two fabulous cards - I love the rich colour of the red card and I'm sure your friend will love it too!
    Kath x

  2. Love both colourways Stef, but no surprise the purple one is my favourite! So I'm not the only one who buys magazines just for the free gift.

  3. Very pretty card! Your friend is going to love it!

  4. Both of your cards turned out wonderfully! If I had to choose, though, I'd have to admit I prefer the red because there's more contrast with the black. Kudos to you for heat embossing on the textured cardstock - if I tried that, the powder would likely stick in all the texture and end up a huge mess, lol.

  5. You did a fabulous take on the sketch, Stef, and I love that you were inspired so much you made two pretty cards in different, but equally stunning, colors!! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #4!! Hugs, Darnell

  6. What fabulous colors and fun designs.

    Hugs diane

  7. Your comment made me smile (still am while typing) So great to see all the animals outside again! The residental squirrel here is a verry shy one; we see it not so often...
    I thought the first card was great inspiration, but the purple on this one is so beautiful!
    Wish you a colourfull and inky week!

  8. What a beautifully simple and elegant card. Thank you for joining us in the Indigoblu challenge this month. Nikki K. xx

  9. Two fabulous cards ..... Thank you for joining in with the IndigoBlu challenge .... good luck! Lindy Lou xx