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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Oh, But For a Scrap of Paper....

I watched THIS TUTORIAL about color blocking with Beate at Splitcoast Stampers a while back, and I decided to give it a go.  I liked what I did SO much, I wanted to submit it to that once-upon-a- time aforementioned masculine cards publication that I did NOT make it into.

I was thinking these would definitely make it in...

However, just as I was doing the supply list for these puppies, I noticed that I used a 1/2" piece of DP that was a part of Stampin'Up Sale-a-bration, and was no longer available for purchase.  So much for using these cards for publication.  Wop, wop.  

They remain, however, two of my favorite cards EVER.  I am entering them into Paper Crafts Connection's Nautical themed challenge, and  Curtain Call Inspirational Challenge-Feeling Nautical.

The first one looks like this--

I did the anchor in Versamark ink, and embossed it in clear powder, then grabbed my white pencil and added some detailing.  The "for you" is embossed in white, and the die cut grateful has the paper I mentioned.  See that fun little stripe happening in the "g" and "r"?  Publication killer.  *SIGH*

Here's a detail of the anchor area...

That white pencil does WONDERS, right?
So, in this second card, I used the negative space of the die cut.  It looks like this--

I love the orange and yellow matting here, with the navy panel making the background for the die cut.  Again, the "for you" is done with white embossing powder. Man, that striped paper looks so GOOD, especially next to the circle one....Such a pity....
I LOVE the effect the color blocking gives with die cutting.  And SO easy!  Just stick the papers down and die cut.  Throwing in some textured papers is a nice addition, too.
I hope you'll try this technique.  You will be amazed at what you can come up with!
Thanks for stopping by!
All best-



  1. I'm sorry you'll never be published.
    Join the club!
    OH well, we can keep joining challenges and reaping the rewards when we win stuff!
    Your cards are wonderful!
    I'm gonna have to get some 'words'!

  2. These cards are both awesome!!! Thanks for playing along with us over at the Curtain Call!!

  3. Amazing creations, Richard! I love how you doubled up using the die cut...the colors and patterns really pop! Thanks so much for playing along at the Curtain Call!

  4. Love the colorblocking...gorgeous white pencil details. I especially love that second one. I have a soft spot for negative it. These are totally publication worthy!

  5. You WILL be published! Submit them to Just cards, or Take ten, or Scrap & Stamp Arts for starters!!! Richard, dear friend, these are wonderful! I totally love them! Glad you entered the nautical card at Curtain Call! Great cards, as always.... thanks for inspiring me!

  6. What fabulous cards, Richard! I saw her tutorial and thought - "no way!" but your use of the technique has me intrigued about what could be done! I think I've got a stamp that would have made that diagonal stripe paper . . . just sayin'! ;-)
    Thanks for inspiration!

  7. I love your nautical card-what a striking design-and a fabulous technique.
    Best wishes,Nessa :)

  8. Honey don't you worry - some day you will have your OWN magazine : ) Probably on line since magazines are disappearing, but, hey, that's even easier to do. Love both the cards!

  9. These are great! I super duper tons of love that first one!

  10. Great cards Richard! I made some cards with this same technique and word for my son's teachers this past year. It sure is a wonderful effect! I love that it uses up my many scraps! I love the nautical feel to your cards and the white pencil is fabulous! I would publish these! They are WONDERFUL!

  11. Fabulous card Richard. Love the die-cut word and the stamped anchor behind it on the first one... great paper-pieced background on the second. Thank you for playing along with us at Curtain Call.

  12. Great cards!Love them,both are Very Pretty!!!Have a good day!!!

  13. These are fantastic! I love the technique and that orange striped paper is quite fabulous!!

  14. Great Nautical the CAS design! Thanks so much for joining us at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

  15. Awesome! I love the patterns in the letters! Thanks for joining us at Curtain Call!

  16. Beautiful cards indeed Richard...very pub worthy to my eye :) Also challenge worthy since we loved your card so much at the Curtain Call that it was spotlighted as one of our showstoppers! Congrats :)

  17. Richard ... first of all, CONGRATS on your win at Curtain Call! Secondly, I truly think that card may be my very favorite of yours! The strip of DP may have killed the pub, but totally MAKES the card! And the anchor with the white detailing on the navy background, perfection.

  18. Congratulations on being showcased at Curtain Call! Your card is fantastic, Richard, and worthy of recognition!!


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