Stampin’ Up! Kindness

I know that pinks and browns are hot, hot, hot . . . However, I have always loved the rich contrast of black and pink.  The colors of today's card remind me of a black leotard and delicate pink ballet shoes.   Plus, check out a "bright idea" to add a dash of paisley to the envelope.

I just received textured card stock in all Stampin' Up!'s color families (I was using the In Color textured up like mad) and cracked out the Pretty in Pink Textured first.  It made a divine textured card base.  I stamped Whisper White with the Paisley Background stamp, dipped in Versamark.  Heat embossing with Black Embossing Powder gives a wonderful sheen.  The paisley layer is matted on Whisper White.

The horizontal banner is another slice of Pretty in Pink (textured, of course).  TIP:  I used a Paper Piercer and template to place the three Black Brads on the left evenly.   Takes the guess work out.   I'm not typically a good guesser–give me the tool, please.  The sentiment from Define Your Life (offering a charming definition for every circumstance and every letter of the alphabet) is in Basic Black stamped on Whisper White.  I snipped the corners with a Ticket Corner Punch.  TIP:  I placed the sentiment on the pink banner with removable tape so that I could use my paper piercer to earmark the spots for the four additional brads.  After setting the brads, I popped the sentiment up on Stampin' Dimensionals, so it hovers over the banner.

The flower image is from Wonderful You (which comes with a free Stems and Silhouettes Jumbo Wheel, now through April 30, tick, tick, tick).  I adore the versatility of this 2 step set . . . masculine to feminine, multiple or single images.  TIP:  The solid images create an impressive background when stamped repeatedly on cardstock with matching ink . . . very chic and tone on tone. 

I first stamped the line image flower in Basic Black (Whisper White card stock).  I then inked up the solid flower, Pretty in Pink for the Petals and Old Olive Marker along the stem.  Using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I added the soft, shadowy solid flower.  It's not intended to line up perfectly.  It's a more organic feel than that. 

For a couple quick final touches, I used a Basic Black marker to add a trio of dots in each corner and a Sakura Glaze Gel Pen to give some dimension to the flower center.

Want a Bright Idea for an easy "wow" to your envelope?  Simply run the flap through your Cuttlebug with an Embossing Folder . . . Voil?.  "Impressive" (yes, that's an intentional pun).

Hugs and Pretties . . . . M

Stamp Set:  Wonderful You, Define Your Life, Paisley Background
Paper:  Pretty in Pink Textured, Whisper White
Ink:  Basic Black, Old Olive Marker, Basic Black Marker, Pretty in Pink, Versamark
Cool Tools:  Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Ticket Corner Punch, Paper Piercer & Template (Crafter's Tool Kit), Heat Tool
The Perfect Touch:  Stampin' Dimensionals, Black Brads, Black Embossing Powder, Sakura Glaze Gel Pen


  1. This is beautiful! You keep amazing me wiht your work – I have added you to my blogroll on my blog!

  2. This is the set I’m on the fence about until I see your card!!!! Beautiful!!!
    Love the envelope flap…very clever!!!

  3. Grace Lange-Way

    Pink & Black – my favorite colors in high school. Mary, great card. I just love your tips section, I always learn so much.

  4. colleen kramer

    So many great details Mary! Wonderful! I usually try to do something special to envelopes…I’ve been wondering how to use my CB folders…thanks for the great idea.

  5. oh embossing…miss that!! i love the black embossed background…so fun!! and love the pink/black! love it!:)

  6. The envelope looks super…I’m gonn ahve to do that too!! never even thought of it!! Beautiful card Mary!!

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