Paper Players Colour Challenge


Hello, stamping friend! I must admit; my creative mojo has taken a bit of a vacation lately. So – what to do when you’re in a slump? Well – look around! Lots of time, you can find inspiration in the things around you; anything from someone’s shirt, to the view from your window. I needed something a bit more specific, so I looked at some other group challenges. That’s how I decided to join this week’s Paper Players  Colour Challenge!


These three colours are not ones that I would usually first reach for, when creating a card. Which is good – because that pushes me to get creative!

Paper Players Colour Challenge

Once I decided which stamp set to use, it all came together!


Confession time; the stamp set I used is not from Stampin’ Up! I know, I know….but sometimes, you see a stamp set and fall in love with the images, and just have to have it! It happens to us demonstrators, as well. This set is from Penny Black, called Season’s Marvel.  I decided to create a nice, calm scene using the branch and flying geese images. All other supplies used are from Stampin’ Up!

Paper Players Colour Challenge


Start with a Whisper White cardstock panel. Ink up the branch images in Smoky Slate ink, and stamp it twice on the left side. To colour in the berries, first add some Poppy Parade ink to the top of a Clear Block; this works well as a palette from which to pick up the ink. Using a mostly dry Aqua Painter, pick up the Poppy Parade ink, and colour over the Smoky Slate on the berries. I went back and added a second layer of colour, as it lightens as it dries.

I knew that I wanted to brayer the background, but I wanted to maintain the colouring I had already done. So, after kicking myself for not using my Stamparatus, I eyeballed lining up the branch images, and overstamped with Versamark ink.  Next, cover with Clear Embossing Powder, and set with the Heat Tool. I then decided to add the birds (I think they’re geese, but that’s because I’m Canadian, I’m sure, and I’m always seeing flying geese!). First, ink the image in Versamark ink, then immediately ink with Smoky Slate. Stamp onto the panel, then cover with Clear Embossing Powder. Set with the heat tool. If you’re not lazy like me, you could reach for your Stamparatus, then stamp first in Smoky Slate, then overstamp with Versamark. It’s the same result!

After the embossing had been done, I used my SU! Sponge Brayer, to colour the background with So Saffron ink.  I deliberately made it heavier towards the middle, and lighter at the top and bottom of the panel.

Although my ‘eyeballing’ was a little off, I think it looks like I did it on purpose! It looks like a bright reflection beneath the branches.

Paper Players Colour Challenge

The sentiment is another PB stamp set (Sentiment Collection). After stamping in Poppy Parade ink, die cut with the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits. Next, die cut the same size oval with the Layering Ovals Framelits.


First, create a card base of Poppy Parade cardstock. Add a panel of So Saffron cardstock, attaching it with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Attach a panel of Smoky Slate cardstock on top, with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally, add your image panel with more Dimensionals. Layer the sentiment oval over the So Saffron oval, slightly offsetting them so that the sentiment is above and to the left.

Paper Player's Colour Challenge


If your mojo seems to have gone missing, try doing what I do – look around you, and look on the internet, as well. There are lots of great Design Teams out there with weekly or monthly challenges. They’re a great way to jump start your creativity!


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Paper Players Colour Challenge

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

6 thoughts on “Paper Players Colour Challenge

    1. So glad to read that you like my challenge card, Susan! I really wanted to add more orange/red to the background, but I also wanted to stay with the challenge colours!

  1. This is a beautiful card…I love this image (I use non-SU stamps ALL THE TIME!) and how you embossed and colored it! I know these colors were a challenge for me too, but you combined them beautifully! Thanks for playing with our challenge this week at the Paper Players, and I hope you come back soon!

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, LeAnne! I’m happy to hear that you liked my card, and my embossing (oopsie)! 🙂

  2. Absolutely beautiful, Deborah! I love the soft brayered background and the embossed images. What a perfect use of the challenge colors! Thank you for sharing with The Paper Players!

    1. Thanks for your kind comment, Ann! I enjoyed taking part in the Paper Players challenge this week 🙂

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