12 June 2024

Colour Creations Blog Hop - Azure Afternoon

 Hello and welcome my friends,

My name is Vicki Boucher and I'm from Melbourne, Australia. Today, I'll be sharing with you another colour for Colour Creations blog hop and we are now at week 7 with the Art With Heart Team in Australia. 

The next colour is Azure Afternoon which is part of the Brights range and it's so pretty. I need to use this colour more often in my projects. It comes in Cardstock, Classic Ink Pad, Ink Refill, Embellishments, Designer Series Paper and more Stampin' Up! products.

Today's project I created a blue and white theme card using the Country Flowers bundle (163411) which includes the stamp set and dies. As this week's colour is blue I used the teapot image and stamped it in Night of Navy ink. I colured the teapot in with the Stampin' Blends in the following colours Azure Afternoon, Blueberry Bushell, Balmy Blue, Pecan Pie and the Colour Lifter to blend in the colours together. 

I also went over the coloured teapot with Watercolour Pencils using Blue, Balmy Blue and Night of Navy. I find the pencils give you more control when colouring in and they make the colours seem brighter.

I also used the arrangement of flowers for the teapot and coloured them in with the Stampin' Blends in Azure Afternoon and Old Olive. Again, I use the Watercolour Pencils using Blue, Old Olive and Granny Apple Green.

The additional flower on the left is from the Country Birdhouse stamp set and die-cut with the coordinating dies. I used the same colours and techniques as above.

I wanted to have the teapot sitting on something different and not from the Country Flowers stamp set, so I had a light bulb moment and went with the pile of books stamp which is from the Bird's Eye View stamp set. I used the Stampin' Blends and Watercolour Pencils in similar as the teapot, I also used Crushed Curry and White in the pencils. The sentiment is from Country Flowers Stamp Set and is stamped using Night of Navy ink with each word on each of the books.

I wanted to try out one of the templates which is in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue and you can find them on page 22 of the catalogue. I do like to challenge myself and my creativity. 

The teapot is layered over a blended inked up panel using Balmy Blue, Azure Afternoon and Pecan Pie inks and applied with the Blending Brush. Then layered over Azure Afternoon cardstock panel.

Next, I created three strips of Azure Afternoon Designer Series Paper which is from the Bright & Beautiful 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper cut at 3cm x 14cm. I used the Distressed Tile 3D Embossing Folder and dry embossed the strips. 

To show through some of the white from the DSP I used a nail file to remove some of the Azure Afternoon from the paper. You can see more embossed detail by doing this technique.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I would so love to hear your thoughts on my project by leaving a comment below.

Now for the next blog please visit the very talented Theresa Gerrard click on the link below.

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Happy Stamping

Vicki Boucher


  1. Your card design is thoroughly delightful, Vicki. A teapot, flowers, and books - what a winning combination! I love your colour choices, and colouring techniques, and the slightly understated tone of the distressed DSP in the background. Just lovely.

  2. Vicki, there is so much to love about this card! The added depth of colour using the watercolour pencils, the little stack of books under the teapot, the stamping on the spine of the books and the distressing on the embossed cardstock - simply amazing!

  3. Rachel Woollard12 June, 2024

    Stunning card Vicki, beautiful colouring. Great idea to use the books to sit the teapot on and to put the greeting on the spines of the books.

  4. Rosa Leyden13 June, 2024

    Oh my what stunning colouring using Stampin’ Blends and watercolour pencils. Love the blues with Pecsn Pie. The embossed panels add that interest to the card background.

  5. Theresa Gerrard13 June, 2024

    I love your light bulb moment to pop the teapot onto the stack of books. Brilliant. The addition of using watercolour pencils as well as the Stampin Blends definitely does add more depth and I love the idea of using the nail file for a rustic look. Just beautiful Vicki.

  6. What a stunning card, Vicki. The colouring is just gorgeous and yes, the watercolour pencils add the perfect extra texture. I love the pile of books and the way you stamped the sentiment on each one!

  7. Your colouring skills are to die for! A stunning card.