Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Colour Creations Early Espresso - Week 18


Hi and welcome to Week 18 of the Colour Creations blog hop where members of the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! demonstrators showcase a new colour every Wednesday. Tonight’s colour is Early Espresso. This is the darkest brown in the colour selection and tonight I have paired it with Real Red.

I have been wanting to try the Carved Wood technique since I saw Gina K using it on a card recently. The card size is 6” inch x 6” inch.

took a Basic White square panel and scored lines every 3/4” inches. The panel was dry embossed with the Whimsical Trees embossing folder. I noticed the scored lines sort of disappeared so I had to re-score (is that even a word!) them. Gina K used her stamp pad to run over the embossed panel but I used a Blending Brush and Early Espresso ink. The effect is a little bit different but I think it gives a very worn carved wood look!

I adhered the embossed panel to another Basic White mat and then to a red layer of the Gingham Cottage DSP. Three-quarters of the way down I adhered a strip of the Real Red ribbon. This ribbon combo includes Garden Green and is from the July-December mini catalogue. I tied a smaller strip together with a strip of Black & White Gingham ribbon found in the annual catalogue. This layered panel was then adhered to the Early Espresso card base.

I fussy cut the very cute deer from the Storybook Gnomes DSP and adhered it to a scalloped circle die cut from Early Espresso card stock and a stitched circle die cut from the Sweetest Christmas DSP.

The sentiment is from the Brightest Glow stamp set and stamped with Real Red ink. It was die cut with the circle die from the Labels Aglow die set.

Hope you enjoy the remaining blog hop where you can find more Early Espresso inspiration from the next participant, the very talented Theresa Gerrard.

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the full list of participants on Cathy Proctor’s blog.

Have a good week!


  1. Oh wow, Rosa, your carved wood technique is sensational. This is a beautiful card layout and your little deer is adorable. Kate Morgan

  2. Your beautiful card has put a smile on my face, Rosa. I just love it. The wood-look background is amazing; thanks for the explanation of how you created it. I really like that you paired Real Red with Early Espresso; what a beautiful colour combination for Christmas.

  3. Oh wow Rosa, you have created an amazing card. I love the way you have used the carved wood technique - it looks amazing. Applying EE with the blending brush looks great. Your colour combo is perfect. Xxx

  4. I've never heard of the Carved Wood technique, Rosa, but now I really want to give it a go. It looks amazing!!!

  5. OMG, the carved wood technique looks AMAZING! I love it! The sweet little deer is a fabulous way to finish off your gorgeous card.

  6. Wow Rosa I have never heard of that technique but gee that background looks amazing and just like carved wood. Thanks for the explanation on how to achieve it.

  7. What a gorgeous technique Rosa, thank you for sharing how you did it - it looks amazing!
    Kathryn R.

  8. Love that wood carved look Rosa. Just the sweetest Christmas card, and the red looks fabulous with Early Espresso.


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