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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Hello Friend

 Happy Hump Day all,

I hope you're having a good Wednesday. I made this card for the current As You See It Challenge a few days ago, but forgot to post it. The current challenge is a color challenge and I thought the lighter shades would work well in a silhouette stamping technique, and I also wanted to try this SU fern stamp set for the stamping part. I think both worked just fine.

I used a die from the GKD Master Layouts 9 set, which was designed to use for masking all kinds of shapes. Gina included this window die in the set. I put down the mask and using blending brushes, I blended inks of each color into a window starting from the inside corner, getting lighter going to the outside of the windows. Then using black ink, I stamped some of the stamp set images into each window. When the mask is removed, this is what it looks like. I cut the whole panel using the GKD Master Layouts 2 set, including the black mat. The card base is Calypso Coral, one of the challenge colors.

For the sentiment, the hello is from the stamp set and the Friend die is from the GKD Master Layout 9 die set. For a little embellishments, I used some enamel dots from Concord & 9th that match the Calypso Coral shade pretty perfectly.

The inside greeting and stamped images are from the SU stamp set.

I had an eye doctor appointment this morning. It's been a few years since I've been. I knew something not good was up with my vision, and I was right. My right eye is completely cloudy due to cataracts. In fact, the Dr. said she would say I have mono-vision currently. Luckily it's a relatively easy fix. I have a consult with a surgeon next Thursday. Guess I'm at that age!

Thanks for looking in,


Stamps: Forever Fern by Stampin' UP
Paper: SU white, black and Calypso Coral card stock
Ink: SU Calypso Coral, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Crumb Cake and GKD Black Onyx
Other: Gina K Designs Master Layout Die sets 2 and 9, Altenew Feature Sentiments die, Gina K Designs Masking Magic, blending brushes, Concord & 9th enamel dots, Connect liquid glue


  1. Firstly Colleen - what a fabulous card! I love the masked blending and overstepping, I'm definitely going to CASE this! The enamel dots add the perfect pop of bright too! Secondly, hope all goes well with next week's consult - you need those eyes in good shape! Thanks for sharing with us over at As You See It this week!

  2. This is AMAZING!! What a cool technique!! I am trying to use my stencils a little bit more..if I had this one, I think I'd use it a LOT!! Very pretty way to use our colors this week! TFS!

  3. Your card is super, so creative!

  4. Holy smokes, Colleen! This is stunning! What a dramatic and sophisticated layout and design - such a gorgeous use of our colors to boot! So fabulous! Thanks so much for playing at As You See It!

  5. Oh my goodness, Colleen! I love this design! Using the colours in the palette as blended backgrounds for these silhouetted images is genius! Great technique too! Thanks for using our colour challenge palette at As You See It Challenges!

  6. Oh it worked more than fine! This is so much my kind of card: sponging, masking, and one of my all-time favourite stamp sets. I LOVE it! The stamping alone is lovely but they way you've mounted it with the pop of black and the wide border is fabulous. Thanks for joining us again at As You See It Challenge.

  7. This is just beautiful and you did a great job with the colours.

  8. Colleen, as our Featured Artist, we are also inviting you to be our Guest Designer in an upcoming Challenge. I've sent you an email to the address you gave for the entry. Please check it out for all the details and congratulations!


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