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Colour Creations - Early Espresso

Welcome to another week of Stampin' Up! Colour Creations with the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team.


This week we feature Early Espresso, a rich dark brown from our Neutrals colour family.

When I looked at my stamp collection with Early Espresso in mind, the first thing I saw was what I call the "coffee and chocolate" - Nothing's Better Than stamp set. And yes, I like my coffee rich and dark.

Nothings Better Than Stampin Up cards (1)

For my first card, I cut the A4 card in half longways, so I had a 10.5cm x 29.85cm piece. I scored this in half, then cut the front panel in half vertically. The off-cut piece was turned 90 degrees and used as the horizontal panel on the front of the card. I layered up the two front layers with a patterned piece from the Sun Prints Designer Series Paper.

Nothings Better Than Stampin Up cards (2)

I used the two step stamp set to stamp bright coloured coffee cups onto Basic White card and die-cut them with the Love You More Than dies. I die-cut the word COFFEE from the same die set, in Early Espresso card. 

The text and steam from the hot cups was stamped directly onto the patterned paper in Early Espresso Ink.

For my second card, I wanted to try the Faux Step Card which I have seen several people use over the last few weeks. And I switched from coffee to chocolate - espresso flavoured chocolate, I'm thinking!

Nothings Better Than Stampin Up cards (3)

As I was preparing the photos, this card suddenly reminded me of the shelves of chocolates in a chocolate boutique like Haigh's or Koko Black. Nom nom nom!

Nothings Better Than Stampin Up cards (4)

The faux step card is a "cheat's version" of the centre step card. This card is easier to make, as you add an extra strip of card, rather than trying to cut out layers and folds from one single piece.

I deliberately didn't add anything shiny or any ribbon to these cards, to keep them more masculine. With Father's Day this weekend, I thought I might be called on for a spare card.

I can't wait to see what the other Art With Heart ladies have created using Early Espresso. If you would like to see the other creations, please click on the box below to go to my lovely friend Christine's blog.

Next ButtonIf you find a broken link in the blog hop, which doesn't take you to the next blog, you will find the list of participants on Cathy's blog here.

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Keep inky!!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)


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Great cards, and the perfect way to show off Early Espresso, Kathryn. The Sun Prints DSP is the ideal neutral for your background, and not one I would have thought of. Love that we give each other ideas that stretch the use of our products. x

Catherine Proctor

Kathryn, you had me at Haighs, my all time fave chocolates! Love both these cards and they feature my two favourite food groups: coffee and chocolates!

Andrea Sargent

Gorgeous cards Kathryn. I love your thought process. Yes, Early Espresso does turn ones mind to coffee and chocolate - two of my favourite consumables. Your choice of DSP for the background is perfect. The coffee cups and sentiments are just right and the rows of chocolates are just like Haiggs. While your cards a great for Father’s Day I think they would be perfect for both male or female lovers of coffee and or chocolate. Xxx

Rosa Leyden

Your two cards are just fabulous Kathryn. I love the retro looking coloured coffee cups but the chocolate pieces look delicious! Love the different coloured pieces.

Tina Gillespie

Snap! on the bundle used tonight! Your cards are fabulous, and would be perfect for Father's Day. I love the bright colours for the coffee mugs.

Theresa Gerrard

Both of your cards are fabulous Kathryn and coffee and chocolate are perfect ways to feature Early Espresso. And thanks now I'm craving chocolate!

Kate Morgan

Nom, nom, nom, your yummy chocolate card and rich coffee card are fantastic. Love the added colour for the cups and brilliant designs for Father's Day. I thought about using these products too, but I recall using them last year for this same colour hop.

Rachel Palmieri

A perfect choice of stamp to show off our colour of the week, Early Espresso. Glad you gave the Faux centre step card a go, they're such an easy and fun card.

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