Thursday, 7 April 2016

Rainbow of Spring Shades...

Happy Thursday,

A simple stamped card today, well to be honest 6 stamped simple cards today.  I wanted to show how just changing the colours of a project can make it look different!

I also wanted to show, because I have been asked so much, which Cosmic Shimmer colours will match with the papers in my Spring Shades collection.  Everything on these cards is made with plain white card or ribbon and is coloured with Clour Cloud blending ink and the PVA pearl dimensional glue.

I stamped the spring trail A6 background stamp using watering can archival ink onto bright white card.  Next I stamped the Daisy Trail heart again using grey and white.  For each card I simply shaded around each background with the matching Colour Cloud ink.  I repeated the process on the heart ( after cutting it out using the largest die in the Sue Wilson Heart of Hearts die set.  I then added pearl dots, again in the appropriate colour, to the centre of each daisy on the stamped image.

The ribbon is simply white seam binding coloured using the colour cloud and tied to each card with messy bow added to the front.

Finally there is a sheet from the paper pad added to the back of each, hand cut, card blank to show how the colours all tie together.

the stamped sentiments are from the Lily of the Valley elements clear stamp set.

The list is
Paper Pack
Paper Colours
Sea Spray,
Soft Sage
Lilac Haze
Warm Linen

Colour Cloud Blending Ink
Lemon Meringue
Clear day
Frosted Aqua
Frosted Jade
Frosted Heather
Frosted Mink

PVA Dimensional Glue
Graceful Mustard
Frosted Sky
Frosted Aqua
Frosted Jade
Frosted Heather
Frosted Mink.

I really hope this helps with colour selection and for all of you who haven't cut into the paper pack yet I know how you feel but give it a go!



  1. Hi John.
    Thank you so much these are really lovely quick cards.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  2. Beautiful, John, what a difference the colour makes!

    Maggie B xx

  3. Hi John. Thanks for the inspiration for a set of quick cards, the colour clouds are wonderful and blend so well. Sue XXX

  4. Hi John, what a lovely selection of cards, and beautiful colours, very useful info about the colour matching of the products. Have a great day. Bx

  5. Morning John, lovely cards, each the same but how different they look xx

  6. Some great examples of all the different colours and how everything coordinates xxx

  7. Morning John,
    All six are beautiful cards, thanks for telling us which coloured ink etc goes with them.
    Happy crafting

  8. Hi John,
    what a very beautiful array of cards, and the colours are so wonderful.
    love the fab design of these little gems.
    It shows how lovely those colour cloud inks are for colouring card.
    I can't wait town more shades.
    Crafty Regards. Jenny L.

  9. Lovely collection of cards, the change in colour makes them look totally different.


  10. Good morning John this is a gorgeous set of cards I love all the colours. They would make lovely save the date cards, see I am wedding obsessed already. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  11. Good morning John. What a pretty background stamp. It's good to see the whole range of colours in your collection.

  12. A beautiful collection of very very pretty cards today John. If these were the cards at the front of the work space when you launched the daisy trail collection, I thought then how pretty they were. Listing the matching inks etc is so helpful, it means I can tot up what I need to go with your paper pad (I cant) cut yet and see how poor I will be after buying the inks etc lol.

    Hope you and your friend are having lots of laughs and fun whilst 'trying' to get ready for AP. I bet it's sheer pandemonium and crazy fun and banter when you, Phill and Julia hit the hotel after the shows - oh to be a fly on the wall lol.
    Have a good day xx

  13. Good morning John,
    This card is very pretty and thank you for sharing how the colours all work with it.
    Colour clouds are fab as they are so versatile.
    Best wishes to you and all CE team for what is going to be a very busy weekend at Ally Pally.
    Love and crafty hugs
    Tina T xxxx

  14. Eh up John
    Great how everything blends tonally and showcased perfectly by your lovely cards.
    Ang x

  15. Hi John,
    Thank you for the info - printed and saved! Love your very pretty cards and good luck at Aly Paly. Can't be there I'm afraid.
    Anne m xxx

  16. How good to see all the colours - such lovely cards.

    Anne (Northampton)

  17. I love them I often picture in my head other colours and wonder if it'd work Good to know what matches what for future reference xx

  18. Morning John, do you know you are amazing, even though you are extremely busy as the moment what with getting everything ready for AP on Saturday you still come up with these beautiful creations, and list out the various colours too, thank you so much, I will keep this for further reference, the stamps are to die for too.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  19. Love them all John, love the stamps and all the colours look great,

  20. Morning John. I have to agree with you how simply changing the colour scheme on a card completely changes the mood that you are trying to create.


  21. Beautiful cards John. Thank you for the listing of matching items. I can see these cards made in each colour and then put in a pretty box as a gift. Good luck and have fun at Ally Pally. Love Rosemarie x

  22. Love how the colour changes make such a difference and thank you for the lists, really useful. Luv jxxx

  23. Hi John, these are just perfect. Lve the colours of them all. I have some of the Colour Cloud inks but not enough obviously.
    Hope Wendy arrived safely yesterday and all your plans go well.
    Love Val x

  24. Morning John, really pretty cards and great to see the difference in cards when using different colours, Thank you for a list of the matching Colour Cloud etc., it is really helpful

  25. Stunning cards John. All the colours are gorgeous.

  26. There's are beauties John love all of them thank you for sharing
    Love June Horrocks xxxx

  27. Hi John. Big help with the colours, thanks. Love your card also. Got to go, train to London to catch. Excited!! SueL x

  28. Stunning John, love all the colours

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  29. Super to see all the variations!

  30. Hi John, what a beautiful set of cards, I love making one of each colour when making my cards, have a great time at Ally Pally wish I could be there, love Johanna

  31. Hi John, what a beautiful set of cards, I love making one of each colour when making my cards, have a great time at Ally Pally wish I could be there, love Johanna

  32. Morning John,
    A different colour makes such a difference. Sorry John but for me they are better without the bows.

  33. Hi John
    Lovely cards today, as you say just using white card and colour cloud inks. Must try and get some at Ally Pally.

  34. Hi John,
    lovely cards today, all of them.
    Wish I could be at Ally Pally - had so much fun last year.
    Hugs, Rose

  35. Love all the cards and colours. Thank you for sharing them today.

  36. Good afternoon John,
    I think this would make a lovely note card collection for someone you loves to do that old fashioned thing called writting. These cards may be simple but they are still pretty and would bring joy to someone's face that receives them.
    Hope you have a good day flower,
    crafty hugs
    Norah (glenochil village)

  37. Beautiful cards, lovely to see the assorted colours together to compare!

  38. What a wonderful idea to show the cards in all the different colours have a great time at AP.

  39. Hello John, what a selection of pretty cards with gorgeous soft shades of colour. Enjoy being at Ally Pally, Kate x

  40. Lovely set of cards John. :) Would make a nice gift all packaged up. :)
    Pat xxx

  41. Hi John, These cards are stunningly beautiful.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  42. Hi John,
    Lovely cards, you really are amazing.
    Love Nancy xx

  43. Just got back from a very long day working for the MOJ> Your cards are utterly amazing. Can I have one - its my birthday and I have had to go to work. Only joking. Looking forward to seeing you at Ally Pally on Sunday. perhaps you will bring me a card - I am an old lady now!
    Thank you so much for all your inspiration and blogs - keep me sane in a very stressful working world.
    Till Lady aka Anne x

  44. These are all so beautiful, I just love the colours. Your spring shades paper pad arrived at work for me today so this post has come at the perfect time :-)
    Best wishes
    Tracey in Hull

  45. Fabulous design and all of your cards are so pretty in the spring like colours. Pat x

  46. Evening John, these cards are very pretty, your colour matching is great X X X