Shades of Blue at {Cupcake Inspirations}

Hello friends!  Hope that you’ve had a great first weekend of December and are ready to roll on with the spirit of the Season!  I know the world is a bit different, but it’s been great to get out the Holiday decorations and try to keep things as “normal” as we can be.  We went out and drove through our local park filled with Christmas lights while sipping some Starbuks coffee and the baking of cookies always gets me in the spirit.  What do you like to do around the Holidays?

Today, I have a new challenge to share with you over at {Cupcake Inspirations}:

The new challenge for the next two weeks is a color challenge in “Shades of Blue“!  You need to be sure to use at least three different shades of blue when making your project.  So any theme or occasion you can think of just use these colors!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with for this challenge!  Here’s my project:

I think my favorite colors to decorate with for Christmas are blue and silver!  So I knew I wanted to pull out this GORGEOUS stamp set from Whimsy Stamps called Elegant Ornaments and have a play with it!

I started with a Bristol Smooth Watercolor panel and took the Whimsy Stamps Beaded Curtain Stencil and went over the top with some Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Oxide Distress Inks.  I ended with the lightest color and faded it into the white.  I took the lightest color and also went over the top of the panel too.  I then cut the panel out with the Whimsy Stamps Zig-Zag Stitched Rectangle die.

I then took a couple of the ornaments along with the sentiment from the stamp set and heat embossed them where I wanted to place them with Ranger Liquid Platinum EP.  I took my Zig CC Real Brush Markers and colored in the heat embossed ornaments and blended them together with a watercolor brush.  I then stamped the “curved beads” images in navy colored ink and then heat embossed the strings to the ornaments so that it all looked layered.

This image panel was layered over a piece of silver mirror cardstock and then layered over an A2 sized side folding navy cardbase.  Lastly, I added some blue sequins and filled the centers with some Nuvo Dazzling Blue Glitter Drops.

Here’s a closer look at the ornaments and how that pretty embossing powder looks.  I noticed that the navy beads caught some of the EP when I heat embossed the strings to the ornaments, but I don’t mind that as I think it gives a bit of shimmer over them and gives more depth to it.  The card looks very pretty and sparkly and I’m happy with how it turned out.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my “shades of blue” creation today and it has inspired you to pull out your blue colored goodies to play along with us!  Please be sure to check out the {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge Blog to have a look at the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the DT to help inspire you more!

Thanks so much for joining me here today and I’ll be seeing you soon!😉


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  8. The Paper Funday – #24 December Anything Goes optional: Christmas/Holiday
  9. Crafty Calendar – December Christmas theme

28 thoughts on “Shades of Blue at {Cupcake Inspirations}

  1. Beautiful elegant baubles Vicki and I love the background stencil and then the gorgeous silver embossed baubles and sentiment, gorgeous card.

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  2. Spectacular, Vicki. Loving the color combo plus all the shine and shimmer. Those ornaments are exquisite, my friend, and all the work you did was more than worth it !


  3. This is stunning Vicki!! I love silver & blue colors and the embossed ornaments are so beautiful, a very elegant Christmas card!
    Hugs, Tammy


  4. Absolutely elegant my friend! This is a vision in blue and the pops of the metallics – such a sensational holiday card that stands right out! Big hugs! xx


  5. This card is just spectacular with the shades of blue and silver combined! I love those ornaments and how you decorated them with the silver – they look so pretty and so festive with all the shimmer and sparkle of the sequins! A true stunner of a Christmas card!


  6. Wow Vicky, what a stunning design and color.

    I have been baking cookies and making cinnamon bread. Plus the non stop raking of leaves each week.

    Hugs Diane


  7. Stunning card, blue and silver is my favourite colour combination for Christmas cards. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Calendar Challenge this month. Good luck!
    Liz xx


  8. A beautiful card, with lovely Christmas shine and sparkle. The ink work at the top is so pretty! Thanks for playing along at 52CCT for December.


  9. So pleased that you have shared your great artwork with us here at Through the Purple Haze.
    Stay safe and well.
    Good luck hun and do come back again!
    Jackie DT @ TTPH


  10. Gorgeous ornaments card! Rich Royal blue is my all time favorite color!!! Even baby blue! As a young teenager I painted my bedroom baby blue with white trim!


  11. Great color combination, Vicki. And your coloring makes these Christmas balls look so natural. You’ve captured that Christmas glow.


  12. What a beautiful blue/warm silver color combo! Love these colors together! Thanks so much for joining us at the Merry Little Christmas Challenge!
    Rachelle DT : )


  13. I adore your card design! So very pretty! Thank you for sharing your wonderful project with us at Dream Valley challenge.Neva DT


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