Animals and Flowers with the Same Colors


Hello there! Today I’m participating in the Hero Arts 2018 Summer Catalog Release blog hop and sharing two cards – a floral card and a critter card – that both use the same colors.

My cards today feature the new Peonies stamp set, as well as Alpaca Stamp & Cut, and lots of quick ZIG coloring.

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Video Tutorial

I filmed a video tutorial showing how to create this card from start to finish. Watch it below or on my Youtube channel.

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Card Deets – ZIG Colored Peony

I was just lazily experimenting with colors when this card came about, and I love how it turned out! I started out by stamping the images, from Peonies and Artistic Peony, in Rose Madder on Bristol cardstock. Then I did some real simple coloring, using Cornflower Blue and Shadow Mauve for the petals, and a bit of Carmine Red and Light Carmine for the center of the flowers.

I stamped a sentiment, from the same Peonies stamp set, in Indigo, and then trimmed it out and adhered it to the card, along with a bit of vellum I had cut with pinking shears. A bit of Star Dust Stickles tops off the center of the flowers!

I mention in the video, but if you want to retain more of those pink lines without having to worry about coloring over (which I did when I made this card – told ya I was lazy), then you can first ink up your stamp in VersaMark, and then Rose Madder. Cover with some clear embossing powder – or, like I did in the video, clear sparkle embossing powder (because, you know, it’s sparkly!) – heat set, and then color away!

You could also try watercoloring, using Indigo watercolor ink.

Card Deets – ZIG Colored Llama

I really have a thing for Cornflower/Stonewash-esque colors lately. This next card, featuring the adorable new Alpaca Stamp & Cut, features some more of that yummy pink and cornflower combo.

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For this card, I started out by blending a background of Cotton Candy and Pale Tomato. I actually already had this background leftover from a different card, but I do love having lots of different blended backgrounds on hand – could be the jumping point my next project!

After the ink was blended, I flicked some white spray on it, and let it dry. After drying, I cut the paper into a ribbon shape, and then sewed it down to the card. It’s not often I lug out the sewing machine, but this project really needed it.

Then I stamped the alpaca in black on Bristol cardstock, and colored her in with Pale PinkCornflower Blue and Shadow Mauve. For the body, I used Pale Gray around the edges, and then blended it out with water for a very soft gray look. Die cut with coordinating die, and adhere to card base.

Last, but not least, the sentiments! The main sentiment, from the Alpaca stamp set, was stamped in VersaMark on black cardstock and heat embossed with new, absolutely yummylicious sparkly silver embossing powder. After I trimmed out that sentiment and adhered it, I just had to add a speech bubble! So I stamped the cutey “hi” from Holiday Cheer (just shows you how you can use a Christmas stamp set year round!) in Cornflower, die-cut it, and adhered it to the card. Some gems finish off the card.

More Goodies

There’s lots more goodies from this new catalog release! Some of my favorites are:


Hero Arts will be giving away two $50 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by 11:59 PST on Sunday, May 20 and Hero Arts will announce the winner the following week.

Blog Hop

For loads of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow along the hop! You should have arrived from the sweet Amy Tsuruta, and your next stop is a floral master, Emily Midgett. For the full list, visit the Hero Arts blog.


ZIG Colored Peony Card

Cardstock: Bristol cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Peonies and Artistic Peony
Ink: Hero Arts Rose Madder and Indigo; ZIG Cornflower BlueShadow MauveCarmine Red and Light Carmine
Other: Star Dust Stickles; (optional) VersaMarkclear embossing powder or clear sparkle embossing powderIndigo watercolor ink

ZIG Colored Alpaca Card

Cardstock: Bristol cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Alpaca Stamp & Cut and Holiday Cheer
Ink: Hero Arts Cotton CandyPale Tomato, Cornflower and black; ZIG Pale PinkCornflower BlueShadow Mauve and Pale GrayVersaMark
Other: sparkly silver embossing powder; gems

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, Hero Arts Alpaca Stamp & Cut die and Holiday Cheer die

133 thoughts on “Animals and Flowers with the Same Colors

  1. Very nice approach to the beautiful blue peonies. Thanks for the tips and techniques! The sewing on the background for the cute alpaca is a nice detail and love the sparkly silver sentiment. Thank you!

  2. Oh, I really like how those flowers look stamped in a contrasting color. I hadn’t thought of doing that, but I might need to try that! Thanks for sharing with us. (Also, you annotations on products are great. I always need to know which products are magic!)

  3. Clare – thanks so much for the examples. The peonies in particular are absolutely gorgeous. I always enjoy your work and appreciate the time you take to share them with us!

  4. both cards are lovely. Paper crafters can work in any colors and I think that is one of the many benefits of this hobby. Freedom & creativity for all!

  5. I’m already in love with the peony stamp set. I like to see what are others are doing with it, and you shared such a pretty card with just a few colors.

    The alpaca is super adorable!

  6. Both cards are wonderful! Love how you used the same colours! The peony is beautiful and the alpaca is so cute! X

  7. Your floral is beautiful, very unique style. And the background on the alpaca card is gorgeous !!

  8. Love your use of color on the peonies card. Stunning! Thank you for sharing your creative talent with the world.

  9. Love the color combination! The flowers are so pretty against the white background. The alpaca looks really cute and the stitching detail was a nice touch.

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