Kindness From the Heart

This card was made for two challenges: Just Add Ink Challenge #545, which challenged us to use shades of green.

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Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #435 which required the use of shades of green and 1 other color.  I used two shades of green and my other color was white (yes, it's a free color, but I really like the way my card turned out using just two colors).

I absolutely LOVE gingko leaves, but I've only used my Stampin' Up! (SU) "Beautifully Braided" stamp set one time since I bought it a year ago. When I saw the challenge was to use shades of green, I knew I wanted to use these beautiful gingko leaves. I started by stamping the leaves three times at different angles using Versamark ink on light green cardstock. I then dusted the stamped images with white embossing powder and heat set until they were glossy.

I had recently gotten some shimmer paint that I wanted to try out. So I brushed the paint over the top of the leaves to give them extra shimmer.

I mounted the stamped panel onto a darker green card base, then added tiny pearls to the "seed" spot locations.

The final step was to stamp the sentiment from the same stamp set onto white cardstock. I punched it out using a banner punch, and glued it to a 1" strip of the darker green cardstock. This matted sentiment was then attached to the card front using foam strips.

I am rating the difficulty level as a "2" out of a possible "5".

Stamps: SU Beautifully Braided
Paper: SU Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Judi-Kins Detailed White Embossing Powder, SU Frost White Shimmer Paint, SU Pick-A-Banner Punch, Heat Tool, Small Paint Brush, Unbranded Pearls, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Strips
Techniques: Heat Embossing, Punching



  1. Beautiful! Love the white leaves on the green!! Thank you for joining us at Color Dare!

  2. Love this card! I have some pearlescent green card that I’ve been struggling to know what it use for...and now I’m going to try and recreate your card with it! Thanks for playing along with Color My Heart Color Dare. X

  3. Donna, your card is luscious... love the glossy white embossing on the leafs and they look excellent against your green. Thanks for sharing with us at Color Dare.

  4. Those leaves are terrific and I love the reverse colour (white on green). Thanks for sharing with us at Colour Dare :)

  5. Gorgeous, Donna! The leaves look terrific in the glossy white. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week. x

  6. Such a beautiful way to use the unique style of flower stamp on your card - gorgeous! Thanks for joining us for the Just Add Ink challenge. Kelly x

  7. A lovely CAS classic design. The white leaves love so lovely against the green background. Chantell Just Add Ink

  8. Love the shades of green with the white embossing!

  9. Love the white embossing background!! Thanks for sharing with Color Dare!

  10. Outstanding, Donna! The soft green tones are perfect with the embossed Gingko leaves. Thank you for playing along with us at Color My Heart Color Dare #435.


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