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In today’s card I decided to tackle Stampin’ Up!’s new Crushed Curry In Color.  It’s taken me this long to work my way up to using this color because of ALL the new In Colors this is my least favourite.  In fact, embarrasing as it is to say, when I first opened up my box from Stampin’ Up! and pulled out Crushed Curry the first thought that crossed my mind was what an obnoxious color of yellow it was *lol*!  The funny thing is that I didn’t have the same thought when I received the new Stampin’ Up! catalog – I loved it – and it’s all done in Crushed Curry!  Then it hit me….it’s because all the Crushed Curry on the catalog is texturized in one form or another (i.e. with a pattern and varying tones of the curry) which softens the overall effect (you’ll see where I’m going with this in a second). 

As with yesterday’s color combo, I resolutely picked up my sheet of Crushed Curry CS and compared it will all the CS on my paper racks to see what colors it would combine nicely with and what might tone it down. I really struggled with this one.  I did find that So Saffron or Barely Banana are both colors that tone it down beautifully.  The only thing was that a card that ONLY used the varying shades of yellow didn’t have the effect I was looking for – so that’s when I turned to black.  There’s basically 2 secrets I learned when working with Crushed Curry:

  1. You can tone down it’s intensity by texturizing it with a lighter color – I did this in my card by stamping on the Crushed Curry with Whisper White Craft ink (alternately you could use Barely Banana or So Saffron craft ink) – you can read more about it in the directions.
  2. It works beautifully as a stand-alone color paired with a strong neutral like black, dark grey or brown.  When you pair it with another really bright color you run the risk of the two colors competing for your attention. 

The final result of my “experimentation” is that I can actually see myself using Crushed Curry rather than my earlier visions of it languishing on my shelf, unused, until it was finally retired.  In looking at it on this card, I can actually say that used the right way (for me that is), I like it.  The only thing that would improve this card for me would be a wider (3/8″ or 1/2″) black ribbon.  I’d love to see it with a Black Satin Ribbon tied in a bow – I think that would look stunning!  Unfortunately, I don’t have any.

Here’s how I made the card:

  1. Take a 5 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ piece of textured Basic Black CS.  Fold it in half using your bone folder. Set it aside for a moment.
  2. Take a 5 1/8″ x 1 3/4″ piece of Crushed Curry CS and scallop one edge with the Scallop Edge punch. Pierce a hole in the center of each scallop with a paper-piercing tool and foam mat.
  3. Ink up the Sanded background stamp in Whisper White Craft ink and stamp it onto the Crushed Curry CS piece.  Ink up the stamp again in the Whisper White Craft ink and stamp it onto the Crushed Curry CS once more.  I stopped there, but you could keep repeating this step until you toned it down to your taste. Set aside to dry.
  4. Take a 2 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ piece of Whisper White CS and stamp the flower/vine from the Flower Fancy Stamp set in Black StazOn ink. Color the image in using a blender pen, Old Olive and Barely Banana Classic ink. Pierce along the bottom edge with a paper-piercing tool and foam mat. Set aside for a moment.
  5. Stamp four of the flowers from that same flower/vine stamp onto a scrap of Whisper White CS in Black StazOn ink.  Color the flowers in using a blender pen and Barely Banana Classic ink.  Now color in the centers of the flowers and add shading to the petals with your blender pen and the Crushed Curry Classic ink.
  6. Cut out the flowers with your paper snips, leaving a small border of white around them.  Mount them onto the stamped CS piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  7. Cut a 1 3/4″ x 5 1/8″ piece of Crushed Curry DP from the Razzleberry Lemonade Collection.  Center and stick it to the bottom of the Basic Black card.  Stamp your greeting from the Wonderful Favorites stamp set in Basic Black Classic ink in the bottom right corner of the DP. 
  8. Center and stick your Whisper White CS image piece to the card front about 1 1/2″ up from the bottom edge of the DP. 
  9. Take the scalloped piece of Crushed Curry CS and lay a 7″ piece of Basic Black ribbon across it (slightly above the middle so that it is closer to the top of the CS piece than the scalloped edge).
  10. Center & stick the Crushed Curry CS piece along the top of the card front.  Take a 5″ piece of Basic Black 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon and tie it in a knot around the first piece.
  11. Pierce three holes along the bottom left side of the card and insert three square yellow rhinestone brads. I trimmed the ends of my brads with my craft and rubber scissors (now that I’m not using them to mount stamps).  Note: the back of the brad will show on the inside of the card – if you don’t like this then you can cover the ends up by centering and sticking a slightly smaller layer of CS on the inside of the card front piece so that the ends of the brads are covered up by the CS.   You’re done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.


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Stamps: Flower Fancy (111578), Wonderful Favorites (115144), Sanded (109294)
Inks: Black StazOn (101406), Basic Black Classic ink (101179), Barely Banana Classic ink (101170), Crushed Curry Classic Ink (115656), Whisper White Craft ink (101731)
Paper: Crushed Curry CS (115319), Whisper White CS (100730), Basic Black textured CS (108693), Razzleberry Lemondae DP (115675)
Accessories: paper snips (103579), Mat Pack (105826), Paper-Piercing Tool (116631), Bone Folder (102300), Snail Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Basic Black 1/4″ Grosgrain ribbon (109027), Square Fire Rhinestone Brads (109112), Scallop Edge punch (112091), blender pen (102845)

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