Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Colour Creations: Merry Merlot


Hello, and thanks for joining the Colour Creations Blog Hop once again. This week is our third-last hop for the year, before we pick up again in January. We are featuring Merry Merlot this week, a rich burgundy colour. It's not one I use a lot, probably because my high school uniforms were burgundy. Do you have a bias against your school colours? I've heard that it's quite common!

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I googled a little bit for inspiration, and found a Forever Fern card by Debra Burgin, of Heartfelt Inkspiration. I liked how she's stamped the one image all over her background, so that's where I started. I found the colour a bit too strong, so I decided to tone it down with a layer of vellum. Both layers were die cut with the largest Stitched Rectangles Die and adhered to my card front.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Colour Creations, Forever Fern, Blossoms In Bloom, Stitched Rectangles Dies

I played with the Stitched Rectangles again to create the frame for my card. To keep them in place, I glued both to a slightly smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock. This also helps to prevent the popped-up panel from sagging, so double win!

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Colour Creations, Forever Fern, Blossoms In Bloom, Stitched Rectangles Dies

I've used the off-cut from the front of the card to frame my writing panel on the inside. It's good to repurpose a piece that would usually get thrown away.

In hind sight, this card probably would have worked better as a Sympathy card, but I think it's still fine as a birthday card. What do you think? 

That's all from me for tonight, but please do continue your way around our blog hop. The next cab off the rank is my lovely friend, Rachel Palmieri. She's certain to have a ripper of a card for your viewing delight!

If you run into trouble with missing or broken links, please jump on over to Catherine Proctor's blog. She's the super-organised and super-wonderful host of the Colour Creations Hops.

Bye for now,



  1. Tina, I had to laugh as Merry Merlot was the colour one of my school uniforms too from year 7-10 at High School and I think that is a reason I rarely use it. This is such a stunning card - I can't stop looking at that double frame, an idea I might have to CASE! Simply perfection!

  2. Oh wow, I love what you have done with this stamp set. Using one stamp is so effective and the Vellum is a wonderful addition to tone down the background. Clever way to create the border too, with the rectangle dies!

  3. Such an elegant card, Tina! I love how you softened the background with a layer of vellum. Your use of Stitched Rectangle panels is really lovely; very classy.

  4. Very elegant card Tina, I love your use of gold with Merry Merlot. My Primary school uniform was an awful green and I’m definitely not keen on many greens!

  5. A beautiful card Tina. I love the use of a single stamp throughout - so effective. Isn’t vellum a great addition - effective in toning down yet it adds a subtle layer of elegance especially when working with the stitched rectangles to form a frame, even though at the same level as the centre panel. While your card would be delightful as a sympathy card it is also just right to wish a Happy Birthday. Gorgeous. Xxx

  6. Loving all those stitched rectangles, especially the frame effect. The vellum subdues the background beautifully, and supports the focal leaf too.


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