Monday, April 3, 2017

Pink and Gold Go Under the Sea

An experiment with the fashionable color combination of pink and gold turned out surprisingly well with the Hero Arts Color Layering Octopus, if only because I LOVE adding a hug sentiment to an octopus card...because who doesn't want a eight-tentacled hug from a pink cephalopod?

The Archival pink peony is such a pretty shade of pink, but Archival ink has some sort of oil in it that makes it stamp so smoothly and evenly. With this in mind, I stamped the pink layer, let it dry for a bit, then pounced it with my Embossing Buddy. Even with that precaution and some extra hard thumping on the back of the embossed panel, however, gold flecks of embossing powder stuck randomly to the pink.

I suspect using a different formula of ink might work better. The extra thumping knocked too much powder off the areas where it belongs, so the embossing looks pebbly. Still, I do love the overall effect and will likely try it again with a Hero Arts pink ink, perhaps the new cotton candy.

But cotton candy isn't as pretty as pink peony. Which goes to show that we can't have every little first-world thing we want.


Mercy, grace, peace, and love,

stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Octopus, Altenew Sentiments and Quotes
ink: Archival pink peony, embossing ink
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: extra-fine gold embossing powder, heat gun, Embossing Buddy, craft foam, glue


  1. now that is one cute octopus!!!

  2. Oh my gosh! I'm glad I got see that octopus in action. I wondered about him when you showed off that set you got recently. He is certainly attention getting. And yes, love that pink!

  3. It is a very pretty and pure pink and I love it with the gold, including the sandy flecks. What could be a better sentiment with this?


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