Color Dare #323 - Pastel and Soft

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I am participating in yet another Color Dare! The challenge this time is to "use your 'Pastel and Soft' colors and neutrals of your choice" and the theme is once again "Anything Goes". I chose to make a pastel "Thank You" card for my parents. They deserve so much more than just a card to express appreciation for them... but it's a start.

Pastel and Soft

This card design was inspired by a card I saw in the Close To My Heart Holiday Expressions September - December 2018 catalog (page 103). I love looking through my various catalogs for inspiration and then making my own different version of the cards I admire.

As with many of my cards I started out with some white cardstock. Using a background stamp, VersaMark ink, and soft Violet heat embossing powder I got busy...

Once the heat embossing was complete I added some color using Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar Distress Inks by Tim Holtz. If you were using CTMH colors I would suggest Lilac and Ballerina.

Once I had lightly shaded the cardstock (keeping in mind the theme is Pastel and Soft) I trimmed it to 4" x 5.25". Using one of my border dies I cut three strips of paper, each 0.25" shorter than the other. I also die cut some squares to be layered for the sentiment.

Using my same Violet heat embossing powder, VersaMark, and a Close To My Heart stamp set (Thankful for You - Z4007) I prepared my sentiment piece. 

At this point I chose some baby pink ribbon, an assortment of adhesives, and my ruler (to keep things straight) and started the assembly process. I used foam tape under the sentiment square to add more dimension. Once this was completed I attached the finished card front to a soft pink card base.

Lastly, I wanted to create an envelope to match the card. I started by attaching a rectangle of painter's tape to the front of the envelope. (I really should have used a post-it tape to mask off the rectangle because when I finished coloring the card and removed the tape I saw the tape had slightly roughed up the paper.) I then lightly blended the ink over the entire front of the envelope.

Now I have a completed card and matching envelope to send to my parents as a small token of my appreciation for all they do.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this card and the process of making it. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for future cards or techniques you would like to see then please be sure to leave them in the comment section below. I try to answer comments promptly.

Happy Paper Crafting,


  1. What a lovely card. The layered borders are so pretty with the background and the sentiment. Thanks for sharing at Color My Heart Color Dare.

  2. Love your stamped and sponged background...lovely thank you card. Thanks for your photo tutorial and for sharing with us at Color Dare.

  3. Love your stamped background and how you layered your borders. Thank you for joining us at Color Dare!

  4. So appreciate the step by step instructions & decorated envelope! Your card is lovely. Those scallops-yum. Thanks for sharing your talent at the CMH Color Dare challenge.

  5. What an elegant card! Thank you for joining us at Color My Heart Color Dare Soft and Pastel Challenge.


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