Colour Inkspiration Challenge #65

This week I couldn’t help but get inky and take part in the Colour Inkspiration challenge that’s active on Facebook right now. The colour combo of Merry Merlot, Blackberry Bliss, Gray Granite, and Basic Black is just fabulously moody.


Y’all know how much I love an inked background and these colours are perfect to create a moody night sky. I also inked up a couple of retired stamp sets that I keep pulling out of my “to be sold” box that I can’t seem to bring myself to actually sell, lol. Because there’s always a use for a stamp, right?? In this case they worked perfectly for the night time Christmas scene I wanted to create.


I started by blending Blackberry Bliss onto the top portion of a panel of Thick Whisper White cardstock, then added in the Merry Merlot and worked to blend the two together from darkest to lightest at the bottom. I added a little Basic Black along the top edges to darken it up a little more. These colours work so beautifully together – Merry Merlot is becoming one of my favourite colours. I added some splatters of water and Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (another favourite product of mine!).


I loved the moon in the inspiration photo and wanted to use this element in my scene. I first used a small blending brush to add a little White Pigment Ink in a circle to lighten up an area to create the moon’s glow, then used the circle stamp from the retired Sale-A-Bration 2019 set Eclectic Expressions to stamp the moon. THis stamp really does create the most perfect moon. The Santa and his reindeer stamp is from an old set, Cozy Christmas. I think this is one of the first Christmas stamp sets I ever bought. There’s a die-cut that is similar in the new Holiday Catalogue and seeing several cards made with this lately reminded me about this set.


For the hills I’ve used a die from what I call my “contraband stash”, that is non-Stampin’ Up! I’ve cut it from Gray Granite cardstock and then applied some Gray Granite ink onto it as well so that it looks more textured and a little less stark. The whole thing was cut with the largest stitched rectangle die and then mounted on a base of Basic Black.


I really enjoyed creating this, even more so because it was one of those times when the vision you have in your head comes out just how you hoped it would.

There are so many gorgeous creations over at Colour Inkspiration so make sure you check them out if you haven’t already.


Thanks for stopping by,




4 thoughts on “Colour Inkspiration Challenge #65

  1. I just had this set out on my desk yesterday, and WOW, what an amazing scene you created with it! There was a “pink Christmas” challenge going on at Jingle Belles, not sure if it’s still on, but this would work well with it!

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