Hey stampers! As you can tell by your calendar, it is almost time for a new Stampin' UP! catalog. So I have I have a little sneak peek. Tonight's project uses the Awash with Flowers (which will be available tomorrow), a level 3 Hostess set from the new catalog called Occasional Quotes. I did a technique called "emerging color". This is the first time I have attempted this and for my first time I think it turned out pretty good. I used Certainly Celery card stock measuring 5x5, a 1x5 strip of Melon Mambo, and white card stock. For ink I used Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, and Soft Suede. For this technique, you take a piece of white card stock and stamp your images in a darker color. ( I used Rich Razzleberry.) Randomly stamp your images all of the piece of card stock including stamp off the side a little bit. Once you have that how you want, you will need to create a "mask" I used a piece of scrap paper and cut out about a 4" circle. I laid my mask over my stamped images, while holding the mask down, I covered the image that was still showing with Versa Mark ink. Once I had good coverage, I took away the mask and added clear embossing powder to the versa mark. I used my heat tool to set the powder. Then I took my Speedball brayer and applied a layer of Melon Mambo ink. Once I had the color saturation I wanted, I took a paper towel and wiped the color off of my embossed image. This creates the "emerging" color. Once this piece is done, I folded my Certainly Celery card stock and then added the strip of Melon Mambo. I added my main image and then made my little flag that says "Birthday Wishes". I rounded the bottom corners of the card base. On the inside, I stamped "one day isn't enough to celebrate someone as WONDERFUL as you...let's party all week!". This technique takes a few extra minutes but it is worth it. Let me know what you think and I would love to see samples of your own work. Thanks for stopping by tonight.