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Welcome to InKing Royalty’s April Blog Hop! Today’s hop is filled with projects inspired by the Stampin’ Up!’s retiring 2015-2017 In Color Collection – our tributes to Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder. What fun! We’ve really enjoyed playing with these amazing colors over the past two years – and we are excited to share our creations with you today.

After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Stampin'Up! Stylized birthday stamp, Cucumber Crush, heat embossing, gold tips, techniques, #lisapretto #inkbigacademystamps


  • I am focusing on Cucumber Crush today. I love how this bright green plays so beautifully with Whisper White and Gold accents
  • I remember the first time I saw heat embossing, it was like magic! TIPS: Be sure to use the EMBOSSING BUDDY to remove any static and keep a small paint brush nearby to fend off any stray embossing powder.
  • I am loving the Stylized Happy Birthday stamp! It is a great buy and works so well for any age and any gender birthday. This is definitely the little black dress of our stamps, you can dress it up or down so easily!
  • I cropped the sentiment out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. The little stitching around the edge is a subtle yet great accent.
  • Gold Glimmer Paper, Gold Fancy Foil Acetate, and the Metallic Enamel Shapes add festive touches of gold to make this card special. I love my stash of sparkly accents to keep my cards crisp and clean yet give a special feel.
  • A layer and banner of Cucumber Crush create a great balance for the Whisper White and Gold Accents. And the play of banners and the circle offers clean lines and curved edges making the card more interesting.

Stampin'Up! Stylized birthday stamp, Cucumber Crush, heat embossing, gold tips, techniques, #lisapretto #inkbigacademystamps

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  3. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  6. Wendy Cranford at Luvin’ Stampin’
  7. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  8. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  9. Lory Robinson at The Robins Nest Designs
  10. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  11. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  12. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps
  13. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  14. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie

Stampin'Up! Color Combos featuring the NEW 2017-2019 In colors, fresh fig, tranquil tide, lemon lime twist, berry burst, powder pink #lisapretto #inkbigacademystamps

CLICK HERE FOR THE In-color 5 color combos _ Ink Big

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