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Primarily Primary: Marie’s View

Marie Gamber, Artistic Guide

Finished Card:  4.25" x 5.5"

I am going to share a card I created using "primary" colors.  Primary colors are red, yellow and blue.   They are called “primary” colors because they cannot be created by mixing  together any of  the other colors.  They would be great for the Fourth of July celebrations and birthday parties.   However, this little Autumn  image illustrated by Theresa Momber from Gina K Designs just kept jumping out at me.    I created this card using the primary colors…. red, yellow and blue.

Stamps: Signs of Autumn
(Gina K Designs)
Paper: Cryogen (Curious Metallic)
Pure Luxury White card stock (Gina K Designs)
Blue "Trucks and Trains (Recollections)
Sundance designer paper (Gina K Designs) 

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Copic alcohol markers (.too, Inc)
White ink (Speedball)
Gold ink (Speedball)
Paper Trimmer

Scissors with fine tip

Acrylic stamping block
Nestabilities Classic Circle and Classic Scalloped die (Spellbinders)
Vagabond machine (Sizzix) 


Card size 4.25" x  5.5" Cut 11" x 8.5" paper in landscape orientation at 5.5".   This will make two cards. Score and fold with a bone folder at 4.25".  This will fit a standard A2 envelope. Base layer size - 5.25" x 4"; Top layer size - 5" x 3.75"

Tip:  Place a piece of paper over the top of your project before running a bone folder over the fold. This will help prevent unwanted marks on your project.


  1. I chose to have my highlight come from the upper  front-right hand side of the image.
  2. I started with YR23  for my shadow area.    YR 21 was my mid-tone.  The mid-tone was the majority of the image.  YR02 and YR00 were  my highlights where the sun or light would hit the object.
  3. I used R58 for my shadow area.   I blended using a flicking method with R27.  I continued to blend with R24 and R22.   I used R20 for my highlight.   My flicking method went in the same direction, blending from the bottom of the apple to the top.  I did not over-blend,  I wanted some of the striation to show.
  4. I used my Vagabond die cutter  with Spellbinder Classic Circle and Classic Scalloped dies.  I applied my layers and attached a bow for embellishment.
  5. I never like to put my dimensional cards in a regular A2 envelope.  I solved my dilemma by creating a 3-D envelope or box to hold my dimensional cards.  I usually hand the cards to the special person.   If I need to mail it, I place it in the small box provided for priority mail.   It costs $5.35 to mail but many of my cards take hours to days to create.   My tutorial for this 3-D box can be found HERE. 

Thank you for taking the time to view my tutorial.  I love autumn images and apples in baskets in particular.   I know I took some liberty to use the Yellow-Red combination rather that pure yellow.   OK, I know I have a little "rebel" in me!     I hope you liked it. and check back regularly for some wonderful tutorials from the various artists at Stamper's Quest!

Hugs, Marie

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