CIC 511 | Warm Wishes | Maroon, Teal, and Gold

Our latest challenge at Cupcake Inspirations is a colour challenge, with a beautiful inspiration image. We’re looking for projects using maroon, teal and gold. These colours should be the focus of your project, but beyond that you can be inspired in whatever way you like!

For my card I decided to make use of some new-to-me stamps. I started with a panel of white card, and stamped one of the images from The Cat’s Pajamas Freshly Brewed Heaven along with a sentiment from Your Next Stamp’s Cup of Cheer using my MISTI and MFT black hybrid ink. I left the stamps in the MISTI before moving on to colouring.

I used a variety of blue green Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to create the teal-y base colour on my cup, then used a blender pen to lighten some areas where I wanted to add red hearts. I then went over those areas with a red pen. I probably should have waited for the ink to dry a bit more as it bled slightly and they ended up messier than I would have preferred, but we can call it stylistic! I also used the red to go around the edge of the saucer to create a ring. I used a white gel pen to add rough outlines around each of the hearts and along the edges of the red ring on the saucer. I used some dark browns to colour the liquid in the cup.

I returned the panel to my MISTI and used Versamark ink to stamp the steam element from the Freshly Brewed Heaven stamp set before embossing with Wow Rich Pale Gold embossing powder and my WOW Dual-Speed Heat Tool. I also inked along the side of the panel and embossed with the gold. I then created strips of red and teal card, using my Illustrator markers to ensure it matched my colouring, and edged those with the gold embossing as well.

I put the focal panel into my MISTI once more so that I could restamp the cup and the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I made sure to roughly mask off the steam area first so that the black ink wouldn’t mar the gold.

For the final assembly of my card I adhered the strips of red and teal onto the back of my focal panel, then used some snippets of the same card to fill out the area behind the focal panel to ensure I could adhere it to the card base level. I used double-sided tape across the back of the layered piece, and adhered it to my white card base, slightly offset towards one side.

I’m pretty pleased with how this card turned out. The colour palette is very pretty, and the touches of gold bring the design together nicely. I hope this has inspired you to come and join in with our challenge. You can find more inspiration from the rest of the DT over on the challenge page, or directly at their blogs via the links below.


Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)


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Challenges included:

Caffeine Fueled Paper Play – Coffee or Tea (using products from sponsors The Cat’s Pajamas and Your Next Stamp)

Classic Design Challenge – Anything Goes

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Maroon, Teal, Gold

Digi Choosday – Anything Goes

Moving Along With The Times – New

NBUS Challenge – Never Before Used Stuff

STAMPlorations CAS Challenge – Anything CAS

Three Room Studio Challenge – Embossing Powder

Through The Craft Room Door – Anything Goes

WOW Embossing Powder – Show Us Your WOW

Check out what the rest of the DT made:


Charlotte (that’s me!)





Sue N.

Sue T.


15 thoughts on “CIC 511 | Warm Wishes | Maroon, Teal, and Gold

  1. Your inspiration design is amazing, Charlotte! Your attention to detail and amount of work are clearly evident in your finished card. Excellent job creating teal from your markers and I love the gold schparkle! Thank you so much for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Take care and keep safe! Hugs, Darnell

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