Saturday, September 17, 2016

September Leading Lady Carson Riutta | Take Three


Our September Leading Lady, Carson Riutta, is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensationally brilliantly bold second performance CLICK HERE.  Today her talent for design, color and drama are showcased with a terrific trio of cards!

Without further ado, Carson.... 

Hello again, my lovely Winnie & Walter friends!  I'm so excited to be back sharing yet another set of bright cards full of contrast.  Before we get into the cards though, I just want to say "Thank you" for all the lovely comments you have left here on the W&W blog and my own blog, Pine & Plum.  I haven't had a chance to respond to your comments from last week, but I want you to know that each and every one makes my heart go pitter pat.  
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Kindness Cards by Carson Riutta
This week I wanted to play around with some very bright and vivid backgrounds.   Last week, while I was creating the quick and dirty watercolor cards, I color washed a few pieces of watercolor card stock in a light, pink, purple and peacock, I then let them dry and forgot about them for a few days.    When I sat down to create for this week, I decided to get a little messy and turn those watercolored papers into the backgrounds you see here.
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Blue Kindness Card by Carson Riutta
I used the fantastic Scenery: Pattern of the Rings Creative Screenings and some mist to create a fun misted ring design over my watercolor card stock.  Now when you have a background that has a lot of pop and color it can sometimes be difficult to add too many embellishments, especially colorful ones.  So to keep these cards clean and graphic I decided to go black and white with my florals.  
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Purple Kindness Card by Carson Riutta
In fact, my desire to go black and white is the reason I chose to work with these gorgeous geometrically inspired florals from the In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers stamp  and die set.  The fact that there were an array of lined images and solid images made this set perfect for working with strong contrasting colors.  The fact that the shapes are so symmetric really makes the black and white pop off the page as well.  I'm kind of in love with this set!
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Pink Kindness Card by Carson Riutta
So all this is to say that next time you're working with a strong patterned paper or a bright and messy creation of your own as your background, try embellishing with only black and white to achieve a striking and unforgettable look!
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Square Kindness Cards by Carson Riutta
Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll give the black and white look a try. And don't forget to head over to my blog,, and leave a comment for a chance to win a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card! Winners will be announced at the end of the month. Remember, if you comment on all of my Leading Lady posts over on my blog you can earn an extra entry for the drawing!  Good luck!


I'll see you one more time next week for my final Leading Lady post, I'm getting a bit verklempt just thinking about it.  Until then, take care and happy crafting!




  1. Beautiful cards! Love the backgrounds and the colors!

  2. Wow, amazing cards and your colour coordination and choices is so happy and lovely.

  3. Love these! I'm so impressed with all the cards from Carson so far this month, what a talent!

  4. WOW... WOW... WOW! Gorgeous, brilliant and amazing designs from Carson. She is so talented and creative!

  5. Astonishing cards. Fantastic idea to use with my too-large stash of bold PP. This Bloom set is absolutely delightful. Cheers!

  6. DELIGHTFUL cards!!!
    LOVE the POP of INKY AWESOMENESS against the BOLD & BEAUTIFUL black & white - ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS designs!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing :)


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