One of the sets that really stood out for me in the new catalog was the cute Oh la la Macaron! set - the sentiment is super sweet and I love it when there's art to color! So check out this desert worthy card (I totally had to pick up some sweet macrons to celebrate the card!)
So in New Orleans, there's tons of places to get macarons, but I've really loved this quiet cute place in Metairie Sweet Handkraft. They make cute tiny little macrons (they are so tiny and so tasty!) and for holidays they make different character macarons, which are totally cute. Plus they have ice cream and coffee so you can pick up macrons for later, and then treat yo' self then and later too. :)
Anyways, before I moved here I didn't know the difference between a "macaron" and a "macaroon" - it turns out two oos in the name means that it's a weird coconut kind of cookie, and one o means it's the sandwich cookie - my buddy Wikipedia helps out, and says that it is a common switcheroo:
From Wikipedia: A macaron is a sweet meringue-based confection and probably introduced in France by the Italian chef of queen Catherine de Medici during the Renaissance. Since the 19th century, a typical Parisian-style macaron is presented with a ganache, buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two such cookies. There is some variation in whether the term macaron or macaroon is used, and the related coconut macaroon is often confused with the macaron. In North America, most bakers have adopted the French spelling of macaron for the meringue-based item to distinguish the two.
So fortified with macrons (and coffee) I got to work making a super awesome card celebrating macarons. This card is so fun to make - so first I took a piece of white daisy and created a fun ombre going from Seedless preserves (purple) to Pickled Raspberry (pink) to Spiced Marmalade (orange) to Mustard Seed (yellow). Which sounds like a bunch of fillings for macarons, but which are the distress oxide inks to create a smooth background.
Cut a heart slimline die out of Shortbread (again with the cookies!) cardstock and attach on top of the distress oxide ink blend and set aside to dry. Stamp and fussy-cut out at least 4 sets of macarons and one sentiment.
Use your tri-blend markers to color in the macrons - first do the lightest shade on the top and bottom, and going around where the center filling goes with the lightest shade, then follow the inked edges using the medium and darker shades, leaving the lighter color on the top. To create a "lip" use the dark marker as thin lines under the inked crumble lines. I wanted to try and coordinate with the distress oxides as much as possible so I used the magenta, coral, blue turquoise and purple marker blends.
I also like to take and run the black marker around the edges of the cutouts so that the thick black line is even all the way around the cut out image. I attached one set of macarons to each side of the card and then trimmed off the excess. For the center macarons, I popped them up using 3-D foam tape, which made it easier to tuck a smaller macaron underneath to make it look like the stack continued.
For embellishment, I went simple and used glisten Stickles on the center of the popped up macarons and that was it, however, I think you should embellish as you desire - here's a list of the products used, please do reach out and let me know if you have any questions! Thanks & stay crafty!
Stamp Sets: B1762 Ooh La La Macarons Stamp set
Ink/Coloring: Intense Black Ink Pad (Z4189) Tri-Blend Markers (various) Distress Oxide Ink Pads (Z2492, Z2523, Z2532, Z2518)
Papers: White Daisy Cardstock (1385) Shortbread Cardstock (X6059)
Embellishments: Glisten Stickles Glitter Glue (Z3558)
Tools: Hearts Slimline Thin Cut (Z3992) Paper Trimmer 3-D Foam Tape or Dots or Squares Adhesive Macarons from Sweet Handkraft (a macaron store in Metairie!) Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Z1836)