Sometimes, I have a really hard time choosing colors. I tend to be very monochromatic. However, when someone says, “here, use this color combo,” I feel more at ease with branching out and using something different. Today’s post is about the Color Challenge we were given. This color combo is WAY out of my comfort zone and I really didn’t think the pink in the card would work with my vision. I wanted to make a masculine card. Below, you will find a copy of the image they shared with us. I interpreted the colors as Early Espresso, Crumb cake (because they are YUMMY together), Pool Party, and Lemon Lime Twist. There’s another green in there… but I just couldn’t add that in… LOL
So why motorcycles? Well, they are a mode of transportation right? And you need a mode of transportation to travel…. no that’s not right. For the 4th of July weekend, my family went camping and we brought our ATVs and motorcyles with us! It was a blast! We came away with only minor scrapes and bruises to boot. LOL. I threw in a picture below. Where we stayed was sooooo green and so beautiful! I can’t wait to go back!! You can see the motorcycles on the trailer, the cabin we stayed in and oh yeah, that handsome man in the photo is my eldest son!
So, yesterday, I blogged about using embossing paste and the lighting in the photo was a bit wonky. You couldn’t really see the beautiful texture on the white on white background. WELL! Here’s a card for you! This card was for the Color Challenge for the Creative Crew on Splitcoaststampers. As you can see below, the color challenge was Real Red, Island Indigo and Very Vanilla. I took literally 2 drops of real red ink and mixed with Stampin’ Up!’s Embossing Paste and smeared it all over the brick texture from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. I also did something that I have never done before. I watercolored a doily! My upline has done it NUMEROUS times and I kept thinking… when will I ever use it? UGH! I love it!! I used the You are So Sweet Clear-Mounted stamp set and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit to cut out the sentiment. I fussy-cut the border. So what do I love about this card? Well, besides everything? It’s a mix of urban and elegant… It’s ele-ban-t (there you have it folks, I created a new word!)
This month’s color challenge was to use strong summer colors. But this picture was attached and inspired me to make a card. Strong summer colors… to me, means oceans, sand and a cool drink. Dapper Denim, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Sky blue… and Lemon Lime Twist for the drink. I used the Seasonal Layers Framelits and the Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp set for this card. I also used Glitter Enamel Dots for accents on this card and again used a strand from the Burlap Ribbon. Whisper White Thick, Dapper Denim and Whisper White card stock too.
I am TERRIBLE when it comes to choosing colors! I don’t know why but if it weren’t for the DSP packs telling me what colors to put together, I would be monochromatic! This challenge was fantastic for me! It gave me great ideas on what colors to use. For the Suite Surprises part of the challenge, I used the Succulent Garden Suite. The surprise for me was cover up another boo-boo! The metal rimmed pearls were perfect! The large one covered the boo-boo (embellishment opportunity!!) and the small one made a great flower center!!
So, what was the mistake? I cleaned the photopolymer stamp before I stamped Happy. I inked up the word happy with Rose Red and stamped, M-o-t was visible from the dirty stamp cleaner I used… UGH. I covered that baby up with the metal rimmed pearl! Perfection! The colors I saw in this color combination was: Whisper White (I tried Smoky Slate and it was too dark for me), Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Rose Red, Always Artichoke and Pear Pizzazz.
Tomorrow, I will post Challenge 5. Stay tuned!