This week’s Fab Friday Color Challenge is filled with great colors: Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey. Individually or together, these colors are great colors for Fall. When I played around with the colors, though, my mind kept telling me that these colors would be powerful on a sympathy card. We tend to go “dark” for sympathy cards, but I believe yellow can be such an uplifting color – and isn’t that point of a sympathy card? After playing around with a couple of stamp set images, I landed on the Swallowtail stamp – just what I wanted. Here’s my card:
And here are the colors that that inspired my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Dry Watercoloring. I stamped this huge butterfly with Archival Basic Black on Thick Whisper White. As I was painting this Swallowtail, it occurred to me that I kept pulling all the water off the tip of my Aqua Painter. Because I wasn’t painting on Watercolor Paper, I wanted to make sure the water didn’t warp the paper, so I kept dabbing the tip of my Aqua Painter with a paper towel. The effect was the my colors were less wet and less runny. I could layer on additional colors (like the Blackberry Bliss over the Hello Honey) without worrying that the colors would bleed too much.
- Cropped Panel. This Swallowtail stamp is GORGEOUS. Let’s be honest, though – we don’t always want to see the entire image on our projects. Before I started coloring him, though, I cropped him into a thin, long shape at an angle that allowed me to show off his beauty at the same time. I considered stamping him underneath the panel to create an additional layer of the butterfly, but I decided that this approach gave me just the right amount of Swallowtail.
- An Open Heart. I love the bird and branch in An Open Heart, but I’ve yet to successfully use them. Still, the sentiments in this set are so beautiful that I keep coming back for more. The font is simple, and the sentiments are sweet and assuring.
Stamp Sets: Swallowtail, An Open Heart Papers: Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White Inks: Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Archival Basic Black Accessories: Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope you’ll pop over to the Fab Friday challenge blog to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.
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