If nothing else, I’ve played around with a variety of styles this week. I’ve created cards from bright & cheery to dark & dirty. I created cards that are soft & ornate, so I figured I’d give bold & modern a try. My goal? To play around with Pleasant Poppies, creating a modern interpretation of the flowers. As I started shading the elements of the flowers, I realized this wasn’t an impossible task. I am so happy to share this card with you today - I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- Go Monochromatic. I derive almost all my knowledge from Wikipedia (it’s such a reliable source of important information), so it’s only natural that I turned to Wikipedia for a sharp definition of the term ”monochromatic.” Here’s what I found:
Monochromatic colors are all the colors (tints, tones, and shades) of a single hue. Monochromatic color schemes are derived from a single base hue, and extended using its shades, tones and tints (that is, a hue modified by the addition of black, gray (black + white) and white. As a result, the energy is more subtle and peaceful due to a lack of contrast of hue. Monochromatic color schemes may be considered boring unless there is diversity within the design.
That really makes so much sense. There’s a certain peacefulness in a monochromatic theme – now we understand why. This scheme, though, isn’t boring because the design of the images is so diverse. Thank you, Wikipedia!
Instead of watercoloring or adding depth to these poppies, I boldly colored-in sections of the flowers with Marina Mist, Midnight Muse and Pool Party. This added a modern flair to this beautiful image.
Let the layers overlap. Trapping all those poppies inside the framelit would be kinda’ boring (unless you have made a card like that – at which point I think it’s quite lovely). I quickly decided to let some of the flowers hang over the border. To add some uniqueness to the overlapping flowers, I decided to only let one side hang over. I colored the flowers and then cropped the images with the Labels Collection Framelits. If you look closely, you can see where I added the cropped pieces back to the flowers:
Adding the sentiment. I like to find new and unique ways to add sentiments to a card. I knew I wanted to “cover up” the long, wiry stems of these poppies, so I cropped a 3/4″ strip of Very Vanilla, positioning it along the bottom of the Labels Collection framelits. I stamped this sentiment from Sweet Essentials. I needed something to differentiate the Very Vanilla strip from the background, and I didn’t want to add sponging to an (otherwise) crisp, modern card so I ran the brush tip of my Stampin’ Write Marker along the edge of the strip to give it a thin border. It almost adds a light shadow. How cool is that?
Stamp sets: Pleasant Poppies, Sweet Essentials Papers: Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Very Vanilla Inks: Midnight Muse, Midnight Muse Stampin’ Write Marker, Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Marker, Pool Party Stampin’ Write Marker Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits
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