This week’s color challenge for the Global Design Project gets us playing with one of our 2016-2018 In Colors – Sweet Sugarplum. This super-sweet, super soft purple is paired with the deep, right Night of Navy and Whisper White. Lovely combination! The real challenge (if you want my opinion – and I think you do want my opinion because you are reading all of these words I typed here) is to keep the colors balanced. It is possible to have too much of the sugary Sweet Sugarplum. I tried to balance the colors with a lot of Whisper White. A lot. I’m happy with that decision. Here’s my card for this week’s Global Design Project:
- Better Together and Fresh Fruit. I used two new stamp sets for today’s card – Better Together (this is a must-have stamp set with great outside- and inside-the-card sentiments) and Fresh Fruit (the little flower is not, technically, a fruit, but it sure is cute. Although the sentiment that coordinates with “wishing you happiness on your special day” is “happy birthday,” this fun and playful sentiment can be used for almost any occasion – as long as it’s special and as long as it’s a day you want someone to be happy. Check out these two sets:
- Lots of White Space. White space is both a friend and foe. While I intentionally left a lot of it here to balance these colors (you already know that because you read the introduction to today’s blog post), there’s a part of me that really wants to add something more. I fight that. When I’m done with all the fighting, I’m usually happy that the clean-and-simple side of my put up such a good fight. Not only did I resist the urge to add “more” to the main panel of this card (just look at all that white space above the sentiment!), but I also decided that the Whisper White background of this card felt better than a Sweet Sugarplum panel. It was difficult, but I got there. 🙂
- MORE White Space – and a touch of insanity. My original design plan was to have the Sweet Sugarplum flower to the right of the sentiment and then to stamp the flowers along the left panel (to stamp the flowers with Night of Navy on the Sweet Sugarplum cardstock). This is about the time that insanity took over. I thought the panel left too much purple on the card and distracted from the sweet flower by the sentiment, so…I stamped the flower over and over on Whisper White and then snipped out all the tiny petals and glued them on top of the ones I had stamped. Looks simple but is not simple. Although the panel is small, it took a lot of time and effort to get those little pieces snipped and glued down. Oh, the things I do for my art!
Stamp Sets: Better Together, Fresh Fruit Papers: Night of Navy, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White Inks: Night of Navy Accessories: White Perfect Accents, Night of Navy Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today!
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