Complementary Flowers

This card features one of my favorite color schemes! The official art term for this type of color scheme is “complimentary” color scheme, meaning the colors are on the exact opposite sides of the color wheel.

Here’s what this color scheme looks like on a color wheel:

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This image comes from color.adobe.com, a great tool for all artists who use color!

See how far apart those colors are? Okay, not exact opposites, but pretty darn close. When colors from far apart on the color wheel are juxtaposed, they create a lot of contrast which can make the elements on a card really pop!

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If you, too, like a lot of contrast, try this color combination!

Lessons learned: I attached my ribbon using snail adhesive, but I didn’t think I needed to cover the entire back of the ribbon with it. It looked fine at first, but the ribbon loosened up just a little bit and it sags just a tiny bit where there wasn’t adhesive. Learn from my mistake and make sure your ribbon is firmly attached!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials used:

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: What I Love stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: watermelon colored ribbon, pear colored ribbon

 

The Sky is the Limit, for Dad

The layout for this card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches challenge #240.

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I’ve been hard at working making cards for all the dads in my life, and each of them is the “World’s Best” in the world of their own child. Each dad is amazing in his own way, and each one deserves the title of “World’s Best”.

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These stacked panels are each 1 inch wide. The tallest is 5-1/4 inch tall, and each of the following panels gets shorter by 1/2 inch. The black square is 2″x 2″. I stuck to a simple, masculine color scheme with Old Olive as the star.

One of the principals of art is movement, which can either mean something that physically moves, like when a pop-up card opens, or the illusion of movement. In this card, I tried to give the plane movement by placing it slightly out of the black square, rather than putting it right in the middle of the black square, which would have made it feel boxed in. I further added to the sense of movement by adding a white trail behind the plane.

This weeks design sketch also helps add movement! The repeated rectangle shapes and the diagonal lines formed at the tops and bottoms lead your eye in from the left, narrowing down to help the viewer focus on the focal point, which is the airplane.

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Happy stamping!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pretty Petals, Going Places Designer Series Paper Stacks (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Going Global, Sky Is The Limit (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Old Olive, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: white colored pencil, dimensionals

Wildflowers

This card was inspired by Global Design Project challenge #039!

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This challenge comes at the perfect time; my mom is going to be having surgery in two weeks. It’s not an emergency, but is still pretty major. Along with a card, I’m planning lots of meals and pampering.

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The layout for this card is based on two equal sized panels set at angles. I added washi tape at the top to make it look like the panels are attached with tape, though they actually have snail adhesive holding them to the card as well.

The back panel is Wildflower Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up and uses one of my favorite color combinations! The front panel is stamped with Botanical Blooms stamps and accented with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Wildflowers Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Hello Honey, Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Sweetly Framed (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Basic Black, Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: 2014-2016 In Color Washi Tape,

Father’s Day Sunset

This card was inspired by Stamp Ink Paper challenge #51.

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I’ve been hard at work making cards for all the dads in my life. Each dad has the title of “Best Dad” in their own child’s world.

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For the sunset challenge, I wanted to try a little different twist: viewing a sunset from outer space!

Background:

  1. First, I cut out a circle from a Post-It Note and stuck it down where the sun would be.
  2. Next, I sponged Tuxedo Black, Night of Navy, and Elegant Eggplant in the sky. I worked in from the outer edges of the paper using circular motions.
  3. I sponged a little bit of Crushed Curry on the sun.
  4. I added stars using Whisper White ink and a stamp from the Going Global stamp set from Stampin’ Up! After the initial Big Dipper was stamped, I wiped off the constellation lines. I also stamped off more and more ink as the stars got closer to the sun so they got lighter.
  5. I added some accents, like extra constellations, with white colored pencil.
  6. I stamped the sentiment in the bottom corner and used the white colored pencil to add some flare marks so it looks like it is sparkling as well.

Earth:

  1. Using Old Olive ink, I stamped the Earth image from the Going Global stamp set onto a piece of paper from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up!
  2. I cut out the Earth using a circular die.
  3. I sponged shadows on the dark side of the Earth with Tuxedo Black using circular motions.
  4. I added the Earth to my background using dimensionals.

Disclaimer: For all of you astronomy geeks out there, the constellations are not accurate in any way and the relative sizes of the Earth and sun are out of proportion (I know it hurts, sorry). Also, the moon is hidden behind the Earth from this vantage point; I tried adding it in, but it didn’t fit in with the rest of the composition.

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Have a stellar day and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Going Global stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Circular Dies, Dimensionals, Sponges, White Colored Pencil, Post-It Note

 

Father’s Day Is Coming

This card was inspired by Mojo Monday Challenge #451.

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Father’s Day is on it’s way and I’ve been busy at work making cards for all the dad’s in my life. They all have the title of “World’s Best Dad” in the worlds of their own children.

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This card is pretty simple to figure out without a lot of directions, so I’ll just leave you with one simple tip: if your stamps don’t stamp dark enough or solid enough, touch them up with markers!

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Happy stamping!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Delightful Dijon, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Going Places Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Going Global stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Other: Dimensionals, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!