If you regularly follow along with our challenge, you’ll know that our last color challenge was Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, and Emerald Envy, so this is very similar. However, it was before Christmas last time so it was easy to turn that combo into a Christmas card. What to do this time?
I decided that this would work for a floral card. I decided it would be great to pull out one of my favorite Essentials by Ellen sets and have a ton of fun coloring it. And when I got started, I had the most FABULOUS idea, and it totally worked! But first, lookie:
GOJUS!!!! I had varying ideas for how I wanted to do this…at first I thought maybe watercolor or trying to do a technique, but I decided to turn to Copics instead. There are a couple of cool things going on here, so I’ll describe my amazing idea first. To stamp this, I had to create some masks for the large flower and the leaf. As I was walking over to grab my Simon Says Stamp masking paper, I walked past my Brother ScanNCut and I thought, HEY. What if I just stamped on my masking paper and then used the ScanNCut to cut out the masks, saving myself a ton of time cutting them out with scissors? And ya know what? It TOTALLY worked! I ended up coloring in the images on the masking paper just to make sure that they wouldn’t get mistakenly cut apart by the machine, just by taking a colored pencil and shading in everything in one color. It worked great, and the images were cut right on the line. There were a few places where it didn’t quite, but it was easy enough to trim out those few areas with my scissors. I ended up cutting out the largest interior space with a PenBlade, but otherwise, they were ready to use.
I stamped the lower flower first with Memento Tuxedo Black using my MISTI. I then masked it off and stamped the leaves around it, three with Tuxedo Black also, then I stamped the upper flower using Memento London Fog as well as a few more leaves. I wanted only the flower and leaves stamped in Tuxedo Black to be colored with vibrant colors. The flowers and leaves stamped in London Fog would naturally retreat into the background. There are a lot of color tricks you can use to create depth. One trick to use is to make the objects in the background darker. Another trick is to use cooler colors in the background and use warmer colors in the foreground. I did a little bit of this, but it wasn’t the main trick. You can make objects in the foreground sharper and more clear and objects in the background more blurry. Then, there is the way I did this, which was to make the objects in the background lighter. The combination of lighter, cooler colors makes those flowers and leaves recede into the background.
I started out by coloring the leaves, then I started on this flower. I chose red-violet colors for the most part, but in order to really make this pop, I needed some more peach-type colors at the tips of some of the petals. I used a violet color to shade the parts of the petals I wanted to recede and the peach colors to bring parts of the petals forward.
At that point, I needed to decide what to do for the flowers in the background. I had originally thought to create a texture and color it in monochromatic, but I had a brainwave to color them in with very light, cool colors. I chose the lightest, coolest pink I had, and the lightest, coolest green. I colored pretty loosely, leaving a lot of white highlights and blending out the sharp edges with the colorless blender. I then started coloring in the entire background with Cool Gray markers. I proceeded to die cut the whole thing with the largest die from MFT Stamps Wonky Stitched Rectangles.
After I was done coloring, I stamped the greeting over the top of the lighter flowers with Tuxedo Black again, deciding against popping it up on a separate piece of card stock. To help the greeting pop forward over the leaves and flowers, I used my Cool Gray marks again to create a drop shadow behind them.
The last thing I did was to add some Ice Cube jewels from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. I think they add just the right sparkle!
I decided to use fun foam to pop this up on a Slate Gray card stock from Simon Says Stamp instead of white, as the gray really makes it pop even more. It really did turn out so beautifully. I was extremely pleased with myself, both for doing a fab coloring job but also for thinking of using the Brother ScanNCut to cut out those masks. I can use those masks again and again until they wear out or get too inky, but now I know it will be really easy to cut new ones whenever I need to!
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