During CHA this past January in California I had the privilege to be taken to dinner by Diana Crick, the inventor of the Scor-Pal (bless her!) and owner of Magnolia-Licious. As we ate our steaks she asked me an interesting question - did I color my images first, then fit them to design/papers/color scheme, or vice versa? While there is no right or wrong way, I will share what works for me today and why. Details on today's card are at the bottom of the post.
I do like to have my color scheme arranged first - and am influenced by the colors in patterned papers or cardstock colors that appeal to me. I tend to go in phases but for spring my favorite colors are soft, muted neutrals and cooler toned shades of pinks, browns, blues and purples punctuated with warmer toned accents, Summer Sun or warm shades of cocoa being my current favorites.
Many designers have an "inspiration station" where they put their latest purchases and seasonal goodies to have them close at hand. I do something similar, but when I fall in love with a collection, I also like to create a color palette for it. This way I am not always on the hunt for the perfect shade of marker, ribbon, or cardstock. Just creating the palette allows me playtime with the colors, which in turn creates familiarity. I can see colors that pair well that I never would have thought of, or find an undertone in a color that can be capitalized on when pairing other colors with it. If you are a regular reader, you may remember that I did this for the Basic Gray Christmas collection Wassail. I discovered a Copic favorite, Ash Rose when I played, and it became the focal point of many a layout. Never underestimate the power of color as inspiration.
Which brings me to my new love, BasicGrey's Porcelian. BasicGrey says this collection is a palette of lace and floral motifs in watercolor-inspired hues of sunset yellow, spring greens, soft corals and espresso browns. I am so in love! The colors are very unusual - warm toned, but with flecks of cool and neutral. The colors can be a hot mess if clashed with blue based pinks or super orange-ish corals. Here are the colors I chose, which were used for today's card (the paper seen above is called Chantilly).
It is hard to tell from the swatch but Sardonyx is just about perfect (see it on Tilda's dress in today's card?). Buttercup Yellow is also perfect.
For matching cardstock I turned to the Stampin' Up! Earth Elements colors. Specifically used are Cameo Coral, Old Olive (in the textured version, which is lighter than my regular cardstock, this is perfect), and Close to Cocoa, a brown which has a pink hue similar to the brown Copic colors Floral White and Sand White, which were used to color the cake and XO letters.
The metallic cream colored cardstock is from Stampin' Up!'s Taste of Textiles patterned paper collection and and fits in beautifully. The whole collection is part of my inspiration station for spring, which is heavily influenced by a cleaner version of shabby chic - floral and romantic, but more sparse than loads of vintage clutter.
Hope that helps to answer some questions I have been asked about the creative process. What about you, what do you like to do first? Let me know if you try to make an inspiration palette too :) Now onto today's card details.
I embossed the Magnolia Love Cake and X and O letters (available at Magnolia-Licious) with detail Silver embossing powder, then colored with Copics in Floral White, Sand White, and a bit of Pinkish Vanilla. I focused the color only around the lighter edges, then used a Colorless Blender to fade the color in the center of the letters. In the picture above you can see what other Copics I used on the dress and ribbons.
Next I gave a wash of Shimmerz Paint in Candle Light for a creamy shimmery look. I added little tiny dots of Liquid Pearls in Mint Green, which I loved on the XO, but when I added bigger blobs on the cake I hated it (the wrong shade of green became too apparent) but was too lazy to paint a new one. Oh well, live and learn. This points out the need for a palette, I should have tested better :)
Cutting tip: I have said this before, but I get so frustrated with my craft knife. Give me a pair of sharp small scissors any day. I cut right into the letter to cut out the paper from the center of the O. If you look closely you can see where I taped it back together with a sticky dot, but really it is almost unnoticeable.
The Chantilly paper from BasicGrey's Porcelain collection was punched with Stampin' Up!'s newest punch Eyelet Border. The variegated sheer ribbon is by May Arts.
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