Hello everyone and welcome back to the craft room, and our April 2023 Workplace Color Challenge. I am ready to have some fun! Please join me by posting a link to your project in the comments below.
Color Challenge Inspiration
This month’s color inspiration is this box of Juice Drop Hazy IPA. It took me a while to come up with a card for this color challenge, but I think I did a pretty good job. Let’s take a look!
The background for this card is a piece of Canson XL water color paper, my Distress Ink pads, and the ink smooshing technique. To get the dark blue of the challenge piece I starting with my favorite color; Prize Ribbon and some Uncharted Mariner. I don’t typically use my heat gun when doing this technique, but I wanted to make sure I could see the second and third layers. I started the first layer by smooshing the ink pads down on my silicone mat and adding some water. This technique is messy but intriguing as you never know what that first smoosh of color will produce. To add more layers I switched to a plastic stamp pocket and used that as my palette. This offers a more accurate placement of color.
For some reason I wanted to add a little bit of purple into the mix, so I grabbed some Villainous Potion. Sadly the effect wasn’t what I wanted so I didn’t add too much of this color.
To cover up some of that purple, I next used the beautiful color Blueprint Sketch. This is such a rich color and added the deeper blue that I wanted.
The next step took me a little bit of time to come up with. I have had the Mixed Media #1 die set for a very long time and never really used it. Today was that day! I opted for the large corner die to show off more of the background color, so I cut the panel from a piece of 110lb white card by Recollections. I also stamped the Happy Anniversary sentiment with the Kaiser Craft Occasions stamp set with GinaK amalgam ink.
The Color Challenge Flowers
I really love this Pinkfresh Studio; It’s a New Day Floral stamp set. For today’s project I stamped the floral image onto a piece of Strathmore watercolor paper with Gina K’s amalgam ink.
The flowers, as always, are fun to create. I wanted a watercolor look for this card. Rather than use a watercolor paint set I decided to continue with the Distress Ink palette. Using Only Crackling Campfire gave me a beautiful orange to almost yellow color for the flowers. I also added a small amount of Walnut Stain for the centers of the two large flowers as well as using Peeled Paint for the leaves.
To continue with the color challenge theme, I needed to add more yellow to the flowers. There were several mediums I could have used but I chose the Primsacolor Pencils. I used Canary Yellow over the flowers to give them a yellow glow and then Apple Green for the leaves and stems.
The Finished Card
This card came together quickly and turned out great. I love all of the texture that was created with the inked background peeking through the die cut areas.
I decided not to use foam tape with the flowers. They pop off the page with the visual dimension behind them.
What do you think? There isn’t as much blue in my card as there is on the challenge piece, however I think it is still well represented. I can’t wait to see what you all create!! Please add a link to your project down below in the comments. I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretations.
Thank you for joining me in another Workplace Color Challenge and for stopping by the craft room. If you would like to check out the March challenge, check out this link here: Workplace Color Challenge – Pink and Teal. Have a wonderful rest of your week and I will see you all again soon!
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