Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Well Said Color Challenge

#ItsAllAboutTheColors!  l

Today I'm participating in the Color Combo Blog Hop.  Each month we're challenged to make something from a new trio of colors. This is a really fun way to stretch yourself because you're totally open on the imagery to use. You get to play in what ever way the colors speak to you. What would you do with the January color challenge?

Color Combo Blog Hop January 2019

The blue (Coastal Cabana) and purple (Gorgeous Grape) compliment each other nicely and the Cajun Craze is a strong neutral to complete the triad.  When I saw this color combo the first thing I thought of was "BALLOONS!" 

This month I have 3 cards to show you; all using a balloon shape. The cards are all the same but they showcase 2 different ways to add shine to the same image.  The first card is plain cardstock for comparison.

Balloon Card made with Stampinup's Balloon Bouquet Punch by StampLadyKatie

Shine details coming - first a bonus tip about the balloon strings.  I wanted the strings of the balloons to compliment the texture of the ribbon.  So instead of looking for some sort of twine, I took apart the ribbon to get a few threads for the balloon strings. The technique works especially well with Stampin'UP!'s Flax Ribbon.

3 photos explanation of how to take threads out of the Flax ribbon to use as twine

The card is cute enough by itself, but real balloons do have a shine to them.
So in an attempt to be more realistic I tried 2 different techniques to add some shine.

Balloon card trio comparing plain paper, clear embossing and clear glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

On this second card I embossed the whole balloon piece with clear embossing powder.
The effect definitely adds shine to the balloons . . .  heat embossing is super fun  to watch.
and you can add layers for thicker texture and shine.

Balloon Card made with Stampinup's Balloon Bouquet Punch by StampLadyKatie. The balloons were clear embossed  Close-up of balloons covered with clear embossing powder

For this last card I covered the whole balloon piece in clear glue using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Wow, great color and shine. It also adds some texture interest because the balloon is thicker with that layer of glue on it.

Balloon Card made with Stampinup's Balloon Bouquet Punch by StampLadyKatie. The balloons were covered with the Fine Tip Glue Pen clear glue (crystal laquer)  Close-up of balloons covered with the Fine Tip Glue Pen clear glue (crystal laquer)

Both embossing and the use of the clear glue are really fun, easy techniques that I'd encourage you to try. If you've tried either of these techniques I'd love to hear your experience with it in the comments below.

For more details about the product I used there is a list of products at the end of this post.

When you have time, you may enjoy browsing my blog for more ideas.  Thanks for stopping by.  Click this button to visit the next blog in today's Color Combo Blog Hop.

Color Combo Blog Hop

Here are the links to all the blogs in the hop.

  1. ElisabethPirolt (AT)
  2. Pia Gerhardt - (DE) 
  3. TanjaKlingler-Selinger (AT)
  4. SandraHerzog 
  5. Sue McDonald (UK) 
  6. Rene Guenther (DE) 
  7. Renée Eckhardt (AT) 
  8. Carmen Groinig (AT)
  9.  Silke Trapani (DE) -
  10. Tracy Marie Lewis - (US)
  11. Janey Backer (US)
  12. Tricia Butts (U.S.) 
  13. Laura Mackie UK
  14. Rebecca-JoUnwin- Australia 
  15. DorotheeFelicitas Buhn 
  16. Cheryl Taylor - UK
  17. Sharon Dalton - Australia 
  18. JoBlackman
  19. Astrid Hofmann (AT) 
  20. Kimberley Morris (US) 
  21. Tatiana Grübler (DE) 
  22. Anastasia Radloff (US) 
  23. Angélique Nederpel (NL
  24. Katie Johnson (US) - you are here
 I hope I've inspired you to add a little shine to your next project. I'm happy to answer questions about this or any other project. My email is in the header at the top of the page.

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Elisabeth said...

Love that idea with the ribbon!
And the black ties it all together.
Thanks for joining!
Greets Elisabeth

stempeln-mit-rene said...

A great card.
Thanks for the inspiration and for joining BlogHop.
Greetings from Leipzig / Germany

bastelsalat said...

Great Card.
Greetings from Germany.

*astrid* said...

Ballons - what a great idea. I like the third card most :-)

Sue McDonald said...

Fab idea of show casing the different techniques for the effect on the balloons.

Tracy Lewis said...

Thanks for showing multiple ways to prepare the balloons! Love your project... TFS

Jo Blackman said...

Great card and fab techniques, TFS x

Pia Gerhardt - Scraproomboom said...

Awesome cards - like them all - great techniques

Laura Mackie Stampin' Up! said...

Great card, perfect way to showcase the colours

Tricia Butts said...

Amazing card design. I love the way the colors pop against the black background. :)