Wednesday, February 13, 2019

February Color Challenge

I participate in a monthly color challenge.  

I think its good to sometimes stretch yourself  with your art . . . and starting a project with colors rather than the image is definitely a stretch.  

Its easy to start with imagery and pick the right colors.  Its more challenging to reverse the process and start with colors and then try choose the imagery.

The February trio of colors is: Soft Sea Foam,
Mossy Meadow and Poppy Parade.

Two greens and a red? 

My first thought was Christmas! But of course February is the wrong month for that holiday.  Then, because its winter here in Wisconsin, I thought about evergreens and cardinals. But I felt the contrast between the two greens was too big a difference to use both greens as trees. In the end I settled on flowers.

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Daisy Delight Stamp Set by StampLadykatie
I like the contrast of the colors, but felt kind of like I was cheating, like there wasn't enough of the 2 greens.  So I stepped it up a bit with a 2nd card. The flower on both cards was stamped on the Poppy Parade paper and punched out with the Daisy Punch.

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Daisy Delight Stamp Set by StampLadykatie

The difference on this 2nd card is that I stamped the leaves on the Mossy Meadow and "fussy cut" them with a scissors.  I then glued them over the leaves on stamped stem.  I really like the addition of the extra splash of dark green contrasted with the brightness of the flower.

Close-up of the punched Daisy from Stampin'UP!'s Daisy Delight Stamp Set by StampLadyKatie

I'm not sure how well you can see the sparkle on the petals. I went around the edges of each petal and down the center with the Wink of Stella pen.  It really adds a finished look to the flower.

Close-up of the sparkle from the Wink of Stella Pen

And then because you can never have too much sparkle (right?), I also traced over the letters in the sentiment with the Wink of Stella pen.  Its subtle, but very effective.

Thanks for hopping by.  When you have time, you may enjoy browsing my blog for more ideas. Be sure to check out all the great projects in our February Color Challenge Blog Hop. Click this button to see Astrid's creation.
  1. Tanja Klingler  - (AT)
  2. Pia Gerhardt - (DE
  3. Sue McDonald - (UK) 
  4. Janey Backer - (US)
  5. Tricia Butts - (US)
  6. Silke Trapani - (DE)
  7. Jo Blackman - (UK)
  8. Laura Mackie - (UK) 
  9. Rebecca-Jo Unwin - (Australia)
  10. Carmen Groinig -  (Austria)
  11. *** you are here ***  Katie Johnson - (United States)  
  12. Astrid Hofmann (AT)  
  13. Tatiana Grübler (DE)  
  14. Angela Köber (DE)  
  15. Cheryl Taylor (UK)   
  16. AnastasiaRadloff (US)
I hope I've inspired you to add a little shine to your next project. The Wink of Stella pen is amazing and the Daisy Delight stamp set and Daisy Punch are a really versatile combo. 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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stempeln-mit-rene said...

A great BlogHop project! Thank you for the inspiration.
Until the next BlogHop.
Greetings from Leipzig.

Anonymous said...

Both are pretty. I like the big red poppy with the bead center. I think I like the 2nd card best with the bigger leaves. Thanks for pointing out how you cut them out and glue them on. I don't think I'd have thought to do that.

Tracy said...

I like the clean look to both cards, but do like the larger leaves on the second card. WoS is so hard to capture in an image, Great job on your lettering image showing it! TFS

Brigitte Baier-Moser said...

Hello Katie! I love the sparkling very much. It's the details that make the whole thing special!
Kind regards! Brigitte

Tricia Butts said...

Wonderful clean and simple card designs. I love the way you have used these colors. :)

bastelsalat said...

A great Card! Thanks for the inspiration.
Dear greetings

Pia Gerhardt - Scraproomboom said...

So simple, but so beautiful they are, both of your cards...

Dorothee said...

wonderful clean card! TFS Regards, Doro