Sunday, July 8, 2018

You Inspire Me

Do you have a color comfort zone?

I certainly do. I live in the high contrast zone. Basically, if it doesn't look like a heat map or a zentangle, I'm nervous and refuse to make eye contact.

But when I see really pale, pastel colors on other people's work, I love it. Kathy Racoosin bewitched me with some really pale watercolor one time, and I've tried (and failed) to pull that off. So I decided to try to get out of my comfort zone today and go with some pastel colors.

I pulled out my new inks and studied them to try to find a pastel rainbow for the bold, graphic stamp I'm using today and I think I pulled it off. I smacked myself every time I reached for a bright color. :)

This stamp set is a new release from my friend Jen at Reverse Confetti, and it was perfect for my attempt to try more muted colors, because the images that you build the flower with are big enough to try some MISTI marbling on. (You can see my video on MISTI marbling here).

So I set up each element on my MISTI, leaving enough room for the super delicate sentiments in the set in between. This is the first font I've seen that ACTUALLY looks like handwriting. Every time I search for handwriting style stamps, they don't look like handwriting. This one is spot on. I wish ever sentiment I owned was in this font. Heck - I wish I could WRITE like this, instead of like a doctor who went on to become a serial killer.

Anyhoo - I started by angling the Innocent Pink ink across the lower left. After I inked a little stripe of it, I patted the edge of the line between that and the dry stamp to soften the line. Then I repeated the process with Peach Bellini, Sweet Corn, Key Lime, Sea Glass and Lovely Lavender inks. Then, I lined up the little sentiments on the MISTI and stamped them all at once in Nocturne. You can also use the matching dies to make a dimensional flower stack.

I DID IT - I MADE SOMETHING PASTEL!
Mod Florals Stack by Understand Blue
Mod Floral Stack - ReverseConfetti
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Mod Floral Stack Confetti Cuts -...
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GKD Color Companions Ink Pad-...
[ GNK | SSS ]
GKD Color Companions Ink Pad- Peach...
[ GNK | SSS ]
GKD Color Companions Ink Pad- Sweet Corn
[ GNK | SSS ]
GKD Color Companions Ink Pad- Key Lime
[ GNK | SSS ]
GKD Color Companions Ink Pad- Sea Glass
[ GNK | SSS ]
GKD Color Companions Ink Pad- Lovely...
[ GNK | SSS ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne -...
[ ELH | SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | GNK ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH ]
Ink Off Cloth
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Then I scurried back to a high contrast card just for fun. I used this beautiful new stamp set and just stamped it in Pinecone on a Desert Storm card base. I used a Sakura gel pen (these never clog, in case you're tired of your existing white gel pen, and then come in fine and bold.) I added some Espresso Sequins and boom chakalaka - quick and elegant! This set does come with matching dies, but I kept this a one layer card. The sentiment is from The Most Beauty set, which has that same lovely font mixed with a san serif font. 
The Most Beauty/Elegant Florals Card by Understand Blue

Elegant Florals - ReverseConfetti
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Elegant Florals Confetti Cuts -...
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Pinecone -...
[ ELH | SSS | CST ]
Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Fine Line 05...
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Espresso Sequins
[ SHP ]
Neenah Environment 100 LB SMOOTH...
[ SSS | MFT ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | GNK ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]
New Releases! – ReverseConfetti
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Here's what the rest of the release looks like today - I LOVE the geometric dies and the Greatest Adventure set - those critters are adorable.

Mod Floral Stack - ReverseConfetti
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Mod Floral Stack Confetti Cuts -...
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Elegant Florals - ReverseConfetti
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Elegant Florals Confetti Cuts -...
[ RVR ]
Geo Panel Confetti Cuts -...
[ RVR ]
Greatest Adventure - ReverseConfetti
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Greatest Adventure Confetti Cuts -...
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Pattern Builder - ReverseConfetti
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Pattern Builder Confetti Cuts -...
[ RVR ]
Striped Circle Cover Panel Confetti...
[ RVR ]
The Most Beauty - ReverseConfetti
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Cue The Confetti 6x6 Pad -...
[ RVR ]

There is a fun blog hop today celebrating Jen's release, so be sure and see what everyone else got up to. 

Next up on the hop is the amazing Kelly Lunceford.
Loveyameanitbye.

11 comments:

  1. Your pastel card is gorgeous! And I love that handwriting font as well. My handwriting sucks lol. Both cards are lovely! Thanks for your inspiration.

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  2. Absolutely lovely ... beautiful pastel color combination

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  3. LOVE the pastel ombre in your first card! boom chakalaka on your 2nd card ;)

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  4. What a great card! You are so right about the handwriting font on those stamps. I'm glad you ventured into pastels too; you did good!

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  5. Love the font of the script and love the cards! both are beautiful.

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  6. Lovely cards, I agree on the font, it's very nice. many times I find script sets hard to read, they are too swirly for these old eyes.

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  7. I lean more toward the bold and bright colors too but occasionally I suppose the softer more pale side should come out LOL. I love what you did with the colors, the design, and the sentiments (I'm with you on the font for those sentiments, definitely the most realistic looking I've seen). New additions to my "must have" list :)

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  8. Just how long did you have to hold your breath before you scurried back to high contrast? Interestingly, my Copic Certification class cemented my dislike for anything pastel. Maybe I'll blog about that. I love both of these cards. Like you, I'm really attracted to that font. I wish I had more time in my days - so many things to love!

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  9. These are such nice cards!

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  10. The colors are beautiful. I LOVE the different look.

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