It’s that time of the month (why does that not sound right?) Today I want to introduce:
For the next few sessions I am going to tackle color with you all. The way you put colors together is so important. If you don’t choose correctly, even the best design can look dated, or unfresh. (first I say time of the month and now unfresh, what is the matter with me?)
Where do I find my color inspirations—> Remember the 4 P’s
- Paper packs–looking though the pages of your favorite paper pack will give you some great color combinations. The experts have already done the hard work, take advantage! Here is an example.
- Pinterest–specifically, there is a page called “COLOR CRUSH” (you can find this if you search Pinterest) and it shows you images and then the corresponding color combination, like this:
- Photographs. I will demonstrate that below.
- Play. Challenges like Play Date Cafe and Colour Q are great color focused challenges. Runway Inspired Challege and Pinspired challenge use photographs to inspire.
So, each time we will tackle color, but to change it up a bit, I thought it would be fun to consider color with another design element. First up:
Here is how I did it:
First, I had a design in mind. This is the hardest part for me. I have to let it ferment for a while before actually going to a paper and sketching it out or stamping it on scratch paper. This part can take days, no joke. If you don’t have a design that you want to use, random always works too.
Then I found a color combination I like. You can also use a image for color inspiration. I chose this one:
I found the corresponding inks and went to work.
Take the cardstock sized to your needs and draw horizontal lines on it. The width of the horizontal lines is your choice. I chose this width based on my stamp. Using a grid for a guide is essential to keeping it all straight.
Stamp the first image in the top corner of the paper. I like to use my fiskers stamp press because it helps keep it all straight. Beginning in this spot (off center) creates interest and will keep your eye from getting too bored by perfectly centered stamping.
Start adding the other colors by stamping randomly on the page remembering spacing between images and again stamping off the page to keep that visual interest.
Erase the pencil lines, embellish and you are done!
and since I am into working with only a portion of the card space lately, I also came up with this one which shows the random method to background stamping.
I call this one “Falling in Love With You” pretty clever eh? 😉
I hope I have inspired you to try some color inspiration background stamping! You can use this technique for the latest challenge: FREE STYLE here at A Blog Named Hero. Next time we will tackle color and sketches…
stamps used: Hero Arts/Studio Calico Heydey Sentiments (a must have if you ask me!)