Archive for September 27th, 2007


This is the second in the series of cards that I have made from Basic Grey papers from Scarlett’s Letter 6″ x 6″pad.  As you can see, there isn’t any scarlett in this card.  The flavor of the paper group fits well with the new Fantasy Floral Garden that we released at Flourishes,llc earlier this month. The stamp set and the papers blended so well together I could not pass up creating a card where everything worked.  Again, I am not working in my normal color comfort zone, but finding that these colors work so well together…I just may have some new color luvs!

In this card I used multi media to complete the coloring.  Sometimes the sum of things, the synergy of it all makes–1 plus 1 =3 ( kind of a geek thing), more than the individual components.  We often use our inks, water based markers (SU or Tombow etc), Copic, Tria Letraset-Pantone (alcohol  markers), and Prisma(colored pencils) individually on our projects.  But rarely do we mix the media on such small projects.  However, for this card I used ALL of these to produce some of these colors.  The results are that blending each of them and layering one on the top of the other I was able to produce a much wider spectrum of the oranges and roses than I had in any one type of media. Just remember to always start with your lightest colors and add your other colors according to the intensity of each.  These orange and rose colors are very pleasing and so close to the actual colors in the papers that I surprised even myself!  If you are working with more than one media don’t be timid, try these blending techniques. I have done this before and had great results…but sometimes, they do in fact end up in the trash can, but it is always a learning experience.  It is by exploring many mediums that we broaden our horizons and unleash the limits of our tools.  I hope you will try this out on your own.

Since this is a top fold card I also reoriented the images to look like they were coming over the top of the card…that snippet of narrow ribbons also suggests to me that there is a vine there.   

Thanks for looking over my shoulder today as I worked in the Atelier.  I have another card ready for this series and will post it tomorrow …so stay tuned.


Jan Marie

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