Just Add Ink #4 - A colour challenge

It's week four over at Just Add Ink!  Isn't it amazing how time flies when you're having fun?

And judging by the number of entries in the challenges each week, a lot of you are having fun with the various assignments too!

For your stampin' pleasure this week, it's a colour challenge...


As many of you would know, I am a huge fan of colour challenges, and if not for them, it's unlikely that I would use more than a handful of colours EVER!

In this case, Rose Red, Kraft and Whisper White get very frequent workouts at my stampin' desk.   Sage Shadow a little less frequently, but I love it still.

More Mustard I also like, but am quite often stumped as to what to put it with, so it frequently stays in the 'too hard basket', while I move onto other colours that I'm more comfortable with.

For this reason, I was very happy to be challenged with it this week, and here's what I came up with based on this set of colours....


The smokey effect of the flowers was achieved by stamping onto Kraft cardstock using Whisper White Craft ink, then dabbing Stampin' Pastels over the top.  Except for the flower petals - those are just the plain ink.

I stamped the image onto two separate pieces of Kraft and cut the flower images out of the second one, mounting them on top of the first images using Stampin' Dimensionals to give the card more dimension and realism.

The rest is pretty self explanatory, with some punching, some ribbon, a rub-on and a whole lotta layering to finish it off.

One thing that I will point out since we're talking colour, is that you will notice that although there are five different colours used in this card, they're not used in equal proportions.

In order not to have all the colours competing with each other, and to achieve a good balance, you want to make sure not to use the same amount of each colour, but use a slightly lesser proportion each time you add a new colour in.

You will notice in my card that Kraft is the colour that you can see most of, followed by Rose Red, Whisper White, Sage Shadow, then More Mustard.

It's a rule I follow with all of my stamping and creating and it seems to have served me well.   I can always tell when I haven't quite got the proportions right, as I won't be happy with the result until I add some colour here or subtract some there.

Give it a try and let me know how you go!  I'd love to hear if this little tip has helped you out :)

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"Just Add Ink Challenge #4" Stamps: Inspired by Nature Paper: More Mustard, Whisper White, Kraft, Sage Shadow, Raspberry Tart DSP Ink: Whisper White Craft, Rose Red Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Rose Red double stitched grosgrain ribbon, Whisper White taffeta ribbon, Chit Chat Rub-ons, Stampin' Pastels, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges