Wednesday, May 9, 2018

CI #33 - Colour Combo Two Ways

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration challenge, where we take inspiration from the colours in a different photograph each week, and use those colours as the basis for our projects. 

This challenge we are taking inspiration from this shabby chic looking flower arrangement:

  • Night of Navy
  • Marina Mist
  • Very Vanilla
  • Always Artichoke
  • Sahara Sand

I have to share that I initially found this colour combo to be a bit of a challenge, for starters Always Artichoke is my least favourite colour, and the combo doesn't have nice bright colours. But I decided to have a play around and surprised myself by actually made two cards for the challenge!  

This first card is the one I started with, deciding that an easy way to use the colours would be by stamping them in with the various circle stamps from Eastern Beauty.  However once I had done this I wasn't really sure where to go next, so I put the base piece aside and started over.

I had seen a card by Kylie Bertucci that used the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (which I think needs a longer name!), and sponged colour over the top.  I had a play around with this, adding the colours from the challenge to different parts of the design until I was happy with it.  Layering on the double background enhances the contrast between Night of Navy and Marina Mist and brightens the card.

I then went back and finished off my first card with a similar but reversed background and card base and added the sentiment and "flower".  I was really pleased that I persisted with what was very much a challenge for me.

I hope you are inspired to join in with this challenge, if you find it to be a true challenge like me, just play around and see what turns out!  Then add a picture of your creation to the CI Facebook Page.

Time to hop on over and see what the lovely Lou has created this week.

Happy Stamping


  1. Your personal challenge came up with an awesome pair of cards!! I love the sponged embossing folder - it looks stunning in these cards. And I love the make-your-own DSP of the first card too - what a great idea for using colours in a non-threatening way!! Brilliant work.

  2. It's funny how the harder the colour challenge is personally the more rewarding the finished product!! I love your second sponged card - and doesn't Artichoke look lovely like that after all!!! lol

  3. Guess what Monique, Awful Artichoke is me least favourite colour too! You cards are gorgeous and I am so happy you moved past the initial hurdle and created 2 beautiful cards

  4. You did a lovely job with the colours Monique and yep, l think a few will be happy to see it's been replaced. Two fab cards, love the effect of the second one. xx


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