If you’re the creative type, you’ll understand what I mean when I say that inspiration is everywhere, and comes from the strangest places sometimes. This is particularly so with colours, and if you see the world in Stampin’ Up! colours you find yourself looking at a basket of pegs and thinking “ooh, Pretty Peacock, Whisper White, and Melon Mambo look so pretty together!” like Kelly did a couple of weeks ago. And thus our monthly blog hop theme was born.
I’ve kept my card simple and actually stuck to the colour scheme without variation – yay me! I’ve chosen the Tropical Oasis suite for this card. I absolutely love this suite and was super excited to see it in the Mini Catalogue, as we were planning a trip to Hawaii in July (which of course is now on hold because #coronavirussucks). So it feels a little bittersweet to use it right now!
I started with a base of Thick Whisper White and used some Post-It tape to mask off the bottom section. Then I blended Pretty Peacock ink above the masked-off line, fading it towards the top. A quick splatter of water adds a little extra interest to this section and some more variation in colour.
I cut the “Aloha” die three times from Whisper White cardstock and adhered them together to create extra height and dimension to the word. One good tip when doing this is to use liquid glue (Tombow) but to tap off each piece onto some scrap paper after you’ve applied the glue and before sticking it to the next layer. This way you don’t have glue squishing out and making a mess and there’s certainly enough left on the word for the die-cut pieces to stick together.
For the flowers, I used the Timeless Tropical stamps and In The Tropics dies. My second hot tip for the night is that when working with a colour challenge you can get lots of variation in colour by using second and third generation stamping, as I have done here. It’s all Melon Mambo but I think it looks much more interesting with the lighter versions in the mix as well. For one final touch on what is a very simple card I used some of these pretty rhinestones from the Holiday Catalogue. I’m not usually one for bejeweling cards at all but I think these add a nice sparkly touch.
And if you’ve been wondering about the pristine white beach sand in my photos, no I have not snuck off to the beach, but instead, we brought a little of the beach up the hill. With The Engineer home on longer swings we are ticking some items off the to-do list, and this week’s project was constructing a rather epic sandpit for the kids. That’s four cubic meters – a whole truckload – of sand in there. Kids are thrilled and I am gritting my teeth and following them around with the vacuum to clean up the piles of pristine white beach sand they track into the house all the time.
Next up is the lovely Lisa, hop on over with me to see what she has created with this cool colour combo.
Thanks for stopping by,
Team Paper Adventures
April 2020 Blog Hop