Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Forget Troubles Kitty

Last week, I briefly touched on the topic of color theory. It's fun to experiment with different color combinations, and you might surprise yourself by selecting hues that you wouldn't normally choose but finding you really like how they look together!

Of course, a much faster way to decide which colors you want to use (and a "cheat method" that I use often myself) is to simply pick a patterned paper for your card and then incorporate the same colors into your stamped image.

I asked Trudy Sjolander if I could borrow two previously posted cards from her blog featuring 0128J Forget Troubles Kitty (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):


True is a master at color theory and technique, but you don't have to be a "real" artist to get good results. In this pretty card, her image colors are simply repeated from the patterned paper:


Of course, details like glitter, stitching, and elements popped up with foam tape really add pizazz to your projects, too:


I love how True finishes the insides of her cards. You can see how this one is complete with a coordinating envelope, as well:


If you stamp your image a few times and color several at once, then you can take the same colored image and use it as a springboard for layering with monochromatic papers:


The card looks completely different, even though it started with the same colored image! Here's a close-up view:


What if you don't want to use patterned paper as inspiration for coloring your stamped image? Here's a fun online tool that will select three colors randomly. Just keep spinning until you find colors that you like.

Or take it a step further and use a color wheel to help you decide. You can purchase a spinning version at an art supply store, or try this application, which allows you to select your base color and then finds various color schemes (monochromatic, analogous, complimentary, etc.) that incorporate it. There is a "randomize" button, too. Pretty nifty, huh? Have fun playing!

2 comments:

Shalady said...

Great cards. I really like the how different the cards look with the different papers (and the popdot usage is great). I'll be brave and try that online tool!

True :) said...

Just came across this post today! Love your write-up!
Thanks for sharing Jackie! :)

Hugs,
True :D