Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Favourite colour combinations

Hi folks, my last post was a scheduled post, so I haven't had a chance to say thank you for the lovely comments from you wishing me well for my tooth extraction. It went okay, the sedation kept me perfectly calm, which was just what I could have hoped for during an uncomfortable and tricky procedure. I am a bit battered and bruised now, but hopefully things will just settle down after a few days, and I'll be back to normal in that department, anyway! I'll be off to Hospital again for a procedure on my arm in a couple of weeks, as I have a frozen shoulder that needs treatment. It has been very painful for about four months, and the time has come to get it sorted out, hopefully. So, I'll keep you posted as to how that goes, but not in too much detail, lol!

Anyway, onto matters crafty now. Since I have been playing with Distress Stains recently, it has made me think about colour combinations, particularly when using the Distress family of colours. I am rediscovering combinations that I love to use; Barn Door and Wild Honey, Victorian Velvet and Antique Linen, and most recently, Scattered Straw and Weathered Wood. I really like this combination. I have used it on projects before, but most recently, used it for a couple of Indigolu samples that I'd like to show you.

The first one uses stamps from 'Grand Tour II'. I masked a triangle section of the background off, and inked it up with my two colours of Distress Ink, then stamped the background with the map from the stamp set, twisting it at different angles, to fill the space. I then dried this off, covered it over, and filled another triangle section. I repeated the processs until the background was covered.

I coloured a piece of white card with the two colours, working out roughly where the building would sit, allowing for where the sky needed to be, and then stamped the main image with Flitterglu, and added the gold gilding flakes.

My second sample uses 'Grand Tour I' and the same colours throughout. I used Distress Stains to create a wrinkle free distress background. I created a strip of bicycles using the Flitterglu and gold flakes again. The little bicycle charm is an almost perfect match for the stamp, I was really happy about that. I stamped the word 'Travel' on the ribbon with Versamagic Jumbo Java ink, it's a great ink for stamping on fabric, and I have several colours in this ink for this purpose. The lady on the bicycle is a great focal stamp, and the details have come out really well, although the photograph doesn't really do her justice.

So, for a girl who loves purple, and working with bright colours, I am definitely finding my softer side at the moment! What is your favourite colour combination? Do you like brights, or the paler shades?

Thanks for stopping by today, Judith xx


Sue's Crafty Corner said...

These are gorgeous Judith, I love the scattered straw and weathered wood together. I would say that I like pastel shades, but I'm not sure that thats true, maybe I'll just say that for the moment I like warm colours. That could change next week though.

Glad all went well at the weekend.

Sue x

Paula (PEP) said...

Very interesting question about colours. My husband has been remarking how I tend to use bright & contrasting colours. The first is my favourite here as I love the way you've used the words & created the background. As you say the charm in the second is a lovely match for the stamp too.
Glad the tooth extraction went smoothly - much easier that way. The dentist who extracted mine had a very nasty moment when the tooth broke in my jaw & had to open the window for fresh air - I only had a local anasthaetic & my normally squeamish husband wasn't allowing me out of his sight.
Take it steadily.
Paula (PEP)

Judith said...

I love these colour combinations, the layout is great too. i love pastel colours so might have a go with these colours myself. Thanks for the inspiration and glad to hear the tooth extraction is over and your on the mend.

Elaine said...

Smashing colour combos Judith. I keep adding more to my list of distress stains I want when I see your projects! The stamping of the map background looks brilliant. Really like both of these cars very much. Those little golden bicycles are lovely!

Elaine xxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Hi Judith, I've just stopped by to say that I've left you something on my blog, if you would like to pop over and take a look.

Sue x

Aquarius said...

I'm so pleased you've had your troublesome tooth sorted out. These two cards are great and it is interesting how we use different colour combinations all the time and in my case I often change tack completely - it would be difficult to say what would be my absolute favourite combo. I spotted the card with the bikes on TV - love it and the little charm is just magic.

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