Tuesday 21 April 2015

Stamping Contrasts - Colour

It's day 3 of our week long stamping contrasts series - we do hope you're having as much fun as we did as a DT getting together to bring this series to you.

For our contrast today - Keren and Sarah are showing you what a difference colour can make - you can achieve such a different look from a set like Painted Butterflies by playing with Colour VS Monochrome.


Colour is definitely the easier one.. I wanted to do something really bright without it being 'rainbow'. We had both picked 'Painted Butterflies' by Altenew and I wanted to showcase the little butterflies in the set. I had the idea of them flying beyond the card and so cut out an acetate hollow heart shape. I folded it in half and then started to add the butterflies. These are a 3 step inked stamp- and trust me, this set is so forgiving, you won't need to worry if they're precisely lined up.
Once I'd stuck them all down, I added foam pads at different stacked heights so the heart would remain folded on the card and then added a thin strip of acetate in the middle to rest the white embossed sentiment onto.


Isn't Keren's card spectacular?!  Initially I scratched my head in terms of how I could use the layered butterfly stamps from Altenew in a black and white design.  Black on black would just look like a smudge :)  I decided to stamp the butterfly in Black Soot Distress Ink on watercolour card.  I didn't stamp all of the layers and tried my hand at watercolouring to give the butterfly some dimension and interest. I splattered some ink in the background and added a sentiment from the same set.  The central panel is die cut with a Lawn Fawn stitched square and matted on black card.  I think it came out quite atmospheric and a real contrast to Keren's gorgeously vibrant (and dimensional) design.

Have we inspired you to join in the fun?
If you fancy having a go and challenging yourself to stamp a contrast along with us then link up your entry below - just pick a contrast from any we'll be demonstrating this week and make your own.   You could either make 2 cards to show the contrast or just choose one of ours and make the contrast to match it (so choose Keren's colourful card and make a monochrome one like Sarah did with whatever stamps you have)   We'll leave the link open for a week after our final post on Saturday so you have time to see all the contrasts before picking one to join in with and then have a full week to play.   You never know, we might even find a prize for the best contrast ;-)


maria f. said...

OMG girls! Keren, you never cease to amaze me. That is the most fantastic rabble of butterflies I've ever seen on a card! And Sarah, that image is of course gorgeous, but how you've watercolored it and added splatters made it so perfect for a B/W card. Must check out your previous posts. What a great idea for a series.

Jenny said...

Both cards are gorgeous!!! Love how the butterflies extend of your card Keren and the B&W version is stunning too Sarah :)

Julie C. said...

Wow! It really just shows that you can make different styles of cards from the same stamp set. (But you got to be clever to do so too!! ^_^) These cards are just amazing!!

Natty said...

Gosh, both are beautiful cards but I really love the contrast of the card with the grey tones, just beautiful and really quite poetic with the sentiment the butterfly has been paired with.

Kate said...

Amazing work ladies, I love being on a team with such fabulously creative people :D
Kate xx