Skip to main content

Color Match Monday: Desert Sunset

Hello, and welcome to, what I hope to be, the first of many Color Match Mondays!  (Yeah, I made that up!) 

I recently happened upon @colorstoriesbystacia on Instagram, and it got me to wondering if color combinations in nature and other forms of art really do offer foolproof color recipes for card making. So, I figured I'd give it a go.

The Color Story Inspiration:

Each color story is based on a photograph, and the colors that make up the photo are shown along the right side. I match up these colors to DMC thread or card stock, and these products become the basis for my card.

                                    photo credit: @colorstoriesbystacia & @lilmisch

Now, don't think for one second this is quick and easy! With 500 DMC floss colors to choose from, it can take me an hour (at least) to choose the closest colors. This often also involves a trip to the craft store, where I purchase 25 shades of one color, only to bring them home and find out that the "close enough" color I already owned is better than all the new ones I bought. 

The Card Journey:

This card should have been your basic three-step project: die cut a panel, stitch it up, add a sentiment. Done ✅. I, however, managed to turn it into a ten-step process that involved three visits to three separate craft stores. 

After matching up the colors as best I could, I, naturally, needed a trip to the craft store to buy floss. I now own at least a dozen shades of purple, and I'm set for any variety of pumpkin you could grow. And there you have craft store trip #1. 

I cut the Spellbinders Stitched Petal Diamond Background from Gina K Tranquil Teal card stock. And then, drawing inspiration from the photo colors, stitched the large flowers (DMC 33) and the mid-size starburst designs (DMC 3836). I was loving the purple and teal color combo! I was not loving the stitched flower center, though. I'd recently admired beadwork on stitched cards, so I decided to use orange, pink, and purple beads in the centers of the flowers. And here's where things turned south.

Craft store trip #2:

I swung by another craft store and purchased size 8 glass beads to match the remaining three colors in the story and then stitched up one of the flower centers. That makes it sound like I just whipped this up, but au contraire. My regular embroidery needle would not fit through the hole in the size 8 beads, so I hunted down a smaller needle and then had to hire out the job of actually threading the darn thing. 

The results were fun and funky and maybe a bit errr...obnoxious. 

Craft store trip #3:

I decided the problem was too-large beads. Luckily, I had been stitching in the car on a long road trip, so I Googled up the closest Hobby Lobby, and we detoured there. I purchased the same three bead colors in size 11. 

A smaller bead meant a smaller needle, and I gotta tell you, I can't even see the hole in this one. After a few minutes of blindly stabbing my needle threader toward this invisible hole, I was back in business! I stitched up another flower center and it was better. But still underwhelming. 

The Solution:

I ditched the beads and went back to using thread only. This was a win on all counts. French knots are impressive. They create gorgeous texture. And I could go back to my regular needle, the one I can actually see to thread. 

Tip: I normally stitch with two strands of DMC floss, but the holes in this particular design seem rather large, so I used three strands, so the French knots didn't pull through to the back.

Now, after all this, I was not about to cover up the stitching with a big sentiment. So, I cut a tiny banner from the Technique Tuesday Best Words die set and stamped a sentiment from the Taylored Expressions Sentiment Staples set. 

The Verdict?

I think YES! Color stories from nature and other art forms DO provide a foolproof color recipe for card making! I will definitely continue to explore this color inspiration in my card making and share the results here on Color Match Mondays!

photo credit: @colorstoriesbystacia & @lilmisch

I hope this inspires you to seek out color inspiration -- whether from an online source like @colorstoriesbystacia or from your own adventures in the world beyond your craft room!

Thanks for stopping by!


Popular posts from this blog

Beyond Basic Backgrounds || AECP

Hello, and welcome to my first card share since graduating to Level 2 in the Altenew Educator Certification Program!  I am pretty excited about these cards. They are clean, simple, modern, and maybe even a little on the funky side. And I just kind of like that. The Course: The lessons in this course didn't necessarily include new or different techniques, but the way design is used, its  purpose, is unique. Each of the lessons in this class encourages techniques that put the focus on the background while keeping the rest of the card elements rather understated.  So, even though I do appreciate a clean and simple design, I was still forced to look at my supplies with a new eye, as I kept in mind that whatever stamp or die I chose would be the focus of that card. The background would be the focus. Does that make it the foreground? Or is it still the background? Hmmm... Enough. Let's get started. Technique: Stenciled Images Is it okay if I say I am a little blown away by this car

Monochromatic Wedding Card

Eek! It's my first blog post. Ever. And I am so glad you're here!  Today I am sharing the card I made for my niece's June wedding.  I'm usually not a fan of the look you get from foiling the negative (leftover) pieces from other projects, but here's the truth about this card: I had already pieced together a white on white background using the  Tim Holtz/Sizzix Simple Plaid die . I'd laid it to the side because I wasn't sure how to use it yet. I also had many, many foiled leftovers from making cards with the PinkFresh Studio Simplest Gestures hot foil plate.  On a whim, I foiled one of the leftovers. And then I stood back and thought  Well, I'll never use that. I tossed it into the Someday Card Parts Pile, and it happened to land on top of the white plaid background.  <insert dramatic heavenly choir music> Even laying haphazardly in the Someday pile, it was stunning.  At this point, the card came together pretty quickly. I cut the SSS Clustered Lea

Back to School 2023

Hey, long time, no see!  It was bound to happen. It seems, no matter how many years I teach, back to school always kicks my butt. It was probably a bit more brutal this year because, for whatever reason, I holed up in my craft room this summer and refused to leave until the first required work day. Why? Because I just want to make cards. The woes of the employed.  But here I am, and ready for a big, big share!  For the past few years, I have recognized the teachers and staff in my building with cards and tiny gifts whenever possible -- first day of school, holidays, birthdays, teacher appreciation week, and other seasonal celebrations. This year was no exception! I made cards and cookies, gift tags, and card sets aplenty!  Just wait til I show you!  DIY Stencils: I am pretty excited about these cards because I actually used  my brand new Silhouette Cameo 4! I was inspired by these oversized fruit cards Jennifer McGuire and her sidekick Lila made. Oh man, I wanted those stencils! But I