“The New Way to Do Neutrals”

Debra Burgin 1201 CH 3 butterfliesThat’s the cover article on Country Living this month, although my cover picture is different — more striking — than the one on the web site.  Anyway, I love this topic right now, as I have been drawn to neutrals after the color frenzy of the past few stamping months.  Talk about cleansing the palette!

Victoria magazine also has an article this month, “Colored by Winter’s Twilight,” that talks about “the understated palette of a snowy landscape at dusk.”  And that’s as far as I’ve gotten with the January mags!  What have you seen on the topic?

Some of my stampers (you know who you are!) have resisted this turn to serenity, complaining that gray feels depressing.  But I say it doesn’t have to!  The card above (inspiration from Bonnie Klass) is an example of a neutral (Sahara Sand) balanced with small doses of intense color.  I love this.  It’s the perfect birthday card for my BIL next week.  Before it goes in the mail we’ll be making it at camp this afternoon.  I’m interested to see how my stampers receive it.

I got out my blender pens for this image, as these butterflies are too small for a brush.  Yet, I didn’t want the solid color that markers give, so I picked up color from the ink pad lid.  A subtle border of Sahara Sand around each butterfly is an essential touch.  Try it and see what a difference it makes.

Stamps:  Kindness Matters

Ink:  StazOn Jet Black, More Mustard, Island Indigo

Paper:  Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, Shimmery White

Other:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Blender Pens

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4 Responses to “The New Way to Do Neutrals”

  1. There’s nothing wrong with neutrals. Simple and beautiful! Perfect sample for SAB workshops, too.

  2. Kelly Wentling says:

    Beautiful, clean and simple! Such a lovely card and a breath of fresh air from all the heavy Christmas colors and textures. I love it!

  3. sue says:

    I’m a big fan of grey and also Sahara Sand. Your card is very elegant and I like what the embossed lines add.

  4. Sally says:

    I think it’s gorgeous!

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