That’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