Introduction to Color Theory – Day 2

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Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back with my day two post for the Introduction to Color Theory class I took at Online Card Classes. Life just got kind of busy and I never got around to posting again. I’m rectifying that situation today. 🙂

Mel's Card Corner | Introduction to Color Theory - Day 2

The theme for day two of the class was monochromatic and analogous colors. For my homework, I opted to go with the monochromatic portion of the lesson. I stamped a large triangle stamp from the Sohcahtoa stamp set by Altenew repeatedly across a piece of watercolor paper using Fadeout ink from Ink on 3. Overall, I was pretty pleased with how my shading and tinting worked out. The base color I used for this study was Cerulean Blue Chromium by Daniel Smith. I also used a small amount of Lamp Black from the Cotman line of watercolors by Winsor & Newton.

Mel's Card Corner | Introduction to Color Theory - Day 2

For my card, I used some of the colors I mixed during my theory portion of the lesson. I used the same Cerulean Blue Chromium ink along with a tint and a shade, each a couple of steps away from the original blue. I applied the color to the watercolor paper using the “ink smooshing” technique. I started with the tint, then applied the regular color, then applied a small amount of the shade. I used my heat tool to dry the paper between each layer.

Mel's Card Corner | Introduction to Color Theory - Day 2

When the panel was completely dry, I went over the entire surface using an anti-static powder tool. I stamped one of the dandelion images from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set from Stampin’ Up using VersaMark ink. I used my Mini Misti for the stamping since I was stamping on watercolor paper. Using the Misti gave me the opportunity to stamp everything multiple times to ensure good coverage on the rough watercolor paper surface. Once I finished the stamping, I heat embossed everything using white embossing powder.

After letting the embossing cool for a few seconds, I didn’t feel like the white embossing stood out enough against the busy background. To remedy that, I added a drop shadow around all the images and sentiment using the bullet tip of the Smoky Slate Dark Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker. It’s amazing how such a small thing can make such a difference!

Mel's Card Corner | Introduction to Color Theory - Day 2

To assemble the card, I matted the panel on a piece of dark gray cardstock from Catherine Pooler Designs using a strong double-sided adhesive tape. I then mounted that on a top-folding card base made from white cardstock using foam tape.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my homework for day two of this class. The interactive portion of the class ends today, but it will still be available in the future to take as an independent class. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about how colors work together, how to select colors, etc., this is a great basic color theory class taught by Debby Hughes of Lime Doodle Design.

One final note: I just wanted to let everyone know that I have resigned as a Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up (SU). I will still use SU products from time to time on my blog because I do like their products and I have a LOT of them (LOL), but you will no longer be able to place orders through me. Whenever I use SU products, as I’ve done today, I will link to the online store of Michelle Gomez, a local friend of mine, who is an awesome Demonstrator for SU. You can purchase all your Stampin’ Up product needs through her.

Until next time …

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