Night of Navy-A Complementary Thank You

Posted by on April 2, 2016 in Cardmaking, Real Life Color Coach

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Night of Navy, the Shade of the Blue Color Group, has its Complement in Pumpkin Pie, from the Orange Color Group.  I thought the Complementary Color Scheme would look great for a Thank You card!  My plan was to emboss the large “Thank You” from the Another Thank You set with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, then color the embossing with the Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad and a Sponge Dauber.

After I embossed the phrase, I found I really liked the White on Night of Navy combination.  But… that isn’t a Complementary Color Scheme and the White didn’t look that good with the Pumpkin Pie Card Stock layer.  The Monochromatic Color Scheme of Night of Navy and Whisper White would be fabulous… but that’s for another day.

The next step is to color the greeting.  Sponging with ink from the Pumpkin Pie Pad created a very pale Tint It looked okay, but I wanted more color to really emphasize the Complementary Scheme.  I colored the phrase with the Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker, but it beaded up and smeared off, leaving hardly any color.  So, I created my own alcohol ink by using a drop or two of alcohol and two or three drops of Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill.  I brushed the color on with a dried-out Blender Pen, but a dry Aqua Painter would work as well.  The Aqua Painter is actually easier to clean.

Note:  It’s a good idea to adhere a piece of Whisper White Card Stock or paper on the inside.  Otherwise, you’ll need to hunt down a white or light metallic pen to write your message.

This combination is also good for Masculine Cards, Father’s Day, Graduation (if the school colors match), or Friendship Cards.  Scrapbook pages can also use this combination for masculine, graduation or vacation themes.

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