Thursday 19 July 2012

Complimentary Colours. . . . . . .

The challenge at Make My Monday continues with the colour wheel theme. This week we are asked to use two complimentary colours on our work: purple and yellow.

Purple and yellow?? I know they work well together but they are not a combination that usually appear together on my desk! However, not one to shirk a challenge, I put my brain in gear and had a very long, hard think about this one. How to make something that used the inky look I like so much but which kept true to the challenge? Not easy, was the obvious answer I'm afraid.

I began, as usual, by making a background and taking it from there - I like to do things this way round for some reason. Probably because I just love making backgrounds I suppose!

Here's what I've made this time - fewer photos than usual, (you may be pleased to see!):

My completed card.

The inky background was made with dylusion and distress inks. It's difficult to see but there is stamping in the background and some dylusion mask work too. A white pen was used to randomly highlight sections of  the mask work. There is also some embossing using crystal powder and some glossy accents work - truly - it really is there I promise!

Two butterflies were die cut, inked with distress and stamped with versafine ink. Crackle glaze was applied and when dried, some gold paste was swiped around the edges. Purple thread was used as antennae to finish the look.
The butterflies were placed on embossed card which was sprayed with dylusion ink - some distress ink was added to the edges. Finally, some gold embossing powder was roughly applied around all the edges - far too time consuming I realised half way through! I really wanted to add other colours to the embossed card but I did resist the urge to stray too far from the challenge requirements!

The main piece was then layered onto textured card which had extra distress ink added to give depth. The purple layer was also lightly sprayed with gold shimmer to link in with the gold paste and embossing powder.

To be honest, at the start, this was not a colour combination I would normally have used but it was a good experience to work outside my usual palette and I have the ladies at Make My Monday to thank for giving me the chance to so for the last three weeks. Do let me know what you think of my efforts - I'm always interested!


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  2. I made a mistake in typing English sorry for really followed
    the colors they asked for Julia! A very bright creation.
    (hope I did well now :-P)

    greetings, Alie :-)

  3. OH MY WORD--LOVE IT!!!!!!! Another stunning creation--and I adore the use of texture! Thanks so much for joining us again at MMM! :)

  4. Well done Julia, another stunner here. These Dylusions sprays are at the top of my wish list as the colours are so intense. Loving the honeycomb effect, the white elements on the background and the beautiful butterflies.
    By the way, my flowers were made with the metal tape (sure I mentioned it somewhere but it's been a bit of a day so I could well be wrong). They are nowhere near your standard but I'll keep at it, promise!
    Looking forward to your next creation. Hugs, Buttons x

  5. Wow Julia :-) this is really fab. The background is amazing with lots to look at and I love the butterflies and the way you have cut the honeycomb embossed card. Lots of techniques. Thank you so much for sharing and for visiting my blog earlier and leaving such kind comments. Really appreciated. X

  6. Wow Julia :-) this is really fab. The background is amazing with lots to look at and I love the butterflies and the way you have cut the honeycomb embossed card. Lots of techniques. Thank you so much for sharing and for visiting my blog earlier and leaving such kind comments. Really appreciated. X

  7. ...WOW... for two colours that would of have me fall at the first hurdle you have done a superb job with this gorgeous make!! loVe your background and the butterflies with their yummy crackled wings are divine...Mel :)

  8. Wow Julia this is stunning - my jaw is dropping. Love the crackled butterflies. Thanks so much for joining in again at MMM - Jacqueline xx

  9. Hi Julia, Firstly let me say Thank-you for your kind comments on my blog. It was my dear daughter Annie that got me started making cards after years of making Artist Bears. Like you I was in textiles for most of my life. Anyway, Your card is stunning and I love the colours. For some reason I'm almost afraid of using colours that are bright although I admire them lots. Enjoy your Week-End. Hugs Rita xx

  10. The crackled butterflies are so pretty, Julia! And the honeycombs tinged with gold are delish, too. :) THanks for coming by to visit recently...I love your visits!

  11. Hi Julia
    Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. You could try the Stamp Man for the Stampendous image I used as that is where
    I got it from. Just spent 10 mins looking at some of your work!! Really inspiring. I love your use of colour.
    Siobhan x

  12. Fantastic, I love this color combination, you've created a wonderful card.

  13. Hi Julia, WOW, you have used these colours to perfection. Love the crackled butterfly.
    Avril xx

  14. ...Hi Julia, i've just popped back to say you've been featured on the Sizzix blog, if you've not seen it yet hop on over...Mel :)

  15. Me glad you found it, I follow the Sizzix blog and most of the DT so i'm always getting post alerts so as soon as I saw the Tag pop up I thought I know who made that...a great honor and much deserved! I hope it feeds lots of new people to your gorgeous blog...Mel :)

  16. Fabulous colour combo... Love those Butterflies.. Brillant creation... Hugs May x x x

  17. Gorgeous bright color and those butterflies are fabulous...great texture!!!

  18. Wow, this is very impressive and technical. I need to pop back and take a few notes. A stunning effect on the butterflies. I love your card. Thanks for sharing with us at Make My Monday. Caz

  19. Purple and yellow are truly difficult colours to match, Julia!

    You managed perfectly!!!! Awesome project!!!

    Greetings from Vienna,

    die amelie

  20. Well Wimbledon put purple and green together and it works. Love this tho, very vibrant, and your work is so detailed, not sure I have enough patience.

    Cassidy x

  21. An absolute stunner Julia. The texture and rich colour looks just amazing and those butterflies are so gorgeous.
    Thanks for joining in with the MMM yellow and purple challenge.
    Fliss xx


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