Color Inspiration For: The Raven Card

Hello and welcome to my blog; this week we are back with another post for my little color inspiration bi-weekly series.  During this series I am showing you how to find color inspiration for your projects from sources online, life, and in your studio.  This week I am making a Halloween Card.  I used one of my favorite Halloween sets in the 2019 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, that by the way I have tried not to have to have, but finally gave in and purchased this fun spooky set.  Here's a look at my project.  


This week I am pulling my color inspiration from some of our Monster Bash Designer Series Paper.  The color inspiration for today's card came from this little scrap of Monster Bash Designer Series Paper that I found why cleaning my desk while hunting for my Snowfall Accents Puff Paint (which by the way I still haven't found.)  But, I did find this fun quarter sheet of designer series paper.  I didn't use the designer series paper on my card today, I just used it for inspiration.  So, I first pulled my supplies that I thought I would use on my project.  

I knew that this piece of DSP had Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Basic Black, and Whisper White on it, so I pulled some cardstock in those colors as well as my ink pads.  As you can see in these pictures.  I laid everything out to try and figure out what I wanted to use and how.  When I am looking for color inspiration I find this to be a great step to getting started.  


By pulling out all the products that I think match my inspiration I am able to better judge what I want to use in my design.  Now I mentioned above I knew which colors here was in this piece of paper.  You can find that information on the back of the pack of DSP and in your catalog.  Stampin' Up! does a great job of listing all the colors in the DSP to make color coordination easier.  If you ever have a problem finding color inspiration look no further then the back of that DSP that you love so much.  When Stampin' Up! designs their DSP they already have taken the guess work out of the color coordination for us so you know that all those colors listed on the back of it or int he catalog will all work well together.

I did make two versions of this card because I wasn't sure just which way I wanted to go.  I knew I was going to use the Raven Stamp Set on my card, but wasn't quite sure on which way I wanted to use it.   So, I started out with the one on the right with the black center and the white heat embossed raven and sentiment.  Then I did the one on the left with the white background and the black raven.  Which version do you like better?
Charles picked the regular stamped raven card as his favorite, which was no surprise.  And, after sitting and looking at them both together for awhile I decided that the black raven went more with the color inspiration for today.  So I started out with my cardbase in Pumpkin Pie cut at 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2 (you know my standard to go card.)  Then I stamped the single feather image from the stamp set all over a piece of Basic Gray cardstock (4 x 5 1/4) in coordinating Basic Gray ink.  I stamped the feathers in a random pattern to create my own designer series paper background.  Then I stamped the branch and raven in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, which isn't necessarily a very dark black ink but it's black non the less.  I then added the sentiment to the front.
I added the stamped image to a Basic Black mat.  I cut this piece of cardstock to give a very very thin boarder around the stamped image.  I then started layering everything up with my Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  To finish off the card I stamped a few of the feathers on my Whisper White inside piece and added three of the enamel dots from the Monster Bash Enamel Shapes.  I went with the black dots and didn't use the basic gray ones at all.  I thought this was more striking on the card.
Well, that's all for me today, I am glad that you have stopped by for this part in my Color Inspiration Series.  If you know someone that would like this card or you would like to CASE it please feel free to pin it to your Pinterest board.  You will find a list of all the supplies I used at the bottom of this post.  


Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

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