Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Colour Co-ordinate Your Embellishments

I am sure we have all felt a little frustration from time to time over not having the exact matching embellishment for your work… “just the wrong shade” is too often disappointing!!  The Copic colour palette is impressive and your saviour for these situations… flowers, charms, ribbon, pearls and rhinestones are all accepting of a little make-over!

In today’s project I have focused on bringing out the pink tones in the background paper.  I originally selected the Heritage Script 3 and Floral papers from my FabScraps stash because of the little pieces of kraft poking through on the papers.  There was a strong sense of purple in the two papers I used, so to balance that I brought a good splash of pink to the lovely Magnolias by Flourishes, choosing my markers to align with the pinks in the far background.

I masked and added an additional flower and foliage to the main image so that it would sit in the corner and extend on two sides of the focal square element.  This allowed me to build square layers from the inside out, very simply with paper and kraft card.  It is easy to bring contrast and co-ordination to your layering card by applying the Copic colours used in your main image.  In this project, I used three different shades of pink, with the lightest shade on the top layer (RV21), middle on the middle layer (RV32), working back to the darkest shade (RV34).  Because you are layering the FabScraps paper on top of each kraft layer, you only need to use the thickness of the marker around each edge.  The layers are secured with X-Press It Double Sided Tape and once assembled you wouldn’t know that it is just the edges that hold colour.

FabScraps Embellishments are really versatile, and even more so when you use the colours from your main image to bring a touch more life and a good dash of co-ordination to your elements.  For this project I selected a couple of wooden buttons, white pearls in different sizes, a clear rhinestone, and a brass butterfly charm.  It’s great to have products from the same manufacturer that you can customise to suit your papers and coloured image… I added RV32 and RV34 to the pearls and rhinestone, using one coat on some and many coats on others, the more coats the more dense the colour will look.  With the metal butterfly I wanted to keep the brass undertone and applied one coat of R34 to provide a sheen of pink to this element.  The smaller of the wooden buttons was coloured first with RV32 and then I applied RV34 to the centre to provide depth.  The larger of the wooden buttons featured a bright red flower, I stripped the colour from this flower by first using a Colourless Blender and then adding colour back in with RV34.  All little touches of colour that help to both co-ordinate and add variety to your FabScraps Embellishments.

Here are the Copic Markers I used in my project today:
  • Image Flowers: 0, R000, RV21, RV32, RV34, RV69, BV29, E27
  • Image Leaves: 0, G46, YG63, YG67, E27
  • Image Stems:  YG93, YG95, E27
  • Image Shading:  B0000, BG000
  • Embellishments:  0, RV21, RV32, RV34
  • Cardstock:  RV21, RV32, RV34

I hope you enjoyed this little parade of colour, and can see the many possibilities that Copic can help you achieve when co-ordination is next a must!
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  1. Lovely display of colours and embellishments. Thanks for the great ideas.
    Joyce xx

  2. GORGEOUS project Ms Edna!!!! Love this a lot and what a great tutorial!!!! :)