Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen, Stamping

Color Palettes For Cardmaking

Do you have a favorite color palette you use often when cardmaking? A combo that always looks beautiful and makes you happy? Carly does and she’s here today to share!

I would probably tell you that mint is my favorite color (if you asked, haha) but the color combo I find myself using over & over again when cardmaking is pink and orange!

I always love it! I think its perfect for 3 of the 4 seasons of the year (but I’m still working on it for winter) plus it’s great for all occasions. I also love the how pink and orange combine when watercolored or blended. They are the perfect pair!

For this card I started by stamping the Mondo Tulip twice (at different angles) along the bottom of a Bristol card panel in waterproof black ink. I used Bristol because it is my favorite for smooth & easy ink blending.

Next I used Glossy Accents to “mask” the tulips by filling the inside of the stamped image with the Glossy Accents. I used a craft pick to help spread the Glossy Accents to tight spots and “erase” when I went outside the lines. You can see later that I didn’t do a perfect job but I’ll keep practicing 😉

Once the tulips were completely covered in Glossy Accents, I set it aside to dry.

When the Glossy Accents were completely dry, I used blending brushes to apply Distress Ink Picked Raspberry and Carved Pumpkin over the top. The excess ink wipes right off the Glossy Accents, leaving the tulips still white.

I finished with a little water splatter and a sentiment.

Have I convinced you that pink & orange are perfect together? In case you’re on the fence, here are a few more of my favorite pink & orange projects (just click the pics to see more)…

HOW TO CREATE A NOT-SO-SPOOKY HALLOWEEN CARD…did you know we are halfway to Halloween?!
HOW TO MAKE EASY FLORAL CARDS FOR SPRING…I love the combo of easy watercolor & the gorgeous Mod Floral die!
FLORAL CARDS IDEAS WITH ESSENTIALS BY ELLEN…I added a little coral to these cards!


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  • Reply lynnlhill May 12, 2021 at 7:30 am

    I love pink and orange together too! I have quite a few cards in my stash that are pink and orange. I love the glossy accents trick you used. I haven’t tried it but will try it soon. I have glossy accents and have used them once or twice but I just never feel confident. I think this would work for me though because I wouldn’t be messing up a completed card if I made a mistake and might have more confidence with it. Your card is beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • Reply Vikki H May 12, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    Beautiful. My favorite pie place in the Mid-West (1960s) was decorated in hot pink and orange.

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