Loving Pantone’s Color of the Year? This Very Peri-inspired card is designed to inspire you to use a complimentary color scheme, plus a few tips are shared for layered stenciling and stamping along the way.
Hi friends! It’s Angela here, back on the blog with a card that was inspired by this year’s Pantone Color of the Year. According to Pantone, Very Peri is “a dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet red undertone”. When Pantone discusses the color in more detail, they share that the blue family connotes trust, and with Very Peri’s violet red undertones, the color “displays a spritely, joyous attitude” and “encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expressions.” That’s the kind of inspiration I like to feel in my craft room, don’t you?
When looking at the color wheel, complimentary colors are those that are directly across from each other. Blue’s complimentary color is orange, and purple’s is yellow. Since Very Peri sort of falls in between, I decided to pull a little orange and yellow into my Very Peri-inspired card. The ink pads in my stash that most closely match Very Peri were Catherine Pooler Serenade and Serene. I also chose Pinkfresh Studio Stargazer (a very deep navy blue that leans a little on the purple side), Catherine Pooler Apricot, and Pinkfresh Studio Passion Fruit. The yellow in my palette comes from gold foil, but we’ll talk about next.
To get started, I used the recently-released Pinkfresh Studio Brighter Days hot foil plate and layering stencils to create an assortment of blooms and botanicals. Layering stencils make the coloring foolproof, and if you’re not a huge fan of coloring with markers, you might just fall in love with layering stencils! I used my Very Peri-like colors on the leaves, then a blend of the Apricot and Passion Fruit inks on the blooms.
TIP: If you find that the applications of ink look too high in contrast after you’ve used layering stencils, use the first stencil (which typically covers most of the image) again at the end to blend the colors together more. This softens the blend and creates a lovely, dreamy effect.
With the stencil work done, I used the coordinating die to cut out the images, then moved on to stamping a background panel. I adore the Essentials by Ellen Abstract Nature stamp set, and the largest blob was absolutely perfect for the look I wanted to achieve. Working around the edges of a plain white A2 card panel, I stamped in Serene Serenade and Stargazer, until the frame was complete.
TIP: When using 3 colors the way that I have here, you may find it helpful to plan out the order of colors and the rough placement of the stamping before you start. In the case of this card, this prevented me from having repeats of the same color stamped too closely together. I also like to double-stamp the darkest color at the end to conceal the lines from the lighter colors underneath.
The abstract panel became a background frame for the card, and I used the Pinkfresh Studio Blanket Stitched Rectangle set to create a border around the white panel in front. Finally, I arranged the die cut blooms in the corners, and finished with a foiled ‘Mondo Squishy Hugs’ sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Casual Greetings Hot Foil Plate.
Ready to create some Very Peri-inspired cards of your own? I’d love to see! If you share one on Instagram, be sure to tag me, @mycraftyperspective, as well as @ellenhutsonllc. We can’t wait to see what you make! – Angela