Monday, May 11, 2015

Color Monday - Nightly Mushrooms

It is Monday, and that means it's time for another color card! Today's card features Lawn Fawn's Gleeful Gardens as well as my usual Copic coloring. This card has a few more layers than I usually do, so I kept it very simple and free of embellishments and clutter.

I started by die-cutting a stitched circle out of some Copic marker paper. I stamped a scene with two nested mushrooms and a cute curvy hill-line. I started by coloring the mushrooms, and I went with my favorite redcap combo (R05, R46, R89, E50, E53, E33). Then I got to the sky and thought to myself that it would be really fun if I made this a nighttime scene. I used my BV markers (BV11, BV13, BV17) to sketch in the sky and a few fun clouds.

Since the scene was now at night, I didn't want to go with my usual bright greens for the grass. Instead, I used BG72 and BG75 along with G29. This created a cool-colored grass that works for nighttime. As a last touch, I used my white gel pen to draw a line around the mushrooms (this makes them stand out a lot better) and a few dots here and there on the image.

Once I had my colored image, I used it as inspiration for the rest of the card.

I die-cut a scalloped circle out of yellow polkadot paper. Even though there's no bright yellow anywhere in the colored section, purple and yellow are contrasting colors. I had a lot of contrast between the bright red of the mushroom and the other colors, so I wanted to balance that out by introducing another contrast -- yellow and purple.

I die cut a panel out of teal paper with tiny stars on it. This paper was just perfect because it both had stars and it was the same tone as the grass. Note that the color I used on the grass does not match the paper perfectly. But they're in the same color family, which really helps tie them together.

Since polka-dots were a recurring element, I also added a panel of white polka-dot vellum paper. And I set everything against a neutral kraft base. I used a combination of my standard adhesive and foam tape to stick everything together.

 Thanks for reading!


  1. I totally love how you've moved away from the traditional colours for the grass/sky! It's inspiring! Cute card too. :)

    1. Thank you, Kylie! I've been experimenting a lot lately and it's fun to try out all these new color combinations. I'd love to see your take on a night sky! I bet it would be beautiful. :)