Being Complementary

Complementary Damask

This Damask stamp from Penny Black is such a beautifully detailed stamp I like to show it off rather than relegate it to background status. When I started making this card I embossed a couple of panels, one in clear and one in black then played around with both. The white image left by the clear embossing powder definitely created the look I was after; I will have to fiddle with the black a little more before I’m happy with it.

As I said I started by embossing in clear then sponged Memento Pistachio from one corner toward the centre and Love letter from the opposite corner. I darkened the green portion further with Olive grove and added a little definition with a Bamboo Leaves marker. I then sliced the side off my panel so that it would be predominantly green rather than half and half, matted it in green and added a ribbon. I didn’t have the correct green so I used a paler green and coloured it with a marker.

When that card was finished I didn’t want the little strip I cut off to go to waste so I set out to make a very minimal design with just the thin panel and a sentiment. But then I remembered the “Love” stamp which has elaborate fonts that remind me of damask and a second design was created.

The complementary colour scheme is inspired by the Less is More Challenge this week.

Complementary Love


Stamps: Damask Pattern Love ChapterHappy Birthday (PB)
Inks: Memento Pistachio, Olive Grove, Love Letter & Versamark  (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Olive Grove
Also: Clear embossing powder, ribbon

18 Comments on “Being Complementary”

  1. Pam Goes says:

    I love them both. Wouldn’t be able to decide one over the other. Beautiful…

  2. Marja says:

    Marvelous work Heather
    lovely greet

  3. swldebbie says:

    I so would have pitched that little strip and missed an opportunity to make something beautiful. Both cards are lovely, but I really like the one with the strip and the love panel.

  4. Chrissie says:

    What amazing effects Heather, these are both glorious!
    Thanks so much
    “Less is More”

  5. LOLI says:

    Hola Heather, both cards are absolutely gorgeous but the first one is fabulous, great technique,wonderful cards.
    Hugs from Palma de Mallorca Spain

  6. Janet says:

    Loved both of the cards! Green and pink together is one of my favourite colour combos. I really enjoy your cards…our styles are so different!!!

  7. lolyborda43 says:

    Both are simply gorgeous. Every time I visit your blog I’m ooh-ing and ahhing at your creations. TFS

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  9. Vicky says:

    These are gorgeous Heather! Isn’t it satisfying when you make what I call opportunist cards from something else you’ve been working on?! I think I actually like your opportunist card best! Vicky x

  10. Elaine says:

    Great cards with a great colour scheme. Proves you should never throw bits away!!

  11. Dotty Jo says:

    Totally gorgeous, as always! Jo x

  12. Lindsey says:

    Both of these are gorgeous, Heather! And happy spring to you! The tulips must finally be out in all their glory.

  13. nise says:

    WOW! You are so right. That damask stamp has no business being in the background. Love that you used your “scrap” and made another equally wonderful card.

  14. Both of these cards are fabulous..but I think my favorite is the first one…no, maybe it’s the second one…guess I really can’t decide. Great technique…got to remember that!

  15. Jen says:

    great cards heather. love the effect
    Fabulous colour choice. Thanks for joining us the week
    Jen x
    “Less Is More”

  16. Two fabulous cards Heather, I just adore them both 🙂 Viv xx

  17. rein says:

    Beautiful cards!

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