Three colour leaf canopy – challenge reminder

I have been bombarding you with three colour projects lately partly because I have a challenge running with the Foiled Fox but also because I love the simplicity of working with only three colours. Today I’m sharing here and on the Foiled Fox blog. I picked an analogous colour scheme which means the colours are all side by side on the colour wheel. The result is harmonious rather than bold and contrasting. I used stamps from the Altenew set ‘leaf canopy’ for both cards. Before I started stamping I pressed three distress ink pads face down on my glass mat and spritzed water over the inks until they started to run together. I swiped my panel of hot pressed watercolour paper through the colours, chipped sapphire, stormy sky and shabby shutters creating a soft blended background. I dried the panel completely before putting it in my stamp positioner. I inked the solid leaf stamps with the same three colours, spritzed them so the colours bled into each other on the stamp then closed the MISTI lid onto my panel and kept it down for 5-10 seconds. When I lifted it I had soft blurry leaf images. Any areas with excess ink pooling on them were easily fixed with the corner of a paper towel to sop them up. Again I dried the panel with a heat tool before stamping the outline leaves in chipped sapphire ink. I used my favourite sentiment from the same set and embossed it in white on navy cardstock. I used the Avery Elle simple sentiment dies again to cut it out – I can’t stop using them, I guess you have realised that by now!

For my second card I switched one ink colour, instead of stormy sky I used shaded lilac so there are more purple tones in this one. I made the background the same way and did the stamping the same way but then took a bit of time adding water droplets strategically not in a splattery way. I wanted them to look random so I took care to place each one with a drop on the end of a paintbrush! I let them sit then absorbed the water with a paper towel leaving a pale circular watermark on the panel.

I kept this panel soft and dreamy and added a small sentiment in cobalt archival ink.

I hope this simple technique inspires you to play with three colours of ink and come up with a colourful panel of your own for the ‘Color Trio Challenge‘ on the Foiled Fox blog. There are some lovely cards linked there already, check them out then add your own.


6 Comments on “Three colour leaf canopy – challenge reminder”

  1. Pat says:

    I love the way you have been tackling this challenge with just three colours for your cards Heather and it has been so successful, including the two today featuring these pretty leaves. They are both so soft and dreamy and I love them both, but I do like the way you have stamped the leaf outlines over the top on the first which adds another dimension. x

  2. Elizabeth Jones says:

    So pretty. The first is sophisticated, with the sharp outlines, and then , the second, you wrote ‘dreamy’ and that word was playing in my mind as soon as I saw it. Looks like new growth caught in a late snowstorm in a starry twilight. Love these, thank you for sharing!

  3. bonklassgmailcom says:

    Two more beauties, Heather! I wish I had time to do more with the three colors!.

  4. Karen Jackson says:

    The three colour blend on your first card Heather is cool and crisp and refreshing, whereas the the change of colour on your second card gives it a warmer,hazy look which I love. I especially like the blotted water splatters. I must remember the trio of colours you used on your second card. Beautiful.

  5. Liane Desmarais-Cavanagh says:

    This is simply beautiful, and so versatile.

    Thank you for sharing. I appreciate how generous you are to teach us the techniques that support us to become more adventurous artists. I off to try this one myself!
    Liane (The Crafty Cigale)

  6. Daria says:

    Both of your cards are stunning. Thank you for describing how you made them.

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