Sunday, December 23, 2012

Colors Inspired by the Sea

The Gourmet Rubber Stamps team is playing a color challenge today!  I absolutely LOVE these colors to begin with because they remind me of our beautiful Florida beaches, but I've fallen in love with a couple of paper lines in these colors lately too (Serenade and Winter Fun), so I was thrilled with the DesignSeeds palette Meridith chose!  Coincidentally, the new palette published this morning is a grouping of very similar colors inspired by a lovely winter scene!

These colors, probably because of their association with the sea, are calm and peaceful, so I paired them with the sentiment from Peace and Love to make a tag.  I'll be sending this to a friend who recently lost her husband and is spending her first Christmas without him, so these words, along with a simple sparkling Christmas snowflake, are just perfect.

There's a sheet of pale watercolor-like designer paper in Basic Grey's Serenade that has many of the colors of sand, sea and sky, so I stamped the sentiment on that, inking the edges with distress ink to bring out the blues, and coloring the letters with a pale blue-green Copic marker.  There's just a peek of a treble clef in the upper right corner...LOVE that!  Another beautiful sheet music print brings the browns from the palette into the design.  I used a Spellbinders die (35% off through December 24th) to add some interest to the bottom edge, covering the seam that it made with thin strips of each color of card stock.

The snowflake, from Made of Snow, was also colored with Copics and then painted with Stickles.  I used all my small latte pearls on another card with this same snowflake in a similar color palette, so for this one, there's only one pearl in the center.

Visit the Gourmet Rubber Stamps blog to see more projects using this gorgeous color combo!  Shop for GRS stamps and supplies at i {heart} papers where today, 12x12 collection kits are 45% off.  (Please note that your purchase will not ship until after Christmas!)

sentiment from Peace and Love
snowflake from Made of Snow
Basic Grey's Serenade
Memento Rich Cocoa ink
Ranger distress ink
Copic markers
Spellbinders Banner Basics 2
grosgrain ribbon
crochet thread

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