August 2011 Color Combo Challenge

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Article Courtesy by Jeanette Giancaspro


For this month's Color Combo Challenge, I wanted to focus on summer colors.  So, instead of uploading a photo to the Scrap by Color section of, I decided to begin with a color that represents summer to me:  sunshine yellow.  Following the directions on the site, I let the tool generate three coordinating colors to complete the palette below:

I was so inspired by these colors that I just had to start making some cards with them right away.  The first card is the one I made for my husband's birthday.  He loves monkeys, so I thought that a jungle theme would be most appropriate.  These colors worked perfectly.  The Good Day Sunshine collection by My Mind's Eye  had an additional element that I wanted to include:  guitars, another of my husband's favorite things.  Plus, the colors were all there, with a few extras that worked well with both the design and the color palette.

 The second card I made was for my daughter's godfather for Father's Day.  Again I used the same paper collection, but this time, the theme was all guitars.  For the focal image on this card, I sponged two colors of Memento Ink:  Rich Cocoa and Bamboo Leaves.  I tied some jute across the lower half of the panel and added a few stick-on dots, which I had previously colored with a copper paint marker made by American Crafts.

Since I like to save the best for last, I chose to make this card after the other two were finished. 

I knew that I wanted something very special for my husband's Father's Day card, so I turned to my favorite blending inks:  Distress Inks by Tim Holtz.   I chose colors that were very close to those in this month's color palette:  Fired Brick, Wild Honey, Faded Jeans, and Peeled Paint.  These inks blend beautifully, and they create gorgeous backgrounds.  I stamped over the background, creating a collage effect, and then brushed some Black Soot Distress Ink on the edges.  To complete the design, I added a stamped greeting and a few embellishments.

I hope that these cards have inspired you to use this month's color palette, with its vibrant summery hues, to create your own scrapbook pages and cards.  Remember that you don't have to limit yourself to summer themes or masculine cards.  These colors work well with many subjects: children's and women's birthdays, congratulations, celebrations, friendship, and many others.  Happy crafting!


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