Monday, November 21, 2016

Gathered In

Gina K's Charcoal Brown cardstock is the color by which all other browns are measured, in my opinion.  A true dark chocolate without a whiff of red, this rich color makes other colors really pop . . .

I helped the pop factor along by using foam dots to elevate the upper ends of the wheat stalk, pumpkin, squash and the leaves.  Although there is a lot of dark in this layout, I think the bright veggies counterbalance that and create a warm, cozy feel. 

One happy discovery was finding out how Copic markers react with the cardstock I used for the veggies:  The Paper Cut's White Matte Coate.  I found that the coating made the Copics stay wetter longer so blending was easier.  But even more fun was observing  the interaction between the coating and the ink:  this produced a watercolored effect, complete with darker margins and lovely streaks.  These may be hard to see on screen, but in real life, they're quite obvious.  Previously, I wasn't happy with this cardstock, but I'm going to give it a second chance with my Copics . . .

May each of you have a wonderfully glorious and gratitude-filled Thanksgiving Day!

Cardstock:   Gina K Charcoal Brown, Neenah Desert Storm, The Paper
                           Cut Matte Coate White
Stamps:        Stampin’ Up Truly Grateful, Impression Obsession
                           “All is safely . . .”
Inks:               Gina K Charcoal Brown
Markers:        Copic Napoli Yellow, Apricot, Marine Green, Pecan,
                           Tuscan Orange, Stampin’ Up Daffodil Delight
Emb Powder:   PSX Ochre Tapestry, Distress Walnut Stain
Dies:              Avery Elle Wonky Stitches, Impression Obsession Wheat,
                           Essentials by Ellen Gourd-jus, Spellbinders Long Classic
                           Scalloped Rectangles Large
Emb Folder: Spellbinders Horsehair      

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