Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Hues Inspired by Nature!

Hello sweet folks! This week's Hues to Use is one inspired by the wonder of nature! Are you ready to have a brand new color combo thrown your way to try to spark a little color creativity? Well, I am ready to do the throwin'! ;-) It's time for another edition of....

Well I have to say that I have no real idea what is going on with the photo above but Marcy nailed it when she posted this pic and said simply, "Nature, being all awesome!" I couldn't agree more! This little number was posted almost a year ago, so, whatever this is being awesome, it's probably being awesome again as we speak! 

HOW TO PLAY: Playing along with us for Hues to Use is easy as 1-2-3 -- use all three colors in your card or creation and then make sure to share a direct link to your creation so we can all see! YIPPPEEE!

Moving on to my card! Now, I have a few birthdays coming up and when I chose this color combo, I knew in my heart of hearts that I would use it to create a few "man cards!" My brother-in-law is a beer lover and it's funny when we hit happy hour together every now and then, he often reads the craft beer menu and he will look at me and say, "Will I like that?" So, more times than not, I end up choosing his beer for him. I figured this image below -- Power Poppy's Hops and Barley -- would be perfect for him! 

I started printing this digital image in a kind of sepia/brown tone and so that's where that color on the 'Hues' is used along with some of the accents in the barley. Then, I grabbed these Copic colors for the barley.....

And these colors for the rest of the image -- the hops and some of the highlights around it! 

After I was done coloring with my Copic markers, I did go back in to add some depth with a few Prismacolor pencils -- using an indigo pencil along with a burnt umber shade as well. I am really loving how a sharpened colored pencil can add that intricate detail that a Copic marker tip can not. 

For the inside of my card, since I knew how I would be using this card and who I would be giving it to, I went ahead and did this (below) on the inside! Printing a faint version of the hops and barley image with one of the sentiments that is included in this digital stamp set! Love! 

And that, my friends, is it! An earthy mix of colors inspired by nature herself! I hope you hand-pick these colors to use next time you create and will play along with me! When you do, just link up your creation below! Like we always share, our guest designers are all chosen from our weekly link list, so we would REALLY love to see what you've got up your creative sleeve! It could have you playing with some digital stamp set freebies followed by some time in the Power Poppy Spotlight! Can't wait to see who our next designer will be!

Happy stamping & we'll see you back here soon!



  1. Oh, Julie what beautiful coloring! It's amazing how this image just leaps from the page. I can see how you've learned a lot from Amy's coloring class. I started mine and just received a brand new aqua brush that she recommended. So eager to continue. You've used this week's Hues to Use so beautifully, and I'm so glad you get to select your son-in-laws craft beers! Warm hugs, sweet friend, and thanks for the inspiration as always!

  2. Awesome card & colouring. Love the sentiment, although I can't stand beer... I would have to change it to chocolate 🍫

    1. Nicola... that made me laugh! I guess I am double trouble because I like beer... and chocolate! :-)

  3. Very pretty card - love the color combo.

  4. Love these colors and the Hops and Barley was the first set I thought of when I saw them. Your card is just gorgeous Julie, thank you for the inspiration!

  5. One of my very favorite images!! You've colored it up so beautifully <3 and the inside of your card is so perfectly done. I love it. What a treat to have you share it with us :)

  6. Such a beautiful card!! I love the coloring!! So pretty! The inside of the card is very beautiful too!!


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