Awash in BLUE!

Hello all! It's Tuesday, which means we dig deep into the infinite hues available here in this big and beautiful world, pull from a little social media and challenge YOU to use the trio of colors we pick the next time you hit your craft room to create!

Today's colorific combo is one that's more than a little special. Last month, I had a chance to meet these two cuties below -- Lulu & Sylvia -- two of Marcy and Doug's kiddos. I mean to tell you, I found them charming in social media. In real life, these two sparkle with mega-watt smiles and personalities! When we had our Bloomie Reunion in St. Louis, these little ladies actually made a banner that said "Welcome Bloomies!" When I met them, (I laugh when I think about this) I said, "You're real!" :-) So, when I spotted this photo on Marcy's Instagram, I knew this dynamic duo had to be center stage in this week's Hues to Use with a mix of Sky, Coneflower Blue, and Midnight Blue. Check it out peeps!

Now since I am afraid of heights, you would NOT find me on this creaky observation tower! According to Marcy, these two tromped to the top until they had a beautiful view of the sun setting over the green vistas of Hillsboro, actually all of Jefferson County, Missouri! Brave souls!

Moving on to my creation....

Since I loved the monochromatic theme this week, I just knew whatever image I chose had to have that "peaceful, easy feeling!" So, I reached for Power Poppy's Burst of Kindness with it's interesting and bodacious blooms and fuzzy bumble bees!

To get this "look" I stamped the main image using Memento Paris Dusk. I then colored up the image just adding a bit of depth with a trio of Copic Markers - B60, B63 and B66. As you can see, I did add a touch of black. Feel free to add to the trio of colors in minor ways. The idea here is to create a monochromatic feeling creation that's awash in blue!

As you can see, when I was done stamping my main panel, I stamped the same image on a larger piece of paper using Versamark ink and giving it a dusting of white embossing powder, then heat setting to create some texture. I then took the Paris Dusk ink and a water brush and picking up the ink from a palette, washed that paper with ink and water to create a mottled look, revealing the white embossed image underneath. While my brush was loaded, I also flicked some Paris Dusk ink spots onto my main image panel for a little bit of interest!

Here's a close up for you! You can see that little bumble even has some sparkle on his tiny wings!

From there, stamp the sentiment, also from the set, punch it out with a circle punch, add a little silver cording and mat it all up! Done! 

So, my sweet stamping friends, join me this week and use hues of BLUE! After you're done, be sure to link up your creation below. We LOVE to see what fun things you whip up in the name of all that is crafty! ;-) 

Remember, if you play along, you could be one of our guest stars of this column in upcoming weeks! 

To get on our radar, simply play along! We want to see you work your magic using these color combos! If chosen from one of the week's linkys, we'll share the color combo for your hosting week, gift you with a digital stamp set of your choice and then, you go to town creating! 

I will let you in on a little secret too -- I am going to start sending emails this week to invite our first guest designers! Squeeeee! I can hardly wait! 

See you back here soon!


Nicola Gold said...

Eep... Love this combo. I have one coloured up ready to create with a previous combo. Will need to add this to the list too!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Absolutely beautiful. I am honored to know how lovely this card is in person!! It makes me think of delft pottery which I own quite a bit of because of my Dutch heritage. Love the white on blue in the background and blue in the foreground, and bees...LOVE those too. Which is obvious in my home because of all of my bee skeps. A gorgeous card Jules!!

Berina RGA said...

This is such a beautiful color combo. I love the blues. Beautiful pic of Sylvia and Lulu. Such a pretty card by Julie.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Julie, what a gorgeous Hues to Use this week, and I agree with Tosh that this reminds me of Delft pottery. It's simply beautiful using this stamp, and I love how you even created your own DP for the background! It's stunning! Hugs! xoxo

Essie said...

Oh Julie, This the most gorgeous color scheme and the card is jaw-dropping wonderful! Ant wait to play along 🙂

Julie Koerber said...

Thanks ladies! Can't wait to see your take on this color combo! ;-)

Camille Short said...

Love the sample!

Ptcats369 said...

Beautiful card, wonderful colors!

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SewPaperPaint said...

Oh my gosh how amazing!!! I'm totally trying this right away. LOOOOOOVE! Hugs, Autumn