Neutral Hues

Hello all of you creative paper crafters!!  Tosh here filling in for Julie for today's Hues to Use Challenge.  I hope you are enjoying a day surrounded by color, but that doesn't mean it has to be bright, bold, or even soft pastels.  Today...it's all about being NEUTRAL....so get out your grays people!! 

It seems Marcy is thinking about Mr. Tibbs today, and for those of you who love bold, bright colors, today's hues might be a bit of a challenge. We're going grayscale.

Would you like to play along?  All you have to do is take your color cues from the photo above  (Julie has highlighted 3 of the most prominent colors in the photo), create a project using those colors, and link it below.  We'd love to see where your creativity takes you, and by participating, you could be chosen to host one of our Hues to Use challenges.  If so, you would get to choose a Power Poppy digi set to play along with.

Are you ready to see my interpretation?  I chose to work with the digital set Easy Breezy Coneflowers.  Now, I LOVE working with neutrals, but shoot, I just can't resist adding a little pop of color.  I might have stepped out of the box a bit, and since this is on the Power Poppy blog itself, I thought I better not make my "pop" very bold, so I just added a subtle purple to the Coneflower center.  This is my first time hosting the Hues to Use Challenge, so since I'm a newbie, hopefully, I won't get in too much trouble. 

The Easy Breezy Coneflower digital image itself includes two Coneflowers and I wanted a grouping of them.  So, I used Photoshop to make a little collage out of the blooms and included one of the sentiments.  I then colored the Coneflowers using T2, T1, and T5 along with V17 and V15.  The background was made using T0-T6.  I soaked a piece of textured cloth with Copic Blending Solution and dabbed the background to get that stippled effect.

I created the randomly striped base piece using 3 of the Copic colors listed above: T1, T3 and T5.  I didn't have gray string that matched as closely as I would like, so I just colored up some string with my T5 Copic, and I did the same with the mini clothespin using V17.

Thanks for visiting today.  I look forward to seeing how you all are inspired by these gray tones.  Don't forget to link your creations below.

Have a fantastic week!!

Happy Stamping!!


ChristineCreations said...

Tosha this is gorgeous! The hues together are magical! And I love the striped background!

Barbara said...

I love the look of the flowers layered. I am a newby at using the digital images and find that this look is hard to get. I am using GIMP, Is it easier with Photoshop? I would love to see a video of how you did that.

CherylQuilts said...

Tosh, this is gorgeous! And I love how you've grouped these flowers and made your own DP with the Copic markers. It's a dramatic look with the stippled background. I LOVE it! Hugs, sweet friend! You've really made the Hues to Use this week shine!!! xoxo

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Hi Barbara! I've never used GIMP, only Photoshop, and mine is ancient (I hate change). I did a tutorial awhile back, but if you decide to get Photoshop, it might not help because it's changed. Julie has a great one here: http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2014/05/i-bought-digital-stamp-now-what.html She shows how to use Word and Photoshop. I hope this helps. As for videos...yikes. I've never made one.

Camille Short said...

Very pretty card, Tosh!

Camille Short said...

Barbara, I'm a former Photoshop user who now does everything with GIMP. Doing that with GIMP is just as easy as Photoshop - maybe just a bit of a learning curve. You might be at an advantage if you've never used Photoshop. There are tons of videos online for GIMP - I just google when I can't figure out how to do something.

Donna Ellis said...

How incredibly gorgeous! Love it, Tosh.

Katie Sims said...

WOW, how gorgeous, Tosh! I love your background on this...it really makes your flowers POP! High five on your first Hues to Use host! :)

Lisa said...

Thank you for the great challenge, Tosh! You definitely made me think and put me outside of my comfort zone, which is always a good thing!

Your card is stunning and really inspired me!