Wednesday, May 12, 2010

An Absence of Color

Today's cards feature quite the unconventional color combo. In fact, I'd say they lack color almost completely. But don't let that fool you, they are still gorgeous, and quite sophisticated if you ask me. I originally wanted to create this first card for the Caardvarks monochromatic challenge. But as some things go...I didn't make it in time.

I started by stamping the large leaves from Woodgrain Silhouettes Additions in Versamark onto white cardstock. Then I embossed them using Stampendous' White Pearls translucent embossing powder. I love how this turned out. It added an instant touch of class. I stamped the same large leaf in Stampin' Up!'s Sahara Sand onto white cardstock and trimmed. I added the sentiment in black on Sahara Sand and then added a "fancy bow", a technique that I learned from the amazing Paulina, in white satin ribbon. I finished the card off with some pearls in the center of the leaves.

Here's a detail shot of the embossing.

So while I had these colors and products out, I whipped out another fun card, using my "go-to" layout. If you've frequented my blog you'll no doubt recognize this layout.

Again, I love this card! I used the woodgrain background from Woodgrain Silhouettes stamped in Versamark on Sahara Sand cardstock for the background. I thought this was a perfect backdrop for the dandelion from Practicing Creativity's "You're Dandy". I added the sentiment in black, and done. So quick and easy! Both cards use the sentiments from Papertrey Ink's "Giga Guide Lines" set, I love the sentiments in this set. Truth be told...it's the only reason I bought it. ;o)

So what do you think of this "non-color" color combo? Is it something you could see yourself trying?

32 comments:

  1. I'm picking my jaw up off the floor, these are gorgeous! Love the layouts and the sentiments. Can I ask where those sentiments are from? They are a beauty too!

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  2. Oooh I love it.. just may have to try this.
    Where is your big sentiment from? What stamp set is that from?? Just curious! Love it Dawn!

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  3. Just gorgeous! Love the elegance! :)

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  4. Brilliant!!! Absolutely stunning. I'm speechless.....:)

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  5. Those are both so beautiful, but I especially like the top one. It's very elegant.

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous, Dawn! A breath of fresh air, really, with all of the bold color combos I've been seeing lately. Very elegant!

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  7. WOW WOW WOW, these is absolutely STUNNING O_O

    Angeline

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  8. wow! these are so elegant! love them!

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  9. These are really spectacular, Dawn. I love them!

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  10. Wow, these are STUNNING! Love both of them!

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  11. Just perfect! I love the white and the embossing! Great cards! :)

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  12. love the non color colors, dawn:) sweet bow and adorable "go-to" card!

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  13. LOVE them both! Yes, I could totally see myself using this color combo. I wanted to make a monochromatic card for that challenge. Like you, however, life got in the way. {And I wound up adding another color on the card because it was just SCREAMING for a touch of contrast.}

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  14. Mouth is dropped open... AMAZEMENT!!!! Hello!!! This is exquisite, m'dear! WHO KNEW there was THIS MUCH magic, in so little color! Fabulous!

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  15. Super stunning! I love these cards!
    I would have never of thought to use those colors! Fabulous work!

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  16. Ahhhh.... they're both so SCRUMPTIOUS!! You made a captivating story out of the lack of colour, Dawn :) You've got such talent, girl...

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  17. Definitely love both. The first one is so elegant. Love your "GO-TO" design.

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  18. Oh Dawn, I love both cards! So classy indeed! Fabulous work!!

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  19. Love, love, love these! I will definitely be taking a shot at the "absence of color"!!

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  20. So sophisticated! These would be perfect for a wedding or a silver anniversary or baptism. Good job!

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  21. Wow...these are both so very elegant and beautiful! Great layouts and cards to go back to - you could really change the look and feel by changing out the sahara sand for, say, raspberry!

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  22. ELEGANT pieces of ART......

    Ash....
    (http://hastkala-oceanichope.blogspot.copm/)

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  23. These are stunning! What a gorgeous color combo!

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  24. Oh my GOODNESS. these are GORGEOUS. i HAVE to try that color combo!!! (or lack of color!!!) ;)

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  25. OMGoodness!! ITs beautiful!!

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  26. Best word to describe them, classy :) Love them both. TFS!

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  27. Wow! Such a classic elegant look! I love how its soft but dramatic at the same time! Beautiful :)

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  28. Girl, this is STUNNING!!! OMG, how beautiful this card is!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

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  29. HI gf... u inspired me today, see here, http://alifeunrehearsed2.blogspot.com/2010/05/absence-of-color.html

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