Subtle Party Pelican

I have challenged myself a bit this evening and used colours I would not normally use. I definitely gravitate more towards the brights or the neutral colours and less towards the subtles. But sometimes it is good to step outside your comfort zone and see what you can come up with.

This fortnight the Colour Inkspiration challenge is all about the Subtles Colour family. We can pick any three colours from the family in addition to being able to use Black, White and Metallics. I picked Pool Party, Calypso Coral and So Saffron.TAMS Color Builder.jpg-5

I have used three different stamp sets to make this card. The main image comes from the very cute Postcard Pals stamp set. This set contains 3 cartoonish line art images that you can either colour or leave as is. I have coloured the pelican using regular Stampin’ Write markers as that’s what I had handy.


The card base is Thick Whisper White, and to this I have added a centred panel of Pool Party. Using the water / wavy lines image in the stamp set Lilypad Lake I stamped on a panel of whisper white in So Saffron. I don’t actually have a So Saffron ink pad, so I coloured the stamp using my Stampin’ Write marker instead. Did you know you can do that? It’s very handy for a couple of reasons – one being you can colour the stamp in different colours and then stamp once (for example colour a flower stem in green and then the flower in pink and then stamp once). The other reason it is handy is that markers are cheaper than Ink Pads and take up less space. Up until Stampin’ Up revamped their colour families, I was lucky enough to have the complete marker set which meant I could stamp in any colour I wanted. I’m now working my way up to completing my set again with all the new colours.

I adhered this So Saffron background piece off centre, to leave me a nice strip to place the sentiment. The sentiment comes from the stamp set Picture Perfect Birthday.

Using the stitched shaped framelits I layered the two largest squares to create a Calypso Coral frame in addition to cutting a square in Pool Party. I popped the pelican up on dimensionals to make it stand out a little more.

Finally I picked out some Pool Party sequins from the retired ‘Sprinkles’ embellishments to finish it off. I also added a bit of wink of stella over the coloured pelican to make him shine even more (even though he is stamped on Shimmery White card to start with!) – but you probably can’t see that in the photo anyway 🙂

I was actually pretty happy with how this turned out, give they are colours I wouldn’t normally use and I had no plan at all when I stamped / coloured and cut my pelican. It’s funny how sometimes things just end up coming together.

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