Monday, January 2, 2017

Color Fusers Blog Hop: January 2017

I'm excited to start the new year with the Color Fusers blog hop, where we feature a fun new color scheme each month. The colors this month are Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Sweet Sugarplum and Very Vanilla. It's such a happy, cheerful color scheme especially for this time of year! Check it out...

When I saw what the color scheme was, the first thing I thought of was a bright sun on the horizon and a colorful sky... sort of a variation of a red sky at morning theme. So, I started playing with inking my acrylic blocks to create a background and I was not disappointed. I hope you will agree.

I have two cards for you this month that are variations on the same theme. The first uses the Beautiful You Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalog that goes live this Wednesday, 1/4/17. I think you'll be wanting to take out a Shopping List Form because I think you are going to want to add some of the yummy products I'm using today to your list. Click HERE for a shopping list form you can print out.

Here's my first card:

I've used an acrylic block with ink pads to create this background. Click HERE to see a previous post which includes a tutorial, for how to do this technique.

I have used Watercolor Paper for the focal piece. It truly is the best option in my opinion although you can also use the Shimmery White cardstock and even Very Vanilla or Whisper White Cardstock in a pinch. The Watercolor Paper and Shimmery White Cardstock, handle the water much better than regular cardstock, and the inks move in more interesting ways on these first two options.

In the photo above, check out the cool organic shapes and textures created with the ink and water on the watercolor paper. I just love this effect! In the photo below just above the words, there's another really interesting texture created at the top edge. I promise I did not plan this... it just happened.

When you use this method expect the unexpected as no two backgrounds will turn out the same! The amount of ink you use, and how much water you spray on you block will change the outcome significantly. The beauty of this technique is that each background you create will be special and unique.

The card below is the same focal piece placed on a Basic Gray card base instead of on the Sweet Sugarplum base. In the end I attached my focal piece to the Sweet Sugarplum base but thought it would be fun to show you this other option. Do you prefer one over the other? Please comment below if you have a preference. I'd love to know what you think.

For the second card, I simply placed my background colors and image in the portrait orientation and used the High Tide Stamp Set for the images. I also chose to use a Basic Gray Background, which felt more fitting for the lighthouse image. The colors in this next watercolor background turned out so rich and pretty!

Here's project #2:

In this close up you can see the dynamic movement of the colors in this background.

Another closeup that I love...

Here's one final photo of the pair. With these two photos side by side you can really see how the watercolor background is very different on each card. With this method, no two backgrounds will ever be the same, and that's a lot of the fun!!! I hope you'll experiment and play with this technique and let me know what you think! For instructions on how to achieve this effect click HERE for more details.

I hope you've enjoyed these projects and have found some creative inspiration here. A complete supply list is included at the end of this post. If you need to print out a Shopping List to make note of products you might like to purchase click HERE for a form.

Plus... would you like a chance at winning a bundle of retired products valued at $25 - $30? All you have to do is...

  1. Fill out a shopping list form and include
  2. Email me your shopping list by Friday 1/27/17 at 7pm
  3. A winner will be drawn at the evening class on 1/27/17!
Click HERE to see a PDF of the Occasions Catalog
Click HERE to see a PDF of the Sale-A-Bration Brochure

Lighthouse Card Dimensions:
  • Basic Gray Card Body  5-1/2" x 8-1/2""
  • Basic Black Layer 3-15/16" x 4-15/16" (use dimensionals to attach to card base)
  • Watercolor Paper 3-3/4" x 4-3/4"
Live, Laugh, Love Card Dimensions:
  • Sweet Sugarplum Card Body  4-1/4" x 11"
  • Basic Black Layer 3-15/16" x 4-15/16" (use dimensionals to attach to card base)
  • Watercolor Paper 3-3/4" x 4-3/4"
I hope you'll continue on the blog hop to check out all the fun projects created by the Color Fusers Team. I'm sure you will see some great projects and ideas! A complete list of participants is included here:
As a Reminder... There are just TWO Days left to…
  • Purchase products and bundles that are retiring from the Holiday Catalog. Click Here to shop Retiring and Discounted products! To see a complete list with pictures click HERE.
  • Take advantage of up to 60% off through the Year-End Closeout Sale!
  • Get the FREE December Card Kits - To see the December card kits click HERE. To see a video with details click HERE.
Sale-A-Bration begins...
the Occasions Catalog Goes Live
on January 4th!


Have you received your Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Brochures yet?
My regular customers automatically receive these in the mail. If you would like to utilize my services and are interested in purchasing product through me, I'd be happy to mail this catalog and brochure to you.
Simply click HERE and select "request a catalog" in the "what interests you" drop down menu.
January Hostess Code: 6ZTFWH7H
Happy Crafting!

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Wow!! Fabulous cards!! Love that we used the same background technique!!

Posted by Patty Bennett on January 02, 2017 at 12:03 PM #

The color block stamping turned out great! So glad to be hopping with you!

Posted by Debbie Henderson on January 02, 2017 at 01:07 PM #

Gorgeous coloring! I especially love the lighthouse - looks like it's sitting in the most beautiful sunset!

Posted by Robin Messenheimer on January 02, 2017 at 01:29 PM #

'Tis *most* purty. Yo, Mom, I just bought a hunk of frozen octopus at the Highland Market like twenty minutes ago. Happy second day of 2017! -Sarah

Posted by Sarah on January 02, 2017 at 02:48 PM #

I like the dancing girl on the Sweet Sugarplum base. I love the background of the lighthouse. It looks like the light is coming from the top of the lighthouse like it normally does. Beautiful!

Posted by Gale S. on January 02, 2017 at 02:55 PM #

Great cards. Your watercolor technique looks fabulous. Great pictures too. Both stamp sets looks great with this!

Posted by Jo Anne Hewins on January 02, 2017 at 04:39 PM #

Stunning cards Melissa!

Posted by Dana M on January 03, 2017 at 03:35 AM #

These two cards are beautiful! You have really made this technique and this color combination work in creating vibrant and lively backgrounds - awesome!

Posted by msteelee on January 03, 2017 at 08:00 AM #

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