MFT Stamps Summer School Session 3 Lesson 15 – Color Temperatures

Well, this is that last lesson of My Favorite Things Summer School Session 3 and, if I hurry, I may just get it done in time for the noon deadline!

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This lesson (#15) is on creating a mood using the temperature of colors. They have divided them into three groups: neutrals, cool  and warm colors.

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Neutrals (black, white, browns, grays). A neutral color palette  often evokes a classy, elegant, sophisticated, and glamorous feel.

Here is my neutral card:

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Cool Colors (blues, purples, greens). A cool color combination evokes a calm, serene, and harmonious feel.

Here is my cool card:

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You can heat things up with the Warm Colors (reds, yellows, oranges). Warm colors evoke an energetic, optimistic, exciting, playful, and happy feel.

I used autumn orange, yellow and copper for my warm card:

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Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things: Heart Balloons stamp set and Lace Background
  • Versamark Ink
  • Hampton Art copper embossing powder
  • Stampendous PEARLustre embossing powder – Tanzanite
  • Recollections Detail Embossing Powder – Gold
  • DCWV cards
  • Misc. cardstock, ribbon, adhesives

Well, that’s the last of the lessons for now. My Favorite Things says they’ll have final exams in September… I may be absent! Hahaha!

If you want to learn more, or download their Study Guide, you can go here:  http://mftstamps.com/blog/summer-school-its-your-turn-to-learn-color-temperatures/

The copper, orange and yellow card is also being entered in Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Challenge #124- Autumn Color Theme with Ribbon or Trim that you can find here:  http://reasonableribbon.blogspot.com/2015/08/rrr-challenge-124-autumn-color-theme.html

Thanks for taking the time to peek in!

– D.Ann

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MFT Stamps Summer School Session 3 Lesson 14 – Color Saturation

Another lesson from My Favorite Things Summer School Session 3:

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Lesson 14  is on Color Saturation. Here’s what they say about it:

Color Saturation refers to the intensity of color. The more white or gray that is added, the less saturated the color becomes. You can add black to deepen the saturation. Cards tend to work best when the saturation of the colors are on a similar scale.

I’d sum it up as Brights (saturated) vs. Pastels (less saturated), which is how I did my cards:

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I used Freshly Made Sketches current sketch for both cards:

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Materials Used:

  • My Favorite Things Heart Balloons Stamp set & dies (sentiments cut apart and mixed together)
  • Heidi Grace Designs Papers: Flocked Urban Acres Blvd Floral & Flocked Baby Boy Birds
  • CraftSmith Flutterbloom paper pack
  • DCWV cards
  • Versamark Ink
  • Hampton Arts embossing powders pink and red
  • Color Box Classic Pigment Inks
  • Papertrey Ink: Hawaiian Shores dye ink
  • Misc. Washi tape, ribbon, cardstock and adhesives

If you want to learn more, or download their Study Guide, you can go here:  http://mftstamps.com/blog/summer-school-its-your-turn-to-learn-color-saturation/

I’m also entering each of these cards in Freshly Made Sketches’ 200th Sketch celebration, which you can join here:  http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2015/08/freshly-made-sketches-200-celebration.html

  • Actually, they only let you link once to a blog post, so I’ll re-post the pastel card later on today.

Thanks for taking the time to peek in!

– D.Ann

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MFT Stamps Summer School Session 3 – Lesson 13 Design: Hard vs. Soft

Well, I’m half way through this session of My Favorite Things Stamps Summer School.

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This is Lesson 13 on Design: Hard vs. Soft, which they define like this:

For every hard line or edge you place on a card, the design is balanced by some softness, whether it be from a texture (like a ribbon) or a shape (like a circle); too much hard or soft might not work.
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Here’s my card where the hard bricks, doghouse, fire hydrant and sandpaper lane are offset by the soft felt grass, dog, balloon and twine string.

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Materials used:

  • MFT Stamps: You Make My Tail Wag & Heart Balloons stamp sets
  • MFT Stamps: Small Brick Stencil
  • Color Box Classic Pigment ink
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Barn Door
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens – 195, 723, 761, 856, 992, 977, N15, N8
  • Versamark ink
  • Recollections Detail Embossing Powder – Ebony
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Sakura Pigma Micron pen .03  black
  • 3M 60 grit sandpaper
  • Misc. cardstock, felt, twine and adhesives

If you want to learn more, or download their Study Guide, you can go here:  http://mftstamps.com/blog/summer-school-its-your-turn-to-learn-hard-vs-soft/

And, since this is a great card to give to a sweet young high school student for a good chuckle, I’m also entering it in Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge: Back to School, which you can find here:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-back-to-school-2/

Thanks for checking in again today!

– D.Ann

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My Favorite Things Summer School Session 3 – Lesson 12 Design: Symmetry/Asymmetry

Moving on to the next lesson (#12) in the My Favorite Things Summer School Session 3 on Design.

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This lesson is on Symmetry/Asymmetry.Symmetry is balanced proportions in design…If you cut the design in half, it is essentially the same on each side. Asymmetry is the placement of non-identical forms to either side of a balancing point in a way that the two sides seem to be of the same visual weight but aren’t.

Here are the cards I came up with:

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Can you tell which is symmectrical and which is asymmetrical? Hopefully you can! : )

I love this die set from My Favorite things – It’s actually Flamingos, but a small snip to the beak and you’ve got swans! Gotta love any die that you gives you more bang for your buck! Of course, being the punny person I am, I couldn’t resist hand-writing the inside sentiments:

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Some day somebody will make a stamp outta that!  (hint-hint)

A quick note on that lovely background – It’s My Favorite Things fabulous Lace Background stamp clear embossed on peach cardstock. Then I went over it with a coral Tombow brush pen and watched it change into something beautiful!

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On the left is the clear embossing (which I thought would turn it slightly darker, but didn’t).

One more look at the finished fronts:

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Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things: Flamingos die set
  • MFT stamps Lace Background stamp
  • MFT stamps Heart Balloons stamp set (sentiment (cut))
  • Versamark ink
  • Joann’s Craft Essentials clear embossing powder
  • Recollections Detail Embossing Powder – Ebony
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 873 Coral, N15 Black
  • Tombow Adhesive Dots
  • DCWV card
  • Misc. cardstock

If you want to learn more, or download their Study Guide, you can go here:  http://mftstamps.com/blog/summer-school-its-your-turn-to-learn-symmetryasymmetry/

Thanks for checking in again today!

– D.Ann

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Color Theory – My Favorite Things Summer School – Session Two

Last week was the second week of Summer School at My Favorite Things. I missed the first week as I was travelling. On the way home, I was able to stop in My Favorite Things’ store in Eustis, FL and pick up my first batch of stamps and dies from them. Now that I’m starting to get caught up from the trip, I’m needing some cards, so figured I’d follow their program from last week.

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The theme of this session was Color Theory.

Lesson #6 was on using the Gallon/Quart/Pint rule… (You can find it HERE). The rule uses a main color, less of a second color and a small dose of a third color. For my project, I chose to use a “gallon” of green, a “quart” of purple and a “pint” of orange…

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Don’t’cha just wanna tickle those cute little pedi-paws?!! >^.^<

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Supplies used:

  • MFT stamps I Knead You stamp set.
  • MFT stamps Heart Balloons stamps and dies
    • Note: for the little heart balloon, I just stamped the balloon bottom from a regular balloon onto the plain heart.
  • Color Box Petal Point Classic Pigment Ink
  • Versamark ink
  • Hampton Art green embossing powder
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
  • Copic Markers E000, E02, YR02, YR04, YR07 & various ink colorless blender
  • Sakura Pigma Micron .005 black pen (paw pads)
  • DCWV card
  • Misc cardstock, twine, adhesive and 3d foam stickers

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Lesson #7  was on Complementary Colors (wYou can find it HERE). Complimentary colors are found directly opposite on another on a color wheel (like this one copied from MFT’s site):

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For my project, I chose to use a blue-green and red-orange combo…

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For the background, I first stamped the Lace Background in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I spritzed Turquoise Blue and Coral Glimmer Mist across opposite corners and wiped the excess off with a baby wipe.

It’s hard to see in the picture, but it’s all very shiny!

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Supplies used:

  • MFT stamps Lace Background stamp
  • MFT stamps Heart Balloons stamp set (sentiment (cut))
  • Versamark ink
  • Joann’s Craft Essentials clear embossing powder
  • Stampendous PEARLustre #218 Sapphire
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Turquoise Blue and Coral
  • Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles die
  • DCWV card
  • Misc cardstock, ribbon and adhesives.

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Lesson #8 was on Primary Colors… (you can find it HERE). Using only Red, Yellow and Blue… of course, they mix together to form the secondary colors (green, orange and purple). I did something similar to the demo video, but switched it up a little…

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Today was my first day using a technique I learned elsewhere… after coloring a critter with Copic markers, you can wet a fuzzy rag with Various Ink Colorless Blender and gently press it to your critter for a more realistic fur coat. I’m still getting the hang of it. I will say that for me, so far, it only works if I’m cutting the critter out because they bleed badly. But the end result is kind of nifty:

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Supplies used:

  • MFT stamps Small Brick Wall stencil
  • MFT stamps I Knead You stamp set
  • MFT stamps You wag My Tail stamp set
  • Color Box Petal Point Classic Pigment Ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
  • Sakura Pigma Micron .005 black pen
  • Copic Markers BG15, E000, E02, E31, E33, E37, G02, G04, G09, YR02, YR04, YR07, YR24 & Various Ink Colorless Blender
  • DCWV card
  • Tombow Adhesive Dots
  • Misc. cardstock & adhesive

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Lesson #9 was on Secondary Colors… (You can find it HERE) Secondary colors are in between the primary colors on the color wheel. They are orange (a combination of red and yellow), green (a combination of blue and yellow), and purple (a combination of red and blue).

For this project, I used watercolors in the secondary colors to make a background plus some splatters, and then used the colors again as accents…

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I used the rag again to add a fur-like texture to the dog, Wink of Stella to make his color shine and Glossy Accents to give him a wet nose…

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These watercolors aren’t exceptionally bright, but they shine nicely!

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Supplies used:

  • MFT stamps You wag My Tail stamp set
  • Yasutomo Metallic Watercolors
  • Memories Artprint Brown Dye Ink – note: this worked ok for the Copics, but bled terribly when I added the Verious Ink Colorless Blender… I won’t use it again!
  • Copic Markers E000, E33, YR02, YR21, YR24 V15
  • Wink of Stella
  • Glossy Accents
  • Sakura Pigma Micron .01 Brown Pen
  • DCWV card
  • Tombow Glue Dots
  • Misc. cardstock & adhesives

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Lesson #10 was on Monochromatic color schemes. (You can find it HERE)  Colors that are monochromatic (which, they said, is from the Greek word parts mono (meaning “single”) and chromato (meaning “color”)) are of similar saturations and hues with different shades of the same color. It all depends on the amount of white or black added to the color.

Here’s the color wheel I copied from MFT stamp’s post:

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For my project, I chose to use shades of pinks/corals…

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Supplies used:

  • MFT stamps Flamingos dies
  • Spellbinders Lace Hearts dies
  • Copic Markers R20, R22, R32, R35
  • Zig Chalk Writer – white
  • Sharpie – black
  • Sakura Pigma Micron .005 black pen
  • DCWV card
  • Misc. cardstock, ribbon, lace, pearl flowers, & adhesives.

That was the end of this week of Summer School at My Favorite Things on Color Theory. I learned a lot and had fun. I hope you did, too! If you want to play along, you can enter your projects showing what you learned on any of the day’s posts until noon EDT on July 24th. They will have prizes! : )

I look forward to their next class!

One final pic… a pretty little park at the end of the street where MFT stamps is located in Eustis, FL…

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The next time I’m visiting my aunt in Sanford, I may have to go back and stock up on some more goodies and do some sight-seeing! : )

Thanks for stopping by today. I should have more pics from the trip posted soon…. stay tuned!

– D.Ann

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