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Complementary Colors: Nancy’s View

Complementary Doves

By Nancy Thaut, Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size: 4.25” x 5.5”


Doves in Love [Penny Black]
Sunshine Lost & Found [My mind’s Eye]
Purple Washi Paper [Unknown]
Scraps & Stash [Unknown]
Imperial Purple Versafine [Tsukineko]
Ringed Buckle [Memory Box Co.]
Corner die [Provo Craft]
Lattice Punch [Martha Stewart]
Nestabilities Scalloped Rectangles [Spellbinders)
Rhinestones [Studio 16]
.25” O’So Sticky Tape [Penny Wise Arts]
Ribbon [Stash]
Various Copic Pens [.Too]
Purple Souffle [Sakura]
Gelly Roll Glaze [Sakura]
Uni-ballGreen pen [Vision Exact]
Liquid Express Purple Pen [Sanford]

Directions: [doves1]

  1. I believe many of us who make cards use favorite colors and combinations for their pallet of colors.  When we shop for ink, pens, paper, embellishments, etc., we select colors we are most comfortable with and use with ease.  I use yellow but not purple on a regular basis.  A combination of yellow and purple is not something that I had tried to coordinate together before so I carefully selected a stamp, ink, paper and ribbon that I thought I could accomplish this combination with.
  2. I stamped the doves on a scrap of white paper and colored with numerous types of pens, according to the colors I found would work with my purple and yellow theme.  The only dark purple I had and dark green I wanted to use was writing pens.  While coloring I smeared some of these inks on the bird on the left.  (Just because something gets goofed up, don’t throw it away.)  I decided to stamp and cut out the single bird.  I used the grey shadowing I had put on the other bird in the picture and attached to the card with pop dots. I then used my Cuttlebug to cut out the doves into the rectangler shape.  I didn’t worry about the bottom part and I planned to cover it with ribbon.
  3. I had my yellow card base cut and folded to a standard size (4.25” x 5.5”), my yellow stripe paper at 4” x 5.25”.  The yellow lattice was in my stash and was not long enough to cover the sheet.  My main design would cover the cut, so I laid it out to determine where to glue it down.  I also place my corner punch to make sure all pieces would be balanced on the card. 
  4. I mounted my birds on purple paper, trimmed and mounted on the card.  I next strung my ribbon through the buckle and adjusting the folds so it would lay flat. I next placed a couple of strips of sticky tape to the back of the ribbon on both sides of the buckle.  I rechecked where I would place the ribbon, then removed the backing on the tape.  By having a couple of pieces of tape, I was able to move the ribbon around until I was happy with the positioning and then pressed into place.  Then I wrapped the ribbon ends to the back of the card and attached adhesive tape to anchor.
  5. Lastly I adhered the striped paper to the card base with pop dots and added the rhinestones.
  6. Sign the cards you make, and enjoy giving them away!

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1 Responses »

  1. Your card is just beautiful. Every element on it, works perfectly. Thanks for sharing the card & the directions.