A free stamping resource!

Complimentary Colors: Marie’s View

By: Marie Gamber, Artistic Guide

Finished size: 4.25" x 5.5"

 Marie here, and I am so excited to share this card  with you that I created using complimentary colors!   If two complimentary colors are blended together you get brown. Yes, is that clear as mud?   The colors are muddy.  This can often be used to an advantage by using it  for your darkest shadows on your colored image.  However, if you want to use complimentary colors without it appearing brown, - feather blend!   One of the really exciting things about Copic alcohol markers is the ability to blend.   Feathering is a technique that can beautifully  blend two different colors.  I have created this card using the feathering technique for blending.

Warm With Love (GKD)

Cryogen (Curious Metallic)

Pure Luxury White card stock (GKD)
Pure Luxury Lovely Lavender (GKD)
Pure Luxury Black Onyx (GKD)
Pure Luxury Fresh Asparagus (GKD)
Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)

Memento Sweet Plum (Tsukineko)
Copic alcohol markers (.too, Inc)
Paper Trimmer

Scissors with fine tip)
Stickles - Icicle (Ranger)
Diamond Glaze (Judi Kins)
Crystal Glamour Dust (DecoArt)
Cuttlebug Musical Flourish Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft)
Cuttlebug Die/Embossing Tool (ProvoCraft)
Acrylic stamping block
Elegant Scrollwork Craft Die (Memory Box)
Nestabilities Petite Large/Small Ovals (Spellbinders)

Base card: 11 in. x 4.25 in.  Score at 5.5 in.
Base Layer: 4 in. x 5.25 in.
Top layer: 3.75 in. x 5 in.
Focal image and mat cut with Petite Large and Smalll Oval Nestabilities die.

  1.  I selected the Yellow and blue lavender for my complimentary colors.
  2. Flicking method of blending:  Using a flicking motion with the wrist and side of the brush, flick inward  You will find that it is easiest to start this technique using light colors.  Use a smooth wide stroke.   Flick the complimentary color from the opposite side toward the center in the same manner.   The inks will overlap at the center.   Repeat the process unit you get a desire effect.
  3. Copics: Y23, Y21, Y00.  Start with the Y23 and gently lick toward the center portion of each petal.  
  4. Copics: BV0000.  Flick from the outer portion of each petal toward the yellow.
  5. Copics: BV00 Continue to flick inward with the side of the brush.
  6. Copics:  BV04.  Add the dark shadow and blend but avoid blending into your highlight.  You will want the lightest of the BV to feather with the lightest portion of the yellow.
  7. Copics:  G28, YG63, YG93, YG97 and a touch of YG99 for the darkest shadow.  Blend. 
  8. Copics:  BV0000, BV00, BV02, Y32, Y21, Y000.   I lightly applied Diamond Glaze and embellished the butterfly with Glamour Dust.
  9. I adhered the layers of the card.   I punched  a butterfly from some dark violet  and used Icicle Stickles on the wings.  I added the Stickles to the flourishes.

I hope you enjoyed this flicking technique that allows complimentary colors to be blended easily.   Thank you for stopping by and viewing my tutorial!






Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Responses »

  1. Beautiful--I Love Iris's and that is my favorite color of them.

  2. wow that is beaitiful! I have a stamp very similar to yours and I never got the coloring down right. thanks for the tips!!

  3. Marie,
    Just gorgeous!! Your feathering technique tutorial is perfect. The look of this Iris is outstanding. 🙂