Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Merry Monday #101 - Grey, Red, and White

Good morning friends.  Playing along with a color challenge at Merry Mondays today...use grey, red, and white.  Again, not your traditional Christmas colors, but I have to admit that I really LOVE this color combo!  You can use more red and make your card really festive or use more grey and make a more peaceful card.  I went with the grey and peaceful card and came up with this:


It was a cold and SUNNY day yesterday, so I can't really blame my photography skills on the lack of sun!  IRL though, this subtle card really "pops" with just a touch of red against the peaceful look of the white trees against the grey background.  I started with a Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangle die for my top layer, and then heat embossed with VersaMark, white embossing powder, and SU!'s "Lovely As A Tree" stamp.  Next I used Smokey Slate ink and my Aqua Painter brush to watercolor my background...this technique really makes whatever you emboss in white really stand out!  I added just a little bit of glitter at the base of the trees to add some sparkle.  I mounted this layer to a darker grey layer and then added a bit of red & white bakers twine and my sentiment (PTI - "Christmas Blessings") in Real Red (SU!) ink.  A white card base finished the card.  I tried a couple different layouts and stamps,  but the above card is my favorite.  Here are the other two:



Which card do you like best?

This was such a fun challenge, that I may have to try another card using more red this time and see what I come up with!  Here's the inspiration photo:


LOVE this photo!  If you'd like to play along, check out all the great inspiration from the design team and players over at the Merry Monday site here .

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful Tuesday! :0)

18 comments:

  1. I love all the cards, but partial to the card with the red bird! Glad to hear you were able to see the sun.

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  2. Two beautiful cards, the white tree scene looks great with these colors. Love the way that little red cardinal stands out! So glad you're playing along this week at Merry Monday!

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  3. These are beautiful! I love how delicate you made this combo look!

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  4. Both card are so pretty Marcia, I love the wintery scenes you have created. Thank you for playing along with Merry Monday.

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  5. Oh Golly I like both these cards they are super, Just popped by via Merry Monday, Love Hazel (Didos) xx

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  6. Love them all Marcia! But since you are going to make me pick I think I will pick the last one.maybe because I like those pine trees.

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  7. It's like a forest in the mist. Very nice effect. :)

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  8. All of these are peaceful and so pretty with the little pops of red! Thanks, Marcia, for sharing these with us at Merry Monday!

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  9. Love both your cards. The red bird just pops on the last one, so pretty.

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  10. They're all pretty, but I am partial to the third one...love that little cardinal! Thanks so much for playing with the Merry Monday challenge this week!

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  11. ah! mais elles sont très jolies toutes les 2, je ne peux pas choisir, biz

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  12. All three are beautiful and very peaceful. I like them all, but my favorite is the 3rd one with the red bird.

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  13. Beautiful cards .... my favourite has to be the one with the little red bird. xx

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  14. Oh I love how they turned out! Such lovely little scenes! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Merry Monday.

    Deanne :)

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  15. They are all so pretty, Marcia! I love that Lovely As a Tree stamp, but I think that red cardinal stole my heart, so I do like the third one best. Have a great weekend! Hugs, Darnell

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  16. Since I got to see them in person, today, my favorite is the first one. It turned out beautifully with the washed grey ink across the white embossed trees...absolutely gorgeous. I love the fir trees with the cardinal, too :)

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  17. Marcia, this is fantastic, I am going to have to try this technique because it is stunning! I really love the first one with the twine coming down the side...but I love cardinals...so next time, just put a cardinal on the first card and it is beyond perfect!!

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