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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Leonard

Polychromatic Class

Do you like to use multiple colors on your project? Or do you prefer to have a monochromatic look with various shades of one color? In this course taught by Nina Trapani, she demonstrated various techniques and I chose my two favorites! First up is "White with Pops of Color!" You start with a crisp white background and use various hues of color. Using Altenew's Simple Flowers and Die Set bundle and various shades of Altenew Crisp Dye Inks, I arranged my colors so that the warm and cool tones would blend perfectly! To add dimension, I "popped up" a few images. I really like the abstract art of this card along with it's CAS style!

For my next card, I used the simple flowers add on set and this time kept the hues in the same color family. Blues are definitely my go to color! I thought this petite set of images would make for a nice wreath! I also wanted a pop of a complimentary color, and what's a wreath without a bow right? So I added small die cuts of the Whimsical Garden Layering Die Set to complete my wreath. I arranged the wreath on a circle of Wood Grain Card Stock (which was a great circle template guide)

To give this card a bit of dimension, I added glossy accents to a few of the flowers and to the sentiment. It really adds a bit of shine!

My second favorite technique I learned was creating many shades of the same color family with water color. My last card for the Polychromatic Class features this exact technique! I wanted to create a card to express my care for a friend as they are going thru a difficult time. Taking the Majestic Bloom Stamp Set, I stamped a few images with versamark ink and heat set with white embossing powder on watercolor paper. From there, I really had fun! Using the Artist's Watercolor 24 pan set, I played with various hues of blues to create my own color! The beauty of the card is that it is one of a kind as the inks were being blended quite randomly. Once the color portion of the flower was complete, I added a light wash to the background, and accented the card with a few paint splatters.

I was so happy with the result of the watercoloring, that I wanted to give it a framed look, so I took the Mix and Match Framed Die Set , to complete my card.

What many of you don't know is that before I became a card maker, I was a scrapbooker. So I thought it was time that I shared a scrapbook page with a polychromatic look! With scrapbooking, there is usually a photo that inspires you. This is my great niece just glowing with happiness as she begins college.

I began with a base of a sheet of 12x12 black cardstock. I then used a sheet from Altenew's Our Family Paper Pack. I then took watercolor paper and used a wet on wet technique by dropping various shades (Moss, autumn blaze, and limeade) from the Spring Garden Watercolor Set, incorporating the Henna Square Stencil. I then added some black splatters, added some embellishments from the Live Your Dream Collection and added my title with the School Days Stamp Set.

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