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Crafting Resolutions for the Perfect Pairings Series

Hi there, Altenew friends. It's Jaycee! Sometimes I need a crafting reset. What I mean is introducing crafting techniques that I typically do not use in the craft room. I felt the need to share the crafting techniques that I have room for improvement.

Perfect Pairings With Jaycee

Bold Backgrounds With Texture

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My philosophy with crafting cards has traditionally been strong focal points with minimal backgrounds. In my first card example, I wanted to share how I could make a bold background balanced with a focal point. Using embossing paste has always been a struggle. As with any other wet medium, it requires drying time which I never plan for.

Fortunately, this textural element was well worth the wait. I coupled the crafted background with a color palette I am not accustomed to — purple and orange. I felt that in the end, these two colors highlighted the green Adorable Anthurium focal point with the sentiment.

‘Very Peri' Peculiar Color Palettes

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To play more with interesting color palettes like the previous card, I used the Pantone 2022 Color of the Year — Very Peri. I crafted this mix with Tranquility and the Rose Petal family of inks. A Google search yields interesting color palettes to practice with as well as to showcase all the colors on your card front.

This year, I want to make a more conscious effort to make my own colors and color mixes. Then, I want to experiment with different color palettes. There are endless combinations with the Altenew Crisp Dye Ink families and so many color stories to be told.

Mindfulness Maker

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Speaking of stories, in addition to cards, I want to be more mindful of my crafting. Many of you Altenew fans are already stellar memory keepers. Make sure to check out the Mixed Media Blog for more inspiration from my crafty friends. These past few years have been mentally difficult and I want to be more mindful of positive reflection.

Therefore, I want to create more scrapbook layouts especially since I also hoard Altenew's beautiful patterned paper packs. Using this patterned paper in conjunction with the beautiful layering stamps makes for a beautiful mix of images and textures. I also feel much better about ‘Craft(ing) Your Life' if I could get the photos off my phone and onto a scrapbook page.

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1 comment

barbara lassiter January 9, 2022 - 11:54 AM

These are beautiful! Thanks for the reminder to step out of the color palette that I always use! Lol! Love the use of the packaging to create the spatters.


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