Adventures in Card-Making

Color and Composition


Color Wheel chart


Dear Fellow Crafters,

Color sets the tone and mood of the art. Knowing how to use color can help in determining the mood you are trying  to create.

Are you aware that the weather and your mood can affect your color choices, even when you’re inside and stamping something unrelated to the weather.

The primary colors of red, blue and yellow are the colors that create all the others. Purple, green orange at made by combining the primary colors. Tints and shades are made by using whites and blacks.

Colors can be labeled warm, cool or neutral.  Orange and yellow are warm colors. Blue, Green, and purple are cool colors. The neutral colors ‘re beige and gray.

“Discovery consists of looking at the same things as everyone else and thinking something different.”

A picture, even  simple one, needs a focal point. The focal point is the main element of a design, where your eyes generally focus first. Perspective, an element in a good composition, is the perception of an object in relation to the distance from the viewer.

Some tips:

  • Off-center your point of interest
  • Use cloud stamps and sponge the sky
  • Look at parts of the stamp as well as the whole image. Some stamps have design elements you can use.

‘Til next time



The Magic Box

Dear Fellow Crafters,

It’s 4:30 P.M. on a steamy hot day and I need to “chill out”. I could knit, put a puzzle together, or read another chapter of my book. The choices are really endless but wait, I know! I will open the Magic Box of my childhood. This box contains 64 delightful creative “toys” each one made to inspire the artist in me.

Ok, I will end your suspicions! it is a box of Crayola crayons!

When I was a kid, I loved crayoning. It was a peaceful creative hobby that I could take with me to my treehouse, my reading nook or on a car trip. Little did I know that my crayons would grow up to be markers and I would color my way into a business. My first set was a box of 8 basic colors (box still sold today) but I soon graduated to 48.

I did some research about Crayola and thought I would share:

Crayola was formerly called Binney and Smith and was founded in 1885 in Pennsylvania. It was originally an industrial pigment and supply company but soon focused on art producing  product’s like chalk, crayon, markers and paints. Wax crayons came into existence in 1923 and they say the rest is history. To read more about the history of Crayola, please follow this link:


The newest adult hobby, according to Pinterest and Facebook is coloring. The coloring books, of course are more sophisticated than, say, Mickey Mouse or Sesame Street. You can visit the boards and even download pictures to color. How cool is that!

While the crayon colors of my youth were pretty standard, adults have choices ie; blue bolt, golden-yellow, infra red, mahogany, pumpkin, sea foam – the list goes on and on!

The hobbies I previously mentioned are relaxing but there’s something about envisioning the color selection and how the colors “dance across the page”. Coloring engages both sides of the brain. The tactical (feel of the crayon in your fingers) and the creative (the color itself) join forces to lift your spirits or just calm you down. We’ve been told by experts that color can help your moods. So try this experiment, next time you are in a bad mood. Get out a picture that needs yellow, red or orange images to make it sing OR conversely, if you are sad, try coloring in pastels. If you are like me, and wanting to chill out pick a picture that needs green, blue or purple colors.

Who’s for trying this old, er, new hobby??

‘Til next time,


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PaperCrafting 101

Mod Podge revisited



Dear Fellow Crafters,

I re-discovered a crafting product this past summer and in doing so opened up a whole new world. My daughter-in-law decided to make Styrofoam blocks for her daughter for Christmas and asked me if I had any Mod Podge. “Somewhere in my craft room” I replied. It was an older bottle but I still heard liquid in it when I shook it. The minor problem was the cap it was “glued’ to the  bottle. After some hot water and strong muscles (courtesy of my husband) we got it opened at last. “Mom, did you know that there are now more than 5 kinds?” “Really?” I asked, now fully aware that I was hopelessly behind my times in this area.  Of course, after she left with the bottle, I had to go on-line and here’s what I found out:

Mod Podge is made by Plaid Enterprises. It was invented in the 1960’s. It’s a glue that holds tight and dries clear for adhering paper, fabric and other porous materials to almost any surface. It’s a sealer that protects decoupage, acrylic paint, stain, fabric and more. It’s a finish that is durable, smooth and fast-drying. It’s a “go to” for parents because it is non-toxic and cleans up with soap and water. What’s not to like?

Here are the types they make:

Classic, Antique, Brushstroke, Dishwasher Safe, Extreme Glitter, Fabric, Furniture, Glow in the dark, Hardcoat, Kids Washout, Outdoor, Paper, Satin, Shear Colors, and Sparkle.

They also make special formulas that don’t glue but act as special finishes. They are:

Crackle Medium, Dimensional Magic, Photo Transfer Medium, and Super Gloss.

In the beginning, there were 2 finishes, Gloss and Matte, but it soon became apparent that other glues/finishes would need to be invented and so they did. In future posts we’ll discuss the various types and I give you a tutorial on how to use each one with a picture. So that you can have some knowledge when you visit your favorite craft store (with gift card in hand) later this month, I offer the following.

   Classic: All around “go to” . 2 types of finishes: Gloss – shiny finish and Matte- non-shiny finish.

Antique: Matte finish only – Your project will have a slightly brown tint to give aged look

     Brushstroke: Glossy or matte finishes. Very textured and clear dimensional.Your project will look hand-painted.

 Dishwasher Safe: This was a new product released in 2014. The formula glues, seals and finishes and the finished product can be put in the dishwasher. The finish is glossy. You would use this formula to add paper or fabric to something that you want to wash. Note: Keep the Mod Podge away from your mouth (3/4″ from the top of a glass).

 Extreme Glitter: This sounds like something I would like! The formula looks best on dark surfaces and is VERY Glittery.

   Fabric: Use this formula to prepare fabric for decoupaging to surfaces and for decoupaging things to fabric. It also prevents fraying – good for ribbon.

 Furniture: There are 3 finishes- glossy, matte and satin. Obviously, this one’s for furniture.

Glow in the dark: According to the manufacturer, you need to use several coats to achieve the desired result. To recharge, you just expose the project to light.

Kids Wash Out: The finish is glossy and will wash out of kids clothing if the liquid is spilled.

   Outdoor: This formula was made to protect outdoor projects, think clay pots, from moisture and the elements.

Paper: The 2 finishes are glossy and matte. Unlike the original formula, this one is for archival photos and papers.

 Satin: This formula gives your project a slightly frosty look. it is good for items where you want a non-glossy, soft appearance that wears well.

   Shear Colors: This is original Mod Podge with tints. There are only a few colors now but apparently it is good for dyeing glass.

and finally, there is Sparkle: This formula contains glitter and you only need one coat.

“Til next time,


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PaperCrafting 101

Paper Adventure- Choose color

 Sunset over Connecticut


Dear  Fellow Crafters,

” Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky”.

– Rabindranth Fagore

When we first look at a sunset or see a rainbow or a beautiful field of flowers, I don’t think we departmentalize color, hues, or primary or tertiary colors! I believe we are often awe-struck by the beauty of God’s creation.

Some of us have been blessed with an artistic eye and know instinctively what colors match or compliment the art we are creating. But most of us, like me, struggle. We want to draw attention to a certain component or set the tone and are not sure how to do it. I think it helps a lot to remember what the theme and occasion is. The color wheel helps, for sure, but the recipient’ favorite color or the theme’s over-all effect has to be considered.

I recently found an article about the different  colors  and their meanings which helps me when deciding what I need. So here goes:

Red  – the warmest of all colors is often chosen by extroverts and males. We often use red for Valentine’s Day Cards because red symbolizes love.

Pink   is the color of universal love.

Brown  we usually use brown in the fall to represent warmth.

Orange.  means vitality with endurance. People who like orange are usually thoughtful and sincere.

Gold/Silver   Gold symbolizes wealth used wisely but it is also a symbol of good health. Silver is used to give a touch of elegance.

Yellow  means joy and happiness. Yellow is full of creative energy and incidentally, the color of my craft room walls.

Green  is the color of nature and life. It is the color of balance and means learning, growth and harmony.

Blue  is the coolest color the color of the sky, the ocean and twilight.

Purple  This color has been used to symbolize magic and mystery and royalty. If you were a “Harry Potter” fan, you would remember the flags in the Great Hall.  Purple is a color of good judgment.

White  means kindness and purity.

Black  is a strong male color but it is also very formal and elegant.

Grey. is now the “new black” in many fashion circles. It is the symbol for security, maturity, friendship and dependability.

There are hundreds of books printed about color theory/composition and I probably will write another post about composition. Suffice it to say, use color wisely. A helpful analogy is to think of color use in “gallon, quart and pint” measures. Use a “gallon” of your main color, a “quart” of another and a “pint” of the third/fourth colors. Using colors in this way allows the eye to settle on one element of the card at a time.

Happy color crafting!


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