Friday, June 15, 2012


Welp.... the Spectrum Noir blog is runnin full steam and that means that I get another turn to play!!!  Today I'm sharing a tag that I made using my Spectrum Noir Pens using a dual-tone stamp technique to draw the eye to the subject.  For my post over at Spectrum Noir, I called it:  Dueling Mementos!  LOL!
Here’s how it's done.  Stamp your subject in a complementary color to the rest of your image.  In my tag, I stamped everything but the cabbage in Memento Rich Cocoa and then stamped JUST THE CABBAGE in Memento Bamboo Leaves because I knew I was going to color the cabbage green.  Had I colored the cabbage purple, I would have used Memento’s Lilac Posies to stamp the cabbage and then stamped the rest of the image in the Memento Bamboo Leaves instead of Rich Cocoa as purple and green are complimentary colors.  The use of a color wheel will help when using this technique as complimentary colors are found on the opposite side of the color wheel from each other.  Click HERE for a wonderful demo color wheel.  And for this one I kind of cheated as brown complements EVERY color in the primary color wheel (as does black and white).  So once I stamped the cabbage in the green Memento color,  I then colored the cabbage using Spectrum Noir’s DG1, DG3 and DG4.  That was it!!!  This is a fun and easy way to draw the eye.  Here’s a close up:


 I think that this technique really gives the cabbage a realistic look.  And with everything around it being yellow, the eye really pops to the cabbage.  I love it!!!  Here is a close up of the cabbage before I colored it:

Big difference, huh?!?  Give it a try.... I know you'll like it!   The images I used for this project came from TPC Studio's Victory Garden for the cabbage, Technique Tuesday for the alpha stamps to create "Love Grows" and Tim Holtz's Stampers Anonymous Papillon background.  Please let me know if you give this technique a try.

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