Gray leaves?

Hi, friends! Emily here today with a pair of love-y cards with a very non-traditional, yet feminine, color scheme. Color is one of my most favorite elements of coming up with a card design. I get so inspired by a new and exciting color combination. If you’ve seen much of my work before, you know that I’m pretty literal when it comes to floral color schemes. I don’t venture too much outside of the “pink/purple flowers, green leaves, contrasting background” box. Today, I thought I’d mix it up a bit and use a neutral for the leaves.

The Ton Gray Leaves Both WM

For this first card, I used that fabulous floral swag from Happiest of Peoniesย to create a floral border, which I heat embossed with white satin pearl embossing powder around the edge of an A2 sized piece of watercolor paper (which I die cut from the Double Stitched Rectangle dies). I then used my Zig markers to color those beautiful peonies in shades of pink. Effie’s video from last week reminded me of how wonderfully the Zig markers blend with each other, as well as with water. So, instead of just using one marker and blending and shading with a wet paintbrush, I used the Sugared Almond Pink and Pink markers to color the large hot pink peonies. I started by laying down the darkest color towards the center of the flower, then used just the tip of my light pink marker to pull that color out, then, after cleaning the tip off on some scratch paper, I used the full strength pale pink to complete the blend. I did blend all of the flowers a little bit further with my wet paintbrush, as well. ย I used just the Sugared Almond Pink for the large pale pink peonies, and the buds are just colored with the Pink Zig marker. Now, those neutral leaves: I used Light Gray to color them, doing some light blending with my wet paintbrush. The Zig Clean Color line has quite a few grays, and I tried to take into account the cool grays vs the warm grays. The white pearl embossing powder has a bit of a cool, silvery look to it, so I made certain to choose all cool colors. The pinks have undertones of blue, and the Light Gray marker is definitely one of the cooler grays in the bunch. The sentiment from Brushed: Happy was heat embossed in silver on vellum, then popped up with clear dimensional adhesive. The finishing touch was a few sequins: Glass Slipper and Light Plum.

The Ton Gray Leaves Anniversary WM

My next card combines the beautiful peonies from Sending Peonies withย one of my all time favorite images from The Ton: Haute Wedding Dress. I started with another A2 watercolor panel die cut with the Double Stitched Rectangle dies and heat embossed the floral swag from Sending Peonies in the corners. I colored the flowers and leaves using the same method as the previous card, letting the smaller flowers fade into the background a little more with the pale pink, and blending the two pinks together to create a beautifully vibrant pink for the large flower. I normally use a blue or other contrasting color for the halo around the edge of the flowers, but this time I wanted to maintain a somewhat monochromatic look, so I laid down some of the Lilac marker and pulled the color out with my wet paintbrush.

The Ton Gray Leaves Bride WM

I heat embossed that stunning bride from Haute Wedding Dress using the same white satin pearl embossing powder on watercolor paper, colored it using the same Light Gray that was used for the leaves, and then fussy cut it. The more I looked at it, the more I thought it needed a little something extra, so I mixed up some Perfect Pearls with water on an acrylic block and brushed it over the dress to add some great dimension and shimmer. I then used dimensional adhesive to pop the girl up off of the page so that she wouldn’t blend in with the somewhat busy background. The “congratulations” sentiment (also from Haute Wedding Dress) was heat embossed in silver, in keeping with the rest of the cool tones in on the card.

The Ton Gray Leaves Bride Detail WM

The final touch was a smattering of Glass Slippers sequins all over the front.

Well, what do you think of using gray for the leaves? I think I’ve found a new favorite color combination. Might try it again with a warm gray and some coral or red flowers… hmm….

Hope you have a great week, friends!

12 thoughts on “Gray leaves?

  1. Christy Bray says:

    I think you hit a homerun! Love the gray leaves and I would never have considered doing that! Also love the lavender blend around the flowers vs blue. Just beautifu! Thank you!


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