Yellow goes with everything and just seems to make everything better!
I entered The Stampers’ Sampler annual colour challenge for card makers and stampers. An uncommon colour, vermilion, was chosen for this year. It’s a vibrant red that became popular during the Renaissance. Months ago I submitted three cards for a chance to be published and 2 of my cards made it into the latest issue, for the colour challenge - on newsstands July 1st. It is always an exciting time when I receive a complimentary copy from Stampington & Co., as a gift, for being a published artist because you never know who will have their artwork selected until the magazine is published.
It comes as no surprise to me that yellow continues to surround me in my creative world. Dottee Odom’s charming embellished and stamped creation entered for the same challenge was selected to adorn the cover of the magazine. Congratulations Dottee! Now that is an over the moon surprise for Dottee. She just happened to title her card creation, “Dare To Dream”! The effective use of yellow combined with red and a touch of black is eye-catching for sure and cover worthy.
Of course I didn’t think of pairing yellow with vermilion because I wasn’t considering yellow in my work at the time I created my cards. I went for a more traditional and conservative colour combination of reds, blacks and whites as my pallet. I am delighted to be featured but I need to etch a mental note in my head of just how and why the use of yellow is so dramatic and striking, in design. I am in the habit of using small amounts of black for impact but I am now going to replace that design technique I learned a while back with my new friend YELLOW. I don’t want to forget you yellow and I still need to get to know you better. You are making such a difference in my life and I am still learning how to befriend you in my creative world. I can see Dottee has embraced you so well and loves you so!
**A YELLOW note: Also included in this issue are four more of my cards - two which just happen to be very yellow (Page 19. The Stampers’ Sampler - July, August, September 2015)