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Old 03-18-2008, 07:52 AM   #1
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Default Do you have cardstock colors you hate?

Or never use?

Alter them.

Use your chalks to subtlety alter the tone.

I'm not super familiar with the color names in SU! but someone mentioned a deep green in an assortment pack and they won't use it because the color isn't to their liking. Don't throw it away. Use a pale yellow or butterscotch to add another layer of color. A cosmetic sponge works great to blend the color on the cs. For a darker, more aged look, blend deep brown or black over the paper. For an out-of-the ordinary, try a red or bright orange. Since they are opposites on the color wheel, the red/orange will tone down the green.

Tim Holtz Distress inks do the same thing and are easier to blend. Try mixing the colors up. Blend Weathered Wood and Black Soot over the green.

Someone also mentioned a peachy color cs they don't like. Add some yellow or tone it down with a green. Age it with any of the brown tones: Brushed Cordoroy, Burlap, Tea Dye, Walnut or Antique Linen.

If you like the color but think it is too intense, try dry brushing some artist's gesso over the top. You'll also get some great texture by doing this. Yes, the paper will warp some. After the paper dries, slap a heavy book or two on top and it will straighten. Slightly moisten the opposite side of the paper before pressing. Use a fine spritz of water from a mister rather than a heavy spray.

Have fun with you "off color" cs.

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wow! subscribing -- sounds like you have a lot to share about colors. I'm not partial to the bright oranges. What would I use to tone that down?
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wow! subscribing -- sounds like you have a lot to share about colors. I'm not partial to the bright oranges. What would I use to tone that down?
You could use a lot of different colors. Purple or green would both work. With the Distress inks, the inks move across the paper so much better than the chalk and they're easier to blend together. You could use both the purple and the green together. If you don't like the way it looks, flip it over and try two different colors or just one to see what works for you. Shoot, you could even make a chart with a piece of the paper showing how each color works on the cs.

If you have scraps of cs, use those to experiment. Don't be afraid to try all kind of things. I'm pretty sure that's how most of the "techniques" have been developed--trial and error.

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thanks for the tips -- I will definitely be doing some swatch experiments
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You are brilliant! My biggest 'dislike' color is blush blossom - so pale and seems to have no life at all! This is a great way to get me to use it more often!
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Thanks! I'm gonna have to try this. I don't really hate any of the colors, I just have a hard time using them. Maybe this'll help!
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Subscribing. Thanks.
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I've also found this helpful: Smudge the paper with the Palette Hybrid New Canvas or the SU white or vanilla craft ink and dry with the heat gun. It tones down a paper that is too bright.
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But not when I'm laying hardwood floors.

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Ms. Bell,

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Awesome ideas! I actually just inked up a piece of light pink paper that I wanted to be Rose Red the other day
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Rainsong is BRILLIANT! And yes, I am still voting for her for President.
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Thanks for the great idea! There are certainly some SU colors that I am not fond of
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I can see it all now when they read the results on election night...

...and one for some doofus named Rainsong from another doofus in Oregon.

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Yes, they do.

So--how come you never write?

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I detest Vintage Violet.....so drab and lifeless! I have an entire pack. What do you suggest for that?
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Don't like drab? Go PINK! Or a deeper shade of purple.

Funny thing, I almost didn't buy the Milled Lavender Distress pad because I didn't like the color. It has become one of my favorites for making paper look aged. Maybe your Vintage Violet just needs some distressing to bring it to life.

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Oh you're lucky to have it HappyHeart! I adore this paired with Almost Amythest. Throw in a little Celery and you have a great color combo.

Here's a link to a card I did with those two colors...
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You are brilliant! My biggest 'dislike' color is blush blossom - so pale and seems to have no life at all! This is a great way to get me to use it more often!
I love using blush blossom with the guava, and have been using it a lot. I also love it with Taken with Teal & Celery. Those three together look great!

Here's a card where I used blush and guava together...
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I prefer twit over doofus. Hey, how bout' twitted doofus?
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