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Build Layers with Fall Colors

Tia's Tips: Don't get stuck trying to figure out the perfect color palette for your next project, turn to the pros! Every month the brilliant minds over at Joy Clair Designs create a 'mood board' of colors and textures to move and inspire you! I fell in love with the rich warm colors of September's Mood Board and it inspired my latest design team project. Come on in, take a peek-and get inspired too!

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The Project:

Fall in the Rockies is one of my favorite times of the year. I adore all the changing colors of the leaves, the crisp air and the sight of Hot Air Balloons! So I set my sights on creating a mood board themed card with the Hot Air Balloon from the Funny Times.

Isn't this mood board stunning? So many rich, vibrant colors and textures! This is where my color palette came from. To shake things up a bit-I'm going to share my COPIC color selection with you first.


Hot Air Balloons: B18; B16; YR15; YR07; Y19; R35; R59; E23

Sky: BG000; BG01; BG02

Mountains: C2; C1; C0

Fields: YG01; YG03; YG17; YG67; YG99; colorless blender for texture

I began my card with the digital image itself and the layout. When you go to a Hot Air Balloon show, you don's see just one balloon all by itself-you see many balloons up in the sky. So I created a digital layout using Pixlr that featured a large focal image and layered the smaller balloons in the background. The layout was created for a slim line card 8.5 x 3.5 in. I then removed the focal balloon from my layout and printed it separately. I used my scissors and kraft knife to trim the focal balloon so it could be popped-up on foam dots. This is how I began to build my layers-big balloon in the foreground, smaller balloons in the background and used punched out clouds to surround the balloons in the middle.

With all my pieces laid out, I realized I needed to add some perspective. I then sketched out a scene that would be seen from the sky. I included distant mountains, small fields and lots of blue sky.

Ready to start gluing everything down, I had one more idea! Add real sting to the balloon!

I selected string in a mood board inspired color and it added a layer of texture to my card. I used a sentiment from the set, but with limited space available, I modified it into a few key words and attached them to one of the clouds.

To push my focal balloon to the foreground, I also popped it and the sentiment cloud up on foam squares.

Thanks for following along with me! Please head over to my home page and see my other creations and follow me for inspiring cards every week!

Until next time-get crafty!


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