Since I started 'Purple Phase' I've been intrigued at how many people have 'outed' themselves to me as Purple-fanciers!
Here was me thinking it was the unloved colour of the spectrum when you're all secretly harbouring passions for plum after all! Or are you just like I was, where I'd somehow been oblivious to the extent of my use of purple until one day the evidence was too great and I realised: 'Oh, I guess I quite like purple ... who knew?'.
Well, whether you're a life-long purple-lover, if it's a recent revelation to you, or even if it remains your least favourite colour ... I hope there's something in today's project which you can take and adapt for yourself.
I talked about purple tones working well with natural and neutral products in previous posts already but I think it's going to be a recurring theme throughout the series. So with that in mind, here's today's palette:
And here's where the scheme came from:
The deep, muted shades on the backing paper make this a card easily suited to send to a man [At least I hope so ... because I did send it to one!]. Also:
- It's another example of using purple where you might have reached for brown;
- It lifts the colour-scheme where brown could have become 'muddy';
- The purple combines with the neutral shades while retaining an element of colour on the project;
- In this context the plum-coloured velvet ribbon adds a luxurious touch without appearing feminine;
- It adds a smart backdrop for the kraft card tag:
- the sumptuous decor of 'Gentlemen's club' lounges - complete with their velvet smoking jackets, leather armchairs, bold wallpaper designs and wooden furniture;
- Or think of faded signs and the peeling painted wood of an old allotment;
- Or think of the shades found on heather-covered moors in Autumn;
Rather than the pretty ribbons and bows I might add to a feminine card my finishing touch here was a more masculine equivalent:
- a knot tied in a length of fine natural coloured button-twine combined with a length of faux-leather thonging - in plum.
- Kraft tag and 'Happy Birthday' stamp: Papermania
- Papers: by Onirie, 4Heures37, Cosmo Cricket, LilyBee Designs
- Faux-leather thonging: from The Works craft section
- Button twine: The Ribbon Girl
So purple ... on a man's card ... what do you think? Would you try it?
Any thoughts on how else you might use today's palette? [Remember you can pin it to Pinterest or add it to your Favourites if you'd like to keep it safe for future reference.]
If you have any other occasions or situations in mind for this scheme you're welcome to share your ideas in the comments.
I'll be back later this week with ... I'm not sure what ... maybe more LSNED journal pages ... or more purple-ness ... or .. it's ages since I scrapbooked a page for myself so maybe I feel a layout coming on.