CIC 504 | Thought You Could Use A Lift | Olive, Red and Lavender

It’s time for a new challenge at Cupcake Inspirations, and this time it is a colour challenge. I think colour challenges are the ones I struggle with the most, and this one had me stumped for a while! I asked my husband what the colours made him think of and he said rhubarb, which wasn’t very helpful… But I appreciate the effort! I managed to come up with an idea in the end though.

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In one of my recent videos I showed the spinning wheel app I’ve started if I’m stuck for ideas when creating a card. (I’m considering doing a video showing how to use the app, if that’s something people would find interesting.) I have one wheel for theme, one for technique, and one for brand. As I was struggling to come up with an idea for this card I went to the app and first spun for a technique, which ended up being “use a sketch”. I then spun for a brand. I actually spun twice because the first one that came up didn’t help me feel any less stuck… Then it suggested Three Room Studio, and I remembered that they have a “create a scene” challenge running at the moment (you don’t have to use their products to join in) and inspiration struck!

After looking at the Three Room Studio stamp sets I have (only three, and I actually ended up using something from all of them!) I decided to focus on making a scene with Loads of Love. I first stamped the forklift as my focal image, using MFT’s Black hybrid ink. I stamped it again onto a post-it note, fussy cut it out and used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to turn it into a mask.

Whilst I let the mask dry to its tacky, repositionable state I worked on planning the background of my scene. I used my T-Square ruler and a pencil to lightly draw in lines to create shelving, using some of the smaller stamps from Loads of Love to help me work out the spacing for the shelves. I also used the ruler and pencil to draw in squares for the floor tiles.

Once I’d finished sketching the elements out and the mask was ready I placed it over the forklift on my panel, masking it off. I then started stamping into the shelf areas of my background. I used the boxes, barrels, palettes and cones from Loads of Love and also bought in the box stamps from Retail Therapy. Some of my positioning was a little off which made some of the pieces look like they’re floating, but I decided not to worry about it.

With everything stamped out I started on the colouring. I used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers, with DG3, YG3 and YG1 for the greens, RB4, RB2, RB1 and CR11 for the red, and HB1, DP2 and LV1 for the purple. The purple combination is more on the pink side than I would prefer, but I don’t have a great selection of purples so it was the best to come up with. I later also bought in IG2 and IG6 for the floor, BG2, BG4, and BG6 for the darker greys in the background and on the forklift, and MB1 and MB2 for my wooden elements.

I first coloured the floor tiles very simply by mapping out the pattern with the lightest colour of the green, purple and grey combination. I then used the brown greys to map out the spaces of my shelving in the background as well, as I felt that was the best way to keep track of what element was what.

Next I coloured in my forklift as I knew I wanted that to be my main red element. I used greys for the areas of the truck that I didn’t want red, plus bought in the green for the seat. That helped me decide on purple for the driver’s top as it was the only colour not yet represented in the area.

For the background I decided that the cones would be red with purple wraps. I used the greens for the barrels and purples for the large boxes, and then browns for anything that was left. I also finished up colouring the driver very simply. I left her trousers white as I didn’t want to bring in another colour there, though of course it’s probably not the best colour for wearing in a warehouse!

I then added extra depth, detail and dimension to my images by bringing in some coloured pencils. I also used the black pencil to outline the shelves and floor tile.

With my focal panel ready I trimmed a piece of black to mat it onto. I then stamped a sentiment from Loads of Love onto a snippet of white card with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I matted that on black as well, and then adhered both it and the focal panel onto a white card base. The sketch I was following called for another element as well, to be placed at about the point where the two pieces met. I stamped, coloured and fussy cut another barrel to put there but wasn’t happy with how it looked.

Having another look at my stamp sets I saw the hearts in Wind In Your Fur and decided a heart would work nicely. The hearts from the set all have paws in them which I didn’t want. I dealt with this by stamping one of the hearts and fussy cutting it out, then colouring the reverse, unstamped side of the image. I adhered it to another piece of black card and fussy cut around it so that the heart had a slight black border. I then adhered it to the card, completing it.

This card definitely took a while to create because of the time needed to make the scene and do all the colouring. I am really happy with how it turned out in the end though. I am quite proud of how the scene itself turned out, and I think the black and white of the rest of the design makes it quite eye catching. I hope this inspires you to come and join in with our colour challenge. You can find more inspiration from the rest of the design team over in the challenge post or directly at their blogs via the links below.


Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)


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Challenges included:

Art Impressions – Make A Scene

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Olive, Red, Lavender

Freshly Made Sketches – Sketch

Three Room Studio Saturday Challenge – Scene Card

Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Charlotte (that’s me!)






Sue N.

Sue T.


10 thoughts on “CIC 504 | Thought You Could Use A Lift | Olive, Red and Lavender

    1. I struggle with what color to use as well. If I can just think of one main color, then I’m usually able to figure out the complimenting colors, but that first color is so hard sometimes! I love the colors you settled on. Love that your husband said rhubarb! That sounds like something my hubby would come up with 🙂

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  1. What a great card Charlotte! The scene you created is AMAZING! Thanks for playing along with us at Three Room Studio again. I love seeing your work!

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