Carole Makes Her Case for Mid-Century Mod Colors

Carole is kind, generous, and pretty darn funny. She’s also super talented – so glad we get to share this treasure with all of you today!

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Howdy, folks! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to once more be hanging out and playing with my friends at MFT. It feels like coming home, which as we all know, is one of the best feelings ever. Speaking of home, my family and I will soon be moving into another house, and I’ve got interior decorating on the brain. I’ve been reading books and perusing Pinterest, and it’s got me to thinking about color.

I’ve come up with a hypothesis: certain color schemes, regardless of how they’re used, are evocative of particular eras. Let’s explore this, focusing on what I consider to be the quintessential Mid-Century Modern palette of turquoise, dusky orange, and dark brown.

CB MFT MidMod cs

In MFT-speak, this translates to Blu Raspberry, Persimmon, and Chocolate Brown. And because I need a neutral to bounce things off of, I’m also including Primitive White (the flecks in it remind me of Formica, in keeping with our Mid-Mod theme).

Now, the easy way out would be to create something using the fabulously retro Television Die-namics and Stay Tuned stamp set. But that would be cheating, don’t you think? Instead, I’m going to start with a simple bouquet of flowers, using the new Circle Scribble Flowers stamp set and Scribbles Die-namics:

Carole Burrage Circle Scribble Flowers card.

I used Premium Dye Ink in each of our chosen colors to stamp out the flowers on Primitive White card stock, then I topped them with their corresponding swirly die cuts using a Quickie Glue Pen. I don’t know about you, but I can totally see this in Rob and Laura Petrie’s swanky pad (cue The Dick Van Dyke Show theme music, please).

Next up, an ode to man’s best friend, utilizing the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set with the Square Grid Cover-Up and Pet Accents Die-namics:

Carole Burrage Pet Accents Die-namics card.

To create this, I first ran a panel of each color of card stock through my Vagabond with the Square Grid Cover-Up. I used the Primitive White grid as my skeleton, and then, using the larger paw print die from Pet Accents, I cut paws into four squares each of Persimmon, Blu Raspberry, and Chocolate Brown. After that, it was just a matter of filling in and adhering the grid ‘puzzle’ (you’ll definitely want your QuikStick tool handy for this step). The sentiment was stamped in Chocolate Brown Premium Dye Ink onto Primitive White then popped up with Jody Boosters.

Now, you may think I’m trying to subliminally influence you by using the Square Grid Cover-Up, which automatically conjures visions of The Brady Bunch for many of us. I would argue, however, that it’s the color scheme that harkens you back to that episode when Bradys were afraid they’d have to get rid of Tiger because Jan seemed to be allergic to him. (You know the other kids would rather have found a new home for Jan…)

For our last test, I’m leaving it all up to the colors themselves by featuring a sentiment from Chalkboard Greetings:

Carole Burrage Chalkboard Greetings card.

I chose Persimmon Premium Dye Ink to emphasize the key words of “Stop” and “Right.” Chocolate Brown Premium Dye Ink seemed suitable for the darker thought of “Being Afraid” and then, for balance, “And Focus On.” Clean and crisp Blu Raspberry Premium Dye Ink tidied up the remaining words.

It took a few tries (even with the MISTI) to get this just right, but the impact is worth it, don’t you think? The rest of the card was a relative snap:

  • Die cut the sentiment layer with Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Die-namics
  • Stamp the Houndstooth Background in Persimmon Premium Dye Ink on to Blu Raspberry Card Stock
  • Die cut the Houndstooth layer using Blueprints 22
  • Stamp the Star Background in Whip Cream Pigment Ink on to Chocolate Brown Card Stock
  • Cut out an accent strip of Persimmon Card Stock
  • Assemble layers and adhere to a Primitive White card base
  • Pop up the sentiment layer on top with Jody Boosters

Come on, admit it! Even with perfectly contemporary images, backgrounds, and dies, this color combo makes you want to sink your toes into shag carpet and eat a TV dinner, am I right? In case you’re still on the fence, here’s a group photo of our trio of test subjects:

CB MidMod Trio

I rest my case, friends. I hope you enjoyed this very scientific experiment in color theory as much as I did. Thanks to everyone at My Favorite Things for giving me the opportunity to play with their fabulous products and share my harebrained ideas with you. I’ll be back next week with who knows what sort of nonsense – see you then!

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