Here's a set of quick custom Holiday cards I made. I had a set in my iCraft shop with cool tones: blue and aqua. My customer requested red and blue. I had trouble picturing ANYthing that would work. Mix a warm tone and a cool tone for a winter card? It just would not compute.
I got the message just before bed one night. I laid awake thinking about it, trying to figure out how to combine them. I spent the next day at work thinking about it off and on too and nothing was coming to me. I was stressing a little bit. I finally put it from my mind and decided I would have to wait until I was home and could see what kind of paper was in my stash. (Then, I had to think if I even had enough red for the quantity of cards requested as I don't work with red much at all, actually! I quickly squashed that thought too so I could do my work.)
After supper came the test. What does the Fairy Cardmaker have in her tickle trunk (dating myself, but I really liked Mr. Dress Up as a child.) I pulled two reds and started to play match maker. I looked at my sample design my customer had pointed out and thought about layering. I thought, well, I'll just make the red have a little wee border. Then it will be mostly blue with a red highlight. (I'm biased - my favourite colour is blue!)
Turned out differently. Red is front and centre. And I like it. I am surprised: both that I was able to put blue and red together and that I like it. Wonderful thing: my customer liked it too! It just served to remind me that getting pushed out of your comfort zone can have surprisingly pleasing results!
I'm still behind in my cards though - I have a large custom order with a delivery schedule. I am only 1/4 of the way through the first delivery. Plus I have a personal 65th birthday that needs a card super fast. I have an idea for that one, so I'm off to it!