Last Day for Early Bird Discount

Embossing Three Ways Samples

TODAY is the last day for the Early Bird Discount on my Embossing Three Ways Class.  You’ll learn how to add dimension to your paper crafting with three techniques and complete a card for each one.

Tomorrow, the Registration is $69, so be sure to register now and take advantage!

See the details and register on the Class Page here:

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Daffodil Delight for Spring, Not Summer

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Daffodil Delight for Spring is an uncommon color choice for the dominant color in a Spring Color Combination.  It’s usually softened by white which suits both Spring and Summer.  As the Hue of the Yellow Color Group, it is very bright and typically says Summer.  It holds its own in combination with other bright colors, such as Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Tangerine Tango and Tempting TurquoiseDaffodil Delight does well in Spring Combinations as an Accent Color.

I adore the “jar” sets that coordinate with the Everyday Jar Framelits™ Dies, as I noted in my article “Frosted Jar Candle Card.”  Even though I didn’t use the Framelits this time, I liked my result with the Stamp Set.

The Stamp Set I used is called Sharing Sweet Thoughts and is this year’s Ronald McDonald House Charities set.  You may remember Stampin’ Up!® designs an exclusive set for RMHC every year and donates $3 for every set purchased.  You can see more about the RMHC program on page 233 (inside back cover) of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.

I was looking for a Combination featuring Lemon Lime Twist, the Hue of the Yellow-Green Color Group, and would go with the strawberry image.  However, I also wanted to use Daffodil Delight as the top layer, but I didn’t want to use Real Red to color the strawberries.  So I change to butterflies and filled the jar with a phrase.  I just didn’t want to use Whisper White to stamp on.

Daffodil Delight, an Analogous Color to Lemon Lime Twist, is right beside it on the Color Wheel.  The problem is, the colors don’t have enough contrast for what I wanted, so I picked Flirty Flamingo, a Tint in the Red-Orange Color Group, as the Accent.  When I finished the card, I felt the Combination had more of a Spring look than Summer.  I picked Elegant Eggplant, the Shade of the Violet Color Group, to stamp the images with and lightly colored them with Stampin’ Write MarkersElegant Eggplant is the Complement to Daffodil Delight.

The Color Scheme is Triad Plus.  As I said, Daffodil Delight and Lemon Lime Twist are Analogous to each other.  Flirty Flamingo forms two legs of a Triad with Lemon Lime Twist.  The third leg would be a Blue-Violet, but I don’t have one, so Elegant Eggplant, Analogous to BlueViolet, is the stand-in.  Remember how I like Jaunty Angles?  This Triad Plus Color Scheme is a Triad with Jaunty Angles.

This Color Combination is good for any type of Friendship or Celebration card or page.  It can even work for Baby Showers and any other Spring Occasion.  Daffodil Delight for Spring also works for Summer, as you can see.

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Add Dimension to Your Projects Three Ways

Embossing Three Ways Samples

Come on along and learn three methods of embossing that will add dimension (and texture) to your paper crafting projects.  You’ll also do it without a whole lot of effort!  I’m all about Quick & Easy and these techniques fill the bill.

You’ll take home three beautiful cards with envelopes.  The photo shows some embossing samples, but are from previous classes.  Yours will be new and different!

Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.  Questions? Email mary@3amstamper.com or call (707) 695-3571.

Date: September 30, 2017

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

Early Bird Registration: $59

Early Bird Deadline: September 12, 2017

Click on the link to see full details and register!

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Merry Patterns Stamp Set for Free

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The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is an exclusive FREE set only available during September and October and only to hosts or customers with a qualifying order.  Today is the first day you can qualify to receive it, so I don’t even have mine yet.  I think I like it best of all the Christmas sets I’ve seen.  It’s photopolymer and two-step stamping.  It also has great patterns!

You may only receive the free set with a qualifying party (PlayShop) or order through October 31st.  After that, the set is gone for good.  Watch the video to see how to use the set.  The video also tells you all the ways you can earn your set:

Merry Patterns Exclusive Offer

See what the complete set looks like here:

Merry Patterns Host Promotion

The best part is you can earn the free set in addition to the other Stampin’ Rewards by gathering yourself and a group of your friends.   Let’s plan a PlayShop together (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!).  You can earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets and accessories) as well.    Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat.  I look forward to tailoring the project to you!  If you’re out of town, don’t worry, I also do Facebook PlayShops.

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Neutrals Only: Chocolate & Vanilla Card

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Chocolate & Vanilla, in that order, are my favorite flavors.  So naturally, one of my favorite Neutrals-Only combinations is Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla.  I present to you my Chocolate & Vanilla Card!

I figured you would prefer something other than Coffee Café images, as I used in my Crumb CakeEarly Espresso Combinations from my Neutrals Only: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso article.  Of course, I picked the Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set.  This set features Three-Step Stamping, which will let you layer colors to get a rich image.  Or you can use the images individually as I did.

I was aghast to find that the word, “Chocolate,” by itself was missing from all the word sets… even the More Than Chocolate Stamp Set!  A gross omission – the only “Chocolate” phrase is too small and tightly packed for you to separate the word from the rest of the phrase.  So I made my own word with the retired Alphabet Rotary Stamp.  To substitute, I recommend the Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set – it comes with two styles of letters and is photopolymer.

I used my favorite Chocolate Chip 5/8” Satin Ribbon, also retired, to embellish the card.  You could substitute the 5/8” Crinkled Seam Binding RibbonPeekaboo Peach would work well with our good, trusty old alcohol and Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill mixture to dye it.  I bet it would look way cool… I’ll have to try it some time!

Another idea to embellish the Chocolate & Vanilla Card is to tie the ribbon in a knot and attach it with Mini Glue Dots.  Either way, the card should mail flat with no extra postage required.

I realize I skipped a week of Neutrals-Only Combinations, so I’ll make it up to you with two examples this week.

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Removing Adhesive from Scissors

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Removing Adhesive from Scissors is necessary to keep the blades sharp and have clean cuts.  Nothing makes your Blade feel duller than Adhesive sticking to it!  I gave a few cleaning tips at the end of my article, Choosing the Right Scissors for the Job, but things have changed a bit with all the different Adhesives.  We’ve also concentrated more on paper-crafting and die-cutting, so our Scissors product line is reduced to the ultra-sharp Paper Snips.

My original best tip about Removing Adhesive from Scissors was to spray on Stampin’ Mist and let it sit for a minute, then rub off the adhesive.  This works well a lot of the time, especially with SNAIL or Adhesive on stickers.  However, with the introduction of ultra-sticky Fast Fuse and Tear & Tape Adhesives, you’ll probably find that a commercial adhesive remover, such as that recommended for adhesive-backed labels.

I personally like Goo Gone or Goo Be Gone gel Adhesive Removers.  Since I only use them for cleaning scissors, one bottle lasts a loo-ooong time.  You can find these type of adhesive removers anywhere and they’re generally not as expensive as the specialty removers in your craft store.

You should plan on coating your scissor blades on both sides with the remover and letting them sit for a minute or two.  This usually makes it easier to wipe off the adhesive residue.  You can spray the blades on both sides just like with Stampin’ Mist, but the remover should be a little thicker. 

If the adhesive residue is light, you can soak a cotton ball with the remover and wipe it over the blades.  The adhesive may come right off.  If your remover is in a spray bottle, spritz some on a paper towel, then wipe on the blade.

If you have excess Adhesive on any of your projects, and they’re on paper or card stock, pat the Embossing Buddy over the Adhesive and gently rub off with your finger.  Then wipe off the Embossing Buddy residue.  If you have excess adhesive on a Foil or Glossy Paper project, put a little commercial remover on a cotton ball or paper towel and gently rub off the Adhesive.  The commercial remover will not stain if you just use a little and wipe off quickly.

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If you need an answer to any question about Removing Adhesive, Paper Snips or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.comJust make your subject line the product or tool, such as Removing Adhesive or Paper Snips.

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Hot for the Holidays 2017-Last Day

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Today is the last day to register for the Hot for the Holidays 2017 class.  Don’t miss trying out the hottest products from the 2017 Holiday Catalog along with the latest trends and techniques.  The examples in the photo are from a previous year’s class, yours will be different.

Registration is $69.  Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Date: 8/30/17

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Registration: $69

Deadline: TODAY

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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Wood Crate Candy Box

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The Wood Crate Candy Box pictured features the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: a whole pile of Neutral wood-look backgrounds!  Neutrals go with anything, so you’ll have an almost unlimited number of Color Combinations to play with!!

The sliced trees pattern caught my eye for my original plan to fill the Crate with Reese’s Peanut Butter CupsThen I realized that, since I keep the Peanut Butter Cups in the freezer, I would run the risk of getting my Crate wet when the candy thawed.  I changed to room-temperature Starburst Fruit Chews to avoid unsightly spots.

Incidental TipIf you want to fill the box with unwrapped candies, as a place setting favor for example, cut two or three Scalloped Circles from waxed paper with the largest of the Layering Circles Framelits™ DiesLine the Crate with the Circles first, then put in your candy.

The Wood Crate box is easy to assemble.  Die-cut two of the box pieces, then fold along all score lines.  If you find the score lines are too faint, shim with a piece of paper or use a Stylus and ruler to define them.  You may also use the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to define the lines.  Crease well with a Bone Folder.

Open out the flaps and apply Tear & Tape Adhesive to the “outside” of each one on both box pieces.  Also apply Tear & Tape around the edges of one box bottom, again on the “outside”.  Remove the backing on the box bottom adhesive and lay the non-adhesived piece on top with the box sides facing away from each other.  The overlapping box bottoms add strength so the box holds up when filled.  Remove the backing on the flaps and finish assembling the box.

The Wood Crate Framelits Dies include several shapes you can use for embellishments.  The Rooster is shown in the photo.  There is also a Tag DieYou can use it for a gift tag or as a place card for my party favor suggestion.

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Wood Crate Candy Boxes.

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Peace on Earth Card – Smoky Slate

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Peace on Earth Card – Smoky Slate gives you an unusual Holiday card using Black and Gray instead of traditional Holiday colors.  Today’s Neutrals-only project, as I indicated in my Neutrals: What Would We Do Without Them? article, features Smoky Slate and Basic Black for the Monochromatic Color Scheme.  It’s a Quick & Easy Card that also lies flat for mailing without additional postage.  You know that’s my favorite kind!!

Another feature of the Peace on Earth Card – Smoky Slate Color Scheme is the Carols of Christmas Bundle.  The Stamp Set and Thinlits™ together give you terrific images to make Quick & Easy Cards, especially when you need a whole bunch of the same design.  The Bundle is an early release from the 2017 Holiday Catalog and when purchased together you save 10%!

I was quite tickled to find that I had the Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon and didn’t have to hunt for something else in Basic Black.  The Ribbon inspired me to use the deer die as a border on the bottom and as a trim.  I still have two Smoky Slate deer die-cuts for future projects (unless I lose them).

If the Color Combination of Smoky Slate and Basic Black is too Monochromatic for you, you can use the same design with Night of Navy and Whisper White, which is a more traditional Holiday combination.  You still get the Quick & Easy Card and you can use the 5/8” Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon in Night of Navy to match.

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Peace on Earth Cards-Smoky Slate.

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How to Make the Dazzle Me Pocket Card

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The Dazzle Me Pocket Card colors of Tranquil Tide, Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi remind me of a calm, deep summertime ocean.  I discussed the Color Scheme in my article, Dazzle Me Pocket Card with Tranquil Tide.

While I was making the card, I discovered a few tips and tricks I thought you’d like to use.  The Product List that follows includes links to my Stampin’ Up!® Online Store.  Have fun with my How to Make the Dazzle Me Pocket Card tutorial.

  1. Fold an 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece of Marina Mist Card Stock in half and crease well with a Bone Folder to create the card base.
  2. Stamp the pocket outline image on a 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” Marina Mist piece with the Tranquil Tide pad.

    1. The photopolymer image stretches and distorts easily, so gently adjust it on the Clear Block until it’s straight. I lift it up and let it fall into place a few times, rather than forcing it.
    2. Be sure to leave room for the die-cutting, but you may be able to get two pockets from one piece of card stock.
  3. Stamp the pocket details inside the outline image with the Tranquil Tide pad.

    1. If you try to stamp the pocket and the details at the same time, you will cause the images to distort.
  4. Die-cut the stamped pocket with the Pocket Framelit. Fold and crease the flaps well with the Bone Folder.  Attach to a 5-1/4” x 4” piece of Tranquil Tide Card Stock with Tear & Tape AdhesiveYou can fit a gift card inside, but make sure the pocket is adhered at least 1” below the top edge.
  5. Stamp the sunglasses on one end of a 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” piece of Wild Wasabi Card Stock with the Tranquil Tide pad.  Die-cut with the sunglasses Framelit.  Insert the sunglasses in the pocket and attach with a Stampin’ Dimensional so they peek out.
  6. Stamp the sentiment on the other end of the Wild Wasabi piece with the Tranquil Tide Leave room for punching out the phrase.  Line up the sentiment inside the Pretty Label Punch opening and punch out.  Sponge the edges with a Sponge Dauber and the Tranquil Tide pad.
  7. Tie a piece of Island Indigo Ombre Ribbon around the Tranquil Tide layer below the pocket. Attach the sentiment over the ribbon and pocket with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Foam Adhesive Strips.
    1. The Dimensionals get placed over where they’ll adhere to the pocket.
    2. The Foam Strips get placed on the area covering the layer only. I cut pieces of two or three strips together at the same time to get a nice size attachment.
  8. Center the completed layer on the card front and adhere.

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Hot for the Holidays Early Bird Ending

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Today is the last day to get the Early Bird Discount on my Hot for the Holidays 2017 class.  Don’t miss trying out the hottest products from the 2017 Holiday Catalog along with the latest trends and techniques.  The examples in the photo are from a previous year’s class, yours will be different.

After today, the class registration is $69.  Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Date: 8/30/17

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Early Bird Registration: $59

Early Bird Deadline: TODAY

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW FOR THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!

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Neutrals Only: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso

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As I promised in my Neutrals: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso article, here is my Neutrals Only: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso Card.  I had to use the Coffee Café set again because it has great sayings for coffee-lover’s Friendship cards.

Pairing Neutrals with each other is a fun way to create classic Monochromatic Color Schemes.  Remember that Copper, Gold and Silver are also Neutrals, which give you a lot of options in your Color Scheme

Crumb Cake & Early Espresso are a typical combination for a coffee-themed card, especially when you’re designing with Neutrals Only.  The take-out cup images are great to enclose the sayings and Early Espresso on Crumb Cake provides a lot of contrast.  The short cup, which looks like it could be a cupcake, also has a Framelit™ that gives you pleat impressions.

The whipped cream image is a little small to be cupcake icing, unless you don’t like a lot of icing.  I prefer the cloud image from the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set for the cupcake icing.  The coordinating Tree Builder Punch fully encloses the stamped image, whereas the Coffee Cups Framelits cut off some of the stamped image.  You can see an example of the image in my Tangerine Tango: It All Stacks Up article.

I used my favorite retired 5/8” Satin Ribbon in Early Espresso for the embellishment.  The best substitute is the Fresh Fig 1/2” Finely Woven Ribbon, dyed with the Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill.  You won’t need much to get the color you want and you don’t need to remove the Fresh Fig color!

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Hot for the Holidays 2017

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Hot for the Holidays 2017 is here!  You’ll be the first to try out the hottest products from the 2017 Holiday Catalog along with the latest trends and techniques that are featured in my Hot for the Holidays Card Class. You’ll make three Deluxe Holiday Cards perfect for special friends and family. Envelopes are included, of course!  The examples in the photo are from a previous year’s class, yours will be different.  And you’ll love how much fun you’ll have creating the new designs!

Join me for an evening of fun and luxurious papercrafting!  Space is limited, so register early.  Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

By the way, this class will be offered online for you out-of-towners!

Date: 8/30/17

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Early Bird Registration: $59

Early Bird Deadline: 8/11/17

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Dazzle Me Pocket Card with Tranquil Tide

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This Dazzle Me Pocket Card is a summertime example of the Analogous Color Scheme for Tranquil Tide, of the Green-Blue Color GroupThe Analogous Colors, which are those that are side-by-side on the Color Wheel, are Marina Mist, of the Blue-Green Color Group, and Wild Wasabi, of the Green Color Group.  You can see these Color Groups in my 2017-2018 Color Chart, Green to Red-Violet.

I picked these colors because they remind me of a calm, deep ocean.  Analogous Schemes are harmonious and as soothing as Monochromatic Color Schemes, but you get to have three colors instead of two.

The ribbon trimming the card design is the Island Indigo Ombre RibbonSince Island Indigo is a Tone in the Green-Blue Color Group, it fits in the Analogous Color Scheme.  It also coordinates well with Marina Mist and provides sufficient contrast to the Tranquil Tide, Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi colors on the Dazzle Me Pocket Card front.

The Color Combination is good for Friendship, Get Well, Thank You, Birthday (especially Masculine Birthday) and Congratulations.  Pages made with this Combination would also be striking and good for any occasion.  Imagine a 12” x 12” Tranquil Tide Page with a row of Marina Mist Pockets filled with Wild Wasabi SunglassesOr switch the colors of the Pockets and Sunglasses for fun!  I may have to make one of these!tams# 15176

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Carols of Christmas Bundle – Head Start

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Get the Carols of Christmas Bundle, the early-release from the upcoming 2017 Holiday Catalog, and get a Head Start on the Holidays.  The Bundle includes the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and the Card Front Builder Thinlits™ DiesIt also comes in English and French languages.

With the Bundle, you’ll be able to get a Head Start on your handmade Christmas cards quickly and easily!  That’s what I like best about it!  The stamp images coordinate with the die images and you get some images, like the single and double evergreen trees, which mean no stamping required!

The photo shows some samples of what you can make with the Stamp Set and DiesTake advantage of the early release Bundle offer, which saves you ten percent!  You may order the Carols of Christmas Bundle now through August 31st.  You may also order the Stamp Set and Thinlits separately.  The stamp set comes in both Wood-Mount and Clear-Mount versions, as well as in English and French.

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Remember to use your Bonus Coupons you earned last month, too.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar to order your own Carols of Christmas Bundle.

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Neutrals: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso

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Today’s Neutrals: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso Card also features Whisper White and Powder Pink accents.  I wanted more highlighting of the Coffee Café Stamp Set than Crumb Cake and Early Espresso would give.

I know I promised in my Neutrals: What Would We Do Without Them? article that I would do a Neutrals-only card each week, but I just couldn’t do without the Pink for this design.  Flirty Flamingo would also work, but I had a Powder Pink scrap handy.  I’ll revisit Crumb Cake & Early Espresso in a Neutrals-only card next week.

Even with the additions of Whisper White and Powder Pink, the Color Scheme remains Monochromatic.  When I’m finished posting my favorite Neutrals-only combinations, maybe I’ll do Monochrome Monday projects.  That will be fun because you can take any number of Neutrals and add one color and you still have a Monochromatic Color Scheme.  Maybe I’ll alternate Neutralsonly with Neutrals + Color projects.  Let me know what you think.

By the way, I used the retired 1/4” Early Espresso Cotton Ribbon to tie around the card front.  I think you’d get an interesting effect by dying the 1/4” Rich Razzleberry Stitched Edge Ribbon with the Early Espresso Classic Ink Refill.  The ribbon is Whisper White with color on the edges.

I also thought dying the 3/8” Old Olive Mini Chevron Ribbon would be cute.  If the color comes out funny, bleach the ribbon then rinse it out and let it dry before you dye it.

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Black & White Card

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Black & White Cardthe ultimate Monochromatic Color SchemeAs I promised in my Neutrals: What Would We Do Without Them? article, here is this week’s Neutrals-only project.  It’s one of my favorite designs.

Basic Black and Whisper White comprise the Monochromatic Color Scheme in this card.  The stamp set is retired.  I can’t remember its name because it retired several years ago, but it was one of my favorites.  However, there are a number of current stamp sets that can substitute very well.

The 5/8” Basic Black Satin Ribbon also retired a couple of years ago, but you could still create it with the remaining Satin Ribbons, which retired this year.  Just mix alcohol and Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad Ink Refill or Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Refill and soak the ribbon in it.  You can use this technique for the substitute ribbons as well.  I like a 50/50 mixture, no matter how much.

My original card used the regular Whisper White Card Stock for both the card base and the card front.  I’m very excited to use Thick Whisper White Card Stock for the card base now.

Sometimes, the Basic Black Archival ink sticks to the regular Whisper White and tears it.  The Memento Ink Pad and Refill may be a better choice.  You would need the Archival ink for watercoloring, but this is Black & White, no color!  You may also find the Thick Whisper White works better with the Archival Ink.

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Neutrals: What Would We Do Without Them?

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Neutrals:  essential to any design effort!  What would we do without them?  Not a whole lot!  Read on for the bonus Color Combinations I promised you in my 2017-2018 Color Charts: Green to Red-Violet article.

The Neutrals 2017-2018 Color Charts only reflect one change.  Tip Top Taupe, one of the Red-Blue-Yellow Graduated category, retired.  The 2017-2019 In Colors do not contain a Neutral.

But that’s okay!  We can make do with the Neutrals we have.  All the essentials from Black through White are represented.

On the Color Wheel, the Black through White colors, including Browns, are perpendicular to the Red-Yellow-Blue colors.  Since my Color Charts are rectangular, I have three rows of Neutrals:

  • The Neutrals Collection Colors Graduated from Black to Brown. I did not put Whisper White on the opposite end from Basic Black because it’s too tricky to fit the Grays in among the Browns.
  • The Gray Scale. This category easily fits in the Grays.
  • The Red-Blue-Yellow Combined Graduated from Dark Brown to Cream. And this category nicely covers the Browns.

I remembered I was planning to do projects with only Neutral Color Combinations.  This means cards and so forth using only the colors on the Neutrals chart.  I will aim for posting a Neutrals-only project once a week.

I promised you a bonus of Neutrals Color Combinations.  I’m just giving you my favorites today, so check back for more.

  • Basic Black & Whisper White (duh!) the ultimate Monochromatic Color Scheme.
  • Basic Gray & Basic Black
  • Smoky Slate & Basic Black
  • Very Vanilla & Soft Suede
  • Very Vanilla & Chocolate Chip
  • Very Vanilla & Early Espresso
  • Crumb Cake & Chocolate Chip
  • Sahara Sand & Early Espresso

All of these combinations are, of course, Monochromatic Color SchemesThey remain the same type of Scheme even if you add another color, such as Basic Gray & Smoky Slate with Melon Mambo.  But we’ll stick with Neutrals only for now.

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2017-2018 Color Charts: Green to Red-Violet

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2017-2018 Color Charts: Green to Red-Violet continue my changes to the Real Life Color Coach Charts this year.  I am continuing to go over them Color Group by Color Group and explain the moves I’ve made with the latest Stampin’ Up!® Colors.  The first part was detailed in my article, 2017-2018 Color Charts: Red to Green-Yellow.

Reminder:  The Color Chart is laid out with my eighteen categories of colors.  As you know, I split tertiary colors (Green-Yellow and Yellow-Green, for example) to place the colors as accurately as possible.  I’ve included these color sub-categories (or Groups):

  • Hue –  the truest form of the color
  • Tint – the color plus white
  • Tone – the color plus a degree of gray
  • Shade – the color plus black

Green Color Group:

  • Emerald Envy is the Hue.
  • Wild Wasabi is the Tint.
  • Garden Green is the Tone.

Blue-Green Color Group, Green-Blue Sub-Category:

  • Bermuda Bay is the Hue.
  • Pool Party is the Tint.
  • Mint Macaron, a Tint, retired.
  • Island Indigo is the Tone.
  • Tranquil Tide is the Shade. Although Tranquil Tide looks like it should be in the Green Color Group, it has enough Blue in it to be put in the Green-Blue Color Group.

Blue-Green Color Group, Blue-Green Sub-Category:

  • Tempting Turquoise is the Hue.
  • Soft Sky is the Tint.
  • Marina Mist is the Tone.

Blue Color Group:

  • Pacific Point is the Hue.
  • Dapper Denim is the Tone.
  • Night of Navy is the Shade.

Blue-Violet Color Group, including both Sub-Categories:

  • No colors in the Collections this year

Violet Color Group:

  • Wisteria Wonder is the Tint.
  • Elegant Eggplant is the Shade.

Red-Violet Color Group, Violet-Red Sub-Category:

  • Sweet Sugarplum is the Tint.
  • Perfect Plum is the Tone.
  • Rich Razzleberry is a Shade.
  • Fresh Fig is a Shade.

Red-Violet Color Group, Red-Violet Sub-Category:

  • Melon Mambo is the Tint. Melon Mambo is bright enough to be put in as the Hue, but the color is lighter than a really Hue should be, so it remains a Tint.
  • Rose Red is the Tone.
  • Cherry Cobbler is a Shade.
  • Berry Burst is a Shade.

The new Neutrals Chart is coming up with a bonus of Neutral Color Combinations.

Real Life Color Coach LogoDid you know I have the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com you may contact at any time?  And I will answer you directly via e-mail as well as posting the answers here.  The Hotline is perfect if you have questions about creating color combinations, the content of any of the Real Life Color Coach articles, or other crafting color-related issues.

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