Color Scheme for the Leaf Tile Inspiration from Disneyland

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It’s time to analyze the Color Scheme for the Leaf Tile Inspiration from Disneyland.  That’s what the Real Life Color Coach (me) does.  I discussed the colors I would use in my Inspiration from Disneland – Leaf Tile article, so now it’s time to go into why the scheme works.

My discussion started with the Neutrals, Whisper White and Very Vanilla.  These colors don’t affect the Color Scheme, they are supporting or base/foundation colors.  I suggested Whisper White to form the background and Very Vanilla as the basis for the leaves.

Tranquil Tide, the Shade from the Green-Blue Color Group, creates the wash and the shadows for the design elements.  Island Indigo is also from the Green-Blue Color Group and can substitute for Tranquil Tide, but is a lighter Tone.  It is Analogous to Garden Green, from the Green Color Group, and so works well together for accenting the Neutrals.

Powder Pink is a Tint of the Red-Orange Color Group and Calypso Coral is the Hue.  These are Complements to the Green-Blue Color Group and create a pleasing, harmonious Color Scheme with sufficient contrast to be interesting.

Cajun Craze is the Shade from the Orange-Red Color Group and fits the Complementary Color Scheme just fine when you recombine the Red-Orange and Orange-Red colors into the Red-Orange Tertiary Color Group.  You may remember that I separated the Tertiary Colors for convenience in creating my Color Charts.

The overall Color Scheme is Complementary Plus, with the Analogous Green & Green-Blue Color Group members complimenting the Red-Orange/Orange-Red Color Group members.  And that’s how we analyze the Color Scheme for the Leaf Tile Inspiration from Disneyland.

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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 the Leaf Tile Inspiration from Disneyland, Complementary Plus Color Schemes, creating color combinations for other cards or pages, the content of any of the Real Life Color Coach articles, or other crafting color-related issues.

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Real Life Color Coach Hiatus Issues

Grand Floridian Drapery Segment

Aaarrrrgh!!! My plan to post remotely while I was on vacation came to an abrupt end! I’m sorry about that, but I had technical difficulties that still aren’t resolved. I also found that several of my pictures didn’t come out right – Grrrrrr! So I’ll have to make do with what I have.

One of the first patterns that struck me was the drapery design in my room at the Grand Floridian Resort. I’ve posted a photo of a drapery segment to show you the Complementary Color Scheme of deep Red-Orange and light Green-Blue. The colors look like Real Red touched with Cajun Craze and complemented by Mint Macaron. A variety of Neutral colors make up the rest of the pattern: various shades of Brown and Vanilla.

This just shows you that Color Schemes are everywhere! And you can relate them to Stampin’ Up!®’s exclusive colors!

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 Complementary Color Schemes, creating color combinations for other cards or pages, the content of any of the Real Life Color Coach articles, or other crafting color-related issues.

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Do You Miss the Stampin’ Up!® Color Coach™?

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Stampin’ Up! retired the Color Coach™ tool as they do every year. However, this year they didn’t bring it back in the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog. I talked about this with some of my customers and colleagues and mentioned that my weekly Color Craft feature would need to take up the slack.

There was a lot of excitement around this plan. So, instead of my weekly Color Craft feature, I will become your Real Life Color Coach, specializing in Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors. Most of my posts each week will include a color of the week as well as color combinations in projects for different occasions.

I will tell you why the combination works and the theory behind it. I will also show you examples of what happens when you change the color proportions.

Since we started with Watermelon Wonder plus a neutral, let’s continue to explore this color through next week. It’s only a coincidence that Watermelon Wonder is almost a direct complement to my 3amStamper color scheme, but that may be why I was subconsciously attracted to it!

Real Life Color Coach LogoI’ve set up a “hot line” in case you have questions about color, your color combinations, etc. I will answer them directly via e-mail and will post the answers here, in addition. Just contact the Real Life Color Coach hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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Color Change for Trendy Card

One of the cards I designed for my Trendy Cards Class for 2015 underwent a change when we made it in class. The original design, which you can see by clicking the preceding link, featured the new In Color 2015-2017 Card Stock Assortment (138339) colors: Watermelon Wonder and Tip Top Taupe. The colors work okay together, but there really wasn’t enough contrast and the stamped images got a bit lost.

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The In-Class version shown here used Watermelon Wonder and Sahara Sand Card Stock. Sahara Sand is a tint of beige, while Tip Top Taupe is a tone. There is more contrast between Watermelon Wonder and Sahara Sand. I also used the Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad (126974) instead of the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (132708) for the flower image. I stamped the sentiment with the Early Espresso Pad as well. I like using Brown on Brown rather than Black on Brown, as long as the Brown is dark enough.

I used the Tip Top Taupe In Color 2015-2017 Blossom Accents (138383) on the knot, mainly to see what it looked like… and also because I’d used a Watermelon Wonder Blossom on the previous version and wanted to make sure I had enough left. I thought the Blossom needed something in the center to highlight it, so I stuck together two of the medium Pearl Basic Jewels (119247) and glued them in place. The shape of the Blossom center fits the round double Pearl best, one flat Pearl wouldn’t stay. You could also use Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), treated the same way as the Pearls, or a dot of Crystal Effects (101055) and some Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter (133751).

Other Products Used: You’ve Got This Stamp Set (139572-w; 139575-c); In Color 2015-2017 Envelope Paper (138312); Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin’ Pad (138323); Watermelon Wonder 1” Dotted Lace Trim (138425); Sahara Sand 7/8” Lace Trim (137866); Envelope Punch Board (133774); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

Try out the 2015-2017 In Colors yourself – Tip Top Taupe makes a great Neutral for the rest of the colors. To order, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $50 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Final Lullaby Pattern Examples – Part 5

These are the last of the cards made with the twelve Designer Series Paper patterns in the Lullaby Designer Series Paper (133695) package.

Lullaby Card #3 with Crisp Cantaloupe & Hello Honey-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

Lullaby Card #3 – Crisp Cantaloupe from the Orange-Red Color Group and Hello Honey from the Yellow-Orange Color Group make a sort of Analogous Color Scheme. How about we call it a Semi-Analogous Color Scheme?

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Lullaby Card #4 – You can also call this card a Monochromatic Color Scheme with Crisp Cantaloupe from the Orange-Red Color Group and Hello Honey playing the part of a Neutral.

For the complete gallery, click these links:

Lullaby Patterns Make Great Combinations – the complete twelve swatches of the Designer Series Paper.

Lullaby Patterns Examples-Part 1 – the Bracket Chevron Stripes and Straight Chevron Stripes patterns in Analogous/Monochromatic Color Schemes.

Lullaby Patterns Examples – Part 2 – the Bracket Chevron Stripes and Straight Chevron Stripes patterns in Complementary Color Schemes.

Lullaby Patterns Examples-Part 3 Split Complementary and Monochrome Color Schemes using Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Coastal Cabana.

Lullaby Patterns Examples-Part 4 Semi-Triad and Monochrome Color Schemes using Coastal Cabana, Hello Honey and Crisp Cantaloupe.

Supplies Used In All Cards (links are to the items still available): A Round Array Stamp Set (129087-w, 129090-c); Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe (131176) & Pistachio Pudding (131177) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Baked Brown Sugar (131296), Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Hello Honey (133678) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Lullaby Designer Series Paper (133695); Sweet Sadie (133690), Sweet Dreams (137787) & Retro Fresh (133001) Designer Washi Tape; 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment (133631); Pearl (119247) & Rhinestone (119246) Basic Jewels; Crisp Cantaloupe (135636) & Pistachio Pudding (135635) Thick Baker’s Twine; Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (119275); 7/8” Scallop Circle Punch (129404); Envelope Punch Board (133774); 2-Way Glue Pen (100425); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

You may substitute colors for the retiring card stock and ink pads that are sold out. These will coordinate with the Lullaby Designer Series Paper:

  • Blushing Bride for Crisp Cantaloupe (both are in the Orange-Red Color Group)
  • Bermuda Bay, Lost Lagoon or Pool Party for Coastal Cabana (all in the Green-Blue Color Group)
  • Wild Wasabi for Pistachio Pudding (both in the Green Color Group)
  • Soft Suede for Baked Brown Sugar (both Neutrals)

I made these as 4” x 3” cards, a perfect “tuck-in” size. You cut the card stock to 4” x 6” and fold in half. The envelopes can be made from 6” squares of paper, so you can cut four of them from each Lullaby pattern.

To order what you need to try out your own Lullaby Gallery, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $50 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Lullaby Patterns Examples-Part 4

I love to use both patterns of the double-sided paper on one card, so that’s what I’ve been doing with all twelve cards. I’ve also used the card front pattern for the matching envelope, as I mentioned before.

Lullaby Card #9 with Coastal Cabana-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

Lullaby Card #9 – with a lot of white space in the Lullaby Designer Series Paper pattern, it’s easy to ignore the other colors and use Coastal Cabana in a Monochromatic Color Scheme. (Baked Brown Sugar doesn’t count.)

Lullaby Card #10 with Coastal Cabana and Hello Honey-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

Lullaby Card #10 – the reverse design also has a lot of white space, plus the Coastal Cabana color predominates, so this card is also a Monochromatic Color Scheme. Hello Honey is playing the part of a Neutral.

Lullaby Card #11 with Coastal Cabana and Hello Honey-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

Lullaby Card #11 – I could call this a Monochromatic Color Scheme, but I decided to be different and use Hello Honey as a member of the Yellow-Orange Color Group. Coastal Cabana, from the Green-Blue Color Group, and Hello Honey are two sides of a Triad Color Scheme. Shall we call it a Semi-Triad Color Scheme?

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Lullaby Card #12 – this definitely a Monochromatic Color Scheme with Crisp Cantaloupe and Baked Brown Sugar!

For the gallery to date, click these links:

Lullaby Patterns Make Great Combinations – the complete twelve swatches of the Designer Series Paper.

Lullaby Patterns Examples-Part 1 – the Bracket Chevron Stripes and Straight Chevron Stripes patterns in Analogous/Monochromatic Color Schemes.

Lullaby Patterns Examples – Part 2 – the Bracket Chevron Stripes and Straight Chevron Stripes patterns in Complementary Color Schemes.

Lullaby Patterns Examples-Part 3 Split Complementary and Monochrome Color Schemes using Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Coastal Cabana.

Finally, check back here the day after tomorrow for a gallery of the final pair of the patterns from the Lullaby Designer Series Paper package. I’ll include the full list of the supplies still available as well.

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Lullaby Patterns Examples-Part 3

Since there are 10 more examples made with the Lullaby Designer Series Paper (133695) patterns, you’ll see four today, four tomorrow and two on Tuesday the 26th. The cards all come with envelopes that match the Designer Series Paper layer on the card front. You might not be able to see the envelope outside, the inside is shown on the flap.

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Lullaby Card #5 – Split Complementary Color Scheme: Pistachio Pudding with Crisp Cantaloupe accent and envelope lining.

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Lullaby Card #6 – Split Complementary Color Scheme: Crisp Cantaloupe with Pistachio Pudding accent and envelope lining.

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Lullaby Card #7 – Monochrome Color Scheme with Coastal Cabana. Hello Honey is playing the part of a Neutral and Pistachio Pudding is pretending to be a shade of Coastal Cabana.

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Lullaby Card #8 – Monochrome Color Scheme with Crisp Cantaloupe. Hello Honey is playing the part of a Neutral.

For the gallery to date, click these links:

Lullaby Patterns Make Great Combinations – the complete twelve swatches of the Designer Series Paper.

Lullaby Patterns Examples-Part 1 – the Bracket Chevron Stripes and Straight Chevron Stripes patterns in Analogous/Monochromatic Color Schemes.

Lullaby Patterns Examples – Part 2 – the Bracket Chevron Stripes and Straight Chevron Stripes patterns in Complementary Color Schemes.

Once more, check back here tomorrow for a gallery of the next four of the patterns from the Lullaby Designer Series Paper package.

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Lullaby Patterns Examples-Part 2

Thanks for checking back. If this is the first day you’re visiting, you should check my Lullaby Paper Patterns post and yesterday’s post with the first set of examples to see all the previous details.

Today’s examples using the Lullaby Designer Series Paper (133695) patterns are concentrating on the Complementary Color Scheme. Crisp Cantaloupe is from the Orange-Red Color Group and Coastal Cabana is from the Green-Blue Color Group. You may recall that I split the Tertiary Colors Red-Orange and Blue-Green into two groups, mostly so the columns don’t extend beyond one page. So, instead of the 12 segments of the standard Color Wheel, my Color Craft Charts contain 18 segments.

Lullaby Complementary Scheme Card with Coastal Cabana

The bracket chevron stripes pattern has two colors of Crisp Cantaloupe in it: the hue and a tint. I selected Crisp Cantaloupe from the pattern for my contrast color and used it in the sentiment. The Complement is Coastal Cabana, used in the card base and the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (119275) trim across the front.

Lullaby Complementary Scheme Card with Crisp Cantaloupe

The straight chevron stripes pattern has Coastal Cabana as the dominant color (remember, Neutrals don’t count). I used it for the sentiment. The contrast color is Crisp Cantaloupe, the Complement, which appears as the card base and the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Trim.

Again, check back here tomorrow for a gallery of the rest of the patterns from the Lullaby Designer Series Paper package.

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Lullaby Patterns Examples-Part 1

As I mentioned last week in my Lullaby Paper Patterns post, I made some examples for you.

Lullaby Thank You Card with Crisp Cantaloupe-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

In this first one, the bracket chevron stripes include Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey and Baked Brown Sugar on a Whisper White background. Hello Honey is playing the part of a Neutral even though it’s a member of the Yellow-Orange Color Group. Since Crisp Cantaloupe is a member of the Orange-Red Color Group, Hello Honey is in the Analogous neighborhood and can pretend to be Neutral. So, we have, in effect, a Monochromatic Color Scheme.

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The second example shows the straight chevron stripes which include Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Hello Honey and Baked Brown Sugar on a Whisper White background. Hello Honey is a member of the Yellow-Orange Color Group and is alongside the Split Complementary Color of the Green-Blue Color Group member, Coastal Cabana. Split Complements offer more of a contrast than Analogous colors. The soft combination of Coastal Cabana and Hello Honey has energy without being dramatic. However, it can also be a Monochromatic Color Scheme, in effect, with Hello Honey playing the part of a Neutral.

Check back here tomorrow for more combinations from the Lullaby Designer Series Paper (133695) patterns.

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Lullaby Paper Patterns Make Great Combinations

Lullaby Designer Series Paper & the Weekly Deal

Looking at the colors on sale in the latest Weekly Deals, I saw a number of great Color Craft coordinates. Never mind that most of the colors are my favorites from the retiring 2013-2015 In Color Collection! The deals are on Lullaby Designer Series Paper (133695), Gold 5/8” Satin Ribbon (134547) and Wild Wasabi 1/2” Seam Binding Ribbon (134570). These can work together to make great combinations.

The featured colors in the photo are: Coastal Cabana from the Green-Blue Group, Crisp Cantaloupe from the Orange-Red Group, Hello Honey from the Yellow-Orange Group, Pistachio Pudding and Wild Wasabi from the Green Group. The Neutrals support these colors and are: Baked Brown Sugar, Gold and Whisper White. You may remember my post: “Gold, Is It a Neutral Color,” which firmly placed Gold in the Neutrals Group.

You don’t need to use all of these colors together. The patterns on the Designer Series Paper actually only contain two or three. For example, the bracket chevron stripes only include Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey and Baked Brown Sugar on a Whisper White background. Tints of Crisp Cantaloupe and Hello Honey add dimension to the design. The straight chevron stripes include Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Hello Honey and Baked Brown Sugar on a Whisper White background. The Pistachio Pudding and a tint of Hello Honey become the dimension providers. The random dots designs are composed of Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding and Hello Honey on Whisper White and Crisp Cantaloupe and Hello Honey dotting Whisper White.

Any of the colors would make a good base card or page. Coastal Cabana and Pistachio Pudding are in the Complementary Color range with Crisp Cantaloupe. This means you can use any two for a pleasing combination. If you use the bracket chevron stripes pattern, for example, on a Crisp Cantaloupe base, your combination looks Analogous, which gives a monochromatic feel. If you put a layer of this pattern on a Pistachio Pudding base, you would have the more contrasting Complementary combination.

I will make some samples to show you what I mean and post them here. I didn’t have time to do them this week. Check back next week and take a look.

To order what you need and get in on this week’s Weekly Deals, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $50 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Summer Brights – Orange & Violet-Red

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If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I’m very fond of Purple (Violet) and Orange together. Today’s Summer Brights combination consists of Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and a hint of Melon Mambo. Pumpkin Pie is in the Orange Color Group, Rich Razzleberry is in the Violet-Red Color Group and Melon Mambo is in the Red-Violet Color Group.

There isn’t a classification for this color combination, so let’s make one up. Violet and Orange make up two legs of a Triad combination. Violet-Red and Red-Violet are right next to Violet, so let’s call this a Split Triad combination, taking the positioning from the Split Complementary combination I discussed yesterday.

Supplies Used: Label Something (130595-w, 130598-c) & Teeny Tiny Wishes (128748-w, 127802-c) Stamp Sets; Rich Razzleberry (126950) & Melon Mambo (126948) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (105117); Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (100730); Melon Mambo 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (115320); Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper (133693); Modern Label Punch (119649); Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon (134549); Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (105229); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Isopropyl Alcohol

Tips: See Ribbon Dying directions in yesterday’s post. Also try out the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper with ANY of the colors in the Brights Collection. They’ll work very well with the multi-colored patterns!

To order what you need to try out your own Split Triad Combination, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $50 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Summer Brights – Orange & Blue-Green

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My new habit of checking the Stampin’ Up!® Weekly Deals every Tuesday morning led me to picking the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper (133693) for this week’s Color Craft project. All of the coordinating colors in this paper pattern (Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White) are in the Brights Collection (except for Whisper White, of course, which is a Neutral and doesn’t count) and remind me of Summer and Celebrations!

My Split Complementary Colors today are Pumpkin Pie from the Orange Color Group and Tempting Turquoise from the Blue-Green Color Group. This is a Birthday or Party color combination to me… especially in Summer Colors!

The chevron design called to me, so it’s the background for my “Hello” card. It has a large majority Pumpkin Pie chevrons, so Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (105117) became my base. The hardest part was picking the contrasting color to mat the patterned layer. I finally settled on Tempting Turquoise 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (102067), which was also an alternate for my card base.

I used retired Pumpkin Pie 5/8” Satin Ribbon, but you can easily dye the Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon (134549) with a tablespoon or two of isopropyl alcohol and several drops of Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (105229). I’d start off with 10 and check. Add more drops if needed until the wet ribbon is slightly darker than the color you want. Let it dry, then iron out the wrinkles before using. The heat from the iron will set in the color and you’ll be all ready to go. Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026) will help you make those nice loops, but be sure to leave enough space to keep each loop from sticking to itself.

Other Supplies Used: Label Something Stamp Set (130595-w, 130598-c); Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad (126952); Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (100730); Ticket Duo Builder Punch (126883); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Tip on the Ticket Duo Builder Punch: I frequently have to recycle the tiny ticket if I use my usual 2” x 3” or larger piece of paper to punch out the large ticket. To save paper and annoyance, stamp and punch the greeting on a 1” x 3” piece of paper and feed the 1” strip through. If you want to make a bunch of tiny tickets use a 3/8” to 1/2” by 3” or longer strip. Now that we’re talking about it, I think I’ll do some and add them across the top and bottom of this card. Check it on my Facebook Page in a couple of days… don’t forget to LIKE my page and Get Notifications!

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Purple & Orange In A Double Diad Scheme

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The Diad Color Scheme is made up of a pair of colors that are two colors apart on the Color Wheel. In this Gift Take-Out Box project, I’m using Crisp Cantaloupe from the Red-Orange Color Group and Blackberry Bliss from the Violet-Red Color Group.

For convenience (to save myself having to make up a name), I am combining my two Color Craft Chart columns of Tertiary Colors into the standard one Tertiary Color Group. You may recall that I originally split the Tertiary Colors in my Color Chart to Help You Color Craft Post for more accuracy and to make it easier to categorize the Stampin’ Up!® Colors. I also didn’t want a chart that had two pages worth of rows for one color along with nothing in other colors.

The Accent Colors also create a Diad: Hello Honey from the Yellow-Orange Color Group and Mossy Meadow from the Green-Yellow Color Group. This makes a Double Diad Color Scheme for the Gift Take-Out Box project.

I also used Wild Wasabi from the Green Color Group as a secondary accent, but I think I would be better served if I had used Mossy Meadow instead. The Wild Wasabi stamped leaves on the box just aren’t intense enough to go with the Blackberry Bliss flowers.

The Diad Color Scheme lets you create softer contrasts or harmonious color combinations. It’s a good mixture for Mother’s Day, Birthday, Bridal Shower and Friendship cards and decorations.

Supplies Used: Painted Petals Stamp Set (138819, w; 138822, c; 137146, p); Blackberry Bliss (133642), Hello Honey (133643), Mossy Meadow (133645), Wild Wasabi (126959) & Strawberry Slush (131178) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (137784); Build-A-Bouquet Simply Created Project Kit (137952); Regals Designer Buttons (130029); Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine (134586); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Glue Dots (103683); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Sticky Strip (104294); Silicone Craft Sheet (127853); Hot Glue

Some of the supplies used are hidden by the angle of the photograph. You would be able to see more detail in my free Bouquet of Gifts Idea and Tip Sheet. This Idea and Tip Sheet is only available to those who attended my Bouquet of Gifts Class OR if you purchase the Build-A-Bouquet Simply Created Project Kit. You can see the complete offer here in my You Missed A Great Bouquet of Gifts Party Post.

To order your own Build-A-Bouquet Simply Created Project Kit or anything else you need, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Going Cool Since It’s Warming Up

Cool Monochrome Color Scheme Card

It’s warming up around here, so I thought I’d go cool with a Monochromatic Color Scheme of Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Soft Sky and Basic Gray. The colors (except for the Neutral Basic Gray, of course) all belong to the Blue-Green Color Group. (I’m sure you remember that Blue-Green is my favorite color family!) This Color Group is naturally cool and frequently soothing to look at. The cool Monochromatic Color Scheme is lower contrast to maintain the peaceful, soothing mood.

This card design was actually inspired by a post on a fellow crafter’s blog, Craftionary. Hani Shabbir posts a lot of ideas and projects for kids’ crafts. My inspiration came from this one: DIY Geometric Paintings Canvas Art.

This card includes an envelope made from the same pattern of Designer Series Paper as the card front. I used the entire sheet to make a 5-1/2” x 5-1/2” envelope plus the front of the card, except for a 1” x 5” scrap. The scrap went into my bag of scraps for handmade paper.

Supplies Used: Yippee Skippee Stamp Set (131321, wood; 131344, clear); Lost Lagoon Classic Stampin’ Pad (133644); Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (109121); In Color 2014-2016 12” x 12” Card Stock (133680), Lost Lagoon; Neutrals 12” x 12” Card Stock (131187), Basic Gray; All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired); All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape (retired); Decorative Label (120907) & 1/4” Circle Handheld (134364) Punches; Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon (134549); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Alcohol

I felt Basic Gray as the contrast color would keep the cool feeling of the Monochromatic Color Scheme. It is also lower contrast than Basic Black, for example.

I used the retired Basic Gray 5/8” Satin Ribbon, but I listed the ingredients you can use to color the Whisper White Satin Ribbon. Here’s the recipe:

  • 5 to 10 drops of Basic Gray Classic Ink Refill
  • 2 Tablespoons of Alcohol
  • Mix well in a small container
  • Cut about 10” of ribbon
  • Place in “dye” container and swish ribbon around until it’s thoroughly coated.
  • Remove ribbon and let dry. Iron if needed.

Would you like to try out a Cool Monochromatic Color Scheme yourself with 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 Online and Teleconference PlayShops.

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Pattern Inspiration with Only One Color

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I talked about pattern inspiration with only one color in my post, “Inspire Yourself With The Patterns,” last month. I picked a single-color pattern from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack (133703) and enhanced it with some of the colors listed on the Paper Stack cover. The list of colors contains: Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush and Whisper White.

My main pattern is a Pistachio Pudding pin-dot. I chose Lost Lagoon and Island Indigo to go with it. Pistachio Pudding is in the Green Color Group, while Lost Lagoon and Island Indigo are both in the Green-Blue Color Group. These colors are Adjacent, which gives a just-next-to-Monochrome Color Scheme.

This Monochromatic Color Scheme is in the Medium Contrast area. The look is sharper than Soft, but not as sharp as a Dramatic or High-Contrast combination. I tend to favor Monochromatic Color Schemes, especially with a one-color pattern!

Other Supplies Used: Butterfly Basics Stamp Set (138813, w; 138816, c; 138865, p); Lost Lagoon (133679) & Island Indigo (122923) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad (126986); Island Indigo 1/4” Cotton Ribbon (134557); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

This project is one example of the class material you may see as part of your Online Bonus Class when you join the 3am Stamper’s iClub.  Become a 3am Stamper’s iClub Member now and start with next month’s session.  Club orders are due the 10th of each month!  To find out more, just click on the preceding link or on the link in the drop-down menu on the navigation bar, “Events & Classes“.

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Gold, Is It A Neutral Color?

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The question today is: Is Metallic Gold, what jewelers call Yellow Gold, a Neutral Color? I think you can argue this question both ways. Gold can be considered Neutral because it goes with everything. In some colors of Gold, it’s in the Brown range. In others, it can fall into the Yellow Groups: Yellow, Yellow-Orange, Yellow Green; the Red groups: Red, Red-Orange, Red-Violet; or just White. White and Brown are both Neutrals, so Gold of those colors is definitely Neutral.

Today’s project uses Yellow Gold as in the Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum (133363). Coordinating with it are Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Pistachio Pudding and Wild Wasabi. These belong in the Yellow, Green and Blue Groups, considering only the Primary and Secondary colors.

These adjacent colors make the combination Analagous. Analagous Color Schemes are harmonious and as dramatic or soothing as Monochromatic Color Schemes, but with more colors. The Gold in the Gold Fancy Foil Vellum is very, very close to the Crushed Curry 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (131199) base and sets off the Green and Blue colors well.

I’ve discussed Analagous Color Schemes in these articles, if you’d like a bit more information:

Is It Monochromatic?

Pink & Silver Valentines Go Vibrant

Yellow, Orange, Green – An Analagous Trio

Other Supplies Used: Label Love (130619, wood; 130622, clear) & Sheltering Tree (137163, photopolymer) Stamp Sets; Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (100730); Pacific Point (126951), Soft Suede (126978), Pistachio Pudding (131177) & Wild Wasabi (126959) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (132708); Crumb Cake (120967) & Real Red (100052) Stampin’ Write Markers; Artisan Label Punch (130920); Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine (134586); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

FYI: the Gold Fancy Foil Vellum, Label Love Stamp Set, Artisan Label Punch and Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine are all part of this week’s Weekly Deals.

So, what do you think? Is Metallic Gold a Neutral Color? I’m inclined to call it Neutral, even though the jewelers call it Yellow Gold, and excluding Rose Gold from the discussion. This is mainly because it goes with everything. Please leave me your opinion in Comments below.

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Spring Colors Are Complementary

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Happy Spring Equinox! The actual time occurs in about 4 hours or so. To celebrate the day, I have a Spring Complementary Colors Card for you. The featured colors are Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral from the Red-Orange Group and Pistachio Pudding from the Green Group. Pistachio Pudding is slightly toward the Blue-Green side, so it counts as Complementary.

For purposes of this article, I consolidated the Red-Orange (Calypso Coral) and Orange-Red (Crisp Cantaloupe) groups into the traditional Red-Orange. Confidentially, I split the groups originally because I wanted to be able to fit all the colors where they belong on my rectangular “Color Wheel”. Of course, Chocolate Chip is a Neutral and so doesn’t count!

All three colors are pastel, so the harmonious contrast is softer than the pure Red-Green Complementary contrast. I’m very fond of pastels for Spring!

Supplies Used in Example: Label Love Bundle (132723, wood; or 132722, clear; includes Label Love Stamp Set, 130619, wood, or 130622, clear; and Artisan Label Punch 130920 at 15% savings); Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (128748, wood; 127802, clear); Crisp Cantaloupe (131298), Calypso Coral (122925) & Chocolate Chip (102128) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper (133697); Calypso Coral (126983) & Chocolate Chip (126979) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Chocolate Chip 3/4” Chevron Ribbon (130014); Calypso Coral 1/2” Seam Binding Ribbon (134569); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Glue Dots (103683)

Would you like to try out Color Craft techniques yourself with 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 Online and Teleconference PlayShops.

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Inspire Yourself With the Patterns

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Today’s Color Craft card features colors and one of the patterns from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack (133703). The colors include Daffodil Delight from the Yellow Group, Mossy Meadow from the Green-Yellow Group, Strawberry Slush from the Red Group and Blushing Bride from the Orange-Red Group. The Paper Stack gives you four each of twelve double-sided designs, or twenty-four different patterns to use for inspiration!

Like all of Stampin’ Up!®’s Designer Series Papers, the coordinating colors are listed on the cover of the pad. This means you don’t have to worry about the traditional color wheel, you can just use the colors included in the pattern you select and you’re perfectly coordinated!

If your pattern consists of only one color, you can use the list of coordinating colors to provide contrast. For example, if your pattern is Strawberry Slush with Whisper White, layer it on Mossy Meadow, then on a Blushing Bride card base and you’ll have a great almost Complementary Color Scheme! You can stamp your image or greeting on Blushing Bride and layer it on Mossy Meadow, then attach it to the Strawberry Slush layer.

Other Supplies Used: Wildflower Meadow Stamp Set (129165, wood-mount; 129168, clear-mount); Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Pad (133645); Daffodil Delight (119683), Strawberry Slush (131295) & Blushing Bride (131198) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Mossy Meadow 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon (133670); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

As further inspiration, the Wildflower Meadow Set coordinates well with the All Abloom pattern I chose. Additionally, both of these items are on sale in the Weekly Deals, available at about 25% off through Monday.

To order what you need to try out your own Pattern Inspiration, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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