Painted Harvest Anytime Card

Painted Harvest Anytime Card

My Painted Harvest Anytime Card has no greeting on the front because I didn’t find one I liked that wouldn’t get in the way of appreciating the hand-painted look of the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.

If you have a greeting that you like, you can stamp it with the Cajun Craze or Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad just under or above the ribbon.  I’d make sure the message can be read as the background is rather busy.

The Color Combination for my Painted Harvest Anytime Card occupies half of the Color Wheel.  I call it an Analogous Plus Color Scheme because the colors are Analogous if you skip over some of the Color Groups.

The Combination is what I call Harvest Brights and consists of Daffodil Delight from the Yellow Color Group, Crushed Curry from the Yellow-Orange Color Group, Old Olive from the Yellow-Green Color Group, Garden Green from the Green Color Group, and Cajun Craze from the Red-Orange Color Group.  The skipped Colors as you go around the Color Wheel are Red and Orange.  They’re represented by their Tertiary Colors in Yellow-Orange and Red-Orange.

You should know by now that Very Vanilla is a Neutral and doesn’t affect the Color Scheme.  I used the Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock for the Card Base, by the way, so you’ll be able to write anything on the inside without worrying about legibility.

The Painted Harvest Anytime Card gives you a hand-painted watercolor look which is easy to do with the Painted Harvest Stamp Set.  The Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper collection includes some great patterns for Autumn cards, pages and package wrap!  I’ll be doing some more in the next several days!

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Happy Hallowe’en 2017-Belated

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Happy Hallowe’en 2017-Belated!  I didn’t mean to be this late, but I was determined to post this card design for you.  And I was anxious to try out my new Potion Colors.  You may remember these from my Favorite Hallowe’en Colors article.

Now, the Potion Colors are Lemon-Lime Twist, from the Yellow-Green Color Group, and Fresh Fig, from the Violet-Red Color Group.  These colors are direct Complements to each other, so a high-contrast Complementary Color Scheme is a natural!

I started with a Candy Corn background because we’d talked about this on Monday.  Then I decided I could add the Potion Colors without any real combination issues.  The Candy Corn background is made with Daffodil Delight, from the Yellow Color Group, and Pumpkin Pie, from the Orange Color GroupThe two are Analogous to each other (Whisper White is a Neutral and doesn’t count, as you should remember) and create a harmonious combination.

Yellow is a Split Complement to Violet-Red and so fits in with the Complementary Color SchemeOrange is Analogous to Yellow and Yellow is Analogous to Yellow-Green, so we’ve got a Complementary Plus Color Combination going on.  The Fresh Fig layer divides the Candy Corn layer from the Lemon-Lime Twist card base, so the color scheme isn’t jarring.

By the way, I decided Rich Razzleberry is also a Potion Color, since it’s in the same Color Group as Fresh FigFresh Fig makes a murkier Potion Color, but you can use Rich Razzleberry if you prefer the brighter color.

The remaining Hallowe’en Color of Basic Black is present as Black Rhinestone Jewel accents… in case you were worried.

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Orange & Black – Traditional Hallowe’en Scheme

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Orange & Black are traditional Hallowe’en colors in a Monochromatic Color Scheme.  I was researching why Orange & Black (and sometimes Purple) are associated with Hallowe’en, but couldn’t find anything definitive.  So… I’ll make a guess.  Many of the customs around Hallowe’en are based on harvest festivals.  Orange is definitely prominent in harvest colors, as is Black, to provide contrast.  Purple can also be a harvest color, although I tend to call it a Potion Color.  You may remember this from my Favorite Hallowe’en Colors article.

I tend to resist making Hallowe’en projects with just Orange and Black, however, I couldn’t withstand the look of the chandelier from the Season to Sparkle Stamp Set.  You’ve seen it in the Beige & Black Classic Elegance articles.  I decided to use the chandelier with a Black on Orange combination just for fun.  The chandelier is a very large image and multiple colors would be tricky.

This Hallowe’en Monochromatic Color Scheme uses Basic Black from the Neutrals Color Group and Tangerine Tango from the Orange-Red Color Group.  I like the brightness and depth of color of Tangerine Tango, which plays well against Basic Black.

I just had to use the Black Rhinestone Jewels on the chandelier.  You can see the light reflection on the one at the top, but the others are basically invisible.  They show as a solid black circle against the stamped rounded nodes in the chandelier design.  You can see where they’re supposed to be in the Beige & Black Classic Elegance article.

A couple of tips:  Use the Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad to stamp your envelope.  It’s easier for addressing to show.  Since the Vintage Crochet Trim is about 1/4” wide, roll Tear & Tape Adhesive strips to fit behind the trim.  Otherwise, wrap it around, tie it in a knot or bow, and secure with Glue Dots.

This color scheme is good for some Fall projects besides Hallowe’en and for Team Colors.  In my area, Orange & Black are the school colors for Santa Rosa High School and the team colors for the San Francisco Giants.  My nephews in Maine also graduated from a high school with Orange and Black as the school colors.  The colors inspire several card, page and gift ideas, don’t they?

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Beige & Black – Classic Neutral Elegance

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Beige & Black together create a classic Neutral elegant combination.  This means you’re looking at Sahara Sand and Basic Black together in this Monochromatic Color Scheme.  I know you know that using Neutrals together automatically creates Monochromatic Color Schemes – you’ve hung around with me long enough!

This is the last of my Favorite Neutral Color Combinations.  I’ve mentioned that I was only doing favorites in my Neutrals: What Would We Do Without Them? article.  I decided to omit the Basic Black/Basic Gray, Very Vanilla/Soft Suede and Very Vanilla/Early Espresso combinations and change the Sahara Sand/Early Espresso for Sahara Sand & Basic Black.  The missing combinations will give you similar results to the examples I’ve already shown.  And besides, I’m anxious to start using colors with the Neutrals… like Fresh Fig with Crumb Cake.

In case you missed the previous articles, you can click these links and see them:

http://www.3amstamper.com/black-white-card/

http://www.3amstamper.com/neutrals-crumb-cake-early-espresso/

http://www.3amstamper.com/peace-earth-card-smoky-slate/

http://www.3amstamper.com/neutrals-only-chocolate-vanilla-card/

Back to Beige and Black with Sahara Sand and Basic Black!  This combination is very high contrast, just one step down from Basic Black & Whisper White.  In the fashion world, the color scheme represented an aspect of haute couture and was frequently used in day-to-date outfits and designs with an elegant, formal color scheme.  I am very partial to Sahara Sand as a Beige because it’s not as Yellow as Crumb Cake.  That’s why it looks so good paired with Basic Black and Early Espresso.  You might call Sahara Sand the Neutrals’ Neutral.

I will be talking about the Season to Sparkle Stamp Set in a future article, so I’m not listing the products used here.  Be sure to check back!

Sahara Sand and Basic Black make a good Color Scheme for more formal occasions such as Weddings, Dinner Parties, Thank You, and Congratulations.  It works very well in cards, pages and 3-D projects.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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2017-2018 Color Charts: Red to Green-Yellow

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2017-2018 Color Charts, Red to Green Yellow, lead off my changes to the Real Life Color Coach Charts this year.  I decided to go over them Color Group by Color Group and explain the moves I’ve made with the latest Stampin’ Up!® Colors.  Previously, I’ve just posted the newest charts, as in the Real Life Color Coach Charts for 2016-2017 article, but this time, I thought you’d like more detail.

The Color Chart is laid out with my eighteen categories of colors.  Remember 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

Red Color Group:

  • Real Red is the Hue
  • Pink Pirouette is the

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

  • Watermelon Wonder, the Hue, retired.
  • Calypso Coral moved to the Hue.
    • There really isn’t enough White in the color to let it remain a Tint and its intensity is similar to the Orange-Red Hue, Tangerine Tango, so I moved it.
  • Powder Pink, from the 2017-2019 In Colors, is the lighter
  • Flirty Flamingo is the deeper Tint.

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

  • Tangerine Tango is the Hue.
  • Blushing Bride is the Tint.
  • Cajun Craze is the Shade.

Orange Color Group:

  • Peekaboo Peach is the Tint.
  • Pumpkin Pie is the Tone.

Yellow-Orange Color Group, Orange-Yellow Sub-Category:

  • No colors in the Collections this year

Yellow-Orange Color Group, Yellow-Orange Sub-Category:

  • Crushed Curry is the Hue.
  • So Saffron is the Tint.
  • Delightful Dijon, the Tone, retired.

Yellow Color Group:

  • Daffodil Delight is the Hue.

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

  • Lemon-Lime Twist is the Hue.

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

  • Cucumber Crush, the Hue, retired.
  • Pear Pizzazz is the Tint.
  • Old Olive is the deeper Tint.
    • You may ask why Old Olive isn’t a Tone. The reason is that Old Olive doesn’t have enough Gray or Brown in its composition to make it a Tone.
  • Always Artichoke is the Shade.

Next, look for the second part of the 2017-2018 Color Charts: Green to Red-Violet.

I’ll also post the new Neutrals Chart by itself so you have the complete reference.

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2017-2019 In Colors: Meet ‘Em All

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Let’s meet all of the 2017-2019 In Colors, as I mentioned in myMeet the 2017-2019 In Colorsarticle.  Today’s card shows all of the new In Colors as daisies from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Daisy PunchIt’s a Quick and Easy design – but you may need to take a little time to arrange the flowers.

From the top:

Tranquil Tide:  A Shade of the Green-Blue Color Group which is so dark that I’m moving Island Indigo to the Tone row of the same group.  Tranquil Tide is so heavy in the Green color that it’s almost a Shade of the Green Color Group, but there’s enough Blue in the composition that it qualifies as Green-Blue.

Powder Pink:  A Tint of the Red-Orange Color Group that has caused me to move fellow Tint Calypso Coral to the Orange-Red Color Group

Fresh Fig:  A darker Shade of the Violet-Red Color Group.  It’s a rich Violet-Red like you’d see on some varieties of wine grapes.  Of course, the color coordinates well with fresh, unpeeled figs, too.

Lemon-Lime Twist:  The Hue of the Yellow-Green Color Group.  It is a Complement to the colors in the Violet-Red/Red-Violet Color Group and can make an Analogous Plus Color Scheme with Tranquil Tide.

Berry Burst:  A Shade of the Red-Violet Color Group that is brighter and more Blue than fellow Shade Cherry Cobbler.

The 2017-2019 In Colors will be featured in projects this year and you can expect some interesting color combinations!

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Greeting Cards for Graduation

Greeting Card for Graduation

Greeting Cards for Graduation tend to come with a built-in color scheme.  I designed a simple card for my nephew’s High School Graduation and used the color scheme from the announcement.  These are usually the school colors, in this case Orange and Black I compared the Orange on the announcement with my Real Life Color Coach Charts and selected Tangerine Tango as the closest match.  Basic Black and Whisper White are Neutrals and therefore automatic.

By the way, my Color Coach Charts are for 2016-2017I’ll be updating them shortly and posting them for you.  Keep checking back.

The key features of the Graduation card design are the year and the cap.  The year was easy – stamp 2-0-1-7 from the Number of Years Stamp Set with the Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad on the Basic Black background layer.  The stamps are photopolymer, so you can line them up and stamp all at once.

The cap was also easy: I measured the size of the square that would fit on the card front with the Layering Squares Framelits™ Dies, then cut scrap card stock 1-5/8” x 1-5/8” for the Basic Black and 1-3/4” x 1-3/4” for the Tangerine Tango.  You could also use Layering Squares, but I only wanted a 1/16” border of the Orange color.  I had a retired Basic Black Candy Dot (you can use a brad or a baby button dyed to match) that I adhered to the center of the cap, then punched a 1/8” hole through both layers and attached a Gold Mini Tassel (Remember that Gold is also a Neutral Color.)  I adhered the completed cap offset from center so the Tassel wouldn’t cover up anything important.ams# 14077

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Meet the 2017-2019 In Colors

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Meet the 2017-2019 In Colors, which will be released in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog from Stampin’ Up!®  I’m only showing two of the new colors today: Fresh Fig and Powder PinkFresh Fig is a Shade of the Violet-Red Color Group and Powder Pink is a Tint from the Red-Orange Color Group.

When I was working on the card pictured in myYou’re Cool Ice Cream Cone Card” article, I had just received my allowance of Fresh Fig card stock in my Eastern Palace Bundle.  However, I had already started using Elegant Eggplant, so I couldn’t change mid-stream.  The new color inspired a combination with Sweet Sugarplum, a Tint of the Violet-Red Color Group.

My original idea was to use Sweet Sugarplum and Fresh Fig together, with no other colors.  I didn’t want to use Very Vanilla or Whisper White for contrast because they would create a Monochromatic Color Scheme and actually wouldn’t highlight the vibrancy of the two colors together.

I decided to add a little Powder Pink to the mix and created an Analogous Plus Color Scheme.  The Violet-Red Group and the Red-Orange Group are only separated by the Red Color Group.  So, I skipped over the Red and turned the Analogous Color Scheme these three groups create into an Analogous Plus Color Scheme.  I used to call this combination “Wide Angle Analogous”, but I had to keep coming up with names for different variations, so I lumped them all into Analogous Plus.

The Powder Pink adds vibrancy while not straying too far from the Color Families.  It’s also easier to read the “Happy Birthday” image.  This combination is good for purple-lovers, birthday, anniversary, other celebrations, thank you, thinking of you and get well cards and pages.

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When the new Annual Catalog is released on June 1st, I will be posting the complete supply list shortly thereafter, so check back.

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You’re Cool Ice Cream Cone Card

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The You’re Cool Ice Cream Cone Card has an Analogous Color Scheme.  The main color is Sweet Sugarplum, the Tint from the Violet-Red Color Group.  The accent color is Elegant Eggplant, the Shade from the Violet Color Group.  I chose this combination because my daughter loves Purple in any color, and I’m giving this to her for Mother’s Day, as I noted in yesterday’s post, “Ice Cream Cone Card.”

By the way, my daughter-in-law loves Pink, so her card is a Pink combination and is detailed in my newsletter this month.  To see it, just fill out the form at right and join my Mailing List.

Analogous Color Schemes are similar to Monochromatic Color Schemes, but the side-by-side colors can provide different effects.  In this combination, the Elegant Eggplant Shade tones the vibrancy of the Sweet Sugarplum TintI find this makes the combination look a little Vintage or Shabby Chic.

As you know, the Chocolate Chip and Shimmery White elements are Neutral and don’t interfere with the color scheme.  They accent and highlight.

Besides Purple lovers’ events, this color combination is good for any occasion, whether in a card, on a page, or in gift wrapping!tams# 13360

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Beautiful You Gallery – Project 3

 

Beautiful You Gallery 3

The last project Guest Artist Rebecca Bolling sent me is a Black and White dramatic card featuring the dancer image from the Beautiful You Stamp Set (143004-Wood Mount; 143637-Clear Mount).  The Monochromatic Color Scheme highlights the dramatic effect.

The background is composed of two different patterns of paper that overlap each other and set off the image and sentiment blocks.  Embellishments include flowers with black and clear jewel centers plus flowers cut from patterned paper.  The four sizes of these flowers are stacked and adorned with pearls for the centers.

Take a look at the previous project here.

You can also make Monochromatic Color Scheme cards and pages with other colors plus WhiteNavy is a good substitute for Black, as is Purple.  A Dark Brown such as Early Espresso looks good with White.  However, Chocolate Chip would go better with Very Vanilla.  All of these make great Monochrome Schemes and allow you to add you own touches to create similar designs with the Beautiful You Stamp Set.

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Beautiful You Gallery – Project 2

Beautiful You Gallery 2 Project

Today we have another design featuring the lady with the hat image from the Beautiful You Stamp Set (143004-Wood Mount; 143637-Clear Mount).  This is another one of the projects designed by my fellow paper crafter and reader, Rebecca Bolling, today’s Guest Artist.  Her first project was shown in the Beautiful You Gallery Project 1 post.

As she did in the first design, Rebecca stamped the image with a black pad on a white top layer, then again on a piece of green polka dot paper.  The hat and dress cut-outs fit over the stamped image to add color.

The Monochromatic Color Scheme consists of Black, White and Green in this card.  Black and White are very dramatic together.  The green touches add interest and elegance.  This color combination is also good for any occasion and goes very well on scrapbook pages, too.

The paper flowers are colored in different shades of green to coordinate with the dress and hat and the fiber strand down the side.  Pearls accent the flowers so they look complete.

Check back in a couple of days for the final project in the Beautiful You Gallery.

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