Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Perfect Plum

Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Cardmaking, Real Life Color Coach

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Perfect Plum is the Tone of the Violet-Red Color Group and is a soft, rich color. Its intensity is similar to the Neutral Smoky Slate. The depth of color of Violet-Red Group companion Shade Blackberry Bliss really enhances Perfect Plum and Smoky Slate and makes them pop! And it’s all in a Monochromatic Color Scheme!

Rich Razzleberry is another Shade of the Color Group, but is slightly more muted and has a bit more Red than Blackberry Bliss. It would work fine in this combination, but Blackberry Bliss seemed to enhance Perfect Plum and Smoky Slate more.

I used alcohol and the Perfect Plum Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill to dye the Venetian Crochet Trim. I blotted it on a paper towel to get it to dry quicker, so the color came out paler. You could use undiluted Ink Refill or a Perfect Plum Stampin’ Write Marker to get a deeper color, but put on gloves first. Your hands will pick up the ink.

I couldn’t resist showing you a card made with one of my Top Five favorite sets from the Stampin’ Up!® 2016 Occasions Catalog. I also used the Embellishments that go with it: A Nice Cuppa Photopolymer Stamp Set & Have A Cuppa Embellishments! Since these are not available until the evening of January 5th, I’ve only listed the products available now.

This color combination makes a great Friendship card as well as Thank You, more mature Birthday, formal Invitations and Sympathy cards. You can try it with Rich Razzleberry in place of Blackberry Bliss for the same occasions.

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