Colors by themselves are good but combine colors and they become great! I’ve often said that I don’t have a favorite color but a favorite color combination. The more sophisticated, the more I’m drawn to it. It’s why I eat red and purple Skittles together, shop at Target and read Martha Stewart Living.
The colors all call to me…
And after reading about the color rules in Color Inspiration for Card Makers, I knew I had to talk with color expert, Beth Opel to learn how she uses color combinations in her card making.
Which color rules do you live by and which do you choose to break?
I generally always follow the rule about partnering metallics and an elegant aesthetic. Whether it’s in the form of glittery papers or blingy embellishments, a little shimmer or shine is the “jewelry” that completes the design–or outfit! (Can’t get away from that fashion analogy.) A Little Bird Card is a good example of this:
I tend not to follow the rule about the compatibility of pastels with a shabby style. I admire that nostalgic, vintage sweetness, but it’s just not me. I lean more toward what I’ll call “graphic girly,” with soft colors and clean lines–feminine with a punch! Pretty Girl Card is a good example of this:
How did you go about creating projects for the Color Inspiration magazine?
I was really flattered to have had so many of my cards chosen for the Color Inspiration issue, as it was incredibly inspiring to me. I wish I could have had time to create a project for every color combination! I even had a little system to help direct me: I made a set of slips of paper denoting occasions, and a second set of slips of colors, and then I’d draw one of each. If the result was, “birthday” and “pink,” I’d pick a color combo that featured pink and start working on a birthday card!
Here are a few of my favorite cards designed by Beth:
Thanks, Beth for your thoughts and inspiration on color! Our friends at Bazzill are back with another colorful giveaway! Leave a comment and I’ll pick two lucky winners to receive their card making kit (featuring supplies to make 16 cards using the same color combos found in Color Inspiration!) AND a copy of Color Inspiration for Card Makers! All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, Jan. 12.
P.S. Make sure you hop on over to Moxie Fab World to see what color challenge Cath has whipped up today!