Color is my friend. While my husband will only wear black, gray and the occasional navy blue, I’m a bit obsessed with color and the endless possibilities it provides. I think I may just embarrass him every once in a while with my color craziness!
My 7-year-old daughter and I seem to be kindred-color spirits though. She’s been wanting to redo her room in “rainbow colors”. We took the plunge and painted the walls in her room the most vibrant shade of hot pink you’ve ever seen!
With my love of color, it’s probably not surprising that working on the new Color Inspiration for Card Makers was pure joy! I thought it might be fun to share a little of my process while designing for this issue…
I started out by choosing color combos from the list the Paper Crafts editors provided that really appealed to me. I also challenged myself to choose some that made me step out of my comfort zone. I then dug through my stash of papers and pulled things that worked with those colors…I discovered lots of possibilities that I might not have put together otherwise, which was really fun! I did the same thing with inks, embellishments and ribbons. I put together little “mini kits” of product that coordinated with each combo I wanted to try.
Sometimes I stumbled upon a patterned paper that contained just the right colors…as if the combination was just made for that paper! Like my Floral Hi There Card from p. 20…the colors of that background paper from Fancy Pants Designs were just perfect! I combined it with some stamping in the same colors and layered it with some die cuts and a decorative brad.
If I didn’t seem to have just the “right” patterned paper, I played around with mixing different tone-on-tone or monochromatic papers. My Thanks, Teacher Card from p. 35 is a good example of this. I used several different patterned papers with various patterns and scale, but they were all tone-on-tone or a single color + white. Use this rule of thumb along with the color combos in this issue and you’ll have success every time!
As a treat for you today, I have a brand new card using the same color combo as my Thanks, Teacher Card. Again, I chose monochromatic and tone-on-tone papers to fit the color scheme. I also used one of my favorite new tools…the Bloom Builders dies from Papertrey Ink!
These new dies let me create flower embellishments in any color and pattern my heart desires…and my heart desires a lot of color!
If you’d like a chance to win a set of these Bloom Builder dies (AND a copy of Color Inspiration for Card Makers!), leave me a comment telling me what color family you’re most drawn to out of the six families featured in this issue:
- Bright & Bold
- Jewel Tones
Me? I’d have to say all of the above! To be eligible for this giveaway, all comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Thursday, Jan. 13.
Wishing you a colorful day!
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal
P.S. It’s another day, which means…Cath announced another fabulous color challenge! Hop on over to Moxie Fab World for all the details!
P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kelly’s Meet Julia Stainton post!
1. Donna Polley (Jan. 10, 9:47 a.m.)
2. Samantha (Jan. 10, 5:31 a.m.)
3. Melissa D. (Jan. 10, 8:04 a.m.)
Congrats, winners! You’ve each won Bazzill’s 12 x 12 Premium Cardstock pack, plus a copy of Color Inspiration for Card Makers! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!