How to Choose Colors to go with Designer Series Papers

If you love Designer Series Papers (DSP), then it’s important that you know how to choose colors to go with them.  Several newsletter subscribers have written to ask how to coordinate colors and patterned papers, so I imagine there are even more of you who get confused by this!

Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

A few years ago, Stampin’ Up! started making a list of the coordinating colors on the Designer Series Paper packages, and that helps a lot.  But if you’re like me, once you open the package the papers often get separated from the packaging, and the list gets lost.

List of coordinating colors on DSP package

Unfortunately, sometimes Stampin’ Up! takes liberties with the colors in DSP.  They may be lighter than the card stocks listed if they’re going for a “watercolor” effect.  Many patterns have a vintage look to them, which means the colors have been muted and/or darkened, with edges of the paper darker than the center as if it has aged.

Patterned papers from other sources may not come with coordinating card stocks, and you’re stuck again, trying to find the best colors for the pattern.

The bottom line is, the more you understand colors and how they work together, you don’t necessarily need the list of coordinating colors.  You can figure out what will work with the paper, and make your own choices!  

It helps if you have a system for figuring that out.  So I’ve made a video showing my system for choosing colors to go with Designer Series Paper. Take a look, then leave a comment to let me know if you find it helpful!

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I hope you’ll give this system a try!  Learning how to choose colors to go with Designer Series Paper can definitely make your life easier, and your crafting time more enjoyable!

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