If you love experimenting with color schemes, here are some cards made with the So Detailed Thinlits to inspire you! The So Detailed Thinlits are from the new Occasions Catalog where Stampin’ Up! shows the die-cuts in soft pastel colors that coordinate with the Falling in Love Suite.
Don’t limit your color choices to soft pastels, these die-cuts are stunning in other color schemes as well. Take a look at these examples:
Do you know what complementary colors are? In color theory, the word complementary has a different meaning than the typical definition of harmonious and compatible. So it’s easy to get confused.
Complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel, like yellow and purple. When I put the Daffodil Delight flowers against the Rich Razzleberry background, my eyes popped! That’s typical of complementary colors as they’re very high contrast, and tend evoke excitement.
Complementary colors can feel a bit jarring if you’re not careful. It’s best to use one of the colors as an accent instead of using equal portions with the other color. Otherwise your design can feel discordant. Pastel shades can also make complementary colors feel more harmonious.
Contrast the feeling of the complementary color scheme above with this version. It’s the same basic design, only it uses an analogous color scheme. What feeling do you get from this card?
Analogous colors are next to each other on the color wheel, and tend to feel harmonious and calming. This card uses purples and blues: Although the Bermuda Bay is in high contrast to the Elegant Eggplant background, there’s still a sense that these colors “belong together” in a way that yellow and violet-purple don’t.
Stampin’ Up! frequently uses complementary colors in Designer Series Paper and card samples. The Occasions Catalog has some good examples:
The pastel shades of Pool Party and Calypso Coral soften the effect of complementary colors, even when combined with more saturated colors like Bermuda Bay. As you look through Stampin’ Up! Catalogs, or view cards online, see if you can spot the complementary color schemes and the analogous combinations.
We all have our own color preferences. I tend to use the cool colors, as in the analogous version of the So Detailed card, and I don’t often use complementary colors except for Christmas projects. We’ve gotten very accustomed to the complementary combination of red and green.
It’s helpful to understand a bit of color theory if you want your color combinations to give the effect you want. Combining colors in your handmade cards and papercraft projects is most effective when you understand the properties of each color. Will they enhance each other? Do they clash? How will a green with lots of blue in it (like Wild Wasabi) look with Calypso Coral, for example, compared to a green with more yellow in it (like Old Olive)?
If you get confused when choosing and combining colors, then learning a bit of color theory will help you improve your designs. If your color savvy could use some improvement, I’ve got the perfect class for you!
- The class is comprised of several videos that show how to view colors in a new way. You’ll have unlimited access to it for as long as you want.
- You’ll learn just enough color theory to help you choose great combinations.
- You’ll see several color wheels, and will be able to download and print all of them to keep in your craft room.
- You’ll learn how to “read” the properties of colors, using Stampin’ Up! colors as examples.
- As you practice applying what you learn from the class videos, your confidence will grow and your confusion diminish!
If that sounds like something YOU need, then use this button to learn how to get started on your grand color adventure!
If you get inspired looking at the color schemes used for the So Detailed Thinlits cards as well as the Stampin’ Up! samples, then you’ll love the Color Class from Stamping Madly!