Do you prefer warm colors or cool colors in your handmade cards? Maybe you like both. And maybe you aren’t sure what the difference is. Keep reading to find out.
Here’s the basic 12 color wheel. You may remember it from grammar school, that’s when I first learned about it. But it didn’t make a lot of sense to me until I started using it to help me understand how to combine colors in cards.
The cool colors are in the top half of the wheel and the warm colors are in the bottom half. That information may not be very helpful until you see examples that show the difference.
Here’s a card I posted on Friday with a warm color scheme. The only things that breaks up all that orange and peach are the Elegant Eggplant die-cut and the green leaves. Without those contrast colors, the Tangerine Tango and Peekaboo Peach were a bit much. You can see more about the products used in these cards in this post: Special Reason Bundle.
It’s always fun to do the same design in a different color scheme, and you can learn a lot from doing it. Here’s the cool colors version. This time the Island Indigo die-cut and the Old Olive leaves break up the pinky-purple motif, which would be overwhelming otherwise.
They have very different feels, don’t they?! What words describe what you feel when you look at each one?
We’ve had some good discussions on these cards on the Stamping Madly Facebook Page. I often ask design questions about cards I post. Cardmakers are encouraged to be aware of what they see, and think about what they would change on a card that has design problems.
When you’re ready to learn more about the properties of colors so you can make combinations based on the effect you want, check out the online class Use Colors Like a Pro! Color Theory Made Simple for Paper Crafters.
I hope this post encourages you to experiment with warm and cool color schemes in your handmade cards!