Picking a Color

I am often asked how I choose color combinations for the cards I make. It’s often times the foundation for a card but is sometimes the hardest to tie down. Today, I am going to walk you through the color decisions for a card I made. I decided to “document” the steps for you. Mind you, this is only one way to choose colors. You can simply start with a color you want to showcase or work with a color challenge from a blog site. There are many ways to build a color palette.

Before we get started, here’s the final card from yesterday. This is the card that results from the steps below. Here’s yesterday’s card.Best of Greetings, Venetian Romance, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

  1. Pick a Designer Series Paper Design. I wanted to make a sympathy card using the gorgeous sentiment from Best of Greetings. I flipped through my Designer Series Paper Swatch Books until I found a set of papers that matched the softness I wanted to showcase with my card.Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  2. Determine the page you want to use by flipping through the handy-dandy swatch book. My initial instinct was to use one of the pages with Tangerine Tango on them, but I was really drawn to this page that features the light green shades.Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  3. To find out what color that was, I flipped my book over and looked at the colors listed on the back. Through my powers of deduction (I’m very sleuth-like), I scanned the list and determined that Pistachio Pudding was the principal color in the pattern I like. Incidentally, there are traces of Island Indigo in that pattern but not enough (in my opinion) to highlight with a border.Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  4. Now that I’ve determined my color (Pistachio Pudding), I retrieve my Color Coach from the top shelf in my workspace. A little bit later, I’m going to explain why you need to invest in a new Color Coach, but for now, let’s just keep going through the steps.Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  5. I flip to Pistachio Pudding in the 2013-2015 In Colors section of the Color Coach.Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  6. I turn the page over to see some recommended color combinations using Pistachio Pudding. Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar and Crisp Cantaloupe. Ding! Ding! Ding!

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Why You Need a New Color Coach. I’ve heard some soft griping about the new color coach. Who wants to invest in a new book just because the color families were refreshed this year? I do! Here’s the thing – if you don’t order a new one, you are missing out on all the gorgeous combinations for new and returning colors. What goes well with Bermuda Bay? Smoky Slate? You’ll never know. And your current Color Coach cards are referencing old colors. For example, the Early Espresso (still a current color) card might reference Baja Breeze (sadly, not a current color) as a good combination. Do you really want to be constantly reminded that Baja Breeze was retired? To buy a new Color Coach, please click here.

Swatch Books. It’s not too late to order a set of these adorable (and ever-so-handy) swatch books. To learn more, click here.

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Adhesives: A Master Class

Yesterday, I shared this baby card for The Paper Players: www.stampwithbrian.com

After I completed this card, I realized I had inadvertently made a card that would make for a great discussion of Stampin’ Up!’s line of adhesives. Here’s a quick rundown of the adhesives I used with a quick explanation of why I used them:

Snail Adhesive - by Stampin' Up!

  • SNAIL ADHESIVE. I find that SNAIL Adhesive is the best way to attach thin papers like Whisper White, Very Vanilla or Designer Series Paper. The adhesive is permanent and won’t warp the thin paper (when using Multipurpose Liquid Glue on these thin papers, make sure to apply a very thin layer, or it will warp the paper a bit). I used SNAIL Adhesive on the Whisper White circle and to attach the large piece of Daffodil Delight Designer Series Paper.

Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive - by Stampin' Up!

  • MULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE. I was hesitant to use this liquid glue at first. I’d been using monadhesive for years and didn’t want to change – I’m brand loyal AND change adverse. I gave Multipurpose Liquid Glue a try, though, and find that it’s perfect for attaching card stock and thin papers that have to be exactly placed. I affixed the 2-1/2″ Marina Mist circle with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Within the first couple of seconds of attaching the circle, I could still move the circle to line it up exactly.

Sticky Strip - by Stampin' Up!

  • STICKY STRIP. Sticky strip is a perfect adhesive to attach ribbon or for any permanent holds (e.g., assembling 3-D projects). I used Sticky Strip here to attach the scallop ribbon and to attach both ribbons to the backside of the cardstock.

Mini Glue Dots - by Stampin' Up!

  • MINI GLUE DOTS. Not only are Glue Dots adorable, they are also effective for attaching small objects. On this card, I used Glue Dots to attach the Daffodil Delight Stitched Ribbon and to attach the faux bow. Here’s a “duh” trick I figured out: roll out the sheet with the glue dots on it, press the bow against the strip to remove the dot and then attach the bow to the card. This is much easier than pealing off a glue dot and transferring it to the area that needs to be added.

Crystal Effects - by Stampin' Up!

  • CRYSTAL EFFECTS. Crystal Effects is a clear globby glue (I don’t think Stampin’ Up! defines it that way). It comes out of the bottle with ease and has a smokey tint to it at first, but it dries clear. It’s a perfect tool for adding a 3-D appearance to projects – just spread it on and let it dry. Here, I used it to attach the three heart buttons. I made sure to add the Crystal Effects to the entire back of the button so that it wouldn’t dry uneven.

Stampin' Dimensionals - by Stampin' Up!

  • STAMPIN’ DIMENSIONALS. Must I say more? If you have ever looked at another post of mine, then you’ve seen Stampin’ Dimensionals. I love them. They are good for anything. You must have them. I just might have a video coming about them. End of discussion.

An Adhesives Summary

I created this reference chart to help you when making your adhesive choices. Click on the image below to reference a .pdf of the chart that you can print out and post in your craft space. You’re welcome. 🙂stampwithbrian.com - Adhesives Reference Chart

Now, head on over to www.stampwithbrian.stampinup.net to stock up on these adhesives so that you’ve got plenty on hand when you need them.

I won’t leave you hanging without a new project. I’ve learned that lesson before, so here’s a sneak peek at the project I’ll be sharing tomorrow. If THIS won’t draw you back, then NOTHING will:20130217-201142.jpg

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