Tips for selecting color combinatios for cards - On This Special Day Wedding Card using Altenew Vintage Flowers stamps + dies

Altenew | Tips to selecting color combinations for cards. Video + Blog Hop

Hello everyone and thank you so much for stopping by today to celebrate Altenew & My Sweet Petunia Blog Hop (more on that below).

As I sat down to create a card I’m featuring in this post I struggled with the perfect color combination. And this is something I often find difficult when I create cards. I have a few go-to color combos that I use often and consider to be my favorite, but when I come across new colors I often become puzzled as I have no clue how to combine them to have beautiful color combinations on my cards.

Tips for selecting color combinatios for cards - On This Special Day Wedding Card using Altenew Vintage Flowers stamps + dies

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A few years ago when I stepped away from scrapbooking and started doing a lot more Clean & Simple cardmaking I created a Color Guide for myself to use; I still use it almost every time I make a card.

I believe I’ve mentioned it briefly in one of my videos a few years ago, but I wanted dedicate a separate post to it as I really find it to be a very helpful tool especially when it comes to stamping. So hopefully, if you are also struggling with selecting colors for your handmade cards you’ll also find this useful.

Yana Smakula | Color Combo Chart Idea Book for Clean & Simple Stamping and Cardmaking in general

VIDEO TUTORIAL

I filmed a video tutorial where I talk about my Color Combo chart in detail, you can watch it below or on my Youtube channel:

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UPDATED TO ADD

I’ve had a few people ask me how to make collages with 4 color palettes (instead of one) to print. I made mine in Adobe Photoshop and printed from Photoshop. But there are a lot of free online apps that can be used to create similar collages. I’ve filmed a quick screen capture video to show you how you can make a collage in this app (I just googled “create collage online” and this was the first one I found, but there are many others out there). I hope this will be helpful to those of you struggling with printing several images onto one sheet.

COLOR COMBO CHART

It is actually very easy to make a color combo chart like I have here. Go to Pinterest and search for Color Palette. The search will return a huge amount of various beautiful images along with color combinations pulled from those images.

Its usually the image itself that I look at first, rather than the actual colors. If I find the image inspiring and if I think the colors shown there are colors I can see myself using on a card, I save the image onto a folder on my computer.

Once I have a decent amount of images saved I go ahead and print them. I use photo paper rather than regular printer paper to print these so that I get true vibrant colors and so that the paper is a little bit more durable. I use the cheapest matte photo paper available as I don’t think you need to spend a lot of money on high quality photo paper to print these, the cheapest option works for me.

I printed and trimmed mine to be 6×6 inches as this is a nice size for my desk. Usually anything bigger is a bit too overwhelming for me and takes too much room, so this size works for me. But you can print these in whatever size works best for you. You can also cut these up and put on a book ring so all images stay together or in a file storage system. I keep mine loose on a pile, this way I can easily and quickly flip thought my collection.

CARD DETAILS

For the card I’m sharing today I was inspired by Peach and Gray color combo. I don’t think I’ve ever used it before, so it was definitely a fun one to try. I added a hint of Rose Gold by using Rose Gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and I think that helped to warm the card a bit as otherwise it was rather cold.

Tips for selecting color combinatios for cards - On This Special Day Wedding Card using Altenew Vintage Flowers stamps + dies

I used Altenew’s Vintage Flowers stamps with matching dies to stamp and die cut the flowers and the leaves. MISTI ended up being very helpful in terms of aligning images and spending less time stamping these. I used the following colors on ink from Altenew (all linked below): Blush, Peach Perfect, Rouge, Crimson, Paper Bag, Dark Chocolate.

Tips for selecting color combinatios for cards - On This Special Day Wedding Card using Altenew Vintage Flowers stamps + dies

To create the sentiment I heat embossed “On This Special Day” using Platinum embossing powder from Hero Arts, the sentiment is from Thinking of You set.

Tips for selecting color combinatios for cards - On This Special Day Wedding Card using Altenew Vintage Flowers stamps + dies

GIVEAWAY

There are TWO mini MISTIs from My Sweet Petunia and THREE $30 gift certificates from Altenew up for grabs. Winners will be picked randomly from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Winners will be announced on the My Sweet Petunia and Altenew blogs on July 3, 2016.

BLOG HOP
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If you arrived from Ilina Crouse – you are on the right track as I am the last stop on this hop. You can also start at the beginning at Altenew blog.

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

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Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins Mix
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Altenew Vintage Flowers Stamp Set
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Pretty Pink Posh 6MM METALLIC ROSE GOLD Sequins
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440 Comments

    1. Beautiful colours and great tips for putting colours together,
      Thanks for the chance to win

    1. DELIGHTFUL card – LOVE IT ALL!!!
      THANK YOU for sharing your Color Combo Chart too 🙂

    1. Your card is lovely! I like your idea of printing your color inspiration piece. I’ve been going through Design Seeds looking for the perfect color combinations. I may need to print them out!

    1. Love the design and colors in your card! I am do inspired to try this! Love the use of the MISTI for aligning everything and love the layering! Thank you!

    1. I love your color combination – thanks for sharing.

    1. Fantastic card and superb creative process – thank you (for everything) 😀

    1. GORGEOUS! Thanks for the inspiration and tips you used to create this card.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your tips on getting the perfect color combo. Your card here is fabulous. Well… all of your cards are fabulous. 🙂

    1. gorgeous use of colours. thank you soo much for hints re colour combination. as ever your work is inspirational and aspirational as well as inspirational.

    1. I love the layers and this card is so delicate; love the vintage flowers and the colouring.

    1. So so pretty!! Love the colors and those rose gold sequins!!!

    1. That is a nice color combo and a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your color combo cards. I agree they are a tool. I use a color wheel fairly often. Whatever helps you on your way.

    1. I like the peach and grey color combo. The ink color sheets are amazing. I can see how the really helped you design a rich warm color scheme for your card. The Altenew stamp and die set along with your Misti definatley helped you to create a beautiful Wedding Card. Thank you for sharing

    1. Another gorgeous card! Thanks for the video on choosing color combos, too!

    1. Gorgeous card and a great color combo. That is a hard thing and I really appreciate your sharing the video on how to do this. Very helpful.

    1. Your card is beautiful as most of your cards are. Your video is very helpful, thanks.

    1. thanks for the color chart. your card is beautiful, as always!

    1. The color palette was a great idea. Loved the colors

    1. Yana, I really enjoy your videos, I often have problems with the color pallets as well. I never even thought of Pintrest to get that information so thank you for that. Absolutely loved your wedding card that you made for this blog.. Thank you so much. Hope you have a great week end. And a safe one.

    1. What a great idea…I have my copic color chart, a color wheel, and several other charts, but really have never considered putting the color combinations on a specific chart. Thanks for sharing, I find that color selection really is challenging and time consuming. Thanks!

    1. Not sure how I missed your videos on color palettes previously. So glad I got to see it. Good idea on assembly a chart of the color layering as well, since layering often results in a slightly different color than how the inks appear individually. Great inspiration as always.

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