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 Thinking of You Stamp Set
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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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442 Comments

    1. This is a beautiful card and the colours are just gorgeous.

    1. The card you designed is beautiful and the color choices are so inviting and soft. Great job and thank you for sharing.

    1. Totally going to set up a color combo board on Pinterest. LOVE the card.

    1. The color combo chart is so very helpful … thanks for sharing it with us, and for sharing your lovely card creation as well.

    1. Very informative tutorial. Color choices are often hard, especially with a more limited selection of inks.

    1. Color combinations are so important. Heartfelt thanks for the tips.

    1. I absolutely love the greys with pinks! Such a great card for weddings!

    1. Beautiful. The colors you used on this are stunning.

    1. Absolutely gorgeous card! Your cards are absolutely amazing! Color palettes help a lot with combinations and these can easily be found at designseeds on instagram or design-seeds.com

    1. I love the soft colors and especially the use of Grey amazing card thank you for sharing

    1. Oh my Yana! Such a gorgeous elegant card! Very beautifully made!! I always look forward to seeing what you create! Thanks for the video! Definitely made me look up some color palette inspirations!!! I have to admit I already printed a few! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Beautiful card as usual Yana!! I have seen these wonderful palettes before…what an excellent idea to use for cards!!

    1. Gorgeous card, no surprise here, I love all your designing and really love the color pallet idea. I think I am going to put my grandson to work for me when he comes for his visit. He likes to play on the computer so he might as well help me.

    1. I really love the cluster/placement of your florals and the soft colors you chose!

    1. Now we know your secret for creating such wonderful color combinations! Thank you so much for sharing that information and putting it to practice with the MISTI!!

    1. This is such a beautiful and elegant card – love the gorgeous colours & your design. Altenew stamps and Misti are a match made in heaven 🙂

    1. Awesome giveaway! I love how useful and convenient MISTIs are, and the mini size is just perfect for cards and portability! Thanks for the inspiration ideas and beautiful card! I am definitely CASEing this! I watch all your videos.

      p.s. im sure you already know and its a difference in accent, but its pronounced like “all tah new”. I keep hearing “alt new” for some reason

    1. Your cards are so nice and you have a wonderful way of describing the process. I really like the way you showed the color samples in this video. It will be very helpful with my new painted flowers and other alt anew stamps i just ordered.

    1. Thank you for the wonderful tips on picking color combinations. VERY HELPFUL…and another GORGEOUS card as well. Bonus! Thanks for your continued inspiration!

    1. Such a pretty, elegant card. TFS. As always, I very much enjoyed your video and your wonderful advice.

    1. What a lovely and elegant card! Would be perfect for a wedding or anniversary! Such inspiration!!!!

    1. Your creations are always awesome. Thanks for sharing all this info.

    1. Thanks for the video. I definitely need to be willing to do some “out of my comfort zone” color combinations. This is a great idea. Love the card as usual. Very inspiring. TFS!

    1. Your card is so very beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing the tip about the color charts! I love that idea!

    1. Yana I never would have guessed you struggled with color choices. I love your cards always and your colors. Thanks for the tip of using the design seed color palets.

    1. What a great tool the Misti is and the Altenew stamps are wonderful. Thanks for this opportunity to enter to win.

    1. Great card! Love the soft colors you used. Interesting to use a color chart while making cards.

    1. Beautiful card, love the colors. Thank you for making the video, sharing your tips and color chart and for being part of the giveaway.

    1. This is the first time visiting your site. What a beautiful card. I love how elegant but simple. I too struggle with getting the right colors together for a project. Thank you for the great idea of the color chart.

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