Originally Posted by Cobrylin
I get lost trying to figure out what the base of a card should be then the mats and accent colors.
be whatever you like and whatever you think looks good. There's no rule on what should go where.
I find it easiest to start with the DSP and match cardstock from there. A good natural-light light (like an ott light, or other "daylight" lamp) is really helpful. But then in deciding, for example, which color to make the base, I will lay the patterned paper against each of SEVERAL cardstock colors to decide which I like best.
Sometimes you'll pick out a piece with a lot of blue and a little pink, and you put it against the blue and it's great because the blue is dark and classic. But then you put it against a pink and it's great, too, because it makes that pink really pop. But then you just have to decide what direction to go with the card. Neither's right or wrong, it's just how you feel about it.