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Old 08-15-2012, 10:10 AM   #1
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Does anyone regret buying the SU Color Coach? I have hummed and hawed over the years as to how much I would really use it. How helpful have you found it?

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Old 08-15-2012, 11:44 AM   #2
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Shirl, I stamp almost every day and use the CC 2 or 3 times a week. So I think a great investment. I still have the old SU wheel which I also refer to. HTH.
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I like it and use it often. It helps me think outside the box, maybe use color combinations I wouldn't have thought of. If you are at all color challenged it is worth it.
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I love mine- some of the combinations are real "head scratchers" until you put them together and see how great they look!
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I had bought mine for color comparison with sheets of CS I wasn't sure about the color and the colors on the color wheel are not real true so that was hard. But I do like it to get combination ideas. So, for me, it would be a flip of the coin whether I'd get another or not. If you do, you'll need to buy the inserts every year with the incolors.

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Old 08-15-2012, 12:25 PM   #6
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I rarely, rarely use it. Wasn't worth the investment on my part. Plus it's now out-of-date with all the new In-Colors so you have to continue to invest.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:42 PM   #7
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I love mine! If I have a color that's not on there, I will find a "close enough" swatch and go with that. I keep it on my craft table at all times
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:37 PM   #8
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I sometimes go into this website.: My Create Ink - SU Color Lab
I don't think my link is working...but you can try typing it in.
She has the colors listed, so I have never felt the need to purchase the wheel. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:50 PM   #9
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Oh I don't think it is out of date unless you have an older one. I use mine almost everytime I make a card. Like many I look at some of the colors they suggest together and think, "no way" but afterwards it looks great. I used it for one of my swap cards for convention and had many positive responses to that card. I add the new in-colors, if I purchase any of those.
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Karen your link works just fine, thanks!
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:04 PM   #11
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I bought one with my first demo order. I think it helps but together color combos that I wouldn't have thought of first. I don't use it for every card or layout but I am sure glad I have it when I get stuck for an idea!
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Glad it worked!! I'm not real techy! LOL!
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I have mine and while I don't use it often, I love having it. When I feel like I'm getting into a color rut or need something more "manly"/"baby"/etc, I'm glad I have it and often find new combos I wouldn't have thought of. It is just easier for me to grab it when I'm in the middle of working on a project than having to stop and go to my computer to look up a combo.
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I use mine all the time! In fact, when I started my Tool Time Thursday series, it was the 2nd video I filmed (after my all time favorite tool, the Tabletop Paper Cutter). Check it out, here for some extra info about it:
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*Also, it isn't out of date but you can add the 5 In Color cards to it every year when they come out. The whole thing is $14.95 and the additional card sets are $2.50. Well worth every cent for me as I'm not the most creative with color combos!
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For a long time, my color coach was also my paint swatch sampler for picking paint colors for my house! My kitchen in a darker So Saffron and my office is definitley a blend of Green Galore and Mellow Moss. My daughter picked Ballet Blue for her room but I got her talked into Bliss Blue instead. I really used the color coach for my kitchen since I needed to know what would go with Pumpkin Pie countertops! (yellows, rusts, and a bit of Eggplant Envy).

Does anyone else speak in SU! colors? I used to speak Crayola before I started crafting but now I can talk with my mom or my best friend and use SU! colors to describe any clothing or home item and we can all visualize the color!
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It's on my wishlist! So far, I've only bought the variety packs of SU cardstock, and I know I have favorites that get used right away and other colors that haven't been touched. My goal is to find some fun color combos to help use the stuff that I struggle with and think outside my favorite colors box.
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I got one years ago. Colors come and go, but even so, I use it to get an idea of some different combos. I use it with other paperlines as they may not be exact, the principals are the same. You can get color wheels at art stores as well and they are a help too. Mine is hung to the right of my workspace so I can glace at it while working if necessary.
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When building up my SU paper stash, I bought the color families then as I used the paper out of the families, I would make a note on my phone to order a whole pack of it next time. That way I am seeing what colors I use. Then I get stuck with colors I don't use.....out comes the color coach!!!!!
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Totally worth it. And the new In Color cards are pretty inexpensive at the end of the day. I use mine a lot and agree with others who said it helps you step out of your comfort zones with colors.

Don't use it though to match exact colors since the colors of the cards are printed and not the actual cardstock.
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Totally worth it. And the new In Color cards are pretty inexpensive at the end of the day. I use mine a lot and agree with others who said it helps you step out of your comfort zones with colors.

Don't use it though to match exact colors since the colors of the cards are printed and not the actual cardstock.
I lOVE this tool! As a matter of fact and friend and I are getting ready to launch a Color Challenge Blog. We get a lot of ideas from the CC. We're going to have sooo much fun using this tool and playing and talking about color

I would never have thought to use melon mambo and tangerine tango together, but wow!! It's one of my favorite color combinations! I've always used the color wheel when painting and I know the comp. colors and split analogous and all that stuff, but the CC is different. With the wheel, you have to come up with the combinations. The CC actually gives them to you. I like that ya know? I just want someone or something to tell me. Don't make me do the work and remember all that color theory I learned in school and then apply it. I'm too busy creating, so I like having a tool that will just tell me.
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I had 2 of the older wheel ones. I used those a lot. Now, not so much. I actually used my tag punch and punched out each color and have those on a ring. For me, it is close enough to the one SU sells so I don't feel the need to buy it. I didn't realize there were color combos listed on the swatches, are they on the back? Are there a lot of them?
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I had 2 of the older wheel ones. I used those a lot. Now, not so much. I actually used my tag punch and punched out each color and have those on a ring. For me, it is close enough to the one SU sells so I don't feel the need to buy it. I didn't realize there were color combos listed on the swatches, are they on the back? Are there a lot of them?
They are on the back and there are a lot of them
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I had 2 of the older wheel ones. I used those a lot. Now, not so much. I actually used my tag punch and punched out each color and have those on a ring. For me, it is close enough to the one SU sells so I don't feel the need to buy it. I didn't realize there were color combos listed on the swatches, are they on the back? Are there a lot of them?
Check out my video I linked in post #14. I show lots of features about it!!! Hope that helps you see what's included!
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I didn't realize there were color combos listed on the swatches, are they on the back? Are there a lot of them?
Each color has two color combos listed and most have a "dynamic duo" for two step or monochromatic stamping
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Each color has two color combos listed and most have a "dynamic duo" for two step or monochromatic stamping
Didn't answer that very well did I? lol

Take More Mustard for example:
  • More Mustard, Night of Navy and Cajun Craze
  • More Mustard, Old Olive, and Bravo Burgundy
  • The dynamic duo is More Mustard and So Saffron.

This is helpful for many reasons. For example More Mustard and So Saffron go together well whereas More Mustard and Daffodil Delight would not. Those two yellows are not the same value or hue, so they don't "go together" well. That's the neat thing about this tool. You don't have to understand color theory. It does the work for you. It's also quicker, because you don't have to hold several color up next to each other to decide what goes. The CC just tells you. I like the fact that it lists combinations that I would not think of, even with the traditional color wheel in my hand.

Summer Starfruit is a good example for me. I'm not real fond of that color. However the CC puts it with Elegant Eggplant and Baja Breeze. Those colors really compliment the greenish tones in Starfruit. I like it much better used in that combination. Until I looked at the CC, I kept holding Starfruit up to different greens and went "bleck"! The other yellows don't go with it either because they are not the same value.

I think it's worth the investment especially since they changed the format from a wheel to the cards. Now when colors are retired or added, you can simply remove them from your stack or add new ones without replacing the entire wheel. You know, a lot of people have poor color sense and don't know it. They think their cards look fine, when in fact people see them and think eh - because of poor color choices. Some people have a good innate sense of color, others have learned color theory. These people do beautiful work.
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