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Old 05-22-2018, 06:33 AM   #1
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Palette icon Tips and Tricks for Color Combinations

A long time ago, someone shared some tips for making a color combination work. It was worded in percentages--a certain percent of your base color, etc. I was telling someone about that recently and wanted to look it up again. Could we start a thread like that?

This is not about favorite colors. This is not about suggesting color combinations. This is not just about color wheel theory, though some of that belongs here. It could be about pattern matching, but only as it relates to color.


Here are some tips to get us started:

Fall Back on Black--I remember this one from a challenge a long time ago. When you need to make a color combo pop--add some black. Maybe a lot or maybe just a touch. Outline something. Make black the whole base. Use a black embellishment. You would be amazed at the difference this makes. (from Jaime, one of the dirty girls)

Stamp your sentiment or line images in a color--not just in black or brown. It brings a whole new dimension to your card--and in many cases, saves a lot of coloring, because it is complete the way it is.
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Old 05-22-2018, 06:37 AM   #2
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Here is an example of line images stamped in color making a great card: 9 Easy Card Making Ideas That Take 15 Minutes or Less! | Cards and Craft
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I have sticky note on my monitor with those percentages!

60% dominant color
30% secondary color
10% accent

But I’ve also seen the advice to simply make your secondary color no more than half of your primary and your accent color no more than half of the secondary.
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My go to is always use a complementary color. So if I'm using turquoise, I add orange or yellow. If I'm using green, I use a touch of pink or rust.
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I have sticky note on my monitor with those percentages!

60% dominant color
30% secondary color
10% accent

But Iíve also seen the advice to simply make your secondary color no more than half of your primary and your accent color no more than half of the secondary.

Thank you! This is exactly the advice I was remembering! So helpful!
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I thought of another one (as I was using it today). Use your markers to make a faux background match on images you are cutting out. For example, on this card, I colored the same color as the background between the slats on the swing. This tricks the eye into seeing what it expects to see there. Sure beats leaving them white or cutting them out! Swinging in the Clouds by ruby-heartedmom - at Splitcoaststampers
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Yesterday, I was making a card with a color combination that should have worked--I was using a color combination of Real Red, Island Indigo, and Basic Black (with hints of Pool Party), but it just wasn't popping. I fell back on a shadowing (or outlining) technique. And Poof! It Popped!

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I have sticky note on my monitor with those percentages!

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But Iíve also seen the advice to simply make your secondary color no more than half of your primary and your accent color no more than half of the secondary.
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I have sticky note on my monitor with those percentages!

60% dominant color
30% secondary color
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But Iíve also seen the advice to simply make your secondary color no more than half of your primary and your accent color no more than half of the secondary.
Trivia note: A long time ago in the youth of our hobby/addiction, we also referred to this as, Quart, Pint, & Cup of your card colors.
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Trivia note: A long time ago in the youth of our hobby/addiction, we also referred to this as, Quart, Pint, & Cup of your card colors.


"In the youth of our hobby/addiction" just makes me smile. So, so true in many ways.
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Here is an example of line images stamped in color making a great card: 9 Easy Card Making Ideas That Take 15 Minutes or Less! | Cards and Craft


For anyone else trying to find this article, you have to go under the craftsy.com blog and do a search.

By the way, I definitely want to thank you for starting this thread! I remembered there was something like this that I had seen somewhere but could never find it again!! This definitely makes putting color combinations together much easier!!!
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Sometimes a color challenge just gets my goat and I don't see how in the world I would want to feature that color combination on a card front. Taking a cue from interior designers, I pull a full sheet of each color out and lay them together on the table where I will see them throughout the day. Every so often, I put a different sheet on top to maximize its effects.


Sometimes they grow on me. Sometimes they don't. I often start to see things in the combo that I didn't see at first, or think of a specific type of card the combo would be good for.

One thing is for sure, I now dress differently and use colors together in my home that I wouldn't have put together in the old days. I've learned and grown from the color challenges. Thank you hostesses, for stretching us!
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One thing is for sure, I now dress differently and use colors together in my home that I wouldn't have put together in the old days. I've learned and grown from the color challenges. Thank you hostesses, for stretching us!" Ruby-heartedmom you inspired me with your comments. I need to follow your example.

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Thank you for the tips!!! Love the card with the animals stamped in different colors; so cute!
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Thanks for starting this thread, and for all the great tips!
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I'm a teacher, so I have a LOT more time to make cards in the sweet summertime. Here's a little summer habit I have developed that makes me better with color. I play the challenges through the week. I try to play each challenge in the most recent color challenge colors. Sometimes it isn't possible. But what I have learned is that the more cards you make with a color combination, the more possibilities you see. It shapes my thinking in different ways when I try to use the color combo more than just one time. In the end, my favorite with that color combination is usually one of the last cards I make with it--not the first.
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