I can't tell you how excited I am to be showcased on Mary Fish's Stampin' Pretty Blog today. Because this is so special to me, I wanted to make today's post special. 

I didn't start with a picture as I normally do because today is the beginning of a series of posts throughout this week that I'll be both talking about and illustrating some basic card design tips. There are not one, not two, but four cards for you today, so sit back and I hope you enjoy.

The Neutral

Hello Mary1

Let's get right to it. Today is all about creating with color, however my showcased card really has no color and yet contains every color imaginable. I'm not getting nutty or anything like that. It's a fact!  White is the absence of all color and Black contains all color.

Black, white, gray and brown are all neutral colors and work with anything, so this card is Neutral and the colors convey a neutral mood. It can be masculine or feminine. No real statement or a big statement. It's mysterious (black) and simple (white).

What if I took away the black circle in the bottom right corner and replaced it with a bright Yellow circle… changed nothing else, but added the Yellow. Wow! The entire mood of the card would change. It wouldn't be neutral any longer. It would convey a totally different message… possibly bolder and friendlier.


So let's try taking the same card, the same layout, the same sentiment, the same embellishments and LET'S CHANGE ONLY THE COLORS…It'll change the mood and the subjective message of the card. Play along, it's fun!

Pay attention to how you feel when you look at the different color combinations. I would love to hear your thoughts.

The Subtle (Soft)


This card features Stampin' Up!'s "Subtle" color pallette – Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette and So Saffron. This card is friendly, sweet, feminine, calming and simple (lots of white space). So Saffron (yellow) is the accent color. The message conveyed here is very different from the neutral card above, but the design is identical. The color changes the mood and message.

The Bright (Bold)


This card features Stampin' Up!'s "Brights" color pallette – Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight. This one's fun, cheery, friendly, more feminine than masculine, but could be either, and simple (lots of white space). Daffodil Delight (Yellow) is the accent color. A very different message and mood in this card than in the one above. Did your mood change a little?

The Regal (Rich)


And finally, Stampin' Up!'s "Regals" color pallette – Night of Navy, Island Indigo and Crushed Curry. This one has impact. It's cheery, and vibrant; more masculine than feminine, but could be both. The color intensity is high, creating a depth and richness, but it's relaxed and simple (lots of white space). Crushed Curry (Yellow) is the accent color. What are you feeling with this one?

Color is a real science and there's tons of information on the subject. One blog post a day for a year wouldn't tell us everything about color.  Color is also very subjective and personal. We all have our favorites.

Understanding some basic color principles can help us all make good color decisions for our cards and projects.

Stampin' Up! has done most of that for us and given us beautiful color pallettes to work with that suit every mood and event. 

Each of Stampin' Up!'s color suites is designed to coordinate perfectly with each other. For example for a "subtle" card – any of the colors in the Subtles Collection would work well with any other color in the Subtles Collection plus a neutral and possibly a "yellow" accent. Remember…yellow isn't necessary, but will always work.

So the formula for a perfect color combination is – A Subtle (or bright, or regal) with a Neutral plus an accent will always be a winner, or…

Two Subtles (or brights, or regals) with a Neutral plus an accent will always be a winner.

and with Neutrals…well, anything's possible!

For even more color fun, inspiration, and information, try working with Stampin' Up!'s Color Coach. I use it often and am always pleased with the result.


Color Coach #130118

Thanks for stopping by, and thank you, Mary, for showcasing my card as your Pals Guest Stamper today. It's great fun to be a Stampin' Pretty Pal!

Please stop by for tomorrow's post where I'll talk about "Layout".

I sure hope you enjoyed today's post.