Colour Theory

Colour Theory

There are so many important decisions to make when it comes to card making, but one of the first most important decisions that you need to address once the theme has been decided upon is colour. Now there are a lot of things to consider when choosing colour, and the purpose of this post is to direct you on some ways to choose your colours as related to paper, embellishments, and colouring of images. First we will be addressing some key terms, next we will move on to the relationships between colours, and we will finish off with some great tips to achieving a winning colour combination.

Key Terms:

  • Hue: refers to the purest form of the colour ( for instance red, orange, magenta are all hues)
  • Temperature: the temperature of a colour is classified as either warm or cool. Any amount of blue in a colour will give it a cool classification. The rest are considered warm. There are warm and cool reds, warm and cool yellow’s, and by the nature of its colour, blue will always fall to the cool side, even when it has the characteristics of a warm colour (anything with the smallest amount of blue is considered cool).
  • Intensity: This refers to the brightness or dullness of a colour. The brightest of any intensity of a colour is called its Hue (so ink or watercolor crayon with little dilution). As you darken or grey down the color, you are dulling it down and reducing its intensity.
  • Value: refers to the lightness and darkness of a colour. The lightest form of the colour is the tint, and the darkest form of the colour is a shade. Shades are achieved by adding more black or darkness to a colour.

Primary Color Wheel:

The primary colour wheel shows the most basic hues in our colour system. All colours can be made from these three hues (Red, Yellow, Blue), but no colours can create these three hues.

 

Secondary Colour Wheel:

The secondary colours are the colours which are created when you mix two primary colours together. So Red and Yellow create Orange, Blue and Yellow create Green, Red and Blue create Violet. These secondary colours are also called hues. Now if you look at the colours represented in this wheel, you will notice that specific colours lay opposite each other. These opposing colours are called Complementary Colors, and they are the colors which intensify each other. So if you look at all the complementary pairs, you will see that Red and Green are complementary, Yellow and Violet, and finally Blue and Orange. Each of these combinations will make the other seem brighter and more vibrant.

Tertiary Color Wheel:

The next hues we are going to look at are called the Tertiary colours. These colours result when we mix a Primary colour with one secondary colour which lies directly to the Left or Right of it. In this photo, we have shown the names inside of the corresponding colour. The complementary colour theory tightens even more over here as we view for instance the Blue-Green being complementary to the Red-Orange.

Here is the final view of the completed colour wheel, which shows the different values along all the colour relationship. Remember, the value refers to the lightness and darkness of a colour. This will be a visual guide when viewing the complementary relationships. You will also see a dividing line which shows off the cool vs warm colours. The colour labelled Crimson, can also be referred to as Magenta.

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Saying Goodbye to Work of Art

Saying Goodbye to Work of Art

We’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the 2017-2018 annual catalogue, but before we do I want to share with you some of my favourite products from the catalogue.

Today we’re saying goodbye to Work of Art Stamp Set.

Painted swatches, swaths, and shapes–you decide which strokes are right for your project when you need just one more element in the background.

 

Free Project Tutorials

Here are some projects I have made using this stamp set, click each photo to view project and video tutorials

Click here to shop online and order your set now before it’s gone

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Saying Goodbye to Rose Wonder

Saying Goodbye to Rose Wonder

We’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the 2017-2018 annual catalogue, but before we do I want to share with you some of my favourite products from the catalogue.

Today we’re saying goodbye to Rose Wonder Stamp Set. This is the set you need for life’s major events—birthdays, weddings, sympathy. And for the everyday—thanks, friendship, encouragement. Make a stack to keep on hand and you’ll never be unprepared.

Free Project Tutorials

Here are some projects I have made using this stamp set, click each photo to view project and video tutorials.

Online Class

I’ve also created an online class featuring the Rose Wonder stamp set.

This class features

4 projects each with a video tutorial
PDFs with step-by-step written instructions that you can print out and take anywhere.
Lifetime Access

In this technique based class you will learn

How to use  an aqua painter for best results
Watercolouring using Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Refills
How to create watercolour washes
any many more…..

Earn this class for FREE

Place an order (of any value)  via my online store between 21-31 May and receive free access to Rose Wonder Online Class forever.

Click HERE to Shop Online NOW

Happy shopping, I can’t wait to share the Rose Wonder online class with you

 

Saying Goodbye to Butterfly Basics

Saying Goodbye to Butterfly Basics

We’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the 2017-2018 annual catalogue, but before we do I want to share with you some of my favourite products from the catalogue.

Today we’re saying goodbye to Butterfly Basics.  This was one of my favourite stamp sets.

What can you do with this mix of organic images, backgrounds, and sentiments? Anything you want–let your creativity run free. What can you do with this mix of organic images, backgrounds, and sentiments? Anything you want–let your creativity run free.

Free Project Tutorials

Here are some projects I have made using this stamp set, click each photo to view project and video tutorials

Click here to shop online and order your set now before it’s gone

Click HERE to Shop Online NOW

Saying Goodbye to Birthday Blooms

Saying Goodbye to Birthday Blooms

We’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the 2017-2018 annual catalogue, but before we do I want to share with you some of my favourite products from the catalogue.

Today we’re saying goodbye to Birthday Blooms Stamp Set Send your best bloomin’ wishes for birthdays or any day. This set comes with a birthday sentiment, but you’ll use it all year long.

Free Project Tutorials

Here are some projects I have made using this stamp set, click each photo to view project and video tutorials.

Online Class

I’ve also created an online class featuring the Birthday Blooms stamp set.

This class features

  • 4 projects each with a video tutorial
  • PDFs with step-by-step written instructions that you can print out and take anywhere.
  • Lifetime Access

In this technique based class you will learn

  • How to use  a blender pen for best results
  • Watercolouring using Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pad
  • How to create shading with just one colour
  • any many more…..

Earn this class for FREE

Place an order (of any value)  via my online store between 7-20 May and receive free access to Birthday Blooms Online Class forever.

Click HERE to Shop Online NOW

Happy shopping, I can’t wait to share the Birthday Blooms online class with you

 

Share What You Love Suite

Share What You Love Suite

Get a sneak peek in to the new upcoming catalogue with the Share What You Love Suite Early Release.  It is a tribute to all of the wonderful people who have made—and continue to make—Stampin’ Up! what it is today. Join us in celebrating the good times with our exclusive Statement of My Heart Single Stamp, which is available only during early release.

There are three bundles and then the NEW IN COLOUR ink pads!!!

Simply click on an image below to see what all is included and to grab these fun bundles!

Make It Monday #11 – Repetitive Stamping

Make It Monday #11 – Repetitive Stamping

I love quick and easy cards and this week we’re doing it all with a repetitive stamping.  For my project I’ve used an image from Flower Shop Stamp set and randomly stamped it on a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock in Black Memento Ink.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Daisy Delight, Flower Shop
  • Ink – Memento Black Ink
  • PaperBasic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White CS
  • Other Basic Rhinestones

Dimensions:

  • Basic Black CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase and a 3-3/4” x 1-2/8” (9.5 x 3cm) piece
  • Whisper White CS – 5-5/8” x 3-7/8” (14.5 x 10cm) and a 3-3/4” x 1” (9.5 x 2.5cm) piece
  • Melon Mambo CS – 5-1/2” x  3-3/4” (14 x 9.5cm)

Directions:

  1. Randomly stamp the flower image with black ink onto the Melon Mambo CS
  2. Adhere Melon Mambo piece to the Whisper White CS piece
  3. Stamp greeting in Black ink onto the 3-3/4” x 1” piece of Whisper White CS
  4. Adhere stamped greeting piece to the Basic Black CS
  5. Adhere the matted greeting to the Matted Melon Mambo piece approx. 1” from the bottom using double sided adhesive
  6. Place small rhinestones in the center of each flower

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it below

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Tricks & Tips

  • Randomly stamp your image using a Stamparatus tool or Stamp-a-ma-jig

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store


See you next week for another Make It Monday feature

Saying Goodbye to Bloomin’ Love

Saying Goodbye to Bloomin’ Love

We’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the 2017-2018 annual catalogue, but before we do I want to share with you some of my favourite products from the catalogue.

Today we’re saying goodbye to Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set.

151,000,000,000. That’s about how many valentine cards are exchanged each year. Yours will stand out when you make them yourself. This set has the right mix of images and sentiments for all the people in your life, from family and friends to your one-and-only.

This is a Two-Step Stampin’ set. Combine individual stamps to build the final image you want in the colours you want.

 

Free Project Tutorials

Here is a project I made recently using this stamp set. View project tutorial HERE

Valentine Treat Holder

Online Class

I’ve also created an online class featuring the Bloomin’ Love stamp set.

 

This class features

  • 4 projects each with a video tutorial
  • PDFs with step-by-step written instructions that you can print out and take anywhere.
  • Lifetime Access

Earn this class for FREE

Place an order (of any value)  via my online store between 23 April – 6 May and receive free access to Bloomin’ Love Online Class forever.

Click HERE to Shop Online NOW

Happy shopping, I can’t wait to share the Bloomin’ Love online class with you

 

Make It Monday #10 – Work of Art

Make It Monday #10 – Work of Art

Wow!  Monday already?  That weekend flew by.  I hope you had some fun this weekend and perhaps a little stamp therapy as well.  If you didn’t, well Monday is a great time to get some stamping done with MAKE IT MONDAY.  I have a free tutorial for you today using the Work of Art Stamp Set

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Work of Art, Rose Wonder
  • Ink – Black Memento Ink, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight Stampin Blends
  • PaperBlushing Bride, Whisper White CS
  • Other Basic Rhinestones

Dimensions:

  • Blushing Bride CS – 4-1/2” x 9” scored at 4-1/2” to create a 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” cardbase
  • Whisper White CS – 5-5/8” x 3-7/8” piece and ¾” x 3-7/8” piece

Directions:

  1. Randomly stamp the square brushstroke image multiple times onto the bottom of the piece of Whisper White cardstock, as shown in the above photo, using Blushing Bride Classic ink. Make sure to ink up the stamp each time.
  2. Randomly stamp the smaller scribble brushstroke image multiple times onto the bottom of the piece of Whisper White cardstock, as shown in the above photo, using Melon Mambo Classic ink. Make sure to ink up the stamp each time.
  3. Randomly stamp the long narrow brushstroke image multiple times onto the bottom of the piece of Whisper White cardstock, as shown in the above photo, using Pumpkin Pie Classic ink. Make sure to ink up the stamp each time.
  4. Stamp the greeting onto the right side of the ¾” x 3-7/8”” piece of Whisper White cardstock, using Black Memento ink.
  5. Stick the ¾” x 3-7/8”” piece of Whisper White cardstock onto the 5-5/8” x 3-7/8” piece of Whisper White cardstock, ¾” up from the bottom, using dimensional adhesive.
  6. Optional: Colour in a large rhinestone using the dark pumpkin pie marker. Colour in two medium rhinestones using the medium Daffodil Delight Stampin Blends marker. Colout in two small rhinestones using the light Calypso Coral stampin blends marker. If you don’t have stampin’ blends you can colour the rhinestones using Sharpie markers or just leave them clear.
  7. Randomly stick the colored rhinestones onto the 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock, as shown in the above photo.
  8. Center and stick the piece of Whisper White cardstock to the card base, using double sided adhesive. You’re done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and how I created this card.  You can view it below

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below!  click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store


See you next week for another Make It Monday tutorial

LAST CHANCE – Rose Wonder Class Kit

LAST CHANCE – Rose Wonder Class Kit

Today is the last day you can order this months class kit.  This month we’re exploring watercolouring using Aqua painters and re-inkers

 

Learn more about this months class kit and to pre order your kit today HERE

 

 

Last Chance Products

Select products from the 2018 occasions catalogue and 2017-2018 annual catalogue are retiring—and this is your last chance to get them. Check out all the details below

  • Promotion dates: 10 April – 31 May 2018, beginning at 6:00 AM (AET)
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Retiring items may be added to all order types: workshop, customer, and online.
  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after 31 May.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, retiring stamp sets will be guaranteed available until 7 May; all other products are not guaranteed and are only available while supplies last.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Retiring host sets can only be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.
Click on the following links to download a list of all retiring products
Occasions Catalogue Retiring List – PDF File
Annual Retiring List – PDF File
The easiest way to shop the available retiring products is to do so online, that way you can be sure that it’s still in stock – if you can see it in my online store, it’s available to purchase!

Make It Monday #9 – Emboss Resist

Make It Monday #9 – Emboss Resist

Welcome to this weeks Make It Monday tutorial.  I’m super excited to share with you another clean & simple one layer design.  This time I’ve added interest by using an emboss resist technique and sponging.

I started by stamping my greeting from the Butterfly Basics stamp set, in Black Ink centered at the bottom of my Whisper White piece of cardstock.  I stamped my flower image from the same stamp set in versamark ink and heat embossed with a heat tool and clear embossing powder.

Then came the fun part, sponging Pink Pirouette ink across the embossed image.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Butterfly Basics
  • Ink – Black Memento Ink, Pink Pirouette Classic Ink
  • PaperPink Pirouette, Basic Black, Whisper White CS
  • Other Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Sponges

Dimensions:

  • Pink Pirouette CS – 4-1/2” x 9” scored at 4-1/2” to create a 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” cardbase
  • Basic Black CS – 5-7/8” x 3-3/4” piece
  • Whisper White CS – 5-7/8” x 5-5/8”

Directions:

  1. Stamp the greeting on the Whisper White CS, about ¼” up from the bottom, centered between the left and right hand sides, using Memento Black Ink
  2. Rub an embossing buddy over the surface of the Whisper White CS
  3. Stamp the flower image on the Whisper White CS about ¼” above the greeting using versamark ink. Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the stamped image.  Tap off the excess embossing powder.  Heat this with a heat tool until the embossing powder has melted
  4. Apply ink around the embossed image, using a wedge of a stamping sponge and Pink Pirouette Classic Ink
  5. Stick the Whisper White CS to the Basic Black CS leaving equal borders on the left and right hand sides
  6. Stick the matted Basic Black CS to the Pink Pirouette cardbase leaving equal borders to the left and right hand sides. You’re Done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it below

 

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel so you receive notification of when I post a video to my channel.

Tricks & Tips

  • Clean your stamps with a baby wipe.  Click HERE to learn my tips on using Baby Wipes in your crafting

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store

See you next week for a new Make It Monday feature

Join us for a Weekend Challenge

Join us for a Weekend Challenge

Getting over the blank-page hurdle is often the hardest part of being creative. By participating in the Weekend Challenge you will exercise your “getting started” brain power. With every challenge, you will stretch your thinking and hopefully learn to find unexpected inspiration in the world around you.

Each week, on Friday, I will post a weekly weekend challenge in our Facebook Group (Click HERE to Join)  – this could be a Clean & Simple Challenge, Try a new technique, Colour combination, Card Sketch or a new Ways to Use current stamping tools

How it Works

– A new challenge will be posted every Friday afternoon in our Facebook Group (approx. 2pm). There is no time limit; this is not a contest and no prizes will be awarded. However, you maybe featured on my blog (with your permission of course)

– This challenge is all about fun. I will give no criticism about how you interpreted the inspiration piece (actually I like the long stretches because it helps demonstrate that you can get just the ‘kick’ you need from anything around you even if it ends up totally different than how you expected).

– Upload your card to the weekly challenge thread in our facebook group for all to see, feel free to comment and like others projects

Can’t wait to see you in our facebook group soon.

Watercolour with Aqua Painters

Watercolour with Aqua Painters

Watercolouring is like cooking, the more you practise the more you will improve.  This month’s class we’re exploring watercolouring with Aqua painters.

  • Learn different techniques for using your aqua painters
  • Create watercolour washes
  • painted images
  • and more …..

What is a Class Kit?

A Class kit provides the same stamping experience you would in a live class but in the comfort of your own home working at your own pace.  Each Class kit includes consumable materials to complete your projects plus video tutorials and PDF handouts.

Learn more about this months class kit and to pre order your kit today HERE

Sale-a-Bration 2018 Ending Soon

Sale-a-Bration 2018 Ending Soon

There are just 3 more days left til Sale-a-Bration 2018 comes to a close!  AND just 3 more days left to get extra benefits when you decide to finally take the plunge and become a demonstrator!

 

PLUS – No shipping on your starter kit!!  Click here to sign up!

Here are the other products available for free during Sale-a-Bration.  Every $90 in product you order gets you a choice of items below.  (i.e. spend $180, get 2 items, spend $270 – get three items PLUS $27 in free product of your choice!)

PLUS new this year… when you purchase $180 in product you can choose a free level 2 item

I hope you have enjoyed this year’s Sale-a-Bration as much as I have – I have LOVED the selections and love my free stamps.  Don’t delay in placing your order, remember – ONLY 3 MORE DAYS For Sale-a-Bration 2018!!!