Big Sky Stampin' Papercrafting

I have been a crafter most of my life, starting in about 8th grade when I tried to embroider some frogs on a quilt, that I never finished! Although the list of what "I never finished" is long, and includes cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, quilting and more, my latest obsession is paper! I joined Stampin'Up! as an independent demonstrator in October 2011 and have been going like crazy ever since! I offer classes in my home, do catered card parties at your home and sell my cards locally in Bozeman, Montana and around the lovely Gallatin Valley. I would love to meet and talk to you if you are interested in the papercrafting hobby or just need some unique handmade cards for a special occasion!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

You're Sweet!

One thing that is stretching me a little with my Valentine cards this year is choosing some different colors combos besides sticking to strictly red and pink.  How about some blue? How about some turquoise? How about some Crisp Cantaloupe?  It's always a bit of a challenge to think outside the box and color can be particularly tricky. Some accent colors bring out the best in a main color theme and others destroy it. How do you know?  I don't have a scientific answer although I suspect it has something to do with color theory which I know very little about. I have been a quilter for years and I know that honed my color choosing skills immensely.  Thankfully, using Stampin'Up! Designer Series Paper takes much of the guesswork out of color choice. They have designed the paper with the latest color trends in mind and I would bet they understand color theory really well too. The specific colors they have chosen are always listed on the paper pack so it just doesn't get any easier to figure out what to use. I love to add something else when I can. I have two cards for you today; a valentine and another birthday card where I added a 4th color that is not in the original color scheme, dictated by the Designer Paper.  First the Valentine:

I used the same supplies I did in my card yesterday, for the most part, as far as the paper stack and stamp set, but emphasized  the main color of Crisp Cantaloupe~~ kind different, but okay!

Here's my second card and you'll see what I mean about adding  a color that happens to compliment what I already had going on. In addition, the Designer Paper actually inspired my party hat idea!

There are some short thoughts on color and how I think through the process sometimes. I have to admit that other times I don't think at all and throw stuff together randomly until I like how it looks. That's a theory too, right?

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