Good morning friends! Welcome to my new monthly guest post as your Color Ambassador! Whether I’m stamping solid designs or adding color to line images, I love color. Ink pads, markers, paints, pencils – you name it, I probably have it. And if I don’t, I’m likely to have it in two days, prime willing. From techniques and inspiration to coloring mediums, I look forward to sharing all kinds of color topics with you on the seventh of every month. So let’s get started!

Today, I decided to continue the color wheel conversation I began in this week’s Make It Monday and show you how I apply it to creating cards without the literal color wheel layout. I began my stamping session with the same basic colors I used in the video – a lighter, brighter “rainbow” spectrum, with the three primary and three secondary colors represented in some way – and made a couple of additional tweaks as I went along, ending up with the spectrum above.

I rarely go into something like this thinking I’m going to use an exact full spectrum – except the actual color wheel card because, well, I wanted it to be a color wheel! – but I like a starting point. So as I started working, I decided that the cross from Celtic Knots in purples would be my focal point and I expanded my purple selection, including Royal Velvet in place of black as my line and sentiment color.

As a result, the orange started to stand out too much, competing with the purple, so I dropped it, adding in the lighter pink of Sweet Blush instead. This happened organically after trying it out. My first plan had been to have Summer Sun as my light orange in the center of the pink flower, and while it looked fine, it just didn’t let the purple shine as brightly as I wanted.

Obviously, I’m still loving Flower Power and flower clusters, but I also wanted a taller flower to bring the cluster up to the height of the cross a bit, so I added in the Lily of the Valley from Forest Floor: Spring (I’ve been dying to ink this one up!). And unlike my color wheel card, I have woven the Green Parakeet naturally among the flowers – a little on or near each one, in fact.

Because yellow is the complementary color to purple, I decided to go with Lemon Tart as my card base, to further support and call attention to the purple cross. I also considered Aqua Mist as an analogous color to purple, but it just didn’t have the same pop as complementary pairs do and a bit of color pop was definitely part of my plan.

(Speaking of pop, I also popped up the cross literally with five layers of die cuts to make it stand out even more!)

Ultimately, by thinking of the color wheel as a starting point, my card has a cohesive feel to it even though I used a lot of different colors. I made swaps where it made sense, added in extra shades of my focal color, and took away one color completely. The end result is a card that both flows nicely and has points of interest that stand out.

Looking back at the other two cards I’ve made recently with the same basic color spectrum, you can see that each has its own feel based on the balance and weight of the colors used. In the Stacked Sentiments card, I wanted a bright and bold color explosion around the black sentiment, so I used extra yellow and double stamping to accomplish that. In the color wheel card, I wanted the balance of the color wheel represented, so I worked with similar sizes and saturation of color. And today, I wanted a feeling of spring, with the colorful flowers setting the stage for the purple cross to shine. Mission accomplished, I think!

If you have any color topic requests, please be sure to let me know in the comments here or in the forum. I’d love to write what you want to read. And if there’s something I have yet to try, I’m definitely game!

Have a colorful day!
🙂 lexi


Happy Easter Card
STAMPS: Celtic Knots, Flower Power, Forest Floor: Spring
INK: Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, Harvest Gold, Green Parakeet, Hawaiian Shores, Amethyst Allure, Lilac Grace, Royal Velvet
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Lemon Tart
DIES: Flower Power, Celtic Knots, Forest Floor: Spring

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Lexi Daly

Author Lexi Daly

a crafter since crayons, a computer nerd since the early apple, a hostess with the mostest, a maker of stamps and cards. graphic designer, teacher, mom of two girls.

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Join the discussion 15 Comments

  • 1
    Adele Holcomb says:

    Thanks, Lexi! I really like this new feature. It was very helpful to be able to follow your thought process as to why you chose the colors you did and how you manipulated them, lighter and darker, to gain the effect you wanted. I look forward to more of this!

  • 2
    SueCD says:

    Thanks for sharing how you think about color. I have a hodge podge approach and it only has worked some of the time. I am going to try your approach. It makes sense to me. Why I was just throwing everything at a card to see what would stick is incomprehensible to me. What a waste. I have learned from you and I appreciate that. Looking forward to more of this feature.

  • 3
    Debbie says:

    Oh Lexi, I love this new feature. I always love seeing color combos that I might not think of.
    Is this new feature taking the place of your previous planner monthly segments?

  • 4
    Katy Milne says:

    What a great lesson this was! I agree, this new feature is really going to be inspirational and will be a favorite of mine.

  • 5
    Charlotte Hutcheson says:

    Love your line “prime willing.” Isn’t Amazon Prime the best! Thanks for your color advice…the wheel has always been a favorite of mine

  • 6
    Dawn Y. says:

    Oh, Lexi! It was just wonderful to hear your thought process as you worked with the color wheel! I do the very same thing as I plant flowers in my garden beds. Now I will be more intentional about using the color wheel as I create each card. Each of your cards has such a different feel, from the explosion of color, to a balanced color palette, and finally a breath of Springtime colors. I’m looking forward to all of your colorful posts throughout the year, Lexi! Just wonderful!?

  • 7
    Diana K says:

    Love your style, love your tips! After your design lessons this week I’m almost embarrassed to say that I’ve never once, in my entire life, thought about the colour wheel. ?? That is about to change. Great new feature – colour is definitely my biggest motivator in making cards.

  • 8
    Greta H says:

    I’m drawn to color, but never create with the color wheel in mind. Love learning from these 2 posts–thank you, Lexi! One thing I’d find helpful is what PTI inks are the same family for doing monochromatic projects. I try to make notes when I see a designer use 2 shades together, but I’d love to have a chart.

  • 9
    Kathy Mc says:

    I agree with what everyone else said here. Just yesterday I was using Tulip Time and was hoping there was a list somewhere of colors that work well together for multi-step stamping as I didn’t have time to experiment. Pinterest to the rescue but not everyone lists their supplies so still have to guess at colors used. This new feature definitely hit a sweet spot with me. Thanks, Lexi!

  • 10
    Lola G. says:

    This is a terrific new feature! I have a fairly decent eye with color, but it takes me forever to find the right mix, mostly because I don’t have the knowledge base. It’s mostly intuitive for me, and that can make it a haphazard process. I’m looking forward to understanding and learning more!

  • 11
    Suzanne Russell says:

    I think this will be a very helpful new feature. It was especially helpful for me to see all three cards in one shot after seeing each of the posts separately. Color combining has always been a challenge for me. Thanks, Lexi!

  • 12
    Stephanie Clapper says:

    Hi Lexi! Mission accomplished, yes! Not only do I love this feature, I really like that you made a second card using the same design, but with a slightly different color spectrum. That in itself, helps me. Thank you Lexi! 🙂

  • 13
    Joyce M says:

    This is such a wonderful feature. I know so little about color theory that I don’t even know what else to ask for, so I’ll just be general….more about color. Whatever you write, I’ll read. Whatever you know, I want to know. Thanks

  • 14
    Dawn Z says:

    I really love learning about how to use color creatively. Choosing colors is the most difficult part of planning for me, so this will be helpful. Please don’t be afraid to get very basic!

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