I was asked a few days ago, by a customer, how I pair up darker and lighter shades of the various Stampin’ Up! colors. It dawned on me that I don’t think I have ever explained how to do this… sometimes I forget to mention the little things, which is why I LOVE all your questions- especially the ones you think might be silly. Chances are if YOU have that question, so does someone else. So PLEASE ask me anything, I would LOVE to help you out and share the Q&A for others to learn from as well!!
To get darker/lighter shades when using ink pads and stamps it’s pretty simple. By using a technique called STAMPING OFF you can get images in both the darker (full strength) ink color and a lighter (stamped off) color of that same shade. Check out the image below…
So you can see that with a single ink pad you can get anywhere from 3-4 different shades of that one color. It really make the cost of inks pads a FAB value!! This is a SUPER simple technique, and you should give it a try.
Now you can also pair up two different hues of similar colored card stocks to give a great accent, check out the card sample I used this tip on. I used the lighter colored card stock for the backing of the punch art pieces, which coordinates with the darker shade of the punch art pieces.
So how do you figure out what goes with what?? Well, I don’t know how to answer that except that I just have an eye for it?? BUT to help you have an eye for it, I have created some charts for you that might help.
So starting with the BRIGHTS COLOR FAMILY- each color in this group (the darker BACK colors in chart) has a lighter color, typically from another color family, that can coordinate. Not every color family has a lighter shade, for instance… Subtles has very few as those colors are already pretty light.
As you can see, there are only 3 colors from this family that are dark enough to have a lighter complimentary color.
Another easy match up are the colors in the REGALS FAMILY, the only color that I couldn’t find a nice match for was Cajun Craze… that’s a hard one.
The best thing about these color combos is that you can create some totally stunning simple cards using these for a more monochromatic look for your project, SO FUN!! There are even complimentary matches for almost ALL the In-Colors too!
I didn’t create a chart for the NEUTRALS FAMILY because that one was pretty simple… most of the darker browns will pair with Crumb Cake, and the Basic Gray pairs with Smoky Slate. Black can pair with Smoky Slate or Basic Gray. I hope you found this helpful, if you enjoyed this tip LET ME KNOW. Leave me a comment, heck- you could ask me a question or a comment for something you need help with. I would LOVE to help you!!
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