A couple of months ago, I asked if you had any burning craft-related questions. Here is an interesting question posed by Kavitha Vadhri...
" My craft question is: how can we choose colours for a card? It is very difficult for me. Is there an easy way?"
This question really stumped me. Seriously.
I tend to just put everything together and try to "make it work!". *LOL*
You can look to challenge sites that provide you with an inspiration image/project or a colour palette [Runway Inspired, Case Study, The Shabby Tea Room, The Color Room etc]. Or you go with a scientific way by using a colour wheel.
Or you can just go with my unscientific tips...*winks*
1. Pull out colours from a piece of patterned paper.
For this particular card, the misted background consists of 2 colours that are in the focal image. Then I added textures like the corrugated board and burlap ribbon [which matched the bunny and the bear] and the yellow feather to create interest.
|One mask + two mists = 3 looks with Blue Fern Studios chipboard|
2. Stick to just 2 main colours and add neutrals.
You don't need to use a lot of colours to create an impact. There are different tones to every colour so that gives you quite a variety to play with. For this set of cards, I only used 2 mist colours...but I varied the tones by adding water to tone down the same colour.
|Textured layers card for Let's Get Trendy Now!3|
3. Look to nature for interesting colour combos.
Think of flowers in bloom in spring or falling leaves in autumn. Here, I took my inspiration for spring colours from the Purple Pumpkin fabric button...then went searching for coordinating papers and elements.
|For the love of abstract designs|
You don't need to use bold colours to create an impact. On this card, I pulled the colours from the washi tape and found a fabric brad that coordinated with it. The black crochet frame [courtesy of my friend Jessi Fogan], the pearls, the bird and the sequin added texture to the card. The kraft base served as "white space" to help draw the eye to the focal point.
5. Go monochromatic.
The key to impactful monochromatic cards is texture. On this card, I adhered various textured elements on the card with gel medium, then painted them with various tones of gold paint. The bumps create shadows when you look at the card straight on which helped the eye move around the elements on the card.
6. Use coordinating papers from the same paper line.
7. Use ready-made embellishments.
What? You are not allowed to cheat? [dramatic music plays in the background] Sometimes the ready-made embellishments can be really pretty. I picked a soft patterned paper base to match my diecut stickers. Then I added glass bead gel to create a glittering effect [and made me feel better about "cheating"]
8. Experiment with your mediums to create your own "patterned" paper.
The best colour combos are those you come up with when you are playing with your mediums. For this card, I played with alcohol inks on an embossed soda can panel. When I was happy with the colours, I picked some coordinating elements to finish the card.
There you have it, my tips for how to choose colours for a card. What do you think? Do you have some suggestions to help out Kavitha?