I often get asked, “How do you come up with ideas for cards?” Honestly, I truly believe that I am not a creative person. I love to look online at beautifully created home decor and find that it is a good day when I have the dog toys and dirty socks off the floor and all the dirty dishes somewhere near the sink. So how do the cards I create come into being?
This week, I wanted to create a card using the Happy Hexagons acrylic stamp set for the Color My Heart Dare challenge. This is usually my starting point. Most of the time I have chosen a stamp set that I bought and want to used to prove that the money I spent was worth it. (I hate storing things on a shelf to collect dust.)
Next step, choose the colors. This time it was easy – Sorbet, Lemon, Juniper, White Daisy, and Black with optional Gold. Each week, Color My Heart Dare posts a weekly challenge and I encourage you to join. I LOVE the fact that Close to My Heart has color families and coordinating color pallets. Just look through one of our Idea Books for inspiration in color combination.
I like to use the 60-30-10 rule with my color palette. The idea is that 60% of your color is your anchor color, 30% is your secondary color, and 10% is your accent color. For this card, my anchor color is Lemon and the secondary colors are Sorbet and Juniper. The secondary color should support your main color. I chose two colors that are next to yellow, Analogous, on the color wheel. (I highly recommend getting yourself a color wheel). My accent color is Gold. The accent color is like the throw pillows in your bedroom – you don’t need a a bunch because a little goes a long way.
Now, start putting it all together. Let go of the perfectionism, quit comparing yourself to others, and just GO FOR IT! I can’t wait to see what you create.
Did you know that Close to My Heart brought back some exclusive stamp sets like Happy Hexagons during our July Buy Two Get One FREE Stampaganza event?
Imagine the savings!