Thursday, December 3, 2009

Introducing......Color Inspiration.....411 Style

Welcome to the first ever Color Inspiration here at the Stamping 411 blog.

Color is defined as the quality of an object or substance with respect to light being reflected by the object, usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation and brightness of the reflected light.

Color can affect our feelings and emotions. Blue calms; red fires up.......

Color plays a very important part of papercrafting. Every Thursday I will present you with a different color combination. These color combos might come from a catalog, something I see at a store, from one of the Stamping 411 operators, a pile of scraps on my stamp table or from one of our loyal readers. Each week I will switch it up to keep you on your toes.

For my first color challenge, I started with one of my favorite colors (and often underappreciated): Not Quite Navy. I then grabbed my Color Coach and picked two complimentary colors: Bashful Blue and Close to Cocoa. I can totally see this color combo for "guy" cards. Aren't those often the hardest to make?

I made a Christmas card with this color combination. I could easily substitute a different sentiment for a fabulous wintry card.

Card Recipe
stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Four the Holidays
paper: Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa
ink: Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa
accessories: Frost White Shimmer Paint, Fresh Favorites buttons, Photo Corner Punch, sponges, dimensionals

Unlike the Saturday Sketch Challenges, we will not have a Mr. Linky at the bottom of the Color Challenge posts. If you choose to take the color challenge, feel free to leave a link to your card in a comment at the bottom of this post. I would love to see what you create!!!

If you have a color combination that you would like featured, email it to me!!!!

Check back tomorrow to see the operators' top five favorites of the week.


  1. So pretty! I love these colors. Thanks for doing this Patti! I can't wait to play along. I have to run errand first! Drat!!!

  2. Way cool Patti! I hope to have time to play today!

  3. Some of my favorite colors . . . earthy elegance at its finest! Here is my card:
    Thanks for the great challenge!

  4. Patti this card is so pretty - I love those three colours together
    you did so great with this first colour challenge
    Really love the snow flakes and the greeting the way you did it
    thank you for inspiring me
    AKA Stampin Stressaway

  5. Love this challenge Patti! AND your card is just beautiful!!! I can't wait to get a moment and try my hand at these colors!!

  6. Hi,
    This is my card and you can find him here:

    Have a great day!

  7. Hi, I just posted my color challenge and hope you stop by and take a look, leave a comment if you wish. Thanks

  8. Ok Just posted above but now see how (I think) to link the blog where you will find mine card. This computer stuff is to new to me but I'm learning.

  9. This was a fun and challenging challenge! Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Cool sketches and color challenges! I just love these colors and they were right for my fish bowl.
    Here's my entry

  11. I have been checking out a few of your stories and i can state pretty good stuff. I will definitely bookmark your blog Amerikansk visum Online