Stampin’ Up Hex Color Chart #05

Hi Everyone!

Since rediscovering Stampin’ Up this fall, I have enjoyed seeing all the new colors and stamp sets that they have created. After watching many YouTube videos from demonstrators in and outside of Stampin’ Up, I knew I wanted to know what Stampin’ Up colors worked well together.

This June, Stampin’ Up is going through a color revamp. We must say goodbye to a few, but hello to a few more colors!

So in light of this, I started playing with color swatches to help me understand these colors. I discovered that a hexagon color chart is a very helpful mode to compare colors, so I created not one, but two charts. In the smaller chart, I have the colors that will be available effective June 2018. In the larger chart, I have most of the Stampin’ Up colors since about 2005.

Chart 1: Current Stampin’ Up Colors effective June 2018

Chart 2: Stampin’ Up Colors since about 2005 (retired and current)

These are color Hex charts. As you go around the ‘circle’, you go from blue to cyan to green to yellow to orange to red to magenta to purple and back again. As you go from inside to outside, the colors go from pale/“subtle” to vibrant/“bright” to dark/rich/“regal”. I have also put the neutrals near to their undertone color on the outside. (The Basic Black and Whisper White technically should not have any undertones, but when you look at the hex code they have a slight undertone.)

In both charts, the outlines tell you when they were available. The solid black outlines hexagons are currently available today and after the new catalog opens, or are brand new with the new catalog. The hexagons outlined with extra long dashes are returning In Colors to join the Core colors with the new catalog in June 2018. The hexagons outlined with really far apart dots will be retiring with the end of this current catalog. The hexagons outlined with close together dots have been retired for a bit of time. Some of these colors were available prior to 2005, when they were retired.

One way to utilize these charts is to discover colors that can be stamped in multiple layer stamped images, such as Stampin’ Up Baby Bear. You want to find colors that line up in a row, where there is an ombré type of transition. For example, the blues (Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Blueberry Bushel and Night of Navy) can be stamped between the three layers of Baby Bear; you would just have to choose either Pacific Point or Blueberry Bushel for the middle layer. An example that connects a row of adjacent colors in a different direction is a set of pinks (Flirty Flamingo, Lovely Lipstick and Merry Merlot).

Another way you can use this chart is to help find neutrals that play well with your selected other colors. You can see that Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Black plays well with the blues and purples, due to their cool undertones. They also will play well with the purple pinks (Fresh Fig, Rich Razzleberry, Berry Burst) and the aqua teals (Coastal Cabana, Call Me Clover, Pool Party, Shaded Spruce, Tranquil Tide, Bermuda Bay).

The last feature that I’m going to mention for this post is the ability to match up colors. Say you forgot to label a bit of spare cardstock, you can print this chart out and compare to figure it out. (I’ll be working on a blank chart that you can stamp inside or color with your Stampin’ Write markers.) Another similar idea, say you have DSP that has a retired color, and you really want to stamp in that color family, but you don’t have that particular color anymore. You just look near that color in the chart and pick a color that you feel is appropriate that is adjacent to it that is in your stock. For example, you have Hello Honey in the DSP, and you stamp in Crushed Curry.

I hope you find this helpful!

I would like to thank my inspiration for the chart idea from Sandy Allnock’s Copic Color Chart. I would also like to thank Linda Cullen for providing the hex color codes for the past Stampin’ Colors. I also would like to thank my Stampin’ Up demonstrator friends that allowed me to share with them the initial chart; I appreciated your opinions and advice!


Background fun #04

Today, I had a bit of fun! I made some Birthday cards! These cards were inspired by Jennifer McGuire and from the Lawn Fawn challenge “to get inky”, but I didn’t include any of their products to be able to participate in their challenge.

So to start with, I separated the Folk Art stencils in half, so they would fit in my BigKick. I made a sandwich of the original extended platform with the thin shim included, 3 pieces of card stock shims, one cutting plate, silicone embossing mat, card stock for the background, stencil and top cutting plate. This sandwich produced a dry embossed image of the stencil!

Next, I aligned the stencil with the embossing, and adhered it down to my Ranger Non-stick Craft Mat with masking tape. Then, I used various colors of Distress Oxides to color the embossed portions of the cards! (The colors utilized were Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio.) And it was a dream to get them to blend together! On two of backgrounds, prior to embossing, I used Distress Inks to put color all over the surface. On most of the cards, I misted the background with a solution of Ranger Perfect Pearls in water in different hues, with or without the stencil still attached to it. After the backgrounds dried, I adhered the background with thin craft foam and Miracle tape.

Next, I created the word bubble with the Memory Box Big Word Pop Curve die. After making sure it fit, I stamped “Hooray!” from the 1992 Stampin’ Up Great Greetings stamp set with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. On the inside, I stamped “it’s your day!” from the Stampin’ Up Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set and “Happy Birthday” from the 1997 Stampin’ Up Bold and Basic Greetings stamp set. I used the same thin craft foam and Miracle tape to pop up the word bubble on the front.

Hope you enjoyed these cards!

You turn me on #03

Here is a fun and exciting card! It was an en-“lighting” experience! 😀

I started by die cutting the MFT light bulb from dark gray card stock, which I had stamped Stampin’ Up Crosshatch Background stamp in Archival Black. Then I traced the outline of the light bulb on the card base, to know where to put my circuit.

I started by using the flap method to contain and create the push button with a card stock flap and a 3V coin battery. Then, I used my Copper tape, which I split in half lengthwise, to create my circuit on the card base. Note: my Copper tape has conducive adhesive; it is awesome, because I don’t have to worry about a cut in the tape disrupting the circuit, so long as another layer overlaps the cut end.

For this card, I used the 3 x 5 mm Chanzon SMD LED Diode Light Chips in white. I made sure that the light was aligned properly, and then I adhered it down with a piece of scotch tape. (So far, liquid adhesives have failed to result with a working circuit, even when set up correctly.) [Note: these little LED chips are super tiny; so watch it, because they can ‘fly’.] [Another fun tidbit about these SMD LEDs, they are super bright when not obstructed by opaque materials. They make great paper flash lights!]

Next I triple stacked the foam tape on the card base. I made sure not to put any tape over the circuit or inside the light bulb area. I used the foam tape to contain the battery, as well. [Note: I did not remove the foam tape backer off the top edge on the outside right side, because I left it ‘open’ to be able to insert a piece of card stock to inhibit the connection when the card is in the mail or in storage, to extend the life of the battery.]

Then, the base and wire for the light bulb were die cut from silver poster board using the same MFT thinlit set. I also cut a piece of vellum that was slightly larger than the light bulb. On the side that faced the circuit, I tinted the vellum with my Ohuhu alcohol markers in various yellow shades.

Next, I stamped the sentiment from the MFT Say Watt stamp set in Archival Black onto white card stock. Then, I used a banner die of unknown origin to die cut the sentiment.

Next I assembled the card. I adhered the vellum with Miracle Tape to the card front. I used liquid adhesive in a fine tip bottle to adhere the metal poster board die cuts together and on top of the vellum. I slightly offset the silver base of the bulb, so that some of the light appeared at the base of the bulb when lit. Then I attached the sentiment banner, and made sure that the word ‘on’ aligned with the battery.

That completed the card!

[Note: this card can be for any occasion for the love of your life; it could be birthday, valentines or just because!]

Hello Love #02

Today, I wanted to make a Valentine’s Day themed card.

I utilized a 6″ x 6″ square of red card stock plus scraps of vellum, gold poster board, and pink and cream card stock.

I die cut the red card stock using the Lawn Fawn Shadow Box Card die set. I used the double stitched heart from the Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider die set to create the heart window.

I used the tree trunks and bird dies from the Lawn Fawn Shadow Box Card die set to cut them out of cream card stock. Using the same set, I die cut the hills and most of the tree tops from pink card stock, and just two tree tops from Vellum.

After stamping the word Love in red (from Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin Kit) on cream card stock, I die cut it out with the tag die from the Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider die set. Then I scored and folded it and added a piece of foam tape in order to get it popped up. I used the ‘hello’ from the same die set to cut the gold poster board.

I then assembled the shadow box card using Miracle Tape and tacky glue in a fine needle tip bottle. I attached the assembled trees, birds & greeting. Note: I attached the wing on the other side of the die cut bird and attached it in reverse to have the birds face each other.

To finish, I used my Wink of Stella to add a bunch of shimmer, everywhere!

A little something sweet #01

Today, I wanted to share a card that I made for someone’s birthday. It is a CASE for YouTube blogger Marine Simon. I absolutely loved how cute it was! It makes me think of a little bakery. CASEing is the idea that I have seen the most with Stampin’ Up. It means Copy And Share Everything OR Copy And Selectively Edit.

I started out with a cut and scored A2 card base in white. I used the other half of the letter sized card stock for my other components of the card; I die cut both rectangles with the second largest dies from Hero Arts Infinity Rectangles. I masked off the bottom half inch of the A2 card front with post it tape. I used my Tim Holtz blending tool to apply Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Weathered Wood. Then I covered up the ink blending with the same post it note tape, and stamped with the Stampin’ Up Crosshatch Background Stamp in Weather Wood Distress Ink.

I stamped the sentiment in Ranger Achival Black Ink. The sentiment is pieced together from two Close To My Heart Stamp Sets (Card Word Puzzle and For Baby). Since I usually use it, I used the Tonic Studio’s Stamping Platform to do all of my stamping, except for that background stamp which is attached to a wood block.

On the other A2 card front sized piece, I did a bit of ‘water coloring’. I smooshed my Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick on a spare acrylic block. I used a water color brush with a bit of water to apply the ink in lines. After the watercolor was dry, I sliced it in half and die cut the edge with Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Borders.

Next, I die cut the windows with a Stitched oval from the Lawn Fawn Shadow Box Card die set. Next I sponged Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Shaded Lilac on the card base. Then I took all the pieces and misted them with water, allowed it to re-activate the ink, and blotted off the water with a paper towel. Then I lightly misted everything with Ranger Perfect Pearls in Pearl suspended in water to give everything a bit of shimmer!

I placed the card front on top of the card base, and lightly indicated the oval windows. Using doubled up mounting foam tape, I created the shaker portion and backing for rest of the card. I utilized a bit of plastic from my stash and adhered it to the card front with Miracle Tape, which is a super strong permanent double sided tape.

Now, I filled the shaker with items from my stash: pearl pastel seed beads; white, pink and purple sequins; and white iridescent glitter. Then I removed the backing from the foam tape and adhered the card front. Then I added a bit of the Miracle Tape at the top of the card front and some foam tape on the bottom edge of the striped piece, but I made sure that it wasn’t on top of the plastic window, in order to adhere the stripped ‘canopy’ to the card front with a bit of dimension.

On a piece of scrap white card stock, I stamped the cupcakes from the Concord and 9th Turnabout Sprinkles stamp set in Momento Black Ink. Then, I colored them with my Ohuhu Alcohol markers; pink (28/ 137/ 89), green (163/ 174/ 172), blue (182/ 144/ 76), purple (81/ 73) & brown (100/ 96/ 98). Then I fussy cut out the cupcakes, and used the black (120) alcohol marker to cover the edge bit of white. I traced over the stamping with the Micron pen in Black, because the Ohuhu markers moved the Memento Ink a bit.  (This may be due to the brand of white card stock I used for this card (Georgia Pacific).)

I adhered the cupcakes on the window. Then I used my Wink of Stella to add more shimmer to the card! I used it on the frosting of the cupcake and on top of the word “sweet”!

I stamped Happy Birthday on the inside to finish the card!

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

This blog is where you can see how I make the cards I have created.

I value all companies, and I will not be exclusive to any particular company.  I really wish that you buy and support your local businesses.  They can be physical brick & mortar stores, independent consultants or individual artists (who may not be local to you).  I do sometimes buy from the chain stores for the consumables, but when it comes to the stamps, dies and other tools, local stores have the best quality.

As for the items I use, I will list them, and where you can find it.  Note, some items I use are retired or unidentified (garage sale finds).  You just need to look in your stash to see if you have a similar item.  If not, you can check out the places and items I have suggested.  I value a good deal, and I will share it with you.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton