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!