Foolproof Ways to Spice Up Your Color Combos

Foolproof Ways to Spice Up Your Color Combos

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So, the holidays happened, and I fell a bit behind on sharing my Sketch Starter projects here. No time like the present to share some more inspiration though, right? If you haven’t popped over to this month’s Sketch Starter Challenge, stop on by and give it a try and you could win a $15 gift certificate from Altenew!

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sketch #18

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let’s talk color!

Crafters tend to stick with the same color combos – mostly because they’ve found something that they like and it’s easy to use it over and over. But, that can get a bit boring, right? But how do you go about finding new combos that will work well? Look no further than the color wheel!

We’ll look at two different color combos today – analogous and complimentary. An analogous combo is a grouping of 3 or 4 colors that are found next to each other on the color wheel, like green, green-blue, and blue. Or, red-orange, red, and violet-red. Complimentary colors are opposite from each other on the color wheel, like green and red or orange-yellow and blue-violet.

analogous scraps

I raided the scraps bin for the background pieces, so, not only did I come up with great color combos, I added in visual texture with various patterns and used up some great pieces from my stash! I used the color wheel to look at a pile of scraps and group them into piles of colors that would look good together. So, when I ended up with a pile of blue-greens, knew I could do this first project in an analogous scheme.

Handmade greeting card featuring Altenew

Adding in the sketch kept me from adding in too much pattern, and creating simple, gold embossed outline florals gave me tons of white space to keep everything balanced.

Handmade greeting card featuring Altenew

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complimentary scraps

One of my most favorite complimentary combos is pink and green! This look is like a yellow-green and violet-red look – just one off from the traditional red & green of the Christmas holiday.

This is the same layout, just turned 90-degrees. And, to soften it up a little, I added a bit of a pink haze behind the squares with some soft ink blending.

Handmade greeting card featuring Altenew
Handmade greeting card featuring Altenew

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Here’s the companion video that will walk you through creating both designs!

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I have a $15 gift certificate to Altenew to give away to one lucky winner! I would love to see what you come up with using this latest sketch. The giveaway is open today through the month of September, so get out your craft supplies and enter in a project!

You can enter as many times as you like during the month. One winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. International entries welcome! The InLinkz will close at 11:59 US Central Time February 24th. Winner will be announced on February 25th during my Running with Scissors episode on YouTube.

You can choose from any of these sketches for your entries! When you’re ready, you can add your project in the linkup below, or head over to the Challenge Page to review the rules and linkup there!

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1 thought on “Foolproof Ways to Spice Up Your Color Combos”

  1. Great cards. You took what I thought was a difficult challenge and came up with two great cards. My favorite color combination and one that I use the most is pink and green. Love the papers you chose, especially for the second card.


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