Thursday, April 16, 2015

Stamping 101: Stampin' Up!'s Color Families

I have a fun post for you today! It's all about color! One of my favorite things about Stampin' Up! is that all of the products coordinate, and a big part of that is the colors. Have you ever gone to your local craft store and tried to match paper to ink, or even just patterned paper to a solid color of cardstock? It can be frustrating, because the colors are just a little off. Stampin' Up! has solved that problem by providing inks and papers that match!

Part one of this lesson: Stampin' Up! has four color families - Brights, Neutrals, Subtles, and Regals. The colors in these color families pretty much stay the same. Every once in awhile, Stampin' Up! does a color refresh and switches things up, but they have promised us not to do that more than once every few years. The last color refresh was two years ago, so who knows? Another one may be on its way soon!

Each color family includes ten colors.



The neutrals family also includes Whisper White and Very Vanilla, not pictured here.



Now comes part two of the lesson - our In Colors. In Colors come in groups of five colors, and there is a new group of In Colors introduced every year with our new Annual Catalog in June. The In Colors stick around for two years, so there are always two groups of In Colors to choose from. These colors often include current trends.

The five colors that will be retiring this year are just beautiful. I will really miss them!

These colors will be around for another year, and I really like them too!

All of our colors have fun names too, like Blackberry Bliss and Wild Wasabi. Like I said, everything coordinates. All of the patterned paper (Designer Series Paper) that Stampin' Up! sells includes colors from these color families, and when you look through our catalogs, you'll see a list by each one that tells you which colors coordinate with it.

We also have a helpful tool called the Color Coach. The Color Coach helps you come up with beautiful color combinations for your cards and projects. You can buy the new In Color cards to add to it every year.

So... which Stampin' Up! colors are your favorites? I love Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, and Coastal Cabana (and so many more)!

Any guesses on what the new In Colors this year will be? I can't wait to see them! Demonstrators get their first look at the new Annual Catalog on April 30, and I am so excited! The new catalog is available to customers at the beginning of June, but I'm sure you will see some previews before then. If you want an early look, join my team! I'd love to have you, and I won't even tell that you just joined for the sneak peek. ;-)

Saturday is the last day to place an order for my Stamp Camp to Go. Don't miss out!

Happy Stamping!

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