Introduction to Color Theory – Day 1

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There’s a new mini class taking place right now over at Online Card Classes. It’s a three-day Introduction to Color Theory class taught by Debby Hughes of Lime Doodle Design. I’ve been a major fan of Debby’s work for a long time. She has such a wonderful eye for color and design aesthetic is absolutely brilliant. When I saw this class was being taught by her, I signed up straight away.

Mel's Card Corner | Introduction to Color Theory - Day 1

The first lesson was all about the color wheel and learning the basic types of colors (primary, secondary, etc.). I already knew most of the information presented, but it was good to hear it again from someone else’s perspective.

As part of my homework, I created my own color wheel of 12 colors using only three colors of paint. I used Quinacridone Rose, Hansa Yellow Light, and Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), all from Daniel Smith.

Overall, I was pretty pleased with how my color wheel turned out. There were a couple of areas where I feel I could have done a better job. I don’t think I have quite enough difference between my orange and red orange shades. I also feel like my blue violet shade looks a bit more indigo than a true blue violet. I think part of this stems from the fact I was using Phthalo Blue as my blue. It’s a very strong color and I think I just let it take over a bit too much and it got away from me.

Mel's Card Corner | Introduction to Color Theory - Day 1

For our homework, we were tasked to create a card using the lesson taught by Debby along with a couple of inspiration cards created by Laura Bassen and Jennifer McGuire. I created this fun rainbow of balloons using the Birthday Balloon Stamps from Sunny Studio Stamps and inks from Catherine Pooler Designs in Rockin’ Red, Orange Twist, Limoncello, Lime Rickey, Something Borrowed, and Grape Crush. I overlapped all of the balloons which not only help add to the illusion of being transparent, but it also created fun new colors at all the overlapping points.

Mel's Card Corner | Introduction to Color Theory - Day 1

Once I had all the balloons stamped, I stamped the bow and string on each balloon using Twilight ink from Catherine Pooler. I then added a generous coat of Clear Overlay Sparkle pen to give them some shimmer. For a final detail on the balloons, I used a white gel pen to add some reflection points.

Mel's Card Corner | Introduction to Color Theory - Day 1

For the sentiment, I did a combination of stacked die cuts and a stamped/heat embossed sentiment strip. For the die cuts, I used Smoke cardstock from Catherine Pooler Designs. I applied some Sizzix Adhesive Sheet to the back side of the cardstock then used the Celebrate Die-namics from My Favorite Things to cut out the celebrate word four times. I removed the backing paper from the adhesive sheet then adhered them all together to create the stacked die cut.

For the sentiment strip. I used a 1/2″ wide piece of Real Red cardstock from Stampin’ Up. I went over the strip using an anti-static powder tool then stamped one of the sentiments from the Emphatic stamp set by Cathy Zielske of CZ Design using VersaMark ink then heat embossed it in white.

To assemble the card, I adhered the focal layer to a Real Red layer then adhered that to a top-folding card base made of white cardstock. I adhered the sentiment strip near the bottom of the focal layer then adhered the stacked die cut to the card overlapping it slightly on the sentiment strip. For a final bit of embellishment, I added a coat of the Clear Overly Sparkle pen to the stacked die cut then added a generous coat of Glossy Accents over that.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed my card today. It was so much fun to make. If you’re interested in learning more about basic color theory and how colors work together, be sure to check out this class over at Online Card Classes.

Until next time …

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  1. Debby Hughes says:

    I had the same trouble with the red-orange and orange Melissa – to get that difference is tricky and I know others have found the same too. The Phthalo Blue certainly created a beautiful rainbow but as I’m reading your post, I remember how it can be quite strong and staining – ask my plastic palette LOL.

    I’m particularly in love with your balloon card as a fabulous example of creating more colours from overlapping your inks.

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