Choosing Color Combinations

Hello! I usually struggle with deciding on color combinations. Today I share my favorite places to look for inspiration… and LOTS of cards!

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[If the video isn’t showing up, click HERE to watch it. All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you. As always, I appreciate your support of my videos!]

Be sure to watch my video to see my favorite ways to come up with color combos! My favorite? The Color Catalogs!

Here are the cards from my video along with the main products featured. For the full supply list, scroll down to the thumbnails at the end of this post.


SENDING THANKS BIRD CARD – Finding unique color combos.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
Tea Collection Inspiration 2 (TCL)
Spellbinders Mini Blooms and Sprigs Dies (SSS | SPL)
Spellbinders Sweet Birds Dies (SSS | SPL)
Spellbinders Birdhouse Through The Seasons Dies (SSS | SPL)
Taylored Expressions Diamonds Piercing Plate (TE)
Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips (SSS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


GRATEFUL BIRD CARD – Finding unique color combos.
Size: 3 1/2″ x 6 1/4″
Featuring:
Boden Inspiration 1 (BDN)
Spellbinders Mini Blooms and Sprigs Dies (SSS | SPL)
Spellbinders Sweet Birds Dies (SSS | SPL)
Spellbinders Birdhouse Through The Seasons Dies (SSS | SPL)
Photoplay Banner Sentiments Stamps (SSS)
Photoplay Banner Sentiments Dies (SSS)
Photoplay #6 Dots Die (SSS)
Taylored Expressions Mini Slimline Envelopes (TE)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


YOU’RE AMAZING CARD – Finding unique color combos.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
Boden Inspiration 2 (BDN)
Spellbinders Large Die of the Month – May 2021 (SPL)
Spellbinders Small Die of the Month – May 2021 (SPL)
DMC Floss (ETS)
Needles (AMZUS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


THANK YOU STITCHED CARD – Finding unique color combos.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
The Color Catalog (SRH)
Spellbinders Large Die of the Month – May 2021 (SPL)
Poppy Stamps Thank You Poe Script Die (SSS)
Waffle Flower Rectangle Dies (SSS)
DMC Floss (ETS)
Needles (AMZUS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


HAPPY THOUGHTS STITCHED CARD – Finding unique color combos.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
The Color Catalog (SRH)
Spellbinders Large Die of the Month – May 2021 (SPL)
Simon Says Stamp XL Greetings 2 Stamps (SSS)
DMC Floss (ETS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


I THANK GOD STITCHED CARD – Finding unique color combos.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
The Color Catalog (SRH)
Spellbinders Large Die of the Month – May 2021 (SPL)
DMC Floss (ETS)
Honey Bee Stamps He Is Risen Stamps (SSS | HNB)
Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock (SSS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


LOTS OF LOVE CARD – Choosing color combos.
Size: 3 1/2″ x 6 1/4″
Featuring:
The Color Catalog (SRH)
Spellbinders Large Die of the Month – May 2021 (SPL)
Pinkfresh Lots of Love Die (SSS | PNK)
DMC Floss (ETS)
Spellbinders Essential Gems (SPL | SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Mini Slimline Dies (SSS)
Taylored Expressions Mini Slimline Envelopes (TE)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


MISS YOU STITCED CARD – Choosing color combos.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
The Color Catalog (SRH)
Spellbinders Large Die of the Month – May 2021 (SPL)
Pinkfresh Perfect Sentiments Stamps (PNK | SSS)
Pinkfresh Perfect Sentiments Die (PNK | SSS)
Waffle Flower Rectangle Dies (SSS)
DMC Floss (ETS)
Needles (AMZUS)
Spellbinders Essential Gems (SPL | SSS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


THINKING OF YOU STITCHED CARD – Finding unique color combos.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
Shari Carroll Instagram (INS)
Spellbinders Large Die of the Month – May 2021 (SPL)
Pinkfresh Celebrating You Stamps (PNK | SSS)
Pinkfresh Celebrating You Die (PNK | SSS)
DMC Floss (ETS)
Needles (AMZUS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


JUST A NOTE HEART CARD – Choosing color combos.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
Shari Carroll Instagram (INS)
Spellbinders Large Die of the Month – May 2021 (SPL)
Pinkfresh Perfect Sentiments Stamps (PNK | SSS)
Pinkfresh Perfect Sentiments Die (PNK | SSS)
Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink (SSS | HA | ELH)
DMC Floss (ETS)
Simon Says Stamp Friendship Text Stamp (SSS)
Needles (AMZUS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


THANKS STITCHED CARD – Choosing color combos.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
Tea Collection Inspiration 1 (TCL)
Spellbinders Large Die of the Month – May 2021 (SPL)
Birch Press Handwritten Thanks Dies (SSS)
DMC Floss (ETS)
Needles (AMZUS)
Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock (SSS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Color Combinations Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


I hope this was helpful!

SUPPLIES

ant to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found at my disclosure page. All products were personally purchased except the Spellbinders, Pinkfresh and SSS products which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, I was not paid to do this post nor am I on any design teams. I only use products I love!) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

The Color Catalog
[ SRH ]
Spellbinders Large Die of the Month
[ SPL ]
Spellbinders Small Die of the Month
[ SPL ]
Spellbinders Mini Blooms and Sprigs Dies
[ SSS | SPL ]
Spellbinders Sweet Birds Dies
[ SSS | SPL ]
Spellbinders Birdhouse Through The…
[ SSS | SPL ]
Spellbinders Fall Birdhouse Dies
[ SSS | SPL ]
Spellbinders Winter Birdhouses Dies
[ SSS | SPL ]
Spellbinders Spring Birdhouses Dies
[ SSS | SPL ]
Spellbinders Summer Birdhouse Dies
[ SSS | SPL ]
Photoplay Banner Sentiments Stamps
[ SSS ]
Photoplay Banner Sentiments Dies
[ SSS ]
Pinkfresh Perfect Sentiments Stamps
[ PNK | SSS ]
Pinkfresh Perfect Sentiments Die
[ PNK | SSS ]
Pinkfresh Celebrating You Stamps
[ PNK | SSS ]
Pinkfresh Celebrating You Die
[ PNK | SSS ]
Pinkfresh Lots of Love Die
[ SSS | PNK ]
Birch Press Handwritten Thanks Dies
[ SSS ]
Poppy Stamps Thank You Poe Script Die
[ SSS ]
Photoplay #6 Dots Die
[ SSS ]
Taylored Expressions Diamonds…
[ TE ]
Waffle Flower Rectangle Dies
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Mini Slimline…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp XL Greetings 2 Stamp…
[ SSS ]
Honey Bee Stamps He Is Risen Stamps
[ SSS | HNB ]
Honey Bee Stamps He Is Risen Stamps
[ ELH ]
Simon Says Stamp Friendship Text…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips
[ SSS ]
Spellbinders Essential Gems
[ SPL | SSS ]
Tea Collection Inspiration 1
[ TCL ]
Tea Collection Inspiration 2
[ TCL ]
Boden Inspiration 1
[ BDN ]
Boden Inspiration 2
[ BDN ]
Shari Carroll Instagram
[ INS ]
DMC Floss
[ ETS ]
DMC Floss
[ AMZUS ]
Needles
[ AMZUS ]
Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Bearly Art glue
[ SSS ]
Bearly Art Rubber Stopper
[ SSS ]
Scrapbook Adhesives Thin Foam Squares
[ SSS ]
E6000 Spray Adhesive
[ SSS ]
Trinity Stamps Gold Satin Baubles
[ TRN ]
Lucys Cards Soft Dahlia Pearls
[ SSS ]
Lucys Cards Soft Peach Pearls
[ SSS ]
Studio Katia Ripe Persimmon Pearls
[ SSS | STD ]
Trinity Stamps Something New Pearls
[ SSS | TRN ]
Studio Katia Embellishment Wand
[ SSS ]
Funnel Tray
[ KATS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool 2.0
[ SSS ]
Tool For MISTI
[ ETS ]
Taylored Expressions Mini Slimline…
[ TE ]
Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink
[ SSS | HA | ELH ]


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26 thoughts on “Choosing Color Combinations”

  1. Love all your beautiful inspiration with this new stitching die. Just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your creativity and time.

  2. Great cards, ca you help me. I just purchased the color chart bundle. But how do i receive it. How do i download it.

  3. These are beautiful, the thinking of you card is by far my favorite. I have not tried sticking on cards, but after seeing these cards I may have to give it a try. I will not look at a dress the same way again, it is all about color.

  4. I would never have thought to cut the stitching dies and use part of it. I am awe inspired. Such a creative mind. Your recommendation of Neenah cardstock was a game changer too. Thank you.

  5. I would never have thought to cut the stitching dies and use part of it. I am awe inspired. Such a creative mind. Your recommendation of Neenah cardstock was a game changer too. Thank you.

  6. I don’t see a picture for ordering that gate dies that you put a stitched flower in the arch. The monthly dies membership shows only stitched flowers and I want the gate!

  7. I love stitching on cards and these Spellbinders dies are wonderful. Wish you could get them without going into a subscription (fixed income). Thanks for all the tips on color matching. Great video.

  8. There is also a free app called COLOR GRAB that allows one to scan a color, file it in a library and match it with 14 different sryles, (analogous, triad, complementary ect) it has several differnt editing featues like tonal changes and white light.
    Great for those sluggish imagination moments when wanting to purge something from the aging stash!

  9. Thank you for showing how to adjust the dies to make different looking cards. The sources for color combos was extremely helpful.

  10. Love the bright color combinations! I ALWAYS struggle with choosing the right colors since color theory is not my thing, so this was VERY helpful.

  11. Your cards as always are amazing and inspirational. I would like to know how you got the dark navy blue background on the “you’re amazing’ card. The colors are perfect for a bridal shower card that I am working on for my niece. Thank you for sharing, I always look forward to new videos from you?

  12. I love your cards. I learn so much more from your videos because you streamline your content and don’t wander off into personal stories.

    Some days you bring out a die or stamp and I think, I would never pick that. When you’re done, I’ve gotta have it.!

    I’m interested in The. Color Catalog but didn’t see a companion for DMC. Did you just match the DMC to The Color Catalog yourself?

  13. Amazing cards and great tips, dear Jennifer. Thank you for sharing. Most of my color inspiration comes from nature and gardens, everyday objects can be a source as well. When I make cards for someone specific I like to work with their favorite colors that way I often work with colors that I would not have chosen otherwise — after all there is so much green in nature and I can’t make only green cards. Oh and I should not forget — I personally love bright colors combined together bright yellow, pink, orange, red, purple, chartreuse green, throw in some gold accents and I’m in color heaven. Not necessarily all at once, but at times all at once. This love stems from a fascination with Indian saris. You can google saris and you will see how vibrant and alive the colors are. It translates very well to art and cards. I would love to see you try that as well.
    Thanks again and my very best to you,
    Caroline

  14. Vera Bradley products also provide great color combos. I appreciate all your sources and have purchased The Color Book.

  15. Great video and gorgeous cards as ever Jennifer.
    The colour combo I use on a card depens on the mood I’m in, which person I make the card for. The inspiration for those combo’s are from things I see like a tv commercial with duvet covers, sheets or curtains. Or advertising brochures and yes also sometimes from sombody that walks by and has a great colour combo in his/her clothes.
    And off course the people I follow like you!
    Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

  16. I use designer printed scrapbook paper from my days (years) of scrapbooking. The colors are always perfect together and I just purchased and downloaded The Color Catalog along with the Companion to “swatch” both my threads and Copics.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. Amazing cards Jennifer!!!! Can you tell me what the purple paper is you used for the card base and the flowers? I have been searching for a color like this forever!!!

  18. Jennifer, thanks for the link to the Color Catalog. I hopped over and purchased one. I am forever searching for easy color combinations and my old ragged Stampin’ Up! color wheel just doesn’t cut it! LOL! Your projects are all so beautiful.

  19. I highly recommend walking through a fabric store. You will be overwhelmed by the myriad color combinations.
    Another fun way to experiment with color combinations is to mix up your collection of card stock scrap strips. It is amazing how many unusual color combinations you can create.

  20. I like to use my Stampin’ Up catalog for color combinations… and I keep the old ones for that reason, too!!

  21. I heard a good color combination search tip from Daniel West when he was creating a card for Hero Arts. He suggested using the Coolors website (yes coolors, not colors). There are trending colors combos which also have Copic marker numbers if you want to get a close or close enough match. It’s helped me step outside the box a bit and create different color combinations.

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