Color Combinations Made Easy with an Updated Close To My Heart Color Wheel!

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At Close To My Heart, we absolutely love color! A great palette is the foundation for great artwork, and has an unparalleled ability to inspire, energize, and soothe. We recently launched our new Core Products catalog and, with it, eight new colors that were added to our exclusive color palette, including Color of the Year, Wild Berry!

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Today we’re going to show you how to create beautiful artwork using this statement color in three different color combinations. To get started, we’ve arranged the Close To My Heart color palette into a color wheel. Choosing colors for your artwork can be easy when you’re working with the right tools—and that includes the best color options!

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***Keep in mind that our exclusive colors are made up of much more complex tones, shades, and hues than how they are categorized on the simplified color wheel offered above. As you reference and use this source, know that it is not 100% confining. As you become more familiar with what makes colors work together visually, you’ll find that this color wheel is very flexible.***

Download your very own color wheel, here.

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The Wild Berry color combinations we’re sharing today are reminiscent of what you would see in our Love of Color how-to book series. Each two-page spread focuses on one exclusive color from our palette shown in three different pieces of artwork, each in a unique color scheme. You’ll never second-guess your color choices again with this inspirational guide!

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In this first example, see how Wild Berry beautifully works together with Sapphire, Lagoon, Mint, and Sundance. With Wild Berry as the dominant color, the yellow-orange, blue, and blue-green shades create gorgeous complementary elements, tying the entire piece together.

In these next cards, we combined Wild Berry once again with Lagoon and Mint, and then with Nectarine and Scarlet. Wild Berry acts as an accent color in the standard size card and dominates in the slimline card. We can give you all the color combinations, but in the end it’s up to you to decide how much of each color you want to use and how to balance your artwork. You can use the same color combination to create several pieces of art but they do not have to look or feel the same! (Isn’t color amazing?!)

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For our final combination, we paired Wild Berry with Avocado, Black, and Charcoal.

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If you look at Wild Berry and Avocado on our color wheel, you’ll notice that these two colors are opposite each other, which means they are complementary! We incorporated the neutral tones of black and charcoal for accents, but this is really a complementary color scheme in disguise!

If you’d like to learn more about color theory, or if you’re in need of a simple refresher, revisit a few of our previous posts we’ve published on this blog:

Monochromatic and Analogous Colors

Complementary Colors and How to Use Them

Using Split-complementary Colors

Triadic Color Combinations

Double Complementary Color Schemes

Once you get these basics down, creating your own color combinations will be a breeze! In the meantime, or if color theory just isn’t your thing, look to our Love of Color series as your ultimate color guide for creating perfectly balanced color combinations!

Do you have a favorite Close To My Heart color? (Retired colors count!) Let us know in the comments below!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Happy Page
Z4320 Autumn is Calling Stamp + Thin Cuts, D2050 Holly & Ivy Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X8027 Noteworthy Paper Packet, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X6042 Mint Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, X6051 Sundance Cardstock, X6056 Wild Berry Cardstock, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6527 Wild Berry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3833 Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z5021 Wild Berry Loose Sequins, Z2531 Bright Pink Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2519 Gold Yellow TriBlend™ Marker, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z6012 Wood Hearts, Z4095 Botanical Embossing Folder, Z3983 Tabs Thin Cuts, Z4334 Slim Alphabet Thin Cuts, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z3191 6″ x 8″ Memory Protectors™ Design 2, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine, Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Flower Market
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6″ x 8″ Happy Halloween Layout with Pocket Scrapbooking
Z3988 Buddies—Joey Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3989 Buddies—Ian Stamp + Thin Cuts, B1760 My Acrylix® Halloween Buddies—Isaac Stamp Set, X6053 Avocado Cardstock, X6047 Black Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X6056 Wild Berry Cardstock, Z6527 Wild Berry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2531 Bright Pink Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2475 Brown Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z2476 Fair Skin TriBlend™ Marker, Z2519 Gold Yellow TriBlend™ Marker, Z2510 Ice Grey Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2520 Yellow Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2498 True Black Marker, Z1513 White Gel Pens, Z5008 Wild Berry Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine 

3½” x 8½” Hello Autumn Card (Vertical)
Z4320 Autumn is Calling Stamp + Thin Cuts, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X6056 Wild Berry Cardstock, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6526 Scarlet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6527 Wild Berry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z5010 White Gloss Spray, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z3342 3-D Foam Dots, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine 

4¼” x 5½” You’re O-fish-ally the Best (Vertical)
CC9217 Fishy Greetings Stamp + Thin Cuts, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X6042 Mint Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X6056 Wild Berry Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3834 Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3833 Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4287 Wild Berry Shimmer Brush, Z2531 Bright Pink Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2519 Gold Yellow TriBlend™ Marker, Z2488 Green Turquoise TriBlend™ Marker, Z2526 True Blue Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z5010 White Gloss Spray, Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z5021 Wild Berry Loose Sequins, Z3886 Mini Ink Blending Tool, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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For the Love of Color: A New Color Wheel!

It is officially love day, and we couldn’t be more excited! Valentine’s Day is a time designated to focus on and celebrate the relationships that matter most, and, in case you didn’t know, you are at the top of our significant others list as part of our beloved crafting community! We simply couldn’t let this special relationship go unnoticed, so we made you a one-of-a-kind Valentine that we hope you’ll enjoy!

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Download your new CTMH color wheel, here! <3

We updated the color wheel we shared with you last year to include this year’s new colors from our exclusive color palette!

Since we’re celebrating relationships today, we thought it would be fun (and practical) to talk about relationships between colors and what makes certain pairings work. We’ve summarized color theory principles from previous blog posts and compiled them, below, to have them conveniently available for review all in one place.

Once you’ve chosen basic colors using any one of these combination options, jump on the Close To My Heart color wheel and take your pick from the exclusive colors that fall into each category. If you’d like to learn more about any of the individual principles or would like to see more artwork examples, click on the provided links at the end of each section. Lastly, if you don’t have the time or would simply rather not read through color theory (we get it 😉 ), skip to the end of this post to see how we make using a full spectrum of color even easier!

Monochromatic and Analogous Colors:

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Monochromatic color designs make use of a single color that varies in lightness and saturation. Sometimes, a piece of artwork that we may think is monochromatic is actually following an analogous scheme, which is just a fancy way of saying that the featured colors are next to each other on the color wheel. One color is typically dominant while neighboring colors are used to enhance the design. (Monochromatic and Analogous Colors)

Complementary Colors:

Complementary colors are two colors opposite each other on the color wheel, such as Candy Apple and Clover (red and green), and Goldrush and Bluebird (orange and blue). If you notice, one side of the color wheel is made up of warm colors while the other is made up of cool colors. Complementary colors, since they are across from one another, will have one of each. They create a vibrant contrast, making each other pop without being jarring to the eye. (Complementary Colors and How to Use Them)

Split-Complementary Colors:

Split-complementary colors are pretty much what the name implies. When you are using two complementary colors, split one of them into its two adjacent colors on the wheel to end up with three colors that will visually work. Take red-orange and blue-green, for example. They are opposite each other on the color wheel and therefore complementary. Add a third color using the split-complementary scheme by splitting red-orange into two and use red and orange with the blue-green instead. (Using Split-complementary Colors)

Triadic Colors:

A triadic color scheme is a lot easier to understand than it may sound. Just like some of the other theories, triadic color combinations make use of three colors. This time, instead of being next to or opposite each other, triadic colors are three colors that are equally spaced around the color wheel, and when connected by lines create an equal sided triangle.Triadic Color Combinations #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhstargazer #stargazer #star #gazer #colortheory #color #theory #redyelloblue #red #yellow #blue #canary #cranberry #sapphire #scheme #combination #vivacious #bright #harmony #harmonious #balance #balanced

There are only four triadic color combinations on your basic color wheel:

  1. Red, Yellow, Blue
  2. Red-orange, Yellow-green, Blue-violet
  3. Orange, Green, Violet
  4. Yellow-orange, Blue-green, Red-violet.

(Triadic Color Combinations)

Double Complementary Colors:

In a double complementary scheme, we use a combination of four colors that, as the name implies, is made up of two complementary color pairs. (Remember, two colors are complementary if they are opposite each other on the color wheel.) To make it even easier, this kind of color combination is also known as rectangular colors because, when the four colors are connected on the color wheel, they form a rectangle. (Triadic Color Combinations)

After reading, reviewing, and applying these color principles it’s easy to see that making harmonious color combinations isn’t so hard. Keep that trusty color wheel close by and pick your colors with confidence!

We also know that color theory isn’t for everyone. If you fall into this category or would like to see pages and pages of artwork examples that we’ve come up with using these principles, then Love of Color is for you.

Love of Color

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Love of Color is our latest how-to book, and through its pages the exclusive Close To My Heart color palette comes to life! In it, breathtaking artwork illustrates how to create beautiful and perfectly balanced color combinations without any guesswork. Each spread in this book starts out with one exclusive color that is then combined with two, three, and four other exclusive colors, shown in beautifully crafted inspirational artwork.

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This layout was created using one of the three Smoothie color combination options offered in Love of Color. In this example, Smoothie was paired with Ballerina, Eggplant, New England Ivy, and Heather. Smoothie is the dominant color and the others were used to create accents throughout.

Thank you for being our Valentine today and joining us through this celebration of color! We hope that you are always living your life in full color and that you are moved to do something creative today!


Recipe:

12″ x 12″ Sunshine Layout
D1817 My Acrylix® So Much Happy—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7240B Something Fierce Paper Packet, X5994 Ballerina Cardstock, X6000 Eggplant Cardstock, X6006 Heather Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, X6022 Smoothie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4244 Stencil Sheets, Z6501 Ballerina Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2826 Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4270 I Heart Us Sequins, Z4245 Opaque Matte Texture Paste, Z4520 Palette Knives, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut Shapes:
Artbooking
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Flower Market
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Matching Made Easy

As many of you know, we have four color palettes called Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment, and Basics—and for each of these color palettes, we have a bunch of coordinating products, including themed embellishment packs we call “Complements.”

Just like the name implies, these Complements perfectly complement the other products in a given color palette—which makes creating cohesive artwork a breeze!

Well, with our latest idea book, we’ve come out with four more themed Complements packs for these color palettes. They include stickers, die-cuts with foil, and all sorts of other cute accents, all of which match the color palette.

See how you can combine these new Complements with their coordinating patterned papers below!

Enchantment

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Adventure

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Whimsy

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Basics

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You’ve seen how the Complements and papers work in a given color palette, but if you’re adventurous, take it to the next level! Add stamping by using ink colors that coordinate with the palette, and then add even more by using cardstock or ribbons from that palette as well! Check out the “Fundamentals” section of your Annual Inspirations idea book for more inspiration.

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Color Coordination Made Easy

Introducing Sea Glass, our first-ever Color of the Year! #ctmh #closetomyheart #seaglass #mint #scrapbooking #cardmaking #crafting #colorinspiration #trendycolor

One thing we are most proud of is the way our color palette makes color coordination effortless. Essential crafting supplies like cardstock and inks are available in all of our exclusive colors, which are the same colors used in patterned papers and many accessories.

This year, we’ve introduced a new color that we’re calling our Color of the Year. Like our other colors, this trendy, minty hue called Sea Glass comes in a stamp pad, mini pigment pad, re-inker, cardstock, and glitter paper. You’ll also see hints of Sea Glass in different patterned papers, embellishments, and other products throughout the year.

Since Sea Glass has been introduced in this stand-alone way, today we want to share some ideas for how you can combine Sea Glass with our other colors.

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We love Sea Glass paired with yellows. It’s a great color combination for your spring and summer layouts because it’s bright and happy. Add black to the mix for a clean, modern vibe.

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Sea Glass also looks really sharp with metallics, like on the “Best Day Ever” card shown above. The minty hue and the gold give your artwork some vintage flair. If you want to go a more monochromatic route, pair Sea Glass with greens, like the Emerald cardstock on the “Yay” card.

When it comes down to it though, Sea Glass is such a versatile color that you should just try it out in all different kinds of color combinations to see what you like best—you really can’t go wrong!

Finally, we have some great resources to help you replicate our exclusive colors using some other coloring tools: the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers and our watercolors. Take a look to see what combinations of markers or watercolors you can use to fit in with our palette colors—including Sea Glass!

Download Marker Guide

Download Watercolor Guide

Freshen up your favorite color combinations by adding minty Sea Glass to the mix, and then finish off your artwork with watercolors and markers that perfectly match!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Lucky in Love Layout
Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter Paper, Z3269 You & Me Complements, Z3265 School K-6 Complements, Z3264 Good Life Complements, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z2097 Mini Staples, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ You Make My Heart Happy Card
A1192 My Acrylix® Happy Heart, Z3262 Rustic Home FundamentalsZ3253 Adventure FundamentalsX5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2507 Sea Glass Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment PadZ3267 All Together Complements,Z3269 You & Me Complements ,Z3265 School K-6 ComplementsZ1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

4″ x 4″ Yay Card
D1700 My Acrylix® Way to Go, X5783 Emerald CardstockX5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter Paper, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3273 Baby Boy ComplementsZ1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Best Day Ever Card
Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals,X5789 Sea Glass CardstockZ3269 You & Me Complements,Z3264 Good Life Complements, Z3267 All Together Complements, Z1263 Bitty SparklesZ2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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