Do You Have Essential Colors You HAVE TO HAVE?

I discovered recently that I have a number of colors that I use most often, and I’m thinking about that a lot as we get ready to retire the 2021 Annual Catalog. Next month! Can it really be that time of year already? ink pad storage Celia's paper garden

I generally steer away from getting the InColors that come and go every two years. Stampin’ Up! has five colors that will retire at the end of next month as part of the usual InColor retirement. When they retire, five new InColors will come in and will stick around for two years. That’s the way InColor rotation works, so we’re always getting to use fresh and popular colors. The InColors that were introduced last year will stay another year.

I’m “cozy” when it comes to space in my stamping nook and I like it that way. I have a problem with visual chaos so this fourth rendition of a studio is just perfect for what I want to do. That means I don’t have every color of the ink pads, and I don’t have all the colors in card stock, either. I’ve narrowed my space down, I’ve limited what I make to cards without fancy folds, and I have had to limit my embellishments to what will go through the mail on a single postage stamp — without tearing the envelope!

As far as neutrals go, I don’t use black ink and haven’t had it for a long time because I don’t water color. I used to have StazOn and if everyone is being honest, we all loved that fragrance of cherry almond, right? All of the Stampin’ Up! inks are water based, so they won’t water color well, but they work very well with alcohol markers, including Copic brand.

I heard Erin Napier talk about color theory and color psychology a lot this current season of Home Town, and a little bit toward the end of last year’s shows. While I’m working on building a garden outside my bedroom windows, and expanding the heck out of it, my goal is as much color as I can find that the deer don’t eat. The deer don’t generally find anything in the yard they want to eat, and I want to keep it that way, but I need a lot more color out there.

Any guesses as to what new colors might be coming? I’m anticipating the introduction of Periwinkle as it’s the Pantone Color of the Year 2022, though I have no idea what is actually coming. I would love to have a Lapis Blue. If that happens, I’ll use my remaining question mark to bring in Cajun Craze to my essential list. It works well with Southwest ideas and takes the sting out of the retiring of Cinnamon Cider.

Let’s chat!: Do you have colors you gravitate to in your studio? Let me know what they are so I can work with you to create cards with those colors, using stamps that you already own. Do you find yourself grabbing the same stamp set frequently? Which ones? And what about card stock … I’m hooked on thick white, but Heather Nichols uses Crumb Cake for hers most often. What’s your favorite?

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