The Colour Families

I used to find myself frequently wondering, “What colour would be best for this card?” Or perhaps something like, “What colour should I get that would be most versatile for me?”

The answers for these questions are going to change from person to person. So here’s an idea: first try getting the packs of card stock that contain two sheets of each colour from a particular colour family. The packs are only $8.50 each and you get 20 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock. “What’s a colour family?” you ask. Here’s a picture to show what a “colour family” is…


There are four families: subtles, brights, regals and neutrals. There are ten colours in each of the families. (Not all colours are shown)

This wonderful idea that I came up with came at a bit of a cost. I thought I knew right away what colours I would love, so I got them. As it turns out, there were a few that I really didn’t like as much as I thought I would. So I spent more money and got more colours.

If I had just gotten the packs of card stock that came with two of each colour, I could have seen how much I loved one colour over another. I would have saved money by only getting the full packs of the colours I knew I would use a lot of.

Also, this way, I would have at least two sheets of card stock of every colour. So if I suddenly wanted a colour that I rarely used, I would have had it.

Another great way to figure out what colours you are going to use the most is to look at the card ideas in each of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues. You can see on every page how colours are used. Tag each page that you like the colours on (even if you don’t like the cards), and then see what colours show up the most on those pages.

Here’s a closer look at each of those cards and a list of all the colours in each family.


Colours I used: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder and Pear Pizzazz.
Additional colours: Blushing Bride, Marina Mist, , Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi.


Colours I used: Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red and Old Olive.
Additional colours: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mombo, Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango.


Colours I used: Cherry Cobbler,

Colours I used: Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant and Garden Green.
Additional colours: Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Perfect Plum and Rose Red.


Colours I used: Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.
Additional colours: Basic Black, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.

Hope that helps you figure out where to go next with your paper crafting ideas.


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