Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Color Temperatures

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The last day of MFT Summer School has arrived, and before we clean out our desks and fill up our backpacks one last time, we have one more lesson to share with you today.

It’s been an absolute pleasure being your principal this summer, and I want to thank our talented teaching staff for working with me to bring you these fifteen fantastic lessons. Without all of their hard work, we never could have made it happen. So a gold star and hearty thanks to Julia, Kay, Keisha, Kimberly, and Stephanie for their invaluable contributions.

Next month, we will be back with something EXTRA special which will allow you to really show your stuff. So print up the three study guides from Session One, Session Two, and Session Three and study up. September is going to be final exam time, so to speak. How’s that for piquing your interest? 😉

Alrighty. Time to open up your notebooks one last time, class. Let’s begin.

Lesson #15 – Color: Color Temperatures

For our final lesson of MFT Summer School, let’s take a look at the intentional use of color to create a mood for our designs with various Color Temperatures. The temperature of colors can be seen in the varying color hues used to create a mood.

The first group of colors are Neutrals (black, white, browns, grays). A neutral color palette like the one that Kimberly used below often evokes a classy, elegant, sophisticated, and glamorous feel.

Handmade cards from Kimberly Crawford featuring Watercolor Flowers stamp set.

Another group of colors is the Cool Colors (blues, purples, greens). A cool color combination like the one that Kay used in the card below evokes a calm, serene, and harmonious feel.

Handmade cards from Kay Miller featuring Peerless Watercolors.

You can heat things up with the Warm Colors (reds, yellows, oranges). Teri‘s warm colors in the card below evoke an energetic, optimistic, exciting, playful, and happy feel.

Handmade cards from Teri Anderson featuring Four Way Chevron Cover-Up Die-namics.

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Kimberly Crawford. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to learn more about when and how (and when) to use the various types of Color Temperatures in your designs.

I love how Kimberly even matched her card bases and embellishments to the mood by consciously choosing colors that furthered the mood she was going for.

Handmade cards from Kimberly Crawford featuring Brushstroke Birthday stamp set.

Can you see how the different color temperatures give these cards three different moods? Now that you know a little more about color temperatures, you can intentionally choose colors that reflect the meaning of your design.

To aid in your learning, we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School Session Three Study Guide. Download it HERE, and then print it. It will be a handy tool that you can refer to as you design!

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got two prizes per day and two ways to win. Using today’s lesson, we’d love for you to create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it to the link below. Master the lesson and win a $50 voucher from My Favorite Things and be featured on the blog on August 25th. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

MFT Summer School Color Temperatures

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on August 21st. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, August 25th.

Here’s your homework for your chance to win:
  1. Create a project following the lesson you learned today.
  2. Be sure to link your project below for your chance to win!

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more lessons in how to use the various types of Color Temperatures in your projects.

AliceErinJillKarinKimberlyMiriamTeriVeraVeronica

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Now make sure to do your homework! Thanks for being such great students!

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Comments (13)

  • D.Ann C

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    Well, it took me til the last minute to finish up… now looking forward to Septembers exam… I may play hooky that week. ha! Thanks for the fun and interesting lessons!

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  • Liz O.

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    Another fabulous week of lessons! THANK YOU! All of you ladies rock!!! Thanks for all you do and share!
    Have a wonderful day!

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  • foleysfriend

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    I have learned so much during Summer School here at MFT. I was so inspired that I even finished my homework – that’s a first! Thank you for presenting the various themes/techniques/theories to make my cards better.

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  • Zarah

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    I wiiiish I had found these classes earlier, they rock! 😀
    I entered with some cards without MFT-items, since I don’t own any and I couldn’t see whether or not I could… so here’s hoping! 😉
    Thanks for the inspiration! 😀

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  • Diane

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    I’ve enjoyed this series of classes so much, thanks for doing this summer school, MFT! I can’t wait to see what September has in store for us!

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  • JaneenK

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    thanks for these classes. i haven’t had time to even look at them until this week and thought i would play along as a way to say thank you for doing this. I’ve learned a lot even though I’ve been stamping for thirteen years.

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  • Teresa Doyle

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    WOW Kimberly. Loved this video. Pinned it for future reference!

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  • Mary Kohnen Smith

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    I really loved all of the summer school classes. I had a very hard time finding them, though. Next year, I would love to get an email telling me they are beginning as well as getting them every day. I had to search for each one.

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  • Susan Lang

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    The samples of the Celebrate card above really drives home the point. You can see the neutral one would not be a great happy birthday feeling. Great lesson. Sad to see Summer School is done.

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  • barb macaskill

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    LOVE this and am hoping I can create something to play along!!! Summer School has been fun!! [email protected]

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  • Dottie J

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    This series looks excellent, but my summer has been so busy I could only glance at the topics. I hope it stays visible on your website so I can go back to it and watch the videos. Thanks for providing such helpful instruction to this card-making community.

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  • Dolly

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    Well done on all of the lessons ladies!!
    I can’t wait to see what you have planned for next month! TFS and Great work on all of the projects and lessons!

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  • Jill

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    Today you wrap another simply awesome week of knowledge here SRO. All the Summer School lessons have been fully informative and eloquently broken down. Such a plethora of education to refer back on, if one needs direction and inspiration. I’ve enjoyed it ALL so. 🙂

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