Summer School 2018: Complementary Colors

One of our perennial favorites around here is our Summer School series. Understanding and internalizing different design concepts allows you to bring your ideas to life. With a little practice, these ideas will quickly become intuitive, leading your card designs to come together with minimal effort. Over the course of this week, we’ll bring you videos and projects designed to help you understand these basic principles and incorporate them into your own crafting.

Complementary colors refer to colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel — yellow-purple, red-green, and orange-blue being the traditional complementary pairings.

Handmade cards from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Stephanie Klauck. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to see how complementary colors can be used to add easy contrast to cards for any occasion.

While the concept of complementary colors is a simple one, Stephanie’s video is packed with tips and tricks for building and filling out pattern, mass producing cards suitable for a variety of occasions, and adding beautiful, simple finishing touches that demonstrate the thoughtful design choices that go into each card you make.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got prizes! Using today’s lesson, create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it using the link below.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on July 12. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Friday, July 13.

As a Summer School student, you have three ways to win:
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
  • To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 1 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful creations!

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Comments (32)

  • Georgiana

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    After watching the video I found a color wheel that had other complementary colors. Fun challenge.

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  • AndreaH

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    What fabulous cards from everybody. I don’t know how your going to pick a winner of these, I certainly couldn’t. Well done to you all and a big THANKYOU for all the inspiration. Xx

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  • Zippy

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    Love seeing all the takes on this assignment!

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  • Donna

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    Great tutorial and cards, very informative!

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  • Aileen

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    Wow Stephanie you manage to make it all look so simple, I hope I can go off to my craft room and throw together a set of cards with the complimentary colours just like you have done. Especially that Christmas one, how neat is that not a Christmas stamp in sight yet perfect.

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  • Jeanne

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    I love them all so very summery

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  • Ishani

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    This is so cool.. just two complimentary colors..on one card! Wow.

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  • Betty

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    this is definitely going to be way out of my comfort zone, but think i have a good idea for a card. have really been enjoying this summer school!

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  • Gail Scott

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    Thank you for the new challenge – colors are my challenge – but I will do the homework! Have a blessed week

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  • Deborah Skluzak

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    Beautiful cards. I always forget the color wheel for inspiration.

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  • Terrie D.

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    These cards are lovely! I haven’t tried using complimentary colors in stamping; thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • Gina Bivens

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    Such beautiful and fun cards—You guys are great inspirations to newbies—Thanks for making this so fun and informative

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  • Josmary flores

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    I have to try this. Never done any complementary color card before.

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  • Melissa

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    Wow, I’ve got to try this. Your cards are beautiful!

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  • Lindarub

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    Have to start using complimentary colors.

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  • Nora

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    I love using complimentary colors!!! I also like that you made three different cards with the same sets but just changing out the colors makes them look completely different. Your added touches with the gel pens is fabulous!!

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  • Phyllis Freese

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    Love these cards. Your reminder to use the gel pen after stamping really makes these flower images pop.

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  • Cindyellen Robinson

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    Interesting. Now, this is something I’ll have to think about. . .

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  • Jill D

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    Great cards. I love how you got three different cards once it was all set up. Each card had it’s own personality. I will get started on my homework.

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  • Anne Sturgeon

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    This was a very informative video. I love how you did the various colors and made the whole thing so doable. I have these floral sets and am definitely going to try this. Nicely done…

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  • Jill A Figley

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    Beautiful cards. I love this concept of using complementary colors, and I can’t wait to get started on my homework…:-) Thanks!

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  • Debbie Rumpza

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    gorgeous cards… Going to go dig through my stash to decide what to make for today’s challenge!

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  • Dee Earnshaw

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    sweet cards:)

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  • Becca Yahrling

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    Pretty cards, Stephanie. Great design! I need to get a Misti for this style
    (it’s on the wish list). I love all the color combos used, but the red & green
    is my favorite. The purple & yellow are a close 2nd for sure. This is THE
    BEST summer school ever (thankfully, I’ve never been before; that usually
    meant you didn’t pass your last grade! lol).

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  • Wanda Radler

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    These are all amazing cards as usual Stephanie. I can’t wait to try this assignment!

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  • Angie B

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    Wow! You created a fabulous set. I loved watching the way you placed your flowers. I used my phone for placement the other day when I created a card using the stitched blooms. Tech is so fun. Your complimentary colors look amazing. I love that you made multiples but still all three are unique just by changing the colors and sentiments!

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  • Susan Thibaud

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    These are beautiful. I love your technique.

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  • Pamela Schultz

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    This challenge might be a little more difficult for me, but Stephanie makes it so easy. Thanks.

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