Summer School 2018: Primary 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.

Primary colors are among the first we learn as kids and for that reason, sometimes have a bad rap as being a childish choice for projects. Really though, primary colors are essential. Not only do they provided the basis for our other colors, they also impart such a playful cheeriness (kid card or not) that they shouldn’t be overlooked.

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

Handmade card 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 well primary colors work together, eliminating the stressful step of color picking.

Now that you’ve seen the video, you know it’s possible to create a vibrant scene with a simple trio of colors. If you’re not confident in crafting a scene though, why not attempt a simple grid design featuring images colored in red, blue, and yellow — this sunny example from Stephanie ought to be just the motivation you need!

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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Also, don’t forget that today is the last day of our retirement steals sale — 75% off retiring items. This will be your last opportunity to grab any of the remaining items so go give our sale category one last peek…we wouldn’t want you to miss out on taking advantage of these incredible savings.

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

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Comments (32)

  • Mary Berry

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    Love the new products that are birthday themes.

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  • Georgiana

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    Being a teacher, I enjoyed using these “Back to the Basic” colors.

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  • Aileen

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    What a fantastic job Stephanie did with this two cards, now I cant wait to give this a go and see if its possible to make a card look as good as she has especially as one of my stamp sets has just arrived that is the little girl in her rain coat. Fabulous, I know they don’t have to be the same but just love how she did that card and the suns one is so sweet.

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  • Sue Washburne

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    Your cards are so cute! Primary colors aren’t my go to choice ,but I enjoyed the challenge.

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  • Ishani

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    Oh.. this is inspiring.. you made the primaries shine! I have to try this 🙂

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  • Josmary flores

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    While I love red blue and yellow, i don’t like using them together In a card. Will be a fun challenge to see what I come up with.

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  • Melissa

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    Cute cards! So bright and cheerful with only 3 primary colors. Thanks for the video!

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  • Vijaylaxmi Siyal

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    Such bright n colorful cards ???? Thanks for sharing the video ????✌

    I have a query – to join this educational series competition ..one must need MFT stamps or any brand is allowed ?

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  • Betty

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    your cards are so darling, Stephanie – and i’m so pleased you used muted red and blue ’cause i don’t like the bright colors either.

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  • Zippy

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    This one was fun!! I need to get back to my bright colors more often!

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  • Gail Scott

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    Thank you for the new challenge- I need to catch up!

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  • Pamela

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    Very cute cards. I love using primary colors on kids cards.

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  • dee earsnhaw

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    lovely work:)

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  • SentSue

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    Super fun ideas! Thanks for the challenge.

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  • Gina Bivens

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    I am having the hardest time uploading—I take a pic, save to my Pinterest board, and upload image url, but for some reason I get an “Already used” type error—Does any have a simpler way to get this done—Please and Thank You

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  • Debbie P

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    I love your cards.

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  • Deborah Skluzak

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    Very cute cards. Love the muted blues.

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  • Lindarub

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    Had to look for something that I could only use primary colors .

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  • Kirsty Vittetoe

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    Wow, the primary colors make for some Spectacular creation, I must really try it!

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  • Miesje Flach

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    I am not a huge primary color only user – it was a challenge but a good one!

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  • Cindy Baker

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    Oooh! I’ve never done the link upz thing and I think I did it right! Go me. Lol

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  • Connie

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    Love these. Never would have thought to use primary colors.

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  • Jill A Figley

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    I just love this challenge, and think both of the cards featured are just too cute. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  • Jill D

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    Great cards. Love coloring.

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  • terrie rodrigue

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    Love the way you used your primary colors nice bright colors…
    Great looking cards….tfs

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  • JaneenK

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    such great ideas. now i have to get my thinking cap on.

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  • S. Molinari

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    Love primaries! Do you have to use MFT products exclusively for the challenge?

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    • Erica Hernandez

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      We’d love to see what you can do with MFT products but primarily (see what I did there 😉 ) just want to see everyone participate so go ahead and use what inspires you!

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  • Susan White

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    Yeah! I love primary colors!! Great cards!!

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