Color Matching with Stampin’ Up!

Color Matching with Stampin’ Up!

Hi crafty friends! Today’s card showcases the best reason to use Stampin’ Up! products: color matching! Discover the benefits, tips to get started, along with a tutorial that steps you through creating today’s beautiful card, making you look like a pro! See how I even pull off a little cheat and how you can too in a pinch 🙂

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While our top quality products and amazing customer service are great reasons to buy, in my humble opinion they just support your savvy decision! I want you to discover for yourself the benefit of coloring matching: more creative joy with less frustration and waste!

For way too many years, I just bought what caught my eye at the big box stores, especially with those weekly coupons! But guess what, invariably I’d start making a card only to realize I didn’t have cardstock (or ink or patterned paper or ribbon or embellishments or _____) to match. So I’d pull out more stuff in search of the “right” color. Part of the time, I’d just give up in annoyance  (after creating a heapin’ mess to clean up!) Can you relate?

I did this for years until I discovered Stampin’ Up!… LIGHTBULB MOMENT! Now, I use what I buy and have saved myself sooo much money and personal frustration because I’ve realized the benefits of value over price. Craft supplies taking up space hold little value if you’re not using them! It actually costs you- in time, energy and money. There IS a better way!

color matching with stampin up


With our products, each color is the same whether it’s found in ink, Designer Paper, cardstock, ribbon, embellishments or markers. As found on today’s card, Daffodil Delight in the Gingham Gala DSP will match the ink in the Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad and Stampin’ Blend markers, which matches the Daffodil Delight cardstock. Easy, no-fuss, expert coordination!

Where to start? Select a few favorite colors (there’s 53 to choose from or pick a Color Collection for the best value) and invest in essentials # 1 and 2 below (#1-3 will give you the most versatility), then move down the list as you’re able. Like to color? Maybe you’d prefer markers over Designer Paper. After the essentials, pick what you’ll use most. Repeat with additional colors as your budget allows. Follow this formula to move from frustrated to fulfilled… it works!  

  1. Cardstock (ESSENTIAL)
  2. Classic Stampin’ Pad with Ink Refill (ESSENTIAL)
  3. Embellishment of choice (ribbon or bling)
  4. Designer Paper
  5. Markers (Stampin’ Write dye based or Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers)

Items in RED are available while supplies last through June 3, 2019

STAMPS: Petal Palette (flowers), Beautiful Bouquet (sentiment)
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad, Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad, Daffodil Delight Combo Stampin’ Blends Markers, Old Olive Combo Stampin’ Blends Markers

  • Gingham Gala DSP, die-cut with the Layering Circles Dies
  • Whisper White Cardstock 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder; scrap for flowers stamped with Petal Palette and die-cut with Petals & More Dies
  • Thick Whisper White Cardstock 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored and folded on long side at 4-1/4″ to create A2 card base
  • Basic Black Cardstock, die-cut with the Layering Circles Dies
  • Vellum Cardstock, die-cut with the Petals & More Dies

EMBELLISHMENTS: Pineapple Punch 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (This is the cheat, as I realized I was out of D.D. ribbon after I’d started-oops! While not an exact match, you’ll find it’s easy to use other Stampin’ Up! colors in a pinch since they’re not only color-matched within that color, but are also designed to coordinate with each other! See the product list below for the color-matched ribbon I would’ve used)
ADHESIVE: SNAIL or Multipurpose Glue, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals
TOOLS: Big Shot Machine, Subtle Embossing Folder, Sponge Brayer, Circle Layering Dies, Petals & More Dies

color matching with stampin up

  1. Create card base with Thick Whisper White C/S
  2. Emboss Whisper White panel (*click HERE for video tutorial on how to step it up with color-matched Daffodil Delight ink). Adhere to card front with SNAIL or glue
  3. Die-cut black cardstock with large circle AND smaller scallop circle. Remove center scallop circle and save for another project. Die-cut Gingham Gala DSP with same scallop circle die. 
  4. Stamp flowers on Whisper White C/S, color with Blends Markers and die-cut with matching die.
  5. Die-cut vellum cardstock once with large leaf die; snip in half to make 2 pieces
  6. Temporarily position flowers & vellum leaves on above circles (but do not adhere), stamp sentiment in open area. Optional: Stamp greeting inside card and decorate envelope to match
  7. Adhere black circle on card front with SNAIL or glue; inlay gingham scallop circle, adhered with same
  8. Tie a large bow with ribbon; adhere to card front with Mini Glue Dots (see photo)
  9. Place a small amount of SNAIL on the backside of the flowers at the top and bottom; adhere vellum leaves
  10. Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to back of flowers (placing a few over vellum leaves to secure them in place), adhere over ribbon

color matching with stampin up

Want to make this? You CAN! 

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I hope you found today’s post helpful if you’re a little overwhelmed about where to start, especially if you’re new to Stampin’ Up! I’m here to help, so if you have questions or want suggestions to aid your decisions, please leave me a comment or contact me HERE. For those of you who already love Stampin’ Up!’s color matching, leave a comment below to encourage others. You may have just the words to help someone else.❤
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  1. Tammy, this is such a pretty card, and it is made with products that I already have! You are so talented. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks for your sweet comments, Diane! So glad you found some inspiration… have fun creating a little handmade happiness of your own❤

  2. Love the gingham ! I have stocked up on it . I agree with your reasoning as far as SU and everything matches . The same thing occurred to me several years ago . Now let`s rave about that Subtle EF !! I have not tried the ink /color inside and I LOVE how it looks ! I am going to pull mine out and do a Tammy on it !!! Thank you !

    • I see your name pop up and can’t wait to see what you’ll say to make me laugh today… you crack me up, girl! LOVE your sense of humor and always sweet comments. Once again- thanks for spreading your Sonny-shine!❤

  3. Great post, Tammy! Stampin’ Up! makes card making so much fun!

  4. Your color matching is beautiful! I love your card.

  5. Great advise….and oh so true.

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