COLOR COORDINATES: Shari Carroll’s Purple


Happy Friday everyone!! It’s Shari here with a Color Coordinates set that I think you’ll enjoy.

One of my favorite two colors together is purple and green, a combination I don’t use it often, but it’s always been a favorite. For this Color Coordinates I started with those two and added in a few more to complete the look.


I totally experimented with inks to create this background. At first, I wasn’t sure if it would work… but it did! I used Yupo with the inks and blended them together with a blending tool and my finger, then added spritzes of rubbing alcohol. Yupo is an interesting synthetic paper that let’s the ink sit on top of the surface. Alcohol breaks down the ink so it can flow… resulting in this amazing marble effect.


Once I had my background, I die cut the Tim Holtz Wildflowers from white cardstock and added them to the background. Then I die cut “Love” from a Tim Holtz silver Deco sheet which is set onto a strip of black cardstock with the white embossed “You”.


I’m so glad I filmed this technique as I was experimenting so I could share it with you. You can watch the full process video below or on our YouTube channel HERE.


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Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have a creatively awesome weekend!

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  1. This is such a cool technique and the colors are beautiful! The end result is a gorgeous card – thanks so much Shari! I always love your work and am excited when there’s a new video too!!!

  2. How do you seal the Yupo? Because I tried this last night with Distress inks, rubbing alchohol, and a pad of Yupo I had bought, and I was really happy with the results, but after I dried it with the low setting on my heat tool and even let it sit overnight, I tried to wipe away some little fibers that got on there, and the ink wiped away with them.

  3. Thanks so much for the awesome video! The background looked like hydrangeas to me before and after spritzing with alcohol. Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Shari, I absolutely love these colours and the card you’ve made with this technique and background!! I will definitely be trying this out, but will have to go and watch your video to see how you did it. Thanks for all of the incredible inspirational overload!! lol!!

  5. I love this color combination, too. I also love the crisp white images against all that color–stunning! Thanks for the introduction to new products and techniques.

  6. This color combo is one of my very favorites!! Something about purple and green together that is so pleasing to my eye! I think that’s why I plant so many purple flowers in the springtime!

  7. Wow. This is beautiful! I love this color combination, and the blending technique you used is something new to me, but produced fantastic results!

  8. Love it all! The colours, die cuts, layout….everything! Thanks for the tutorial, Shari! Gonna try it out.

  9. Absolutely love this colour co-ordination! Purples and reds are my usual go to colours but will now try the green and blue. Thank you for the inspiration

  10. I am not much of a purple lover but you have converted me! This is absolutely spectacular! The combination of colors has me mesmerized and excited to give this a combo a try! TFS!

  11. Wow! Great color combo – so ladylike and pretty. I just ordered Hot Mama – can’t wait to get it. I’m hoping it’s different from all the pinks/purples I currently have.

  12. Shari–the colors you choose are always so beautiful together! I just love this card–so elegant! I’m going to try and duplicate some of your techniques on an anniversary card I need–wish me luck! I will, of course, be practicing first! Thanks for all you share!

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