Cutting Up the Color Card

9.11.2012

I have loved my Kona color card for awhile.  So pretty to see all the fabric possibilities lined up just waiting for you to buy them and make something beautiful.

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Except there was one problem.  The fabric swatches were glued down.  So when you wanted to see how two colors played with each other, you had to try to finagle the cardboard to try to get them somewhat in the same vicinity while not bending the heck out the card. 

I don’t think I need to tell you how well that worked.

So I cut it up.

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It was a little scary making that first snip.  But then it was almost liberating…is that weird?  Take that color card!

But then how to store them? A quick google search gave me lots of ideas.  A hole punch and a ring.  A jewelry case separated by color.  All good ideas but I wanted them to be easily accessible and visible.  And moveable of course.

Then my time working in special education came to the rescue…velcro strips. 

If you are not familiar with what I am talking about, we use velcro strips a lot.  For reinforcement systems to communication modalities to sensory issues, velcro is where it is at.  I have spent many many hours putting velcro on the back of pennies. So this is the most unoriginal idea ever.

So I bought strips of velcro and cut the soft side into small pieces.  And them stuck them on the back of each and every little square.  Which takes a very long time. There are 243 of those babies.

Then I stuck the rough side velcro strips onto an old canvas I had laying around from another previously abandoned project.

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A little little color sorting and sticking later, I have this completely functional and not to mention somewhat pretty piece.cutting up the kona color card

The best part? You can take them off and move them anywhere.  Or rearrange them in any way.  Or just look at al the color possibilities.

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So when I am trying to match solids to colors in patterned fabric, I just swipe them from the strip.

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Or when I want to see certain colors together…just pull them off and move them around.  And return them back to the strip later of course.  Can’t lose any of the colors in the mess I call a craft room.

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I added a couple of velcro strips around the craft room so I can stick them anywhere.  Like over the sewing machine…

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Or even on the bottom of the canvas-

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I am not sure why I did not think of this earlier.  Or why it makes me so happy.  Maybe I should have pinned up the color card for display a long time ago. Or done some self-reflection about why little pieces of fabric stuck to a canvas make me smile.

Anyways all I know is I love how it has functioned so far.  And I love looking at the colors while I am busy cutting.  Even if it does make me weird.

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23 comments:

  1. Jenny,
    That is a great idea. I have seen the color cards cut up, but I love how you displayed them! Love the idea that they are rearrangable!

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  2. I think you should put a velcro strip on Carter's back. The possibilities!

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  3. Oh, my. I love this idea! I have a color card and have often had the same challenge. This approach is both cute and utilitarian. I don't have the space for this kind of thing now, but I'll definitely have to remember this for when I do!

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  4. That is so pretty and functional, great idea!

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  5. How cool is this? I love how it turned out and it's so practical. I think I need a color card. And that pinwheel fabric.

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  6. Brilliant! Makes me feel happy just looking at it.

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  7. Great idea. Might just need to get me one of those colour cards. Could you put the velcro on before you cut the squares out?

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    1. I bet you could if you used the strips. It could save time, but it also could be more difficult to cut out the swatches evenly with the velcro on the back. I would interested to hear how it works out!

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  8. You are so SMART! I've wanted to cut up my card but knew I'd lose colors about 3.2 seconds after cutting.

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  9. I love this! I just ordered a color card (finally!) and this is definitely going to happen to that card! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. that is so pretty and such a good idea! looks like it will allow for lots of easy inspiration too! love it.

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  11. that is so cool and functional! genius.

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  12. this is an absolutely awesome idea!

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  13. It's pretty amazing how big they expand when released from that card! Makes you admire what they accomplished in making it.

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  14. I love this idea SO much! Useful and lovely--it doesn't get much better! Could you please give me a rough estimate (really, just a guess!) of how big the board is that you used to display the little cards? I would appreciate it very much!

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  15. I saw this, and had to do it myself -- what a great idea! And I, too, am ridiculously happy with having it hanging by my machine. :D

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  16. Questions and thoughts:

    -There isn't any space between the "swatches" was it hard to cut apart? I'm a bit nervous....

    -Is it just me or is anyone one else beyond annoyed that the colors on the edge are bigger and have the name on the top?

    -I know they're expensive but velcro does make sticky individual circles, i have staples rewards from turning in ink cartridges from work and staples happened to have a nice assortment of velcro... so virtually free velcro! :)

    -I'm thinking of putting them on multiple sheets of cardboard in a binder, since i don't have free wall space....

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    1. Hi Gail- I just cut them apart the best I could right on the line between the color and was pleased with the results. The different sizes were annoying, but I think in the grand scheme they were not as noticeable. I love the velcro circle and binder idea. Good luck!

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  17. Great idea - and thanks for the photos. I love having my "tools" on display, and these color swatches are too pretty too hide.

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