Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Technique Tuesday: Color Blocking

Color Blocking refers to using blocks of different colors on a project.  There are several ways to do this.  For the first example, there are three blocks of colors cardstock.
The colors for this card were inspired by The Paper Players Challenge (PP121) for this card.
Each block has been embossed with the same image.  Repetition can have quite an impact on a card, particularly when the color is in stark contrast to the background.    A small bit of taffeta ribbon on the corners makes a beautiful simple card.
The other option for Color Blocking is to use ink.  Many people use acrylic blocks on the stamp pad and then stamp them on paper.  Here the squares are masked off and sponged with ink.
Adding the bold black images on top of the squares give a wonderful punch.  This simple card is a single layer image and perfect for the mail (since there is no additional thickness that could cause extra postage).

Papers: Very Vanilla (#101650), Old Olive (#100702), Bravo Burgundy (#105123), More Mustard (#100946), Crumb Cake (#120953), Whisper White (#100730)
Inks: Crumb Cake (#126975), VersaMark (#102283), Pool Party (#126982), Lucky Limeade (#126984), Calypso Coral (#126983), StazOn (#101406)
Stamps: Aviary (#116956), Mixed Medley Hostess Set (#128054), French Foliage (#121166), Just Believe (#116948)
Other Supplies: White Embossing Powder (#109132), Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon (#122966), 3/4" Circle Punch (#119873), 1" Circle Punch (#119868), Scallop Punch (#127811), 1-1/4" Square Punch (#119865), Stampin' Sponges (#101610)

Aviary (#116956)
French Foliage (#121166)

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  1. Wow....love these both! I remember that SU used to have a set of stamps in shapes...square, circle, triangle....and I LOVED them! Your second card reminds me of that set...love the leaf! And thanks for playing with the Paper Players this week!

    1. I used a square punch to make this mask, but you could also use a circle or pennant punch to make other shapes. TFL!

  2. Crystal, I came so close to using the Aviary stamp set for my card this week. You really rocked it with the colorblocking on both of your cards. Love the ribbon detail on the corners, too. Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)

    1. This is one of my favorite sets and I turn to it often. TFL!

  3. Two fabulous cards!!! I haven't done much colour blocking lately but LOVE the dramatic look! Thank you for inspiring me to do so this weekend :)

  4. Great cards Crystal! Love how you've used a variation of one technique to create two completely different cards! Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players this week!