Color Blocking with a Flourish

Color blocking technique with Flourish Thinlit Dies from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Color Blocking with a Flourish

Color blocking is a simple, yet bold technique that involves using brightly colored shapes and contrasting colors. It got its start with the artist Piet Mondrian (one of my favorites) and is popular in home decor, fashion, and… card making!

Card blocking is a great way to use up scraps of cardstock that get trimmed off the edges. When these scraps are laid next to each other, they make a nice flat surface that you can even stamp on top of!

These bold color blocks also make a great background for framelits. The contrast really shows off all the delicate details!

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring the color blocking technique and Flourish Thinlit Dies from Stampin' Up!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #273!

I think it is pretty clear where I got my inspiration from! I changed the angle of the color separation on the square shape, then had so much fun I made three more cards with all different shapes!

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring the color blocking technique and Flourish Thinlit Dies from Stampin' Up!

Card Directions

All four of these cards are created using the same basic instructions, and just substitute different shapes for the color block and the detailed thinlit. Play around and have fun trying different combinations!

  1. First, cut a Whisper White card base.
  2. Next, cut a Whisper White front panel that is 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Select three brightly colored paper strips from your scrap pile, lay them next to each other, and tape the ends with washi tape to hold them in place.
  4. Use a die, such as Stitched Shapes or Lots of Labels, to cut out a shape from Whisper White, then use the same die to cut a shape from the three paper strips.
  5. Adhere the three colors to the front of the Whisper White shape to create your color block shape.
  6. Die cut a Basic Black shape using Flourish Thinlit dies and glue it to the color block shape. Use very small dots of glue or a fine tipped glue pen to adhere the shape.
  7. Dry fit the color block shape on the front Whisper White panel to determine where it will be placed. Stamp a sentiment, from either the Flourishing Phrases or Sending Thoughts stamp sets, in black below the color block shape.
  8. Attach the color block shape to the front panel using dimensionals to add depth, then adhere the front panel to the card base.

If you don’t have a stitched edge on your shape, you can use a white gel pen to draw a dashed line to create a similar effect. You can see this technique on my Lots of Labels shaped panel.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring color block technique and Flourish Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up!

Color Combinations

Each of these color combinations was created using strips of paper from my scrap pile. I played with different color combinations until I found a couple that were vibrant and cheerful! I’ll show the colors that go with each card separately.

If you want see all the colors together, click the Pinterest “P” over on the left for a cool Pinterest image including all the cards and colors in one place!

Oval card:

Color inspiration: Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Marina Mist, and Basic Black

Circle card:

Color inspiration: Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black.

Lots of Labels card:

Color inspiration: Cucumber Crush, Calypso Coral, Emerald Envy, Basic Black

Square card:

Color inspiration: Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, and Basic Black

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring color blocking technique and Flourish Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, and Marina Mist

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush, Emerald Envy, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Sending Thoughts, Flourishing Phrases (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Flourish Thinlit Dies, Lots of Labels Framelit Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, white gel pen

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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