Color Blocking for Card Making

Learn how to use the coloring blocking technique to take your card making to the next level. It’s a simple masking technique which enables you to create blocks of color across any size piece of cardstock.

The cards feature the Thoughtful Wishes stamp set from Stampin’ Up! However, you can use any supplies you have on hand with this technique.

Creating the Blocks

First let’s talk about how to create the color blocks. For this technique you need some type of adhesive backed paper that will stick to your cardstock yet is easy to remove. Washi tape or masking paper will work great for this technique. The masking paper is more practical and easier to use for this technique especially if you want different widths. It comes in 5 x 7 inch sheets so you are able to cut them to different widths and lengths to create the color blocks.

Color Blocking for Card Making

For the first layout, I cut 3 strips of the masking paper at 1/4 x 5 inches. Each piece of masking paper was applied to the 4 x 5-1/4 inch piece of cardstock to create 4 separate blocks. Simply peel off the backing from the paper and adhere them to the cardstock.

Color Blocking for Card Making

The second layout features a 1/4-inch-wide piece of making paper added to the white cardstock vertically. The other piece of masking paper is 1-inch wide and is applied horizontally.

Color Blocking Ideas

Once the masking paper is in place you are ready to blend color into the blocks and stamp a few images! You can use any colors or stamp set you have on hand with this technique.

For these cards, I chose a few colors inspired by the Thoughtful Journey suite. Using a small blending brush, I added some Peach Pie, Fresh Freesia, Pool Party, and Misty Moonlight ink into the various blocks. Next, I stamped a few images from the Thoughtful Wishes stamp set into each of the blocks. You can use Early Espresso or Black ink to stamp the images.

Notice how the greeting is in one of the color blocks on the first card. However, on the second card the greeting is on the white space. Using a 1-inch-wide piece of masking paper for the second card, enables me to have a space to stamp a greeting once the blending is complete. It’s a super fun technique with lots of possibilities!

For more coloring and blending techniques, check out my latest post featuring the Loveliest Tree HERE.

Tutorial & Supplies

Now you have a couple of ideas to help get you started with the color blocking technique. For a complete list of supplies and instructions for creating these cards, feel free to download the printable tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed these card ideas and are inspired to play around with this technique. There are so many different possibilities for creating the blocks so have fun with it! Be sure to watch the video to see this technique in action. Have a fun and creative day my friends! ~ Lynn

4 thoughts on “Color Blocking for Card Making”

  1. Using the masking paper was such a great idea – and so simple!! Thanks for sharing this technique, Lynn!

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