Color Blocking Technique for Handmade Cards

By | September 25, 2017

Today I’m exploring the color blocking technique for handmade cards.  Color blocking involves combining colors opposite each other on the color wheel.  These are called “complimentary colors”.  The colors are then paired together to make interesting color combinations.

Color blocking originated in the fashion world.  It has since spread into the areas of interior design and home decor.  We also see it used in the papercrafting world as well.

Here’s a card I created using the color blocking technique for handmade cards.

Color Blocking Technique for Handmade CardsDESIGN NOTES:

  • The “striped” block behind the maple leaf is an example of a “color block”.  I used blue and red as contrasting colors.  Technically, they aren’t directly across from one another on the wheel, but their difference in color works for a contrast.
  • I added a neutral color (Smokey Slate) between the two colors for more of a contrast in the color block.
  • To create the “block”, attach the color strips to a piece of scrap Whisper White cardstock.  You will see how I did this in the photo below.
  • Notice, the color blocks run at an angle.  Here’s a photo of how I created that effect.

Color Blocking Technique for Handmade Cards

 

Of course, because I can’t let anything go to waste, I created a second card with the leftover square cut-out.  Here’s that card.

Color Blocking Technique for Handmade Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The color blocking on this card is the background piece.
  • Center lined image is from the Hello Color stamp set (Wood 143943, Clear 143946).  I didn’t color the entire image, but just filled in some of the lines.

 

I hope you enjoyed learning about the color blocking technique for handmade cards.  Is this a technique that you’d like to try??  If so, what colors would you choose to use on your project??

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