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.
- 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.
- I attached little pieces of color cardstock behind the stars and corner cutouts. This was a great way to continue with the color theme of the card without taking away from the blocking.
- Tools and stamps used: Colorful Seasons stamp set (143726), Seasonal Layers Thinlits (143751), Layering Squares Framelits Dies (141708), and Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (144674).
- Color Blocking technique is for handmade cards is easy to adapt to any type of card theme simply by changing the color choices.
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.
- 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??