Sunday, February 13, 2011


I ran across a gorgeous card at Snappy Stampin' with Arielle H. Gordon that used the color-blocking technique, and it was so nice that I used it twice! What a great technique for color challenges...there are so many options, and the result always looks impressive. Arielle links to a tutorial at SplitCoastStampers, which is very helpful and full of inspiration. She also has a version using circles that is incredible, but I'll have to practice a little more to pull that off!

This is my first attempt at colorblocking; I used one of favorite paisley rubber stamps because it's so full of detail. The sentiment is actually the second line of the Made Just/For You stamp that came in my rubber Alice in Wonderland set. I'm such a risk-taker! I mounted this front onto black card and made a message space from the purple. However, I put it in the mail before taking photos! What can I say, I needed a last-minute card!

Inspiration: Color Throwdown Challenge #128 (palette on right)
Supplies: Recollections & Core'dinations cardstocks, Fiskars papercutter, ZipDry glue, ColorBox liquid chalk, Memento and StazOn inks, sentiment cling-mount rubber stamp from Alice in Wonderland set, Paisley rubber stamp by Stampabilities

This is my second attempt at color-blocking, and it came out so well because I'm a great big cheater. I decided to work with my pretty flower silicon stamp set, which I just discovered is by K&Company, and this week's sketch at Card Positioning Systems. Well, one thing led to another and I ended up importing the sketch image into SCAL (at 5% brightness, to create the gaps between the sections) so that I could cut exactly the pieces I wanted onto four colors of paper. After running it through the Cricut, I stamped the Copic (white) paper while it was still on the mat. I decided to try the emboss-resist method, which led to a sad story of yet another Cricut mat succumbing to fine embossing powder and a heat tool. I guess that's what I get for cheating and stealing that layout! Totally worth it. I think the best choice I made with this card was using this pre-printed, vintage-y, dotted green paper as the base. So glad I saved it!

Sketch: Card Positioning Systems #205
Color: SPCC #86
Supplies: Recollections & Core'dinations cardstocks, Fiskars papercutter, ZipDry glue, Martha Stewart and Versamark liquid chalks, Memento ink, sentiment stamp by Hero Arts, K&Company Amy Butler Lotus Floral silicon stamps, Cricut & SCAL, Stampendous! embossing powder, Marvy heat tool
Copic Ciao markers: YR 04, E08, R02, G99, G21, BG93, YG41


  1. oh wow...i might have to try that color blocking technique! love the color scheme on your 2nd card too! great sketch!

  2. Very pretty card! Love it! Thanks for playing at SPCC!

  3. Good Job on the sketch - I like the idea of the pattern paper.
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  4. These are very pretty! I love the colors you've used on your CPS card, and those beautiful flowers! Happy Valentine's Day! ♥♥♥

  5. You did a FABULOUS job!!! Aren't new techniques fun?!?!


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