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Color Blocking Techniques + FREE GIFT

Welcome back! Today I am sharing several fun ways to do color blocking for bold card designs. These techniques are fun because they work with any stamps!

Color Blocking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked in the text below and in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

Color blocking is a fun way to create bold, graphic cards with any stamps. Be sure to watch my video… I show several different ways to achieve the look. Hopefully one works for you! These cards were inspired by an enamel pin I have, and the wonderful work of Laura Bassen. (Be sure to check her out!)

On all of the cards, I applied colorful Altenew Ink with Picket Fence Life Changing Brushes while working on a Waffle Flower Water Media Mat. This worked really well!

I started my first card by white heat embossing the Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Kaleidoscope Stamp on white cardstock. I then cut the background up into eight pieces and I inked each piece a different color. I then reassembled the pieces onto a card and added a few pearls for dimension.

Color Blocking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The sentiment at the center is from the new SSS CZ Design Good Job Mama Stamp Set. This set is FANTASTIC. Such encouraging sentiments for all the mommas out there!

Color Blocking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can achieve a similiar look with masking instead of cutting up the background. This features the Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Heart Stamp Set and SSS CZ Design Good Job Mama Stamp Set.

Color Blocking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

By the way, the Simon Says Stamp Deco Heart Die heart cuts out the center of this background perfectly!

Color Blocking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another example showing simple color blocking with masking. Along the masked portion where the sentiment is, I white heat embossed lots of floral images. I then added inks for bold color. All of these images are from the Simon Says Stamp Incredible Woman Stamp Set.

Color Blocking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Another way to do color blocking is to cut a gap between the pieces. Here, I used the Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers Stamp Set for the white heat embossing and a sentiment from the SSS CZ Design Good Job Mama Stamp Set.

Color Blocking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added the pieces with craft foam behind them for dimension.

Color Blocking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another cut-up color blocked background. My favorite! All of the images are from the Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers Stamp Set.

Color Blocking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also filled in the floral images with Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens for shine.

Color Blocking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My last example shows lots of masking! I first white heat embosses the sentiments from the SSS CZ Design Good Job Mama Stamp Set. I then stamped over that with Versamark Ink and the flowers from the Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers Stamp Set. Finally, I added lots of colorful ink with masking.

Color Blocking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can see the subtle flowers in the background. The Versamark Ink somewhat resists the color on top.

Color Blocking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I love this that Cathy Zielske wrote about the Good Job Mama Stamp Set:

“Good Job Mama is the result of a collaboration with one of my crafty mentors, Jennifer McGuire. Jennifer and I worked together to come up with the concept behind the set. We both wanted to offer a set that women could use to create realistic cards of support for their fellow mamas out there. Motherhood is many things ranging from ridiculously awesome to extremely challenging, and everything in between. This new stamp set is about offering acknowledgment to your fellow mamas out there. Sometimes simply being seen and acknowledged in a real way by someone who loves you can really lift you up. At least that’s been my experience in life.”

BLOG HOP + FREE GIFT

Today I am participating in the Celebrate Woman Blog Hop for Simon Says Stamp. I love this theme! To celebrate, Simon Says Stamp is offering a free 4-pack of Mother’s Day Sentiment Strips FREE with any purchase! These strips can even be foiled. Use code “WMN999”. Good through 4/28/19 or while supplies last. Shop HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of my bestie Kristina Werner. You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the SSS Blog.

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the SSS branded products, Waffle Flower Mat and Altenew Inks which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

SSS CZ Design Good Job Mama Stamp Set
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SSS CZ Design Good Job Mama Dies
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Simon Says Stamp Incredible Woman…
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Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers
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Simon Says Stamp Center Cut…
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Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Heart Stamp
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Simon Says Stamp Deco Heart Dies
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Hero Arts Infinity Circle Dies
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Picket Fence Life Changing Brushes
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Waffle Flower Water Media Mat
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Altenew Ink
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VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
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VersaMark Ink
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Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Heat Gun
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Anti Static Powder Bag
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
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MISTI Bar Magnet
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Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
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Gina K Connect Glue
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Gina K Dot Runner Adhesive
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Gina K Dot Runner Adhesive Refills
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Therm O Web Purple Tape
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White Craft Foam
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Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
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Lucy’s Cards Soft Snowball Pearls
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Jewel Picker
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Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
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Inkadinkado Masking Paper
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6×6 White Square Envelopes
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Simon Says Stamp V Flap Metallic…
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Simon Says Stamp Metallic Silver…
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Simon Says Stamp Doll Pink Envelopes
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Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue Envelopes
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86 thoughts on “Color Blocking Techniques + FREE GIFT”

  1. Wow! Love these cards! My favorite one is the card with the blocks raised up on the craft foam. The colors are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

  2. As usual, your cards are beautiful and have great technique! Thanks so much for sharing… these new stamp sets are just what we need to lift up our female community!

  3. Simon’s Deco Die Heart has become one of my favorite stamps. I’ve used it for valentines, weddings and anniversaries. Now you’ve show me I cause it for Mothers Day!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Really fun techniques and another GREAT video. I can’t wait to try this. I am wondering about the pearls you used….I’m not seeing them on your product list. Or did I just miss them. Thanks, as always, for this sweet inspiration!

  5. Wow I love the bright colors and all of your cards. I’m definitely going to try some this weekend. You always teach me something new. They’re fabulous!

  6. Cool designs – especially love the ones that are randomly cut with space between them. Great look – as always, thanks for sharing your creations!

  7. Jennifer, LOVE this technique! I haven’t commented in awhile but not because I don’t love your stuff!! I love your amazingly creative brain!! You continue to inspire me in so many ways. My heart is so full of gratitude for you as I strive to live by your godly example and create from my heart to bless others. I hope you and your family experience peace love and joy abounding.
    Xoxxooxo

  8. Gorgeous cards Jennifer–and great collaboration with Cathy Z for the Mama stamp set. It’s terrific–much of it no longer applies, since my “babies” are grown ups and doing with “adult” things, like job layoffs, juggling too many things to do, etc. They are awesome people and I’m one proud Mama. Thanks for participating in this great hop and to SSS for sponsoring!

  9. I love how you come up with innovative ways to change up an already beautiful card. Cutting it up and ink blending individually is a brilliant idea that is fairly easy to execute and adds so much originality and pop! I can’t wait to try these!

  10. What fantastic, colorful cards! I feel like I just went to art class and I loved going to art class! Thanks for all the how-to’s and for sharing these gorgeous cards.

  11. Beautiful cards and great techniques! I can always count on you for ideas and I’m sure I’ll come back to this video many times to refresh my memory! 🙂

  12. Loving the bright rainbow of colors! Yep, I thought of Laura Bassan, too! This looks like another great way to use my inks. Looking forward to giving this a try. Thank you!

  13. Love this technique and the cards!
    You may feel you are in a creative slump, but you have more creativity on your bad days than I have on my best. What you do is truly a gift and we are all so blessed that you share that gift with us. As you and Cathy put on your stamp set – Good job mama!

  14. I use color blocking in my sewing but just never thought about it for card making, but you did! I love all of these cards. You have so an awesome mind to come up with so many new things!!! These stamp sets are wonderful!

  15. Beautiful cards! Love the colors. Looks like your creative slump just disappeared! You always have such wonderful and different ideas for cards. Thank you.

  16. I like how you found your inspiration. I love the color blocking techniques and I am a fan of Laura Bassen too. I love these stamp sets that Cathy introduced. The sentiments are wonderful.

  17. Oh I love love the color blocks! It’s something I’ve never seen before. You’re video is so helpful. Yeay, to women celebrating women 🙌🏼

  18. A great technique Jennifer. Such awesome colours, I love bright colours and I think this is such a great way to use more on one card. I am glad I don’t have to say which one I love most, I love htem all!
    Thank you so much for all the time and effort you alsways put in your videos.

  19. Love this technique. I can’t believe you get stumped, It seems your mind works all the time. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Oh Jennifer your color blocking techniques are beautiful, love those cards are all the cheerful colors and the pearls are just the right touch !!

  21. Thank you for sharing all the different ways to use color blocking. These are all terrific designs and I appreciate your tips about the easiest ways to create them. You are such a blessing to the crafting world, Jennifer, thank you for giving of yourself and your creativity! When you get down or have anxiety, give yourself permission to do something just for you, create or do what YOU love. We’ll still be here when you’re ready to share again!💖

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