Color Blocking Technique 3 Ways

If you are looking for an easy technique to make simple yet stunning cards the Color Blocking Technique is a really great option. In the tiny bit of research I did on color blocking I found out that the actual process of color blocking was created by Piet Mondrian, and in the art world this process came to be a trend during the modernist art movement. The basic concept behind color blocking is a design that uses two or three colors and simple shapes to create a striking impact and vibrant energy. You will find color blocking everywhere in art, clothing and decor (see pictures below). For card making, a color blocking design can be achieved very simply, and I’m going to show you 3 ways to create this effect.

Color Blocking 3 Ways

Take a look at the video tutorial that explicitly demonstrates this technique and download the written tutorial for your files.

Papercrafting Playdate 62 – Color Blocking Technique

Color blocking examples across art, fashion and decor.

Painter’s Tape & Acrylic Blocks for Color Blocking

  • Gather 2-3 ink pads with either contrasting or ombre colors.
  • Tear off a piece of painter’s tape the size of the “block” you want to achieve.
  • Gently lay the tape sticky side down onto the surface of the ink pad and press lightly to pick up the ink.
  • Carefully peel off the tape and transfer to the cardstock where you want the block to be.
  • Press lightly to transfer the ink and then peel the tape off of the cardstock.
  • Repeat process with additional colors and/or sized of painter’s tape.
  • When background is complete, stamp an image over the blocks in Memento Black Tuxedo ink. The image you choose can be anything: words, a line art image or solid images.
  • (Follow the same process of transferring the ink if using an acrylic block except you may need to have use a foam mat under the cardstock to get a full impression of the block.)

Stamped Background Images for Color Blocking

  • Choose an image designed for creating backgrounds that has some solid shape to it. Here are some great options to use:
    • Watercolor Shapes 156968
    • Season of Chic 158810
    • Oceanfront 157862
    • Painted Poppies 151599
  • Stamp the shaped image to create a background with 2-3 ink colors.
  • When background is complete, stamp an image on top.

Cardstock for Color Blocking – Stack & Shuffle

  • Choose 3-4 pieces of contrasting or ombre cardstock colors and cut to the same size.
  • Find a large image or series of small images and stamp in Memento Black Tuxedo ink onto each piece of cardstock in the exact same location. It works best to use the Stamparatus Tool for help in exact positioning.
  • Cut the cardstock pieces at the same time into smaller pieces. The number of cuts should equal the number of colors being used. Keep the pieces in their stacks.
  • Shuffle the pieces in each stack so that 3-4 focal points will be created and each one will have a different mix of the 3-4 colors.
  • Adhere the pieces onto a matte layer piece of cardstock and mount to the card base.

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The Squash Fold as a Card

Let’s take what we learned about explosion cards using the squash fold from yesterday’s projects and expand on the idea. Another fun use for the squash fold is to use it as a card base. By making the starting square of patterned paper larger at 8-1/2″ you can create a squash fold with the finished size of 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″. This perfect square card not only fits nicely inside an envelope, but also gives you plenty of space to decorate and embellish on it.

8-1/2″ Squash Fold Cards

Please refer to my video tutorial, Papercrafting Playdate 61, to watch the step by step process of putting these cards together, and then download the inspiration pdf below for your files.

Supplies Needed for Squash Fold Card

  • 8-1/2” x 8-1/2” patterned paper or cardstock
  • 4 – 4” squares (2 basic white and 2 patterned paper)
  • Any pieces you want to decorate the front of the card

Optional Pieces for Closing the Card

  • 1” x 9” piece of cardstock for a belly band.
  • 16” ribbon

Directions

  1. Fold the 8-1/2” x 8-1/2” patterned paper as instructed for the squash fold.
  2. Cut the 2 – 4” squares of patterned paper in half diagonally and adhere on the inside of the squash fold on the triangle spaces.
  3. Stamp the inside sentiments on the Basic White 4” and attach inside the squash fold.
  4. Stamp and decorate the front of the squash fold as desired.
  5. If using a belly band to hold the card closed, wrap it around the closed card and press the sides gently to create the folds then adhere the ends where they overlap. Add a focal point image or die cut onto the front of the belly band.
  6. If using a ribbon to hold the card closed secure the ribbon under the focal point on the front.

Tips

  • If using cardstock for the squash fold, score the cardstock first before folding at 4-1/4” for the half folds. This will help keep the cardstock from wrinkling when folding.
  • The finished size of the squash fold will be exactly half the size of the starting square. The 8-1/2” square will be 4-1/4” when folded.
  • You can use any size square to begin with to make this fold. The 8-1/2” square is the largest size that will still fit into an invitation size envelope. 

Happy squash folding – it’s so much better than folding laundry, I promise! -Robin

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Cards That Explode 🤯 | The Squash Fold

Most of the time we focus on the front of the card, and spend the majority of our efforts on making all the decoration on the outside. Explosion cards are fun because the inside of the card becomes a huge surprise when you open it. Today I’m going to show you how one simple fold, the squash fold, can create the most basic of explosion cards.

Explosion Cards on the inside!

The video tutorial I created walks you through making the basic explosion card and expands the squash fold into an actual card, a mini photo album, and a Christmas tree ornament. (Only the basic explosion card is featured in this post)

Download the pdf for the Basic Explosion Card & How to Make a Squash Fold.

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Supplies Needed for Basic Explosion Card

1 sheet of 6 x 6 patterned paper

1 card base 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”, scored in half at 4-1/4”

4 – 2-3/4” squares (2 basic white and 2 patterned paper)

6″ square

How to make a Squash Fold

Fold in half, then open back up.

Fold in half on the other side, then open back up.

Flip over.

Fold in half diagonally, open up.

Flip over.

Poke the center to make the diagonals pop.

Bring the diagonals together to close into a square.

Directions for inserting the squash fold

  1. Fold the 6 x 6 patterned paper as instructed for the squash fold.
  2. Adhere the squash fold inside the card base centered in the middle with the opening at the bottom. The front and back of the squash fold will be adhered to the front and back of the inside of the card base.
  3. Cut the 2 2-3/4” squares of patterned paper in half diagonally and adhere to the squash fold.
  4. Stamp the inside sentiments on the Basic White 2-3/4” and attach to the squash fold.

Even though all the cards I’ve shown use 6″ squares to create the squash fold explosion feature inside the cards, you can make the square smaller.

I hope you enjoy this explosion card and try one ASAP! -Robin

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3 Fast Fun Fold Cards

Fast Fun Fold Cards! Say that three times fast! No, don’t hurt yourself! 😂

3 Fast Fun Folds

I love it when I am able to create a big WOW with a card design without spending a huge amount of extra time in making it. All three of the fun folds I am sharing with you today fall into this category: Big wow, yet easy to make! Give the video tutorial a watch to see the step-by-step process and then download the free pdf for your reference. Let’s get right to work and see how these easy fun folds come together.

Playdate 60 – 3 Fast Fun Folds

Tent Fold

  • 4-1/4” x 11” cardstock base, scored at 5-1/2”
  • 4-1/4” x 3” cardstock scored at 3/4”, 1-1/2” & 2-1/4” along the 3” side
  • 4” x 5-1/4” Basic White
  • 3” x 4-1/4” patterned paper

Double Z Fold

  • 4-1/4” x 11” cardstock base, scored at 2-3/4” & 5-1/2”
  • 3-3/4” x 10-1/2” cardstock scored at 5” & 7-3/4”
  • 3-1/2” x 2-1/2” Basic White
  • 3-1/2” x 2-1/2” patterned paper
  • 1-1/4” x 3 patterned paper
  • 3” x 3” patterned paper

Gift Card Pocket Fold

  • 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” cardstock base, scored at 1-3/4” & 5-3/4”
  • 4-3/4” x 3-1/2” Basic White cardstock
  • 2-1/2” x 5-1/4” patterned paper
  • 1” x 5-1/4” patterned paper
  • 2-1/4” x 4-1/4” Basic White

I hope you are inspired to cut up some cardstock and give these 3 Fun Folds a try right away! Leave me a comment and let me know which one is your favorite! – Robin

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Triple Accordion Fold Cards

I have a fun fold card for you today! This one is super easy but packs a huge wow for the recipient. Let me introduce you to the Triple Accordion Fold. This card is called a “triple accordion” because the card front gets scored to create three panels that fold like an accordion. It is a great card template for showcasing beautiful coordinating patterned paper. I’m going to show you 2 ways to make the Triple Accordion Fold.

Triple Accordion Fold Cards
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Triple Accordion Fold  made with Cardstock

  • 5-1/2” x 11” cardstock base, scored at 1-1/4”, 4”, and 6-3/4”
  • 4” x 5-1/4” patterned paper
  • 2-1/2” x 5-1/4”(need 2), one patterned paper, one cardstock
  • 1” x 5-1/4” patterned paper (need 2)
  • 1” x 9-1/2” cardstock

Directions

  1. Score the card base at 1-1/4”, 4”, and 6-3/4” along the 11” edge. Starting with the 1-3/4” score line, fold each consecutive score line in opposite directions like an accordion. The card front will have 3 folded panels when closed.
  2. Attach the pieces of patterned paper on each panel on the inside of the card, and one on the outside. 
  3. Fold the 1” x 9-1/2” piece of cardstock around the closed card so that the ends overlap in the center of the card front. Attach the ends with strong adhesive. 
  4. Create desired focal point design and attach to the belly band, covering the seam and popped up.
  5. Stamp the inside sentiment.
Triple Accordion Fold Closed with a belly band
Triple Accordion Fold opened

Triple Accordion Fold made with Patterned Paper

  • 5-1/4” x 12” patterned paper, scored at 1-3/4”, 4-3/4”, and 7-3/4”
  • 4” x 5-1/4” cardstock or patterned paper
  • 2-3/4” x 5-1/4” cardstock or patterned paper
  • 1-1/2” x 5-1/4” patterned paper
  • 1” x 9-1/2” cardstock or patterned paper (optional)

Directions

  1. Score the  5-1/2” x 12” piece of patterned paper at 1-3/4”, 4-3/4”, and 7-3/4”. Fold accordion-style.
  2. Attach the 4” x 5-1/4” cardstock or patterned paper on the inside back of the card. Attach the 2-3/4” x 5-1/4” cardstock or patterned paper on the inside.
  3. Follow the directions above if using a belly band to close the card.
  4. Create a focal point and attach to the belly band or to the small front flap.
  5. Stamp inside sentiment.
Triple Accordion Fold with patterned paper

I challenge you to give this card template a try and enjoy all the different pattern paper combinations you can come up with! Happy stamping – Robin

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An Irresistible Stamping Technique

One of the things I love the most about stamping/papercrafting is that it never gets old. There are so many techniques, images, papers, embellishments, and folds available to use when making cards that it is possible to cycle through them again and again without getting bored. Today’s tutorial is an irresistible technique that has been around forever and is like magic every time.

Emboss Resist Technique 3 Ways

Take a look at the video tutorial and download the pdf for reference to use when trying this fun technique.

Facebook Live replay – Emboss Resist Technique

Emboss Resist Technique 3 Ways

#1 – Basic White Cardstock + Clear Embossing Powder + Blending Brushes + Ink

  • Stamp image in Versamark ink on Basic White cardstock.
  • Cover with Clear embossing powder and heat set.
  • Use Blending Brushes and Classic ink to cover entire surface of cardstock with color.
  • Optional: stamp images over the background.
  • Use tissue to wipe ink off of embossed area.

#2 – Watercolor Paper + White Embossing Powder + Water Painters + Ink

  • Stamp image in Versamark ink on Watercolor Paper.
  • Cover with White embossing powder and heat set.
  • Create a pool of ink inside ink pad by pressing on the lid while closed.
  • Use Water Painters to watercolor over embossed image.
  • Dab excess pooled ink with tissue and let dry.
  • Use tissue to wipe ink off of embossed area.

#3 – Watercolor Paper + White Embossing Powder + Acrylic Block + Ink

  • Stamp image in Versamark ink on Watercolor Paper.
  • Cover with White embossing powder and heat set.
  • Ink one side of an acrylic block with multiple ink colors.
  • Spritz block with water.
  • Press block onto watercolor paper over embossed image.
  • Lift block and dab excess water with tissue and let dry.
  • Use tissue to wipe ink off of embossed area.

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A Happy Card Template

It’s time for another new card template to help you put some cards together easily and happily! I’m calling this one, Happy Square, because it utilized a 3″ square as the layered focal point of the card front. One of the great things about this template is that is utilizes 3 pieces of coordinating patterned paper with a pleasing effect, and since I am diving into lots of brand new packages of Designer Series Paper this template has helped me to get to know my new paper!

Once I started creating with this template and my new DSP, I couldn’t stop!

Watch the video tutorial and download the directions & template for your inspiration while stamping!

 Supplies Needed

• 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” cardstock base, scored at 4-1/4” 

• 4” x 5-1/4” patterned paper #1

• 3” x 3″ patterned paper #2

• 4” x 1/2” patterned paper #3

• 4-1/4” x 1/4” coordinating cardstock

Choose 3 pieces of patterned paper that coordinate. One piece (and it doesn’t matter whether it is piece #1 or #2) should be “busy” and have a pattern that showcases many colors. The other piece should have a subtle pattern that coordinates. Then choose a third piece for #3 that has different, but coordinating color/pattern.

Lovely Linen DSP
Butterfly Kisses DSP
Happy Forest Friends DSP
Texture Chic DSP

Add a twist to this template by doing the eclipse technique with the square. Instead of using a different piece of patterned paper, use the same one but mount onto a cardstock matte layer and pop-up.

Pretty Prints DSP

Don’t have any pattered paper? No worries. You can use your stamps and ink to create your own paper and utilize this happy card template!

Lovely & Lasting Bundle with Sweet Sorbet

I hope you give this template a try and put your patterned paper to work! Happy stamping! -Robin

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The New Catalog is Live!

What an exciting week it has been! The new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog was released, and now there is a whole new year of stamping fun to look forward to! Once again, Stampin’ Up! has put together some amazing inspiration inside the pages of this new book! You can view the new catalog online or look at the new products in my online store. Want your own copy? Request your copy below.

New catalog inspiration!

One of the things I love most about the Annual Catalog is that it is jam-packed full of ideas to use in my cardmaking. Every time I take a walk through this book I see something new, in fact, I am always amazed and how carefully designed the pages are. Included within the beautiful pages is tons of information you can use to help you with your stamping. I have put together a video tutorial that is designed to help you unpack the features of the catalog and tips for making it user-friendly. Take a new catalog journey with me!

Do you still need a copy of the Annual Catalog? I would love to be your demonstrator and send you one so that you can be inspired too! Request a catalog below.

Loving the new catalog and showing you how to utilize all the features.

Here are some resources for you to use as you dive into the new catalog. The Color Coach is great for printing, cutting up and putting on a key ring to use as color inspiration. The Inventory Chart is perfect for keeping track of the colors as you collect them and build your stamping stash of products. Enjoy!

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It’s Hip to Be Square 🔲

Squares are cool! Totally! You can do so much with a perfect square shape. Today’s projects are designs made with squares, specifically 1-1/4″ squares. Squares of this size are perfect for arranging in different ways on card fronts. The patterns you create with these squares will make you feel like a quilter, and the card fronts can be embossed with an embossing folder for a real faux quilted look. I challenge you to cut up some 1-1/4″ squares and put together some of these designs.

Download the pdf for your files so you have all the patterns at your fingertips, and watch my video tutorial for all the tips and tricks when putting the squares together.

Papercrafting Playdate 56

Supplies Needed

  • 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” cardstock base
  • 5-1/4” x 4” cardstock quarter
  • 1-1/4” squares of double-sided patterned paper

Tips

  • All designs are built on a quarter sheet of cardstock measuring 5-1/4” x 4”, which attaches to a card base.
  • Use as many different paper patterns as desired – mix and match to your heart’s content.
  • Use an embossing folder on the quarter sheet once all the squares are adhered. This gives the pattern a faux quilted look.

Square Pattern 1 Full Coverage  – 12 squares

  • Squares can be attached evenly with space in between them or attached with sides touching.
  • Focal point can be attached anywhere.

Square Pattern 2 Around the Edge – 8 squares

  • Squares are attached on three sides.
  • Remaining space is filled with a layered focal point image. The Basic White square is 2-1/4”, and the matte squared layer is 2-1/2”.

Square Pattern 3 Diamonds – 9 squares

  • Find the center of the cardstock quarter. Measure 2-5/8” on the long edge and 2” on short edge to find the center and place the first square with corners on the center lines (diamond shape).
  • Place four squares around the first one matching the sides, then add the other 2 middle squares.
  • Cut 2 squares in half diagonally to finish the design on the short edges.

Square Pattern 4 Layered Bricks – 4 squares & 4 rectangles

  • Rectangles measure 1-1/4” x 2-3/8”

Square Pattern 5 Pinwheel – 8 squares

  • Matte layer is 2-3/4”. Attach the four dark squares first but only where they meet the outside corners.
  • Attach the light squares diagonally in between the dark ones.

Square Pattern 6 Two Rows – 8 squares

  • Squares are attached in 2 rows.
  • Try using a corner rounding punch on 2 opposite corners of each square for a different effect.

Square Pattern 7 Tumbled – 5-6 squares

  • Squares are attached at odd angles from one end to the other with bits extending and trimmed off.

I hope you will join me in putting together some hip cards using squares and your stash of patterned paper!

It’s 4 days until the new catalog is LIVE! Do you have your copy yet? Contact me if you would like to have a copy of the new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog.

Happy stamping!

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The New In Colors are Here!

Each time Stampin’ Up! releases a new Annual Catalog there are 5 new colors added to their amazing color palette. This year’s colors are bright, cheerful, and bold! Today’s projects are not only going to showcase the new colors, but also show you lots of sneak peeks at new products soon to be available in the new Annual Catalog beginning May 3rd. Take a look at the video tutorial and feast your eyes on some beautiful colors.

Say hello to the new In Colors!
Papercrafting Playdate 55 – New In Colors

Starry Sky Like billions of fireflies shining so bright we work together to light up the night. Connect us together and we make up dazzling constellations. Shared with someone you love we’re quite the romantic destination.

Parakeet PartyDon’t let my feathers fool you—I’m a social butterfly! Bright, bold, and beautiful is my motto. This is one bird who doesn’t have time for siestas, but that’s because me gusta la fiesta!

Tahitian TideI rise and fall with the sun and the moon. I’m a fun splash mid-afternoon. If you’re looking for a slice of paradise and that tropical aura, then I recommend a sweet escape to Bora Bora!

Sweet SorbetI’m a delicious treat on the tip of your tongue. Creamy yet dairy-free is the life for me. Strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, oh my! Just blend a little fruit juice, water, and sugar for a frozen surprise.

Orchid OasisI bloom in perfect symmetry. Elegant, fragrant, vibrant—I’m a flower fit for royalty. Together we can celebrate friendships, new beginnings, and affection. Think of me as your wellspring of tranquility and personal connection.

So, which one is your favorite? Can you choose just one? I think Tahitian Tide and Starry Sky are tied for first place for me. I am looking forward to playing with them over and over and over!

Stay tuned for more information about the In Colors and the Product Share that I am offering in May so that you will be able to get your hands of a bit of all these gorgeous colors. It’s all coming your way very soon!

Do you need a copy of the new Annual Catalog? You can use this link to register for my virtual New Catalog Kick-Off Event and get your catalog in April.

See you soon, Robin.

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