Sweet Treats - DIY Ways to Add Color to Cards

Good morning everyone!
Today, I'm sharing a quick little tutorial on my favorite ways to add color to cards.

Here we go!


This little number sort of marries all the fun ways I like to infuse color into cards, so I'll share my handy list along with how I made the card.

STAMPING

Of course, my favorite, and such an easy way to incorporate different patterns, colors, and even textures (with embossing powders and other mediums). For this card, I added stamped details in the form of thread spool labels, in a rainbow of colors! I used shades of Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, and Berry Sorbet.


DIY RIBBON

I love making DIY embellies, and ribbon is at the top of my list! It's so easy to grab any old white ribbon you have laying around, and add a spritz of color with a mister, or add stripes of watercolor, or marker strokes, like I did here. I used my Spectrum Noir markers for this delicious color combo!


DIY EMBOSSING POWDER EMBELLIES

Color matching can be so tough with some embellies! When I can't find just the right hue, I usually turn to paint or other mediums, but my most favorite is embossing powder! Just a quick swipe of some Versamark ink, and a sprinkle of colorful powder, and your embellies are all brand new!
Here I used Ranger's Buttercup and Lime Green embossing hues on some puffy hearts.


PAINT/INK SPLATTERS

When all else fails, and inspiration is escaping me, I just love to play around with paint or ink and toss it around a page. It's such a fun thing to watch the colors meld, blend and the organic shapes take form. It's also a great way to use up leftover watercolors or paints. I keep a little pile of watercolor papers that I can color whenever I have some excess colors, and that way they're ready for me to use when I need a fun little background.

There you have it! These are my favorite ways to bring a lot of color into my papercrafts.
Each one is fun on its own, but they're that much more fun when combined!

Wishing you all a wonderful, colorful day!

Ivana

10 comments

  1. Oh my gosh Ivana, this is ridiculously CUTE! It's whimsical and ever so sweet!!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much, Lisa! I had such a blast playing with all these colors! :)

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous my friend! Great layers of summer color and texture~
    Your work is so beautiful Ivana; I love to visit here : ) & Thank you for the details <3 (I am behind in my visits, hope all is well)
    Hugs, karen o

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    1. Thank you so, so much, dear Karen! All is well here - I hope things are good with you also. Sending you many, many hugs!

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  3. I posted on SB.com but figured i would post here too. This card is so sweet!! Love the fun background and the little Lollypops you created at the bottom. As always, great design!

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    1. Nora, thank you soooo much for all of your love over on SB.com and here as well! I appreciate it heaps!

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  4. I just found a card of yours on Pinterest and am in love with your sweet style!!!

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    1. Hi Char! Nice to 'meet you'! Thank you so much for the sweet not and for stopping in to say hi! Love your beautiful cards! xo

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  5. Your creativity is so inspiring, Ivana! Amazingly fun card with fabulous colors! I need to use my colored embossing powders!

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    1. Aw that is too kind of you, Greta!! Thank you so much :) I've been really trying to use mine more and loving how fun it's been transforming old embellies!

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