Three Quick Cardmaking Ideas Using Blended Colors

When it comes to cardmaking, one simple technique can help you create many various card designs!

For this tip, discover how blending your colors together can result into a gorgeous and unique card that works for any occasion!

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Step 1

First, prepare a piece of watercolor paper trimmed to your preferred card size. Since we're making three different cards today, get three cropped watercolor papers as well.

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Step 2

Let's mask off the edges of the paper using a washi tape. By masking the edges, we'll get a cleaner and more professional look.
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Step 3

Now, it's time to get your paint. Choose at least three colors of the same tone. On my end, I'm using three bluish shades. It's important that you choose similar shades for your colors so they'll blend well.

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Step 4

I took the first color and squeezed a small amount into my palette. Using my brush, I picked some paint up and watered it down. I then painted it into my watercolor paper with an upward and downward stroke.

Step 5

Next, I took some paint of the second color and applied it to the next area on my watercolor paper. The goal is to create a gradient effect with three shades of color.

Step 6

Using the third color, fill the watercolor paper completely like mine below. It creates a cool blended effect for the three different shades of blue.

You can set it aside for now and leave to dry.

Step 7

Now, let's move on to another card! With the same size of watercolor paper, I just made a circle with a stroke of the brush. It doesn't have to be a perfect circle, the organic look is part of it!

Using the other colors, just top it off with another circle until you have a beautifully-blended circle shape like this:

Step 8

Using the same technique as the circle, we'll do it again on another watercolor paper with a heart shape this time. Just keep layering the paint until you're satisfied with how it looks.

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Step 9

Once your three cards have dried, it's time to add more details and embellishments.

For the circle one, I'm adding a string to give it a more textured appearance.

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I just looped a thread to form the same circular shape in my card. To adhere it, you can use any type of glue, but I found that a glue pen works best because it's thin and dries really clear. 

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Make sure you press the string in the areas where you want it to stick strongly.

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The string that I used is actually just a recycled one from a package I received. Packaging today is really gorgeous, and there's so much you can do with it so don't throw them away!

Step 10

To really make it stand out, you can also add some glitters! Just run your glue pen and follow the shape in your card and sprinkle some of that sparkly goodies!

I added glitters to both the circle and heart cards and it really gave them a beautiful shiny effect!

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Step 11

Going back to the gradient card earlier, remove the washi tape mask to reveal the clean lines. I also made some organic scribbled lines on the edges to give it more personality.

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Step 12

Now, it's time to finish off our three cards by adding the embellishments and sentiments!

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For the gradient one, I just put this negative die cut of some chevron shapes as a mat for this beautiful flower embellishment.

With the circle one, I added a small leaf-like embellishment which is the perfect spot to place my sentiment.

Lastly, with the heart card, I added this cute heart to fully embrace the love theme! Since it's mostly white and will likely get lost with the background, I added a darker piece of decorated paper behind it to make it stand out.

You can add whatever elements you think your cards need. Just make sure it is related to the occasion and theme for your card!

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Here's how my cards look after I mounted them into a cardstock. Again, for the cardstock, I chose the same shades of colors I used for the paint. I also added colors that complement them well.

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I hope this gave you some ideas on how you can use one technique to create multiple cards! I had a really fun time designing these cards and I'm sure you will too!

Stay tuned for more upcoming inspiring and creative tips!

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