226 Days of VSN Day 1: Doodled & Scored Color Blocking

Large Balloon: Hamilton Arts, Balloon Cluster: All Night Media. 6 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.This is the first of my “226 Days of VSN” posts. The idea for this post series is to open up an old issue of VSN, find one or more ideas or techniques from that issue and use it in a fresh way to create something fun. The inspiration for this large card was two ideas from the Sept ’05 VSN plus the “Doodling, Hand Lettering and Stamps” eArticle. If you’ve got the Sept ’05 VSN, pull it off the shelf to see the original articles that inspired this post!

Balloon Color Blocking

The Sept ’05 VSN includes a “Quick Tip” from Norma Anne Chattin who shared her twist on color blocking. (Norma said that she was in turn inspired by a color blocking technique she learned from the folks at Stampers Anonymous.) This tag is what Norma did with color blocking in 2005 (Stamps: Unknown.) She basically masked off areas of glossy paper, colored them with dye inks and then used black ink, using a black pen and/or stamps, to create borders between the colors and then stamped inside the color blocks.

Judi's Scored Card

The Sept ’05 VSN also includes an article on “The Scor-It Board: More Than Scoring” by Judi Kauffman, where Judi showed how you could use the Scor-It tool to create raised or debossed patterns using a series of scores in different patterns. Here is one of the scored cards Judi made in the article. (Flower Stamp: Rubber Stamp Tapestry.)

Scoring Background

Looking back at this issue, I thought that it might be cool to combine the color blocking and the scoring idea. So I used the Scor-It (other scoring tools could be used as well) to score a pair of vertical lines every inch across an 8 1/2″ x 11″ landscape piece of paper.

Smear ink between scored linesThen I smeared ink (mostly alcohol inks, but also one red dye ink) down the sections between the scored lines. I had originally thought that the scores might help keep the ink within the blocks, but the applicator had a will of its own. I could have masked each section to keep the ink firmly between the scored lines, but I was too lazy to do that, so I let them overlap.

(Note: I found that the applicator pressed down the scored lines just a bit. If you want them to show up more, you could re-score them afterwards, color them with ink, or simply score them afterwards instead of scoring them first.)

Doodling inside scored linesLooking at the pairs of raised lines between the color blocks, I got to thinking about how I have been creating doodled borders between drawn lines (Doodling eArticle.) So I pulled out my black Pitt Artist pen and doodled between the raised lines. I didn’t do it for this card, but it occurred to me that you could also score the opposite way (create debossed lines instead of raised lines) and then use a pen to run color along the debossed channels.

balloon quote

Often when you see color blocking used with stamps, faux stitching is used between colors, creating a crazy quilt kind of look. Often the card theme will have something to do with stitching. But I wanted to go a different way. The bright colors of the stripes made me think of brilliantly colored hot air balloons. So I looked for a balloon quote on the internet (this one found at “Great Aviation Quotes” ) and created a card using this theme.

I used a word processor/layout program to print a balloon quote on glossy cardstock, trimmed it and layered onto the right side of the card. Playing around with my computer software, I gave the text a color gradient to go with the color stripes of the color block section of the card.

Paper Trimmings

I cut my striped cardstock at an angle and layered it onto the left side of the black base card. (I’ll save the odd scrapes for other projects – maybe even a crazy quilt card!)

Coloring BalloonsI stamped the cluster of balloons below the quote in black Memento ink, heat set it and then colored them in with alcohol ink markers.

I stamped the other larger balloon on a scrap of cardstock in the same ink and again colored with alcohol inks. I trimmed this balloon along the stamped lines but decided that I wanted more definition between the stamped balloon and the striped background, so I cut another piece of white scrap paper a little larger than the balloon and then layered both on the card.

Here in the west, we tend to “read” a card from upper left to lower right. The large balloon is at the upper left and the angle of the stripes leads your eye down to the balloons at the lower left. Angling the stripes also keeps the card from being quite so rigidly rectangular, as does the larger balloon that breaks up some of the straight lines of the stripes.

. . . So that is what I did creatively today. What did you do? Have you used color blocking in a card or other project? What types of inks or papers did you use? How did you use it to fit your card theme? How did you apply the ink? Did you create borders between the colors? What other ways could you twist the basic color blocking idea? I hope you’ll give this a try. Have fun! ~ Nancie

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