Apr 04 2008

Stamp Simply Challenge #29- Color Blocking

Keyword ssnotime29-There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload yourproject at Splitcoastand/or your Blog, anytime at all! You can play as many times as you like!!! The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!! Please link back here.

The challenge this week is to make a color blocked background for your card.I love the look of color blocking, always so neat and organized, but I often forget about doing it. And if you are not familiar with color blocking, what I mean is exactly what the words imply — to make blocks of color and piece them together to make a background — kind of like piecing together a quilt.


  • Use at least 3 different blocks for your background,and you may use as many as you wish, but at least 3 blocks. Use as many or few colors as you like.
  • You may use anything you like — plain cardstock, cardstock you have stamped on, designer paper — whatever suits your fancy.
  • You may mat your blocks with borders in between, or you may butt them up against each other. You may have free-floating blocks.
  • Use your own imagination — just have fun!!!
  • Remember, there is NO WRONG WAY to do this challenge. My challenges are not about rules, they are about creating and encouraging the creative process within each of us — we all interpret and see things differently – and that’s the beauty of it all!!!

As always, try to stick with our overall theme of *stamping simply*. Here are some samples:

Check out Julie Koerberssample.

Check out Dee Jacksons sample.

Check out Tammy Hershbergers sample.

And my super simple sampleis below.

Remember when you upload to use the keyword above, followed by a comma.Please come back here to post (as a comment) that youve played, and provide a linksowe can check out your card right away. You can find all cards uploaded for this challenge by clicking Gallery Submissions Here.

Some wanting to play said they have never uploaded before. If thats you and you need help uploading, just go to my Challenge No. 1 here.


Here’s an ultra simple color blocked sample. I used 3 colors to create my blocks and mounted them on a black mat — can’t get any simpler! I then tied on a ribbon and mounted a simple image on top with mounting tape — done!!! All the color gives this simple card a little life and zip!!! Fun technique!!! I used my Copics again to color this image — still practicing — I was hoping for more variation in color on the poppy, and though I used 3 different color markers — I didn’t get what I was after, but it still looks OK – and that’s what I am loving with these markers — they allow someone who has been seriously coloring challenged all her life tocolor a simple image with presentable results!!! Now THAT makes me happy!!! Still learning — and it’s so much fun!!!

If you’d like to use my measurements for your color blocks, here they are:

  • Card: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
  • Black Mat: 5 1/4 x 4
  • Green: 5 1/8 x 1 3/8
  • Yellow: 3 x 2 3/8
  • Orange: 2 x 2 3/8

Supplies used:

  • Stamps: Bloomin’ Beautiful
  • Paper: Black, White, Green Galore, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie
  • Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Copics to Color from Ellen Hutson
  • Accessories: Black Dotted Sheer Ribbon from Flourishes, Rectangle Nestabilities by Spellbindersavailable at Flourishes, Mounting Tape

Copic colors used:

  • Flower: Y19, YR09, R14
  • Leaves: YG03, YG17
  • Flower Center: Black 100
  • Shading: C1, 0

A NOTE ABOUT RIBBON AT FLOURISHES: I know many of you have been trying to find the black organdy ribbon at Flourishes and it hasn’t been there — please be assured they DO HAVE IT — theyhave just been super busy and didn’t get it on the site. It should be posted on the site sometime today, so please check back!!! They have the MOST GORGEOUS ribbons by May Arts — totally lucsious!!! My FAVORITES!!!

Thanks much for stopping by — hope you can find some time to play this weekend, or any time at all!!! Have a great weekend everyone!!!

68 responses so far

68 Responses to “Stamp Simply Challenge #29- Color Blocking”

  1. Wow Sharon – you do simple elegance better than anyone I know! This card is lovely! Love the colors and the image. After I looked at your directions – I’m not sure I really followed your directions!!! OOOPPS! I didn’t really make a background. Well, maybe. I’ll just say I took creative license!! LOL! Thanks again for another fun challenge!

  2. Tammy says:

    This is gorgeous, Sharon! I love the colors for the blocks, and I think your flower turned out gorgeous! Great depth of color! Thanks for another fun challenge! It’s great to be a part of your team! 🙂

  3. Sabrina aka okimom2girlz says:

    Sharon, you wow me every time I get your updates. This card is so fresh!!!!! We really don’t get real bad weather here (tropical island, with rain, but that’s about it). But for those in areas where there is lots of snow like MICHIGAN 😀 it’s a perfect card to get ready for spring. I have not played in a couple of weeks, but I think I can handle this one.


  4. Dee says:

    totally gorgeous!! I love the bright colors. The ribbon really pops!

  5. Gorgeous colors, The flower really pops.

    Gonna have to try this one.

  6. Kathie says:

    I love this!! I like the black behind it all and in the words of Sharon, it made it POP!! LOL Great card to help us THINK SPRING. Can’t believe it for South Dakota, WE even still have snow. TFS

  7. Sara says:

    Another fantastic card Sharon! The colors you chose for the blocks are beautiful and vibrant. I think your coloring on the poppy is amazing too. I hope to make a card for this later.

  8. Wow, Sharon! This is a beauty! Love it! Looking forward to playing along! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day! 🙂

  9. jeannen2 says:

    Wow! The block makes the citrus colors really pop! Thanks for giving dimensions too — that often simplifies things! Jeanne

  10. Dawn E. says:

    Your card is gorgeous Sharon! I love the colours you chose for your background!!! This sounds like a fantastic challenge! Will get at it this morning!

  11. Angela R. says:

    Love the bold colors with the black and how they make that flower pop! Cool challenge, thanks!

  12. Deb Wood says:

    This is really gorgeous, love the color blocking!!

  13. Ann says:

    Thanks again, Sharon, for another great challenge. Stampin’ simply is EXACTLY what I needed today!
    Here’s my card:



    Gotta run – blessings! – Ann

  14. Silke Ledlow says:

    Hi Sharon – I love your card – beautiful colors!!! I like todays challenge so much I have already made a card….


    Hope you like it….Have a great day!!!


  15. Beautiful card, Sharon! I always look forward to seeing your next creation! I love the colors!

  16. Julia (artystamper) says:

    Great challenge Sharon – I love these color blocks – they make such a statement! Your flower is yummy – great job with your copics!

  17. Debbie (DeborahLynneS) says:

    Very pretty– this poppy is lovely on the color blocked bg!

  18. Oh! I love color blocking and these colors are fantastic! This is so beautiful with all the white and the pop of black in the ribbon and mat. Just wonderful!

  19. Carolyn (snowmanqueen) says:

    Fun challenge Sharon, love your card!
    Here’s mine: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/872092?cat=500&ppuser=118730
    This image, I got from a friend at stamp club last night. Thanks for the chance to use it on a card.

  20. Becky says:

    Did it! Am posting to SCS now 😉

  21. Judy says:

    thanks for a fun challenge today Sharon…It was a lot of fun… this is something, as you said, that we forget to do.
    here is my card.

  22. Starla(star) says:

    Sharon~When I “grow up” I want to stamp just like you! *thud*

  23. Dawn E. says:

    Thanks for the wonderful challenge Sharon! I’ve loaded it both to my blog and on SCS

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  24. Charlene Merrick says:

    Your card is so beautiful, Sharon! This challenge looks like a lot of fun, and I hope to make a card this weekend. You rock!

  25. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, This is great! I love the simplicity and yet the different colors makes it a WOW card. Great idea.

    I have a question about the Copic markerd. Did you get both the 24A and 24B sets? If so, are you finding you are using one more than the other?

    Also, is there anything else I would need, such as a multiliner?
    I just don’t know where to start and any help will be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks so much!

  26. Stacy Twinshappy says:

    Awesome! I love the colors you chose and great flower Sharon! Can’t wait to play later. Stacy

  27. Aura Battis says:

    Here is my take on the color blocking. I loved how simple it was, that alone makes it great. Thanks!! Great challenge.

  28. Robin says:

    Wowza, Sharon! That is one amazing and beautiful flower 🙂 Hit the ground running with those Copics I see!

    I will see if I can make a card like this tonight, and link if I have a chance!

  29. jules says:

    this is a beautiful card. I love all the colors and how well they work together!

  30. Carla (cmsuto) says:

    Thanks for another fun challenge! I had to give it a try after seeing the great samples! I love the colors you chose! I thought this would work great with the SCS challenge today – to use white and only one other color. Here is my attempt:
    Have a great weekend!

  31. Shawn K. says:

    Really beautiful card! I have a dumb question! How do you make the mat? With a perfect layers? Or some other tool? I want to try this challenge and love the mat effect.


    Shawn K.

  32. Darlene (SCS: akronstamperdpk) says:

    Your card is gorgeous Sharon! As are the samples from your helpers! All unique while using the same technique!! Thanks for all the inspiration! Here is my card for this weeks Stamp Simply Challenge: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/872889?cat=500&ppuser=95678 Hope you like it!

  33. Julia (Artystamper on SCS) says:

    Here’s my card for the challenge Sharon! I used patterned DP – hope that was ok!


    it’s also in my SCS gallery

    have a great weekend!

  34. LeAnne says:

    Wow, this was a fun challenge….I actually did two, but the simplest one is my favorite. Here ya go:
    Thanks again, Sharon!

  35. Fabulous card Sharon! Love the bright colours…I haven’t done a colour blocked card for a while, so I’m sure I’ll play this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration.

  36. Sara (hiinaz) says:

    Great challenge! I couldn’t miss it. Here’s mine http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/873381

  37. Colleen says:

    Beautiful, GORGEOUS card, Sharon. I love the colors!
    Here’s my color blocked card.


  38. Lynette says:

    I’m not positive that this card qualifies, but I think it might. It does have four “blocks” on it! http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/873156?nocache=1 Thanks for this challenge. I hope to get a chance to make another for it.

  39. Sherri aka sherristampsalot says:

    Mine is a small background, but I hope it works! Thanks for the challenge! Your card is so pretty, Sharon!

    My card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/873815?cat=12461

  40. Deb Neerman says:

    Gorgeous card, Sharon!!!

    You can find my entry in the “Color Blocking” challenge here:


    Thanks for another fun challenge!!

    ~Hugs, Deb

  41. Lorie says:

    I had to follow your dimensions but here is my card. Thanks for the fun layout!


  42. Cheryl says:

    Hi Sharon! You are right – I love how color blocking looks, but don’t use it very often. Here’s an oldie but goodie that I had posted on my Splitcoast gallery back in August 2005. I just added it to my blog for you to check out, and I hope to find some stamping time tonight to make a newer one!


  43. SmilynStef says:

    My card is “simply rubbed” rather than “simply stamped” … hope that’s okay. Color Blocking is one of my favorite styles.


  44. […] I wanted something quick and easy to stamp and I saw this delightful card on notimetostamp’s site. I LOVED the colors…so spring (and it actually was a beautiful […]

  45. teresa kline aka va.sunshine says:

    Thanks for a fun challenge, mine is here:

  46. What wonderful blocks of color, they set off that beautiful flower just perfectly — love it, Sharon!

  47. Kerry from PA says:

    Wonderful card. This was a great challenge. Here’s my take on the challenge:


  48. StampMom says:

    Thanks for the challenge Sharon!! Used color blocking on this Circus birthday card, based on Beate’s weekend sketch and the Inspiration Challenge on SCS: http://stampmom.blogspot.com/2008/04/circus-birthday-card.html

  49. Debbie (DeborahLynneS) says:

    Here’s my card for the challenge, thanks Sharon!


  50. Rebecca says:

    This challenge has literally taken me all weekend to do!

    Quite happy with the outcome though.

    Check out my blog…

    [email protected]

  51. Rose Ann says:

    This is so beautiful, and your coloring looks wonderful!!! I love this!

  52. ~amy~ says:

    Gorgeous card! I love the look of color blocking but don’t tend to do it much! Thanks for the great inspiration! Here’s my take on your fun challenge:


  53. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, I finally finished my Color Blocking card. We had a beautiful weekend in Indiana and I was out working in my flower beds all weekend.

    I enjoyed your challenge and thanks for the inspiration.

    You can see my card at:

  54. Liz says:

    Here’s my color blocking card for your challenge:



  55. Lois (clownmom) says:

    Love your card, Sharon. Nice, bold colors. I’m a little late getting into your challenge this week, but better late than never. Here’s my card — http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/877244?cat=12528

  56. peanutbee says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your card with those bold colors. I just had to try the color blocking thing….totally fun. Thanks for such a great challenge!

    Here’s my card: http://thepaperlandscaper.blogspot.com/2008/04/summer-inspiration.html

  57. Nancy Riley says:

    Sharon, I am embarrassed to say that this is my first time playing along with one of your challenges (I’m sorry!). But you KNOW how much I LOVE your blog and artwork!!!!

    Here’s mine …

    On my blog, iSTAMP: http://stampinat6213.blogspot.com/2008/04/color-blocked-bali-breeze.html

    On SCS: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/880023?cat=11785

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  58. […] though Sharon’s new Stamp SImply Challenge is up today I am just getting last week’s onto the blog. The reason for the delay being the disappearance of our camera. It is still missing […]

  59. Heather T. says:

    I have finally got my colour bolcked card onto my blog here:

    I always enjoy your creations Sharon, they inspire me.

  60. Sue Poile says:

    This card is so beautiful. I love the simple single flower and the way it stands out in front. TFS.

  61. Tai says:

    Hello Sharon:

    Thanks for creating this challenge and I did play and my card is posted on my blog which is http://www.taistrinkets.blogspot.com.

    I will post the SCS on tomorrow.

    Thanks again

  62. Tai says:

    I have posted my card over at SCS and the link here is the link.


    Thank you


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