Color Blocking with Cardstock

by Beate Johns

Turn your paper scraps into a fun background.



  1. Step 1

    Cut your colored cardstock in different size strips.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a piece of thin cardstock down to the size you want your background to be. Cover with adhesive.

    Add adhesive to the back of your cardstock strips.

  3. Step 3

    Adhere your strips over your thin cardstock base.

  4. Step 4

    Flip background over and trim paper strips down to the side of your thin cardstock layer.

  5. Step 5

    Use die to cut part of your background out.

  6. Step 6

    You can now use the negative cut (as shown in this tutorial), or the die cut itself for your project.

  7. Sample created with die cut from background.

  8. Step 7

    Adhere your background to your card base.

  9. Optional:
    You can place a die cut of different color into the space you cut.

  10. Step 8

    Finish your card.



  1. Emboss it!
    For a different look follow all steps until Step 4. Stamp your image in Embossing ink, then emboss with white or black embossing powder.

    Mix it up
    Adhere your cardstock in horizontal and vertical layers.

    Use Ink
    Instead of creating a color block look with cardstock, use your inks. Try these tutorials:
    - Stamped Acrylic Block Background
    - Direct To Paper (DTP)

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Color Blocking with Cardstock. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I love how versatile this tutorial is and especially an optional method of embossing as well as die cutting. I will definitely use this method to make up several quick cards. Thanks!
Betty  |  Wed May 29, 2013 at 5:35 AM
I really like this card. Thanks!
Elaine Sampson  |  Wed May 29, 2013 at 5:58 AM
Love this tutorial! What a neat way to use scraps. Can't wait to get started using up some of my mountain of scraps! Thanks!
Gwen Howard  |  Wed May 29, 2013 at 6:20 AM
This is great! I love the look and will get busy using my coordinated scraps. One of my summer goals is to organize my papers. This will be a reward while I'm 'getting there!'
Mary Colemon  |  Wed May 29, 2013 at 6:54 AM
NEATO FRITO! <3 Beautiful, Beate!
Bev Rousch  |  Wed May 29, 2013 at 8:33 AM
What an elegant effect from this technique!
Lynda Osborne  |  Wed May 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM
You never disappoint with your weekly newsletter. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas, comments and product updates.
Audrey Andrews  |  Wed May 29, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Oh Beate, so nice to see a post from you. I have missed your beautiful work since you made your "tough choice". Hope to see more of you!!
Debbie  |  Wed May 29, 2013 at 1:33 PM
Thank you Beate! This is wonderful!!!
Lori Aragon  |  Wed May 29, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Just had to say LOVE this! I can't wait to try it out! Thanks smile
Jacki  |  Wed May 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM
This is a great tutorial. Simple but with lots of ways to vary the result.
Hasmom99  |  Wed May 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM
Can't wait to try this one!! Looks like alot of fun with a "wow" impact! Thanks, Beate!
Smiles, Laura
Laura Lipe  |  Thu May 30, 2013 at 8:51 AM
Gorgeous Beate! Love your ideas.
colleen schaan  |  Fri May 31, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Love this technique, especially since you can use both the positive and the negative images!
Debra McTavish  |  Fri May 31, 2013 at 5:57 PM
neat idea!
muscrat  |  Sat Jun 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM
This technique is so easy - and the result is fantastic. Thanks, Beate!
Karen Summey  |  Sat Jun 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Love this idea,TFS!!!
Laura  |  Sun Jun 2, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Thank you for including an alternative way to finish this card (stamping/embossing) as I must be the only person who has never bought into the die cut machine craze!
Marilyn  |  Sun Jun 2, 2013 at 5:48 PM
Beautiful cards. Your work always amazes me. Thank you
Karen Ribustello  |  Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 5:20 AM
Great way to use some of those leftover pieces of cardstock. Love this idea! This could easily be run through an embossing folder for another lovely background. When heat embossing though, wouldn't the heat melt the adhesive?
Patricia Smothers  |  Sat Jul 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

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