SAF 2016: Color Blocking with Lexi Daly

By July 23, 2016Stamp-a-faire

Inspiration 1

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Inspiration 2

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Inspiration 3

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Andy Warhol is sometimes considered misunderstood in the art world, while others consider him a master. I found this fascinating short video that gives us a little more of an in depth look at him as a person and as an artist. Definitely an interesting clip!


Lexi says, “I have always loved the artwork of Andy Warhol – the bold clash of colors and graphic, repetitive images always make me smile! In my tutorial, I will show you how to create your own Andy Warhol inspired pop art card using an inside and out double masking technique for the perfect one layer color blocked design. While the soup cans are iconic Warhol, so many images will work for this bold, graphic look. And with all the colors to choose from, the possibilities really are endless!”



  • STAMPS: Comfort Food, Simple Alphabet
  • INK: Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, Blueberry Sky, Royal Velvet, Harvest Gold, Tropical Teal, Orange Zest, True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Soft Stone
  • OTHER: Post-Its, Painter’s Tape, Ink Blending Tools, Scoring Tool, Copic Markers (BV00, BG11, Y21, YR65, R32, BG13)


  • Color Block Panel – 3-3/8 x 4-1/8
  • White Mat – 3-5/8 x 4-3/8
  • Sentiment Strip – cut to size around sentiment
  • Card Base – 5-1/2 x 4-1/4, top fold



  • When ink blending over a masked stamped image, stamp your image onto your masking material with the same color you will be blending. Stamped ink may not absorb completely into the post-it or masking paper and can mix with your blending ink, so this will help your blending ink stay true to color and not become muddied by any left over residue of another color.
  • When masking a stamped image, be sure to cut your post-it or masking material right on or even just inside the line to minimize the possibility of a halo around your image.
  • When coloring with Copics on an image stamped with dye ink, it helps to wait for the image to dry completely and then color with a light touch and quick hand, especially where you are coloring over the stamped image like the words on the can. The less ink you use from the marker, the more crisp your stamped design will look, so it’s best to go with a flat look rather than a shaded or blended look. I also recommend testing your stamped ink with your choice of coloring medium on scrap card stock first. I have had success with Papertrey inks and Copics, but some color combos do work better than others, typically a lighter marker on a darker stamped ink.


–Now it’s your turn!  Create a project featuring some kind of color blocking.  You can choose to re-create the exact project from Lexi above or design your own using the same concepts. Your project must also incorporate at least one Papertrey product.

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).

-Add your project to the InLinkz list below.

–You will have until 7am ET, Tuesday, July 26th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. One project per person please.


–As a reminder, you will have until 7am ET, Tuesday, July 26th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. 

–TWO randomly selected winners will be chosen from ALL the entries within this list on Tuesday, July 26th. The winners will be posted on our Tuesday night Stamp-a-faire winners page after 9pm ET.  The randomly selected winners will each get a $25 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!

Thanks for joining us!  We look forward to seeing your projects!

Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 22 Comments

  • 1
    Jen M says:

    Great tutorial – looks like so much fun. Really appreciate the tips on masking too!

  • 2
    Pat Whitley says:

    Love the iconic soup can!

  • 3

    Very challenging card to make but totally worth the trying.

  • 4
    Beth M. says:

    Thanks for all the great tips.

  • 5
    Greta H says:

    Such a fun card & something I would never have thought to do!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 6
    SabineV says:

    Definitely will be a challenge but one worth trying and seeing whether or not it can be accomplished!

  • 7
    Nancy Ward says:

    I love this card! Gorgeous! Can’t wait to try this!

  • 8
    Deanna Mitchel says:

    Wonderful tutorial. I would like to thank the entire team for presenting such a creative and inspiring day. Each tutorial was fabulous.

  • 9
    Holly Saveur says:

    Such a great card and idea!!

  • 10
    Victoria h says:

    My daughter came home with a Andy Warhol style photo of her and a friend today – going to frame it. Didn’t take part in this challenge but enjoyed your tutorial.

  • 11
    Dana Kirby says:

    Great tutorial! I have never done any masking so it was fun to give it a try!!

  • 12
    super stick chick says:

    Great video and clever fun challenge.

  • 13
    Donna Gourley says:

    Wow! This one was hard for me to wrap my head around. I did it though and I think my card turned out okay. I doubt I will ever be big on this style, but thanks for sharing it with us.

  • 14
    Noelle says:

    Wow, great video Lexi. This had to be a challenging style to work with, but you nailed it and made it easier for us to try. Thank you!

  • 15

    Huge thanks for your thoughtful, detailed tips for Color Blocking, Lexi! This was definitely the hardest technique for me. The blocks made me think of a quilt. So, I chose my color palette from an Amish quilt hanging upstairs. I spent several hours on Sunday afternoon working to create a tiny, color-blocked heart quilt for my card. Looking back, it was so worth it! I will keep practicing Color Blocking. 🙂 It can only get easier for me! ♡

  • 16
    Helen F. says:

    Thank you Lexi! Your video was very helpful for this first time color blocker 🙂
    I enjoyed the process and will try it again!

  • 17
    AOK says:

    Thank you Lexi for a wonderful tutorial. You certainly stretched my skills with masking and using strong colours. I loved how all the cards are so vibrant and colourful.

  • 18
    D.Ann C says:

    Thanks for taking me out of my comfort zone. What wild fun!

  • 19
    Carmela Hubler says:

    This was a challenging project for me. I needed multiple attempts before I didn’t smudge something and need to start over. I learned in the process which is what I was after! Thank you for the inspiration!

  • 20
    Karen W says:

    This was a fun technique to learn and something I have never done. Everyone did a great job with color blocking!

  • 21
    Barbra L says:

    Enjoyed watching both of your video’s. In 1985 I was in NYC and walked past Andy Warhol on the street. It was a very exciting day as we also saw Warren Betty and Ed Koch who was a NYC mayor. I have been to the city a bunch but usually don’t see a celebrity unless they are on the stage! Thanks got your fabulous video!

  • 22
    Ohhh Snap says:

    I really love this technique! I had no idea (until I watched the video) that it was all one layer! And even though it was 1:30 in the morning, I just had to do it : D. Now I can’t stop looking at stamps and thinking of this technique! Thank you Lexie!

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