Color Block Card Template Using Basic Shape Dies

Color Block Card Template Using Basic Shape Dies

Design Team member Kate is back with another card that uses basic shaped dies (think: square, circle, heart, etc.) and solid colored cardstock. Use this card template and these basic supplies to make a stack of pretty handmade cards. 

How to Make a Color Block Card 

Kate started out by choosing a dark and a light shade of 4 colors (8 sheets total) from the Encore Textured Cardstock pack.  Encore Cardstock is perfect for this project because there are lots of shades of each color family.

Using the square dies, she cut a  2 1/2 inch square from all 8 colors. You can obviously cut your squares on a paper trimmer, but Kate used a square die because she wanted to make sure each square was exactly straight to ensure that the sides lined up correctly.  

Kate then used a thin sheet of computer paper and adhered the 4 darker colored squares to one, and the 4 lighter colors to another, making sure they are in the same positions on each sheet. (see photo below) and matched up tightly so no white shows through. 
Kate then used a rectangle die to trim the panels to fit an A2 (5 1/2 " x 4 1/4") card. The lighter colors become the "background" of the card. 
Next she cut a heart shape from the darker panel, making sure to line up the center of the heart directly aligned in the center of the panel.
Now, pop up the darker heart on the lighter panel with foam squares, lining up the centers where the cardstock edges meet. Finish off with a sentiment strip and mount the panel on a folded card. 
Don't forget you can use a circle, square, or even a star for the center cut out!  If you use a circle or a square, you can even rotate the shape and switch up the color orientation.  


  • The darker panel that remains after cutting the heart out can be made into another card by adding a heart in the center like the sending good vibes card below. You could also use it to make a shaker card. 

  • Instead of mounting the darker heart ON TOP of the lighter heart, you could instead cut hearts from both the darker and lighter panels and then switch them and inset them into the cutout as an inlay with the lighter heart inside the darker squares and vice versa (similar to this Glitter Inlay Card). 



Here's another fun handmade card idea using basic shaped dies! 


  • 12x12 Cardstock Shop

    Sarah – The sentiments are stamps and dies from Taylored Expressions.

  • Sarah

    Love these ideas! However, I don’t know how you created the messages for your cards. Can you please share that?

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