[DIY Special] How to draw colour inspiration from images, by Preeya Stanley

I’m really pleased (and very grateful!) to have Preeya on board again to share some card-making skills. I am also delighted to tell you that she will officially be a guest blogger on MbM to share all her tricks of the trade!! Now, if you haven’t already seen her last tutorial on chalkboard-effect greeting cards back in February (please do so!), well let me tell you how super talented she is in this department (as well as singing!!) so in this issue she has been kind enough to show you how to source inspiration for colour palettes from images you see online or on magazines to then apply it onto the cards you make. This is in essence going back to some elementary basics but it really is key to understand how colours work together and how you’d go about sourcing inspiration especially if you’re keen about getting crafty! And we all have days when we go through creative blocks where scouring through endless images for inspiration can be more overwhelming than useful! So here’s what she has to say when looking for inspiration on places like Pinterest:

Hello again everyone!

It’s been a long time since I’ve been on here, and I must say a huge thank you to Made My Molu for inviting me back to share with you a few card-making tips. Today, I thought I would share a simple technique that will have you making beautiful cards in no time at all. All you need is one stamp, a few favourite ink colours and Pinterest. I see so many gorgeous pins highlighting lovely colour palettes, and you can easily translate them into a cardBLOG_STRIP_Preeya_colour-palette_A-web

  1. Find a picture you like with interesting colours. Here is a picture I found on Pinterest with some lovely citrusy hues.
  2. Find 4 or 5 inks that reflect these colours and some cardstock of your choice. 
  3. Find a stamp that you can stamp repeatedly to make a pattern. This may be something linear, medallion shaped or even a word/sentiment. {HOT TIP! To line up your stamp on your block, use a grid mat!} Place your stamp face down along one of the lines on the grid mat and then place your block on top of it, making sure that your block is lined up.
  4. Stamp your image repeatedly using a different colour each time. As you can see here, I have slightly overlapped the image. 
  5. This is how it looks with all the colours I picked to use for the background. 
  6. Next, once the bands of colours have dried, find a sentiment that you want to use. I decided to heat emboss mine, so I inked it up with Versamark and stamped onto the desired area (over the coloured background)
  7. I then poured over some embossing powder over the freshly stamped sentiment.
  8. When i shook off the excess, I made sure to check that all the embossing powder was off the card, and where there was any excess, I brushed it away before heat setting with the heat gun. 
  9. I adhered the panel onto a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock and that finished off the card – it’s that simple!  


Here are some other cards I’ve made using inspiration photos found on Pinterest. 

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I hope this inspires you to go through those old Pinterest photos and start making some really simple cards using just a couple of stamps. And remember, just use approximations for inks- you’ll find that often, the beauty of the mix of colours is still captured. Enjoy!

~ Preeya x


Birthday Wishes Card
Stamps: Backgrounds and Borders 1 (WPlus9), Say it Loud (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Certainly Celery (SU!), Cameo Coral (SU!), Lemonade (Adirondack), Sunset Orange
( Adirondack) and Shell Pink (Adirondack), Versamark.
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (SU!) and Calypso Coral (SU!)
Other: Zing Embossing Powder in Gold, Heat Gun

Like a Rainbow Card
Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies (PTI)
Ink: Pool Party, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Calypso Coral (all SU!) and Shell Pink
Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Sahara Sand (SU!)
Other: Twine (Brand Unknown), Corner Rounder (BRand Unknown)

You’re in my Heart Card
Stamps: Backgrounds and Borders 1 (WPlus9), Fillable Frames (PTI)
Ink: Sunset Orange (Adirondack), Pool Party, Island Indigo, Melon Mambo, Wisteria
Wonder, So Saffron ( All SU!), Stayzon jet black)
Cardstock: White and Melon Mambo (SU!)
Other: Fillable Frames die (PTI)

[IMAGE CREDIT: Preeya Stanley]

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