Crazy about colour

It’s bloomin’ freezing here today! I had to scrape the car this morning and I am now sitting with a blanket over me, sipping a continuous supply of tea to keep warm. However, it is gloriously sunny – a perfect winter’s day – and that put me in mind of these bright and cheery makes I have prepared using my coloured card stock ahead of the Create & Craft show next week.

Coloured Cardstock projects

Simple rainbow banner handmade card made using Dovecraft textured card

Imagine receiving one of these, made with such vivid coloured card. They’re enough to warm even the coldest heart (and hands, and feet, and nose! – EVERYTHING is cold today!)

I made these projects ahead of my Create & Craft show on 13th February – which has now been changed to 8am so make sure you update your reminders!

Butterfly handmade card

Simple handmade butterfly card made using Dovecraft textured cardstock

I asked for the Dovecraft textured cardstock to be available on the show as it perfectly complements the V&A collection that will be launching at the same time and will be the focus of the show. However, I am really pleased with the results of these samples, made using only the textured card.

Simple handmade birthday card made using Dovecraft textured cardstock

Simple handmade card for Mum made using Dovecraft textured card

The texture is really subtle so it doesn’t detract from the finished design or look odd on smaller die cuts. At 220 gsm its plenty strong enough to make card blanks and all of the cards I’ve added in this post are made entirely from this card. It’s great for structured projects too such as this doughnut gift box as it’s very sturdy and strong.

Handmade Doughnut card and gift box

Handmade doughnut gift card and gift box made with Dovecraft Premium Textured Card.

It die cuts like a dream too and goes through my Cricut no problem. Some plain coloured card can stick to my mat, leaving a residue and making it less sticky, but this is perfect. I made this digger card on the Cricut and embossed the background with a Cricut embossing folder. Again the results are fab.

Handmade digger card

Simple handmade digger birthday card made using Dovecraft textured card and embossing folders

There are 20 colours in the pack – I’ve had a go at naming them all. These aren’t the official colours, just what I think describes them best. You have four sheets of each of the following: chocolate brown, forest green, ebony black, orange (just orange), ice white, cream, ivory, lemon yellow, baby blue, lime green, marsala red (or wine), pillar box red, navy blue (or midnight blue, it’s a very deep, dark, rich colour), shamrock green, sky blue, pebble grey, grape, sunshine yellow, magenta and baby pink.

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I love that there are very bright vivid colours, pastel tones and rich, deep shades. It means you can mix them up on your projects depending on the look you’re going for. For my succulent project I used the rich colours and it looks great, and my doughnut card and gift box above use the pastel tones.

Paper succulents in a frame

Paper succulents in a frame

I also did a few makes with the black card as it stood out as a really rich black that doesn’t look faded. I did one Valentine’s project teaming the black with red, pink and grey and another using just black and white.

The cardstock comes in a handy box to store them all in for safe keeping. I don’t know about you but I hate it when the edges of my gorgeous card get tatty or bent. I have taken to tracking how many sheets of each colour I have left on the box too. As each colour is featured on the front it’s easy to see at a glance what’s inside so I put a little tick on the corresponding colour on the box when I have removed a sheet.

Dovecraft textured cardstock

Dovecraft textured cardstock

I hope you like these clean and crisp designs and can tune in to see the show on February 13th at 8am.

Also on the show will be (click to read the previews):

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