Harmonious Color For Intricate Designs

I don’t know about you, but I am very drawn to intricate designs.  I absolutely love them.  But when it comes to coloring them they may seem overwhelming and you just don’t know what colors to use.  That’s what we will be discussing today as I walk you through the making of my card!

For my card today I am using a new BetterPress plate called Kaleidoscope Flowers from Spellbinders.  I ordered it the minute I saw it!  I also have 2 stamps sets – one from Simon Says Stamp and the other from Hero Arts.  I am not using them today, but they are both the same level of intricacy as this BetterPress plate.  I also deliberately chose to use black ink. I felt that the design as a whole would stand out better and would stand up to my color palette.  For my color palette I went to Google Images and searched for “floral color palettes”.  I found one I really liked and then went to my markers.


I decided to use my Arteza Brush Markers.  These are a dye based marker that reacts with water.  I chose a handful of colors closely matching the palette on my computer which was only 5 colors.  I added a few in darker tones and kept in mind that I was going to be coloring flowers.  Yellow was not in the palettes but I found a golden green yellow.  I went very cautiously at first.

I found all the bits of the same shape and used the same color on them.  The little flowers are a Periwinkle color and the centers are the golden green yellow – as are the branch bits.  I was also avoiding coloring with the same color on 2 places where they touch.

I kept moving around the piece with each color.

It’s really taking shape at this point and I was ok with my color spacing.

I wanted to add some sort of sparkle, but knew that using embellishments would be way too much.  I used a Pentel Sparkle Pop pen in gold.  It was perfect!

I added the gold sparkle pen wherever there were dots in the design – and there were a good amount of them!  I trimmed down my panel so that it was 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and rounded the corners.  I made a white A2 size top folding card base and adhered a piece of Glitter Orchid card stock from Simon Says Stamp.  I adhered my colored panel onto this.  For my sentiment I had one that I had foiled in gold and I fussy cut and adhered it with thin foam tape.  And that finished my card!

I hope you enjoyed this card project and that I’ve given you tips on how to achieve color harmony on intricate designs!