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Amp Up Your Brand With Color

Amp Up Your Brand With Color


Want your brand to be fun, recognizable and creative? Designing a suite of colorfully creative branding allows you get playful and fun with your consumers and give them something different.

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You don't see a prism of colors adorning branding items of most products and websites. The normal approach is to stick to a 3-5 color palette which with to design everything from. These examples go outside the box a bit and use the entire rainbow in their designs.


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This is the current branding of Cheer. I have to say I am really enjoying it. Between the color blocking and the geometric designs, they are really hitting current trends right on the nail with this one.


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This polaroid branding from 1960. I love the retro look of this piece and the colors they chose to represent their brand.


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These examples of colorful branding are fun ways to make your brand a little more playful than it might be right now. Adding some color can be a daunting task (afterall there are SO many choices) but once you find the perfect combo that communicates your brand, it'll do wonders for you.

If you enjoyed these designs for branding, check out ones you can use right away on Creative Market.

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Post-It Note Art + Photography

Post-It Note Art + Photography


There is so much you can do with post-it notes. Aside from being the perfect size to write small notes on, they are also a key player in some less than traditional art pieces. The hot pink wall accents lend a colorful touch to an already pink art piece.

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I love  seeing what comes out of great minds with a stack of post-it notes. Photography by Florian Hildebrandt


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MOO Contest Entries Closed, Time To Vote! + A Scavenger Hunt

MOO Contest Entries Closed, Time To Vote! + A Scavenger Hunt


Last week we launched our MOO design contest. The task: create a color palette and get the most love on it. The Prize: the top 5 most-loved palettes will be printed on the brand new MOO + COLOURlovers business card pack, and the creators of those palettes each win $100 to spend on MOO goodies.

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Check out some of these great MOO designs that can be found and purchased right from the moo.com website! Pretty awesome huh?

Entries for this contest are now closed, but don't worry, you can still do plenty of voting! If you didn't get the chance to enter go ahead and vote (hit the "love button") for your favorite entires and help someone win this $100 prize.

If you did create an entry, now is the time to share, share, share! Let your friends know to vote on your entry and help you win! The winner will be announced this Friday so make sure you spend this week wisely.

Head over to the MOO contest page to vote for your favorite entries.

Happy voting!

The Scavenger Hunt Challenge:

  • Search moo.com for your favorite items.
  • Create A Color Palette out of your favorites
  • Post it as a comment!
We will choose one winner who will receive a $25 gift card to moo.com
Here is an example to get you started:

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Happy Scavenger Hunting!

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Stitched Paper Trends

Stitched Paper Trends


The number of things you can do with paper never ceases to amaze me. Stitching stationary is a new favorite that people have begun to get awfully creative with.

Today's article is presented by the printing services company, Next Day Flyers.

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Stitching stationary is one thing, but stitching ruffles, garlands and fabric is a whole other. These sweet cards definitely take more time, but I think it definitely makes the cards look so much better.


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Stitched holes like the "hello" card are so fun.


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Weddings are another time I see a lot of stitched paper. From favors to invitations there are tons of different things you can do with thread and paper.


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Of course stitching is a fabulous way to get festive for a birthday or holiday. Stitched wrapping paper looks amazing. The balloon garden is a great way to make a party more festive (you can use any shapes and have stitched garlands for any occasion.)


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Here is a tutorial on how to stitch on paper and make it look like the photo below.


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If you are familiar with sewing, you might get the hang of stitching on paper faster, but it definitely isn't as easy as it looks. Since the paper is stiff, it doesn't give like fabric gives. With anything, the more you do it the better you will be at it.

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The Lost Colors of Crayola

The Lost Colors of Crayola


Crayola has been the standard for crayons, and at least partially responsible for bringing color naming to the mainstream for 126 years now.  The crayons and color names have come a long way from the standard 8 color crayon box of black, blue, red, green, brown, yellow, violet, and orange.

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Over the years they've added plenty of new colors to their line of wax crayons but not all of those can still be found today. Some of those  colors have been discontinued or renamed, for various reasons, and since 1998 they've maintain a core collection of 120 colors, (check out our post 'All 120 Crayon Names and Color Codes' here in the COLOURlovers blog to see them all and grab their digital code equivalents).


The retired colors.

Retired colors are tucked away in the Crayola Hall of Fame but that's no place for color! So here we look back at those colors that are no longer at our finger tips but can live forever in our digital coloring books. Click on the colors to grab their digital equivalent from the COLOURlovers' library.

Header image from Wikipedia

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Making Design & Typography Great With Embossing Techniques

Making Design & Typography Great With Embossing Techniques


There are so many ways to treat paper to give it that extra pizazz. One great way to give paper products that extra kick is by embossing the text or the design to make it that much more interesting. Embossing is the art of raising paper for a decorative touch and these embossed designs will give you some great inspiration for anything from design to branding.

 

This article is presented by the glossy booklet printing company, Next Day Flyers.


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Embossing text is a great way to allow the text to be read while remaining the same color. From wedding invitations to business cards, this is a fabulous treatment that can be added for a different look to any piece of paper.


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Wedding invitation design can be done in plenty of different ways, and embossing is a fabulous way to do something a little different with the invites for your big day.


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Everything from an embossed logo to embossing shapes can add a little something special to your branding. This technique can be done with so many different designs to make your paper products a little extra special.


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Aside from getting paper embossed customly, it is also something any crafter could do very easily to give paper a little something special. Below is a great example of getting a custom stamp made and easily raising the ink to make it a little more special. Not only that, the colors and designs are endless!


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Flowers, Logo

Branding is a very important part of any business, and putting a little extra money into creating something memorable will definitely go far when it comes to the first impressions of that company. Here are some great ways that logos and branding collateral are done just right with the embossed touch.


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No matter how you use the technique of embossing, the added touch will definitely be noticed and your brand, wedding invitations or just about anything else will be fabulous and awesome with embossed typography.

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The Art of Saying Thank You

The Art of Saying Thank You


The art of saying thank you is not only a nice gesture, but also a fun reason to buy a fabulous card to make sure you say thank you the right way. From letterpress to a quirky fun card, or best of all a handmade card from the heart.

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Shop for greeting cards  for every other occasion. Find great deals at Next Day Flyers.

 


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This thank you box is the perfect gift for any of those close friends around you, for your wedding party, or for your family. Finding the perfect card alongside a small gift is a great way to say thank you to those loved ones. I love this collection of goodies and the packaging is so well-designed.


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There are some great resources out there if you don't feel you can do it yourself, but if you do want to try your hand at designing a personal thank you note, consider this a little bit of inspiration for fonts and color palettes.


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Stamping is a trend that i just love the look of. The imperfect and faded ink is something I just love to see. And with the many different stamp options, you can create any type of card for any occasion. But if you aren't a fan of crafting your own cards, plenty of people out there love to make new cards with stamps every day.


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Finally we get to the fabulous trend of letterpress. Simple type and simple design will go along way when done with letterpress. This is such a nice touch to a greeting card. Though it is a little more expensive, letterpress can go along way in making a fabulous impression.


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To end off saying Thank You in style, let's go with a colorful card like this chevron patterned thank you card.


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Saying thank you might be the simplest point of manners out there, but saying it in style with a bit of an artistic touch is something that will be noticed and appreciated by anyone on the receiving on.

 

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Valentine Card Trends: Shape & Function

Valentine Card Trends: Shape & Function


Unique Valentines Day cards are booming everywhere! Give something fun to a secret crush, your grade schoolers classmates or your life-long love. There is something for everyone from easy DIYs, quick printables and a few fabulous Etsy card inspirations.


Finish off your Valentine's Day Cards with a matching sticker printing order to seal up the envelopes. Find great deals at Next Day Flyers.

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source: Fortune Teller

Activity cards can be fun for all ages. Present your valentine with a fun fortune telling card. This DIY card could get really creative! The fortunes on the inside could go as far as presenting fun things to do with your day/evening when you give it over... if you have made mystery plans for your crush or loved one, you could let them choose their fortune of events such as dinner, dancing, drinks, foot rub, shots, wine, make-out... you get the picture. ;)

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The Color of Love Through the Artistic Eye

The Color of Love Through the Artistic Eye


Love is most often associated with the color red. Be that by conditioning of incessant advertising or that we are drawn to it by nature. Secondary to red is of course pink, in almost any level of saturation.

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Red is one of those colors that possesses the strongest Ying and Yang of its theoretical definitions. Between love and hate, rebirth and death, the human relationship in any combination, could literally be summed up in the meaning of the color Red. Pink has what I would describe as a temperamental scale, more based on softness versus loudness than the extreme left or right end of the spectrum.

"Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love." - paper-leaf.com // COLOR THEORY poster freebie

As we know, colors can generate a wide variety of emotions. Red might be the most diverse and along with pink, a tag-along little sister, many other colors in tow can lend a visual message of love a great big pop!

Falling in Love by Etsy artist,  DJEMBE & CANVAS

"Cranes represent longevity and grace. The flocks ascend our champagne symphony, where love is blessed upon those who simply believe." - posted by artist at the listing

The artist gave us a wonderfully light feeling with this palette and the birds adding further motion. I also like how the painting balances the realities of "love" with a little bit of darkness in the bottom right corner. What do you think of this palette and representation of falling in love?

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COLOURlovers Interview & Giveaway with Jessica Sprague on The Art of Poster Design

COLOURlovers Interview & Giveaway with Jessica Sprague on The Art of Poster Design


Poster design is a really fun, inexpensive and unique way to explore your creative side. From the 1,000's of fonts, variety of poster sizes, and layouts, sometimes, it's difficult to know where to start!


Once you master your design techniques visit Next Day Flyers for fast poster printing at great prices.

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Today we are interviewing Jessica Sprague, design guru and owner of JessicaSprague.com. In February, Jessica is heading off a four week Poster Design course. She is also giving away not one, but TWO seats to this really awesome class! I couldn't be more excited about the class after taking Jessica's Subway Art class. I'm a busy mom, so I don't have a whole lot of time to join in a live class, which is why I love Jessica's classes- they are self-paced and available forever!

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Can you tell us about yourself, how long have you been designing? Teaching? Do you have a job outside of JS.com?

In my former life I was a web & user interface designer for a software company, so I've been designing in some form or another for about 14 years. I started teaching digital scrapbooking, Photoshop, and graphic design in 2007 when I opened  JessicaSprague.com. Since then it is my full-time job, and I love it!

What three (or less) singular colors do you most identify with, why?

My favorite color is green - I love it in almost all of its shades from lime to olive. It's the color of growth and regeneration, of calm energy, of prosperity, learning, balance, and harmony.

If you had to describe yourself [currently] as a five color palette, what colors would they be? Could you provide me with HEX codes so I can create a JS palette for you? :)

I feel like I am a blue, two greens, and a red, coupled with a dark grey. Hex: aed835, d9ea65, 81c9c0, a90c19, a90c19

The greens I've already described. The blue is an ocean representing responsibility, stability, trustworthiness. The red represents fire and emotion, and the dark grey brings some gravity, but also represents the dark that balances the lighter, fresher colors.

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If you could be a shape, what shape would you be? (i.e. a polygon = triangle, hexagon etc...)

I would be a 5-pointed star. :)

 

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