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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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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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Pattern Spotting: Honeycomb

Pattern Spotting: Honeycomb


We have seen geometric patterns inundate our homes, our decor and our style. It is not to say that Moroccan prints or chevron is out, but it is time to make a little space for a new pattern coming up on the horizon. Honeycomb. And if you are still skeptical of letting another pattern into your life, here are some awesome ways to add subtle touches.

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Chicken wire is made in a honeycomb shape, which happens to be both stylish and practical. (Who would even thought the day would come where we would be saying chicken wire is stylish?) In the above DIY, you can make any frame a place for hanging vases and fresh flowers belong.

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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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Crafting With Paint Chips. DIY & Art Galore

Crafting With Paint Chips. DIY & Art Galore


When deciding to paint a room we tend to have a heck of a time picking that perfect paint color. But some crafty people took it a step further using paint chips as inspiration for a paint replacement. Beyond that, there are some crafty ways to reuse those billion paint swatches you are left with once you finally pick your perfect paint color. Here are some quick tricks, easy DIYs, and all around great ideas inspired by paint chips. For lots more paint chip ideas, check out our Pinterest board.

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If you are looking for the perfect way to create a statement piece in your house, and you are a lover of color, this might just be the perfect thing. And the best part is, the cost is extremely low (depending on how many paint chips you can get from your local paint shop).


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COLOURlovers Community Roundup: Week 1

COLOURlovers Community Roundup: Week 1


Welcome to the Community Roundup! Each week I will be pulling some great stuff from the nooks and crannies of COLOURlovers to feature here on the community forefront - the blog. You can expect everything from member-hosted games and contests to some fun finds you might otherwise miss. So let's dig up what's happening.

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Member-Hosted Contests

We are lucky to have some very motivated COLOURlovers in our community. Here are a couple of great contests going on with plenty of time to join up and play.

If you are new to COLOURlovers, pattern templates are designed by members using Seamless Studio (Mac/PC desktop) or Seamless Lite (free / web version). If you have questions about Seamless you can contact me or your fellow COLOURlovers.


Carnival Template Contest hosted by Sunmeadow :: NOW until Feb. 21st 2012

The festive and colorful season of Carnival is now in full swing. Carnival is celebrated by over 10 million people worldwide from New Orleans (Mardi Gras) to Carnival in Rio de Janiero, Brazil and all through the carribean Islands. Group leader, sunmeadow, is hosting a Carnival Template Challenge. All are welcome to partcipate, from beginning template makers to seasoned pros. The challenge started this week and closes on February 21st, when five winners will be announced and featured on the COLOURlovers blog and Facebook page.

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Shamrock Template Challenge hosted by o2bqueen & rubyvillasenor :: NOW until March 16th 2012

With the month of March approaching, we have St. Patricks Day fast approaching! The challenge is to design a template that includes a shamrock shape. This challenge has already started and ends March 16th 2012. The top five designs will be featured on COLOURlovers blog and Facebook page.

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Along with posting on the blog, I will actually post each template in their fully colored state (as those are more exciting than a grayscale template). So make sure to include a nice colored version with your submissions.

Please feel free to contact me (mollybermea) if you have an organized challenge you would like posted to this community announcement.

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Geometric Home Design Elements of Simon Page

Geometric Home Design Elements of Simon Page


The designs of Simon Page take us back to basics, to the literal building blocks of good design: geometric shapes. Page, a London-based graphic designer, is all about creating a visual experience that stimulates the emotions. His philosophy is “Good Design Excites.” And you’ll be surprised how exciting circles and squares can get after Page is done with them!

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Though all of his designs jump-off from basic geometric shapes, his work gets more sophisticated as he layers on his color palette, cuts and rearranges the shapes in the frame, and develops unexpected patterns and textures. In the words of one commenter, he creates work that “you can get lost in - they are busy, but somehow calming at the same time.

Geometric Cushion Designs

At first glance, the design covering this pillow seemed to have sequins on it, but on second glance, this is illusion created by bold color choices and the juxtapositions.

The same type of visual tricks follow in his other four pillow designs, which would make a striking focal point in any living room.

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