Card Inspirations for the 2023 Pantone Color of the Year

Last Updated: February 14, 2023

Are you looking for exciting ideas and inspirations on how to use the 2023 Pantone Color of the Year in your cardmaking projects? Well, you're in luck because today's blog post is all about Pantone's Color of the Year 2023: viva magenta! 

Make beautiful viva magenta colored-cards with floral stamp and die sets!

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In this blog post, we've gathered some unique and stunning card inspirations that feature this beautiful shade and ways to easily incorporate it into your cards. So if you're an avid cardmaker looking to take your creations up a notch with this gorgeous Pantone color of the year 2023, read on and get ready for some magenta inspiration overload!

Pantone Color of the Year 2023: Viva Magenta

This year's color comes from the stunning red family of colors. According to the Pantone website, viva magenta represents bravery, renewal, and a pulsing symbol of optimism and self-expression. It’s a balanced red color that lingers between warm and cool tones and features a deep crimson-pinkish red and purple hue.

With the vibrant shade of viva magenta and its beautiful meaning, now is the perfect time to get creative with this stunning color! 

Craft with the 2023 Pantone Color of the Year with these high-quality and vibrant coloring mediums!

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From using it to make ink backgrounds to using magenta-colored cardstock, here are all the different ways that you can include this Pantone color for 2023 in your cards: 

Make Stunning Magenta-Colored Backgrounds

 Make vibrant floral cards using the Pantone Color of the Year 2023!

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 Take a look at this gorgeous ink-blended background with gold embossing! The rich deep hues of the Midnight Violet Crisp Dye Ink and Magenta Crisp Dye Ink paired really well with the beautifully embossed image of the Paint-A-Flower: Fashion Monger Dahlia Outline Stamp Set

For this one-of-a-kind card, Emily heat-embossed the dahlia image on plain white cardstock with gold embossing powder and ink-blended layers of violet and magenta inks on her card front. For her card's big sentiment, she made a really cool design with her die-cuts:

  1. Die cut three layers of the Mega Hope die: two on some white cardstock and one from the fully-blended card front background.
  2. Then, adhere the three die-cuts together, with the colored die-cut on the top.
  3. Cover the "hope" die-cut with some sparkling clear lacquer pen. 
  4. Finally, adhere the card front to your card base, add some sequins and metallic splatters, and voila!

With this technique, you'll make beautiful viva magenta card backgrounds with eye-catching gold accents and a shiny sentiment! 

Craft Vivacious Magenta Floral Die-Cuts

Find the best high-quality wafer-thin dies for paper crafting for all your viva magenta-themed cards!

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The Pantone Color of the Year 2023 is gorgeous and is the perfect color for all your floral die-cuts! Whether you're using this vivacious hue as an accent color to your petals or building around it as your primary color, balancing the viva magenta shades with lighter hues is sure to give your projects an exquisite look and feel. 

Create Glamorous Magenta Looks With Embossing

Dazzle your next card's recipient by pairing viva magenta, the gorgeous Pantone Color of the Year for 2023, with some embossed looks! Taking inspiration from this fabulous hue, you can use embossing folders to add an extra element of texture and finesse to your masterpieces. 

Make beautiful ink-blended viva magenta backgrounds with embossing folders for crafting!

Linked Ovals 3D Embossing Folder

With just an embossing folder, magenta-colored inks, and some blending brushes, embossing is an easy cardmaking idea that can take your creations up a notch. Whether it's geometric patterns, florals, botanicals, or folders with unique designs, you can be sure to make a bold statement with embossed backgrounds featuring the wow-worthy viva magenta. 

PRO TIP: When using the viva magenta color, it’s best to pair it with gold, silver, gray, and pastels for a stunning contrast. You can also pair it with shades of pink and violet for a monochromatic look!

Play With Sparkly Stencils and Ink Sprays

By combining the vibrant hue of viva magenta with beautiful stencils and metallic ink sprays, you can make unique greeting cards that will stand out from the rest. The deep magenta background will perfectly complement any intricate shapes or patterns your stencils have!

Create quick and easy viva magenta backgrounds with gorgeous stencils for crafting!

Halftone Stencil

To replicate Verity's background for her card above, follow these steps:

  1. Ink-blend Magenta Crisp Dye Ink on a card panel. You can also directly use a magenta-colored cardstock.
  2. Then, position your stencil with some low-tack tape on your panel. You can overlay your stencil in the middle, at the top, or diagonally at a corner, as Verity did with her card.
  3. Using Antique Gold Metallic Ink Spray, spray through the stencil at least 6 to 8 inches away from your panel.
  4. Attach the card panel to a base, and add other embellishments such as gold sequins. 

After creating the background, you can stamp a design on a similar-colored magenta cardstock, heat emboss it with gold embossing powder, and die cut it to complete the card! For her card, Verity used the Enchanting Beauty Stamp & Die Bundle. With these techniques, you can easily make impressive cards that follow the viva magenta theme!  

Experiment With Wonderful Watercolor Backgrounds

You can never go wrong with watercolor backgrounds! Watercolor backgrounds are another quick yet stunning way to provide a unique touch for your viva magenta-themed cards. To replicate Erum's card below, simply do some wet-on-wet techniques, and play around by adding pigments of yellow, orange, and magenta to the wet watercolor paper. 

Play with the 2023 Pantone Color of the Year using watercolors!

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For added interest, you can add salt to the watercolor while it's still wet, or use paint splatters to add texture instead. Then, pair your background with your favorite floral die-cuts colored with viva magenta and pink alcohol markers, and there you have it! The perfect card to align with the 2023 Pantone Color of the Year. 

Express Yourself With the Bold Colors of Viva Magenta!

Color your stamp and dies with the stunning hues of the Pantone Color of the Year 2023 - viva magenta!

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Indeed, viva magenta is an incredible hue that packs a lot of personality, perfect for adding an extra pop of color to your projects. We hope this blog post sparked your creativity with these impressive card projects featuring the vibrant Pantone Color of the Year 2023.

If you’d like more fresh cardmaking ideas like these, be sure to check out our Card Blog! Now it’s time to get crafting; put your skills to the test and create something truly remarkable with viva magenta! 


  • Altenew

    Thank you, Cindy! Can’t wait to see your viva magenta-themed projects soon :) <3

  • Cindy

    Beautiful color and inspiration projects!! Love it!

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