Cardmaking Tips For Those Who Hate To Color

Cardmaking Tips For Those Who Hate To Color

Do you hate to color?  It's a hard thing to admit in our industry...but I really do not care for it.  I've bought all the things (alcohol markers, blenders, gel pens) but I hardly use them.  Well, here's an idea for some quick "coloring" without all the aggravation. 

how to color on colored cardstock
For this technique you basically start with a colored cardstock, and then use the coloring medium of your choice to add small accents. This gives the effect of stamped and colored designs without all the work of coloring. 
partial coloring card making tutorial

Start by stamping your design on colored cardstock. Bazzill Smoothies is the perfect cardstock for this faux coloring technique. It stamps and embosses well and can even stand up to a bit of water.

I stamped my dinosaurs and heat embossed with some clear embossing powder (this helps if you are using watercolors), then I used various methods to add color. 

coloring cardstock with alcohol markers
handmade dinosaur inspired card

I used some alcohol markers (on the yellow dinos) to accent their scales and spots.

coloring cardstock with watercolors
coloring on cardstock with watercolors

On the turquoise and purple dinos, I opted for some metallic watercolor paint.

coloring on cardstock with a white gel pen

The blue dinos are accented with a white gel pen.

This technique makes "coloring" painless, since the color is already there.

handmade dinosaur card

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Here's another fun idea for stamped cards



1 comment

  • Lenore

    Everyone in my card group enjoys coloring, except me. I love to paper piece but not coloring. I also have markers, pens, etc but not the urge to use them. Using colored card stock is the natural answer for us who are “coloring challenged”. I need to try it soon. Thanks for this great idea.

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