Types of Coloring

This shows the same panel – I used black stamped outlines for each of them – while coloring 3 different ways. Alcohol markers were used on the left card. Water coloring was used for the center card. Colored pencils were used for the right card. I used similar colors for all of them, but you can definitely see differences. Just wanted to show you the different ways of coloring and how you can color small areas with all of them.

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Cactus Blossom Way 3

I only did 2 of the panels to be colored by pencils. Used Prisma Premier colored pencils for these. One was stamped in green and one in black, to see the difference. It’s not so stark on these, but I still like the black outline better.

It doesn’t take as long to color with pencils, but I do have 6 layers on the century plants in the center – both are colored exactly the same, so you can definitely see the difference between the no line and the lined coloring. Blending was easier for me on these than the alcohol markers, but that is because I’ve colored with colored pencils for years and am just starting to use alcohol markers more.

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Simple Cards

When we get started doing something new, we rarely have many supplies.  So, this post is showing how you can make cards using what you have as you gain supplies.

To start with, you will probably have a couple of stamps.  You really only need black ink to start, so that is what I used for all of these cards.  The ink I recommend is Memento Tuxedo Black as it dries quickly, looks good and you can get it at most craft supply stores with coupons.  I love those 40% and 50% off coupons.

HC Series 1


The stamps I used on all of these cards are the same.  They are the Heartfelt Creations Heartfelt Expressions HCPC3474 for the sentiment and the Botanical Floral 2 HCPC3407 for the flower.  These are both sets of stamps that include other stamps, but I wanted to show you how simple you can make a nice card.  The only other thing I did was use a black pen to add the little marks on the sides of the flower.

If you enjoy stamping, you might want to get some colored pencils.  I started off with Crayola pencils that were left from my kids’ school supplies, but later found that I liked the Colorific ones better.  These are simple to find at start of school sales quite cheaply.  Over the years, I decided I would like some nicer pencils and using a 50% off coupon, purchased a set of Koh-i-Noor Woodless Colour Pencils.  I really like these, but they were a bit expensive, even with the coupon.  However, I’ve been using them for a couple of years and plan to use them for many more, so they were worth it.

HC Series 2


On this one, I did the same stamping, but used a purple pencil to shade in the flower a bit and highlight the large word in the center of the sentiment.  I also used the colored pencil to add the little marks on the side of the flower.

If you continue in paper crafting and/or card making, you will almost certainly wind up purchasing patterned papers, or being given some.  The papers I used are from a Cardmaker’s Creative Pack in Citrus that I got on clearance, so it was quite cheap, but I love most of the colors and patterns in the pack.  Now, you may, if intend to keep on paper crafting invest in a die cutting machine of some sort.  I purchased a Cuttlebug by Provocraft many years ago and I have purchased quite a few dies through the years, as well.  These are more expensive purchases, but, once again, those 50% off coupons can be used and definitely were.  I can use my Cuttlebug for embossing using stencils, embossing folders, and even some of the dies I have purchased.  It also does the cutting using many different types of dies.  As much as I use it, it was definitely worth the expense.

HC Series 3


For this one, I used the purple colored pencil again, and then used the Spellbinders Rose Creation die S5-050 to cut out two of the flowers that went with the size of the stamp.  It is nice that the stamps and the die work perfectly together.  Heartfelt Creations is really good about working with Spellbinders and matching things up.  They even have special dies that Spellbinders makes just for them to go with some of their stamp sets.  I also used a lavender brad in the center of the flowers to hold them together and cover the hole in the center.  This one also required a bit of adhesive.  White glue works okay, but over the years I have found that the Scotch Advanced Tape Glider works really well for certain things and the Beacons 3 in 1 liquid glue works well for others.  I also use Scotch 3D tape to add dimension and Zig 2-Way glue for little things.  I used a small dot of the Beacons liquid glue on this.

This last card uses the same supplies, but I added a piece of vellum over some patterned paper and instead of cutting flower pieces out to make a dimensional flower, I used the die to cut a hole in the vellum and have the paper show through.  I used another brad in the center to draw attention to the “flower”.  Vellum isn’t as readily available as patterned paper, but it is still pretty easy to find.  It is a fun thing to have and use, though it is more difficult to work with than regular papers.  When attaching vellum, you need an adhesive that is made for it.  The best vellum adhesive I have found is the Therm-o-web vellum adhesive runner.  I’ve tried a lot of different ones and this is the best that I’ve found, so I definitely recommend it.  It is also one of those items you can use a coupon on.

HC Series 4


So, here are different things that you can do using a few, to many supplies.  All are fairly simple and can be changed up.  For any of them, you could use a rhinestone or pearl in the center of the flower.  You can also use glitter gel pens to add color and sparkle.  But, as you can see, it doesn’t take a lot to make something special for a special person.

HC Series All


I know this is a long post, but I really wanted to share some ways to create with little.

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Leaving Space

I was given the challenge this week to make some cards, but leave space to add the sentiment later.  There were certain colors that I wanted to use (per the Touch Twin Challenge), so after going through my stamps a few times, this is what I came up with:

My color challenge was to use olive green, bronze green, yellow and old red.  The color in my picture seems to be slightly off, but those really are the colors I used.  The space at the top of the tree is perfect to go back and add whatever sentiment I need, later on.  This could be for just about any occasion.

To start, I went through my stamps and found The Changito Duos set by Stampendous would work with my colors.  Then I went through my pens, markers, inks and pencils to try to find the right colors.  The green paper underneath the top layer is a nice olive-green, though the picture is off a bit.  Unfortunately, that happens when taking pictures at night.


I started by using both of the greens to ink the leaf stamps for around the edges.  Using the two greens together looked quite nice.


Inking the large stamp took some time as all of my colors were used.  Then, finding the right color of pencils and shading in the image took some time.

All that was left was putting them together.  As you can see, one card turned out better than the other and I colored them slightly differently.

So, what can you imagine as the sentiment on one of these?

Take the time to check out the challenges (links at the top) and see what you can come up with.  It truly is amazing to see so many different ideas from one simple challenge.

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Double Dutch Fold Card

The weekly challenge this week on CardMaker Magazine’s CardSwap is to make a Double Dutch Fold card.  This was pretty cute, fairly easy and fun to make, so I thought I would walk you through it.

To start, you need the following:

  • 4-3/16 x 9″ piece of card stock
  • 2 x 8-1/2″ piece of card stock
  • Papers to decorate
  • Adhesive

Score the 4-3/16″ x 9″ piece at 5-1/2″.



Score the 2″ x 8-1/2″ piece at 2-1/8″ and 6-3/8″.  Now fold all the score lines well.


Next, attach the back of the larger piece (longer side) to the center section of the smaller piece.  The two small edges should fold over and meet in the center and when you fold the top flap down, it should meet the top of them.

You can now decorate all the flaps however you want.  I was going for a fairly simple look, so this is what I did.



All that’s left is to make a larger center piece to attach, which will help hold it all closed.  I did a simple cameo stamp (Gina K. Designs: Timeless Treasures), colored it a bit (Koh-i-Noor Woodless Colour Pencils and a gold glitter pen around the edges) and cut it out using a simple oval fairly close to the stamped image.  After I figured out where I wanted it, I put adhesive on the back of the top half of my piece and attached it.  (It is now attached only to the top flap, though it hangs over the bottom two flaps.)  Since there was open space at the top, I was able to stamp Happy Birthday (Stampendous: Party Invite) with Versamark Dazzle ink and then again slightly off the first with ColorBox Gold Brocade pigment ink.

It sounds a lot harder than it actually is.  Take a look at the challenge and see what other people came up with.  Now, try it yourself!

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