148 posts categorized "Coloring"


Thu 15

The Spirit of Christmas
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a non traditional Christmas wreath. I used the stamp set Berry Wreath and the coordinating die. I stamped the wreath using Memento Ink in desert sand and used a no line coloring technique.  I used Copic Markers to color in shades B21, B23, B39, BV04 (blue shaded berries); BG11, BG23, BG75, BV20 (aqua shaded berries); W2, W5, BG96, BG99 (leaves). Die cut after coloring is complete.

Trim and score a card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I trimmed a piece of black gingham pattern paper from Christmas Plaid 6x6 paper pad.  Adhere to the card base. Situate the wreath and mark where you want to trim the excess. Also mark where you want your sentiment.

Emboss the sentiment with gold powder. Adhere the wreath with foam tape. For a finishing touch I splattered some gold paint, scattered some sequins,  and added a twine bow with bells. 

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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Fri 09

by Donna Sledzik


Happy Friday everyone! Today I have another fall themed card for you. The colors are very similar to my last card I posted. I guess I liked that color scheme. 

To create this card I started by using a stencil to dry emboss the card background. I used 110 lb. cardstock and ran it through my die cut machine as if I was embossing a die cut.  

Next I stamped the pumpkin and multiple leaves from the Halloween Pumpkin clear stamp set. I only used the leaves on the top portion of the pumpkin image. I used Copic Markers to color my images. Once they were all colored, I fussy cut them.

Copic colors used: B99, BG34, BG32, BG11, YG97, YG95, YG63, R27, YR07, YR04 and Y35.

I also colored a 1" strip of white cardstock with a Copic Markers, BG34 and B99. I stamped and gold heat embossed the word grateful on the strip. I also die cut the Scribble Leafy Branch Outline 3 times from white cardstock and colored them with the same color markers.

I placed my strip across my card front and and arranged my leaves and die cuts around it. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I went back and glued everything in place.





Tue 06

Ombre Wishes
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing an ombre colored card. I used the single branch from Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set, 

I stamped the branch with black ink onto Copic Friendly paper several times. I used Copic Markers in shades E99, E09, E49. I lay down a layer of E99 fist.

Next, I add the darkerst shade, E49, at the base of each leaf.

Next, I add the medium shade in the middle of the leaves blending with the darkest shade.

Next, go back to the lightest shade E99 and blend the tips of the leaves with the medium shade. Sometimes I will repeat the process on each leaf.


Die cut each branch and use foam adhesive to adhere to the card base.

Use the same Copic Markers and blend onto paper. I embossed the sentiments onto the ink blended paper.

Arrange and adhere the branches. Trim the pieces that hang off the card. Adhere the sentiments.36

For a finishing touch add some sequins and gems.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hope you enjoyed this card!

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Tue 29

Autumn Slimline Card
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  If you like coloring, this card is for you!  I used Copic Markers for my card but colored pencils or watercolor would work just as well.

I stared by stamping my image, then colored it with Copic Markers and die cut it with the matching die.  I like to color my image first and then figure out my background. 

The Copic Marker colors I used are: BG34, BG32, BG11, YG97, YG95, YG63, R27, YR07, YR04, Y35, C00, and C1.


I picked an aqua colored cardstock to match the berries in the stamped image, then sponged the edges of the cardstock with Broken China Distress Ink.  Next I stamped my sentiment using black ink and spattered the background with gold ink.  I also spattered my stamped image with the same ink.


To finish the card, I layered the background to a kraft cardstock mat and glued it to a white card base.  I used foam tape to adhere the stamped image to the card.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!






Sat 26

Christmas Berry Wreath
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome! I have two cards for you today made with just one of the large beautiful wreaths from Memory Box's "Berry Wreath" stamp set. My first card above used a larger portion of the wreath and my second card used the left over piece for a more clean and simple look.

I stamped the wreath on an oversized piece of black card stock then embossed it in gold. Here's a look at the nine colored pencils I used:


On the leaves and berries I left the darkest parts black, adding the darkest shades of green/red, progressively getting lighter toward the ends of the leaves and to one side of the berries. After laying down a little color from dark to light, I went back over each area where the colors met and blend them a little. You can also color light to dark as shown below on the right side:


I added white colored pencil to the lightest areas. Here's the complete colored wreath: 


To create cards, I cut the wreath with the second largest "Wrapped Stitched Rectangle" die and matted it on the largest die from the same set, cut from white card stock. 

I heat embossed the sentiment from "Spirit of Christmas" stamp set on vellum and cut it with "Stitched Circle Layers" die, cutting a 2nd circle from white for the mat.
With tiny dots of glue on the back of the vellum under the letters, you can't see the adhesive from the front.  For a finishing touch I added Glossy Accents to the berries.
Here's another look at the card:


Here's my second card that I made with the left over portion of the wreath:


There was a thin left over black strip from the wreath to use on my 2nd card.  Using my Misti, I lined up the wreath with the gold embossing so I could re-stamp the wreath on white card stock. After lining it up I closed the lid on my Misti, removed the black piece and stamped the whole wreath on the white card base.


Then all I had to do was line the black strip up with the white part of the stamp and adhere it to the card. I used the same sentiment and circle dies for this card.

The wreath stamp from the "Berry Wreath"stamp is large and I love that you can get several Christmas cards from one stamp!  So many possibilities with this stamp...maybe divide the wreath however you like, or use just half of the wreath on each card - so many options!

I hope you like my idea of splitting the large stamp into several different Christmas cards and hope I've inspired you to try something new!

Happy crafting and thanks so much for stopping by!






Wed 16

Warmest Wishes
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hi, it's Angie Cimbalo, and I am thrilled to be joining the Memory Box design team! 

I’m a semi-retired school music teacher from Texas. My husband and I have 4 adult children, 5 grandchildren with one more on the way.  When not crafting, I’m having tons of fun helping music students and their directors in schools in the area. I’ve enjoyed crafting my whole life, but paper crafting is my favorite of all. 

I'm so happy to have the opportunity to work with Memory Box's amazing products and to share my creations with you, alongside the super talented Memory Box designers.

My first project is a "Warmest Wishes" holiday card with a very rustic feel.

I started with a piece of Memory Box watercolor paper for my background, first smooshing the textured side of the paper into some Walnut Stain Distress Ink, then dragging the ink pad across the paper. Memory Box watercolor paper is nice and thick and gives you a choice of a smooth or a textured side. Dragging the ink pad on it really highlights the texture of the watercolor paper. 


I cut that panel with the second largest "Stitched Rectangle Layers" die and used the largest die in the set to cut a brown rectangle to mat behind it.

To make the pine needles, I took more watercolor paper and added Distress Oxide Pine Needles ink pad directly to paper, but this time I used the smooth side of the paper. I splattered it with a little white paint mixed with water and a paint brush. After it dried, I used both "Pointy Pine Needles" and "Forest Pine Branch" dies to cut out the green pine needles. I also cut the branch from brown card stock and then pieced the brown and green parts together.

The pine cones were cut with the "Pinecone Stacker" dies. The way the die is laid out shows you exactly how to piece it together to get 2 pine cones, one large and one small. After cutting them I used some of the score lines to bend them inward, then glued the pieces together.

I inked them first with more Walnut Stain ink, then took colored pencils and a white gel pen to get more detail and depth on the pinecones. I traced the bottom of each piece of die-cut with dark brown, then used a lighter brown pencil to smooth it out. I used the same dark brown to accent the lines in the die so you can see them better, then added both white colored pencil and white gel pen to the edge of each one of the cone scales. The pictures below show before and after pencil accents were added. I think they look very realistic either way!

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Both pine cones and the sentiment were popped up on foam tape on the card for dimension.

The sentiment is from the "Berry Wreath" stamp set, heat embossed in white on brown card stock. Lastly I added a few water droplet gems on top of dots of gold paint pen, to give them a golden glow.

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I hope you like this "Warmest Wishes" card made with lots of Memory Box goodies. It was a so fun to create!

See you next time!






Tue 25

Merry Christmas Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today I have another Christmas card for you featuring new dies from the 2020 Christmas release. I really love the new Forest Pine Branch die! I'm sure you'll see me use it in many more projects.

To make this card, I die cut the Pointed Pine Needle Frame in the center of my white cardstock panel. Then I die cut frame, colored it and glued it back in place to assemble the card. Next I used Versa Mark Ink and stamped the word background on the panel and white heat embossed it.  Next I sponged over the paper using Simon Hurley's Woof dye ink pad and glued the card front to a white card base. 

I die cut the Forest Pine Branch 3 times from white cardstock and sponged them with Distress Ink. For the branches I used Gathered Twig and the pine needles were Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss.  For the frame I used Old Paper Distress ink.  Once everything was colored I cut some branches apart to place on my card.  I glued the frame in place first and then went on to fill in with my branches.


I die cut the words Merry Christmas once from Red Foil Paper and twice from white cardstock. I glued the 2 white pieces together and added the red foil piece on top. This gives the words some dimension. Next I glued the words to the center of the card front.


To finish the card I added some red pearls for berries. And that's it for today!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!








Tue 21

Peace and Good Will
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  I'm back today with another Christmas in July card for you.

To make this card, I started by stamping several images from the Mistletoe Swag stamp set and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.  


Next comes the fun part! Painting all the images.



I was planning on leaving the background white, but I decided it needed something to make the leaves and berries pop. Once the paint was dry, I spattered the background with white paint.

I die cut the word Peace from gold metallic cardstock and glued it to a vellum strip of paper. Next I gold embossed my sentiment on a strip of navy cardstock and adhered it to the vellum paper.  I adhered the vellum strip to my card front and glued it to a white card base.


That's the card for today!  Thanks for stopping by.







Tue 30

Hello Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  The inspiration for the background of today's card came from this video I watched by Mary Beth Shaw. 

To create the background I took a page from a magazine and placed a stencil underneath it. Next I used a sanding block to lightly sand across the the paper. 


I think dark images work the best and a light hand in sanding is key.  I ripped a few pages before I got the hang of it.  

I glued my image to a piece of cardstock and then trimmed it to fit on my card.  Next I mounted the background on a kraft cardstock mat, then glued it to a white card base.

Using kraft cardstock, I die cut 2 small circles and 1 medium circle from the Geodesic Circle Die set which I glued to my card front.


Next I stamped, watercolored, and die cut my flowers and leaves then glued them to my card. I spattered the card with gold ink and while this was drying, I die cut my word hello from gold metallic cardstock.  


To finish the card I adhered the word hello and added Gold Nuvo Drops to the center of the flowers.

That's it for today!  I hope you have a great week.







Fri 29

Copic Peony
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Do you have a favorite flower?  For me, it is the peony.  I think they are absolutely stunning.  Therefore, I was really excited to see the new Memory Box stamp sets.  I don't know if I have ever seen a peony in the orange color I used, but I decided to color my flower to match the washi tape. 

To make the card, I used both the wide and 1" version of the Cornelia Aqua washi tape. I took a piece of white cardstock and then placed a strip of the wide and a strip of the narrow onto the paper at an angle.  I then cut the piece down to layer onto a blue card.  I also cut out my "celebrate" in the same color of blue.

For my flower, I used the following Copic colors:


My favorite paper to use with Copic markers is the XPress It Blending Cardstock.  It is a bit slicker than other cardstocks, and I find it easier than others to blend the markers.  I stamped the flower and leaves with black Memento ink and die cut out all of my pieces.  I started with the lightest color of ink and then added each of the darker colors.  Here is a close up of the coloring:


Thank you so much for stopping by today!