231 posts categorized "Coloring"


Thu 09

Kindness Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today's card features stamps and stencils from the Spring Cheer release.

I started by die cutting the Vintage Tray Die from Gina K Designs masking magic paper.  I placed the mask on a white cardstock panel, and used a blending brush to apply light blue ink around the edges of the blocks.  This creates a nice shadow around the blocks.


I left the mask in place and stamped the Cheerful Flower with black ink.  I used a heat tool to dry the image before using the coordinating layering stencils to add color to the stamped image. I used dye inks and blending brushes for the coloring.  I followed the steps on the stencil guide to add color to the stamped image.

To add some texture to the panel, I inked the back side of the Altenew Grip Mat with white ink and stamped it across my panel.  

Next, I spattered the background with white and gold inks.  Once the inks were dry, I removed the mask from the paper. I trimmed it and glued it to a thin black cardstock mat.  This was glued to a pink cardstock mat and then adhered to a white card base.

I stamped and die cut the word kindness from white cardstock and glued it to the card.  Underneath the word I stamped the words "changes everything".


To finish the card I added some Fairy Drops for more texture, and that's it!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!







Mon 29

Fanciful, Whimsical Gladiola Wishes by Jean Okimoto

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Fanciful Gladiola Stem's blossoms and Whimsical Gladiola's leaves create a floral birthday greeting for spring or summer celebrations.  Hi, Jean here with quick coloring technique for detailed designs.


Save time by stenciling the pieces before diecutting them.  Spritz the smoother side of watercolor paper with a light mist of water. Pressure-emboss it using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Diecut a stencil from cardstock.

Tape the stencil over the embossed designs and sponge or brush the petals and stems.  VersaFine Clair Verdant and Cheerful and Brilliance Sunflower Yellow inks were used here.  Mask the adjacent areas with a Post-It note to separate the colors.  Heat-set the inks, then diecut all of the pieces.  Pre-embossing makes it easier to color the raised areas - and to align the die over the pieces for diecutting later.  Trust me!

Sponge or brush Verdant ink onto smooth white cardstock and cut two small and one large leaf set from the Whinsical Gladiola.

Assemble the Fanciful Gladiola Stem.  The green stem partially covers the yellow stem for instant buds and dimension.  I followed some portions of the diagram - and rearranged some pieces for more color variation.

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Glue two pieces of smooth white cardstock together and diecut it with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.  Cut it again - slightly offset - with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Attach both pieces - offset again - to a top-folded white A2 card.

Attach the Fanciful Gladiola Stem and Whimsical Gladiola leaves.  Add a Happy Birthday White Circle Greeting Tab and gold Treasure Chest Gemstones.  Cut an A2-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog...see you again in May!





Sat 30

Two Plaid Cards - New Spring Cheer Release
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today.  I have 2 card for you today - one is to wish you a Happy Easter and the 2nd card is a birthday card! 

For my Easter Card, I used the new Woven Basket of Eggs 94732, and the Happy Easter Curled Script 94731. I cut them both from white card stock and colored the basket and eggs with alcohol markers. I added them to a piece of plaid purple paper from the Magnolia Plaid PP1021 paper pad that I cut with the Curved Cap Pinpoint Layers die set 94646.

Here's a closer look at my card:

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You can see that I added Glossy Accents to the eggs after decorating them with black and white pen marks. And here's one last look at my Easter card for today:

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Now for my 2nd card which also uses goodies from the last release.


As you can see I kept the plaid theme going and used some paper from the Madras Plaid Blue and Violet paper pack (PP1014) for my background.  The floral image was heat embossed with white embossing powder onto vellum and then die cut.  I also cut a 2nd floral image from light gray cardsock and stamped the image with darker gray ink.  I then ran that one through my die cutting machine with the 3D matching embossing folder.  I rubbed a little violet ink on top of it, let it dry and then adhered the vellum flower image on top of the gray one.  To adhere it, I used a glue pen and only added ink in lines where the embossing was so I could hide the adhesive.  Here's a closer look:


I popped the image die cut up on foam tape and then added both the circle foiled sentiment tab and some clear gems to the floral centers.  Here's one last look:


I hope you like my cards for today!  Check out the new release and be sure to come back each day for more inspiration.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  






Wed 20

Easter & Thanks You Cards
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with another Easter card and a bonus thank you card featuring products from the latest release.  For this first Easter card,  I used the Woven Basket of Eggs die set with the new Festive Bunny die set.


I cut everything from white cardstock except the eggs which I cut from the same scraps of patterned paper that I used for the red plaid and green on the bunny's jacket.  I inked all the pieces and colored them with Distress Inks. 


The Happy Easter is a new die called "Happy Easter Dover Script" and I cute 3 white ones and inked the top one with Fired Brick red ink.  To make the border around the card I masked off the edge and added more red ink, then added small white dots with a gel pen.  Here's one last look at my first card:


Now on to my 2nd card for today! 


This card features the new Clara Blooms die set along with the Thank You Daily Script die set.  I used Distress Inks and colored pencils to color the die cuts on this one, then arranged them on the card front.  Easy and quick!  Here's a closer look:


I love how this turned out, clean and simple!  Here's one last look:


I hope you like my cards for today!  I hope I've inspired you with these two cards!   Thanks for stopping by!





Sat 16

Sitting Sparrow in Blooms
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.   With spring about to officially arrive in a few days, I have a spring card to share today featuring the Sitting Sparrow, Clara Blooms, and Berry Branches and Leaves craft dies from last month’s 2024 Spring Cheer collection.

Once again, all pieces were die cut from white.  The sparrow and blooms were ink blended with browns and turquoise dye inks, respectively.  The leaves were colored with Copic Sketch markers (YG07/09, G09, BG05).   Left the berry branches white.


The background was created by ink blending two gradient colors of green dye inks to give a spotlight effect.  For some interest and texture, splattered it with diluted white and black gouache paint.  Die cut the sentiment from black glossy paper and its shadow from white, then assembled the card onto a white card base to finish.


That does it for my card.   Thank yij for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.





Fri 15

Reverse-Stenciling on Vellum by Jean Okimoto


Send springtime hugs with a reverse-stenciled Cheerful Floral vellum design from our Spring Cheer Collection.  Hi, Jean here with an easy way to add spring pastels to stamped images.


Prep heavy white vellum with the embossing powder tool to eliminate stray flecks of powder.  Stamp the Cheerful Floral design with VersaMark.  

I usually hide inky stencils - or at least clean them - but they're shown here because I used them in reverse to color the reverse side of the embossed design. Lay the stamped side of the vellum on a darker piece of cardboard for visibility.  Reverse-stenciling also protects the white embossing from ink stains and scratches.

Flip the stencils over and sponge or brush the reversed image with Brilliance inks.  Pearlescent Coral, Pearlescent Orchid, Pearlescent Orange, Pearlescent Lime and Sunflower Yellow were used here. The six smallest blossoms have some separate petals for different colors - I used Pearlescent Orange for all of the petals.

My Brilliance inkpads might be older than you are - but they're still great for stenciling after many years of use and occasional re-inking.  Wish they'd add some new colors!


Let the inks airdry.  Cut it with the stamp set's matching die.  Here's a tip...leave some un-taped edges near the bottom to give the die some wiggle-room as it goes through the machine.  

Cut Cream Woodgrain Paper (cardstock) with the 3-¼" x 4-½" A2 Rectangle Frames Die.

Stamp the greeting on natural cardstock with Pearlescent Lime and dry the ink.  Cut it with the die that's also included in the Cheerful Floral Clear Stamp Set.  Cut another background and layer it for dimension.



Stamp the rest of the greeting inside the card.

Attach the diecuts to a natural A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam tape for the "hugs."  Add clear Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!





Sun 10

Chicks and Bunny Easter Card
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome! I have a fun Easter card featuring the newly released Layered Chicks 94726 and Cute Layered Bunny 94727. I also used the Vintage Tray 3D Embossing Folder and Die EF1040 released last Christmas for my background. Here's a closer look at my card:


I embossed two of the tray dies from white card stock and used the coordinating die on one of them. On that one I used the cut outside edge to frame the other embossed panel. I added dark brown ink to the frame before adhering it to the white tray.

Next I cut the critters and sentiment (Happy Easter Curled Script 95731) from white card stock and colored them with alcohol markers. I put the critters in the openings and then added the sentiment to the larger opening and finished it off with some Autumn jewels. Here's one last look:


I hope you like my Easter card for today. I just fell in love with those little critters when I say them and couldn't wait to use them on a card. Be sure to come back each day for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!







Sat 09

Cheerful Florals for Spring Birthdays
by Anne Thompson

I hope you remember to set your clocks--spring ahead!  In celebrating the arrival of spring, at least clock-wise, I decided that for today's card I would use stamps from the new Cheerful Floral and Bold Cheerful Floral clear stamp sets on watercolor paper so I could use some watercolor pencils to color the images.

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I stamped the large floral stamp from CHEERFUL FLORAL CL5278 with VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink on watercolor paper. 

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I used my Derwent Watercolour Pencils to color the image.  When it was dry, I trimmed it to 5 1/4 X 4.  I then pulled some color from a raspberry pencil onto a wet brush to spatter the white areas around the edges.  I used a Hero Arts Raspberry Jam ink and a finger dauber to add a touch of color around the edges.  I mounted the panel to a piece of raspberry red card stock from the BLUSH SOLID CORE CARDSTOCK PACK SP1012 that I had trimmed 5 1/2 X 4 1/4.  I added the panel to a horizontal side-fold note card.  

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I knew I wanted to use this for a spring birthday card.  I found a sentiment I liked on the new clear stamp set BOLD CHEERFUL FLORAL CL5279.  (There are so many great sentiments on both of these stamp sets.  This card design could be used for many occasions just by changing out the sentiment stamps.)

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I stamped "happy birthday to you" in the lower left corner of the panel.

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I liked this card so much that I made another one, this time backing it on a green card stock paper from GREENERY SOLID CORE CARDSTOCK PACK SP1011.

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I want to stamp this image again on regular card stock and multimedia paper to try various other coloring materials--regular colored pencils, markers, pastels...and I want to switch its orientation on a card with maybe the tulip-like flowers on the left or play with vertical positions and maybe try it on a regular A2 side-fold or top-fold card.  I think there is a lot that can be done with this stamp.  AND there are also stamp and die combination sets for these two:  CL 5278D and CL5279D!

Happy Crafting!

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CL5278 CL5278D

Cheerful Floral CL5278/CL5278D
CL5278 CL5279D

Bold cheerful Floral CL5279/CL5279D


Blush SP1012            Greenery SP1011


Wed 28

Easter Hello
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I’m sharing a circle shaped Easter card today featuring products from the current 2024 Spring Cheer release.

All pieces, including the sentiments, were die cut from white cardstock.  The lamb and flower centers were coloured/shaded with Copic Sketch markers and the rest were ink blended with distress inks (DI).

Copic markers used:
pinks - RV10/21/23 
yellows - Y15, V01 
whites/shading - T0/1/2/3 
DI used:
sky - Tumbled Glass 
grass - Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn 
basket - see my last card 
eggs & Easter sentiment - Shaded Lilac, Faded Jeans 
hello sentiment - Black Soot


The second largest circle die in the Circle Basics set was used to die cut from white cardstock.  Ink blended the grass/sky on it, then glued the elements onto it.  Trimmed off the overhangs before matting it to an Anemone Plaid pattern paper circle.  Mounted the circle to a white circle card base to finish.


That’s it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.





Mon 26

Cheerful Floral
by Theary Chea

Hello, and welcome back to the blog. My name is Theary, and I am sharing a card I created using the beautiful Cheerful Floral stamp and stencil set. So, Let's get started! 

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I started by stamping CL5278 Cheerful Floral onto white-colored cardstock that I trimmed to 4 inches by 5.25 inches. I stamped the image using black premium ink. Then, using 88619 Cheerful Floral stencil. I aligned each layer onto the cardstock and blended each layer with a different dye ink color. You can use any color to ink in the stencil. I chose inks in the colors fuchsia, green, and yellow. 
MB Cheerful Floral 2

Then, using the last stencil, I used a low tack tape to tape the stencil down onto the colored image. I later went in with a blue shade of ink to ink around the edges of the stencil to create a shadow effect. I also added white highlights throughout the card panel with a white gel pen.
MB Cheerful Floral 2

I matted the card front onto a black piece of cardstock trimmed slightly larger than the card panel. I adhered it to a top folding white card base. I used a strip from ST005 Thank You Foil Greeting Black Tabs for the sentiment. I also added gems from GEM102 Winter Fantasy. 

And that's it! I hope you found some inspiration and have time to get crafty. Until next time! I hope you have a wonderful day! 

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