Beautify Your Stamped Cards with Creative Coloring
Stamping is one of the most versatile crafts around because
there are so many different options that you can use to enhance
even the most basic stamp. When you look at some colored stamped
images, you may be overwhelmed by how beautiful they are. Some
look like works of art that have been meticulously painted by
tiny little brushes. For a beginner, or even intermediate
stamper, they make look overwhelming. The truth is however, that
coloring stamped images does not have to be difficult, and it
does not require any special artistic skill.
Chances are if you are already involved with stamping, you
have enough creativity to color in your stamped images
beautifully. There are a number of different tools that you can
use to color, and the most popular ones for stampers are pastels,
or chalks, watercolor pencils, markers or ink pads.
Chalks are a great way to color in stamped images because they
are inexpensive and versatile. You do not have to spend too much
money to get a full set of chalks that you can use for a very
long time. Most chalk sets will come with an applicator or two.
These applicators look similar to eye shadow brushes. Other tools
that work well to apply chalks are cotton swabs or cotton balls,
small sponge brushes, or clean eye make up brushes. It is always
a good idea to practice on a scrap piece of cardstock before you
apply the color to your image.
Practice blending shades of chalk together to achieve the
desired result. Press very lightly for a softer look, and a
little bit harder for a strong, sharper color. Shade with the
applicator for effect, or hi light certain areas of your image.
You can mix chalk colors directly on the cards stock or image, or
you can mix the colors on the applicator before applying to your
product, whichever you prefer.
Watercolor pencil crayons are one of the most versatile
coloring tools that you can find because there are so many
different techniques that you can create with them. If you want a
strong colored image, apply the pencil crayons directly to the
image just as you would with regular coloring crayons. However,
if you want water colored look, you can use a blender pen to
create that effect. Simply color along the edge of the image with
the pencil, and use the blender pen to "pull" the color into the
Another way to apply color is by rubbing your pencil crayon on
a piece of scrap and "dipping" the blender pen into the color
before applying. This will create a softer effect. Another way to
watercolor is by using your ink pad. With the lid shut, push in
the middle of the pad to create a pool of ink on the lid. Then
you simply dip your blender pen into the ink and paint into the
image. By doing this, you can create a stronger coloring
Markers are also a popular choice for coloring in stamps
because of how easy they are to use. Simply color in the stamped
image. If you have watercolor markers you may be able to use a
blender pen to mix the colors, or create a softer look. Whatever
color method you choose, it is generally a good idea to use a
spray fixative to secure the colors. Do not use hairspray for
this job because over time it will yellow the images and the
Melanie Brown is an avid card maker and Stampin Up demonstrator. Go to her stampinaddict.com
card gallery to view beautiful cards and submit your own
creations while enjoying articles on the many techniques of
creating cards with rubber stamps.
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