Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Better Way to Color

The fabulously clever and creative Joan B of Dear Paperlicious demonstrated a better way to color on her blog post here, and so I gave it a try.

Simplicity and awesomeness, both at the same time!

Joan used simple circle stamps to color flowers from an Altenew set. My card is an example of pretty straightforward imitation. Different stamp set, but still Altenew, and similar layout. My circle stamps are from My Favorite Things Party Patterns set, which contains irregular circles that seemed perfect for this technique.

I made a similar version with bright colors, and it didn't look nearly so nice as the pastels. The bright circles looked too harsh and overwhelmed the black outlines. Unfortunately, I cut it up for scraps before taking a picture to show the difference, but if you experiment with this technique, keep that in mind.

This is by far a better way to color...at least for coloring-challenged me. My Copic experiments with this set have not, shall we say, yielded successful results. I'd much rather stamp the outlines in color or use Joan's dot method. Fortunately, the Altenew floral sets work great with LOTS of different techniques. Oh, how I love them!

If you don't have a circle set, remember that you can use the reverse of clear stamps to give solid images...so if the stamp itself is pretty round, just flip it over, mount it on an acrylic block, and use it as you would a circle stamp.

Thanks, Joan, for this wonderfully simple and beautiful idea!

Mercy, grace, peace, and love,

stamps: Altenew Amazing You, My Favorite Things Party Patterns
ink: Archival black, Memento daffodil, pear tart, cantaloupe
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: none


  1. Awesome! I am teaching a class of our church ladies on Friday night - I have 3 cards prepped and have been looking for a 4th. This looks perfect. As long as they remember to clean their stamps! lol!

  2. This is fabulous!! What a fun technique! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Joan is a stamping genius, isn't she! The circles really look charming here -- pastels seem to be the best. I'm having a stamping day with some friends here in NJ in Sunday and this is a perfect technique to share. Thanks!

  4. for a more natural organic look you could flip your stamps over and use the backside of the stamp as well! :D HTH

  5. I loved Joan's idea, and seeing it on your card illustrates how it continues to be amazing. It would be fun to experiment with different stamps.

  6. Thanks for sharing colouring tips. I forgot about using the back/reverse side of stamps to get a solid image. I struggle with colouring. The problem is real!


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