FREE Shipping Today ONLY

Hello, stamping friends!

Just a quick note to let you know that Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of $75 or more for ONE DAY ONLY on Thursday, April 21.

Free Shipping Today only!

** Have you checked the Last Chance List? Now’s the time to grab those retiring products you’ve been thinking about, and get FREE SHIPPING as well!

** Don’t forget that with the launch of the new annual catalog on May 3 there will be some price increases, so it’s a great time to stock up on basics – cardstock, stamp pads, envelopes, adhesive – and get FREE SHIPPING!

** All Stampin’ Up! products qualify for this promotion EXCEPT the month to month Paper Pumpkin subscription.

** The FREE SHIPPING offer is only for 24 hours on April 21 – don’t miss out!

Order online here and use April’s Hostess Code TBA4Z6M9 and get a free gift from me. Shop Now

I’m happy to add an order for you, please email me by 9:00 PM on Thursday evening.

Happy shopping!

Robin

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Offset Gatefold Cards with 3 Different Closures

Who doesn’t like some closure? I know I sure do. I like my cards to stay closed too, so today I’m showing you how to make 3 different closures for offset gatefold cards: latch, slide & lock, and a buckle closure. You can download the pdf and watch the video tutorial to help you when you sit down to try this card and these fun ways to close the gatefold.

Offset Gatefold Cards with 3 Different Closures: Latch, Slide & Lock, and Buckle
Facebook Live replay – Papercrafting Playdate 54

 Offset Gatefold Card Base

  • 4 1/4″ x 11” – card base, scored at 1-7/8” and 7-3/8”
  • 4” x 1 5/8” – DSP (need 3)
  • 4” x 5 1/4” – Basic White cardstock for inside

The card base for the offset gatefold is super easy to put together. Then you can choose how you the gatefold to close by choosing one of the closure methods.

Basic Directions

  1. Score card base along long edge at 1-7/8” and 7-3/8”.  Fold on score line and crease well. This creates both doors of the gatefold. 
  2. Attach DSP to the doors. The right door gets one piece of DSP and the left gets two pieces. 
  3. Attach the 4” x 5 1/4”  Basic White on the inside of the card and stamp inside greeting.
  4. Create a focal point using one of the closure designs.
  5. Decorate and embellish as desired.
The basic fold and layout for the Offset Gatefold Card.

Latch Closure

  • You need 2 die cut / punched shapes to make a latching mechanism for the gatefold. One of the die cuts must be big enough to overlap the opening, and it gets attached directly to the smaller gate on the right side. The other die cut needs to be popped up and positioned slightly over the first die cut so it can latch under.  
  • There are unlimited possibilities for the shapes and die cut images that can be used in either of the locations.

Slide & Lock Closure

  • The basic offset gatefold card base gets created the same way except there needs to be a small 1/16” gap between the doors of the gatefold. To create this easily without measuring, score the card base at 1-7/8” first and then instead of making the second score mark at 7-3/8” just manually fold the card closed leaving the 1/16” gap.
  • You need 4 focal point pieces of the same size. One is for the back and one is for the front of the slide & lock mechanism. The other 2 create the hinges that are stuffed in between.
  • To create the hinges with 2 of the focal point pieces, fold them in half, then adhere them to the back focal point piece. The folded parts of the pieces should be butted up against each other in the middle of the back piece.
  • Stamp and decorate the front piece then adhere to the top of the folded hinges. 

Buckle Closure

  • Use nesting dies of the same shape (of any shape: circle, square, rectangle, oval, etc) to make a frame in a coordinating cardstock color. Cut the nesting dies at the same time in the nesting position (one inside the other). You will not need the smaller inside shape that gets cut. Do this 2 times to make a reinforced frame that will handle the opening and closing of the card.
  • Use the smaller nesting die shape with a neutral cardstock. Cut the smaller nesting die twice as well.
  • Glue the 2 frame shapes together. Glue the 2 inside shapes together.
  • Attach the left side of the frame to the left side of the gatefold door. Attach the inside shape to the right side of the gatefold door using the frame to position it correctly.

The possibilities are just about endless with this card design and closure devises. It is a great way to use some coordinating patterned paper to create a fun interactive card.

Thank you so much for finding some closure with me today, and I truly hope you enjoy putting some offset gatefold cards together too! Happy stamping – Robin

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Mirror Cards – You will love this card design!

I have a fun fold card pattern to share today, and I hope you will find some symmetrical beauty in this card design. This fun fold is called a Mirror Fold because it has symmetrical moving mechanisms, held together by a belly band. Take a look at the video tutorial and download the pdf for your files. Enjoy!

Mirror Fold Cards
Papercrafting Playdate 53 – Mirror Fold Cards

Supplies Needed

  • 5-1/2” x 10-1/2” cardstock scored at 3-1/2” and 7” along long edge
  • 3-1/4” x 5-1/4” DSP (2 ) can be same pattern or different
  • 3-1/4” x 5-1/4” Basic White cardstock
  • 1-3/4” x 3-1/4” – DSP (2)
  • 1” x 8-1/2” – cardstock for belly band
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Scoring tool (paper trimmer or stylus tool/ruler)

Score card base along long edge at 3-1/2” and 7”. Fold on score line and crease well. You will have 3 equal panels like a trifold card. Measure 2” down on the left score line from the top edge of the card and make a pencil mark. Measure 2” up on the right score line from the bottom edge of the card and make a pencil mark.

Score from your pencil marks to the nearest corners creating 2 triangles. These sections are going to be the moving features of the card.  

Carefully fold on the score lines so that the top left triangles fold away from you and the bottom right triangles fold towards you. (Mirror each other)

Measure and mark 2” from the top right corner of 1 piece of the 3-1/4” x 5-1/4” DSP, and then measure and mark 2” from the bottom left corner of the other pieces. Draw a line from these marks diagonally to the nearest opposite corner as shown.  Cut on these lines. On the Basic White piece, measure and mark 2” from the top left corner and bottom right corner. Draw lines from these marks to the nearest opposite corner. Cut on these lines. Stamp the inside greeting before attaching to the card base. Cut the 2 1-3/4” x 3-1/4” pieces of DSP diagonally in half as shown. Be sure to cut each one differently (from opposite corners).


Attach the pieces to the card base. All of the pieces go on the same side as shown.

Close card base. Wrap the 1” x 8-1/2” piece of cardstock around the card loosely, overlapping the ends on the front of the card and gluing them together to create the belly band. When the focal point is placed on the belly band, you will not see the seam where the pieces overlapped.

Decorate a focal point and attach to the belly band.

I hope you dive in and give this fun fold card a try ASAP! Get our your patterned paper and coordinate to your hearts delight! Thank you so much for playing with paper along with me! Happy stamping!

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Accordion Tent 🪗⛺️ (Fun Fold) Cards 3 Ways

Do I have a fun-fold card for you today??? I sure do! This new-to-me card design has knocked my socks off this week and I hope it makes your socks fly off too. I’m going to show you three different ways to create an Accordion Tent Fold card design. What is an accordion-fold? According (🤣) to the dictionary definition: accordion-fold: verb (used with object), to fold into pleats resembling the bellows of an accordion: to make a fan by accordion-folding a sheet of paper.

Adding an accordion-fold to the front of your card will add some bounce a fun surprise for the card’s recipient. Watch the video tutorial for all my tips and tricks, and download the pdf to stamp along with me!

Accordion Tent Folds made with cardstock, patterned paper, and a mini version!
Papercrafting Playdate Facebook live replay 3/25/22

I am giving you the directions to make accordion-fold cards in 3 ways: using cardstock as the base, using patterned paper, and a cute mini version!

Accordion Tent Fold Card made with Cardstock

  • 5-1/2” x 11” cardstock base, scored at 1-3/4”, 3-1/2”, 5-1/4”, and 7”
  • 3-3/4” x 5-1/2” Basic White, scored at 2-3/4”
  • 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” patterned paper (need 2)
  • 2-3/4” x 3-3/4” Basic White for inside sentiment
  • 1-1/2” x 5-1/4” patterned paper (need 4)
  • 3-3/4” x 5-1/4” patterned paper for inside card base

Directions

  1. Score the card base at 1-3/4”, 3-1/2”, 5-1/4”, and 7”. Starting with the 1-3/4” score line, fold each consecutive score line in opposite directions like an accordion. Open the folds and attach the 1-1/2” x 5-1/4” patterned paper pieces to each section. Attach the 3-3/4” x 5-1/4” patterned paper piece to the inside card base.
  2. The 3-3/4” x 5-1/2” Basic White cardstock piece gets scored in half at 2-3/4”. This creates a mini card “tent” that will get attached amongst the accordion folds. But first attach the 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” patterned paper pieces to each side of the mini tent card. (Note: this mini card will be backwards)
  3. Create desired focal point design on the left side of the mini tent card, and stamp/decorate as desired on the right side (this will only be seen when the card is opened).
  4. Close the accordion. Put adhesive on the back edges of the mini tent card. Carefully center the mini tent card and attach so that the tent straddles the accordion fold.
  5. Line up the 2-3/4” x 3-3/4” piece of Basic White behind the mini tent card and attach to the inside.

Options:

  • You can adapt this design to meet your needs very easily. You can change the size/shape of the mini tent card (see picture below) to make it square. The mini tent card dimensions would be 3-1/4″ x 6-1/2″, scored at 3-1/4″

Accordion Tent Fold Card made with Patterned Paper

  • 5-1/4” x 11” patterned paper, scored at 1-3/4”, 3-1/2”, 5-1/4”, and 7”
  • 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” card base in coordinating cardstock
  • 3-3/4” x 5-1/2” Basic White for mini tent card, scored at 2-3/4”
  • 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” patterned paper (need 2)
  • 2-3/4” x 3-3/4” Basic White for inside sentiment

Directions

  1. Follow the same directions for making the accordion out of the patterned paper as for the cardstock version scoring at 1-3/4”, 3-1/2”, 5-1/4”, and 7” the same way. Fold in the same way, accordion-style, and attach to the 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” card base.
  2. Follow the same steps for the cardstock version to create and attach the mini tent card.
  3. Line up the 2-3/4” x 3-3/4” piece of Basic White behind the mini tent card and attach to the inside.

A Mini Accordion Tent Fold Card

  • 4-1/4” x 10” patterned paper, scored at 1-3/4”, 3-1/2”, 5-1/4”, and 7”
  • 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” card base in coordinating cardstock
  • 4” x 5-1/4” patterned paper
  • 2-3/4” x 4-1/2” Basic White for mini tent card, scored at 2-1/4”
  • 3-1/4” x 4-1/2” coordinating cardstock
  • 2” x 2-1/2” patterned paper (need 2)
  • 2-1/4” x 2-3/4” Basic White for inside sentiment

Directions

  1. Attach the 4” x 5-1/4” patterned paper to the 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” card base. 
  2. The mini accordion gets scored and put together the same way as the other versions. Attach the accordion fold to the 3-1/4” x 4-1/2” piece of cardstock, then attach this entire piece to the card base made in step 1.
  3. The mini mini tent card gets put together the same way as the other versions also, it’s just smaller.

Alright, which one is your favorite? Leave me a comment and let me know if you have tried a fun-fold like this before or if you are going to give this new pattern a try. Happy Stamping to you, my friend!

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Last Chance Products List is Here!

It is that time of year when Stampin’ Up! transitions to a new Annual Catalog and as a result there are many products that “retire” and are no longer available. Today is the day that we receive the list of items that are retiring and we have one last chance to get them.

Last Chance List

Download the pdf and take some time to look through your catalog and see what is going away. I have color-coded the list to help you navigate it. If you want to know which products are on sale, look at yellow. If you want to know what bundled products are no longer going to be bundled but will still be in the new catalog, look at blue, etc. I tried to make it easier for you to digest.

Now if your eyes can’t handle the small print on the PDF then just  go online and look. Or view the pdf on your device and zoom in.🤣

Important for you to know:

  • All Last Chance Products are available only while supplies last.
  • The final day to order from the Last Chance List is May 2nd, 2022.
  • There is so much new good stuff coming in the next catalog that starts May 3rd!
Savings In Bloom Sale

March 20% Off Sale

Don’t forget that there are 13 bundles on sale until the end of the month. These will be a better deal to purchase this month AND the Mini Cut & Emboss Machine is only $48. Savings In Bloom Sale

Ordering in March? Please use March Hostess Code:ZZC2MHM3

My ordering incentive this month (with a $50 minimum order*) is an amazing free cardmaking kit, Robin’s Spring Pick Six, you will love! My kit makes 9 cards and the template we use will help you create more cards over and over again. 

*If you are ordering more than $150 then do not use the hostess code because you will earn your own hostess benefits. But don’t worry, you will still earn my incentive.

What’s Coming Soon!

I’ve seen 👀 the new 2022-2023 In Colors and they are bright and beautiful. Look for a sneak peek coming your way!

Also, do you want the new catalog in your hands ASAP? I hope you will join me for my NEW CATALOG PARTY EVENT.Get your catalog and experience a virtual party! More details coming soon. Let’s talk soon, Robin.

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Let’s Get Punchy – 6 Ways to Use Punches in Cardmaking

What’s great about paper punches? Punches can be a papercrafter’s best friends because they are so easy to use over and over in many different ways. Today I’m going to give you at least 6 ways to use punches and have fun with them in your cardmaking. Take a look at the video tutorial too!

6 ways to use punches in your cardmaking!
Papercrafting Playdate 51 – Let’s get punchy!

There are different types of Stampin’ Up! punches available, and while they all punch paper, they have different qualities and uses: Basic shape punches, Builder punches, Label & Tag punches, Plant & Animal punches, and Border Punches. See all the available punches from Stampin’ Up!

Punch Idea #1 – Create layers and backgrounds with punched shapes.

These samples feature the Rectangle Postage Stamp punch.

Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch

Punch Idea #2 – Resizing a punched shape to fit your needs.

Resize the punched shape to fit your greeting.

To resize a punched shape, punch it once and attach it to a sticky note. Then slide it back into the punch and line it up to the size needed and punch again. This will create a smaller version of the original size.

Punch Idea #3 – Use a punch’s negative as a stencil

These samples feature the Tailored Tag punch – one of my favorites!

Tailored Tag Punch
Use a punched negative to stencil a shape as a background.

Punch Idea #4 – Create a matte layer for your punched shape.

This technique is so easy to do. Just punch another shape in a different color, split it in half, separate it and adhere to the back.

Matte your punched shape by using the same punch and a different color cardstock.

Punch Idea #5 – Creating a background that looks embossed.

Bough Punch background and Ladybug Builder Punch

Punch Idea #6 – Raised negative punch image with DSP to fill.

This simple technique is so satisfying to create. Just punch your favorite punch shape in a piece of cardstock and raise it up with dimensionals over some beautiful patterned paper. The patterned paper fills in the punched shape so beautifully!

Daisy Punch and Medium Daisy Punch
Raised negative punched shape.

I encourage you to find your punches and try to see them in a new way using some of the techniques I’ve shown. I bet you will breathe new life into older punches and you might just want to add some new kinds of punches to your collection too!

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Using 6×6 Patterned Paper for Template #9

Last week I showed you how to create multiple cards in an easy way using one piece of 12 x 12 patterned paper. My Card Template #9 uses this method to make 8 cards at one time very efficiently. But how do you do this if you want to use 6×6 paper? It’s easy!

8 cards at one time using Robin’s Card Template #9

Supplies needed to create 8 cards:

  • 4 pieces of 6×6 double-sided patterned paper that coordinate in color and patterns
  • 8 pieces of card stock 3/4” x 4-1/4”
  • 8 card bases 5-1/2”x8-1/2”, scored at 4-1/4”
  • 8 punched shapes or die cuts for the sentiment image
Choose 4 pieces of 6×6. Make sure the front and back designs coordinate with each other. You will be cutting the pieces all at once so align the patterns that may be directional so they are vertical.
Cut off 1/2” from the bottom of all 4 pieces.
Save these 1/2” strips for a bonus card or use them on the Card Holder Project.
Turn the pieces back to vertical and cut in half at 3”.
Cut each 3”x 6” strip at 3-1/2”. This will give you pieces that are 3”x3-1/2, and 3” x 2”.
Turn the 3”x2” pieces to the opposite side and match to the 3”x3-1/2” pieces.

For more detailed assembly instructions see the pdf in the Resource Library.

You will love this quick and easy template!
Come join me live this month on my Facebook page for Papercrafting Playdates.
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It’s March! What you Need to Know

It’s time to talk about what is happening this month but first let me share my great appreciation for YOU and what a very fun Sale-a-Bration I have had with you. The last two months have been full of lots of great projects and you have taken advantage of the sale to build your stash of supplies. Thank you so much!!!!

March Stampin’ News!

  1. Robin’s March Ordering Special
  2. Waves of the Ocean Collection – Early Release
  3. Product Share Opportunity – Waves of Inspiration
  4. March 20% off Sale – Savings in Bloom 
  5. Beyond the Horizon- Paper Pumpkin kit
  6. Multiple Cardmaking Machine – New Card Template #9

Robin’s March Ordering Special

Place a qualifying order for $50 or more* (using the March hostess code ZZC2MHM3) and receive a FREE Online Class & Cardmaking Kit.

You are going to love this class kit and the designs. The kit makes 9 cards and I provide you with the card bases, DSP, embellishments, and die cuts for adding greetings.  All you need is some adhesive, greeting stamps and black ink! Plus you will have a great template to use over and over in your cardmaking.

*If you are ordering more than $150 do NOT use the hostess code because you ALSO get Hostess Dollars to spend with your order in addition to my ordering special. 

Waves of the Ocean Collection

Waves of the Ocean Collection

Explore artistic expression with the Waves of the Ocean Collection. This coastal collection includes an inspiring set of stamps and detailed dies, both early-release products from the upcoming 2022–2023 Annual Catalog. Plus, a pack of paper made from images of hand-poured paint, blue-hued foil sheets for a sea of shine, and radiant rhinestones for a splash of sparkle—each an exclusive product you can only purchase during the promotion period!

The stamp set & dies in the Waves of the Ocean Collection are an early release bundle and will be included in the new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog starting May 3rd. 

Download the pdf to see the entire collection information.

Product Share Opportunity

Don’t want it all but want some? I’ve put together a Waves of Inspiration Product Share that you can purchase for $20 that includes a sampling of the DSP, Foil paper and Jewels plus coordinating cardstock and some ribbon. This will allow you to play with the collection components whether you want to get the stamp set / die set bundle or not. This Product Share will come with a pdf and card design ideas and directions using the Waves of Inspiration stamp & die bundle. Product Share is $20 and will mail on March 18th ($15 for porch pickup locally). Email me if you would like to purchase the Product Share: ReallyRobinStamps@gmail.com

Robin’s Product Share – Waves of Inspiration

Savings are in BLOOM

During March, you can snag the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine at a 20% discount! This miniature machine is compatible with a large selection of Stampin’ Up! embossing folders and dies. Build your craft collection and combine the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine with any (or all!) of the select stamp-and-die bundles that are also available for 20% off while supplies last.

Savings in Bloom Sale

March Paper Pumpkin Kit
Beyond the Horizon

From the hands and hearts of our in-house artisans to you comes this month’s breathtaking kit. The Beyond the Horizon Paper Pumpkin Kit includes watercolor prints and designs inspired by the beautiful nature around us to create nine cards and coordinating envelopes. And paper pieces that perfectly coordinate with the New Horizons Suite Collection in the January–June 2022 Mini Catalog.

Don’t forget the FREE stamp set inside (yes—that’s two stamp sets in one kit!) as our way of saying THANK YOU to all of our wonderful Paper Pumpkin subscribers.

With all these marvelous materials and more, we can’t wait to see how you take this kit far beyond the horizon!

  • This month’s kit contains enough elements to create 9 cards—3 each of 3 designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes. This all-inclusive kit includes printed card bases, die-cut paper pieces, embellishments, adhesive, and more!
  • The Beyond the Horizon Paper Pumpkin Kit includes a Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin’ Spot!
  • This kit’s stamp set is perfect for any occasion. With sentiments that say “thanks”, “hello”, “thinking of you,” and so many more, you’ll be able to use this stamp set year round.
  • And if you thought one stamp set was great just wait—this month’s kit comes with a BONUS stamp set for FREE! That’s two stamp sets in one kit! It’s our way of saying THANK YOU to you our Paper Pumpkin subscribers. 
  • That’s not all! This kit perfectly coordinates with the New Horizons Suite Collection in our January–June 2022 Mini Catalog Which means even more exclusive elegant watercolor designs curated by our in-house artists just for you!
  • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ 
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ 
  • Coordinating colors: Bumblebee, Calypso Coral, Evening Evergreen, Misty Moonlight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pale Papaya

MUST SUBSCRIBE BY March 10TH

Lot’s of fun is in store for us this month and I look forward to seeing you and hearing from you very soon! -Robin

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Multiple Cardmaking Machine Template

Creating multiple cards in one sitting is a great way to save on time and helpful when making cards for the holidays or when giving cards as gifts. Today I’m going to show you how to create 8 cards at once and make a sweet card holder to give them as a gift. Let’s jump right in!

For all the specifics on this project take a look at the video tutorial and download the pdf directions to. help you get started!

8 cards at once and a card holder to put them in!!!
Papercrafting Playdate #50 – Card Template and a Card Holder

This template is designed to work on a vertical (portrait) card. You can make 8 cards at one time if using a full sheet of 12 x 12 double-sided patterned paper

 Supplies Needed – 8 of each piece

  • 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” card bases
  • 3” x 3-1/2” patterned paper
  • 3” x 2” patterned paper (flip side)
  • 3/4” x 4-1/4” Basic White cardstock
  • Scraps for die cutting/punching embellishment

How to cut the  12 x 12 piece of pattern paper:

  1. Orient yourself to the pattern design and if there is a direction to the pattern make it vertical.  
  2. Cut off 1” from the bottom edge.
  3. Cut the remaining 12” x 11” piece into 3” strips. There will be 4 strips.
  4. Stack the 4 strips on top of each other, turn horizontal and measure/cut at 3.5” two times, then measure/cut at 2”. 
  5. Flip the 2” x 3” pieces to the backside pattern and pair up with the 3-1/2” x 3” pieces.

Now how about a fun card holder to give these cards to someone as a gift? This easy pattern easily holds 8-10 cards plus envelopes and even has a pocket for storing postage stamps!!!!!! There is also a pdf for this part of the project so you can make it over and over again.

My friends, I hope this projects keeps you happily stamping and thinking of paper that you can use (or use up)! I encourage you to sit down, get busy and enjoy an easy cardmaking experience. Until next time! -Robin

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Basic Coloring with Watercolor Pencils

The thing about card making with rubber stamps is that it never gets boring. There are seemingly unlimited amounts of images, techniques and folds to try. If you have been following me for awhile you may have noticed that I don’t show many samples with images that are colored in. I very much gravitate towards images that don’t use methods of coloring but not because I don’t enjoy coloring because I sure do! If you have never used Watercolor Pencils before or haven’t added them to your card making repertoire lately I encourage you to take a look at the video tutorial and you just might want to give them a try!

Using Watercolor Pencils on 4 different kinds of paper.

First of all, there are 2 kinds of stamping images and each one requires a different method of application to cardstock to achieve a pleasing result. A line art image is one that is an outline of an image when inked and stamped, and usually is inked in a black or dark ink. Coloring of some kind must be added to complete the image. A solid image is one that gets stamped in a single color of ink and is nothing more needs to be added once stamped. Here are examples of the 2 different kinds of images.

Today I’m going to focus on ways to add color to line art images, specifically using the products I am offering as freebies when you order from me this month: Blender Pen, Water Painters, and Watercolor Pencils. If you haven’t ordered yet this month and want to take advantage of the free coloring tools I am offering you can see all the details in my flyer pdf.

Papercrafting Playdate #49 replay is all about using Watercolor Pencils

The ink that has to be used with a coloring method that involves water (Blender Pens and Water Painters) is StazOn Jet Black ink. This is permanent ink that won’t smear when water is added.

Steps for Coloring with Watercolor Pencils

  1. Ink image in StazOn Jet Black and stamp onto cardstock. Let dry.
    1. Use Basic White cardstock , Shimmer White cardstock, or Watercolor Paper
  2. Color gently with Watercolor Pencil to fill the inside of line art image all over and then intensify the pressure with the pencil to create more color around the outside edges of the image and near any areas that require shading.
  3. Use the Blender Pen or Water Painter to activate the the Watercolor Pencil and spread the color around. The addition of water to the pencil color will turn it into watercolor. You control the amount of water that is applied.
Awesome Otters stamp set, Watercolor Pencils & Blender Pen on Basic White cardstock

By changing the type of cardstock/paper used with Watercolor Pencils and the kind of tool used to spread the water over the pencils you can achieve different effects.

Watercolor Pencils + Shimmery White cardstock + Water Painters
Watercolor Pencils + Water Painters + Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Pencils + Colored Cardstock + Blender Pen

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