Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen

How To Make Colorful Cards Without Coloring

Are you looking for a way to make colorful cards without having to actually color? Carly is here sharing a fun & easy way that she adds color without picking up a single Copic marker or colored pencil!

So you guys might be asking me, “Carly, why would we not want to color?!” And you’re so right, coloring is awesome! But what if you can’t find your markers? What if you have a broken finger? Or what if you just need some quick but colorful cards like these?

I have an easy solution! Colorful die cut sentiments paired with black & white images!

I love all the sweet critters in the Summer of Stamping Soak It Up set and all of the adorable things they can peek out of! There’s the unicorn floatie in the set, the canoe from Camp Wanna Stamp or other Avery Elle sets like the Peek-A-Boo Car, the Peek-A-Boo Fair, or Peek-A-Boo Coaster. But since I adore word dies so much, I thought they would look super cute peeking from behind the words.

And I thought the words should be rainbow so I grabbed some Distress Oxides inks and blended a quick rainbow.

Then I die cut all my words at once.

To finish my rainbow die cut words, I layered two plain white cardstock die cuts under the rainbow ones. I used the layered words to help plan where to stamp the critters and sentiment.

Since the critters are meant to “peek”, I didn’t even have to worry about masking any part of the image.

For the Hooray card, I did assemble it slightly differently because the hooray letters are separate when die cut. To help me perfect the spacing, I die cut “hooray” from a panel, then stamped the pup & sentiment and then adhered to a card base. Finally I adhered the rainbow letters in the negative spaces.

Easy right?! And I think they’re pretty cute đŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!


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  • Reply Surekha Galagoda August 9, 2021 at 6:22 am

    Dear Caly
    As usual your cards are pretty and what agenious way for a person who is learning the ABC of coloring.tx stay safe

  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik August 9, 2021 at 6:30 am

    Such fun cards! Like the idea of coloring the paper and then die cutting, too!

  • Reply Joan VanCourt August 9, 2021 at 6:40 am

    Wow, that looks like fun and easy enough to do!

  • Reply lauranorris321 August 9, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Such fun cards Carly!

  • Reply Julie Ebersole August 9, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    So dang fab, Carly!!!

  • Reply Yvonne Boucher August 10, 2021 at 7:43 am

    Love these cards and the technique is clever. I love the outcome, without the tedious color blending, etc. that not all of us can do so well. Thank you for fun, inspiring this tutorial!

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