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2 EASY Ways to Create Colored Cardstock!

Today Therese shares how to take a simple piece of ‘white’ cardstock and color it to suit your projects perfectly!

Welcome back! It’s Therese here and today I share 2 fun ways to create your very own colored cardstock.

Idea #1 Alcohol Markers

With 400 colors to choose from there must be a Sketchmarker Brush Pro that will suit or match your project perfectly.

And to add color with alcohol markers, it’s as simple as drawing with your marker direct to the paper! I find it easier to use the ‘brush’ end of the marker as it covers a larger area, but the chisel end would work just as well.

BONUS TIP: Try blending colors for an ombre look like I have done today. I like to come back in and re-color over the blended section in the middle, to allow the colors to blend evenly.

And why not take it to the next level by adding some gold splatters.

Once the splatters had dried I was able to die cut the Leaves and add some Brushed Gold stems.

And to ensure my colors were perfectly co-ordinated for my Thank You Sentiment I was able to color the cardstock for this with the Sketchmarker Brush Pro as well.

I also added some golden splatters to the background to tie the design together.

Idea #2 – Ink Blending

This is a brilliant way to create your own colored or matching cardstock as you can use the inks that are already in your project.

Use a Large Blending Tool to cover bigger areas of white cardstock quickly.

BONUS TIP: You can mix colors or even blend a rainbow if you want!

And, for better control, use a Mini Blending Tool to add extra depth or shading after die cutting the image.

And here is where it gets fun! Why not try stamping an image overtop to add extra details. I used the large leaf image from the Mondo Hydrangea Stamp Set. But you could also draw these details in with a pen if you prefer.

I folded the leaves along the centre and used foam tape for dimension. And I added the sweet bird from the Mondo Rhododendron Stamp Set.

And a little bit of elegance with a Gold Hot Foil Oval and a Casual Greetings Sentiment.

I hope that you have been inspired to create some elegant Leaves card designs using your own colored cardstock. And if you do, I’d love you to share them with me @lostinpaper and @ellenhutsonllc. We can’t wait to see what you make!

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  • Reply Greta H October 3, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Wonderful post with 2 inspiring cards, Therese! I often add ink to my card front to match the focal point, but never think to use inks to get the color I want for diecutting. Great tip!

    • Reply lostinpaper October 3, 2022 at 1:44 pm

      So glad you like them Greta, these leaves are so very versatile!

  • Reply donna mikasa October 3, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Alcohol markers?? Who knew? You, of course! Thanks for sharing, Therese!

  • Reply Laurie October 5, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    Great colors and tips, As always, love your cards.

  • Reply frommycraftroom October 7, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Fabulous! Great techniques. I must remember to use my markers more!

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