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Nov 24, 2017 Clare Prezzia

I’m not the best at coloring – I’ve admitted this many times – so I’m always on the lookout for little tips and tricks that will help me with this. One little such trick I’ve recently found works particularly well with the Santa Snacks Stamp and Cut: using a gel pen and kraft paper to do the majority of the “coloring” for me.  

I stamped four little gingerbread guys in Cup O’ Joe on Kraft paper, and then die cut them. With kraft paper, wet-based colored mediums tend to show up darker, so I used a lighter red Distress Marker to get the perfect ruddy red here. I then added some black for the eyes and buttons. For the white icing, I used a Sakura white gel pen – this saves me so much time and hassle! Since I used kraft for the base, and the white for the icing, I don’t have to do much coloring, like I would have to do if I stamped on white cardstock.

I adhered the little guys to piece of white cardstock that I had die cut a border with, using the Postage Stamps Infinity dies. I then stamped a sentiment, from Holiday Cheer, and heat embossed in White. The sentiment was die cut using a speech bubble die from Everything Smiles Stamp and Cut, and then adhered to the white cardstock as well.

 

Finally, I added a strip of red glitter tape to the side of my card base, adhered the white cardstock panel, and topped everything off with some red sequins!

Since rediscovering my white gel pen, I’ve found so many cool uses for it, that range from saving me time, helping me “color”, to just looking danged cool. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!

10 Responses

Leanne in Cali

Leanne in Cali

November 28, 2017

This is great! Love your ideas. Thanks for sharing!!

SarahC

SarahC

November 26, 2017

Very clever! It is a really cute card.

Barbara Chmura

Barbara Chmura

November 26, 2017

Darling CAS card! Love it!

Beverley Hollis

Beverley Hollis

November 25, 2017

Love these gingerbread men, so cute! It reminded me that I first started stamping, (nearly 20 years ago!) coloured cardstock for stamped images provided the colour instead of the wonderful array of colouring tools we now have. I was terrified of ruining a card by using coloured pencils or paints. I now happily combine mediums and it’s given new life to old stamps, including many beautiful Hero Arts stamps that took pride of place in my stamp collection. Thanks for this tutorial Clare, it’s a great combination of supplies. I love my white gel pens too, they make a huge difference to our cardmaking.

Kirsty Vittetoe

Kirsty Vittetoe

November 25, 2017

Love…LOVE it!!
Marjorie Dumontier

Marjorie Dumontier

November 24, 2017

Awesome trick ! Thanks for sharing.

paperpicnic

paperpicnic

November 24, 2017

Your card put a huge smile on my face, Clare! Super cute! Great details too!

Billie A

Billie A

November 24, 2017

fun card and images. How cute.

Celeste Goff

Celeste Goff

November 24, 2017

Such a super cute card and I love the texture that colored pencils give the sweet little gingermen!

Karthikha Uday

Karthikha Uday

November 24, 2017

Pretty :)

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