Col­or­ing Pages

CardMaker - - Card-Making Techniques - By Sara Nau­mann

Re­mem­ber the joy of col­or­ing when you were a child?

You got to pick your fa­vorite col­or­ing book, and then flip through the pages to find the per­fect pic­ture. You could choose just the right col­ors and ex­pe­ri­ence the feel of crayons or mark­ers mov­ing across the pa­per. Then you had the sat­is­fac­tion of adding color to an oth­er­wise black-and-white im­age, trans­form­ing it into some­thing that was uniquely you and not car­ing whether or not you stayed in the lines.

The process was fun, cre­ative and, most im­por­tantly, stress-free.

Lucky for us, the col­or­ing trend now caters to grownups too.

Adult col­or­ing books are a huge move­ment these days, with crafters and non-crafters alike reach­ing for pages to color. While non-crafters es­pouse the ben­e­fits of mind­ful­ness and anx­i­ety re­lief, card mak­ers see how col­or­ing of­fers re­lax­ation with a prac­ti­cal twist. You can use your ex­ist­ing sup­plies like pens and col­ored pen­cils, stamp­ing inks and mark­ers to cre­ate beau­ti­ful images to put on the front of a card.

Col­or­ing Pages

What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween those books you had as a kid and to­day’s adult col­or­ing sheets? Two things: First, the pa­per used for grown-ups will be a finer qual­ity, de­signed to ac­cept wet medium like mark­ers bet­ter than the thin­ner pa­per used for kids’ books. Se­cond, the de­signs will be more so­phis­ti­cated than the farm­yard an­i­mals I re­mem­ber from days gone by. Look for el­e­gant flo­rals, stylish steam­punk images, even images with man­dala-like sym­me­try.

And while some adult col­or­ing sheets are in books just like those for kids, oth­ers are sized per­fectly as card top­pers.

The 5 x 6-inch, sin­gle-sided col­or­ing sheets used here are from Hot Off The Press. They’re cre­ated for card mak­ers, de­signed to be col­ored and then mat­ted and placed on the front of a card. Rather than hav­ing a large col­or­ing book page, you have a quicker, more man­age­able project that can go straight on a card front!

Col­or­ing Tech­nique #1: Pens

Think of col­or­ing and your first in­cli­na­tion is prob­a­bly to pick up a few col­ored pens.

Pens and mark­ers are great col­or­ing medi­ums—easy to use and read­ily avail­able. In fact, you prob­a­bly al­ready have some on hand. Al­co­hol mark­ers like Copics® and Spec­trum Noir are ideal for bold, vivid color. They’re easy for both be­gin­ners and more ex­pe­ri­enced colorists as you can use them for sim­ple col­or­ing, or for shad­ing and blend­ing as you wish. And while the color may bleed through the col­or­ing sheet, it doesn’t mat­ter much if you’re glu­ing it to the front of a card.

When choos­ing pens, I al­ways sug­gest you opt for those with a dual tip—one larger tip for big­ger images and back­grounds, plus a de­tail tip for smaller ar­eas.

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