Sarah-Jane’s hints & tips
Master this creative technique with these helpful tips
Heat embossing makes your images really easy to colour, as the heat embossed lines will resist the inks. Using metallic embossing powders, such as silver or gold, adds a lovely sparkle to designs too. For a more subtle look, try using white embossing powder.
Patterned papers from a specific collection tend to use a restricted colour palette so that they all coordinate well together. Try choosing colours from this range when colouring your stamped designs. You can also use different shades of these colours or contrasting colours for a bolder look.
When heat embossing, always wipe over the card with an anti-static bag before stamping. This prevents the embossing powder from sticking to the card and will therefore improve the overall look of your embossing.
To colour with ink pads, simply dab the ink pad onto an acrylic block, craft mat or other smooth surface. Then apply a few drops of water to the ink, mix together with a paintbrush and paint onto your card. Alternatively you can use alcohol markers for a stronger colour.
You’ll find that waterbrushes are a great way to colour with inks as the water application can be controlled more easily than when using a paintbrush. They are also great for colouring on the go! When attaching vellum, hide the adhesive behind solid images where possible for a professional finish.