Quick and Easy Stamp Coloring with Stencils

by Michelle

Hello there, Michelle here with Terrific Tags with Michelle.

Today, I have a card to share which shows how to quickly and easily add coloring with stencils.

I love coloring stamped images with markers and watercolors (plus many other mediums!), but sometimes it is nice to quickly and easily add color with stencils and ink blending.

coloring with stencils

Coloring with Stencils

I started off by stamping the beautiful Build-A-Garden: Daffodil Delight image onto Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock with Permanent Black Ink. I then took the Simple Coloring and Layering Stencils and placed them one by one over the image, holding them secure with Satin Masking Tape.

Using a Small Ink Blending Tool and a Mini Blending Brush (included with the Build-A-Garden set), I added ink blending to the image with Golden Sunset Crisp Dye Inks.

I tried to focus the darkest colors in the center of the flowers to give some dimension. I also added a small amount of Grass Field Crisp Dye Ink for the leaf/stem.

This is such a quick and easy way to add coloring to stamped images!

TOP TIP: When coloring with stencils, always go a little darker with ink blending than you think you need. As the inks dry, they smooth out and lighten slightly.

coloring with stencils

Creating a Focal Point

Although the image would work perfectly on a card as-is, I wanted to create a focal point with it, so I die cut the image using a Terrific Tag Die.

I took the sentiment from Build-A-Garden: Daffodil Delight and stamped it onto black cardstock using Embossing Ink. I applied Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set.

TOP TIP: When heat-setting embossing powder, add heat from the front and back of the cardstock. This helps prevent warping of the cardstock but also prevents overheating the powder!

The sentiment was cut into a strip and added to the tag with Instant Dimension Foam Tape.

coloring with stencils

Bringing the Project Together

I always knew that I wanted this tag to be added to a card base. Sometimes I think tags work better as standalone tags, sometimes I think they work either way, but sometimes, I think they work better on cards, and this one (I think) works better on a card. However, I did not want anything in the background that would be distracting to the image.

I took a sheet from the Essential Black & White 6 x 6 Paper Pad and cut it down to create five black stripes. It was adhered to an A2 white card base with Glue Tape, and the edges were cut off using a guillotine. This really helps the daffodils pop!

I tied black twine through the top of the tag, and then it was adhered to the card using Instant Dimension Foam Tape.

To finish off, I added some Essential Black & White Enamel Dots (just the black ones).

I hope this has inspired you to get out your stencils, inks, and blending tools and try coloring with stencils! You can watch the full process video below or on YouTube.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful day!


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Build-A-Garden Daffodil Delight
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