Video. Easy coloring using ink pads

by yana.smakula

Hello, friends! Its Yana here with you today sharing yet another simple coloring video. I used to be one of those people who was intimidated by outlines images that are meant to be colored, I avoided stamp sets like that as I had no idea how to color them or did paper piecing at best. I was, however, always fascinated with colored images and really wanted to try coloring myself. I finally gave up and got some markers and pencils and started practicing.


But I still remember how that fear of coloring felt. Today I'd like to share a truly simple way to add color to outline images that are designed to be colored and hopefully this will inspire those of you like me to give coloring a try.


You wont be needing markers, you wont be needing colored pencils, you wont be needing chalk or anything of that sort. If fact, the only thing you'll need is something you probably already have – ink pads! I'll be using Altenew ink pads to add color to the butterfly images from the Bejeweled stamp set.


The technique I'm sharing today is so ridiculously simple you can never go wrong! Start with a slick surface like a clear block or a piece of plastic and add a few colors of ink from your ink pads by pressing the ink pad onto the surface. If you are using just pinks or just yellow start with the lightest color and add other colors overlapping with previous one but moving from light to dark. If you are adding several different colors try not to overlap them not to contaminate your ink pads. Next spritz some water and place the image you want to add color to on top. The paper will pick up the ink and you will end up having a uniquely colored piece.

I have video tutorial where I explains everything is detail and share a ton of tips. You can watch it here or on Altenew channel:

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If you like this video please give it a thumbs up and share with friends! Thanks so much!

I used a large Love stamp from the Super Script 2 set and stamped a bold background for both of my cards using black ink. If you are not a fan of bold backgrounds like this try using a different color of ink like light pink or light yellow.

Happy stamping!



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Hussena June 16, 2015 - 9:21 AM

Gorgeous cards Yana ..Love the way you colored those butterflies and that bold background .I really need to give it a try :)Thank you so much for sharing !

yana.smakula June 16, 2015 - 3:42 PM

thank you, Hussena! This method is addictive :D

Marlene B. June 16, 2015 - 10:16 AM

Wonderful cards, Yana! Thank you for the video – it was fun watching you create this cards!

yana.smakula June 16, 2015 - 3:43 PM

thank you, Marlene! Glad you enjoyed it!

beaumama June 16, 2015 - 10:44 AM

Gorgeous cards…seeing that vibrantly colored butterfly against the almost graphic black and white is very pleasing to the eye.

yana.smakula June 16, 2015 - 3:44 PM

thank you so much, Beaumama!

Kim B June 16, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Wow, I love those vibrant colors! Your cards are gorgeous!!!!

yana.smakula June 16, 2015 - 3:44 PM

aaaaw, thank you, Kim! xoxo

Susan June 16, 2015 - 11:32 AM

Love the technique you used to color the butterflies. I will certainly give it a try. Thanks for sharing!!

yana.smakula June 16, 2015 - 3:45 PM

be sure to share here! I’d love to see what you make, Susan~

sopickleicious June 16, 2015 - 12:04 PM

Bold & beautiful! You take the fear factor out of the smooshing technique, Yana! LOVE.

yana.smakula June 16, 2015 - 3:46 PM

thank you!

Nandini June 16, 2015 - 1:51 PM

Gorgeous cards & thanks for the great technique video! Definitely gonna try this!

Brandi Hall June 16, 2015 - 2:07 PM

These cards are beautiful! The colors just pop against the black and white!!!

Maureen Reiss June 16, 2015 - 3:05 PM

Soooo pretty!

Holly Saveur June 16, 2015 - 3:23 PM

gorgeous the look!

Daisies Girl June 16, 2015 - 6:45 PM

Looks fascinating and so cool! looking forward to giving this a try myself – thank you so much for sharing this cool idea with us!!

Linda E June 17, 2015 - 1:42 PM

Fabulous cards. I love your bold background and the technique you used for the beautiful butterflies!

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