I really enjoy colouring I find it so relaxing and it’s something I can do when I’m not well enough to go into my craftroom to craft.
I always keep a stack of images to hand that have been stamped onto watercolour paper and thick white cardstock.
When I’ve used my Spectrum alcohol markers for colouring it can be difficult to find a Stampin’ Up! colour that coordinates with the Spectrum colours I’ve used. A couple of years ago I saw a Connie Stewart video where she had punched circles of every colour of Stampin’ Up! cardstock and used them to come up with colour combinations. It was a great idea and I did this too but I also found another use for them that saved time, cut down on tidying up and gave me more time to craft.
I punched circles of cardstock in all the Stampin’ Up! colours I have and I use these instead of pulling out several packs of cardstock. I select shades that I think would coordinate and lay these around the coloured image.
I have written the colours on the back of each circle and if it’s an In-Color I update it when the colour retires.
After I choose a colour I go through my ribbon and bakers twine and add a scrap to the image and the punched circle and then go onto the next image.
When I have several images that are similar colours I lay the cardstock in between them and carry out the same process.
Using the punched circles to find a colour that coordinates saves so much time. I also use the circles to pick colour combination. When they are all laid out on my worktop I pick out colour combinations I like. You also find colour combinations you would never have thought of.
I hope you find this tip really helpful. Please leave a comment below letting me know if this would be beneficial for you or if you have another idea/use for these.
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Have yourself some crafting fun.
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*When designing a project or when I CASE a project I always use my cheap cardstock to make a prototype before making it with my Stampin’ Up! cardstock. I do check the measurements I add to my blog posts but when typing lots of measurements mistakes can be made. When making any project I recommend making it first with cheap cardstock before using your best cardstock.*