Card making · My other ramblings

Branching Out #3 Colouring Stamped Images

As part of my Christmas craft I’ve bought a lovely set of Country Companions stamps. Anyone that follows my blog will know that I tend to ‘colour’ using chalks as they are less permanent. I decided it was time to take the leap and use pens, a much deeper level of commitment. I’m no artist, in fact when choosing subjects for GCSEs I was told ‘anything except art’ which demonstrates how lacking I am in that department. I have however purchased pens in the past and dabbled with their use (mainly the fine tip end to add faux stitching to the edge of panels on cards). I was really tempted to stamp the images then just go for a splash of colour, for example just adding it to a hat or a present. In the end I came to the conclusion that was cheating and I’d better try and do it ‘properly’.

I stamped my image and used the picture on the stamp set as a guide to where shadows should be. I began with the lighter colours, going over them again to add depth and using some darker colours too. My pens are from 3 different sets, so it was hard to blend and match them, hence why the red stands out so much. It was quite good fun, a more ‘serious’ version of adult colouring in. I won’t be doing this for every card though as it’s very time consuming. (If you get a Christmas card from me and it only has a die cut decoupage shape added, it doesn’t mean I love you less!) 

I’m glad I tried it out and I will be doing it more. I may still use the chalks on days when it’s all going wrong-sometimes it takes long enough to get a ‘perfect’ stamped image and messing it up with an errant pen mark would finish me off!

For now, though, I’m branching out into the far more boring task of sewing name labels into school uniform. I know how to party on a Saturday night!

How do you colour your stamped images? Do you have any tips for doing it well? (Other than ‘give up and buy some cards from Poundland’!)

24 thoughts on “Branching Out #3 Colouring Stamped Images

  1. I think we had the same art teacher! She couldn’t wait to see the back of me. I must have made her feel like her life’s work was all for nothing…. Well done with the colouring – you are way braver than me and you did a great job!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Cute mouse! I use water colour pencils mainly, although I do more sketching than anything else. I don’t use chalk at all…don’t like the way they feel-lol!

    Liked by 1 person

      1. They blend beautifully, it’s worth trying again. You can get some nice ones for a reasonable price…caran d’ache are the most expensive, I aspire to owning a set one day 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      2. I may do that, I bought one of those watercolour blending brushes that you fill with water at a craft exhibition once. It’s looking
        sadly unused in my pencil case!

        Liked by 1 person

      3. That sounds interesting..I generally just use a little glass of water..shall have to look into one of those..thank you!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Gorgeous colouring!! Super cute and worth the effort. Well done!! *clapping & cheering at this end*

    With every school uniform label, another step closer to the return to normality. 🙂 Sooo glad it’s you and not me…been there, done that, couldn’t afford the postcard. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I use Letraset Promarker pens for colouring stamped and embossed cards, they are a bit pricy but they are excellent – they have two ends – one thicker and one fine, Ive never tried chalks – I might have to do that 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I had one set of promarkers about 6 years ago but didn’t have enough shades to make it possible to do a good job so I sold them. I’ve seen lovely effects created with them though.


  5. I colour very badly and totally agree that using a pen chances ruining a good stamp. I might try the chalk though. Any excuse to buy more craft products!! Loving the Christmas posts , please keep them up I need the motivation!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’ll try my best! 😊 Chalks are a great investment as they are fab for the edges of layers to add depth too. I use cotton wool buds to apply them as they are good for small areas.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. I havent got up the courage yet to colour my stamps with pens. I feel like an errant pen mark would also push me over the edge! If i want to add volour to a stamp, I usually just stamp it a few times on different coloured paper and cut out the desired shapes from each sheet and layer it up!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s