Love color but don’t love coloring? Or, maybe you’re not super confident with your Copic coloring skills, or you simply don’t have time? (I’m raising both hands high over here, and if I had a third, it would be up too.) If so, I feel ya. Today I’ve got 2 cards to share that use my go-to tactic for adding color to line art stamps without coloring, and that’s cardstock stripes.
Gerbera daisies are one of my favorite flowers, and lucky for me, there’s a Mondo Gerbera Daisy in the Essentials by Ellen line, along with a Mondo Sakura, Hydrangea, Chrysanthemum, Wildflower, Amaryllis, Anthurium, Tulips, Oak Leaf, Holly, Peony, Magnolia, Pansy… so many plants, and hopefully, many more to come! These stamp sets are all line art rather than solid images, and for today’s card duo, I decided. to color my gerbera daisy cards with a palette of navy, purple, pink and yellow cardstock.
Using the Essentials by Ellen Large Color Me Strips and my cardstock selections, I made two A2-size striped panels. Then, using my MISTI and the Mondo Gerbera Daisy stamp, I repeat-stamped the flower, first in black ink on a plain white A2 card panel, then again in clear embossing ink on one of my striped panels. I poured detail white embossing powder over this, heat set it with my heat gun, then trimmed that piece to be 5 stripes thick. Since the Gerbera stamp stayed in the same place in my MISTI while I did my repeat stamping earlier, the embossed image lined up perfectly over my black ink-stamped image. After adhering it on top, I added an embossed sentiment from the Casual Greetings stamp set.
The design for the second card was the exact reverse of the first. Again, I adhered the embossed pieces over the black and white panel where the lines from the flower aligned and added a sentiment from Casual Greetings. For both cards, I popped the panels forward on foam tape before mounting them on my A2 card bases, but you definitely don’t have to do this if you prefer a less-bulky card.
These basic designs are ones you could adapt easily for any large line art stamps in your stash, and they’re also a fun way to try out color palettes that you’re feeling inspired to create with. If you decide to try them out, be sure to tag me on Instagram @mycraftyperspective so I can have a look at your creations – I’d love to see! Until next time, happy crafting!