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5 Ways To Color Cards | Kraftgali Hop

Want to add tons of color to your cards? I’m sharing 5 Ways to Color Cards as part of the Kraftgali July 2020 Release Video Hop + Giveaway!

5 Ways to Color Cards Kraftgali Video Hop + Giveaway

Learn 5 ways to color cards in this short cardmaking video tutorial. Watch these quick and easy coloring techniques here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share it with friends!


Kraftgali July 2020 Stamp & Die Release

Let’s take a closer look at the Kraftgali July Stamp & Die Release. There are gorgeous florals, snarky sentiments, chunky alphabet dies, and slimline dies!

Left to Right
My Current Mood, You Matter, Stamp At Your Own Risk, and Beautiful Flowers
Left to Right
Square Grid Window Slimline, Lowercase Alphabet,
Uppercase Alphabet, and Stitched Scallops 2-in-1 Slimline

1st Way To Color Cards| Watercolor Stamped Images

First up, I couldn’t wait to watercolor the You Matter Stamp Set. I love floral typography and Kraftgali has knocked it out of the park with You Matter.

1st Way to Color Cards | Watercolor Stamped Images
You Matter Stamp Set & Stitched Scallops 2-in1 Slimline Die

Watercolor the image with your favorite watercolor set. Here I used Altenew Artists Watercolor 24 Pan Set and Saunders Waterford High White Cold Press paper. Focus on adding deep shadows on the letters beneath the flowers and leaves in order to recess the letters and pop the florals forward.


Altenew Artists Watercolor
Pink Flowers | Cherry Blossom & Red Cosmos
Yellow Flowers | Pocketful of Sunshine & Fall Harvest
Leaves | Rain Forest, Green Meadows, Green Hills
Letters | Sea Shore


Allow the watercolor panel to air dry and die-cut with Kraftgali Stitched Scallops 2-in-1 Slimline die. Stretch your slimline dies and use them for more than slimline cards!

2nd Way To Color Cards| Watercolor Wash Background

As you can see in the video, this gorgeous watercolor panel fell flat on a white card front. So, I decided to watercolor a bright and cheery background for it.

2nd Way to Color Cards | Watercolor Wash Background
Watercolor Stamps & Watercolor Wash Background

First, I swiped clean clear water over another piece of Saunders Waterford High White Cold Press paper. Then I swiped Pocketful of Sunshine and Fall Harvest watercolor over the panel and set it aside to dry.

These background panels are quick, easy, and pack a colorful punch! If these backgrounds aren’t quick and easy or your pigments aren’t moving, you may need higher quality paper. Performance and bright white color is why Saunders Waterford High White is my absolute favorite.

3rd Way to Color Cards| Multi-Colored Stamping

Multi-colored stamping is a fabulous technique that I often forget about. This was a great reminder to myself that cards don’t have to take an hour to color. Create a striking three-tone flower in a matter of minutes!

3rd Way to Color Cards | Mulit-Colored Stamping

Position Kraftgali Beautiful Flowers Stamp Set in a MISTI or stamp positioner. A stamp positioner will produce the best results for repeat stamping in multiple colors.

Here I stamped the entire image with Altenew Magenta Crisp Dye Ink. Then stamped only the flower centers with Emerald Crisp Dye Ink. Use an ink dauber, baby wipe, or paper towel to remove extra ink from the stamp so that only the centers are inked.

Next, I lightly inked up two-thirds of the stamp with Altenew Volcano Lake Crisp Dye Ink. This time I avoided the edges to retain magenta areas. I love the violet that the Magenta and Volcano Lake make right outside the flower centers.

4th Way To Color Cards| Copic Colored Background

Since these flower petals are white, I needed a colored background to separate the blooms from the card front. Of course, you could die-cut or fussy cut the image, but I didn’t fancy fussy cutting.

4th Way to Color Cards | Copic Colored Background

So, I grabbed a Copic Sketch BG10 marker and colored in the left corner of the background. The corner was just enough to separate the blooms from the background and let them shine.

5th Way To Color Cards| Direct Ink to Paper

Don’t have coordinating cardstock? No worries, make some with direct ink to paper technique. That’s exactly what I did for the Lowercase Alphabet Dies.

5th Way to Color Cards | Direct Ink to Paper

Direct ink to paper technique is also great to create artsy distressed backgrounds as well as solid color panels. As you can see in the video, I made two direct ink to paper backgrounds, one more solid, the other more sketchy.

Simply swipe a Magenta ink pad across the paper and then the Volcano Lake ink pad across the paper. Make sure the colors overlap in places in order to create violet to match the stamped image. Lowercase Alphabet Dies are so versatile, they cut not only the solid letter but the outline too!

So there you have it, 5 ways to color cards featuring the new Kraftgali release. Let me know what you think down below.


Eye-Popping Watercolor Backgrounds

Need a bit more color inspiration?

Check out these 5 eye-popping watercolor backgrounds in this post/video.


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  1. Great take away information along with the nice new stamps, dies to try.