Pre-Colored Images for Easy Cards

Have you played with the new Mine Workers set from Kindred Stamps? I stamped out all seven of these cuties several times and colored them one night while I was binge watching TV. Then, I cut them out with my ScanNCut to have them ready for cards.

Do you color images in advance, or as you need them? I really like coloring separately from actual cardmaking. It is a different creative process for me. I find it relaxing and it gives me something to do in my down time. It’s also easy to take coloring supplies on the road when I travel. Especially, if I pre-stamp my images and then just take a clipboard, markers, colored pencils, and a sharpener. Plus, I don’t have to worry about taking all of the tools needed to create a complete card; just coloring essentials.

I have moved all of my Copic markers to a craft tote with dividers (I added plastic cups to be additional dividers). I don’t sort my colors by specific number, I sort by color families; it’s easy to find and replace the markers that way. I can stack my pencils and clipboard on top of the tote and carry it to the couch, the car, or even an airplane. There are probably fancier solutions, but this is working nicely for me now. 

With my cute little Mine Workers all colored and cut out, I have half of the work already done when I sit down to make cards. For this card, I opted to only use one character and layer him up on a die cut gem, with a sentiment banner underneath to ground him. The grouping seemed a little small, so I put it on a blue banner* and layered it onto pattern paper to fill up more of the negative space. A few flat-backed gems finished the card off. And it only took a few minutes to complete since I started with a pre-cut and colored image.  

I love the way this birthday card turned out. You could easily swap out the character and sentiment to suit any stamp set with a smaller focal image. It’s a great template, and I’m filing it under ‘quick & easy.’ 

For more inspiration with this set, you might like this article. You can also find the sister post to this on the Kindred Stamps blog today. Head on over for more great ideas and to find all of your favorite pop culture fan art stamps!

Thanks for stopping by today! I’ll be back soon with another fun card featuring the new Mine Workers stamp set.

*Here’s a quick tip to create perfect fishtail banner ends. Cut a rectangle to the size you want your banner to be, then use a square die, turned sideways, to cut the tail. You can do this with virtually any size rectangle, as long as you have a large enough die. 

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  1. Wow! This card tutorial is filled with super great tips to make us think about and change some of what we do. Thanks so much. BTW Amanda, broke my heart to miss your CC Live video but upcoming surgery has us spending about every other day at Mayo Clinic with pre-op tests, classes, etc. and of course they had me there during your video! I did watch the rerun last night but was a bit disappointed that my crafty CC friends didn’t pick your amazing brain lots more!! Love these little mine guys but I stl haven’t tried your phonograph, so perhaps more work, less shopping? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I hope the surgery goes smoothly Cheri, with a speedy recovery. Focus on getting better. There’s plenty of time for everything else later ๐Ÿ™‚

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