Stamping for Beginners – Colouring

Stamping for Beginners – Colouring

Hello and welcome to Lesson 8 of the HCHC Stampin’ Basics Series. The series is the perfect introduction to stamping for beginners or a refresher for those with some experience.

In this Series you will learn how to stamp and how to get great results from your stamping – whether you are interested in making cards, scrapbooking or any other paper craft. Once we’ve covered the absolute basics we’ll step it up and discover some great techniques that will take your projects to the next level. But, don’t worry, we’ll make sure you have all the ground-work in place first!

Last week…

In lesson 7 of my ‘stamping for beginners’ course we looked at different embossing techniques – embossing with folders, heat embossing, embossing with paste etc. If you missed it, you can find the blog post here (includes a link to the videos).

This week… Stamping for Beginners – Colouring

Stamping For Beginners Colouring by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

In this week’s lesson we look at Colouring Techniques. In the video I cover:

  • Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers)
  • watercolour pencils
  • watercolouring with ink pads or ink refills
  • blender pens, water painters and Stampin’ Spritzers
  • sponge brayers and daubers
  • which inks to use
  • which cardstock to use

In summary:

Stampin’ Blends

  • stamp outline image in Memento or standard Stampin’ Up! ink
  • start with ‘dark’ pen and then move to ‘light’ pen
  • use circular motion to help blends
  • start with simple ‘open’ images and progress to more complex
  • do an internet search for photos of what you are colouring to get hints on where to add light and shade
  • Shop Stampin’ Blends


  • stamp outline image in StazOn or heat emboss
  • lay down the colour using watercolour pencils or ink
  • blend out using water or Blender Pens
  • use Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper or Shimmery White Cardstock
  • use Stampin’ Spritzers for extra effects
  • start with simple ‘open’ images and progress to more complex
  • do an internet search for photos of what you are colouring to get hints on where to add light and shade
  • Shop Watercolour Pencils

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed this course. If you have any questions or comments about the content in Lessons 1-8, please leave them below or email me at

Now that we have covered the Basics and learnt some new techniques we are going to put it all into practice with the follow-up series: Step It Up! Each week I will create a very simple card and then give advice on how to step it up and look at the difference between the cards we create. I hope this will give you lots of inspiration and practical advice on applying what you have learnt so far.

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Happy crafting, h x


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