Colouring is supposed to be therapeutic!
Everyone keeps telling me that colouring is supposed to be therapeutic! but for the life of me I am not sure how. Colouring is not something I find relaxing, although I love the impact and the finished result it is not something that I am drawn to. This often means that I think really carefully about my stamp purchases as well because I look at them and if there is a lot of colouring involved I simply put that stamp to the bottom of my wish list.
In the Holiday Catalogue, there is a super cute Christmas stamp, called Christmas Crowd and I love the font of this but there is a large image which requires colouring so as yet it has not made it to my collection. The same as the Yummy Christmas stamp that has that really cute gingerbread house, again I think this is a fabulous stamp set but it is not yet in my collection.
Bloom & Grow
On this same theme, I bought the Bloom and Grow set immediately from the pre-order of this Annual Catalogue after attending Onstage. Which just goes against everything that I have said above, but I was so drawn to this set that I had to have it immediately and the dies were the main reason. We are now at least 12 weeks into the Annual Catalogue going live and I have not even used this set. It thinks this comes back to the colouring thing though.
In the last two weeks, I have seen some great demos Emma Goddard and Tania Tobin demonstrate this set and it has finally inspired me to do something with it.
When I first got it, I did stamp a whole heap of the flowered images and heat embossed them on different mediums, such as vellum, shimmer white and whisper white but that is where they have stayed.
The therapeutic power of colouring!
Once I saw the above cards I was just had to use those images that I had already heat embossed. I was going to use the sprinkles as Emma has done but I played with them last week and seriously I had just finished cleaning them up from every part of my desk that I just didn’t want to do that again.
I decided to colour but using my Stampin’ Write Markers, not the blends. This gives a much brighter colour on the vellum and surprisingly once it is dried it doesn’t smudge or lift-off. I even wiped it over with a tissue to get the colour off the embossed bits.
This card I thought turned out stunning and it was until I picked it up to move it for the photo that I realised I had dirty fingerprints. Tip – make sure clean your hands thoroughly before touching cards, especially those with white card bases.
You can see the only difference in this card is the colour of the embossed flowers and it is amazing how much that changes the impact of the card.
I love the result of colouring but the actual act of colouring is not therapeutic for me, in my head, I am stressing about going out of the lines, the markers bleeding and then touching my finished card with dirty fingerprints feels a little soul destroying after all the hard work of colouring.
Hope you enjoyed the cards and I have inspired you to give them a given colouring a go but remember to make sure you have clean hands before picking up your cards.
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