I like to use my stamp sets to make coloring pages that I can color when inspiration isn’t striking. I can sit down and start coloring something when I want to be in my creative space but have no idea what to make. Several months ago I finished coloring a bunch of those sheets, cut out the images, some with the matching dies and some with Mom’s Brother Scan n Cut. For a while I kept them in the same pouch with the other coloring sheets but they were getting damaged and falling all over the place whenever I opened the pouch so I put them all in something else and put it “somewhere safe”. HA! My craft space is neat and tidy and organized but I CAN NOT FIND MY COLORED IMAGES!!! I have been looking for them for months.
Of for goodness sake!! I just looked up and saw them, RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!! I swear I looked there. I have even opened that tiny drawer when looking for other things. LABELS, I NEED TO MAKE LABELS!!!! I was avoiding labeling things until I move my craft room but I think I’m going to have to break down and do it. Most labels are removable so I guess that is my project for this afternoon. This blog post was going in a whole other direction when I started. SERIOUSLY, I JUST FOUND THEM AS I WAS WRITING THIS AFTER MONTHS OF SEARCHING.
Today I made more coloring sheets with some of my stamps from My Favorite Things since I need more blanks to color and put them in their little pouch (that I can always find) so I can color on a day when I’m not making labels. I suggest if you are having a creativity block you consider making your own coloring sheets.
- Use an ink that works with your markers, paints, etc.
- Use a stamp positioning tool. I use the Misti.
- Double stamp. I like a dark line so that if I color over the line it still shows through.
- Make sure to leave enough space between so that you can fussy cut, die cut or machine cut. I do let them be fairly close together so I just set up the dies for some images and run it through the die cutter and then set the next dies and run again because although I leave plenty of space, sometimes the dies are thick and overlap.
BONUS TIP: The silver tray you see in the picture of the little drawers is from my husband’s garage. It’s a magnetic bottom tray that helps mechanics keep track of small parts. I use it to hold dies, the pin that goes in the fine tip of my Art Glitter Glue and other magnetic things. If I loose something magnetic I always check in and under the tray because it is a really strong magnet that attracts everything dropped within a few inches. They come in smaller sizes and other shapes, check the automotive department at K-Mart, WalMart, Fred Meyer (Kroger brand), and Harbor Freight (I always end up there when running errands with my husband). This one is a Craftsman but there are others out there and they are low cost.