This tutorial was first posted on the Scraps of Color blog. But I liked it so much, I wanted to make sure those of you who catch my work over here got a chance to see it.
The other day, I was a little bored. I wanted to color something and didn’t want to color anything I already had. So, first I looked at my usual digital stamp sites and didn’t see anything that inspired me. Then I started looking at coloring pages, thinking I might be able to use one of those as a fresh image to color. I found the cutest big eyed girls being used on Brats Doll coloring pages. I vaguely remembered those from when my daughter was a child. But these images were much cuter than the dolls my daughter used to have.
For my search, I just typed Brats coloring pages. Above is a screen shot of what my search produced. As you can see, there are tons of options that could be used for digital stamps.
To make these usable stamps for me, I saved them as a JPEG and brought them into my silhouette studio program. I sized each image, and then used the program to trace the outer edge. I am using my silhouette studio designer edition to make my digital stamps. However, several other programs do print and cut, so you should be able to get similar results with them as well.
Once you have all your images loaded and traced, you can copy and paste them to one mat and save that as your print and cut file. At this point, you first print using your printer through the silhouette program.
You can either color the images before cutting as I did with the computer girl, or cut them out to color later. I don’t like to waste the coverstock that you use for coloring, so I always print more images than I need to color for my specific project. As you can see, I have 3 additional brats girls to color at a later date.
Once you have your images, you then load it on your mat and run it through the die cut machine that you are using. Here is how my girls look once they have been cut out.
Now for the fun part. Use your image to make a card or project. I made another of my new favorite size cards, a top fold A2 card. I love these. Supplies used are: Cardstock- Bazzill; Die cut machine, oval cut file and Sentiment cut file-Silhouette; Patterned paper-Crate Paper Pier collection; Markers-Copic. Color families used: Skin-E13/15/18; Shoes-E29/37/49; pants-W3/5/7; Top-R81/83/85; laptop-BV25/29; Chair-BG 72/75; lips-R29; Eye Color-E99.
I hope this short tutorial has inspired you to try out coloring pages. I know I will look for more the next time I am looking for images to color.