Custom Coloring Book

Crafting, coloring, and basically creating art are essential, especially during these times. Art therapy has been proven to benefit your well being. Whether its relaxing after a hard day or passing the time, coloring is fun and doesn't require many tools. 
For crafters who love to rubber stamp, making a customized coloring book of your favorite designs is easy. If not for yourself, then make a coloring book for someone else. They will love that it's handmade! All you need are rubber stamps and basic office supplies that you can get at the grocery store.
Items needed:
Rubber Stamps and Ink
School folder with 3 metal clasps in the binding (found in any office supply section.)
White office paper (optional: card stock and/or watercolor paper).
Hole Punch
Take the school folder, turn it the long way and trim so that it's 6 1/2 inches wide. This leaves you with 2 metal clips inside. If the folder has pockets, they will be in the part that's trimmed away.
Each page will measure 5 1/2 inches x 8 1/2 inches. So take the long side of your paper (place it landscape orientation) and cut it at 5 1/2 inches. You're cutting the 11 inch sheet in half. 
Measure where to punch your 2 holes at the top of the page and a half inch down from the top edge. 
Tip: Use a piece of chipboard and cut it to 5.5" x 8.5". Mark where the 2 holes need to be on the chipboard and then punch the 2 holes. You can then use this as a template to make hole punching on the remaining pages easy. Also, you will be able to place this chipboard in your coloring book at the end of the pages to give it a sturdy backing.
Optional: Place a card stock page behind each white paper page so that you minimize bleed through when coloring. I used black card stock.
Now, the fun part... using your favorite stamps and any ink colors, stamp your designs onto each page. On the page above, I used stamps that are fun to color in:
Each page can have its own theme and we have the perfect rubber stamps to make the perfect coloring book(s)! Above is Summer Flowers Border Rubber Stamp (stamped twice) and Floral Butterfly Rubber Stamp. Other themes that would make great coloring book pages include:
FlowersAnimalsNatureChristmasAquatic, and...who wouldn't love the City Girls to color? Spacing between the stamps on your pages is up to you. Anything will look good if you keep a theme/color going. Stamp in the middle of the page or try and fill the page with designs. Magnolia Blossom Rubber StampBlossom Time Rubber Stamp and Journaling Sketches I Rubber stamp set were used below.
Optionally, you can use watercolor paper for your pages. (If your watercolor paper is 9 inch x 12 inch, trim it down to 8 1/2 inch x 11 inch first, then cut it in half.) On the pages above, I used Wild Horse Rubber Stamp and Spirited Horse Rubber Stamp. Also, the other page features: Dining Alfresco Rubber Stamp and Wrought Iron Corners Rubber Stamp Set.
Hint: when stamping onto textured watercolor paper, place craft foam underneath the paper, then stamp with a good, quality ink pad. Press firmly and evenly on your block or platform and you will get a good impression even on the texture!
As a final step, decorate the cover of the coloring book. I placed some die cuts and embellishments on mine. Glue, glitter and emboss, whatever you wish, to put the finishing touch on your custom, handmade coloring book! 
(Alternately, if you just want to give someone a page to color in without creating an entire book, then simply include a 5x7 sized page in a 5 inch x 7 inch card. It adds an extra special touch to a handmade card!)

How to Color Cars

Coloring in cars is a lot of fun and it goes fast when you have an inspiration page of real photographs to see which colors to use and where to place shading and highlights. We have so many vehicle rubber stamps and these are just a few of them. Thanks for visiting us here to see how to color in each one, with added tips and tricks for creating shading and chrome bumpers.
Cars, in real life, feature deep color areas and bright accent lines. I used Copic markers for these, but use your favorite brand. Having a white gel pen for the highlights is optional.

Let's start with our VW Bug Rubber Cling Stamp. To achieve the color teal, I first used a light green for the base and Mint Blue (or any light blue) on top of the green.
Tip: always save a piece of the paper you have stamped on to test your marker color(s) before coloring on the stamped image.
Above: Photograph left and VW Bug stamped on right.

Next, this Chevy Bel Air Rubber Cling Stamp was made turquoise using 2 shades.
Above: Photograph left and Chevy Bel Air stamped on right.
Above: Closeup of Chevy Bel Air stamped & colored in a pretty turquoise. All images were stamped using Noir Palette Hybrid ink on white card stock.

Our Classic Corvette Rubber Cling Stamp is one of the easiest of our car stamps to color because it comes with shading already in the design.  I only used two shades of a red marker to make this rich, red Stingray Corvette. Add a little blue in the curve of the white area.
Above: Photograph left and Classic Corvette stamped on right.

Classic Pickup Truck Rubber Cling Stamp can be so many different colors, but I chose red for this one since my inspiration photo was red. This stamp design is such a joy to color in, you can't really go wrong with whatever color you pick.
Above: Photograph left and Classic Pickup Truck stamped right.

For the Vintage Woody Rubber Cling Stamp, you get to be extra creative in coloring in wood panels.  A vintage beach wagon from the 60's, the actual car features panels made out of wood and that is how it gets its name. I used 3 shades of blue for this one.
Tip: When you start, use your lightest shade first as the foundation. Then add the next darker shade and finally the darkest shade. I then take the original lightest blue to blend it all together at the end.
Add your darkest shade of blue in the 'corners' like the back of the wheel wells and the front wheel wells.
To create a wood color, I used a dark skin tone color first, then yellow on top of that color.
A darker brown was used as the framing for the wood panels. And white gel pen for highlights.

Classic Taxi Cab Rubber Cling Stamp is probably the most fun to color in because the panels are large and you get to use yellow.. a lot! I only have one truly yellow Copic marker, so I used a Sharpie yellow as the base first, then the yellow Copic (Y18 Lightning Yellow).
Tip: to create the appearance of chrome, use a light blue and light gray with thin black marker for outline.
Above: Photograph left and Classic Taxi stamped on right.
Rubber stamps featured:
VW Bug Rubber Cling Stamp
Inspiration photos (below courtesy of Wikipedia) to know what color to make each car, where the darker colors go and where to place highlights.

New Spring Releases

We have 20 new rubber cling stamps specially designed for Spring! We listened to your requests and released more animals, like the Moose, Alpaca, and a beautiful American Buffalo. Also more flowers, a perfect lotus design, vintage office typewriter and camera, and a four ice cream cone set are some of the others that we are so excited to be offering as deep etch, red rubber cling stamps. 
Another beauty is Alice with Deer Rubber stamp.  Sized at about 2 inches x 2 inches, it is perfect for an A2 card. "Cogs & Gears Rubber Cling Stamp" is perfectly detailed and made for repeating on a page.  Another cute stamp is "Pizza Day Rubber Stamp" or better put.... "Pizza Day should be everyday."  LOL
Another awesomely detailed, original design is "Dragonfly Quatrefoil." The stamp features an intricate dragonfly with his perfect wings sitting on a quatrefoil pattern surrounded by flowers and foliage. The quatrefoil pattern has much meaning in ancient art since represents a four leaf pattern (like a four-leafed clover) and so it conveys good luck and will look beautiful on any card.
Safari is a gorgeous new original design. The stamp measures 4" wide x 3" tall and features an grouping of wildlife, like the One-horned Rhino, Giraffes and Zebras in peaceful co-existance.  Ice Cream Border is another larger sized stamp and measures 4 inches wide and is repeatable.
Shipping starts April 6, 2020. Here is the first link to our listing in which you can purchase all 20 stamps as a bundle. (Individual listings will be added this week.) Premium Members enjoy 10% off everyday!

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