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Old 06-02-2007, 06:02 PM   #1  
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but was wondering if any of you colored your images before using them on a card. I have images from WRAK and images of my own I've stamped but have never colored before using them on a card. The other day I was going to pre-color them but haven't gotten to it. The reason I haven't before is b/c I try to match the colors to the card or paper I'm using but have found that sometimes I want to do something other than make a card but coloring is pretty easy...and i can do it while watching TV with my kids! Just reading this makes me realize how **** I am! Anyways, hope you don't think this is a dumb question but thought I'd go ahead and ask.

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Old 06-02-2007, 06:38 PM   #2  
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I hadn't done this until recently when my SIL was in labor with my nephew. I picked a couple of my favorite color combos and colored me some bellas. And it was so awesome to sit down and make a card without having to stop and color the image! Loved it!
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I have done this too! I just stamp the sets that I know will use a lot of, and then I coloring them using the colors that I know I always have cardstock on hand for. I always have my favorite colors oh hand.

It's actually a great way to be ready for those "last minute" cards that need to go out in a hurry.

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Old 06-02-2007, 07:45 PM   #4  
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I too have colored stamped images prior to actually designing the card. It makes creating a card faster. I have several images "pre-colored" laying in my stamp room. I'll get the urge to see them progress into full cards and end up having several cool cards in minutes!
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Well . . . . not that I have any stamps to pre-color LOL But . . . . I have precut shapes and pre-imbossed papers with my cuttlebug thinking that it'd speed things up when making future cards. What I found out, very quickly was that even though I THOUGHT I was using my most used colors at the time, when it came time to make a card, I didn't! I've yet to use any of the pre-done's (new word lol). So . . . . I've gone back to the 'do it as I go' way of things.
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Michelle Wooderson has great tips on pre-coloring your images. She matches them to designer paper she is going to use and then takes the images with her on the go to stamp at ball games, doctor's offices, etc. Check out her blog for the details: http://michellewooderson.blogspot.com/
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I also have colored images before using them. I actually started doing it when I needed 'busy work' while waiting in hospital waiting rooms for long periods of time. It is easy to take my pencils, watercolor crayons etc and the images and work while waiting. It makes you feel like you arn't wasting precious time plus time does go faster when you are 'having fun'!!! You will be surprised how easy it is to create a beautiful card and have the image already done.
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I haven't, but I think it's a wonderful idea!!! Sometimes I really want to make a card (or need a last minute something), and just don't have enough time! I think having pre-stamped and coloured images on hand would be great!

Not a silly question at all!! Great idea!
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I do it when I travel. I stamp several images and carry along pencils, etc. It's hard for me to be away from my stamping for too many days!!!
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I love to just sit and color. It's a great way to get rid of stress and it's great to have them on hand. I also take stamped images to color when I travel and them I have then on hand when I get home.
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Thanks for the thunk on the head ("I could have had a V8" style). That is a wonderful idea. I should stamp a bunch of images and then go sit in the family room with the kids and color while they watch TV. Fabulous idea.
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I often precolor wrak images- then I match my cardstock to the image.
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I do this. I stamp a bunch of images on a piece of cardstock and then color them in. I stamp them so they are easy to cut then with my papercutter. It does save time. But then you got to store them somehow lol.
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Old 06-06-2007, 03:14 PM   #14  
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I also stamp images in advance ( usually with Stazon) and then colour later. I do this in the evenings while DH is watching the tele.When I borrow stamps from friends I stamp off an A4 page and keep it in a folder for later use and then I can photocopy the page when I no longer have the stamp.
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I very much enjoy coloring, painting, chalking and blending images while I'm "watching TV" with my hubby. (We watch only pre-recorded programs.) He, in turn, must be watching me as well as TV because he's always saying "you weren't looking up, so I'll re-run the tape and play it back for you."

Anyway, I love my stash of pre-colored images and use them all the time. It's only occasionally that I'll start from scratch. Guess it's every stamper to herself - what one doesn't like, the next one does. That's what's so fun about SCS ~ so much talent and so many different people with wonderful ideas!
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I usually take one stamp with me to work, and during lunch and breaks I stamp an image and paint it in. I usually get three images stamped and painted this way. When I get home from work, I design a card for the images. I traded a normal lunchbox for a backpack-like thing, and I've got scissors, tape, watercolours, a paper cutter, a black stamp pad, paper, and pens in there. (and my lunch)
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Oh yes, I've done this many times; usually with flower images. As an example I filled two sheets with the flowers from the Delight In Life set and then colored them in with WWC and markers, alternating between four colors.
Then I can cut them out or in one case punched a circle out of the sheet and then layered on a cut-out flower.

Its very nice to have something already colored for those occassions when time is limited ..... say like Challenges!
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Me too, me too. I do coloring on weekend trips, vacation, at work, while watching t.v., all of it. I love to color and paint and need the practice - I don't have the shading aspect mastered yet. I'm hoping practice makes perfect!
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Just my two cents: For those of you worried about having to match a pre-colored image...look at it as a challenge (which can sometimes spur the best ideas). I'll probably say this wrong, but I once heard that necessity was the mother of invention (or creativity). Sometimes TOO many choices can get in my way. HTH!
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I started pre-coloring by accident!! I was making a Valentine's day card and stamped hearts, cut them out, then found out I had done too many! It made making more cards so much easier. I did this with flowers, I've embossed them, water colored them, cut them out, and not knowing how many I'd need, I didn't want to come up short. Well, I wound up having too many and now have a few colored and ready to go. I also have extra embossed ones ready to watercolor when I decide what colors to put them with.
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I usually take one stamp with me to work, and during lunch and breaks I stamp an image and paint it in. I usually get three images stamped and painted this way. When I get home from work, I design a card for the images. I traded a normal lunchbox for a backpack-like thing, and I've got scissors, tape, watercolours, a paper cutter, a black stamp pad, paper, and pens in there. (and my lunch)

Now THAT's an organized way to get your cards made!
Good for you ~ what a great idea!
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I do this all the time. Especially when I travel. Stamp off some images and take colored penciles or pens with me. I can do the coloring in on the plane in the hotel room. It's a nice way to have images ready for a quick card.
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Oh yeah I also use left over scraps of paper to make paper flowers. I use punches to get every last bit of paper. I layer the punched flowers with brads and have them ready for a quick accent. I also will punch out squares or circles or tags and have them ready to go too.
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i agree I color images ahead of time and then they are ready i have a folder where i just keep stamped and colored and cutouts from my c/b so when i need something in a hurry I take out my folder and see what is there to put together My Dh is good at telling me at the last minute he needs a card for this or that so luckily something can be put together
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I do it quite often. Whenever I get new stamps, I immediately stamp a few images cuz I just can't wait to see what they look like! Well, of course they look great but...then I can't wait to see what they look like colored. So, I'll usually stamp a full 8.5 x 11 sheet and color several or all of them with different schemes. It's fun and kinda theraputic too. Also, I like having them ready so if I have to whip a card up quickly, I have them ready to go.
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I do this at the park on a blanket in the shade while my husband and son play and pretend fight etc...I take my markers, waterpen and a piece of acetate. I make all different colors so I have a bunch to choose from when making cards. Love it, get a lot done and when I get bored I chase the kids around too. Yes my husband is a big kid LOL.
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Waterpen??? I meant aquapainter duh??
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I was thinking of keeping my watercolor pencils and an aquapainter in our camper - then I would stamp up a bunch of images about the size of an ATC. That way I would have something to do in the camper when it's raining or cold outside. I have a bunch of SU stamp boxes that could be used for this purpose.
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