Easy Coloring Techniques for Memory Keeping featuring Vintage Garden Stamp Set (Video Tutorial)

by Nathalie

Hi there!

Nathalie here to show you easy coloring techniques for your memory keeping.  I am using the new Vintage Garden Stamp set for the projects.  This new set is gorgeous.  The large and detailed floral images are ideal for all paper crafting projects, but oh so perfect for memory keeping layouts.   I am sure we all have new year's resolutions we want to keep.  Mine is to not fall behind on my daily documenting.  So, these ideas are going to help speed my documenting and bring variety to my journal.  Let's get started!

  1. Stencil in the color

@altenew_ easy coloring techniques with VINTAGE GARDEN Stamp set by Nathalie DeSousa

The easiest, fastest and cleanest way to add color is with the Vintage Garden Simple Coloring Stencil Set.  All you need is ink pads, washi tape,  and Ink Blending Tools.   The key here is to stamp the images with crisp ink (Obsidian Pigment ink) and letting it set.  This will provide a clean and detailed outline for the ink impression.

Since the floral images are detailed, there is no need to overwork the background.  Instead, choose a color cardstock/patterned paper that will contrast and complement the images.  A bit of extra color ( Stone Wall Stencil impression) just adds an extra sense of dimension to the page that results in a impactful page.

2.  Faux Watercolor


Another easy coloring technique is faux watercolor.  Think of it as an artistic and fast version of a well detailed image.  Since the Vintage Garden Stamp set is a large stamp with delicate details, there is a larger area to play with color.  This time we are using Artist Watercolor 24 Pan set, a brush, and stamping block.  We are stamping the watercolor onto the images!!

The  trick is to stamp small amounts of watercolor to the images, followed by splatters of the same color.  The messy look of  the stamp and the splatters mimics freehand watercolor.  This time,  I am using the large images for a smaller format layout and pocket page.

3. Monochromatic coloring

@altenew_easy coloring with Vintage Garden Stamp set by NAthalie

Our last easy coloring technique is all about using a single color family.   This time, all you need is an Ink pad set, an ink blending tool and coordinating color cardstock/patterned paper.  The key is to deepen the color of the area where the stamp image will be set.   A little bit of ink blending will take care of this!

Once the color has set, then the image is stamped with the darkest color in the family of inks.  This color transition help to create dimension, and interest in the layout, and you can even create a masculine layout with it.

@altenew_ easy coloring with Vintage Garden Stamp set by NAthalie

The following video will show you how these pages are put together using these easy coloring techniques and Vintage Garden stamp set.  You can watch it here, or in HD at the Altenew YouTube channel:

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I hope these easy coloring technique come handy in your next memory keeping project.  Remember to share your projects!




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1 comment

Patricia Wilson January 13, 2021 - 11:56 am

These pages are so pretty. Love your “baby”. What would we do without them? I really want to try that messy water coloring with the block. Interesting technique!


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