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Achieve Vibrant Colors On Dark Cardstock With Ease!

Updated: Apr 14

Hey there, crafting friends! Welcome back to our creative corner where we're always brewing up something delightful. Today, I'm absolutely buzzing with excitement to share a fantastic technique that'll bring your card creations to life: achieving vibrant colors on dark cardstock! Grab your favorite mug of tea and let's dive right in!


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Achieve Vibrant Colors On Dark Cardstock With Ease!:

Materials Used To Create the Card:

Picture this: a charming tea party scene set against a backdrop of rich, dark cardstock. To bring this vision to life, we're using the delightful It's A Par-Tea Stamp Set and its trusty sidekick, the coordinating It's a Par-Tea Pixi Cuts. But wait, there's more! We're adding a splash of whimsy with the You're A Cute Tea 6" x 6" Pattern Paper Pad, serving as both the background panel and our color muse. And to ensure our colors pop, we're wielding the vibrant Acrylic Paint Markers 24 Set from Altenew, along with the magical Unicorn White Pigment Ink from Hero Arts.


It's A Par-Tea Scene Card by Rick Adkins

Coloring Techniques:

Now, let me spill the tea on our coloring secrets! With a flick of the wrist and a dab of paint, we're infusing our stamped images with bold, vibrant hues. The key? Layering those acrylic markers on our dark cardstock, coaxing out their brilliance one stroke at a time. It's like watching a monochrome masterpiece burst into technicolor before your very eyes!


It's A Par-Tea Scene Card by Rick Adkins Close Up View

Creating the Scene:

As our tea party tableau takes shape, we're turning to the enchanting world of Distress Oxide Inks. With the soft whisper of Tumbled Glass for the sky and the verdant embrace of Cracked Pistachio for the grass, we're creating a scene straight out of a storybook. And with the Cloudy Stencil and Grassy Stencil from Lawn Fawn by our side, every brushstroke you ink blend becomes a stroke of genius.


It's A Par-Tea Scene Card by Rick Adkins Front View

Putting It All Together:

With our colored images and scenic backdrop in hand, it's time to bring our masterpiece to life! Assembling our card is like piecing together a puzzle, each element fitting snugly into place. And as we add the finishing touches, from a sprinkle of sequins to a dash of glitter, our creation truly comes alive, ready to be shared with someone special.


It's A Par-Tea Scene Card by Rick Adkins Over Head View

And there you have it, dear readers! With just a touch of creativity and a dash of imagination, achieving vibrant colors on dark cardstock is as easy as pouring a cup of tea. So go ahead, brew up your own colorful creations and let your creativity shine! Don't forget to share your masterpieces with us – we can't wait to see what you brew up!


Achieving Vibrant Colors On Dark Cardstock Video Tutorial:

For those who prefer a hands-on approach, I've whipped up a video tutorial demonstrating each step of this magical process. Grab your crafting supplies and join me for a colorful adventure!



If you have problems watching the video here on my blog you can always watch it on my YouTube Channel by Clicking Here!


(Wondering what I used in this video/project? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).


It's A Par-Tea Scene Card by Rick Adkins Side View

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Materials Used:

Here you will find the list of supplies that I used to create today's card. All supplies are linked to supply sources below. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins














Rick Adkins


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