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How to Color Stamped Images

Learn how to color stamped images with 4 easy methods! Your paper craft projects will look great with these creative coloring techniques! I have lots of tips for each method so that you can decide what you like. It’s truly a personal preference and how you like to color.

Whether you are brand new to card making, or just looking to try a different coloring method, I hope you learn a few tips and give these methods of coloring your images a try.


In the video we are going to talk about the follow methods or tools you can use to color your stamped images:

  • Stampin’ Blends (my personal favorite!)
  • Stampin’ Write Markers
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • Water Coloring

Color Stamped Images | Video Tutorial

I’ve got lots of information on how to color stamped images, especially about the different types of inks to use depending on which of the 4 coloring methods you use.

If you’re ever in doubt, test on a piece of scrap paper. Let’s look at each of the coloring methods below with my recommended paper and ink.

Color Stamped Images (4 Ways) – Let’s Start With My Favorite

Stampin’ Blends are my absolute favorite way to color my images. It is what I do 99.9% of the time when I color.


To achieve the best results, you will want to use the Basic White (thick or regular) and Memento Ink. As you can see in the video, I stamped and colored with Stazon, and it actually worked fine. Keep in mind that I let it dry quite a while before coloring.

This is one of those instances where the Memento is recommended, but the Stazon will probably work–but test it. Honestly, I am not a fan of Stazon ink, so if I can avoid it and use Memento, I will!

The video tutorial shows you how easy it is to achieve amazing results when coloring stamped images with Stampin’ Blends.

Stampin’ Write Markers

These are your everyday water-based markers that have been around forever. Personally, I do not like to color with them, but a lot of people do. As mentioned, it’s truly what you like the best.


I found that I could use either ink to stamp with. Again, I prefer the Memento ink to color stamped images because you don’t have to use the special cleaner that you do with Stazon ink. Any card stock will work, but I prefer Basic White with these markers

Water Color Pencils

Our 3rd option to color stamped images? Water Color Pencils. I actually have not used these in probably 20 years, but I pulled them out so that I could share this as an option for you. Many people love these, again-not my favorite.


Either ink worked for stamping the image, as well as either card stock – Basic White or Shimmery White.

The video shows you how you can “blend” the pencils to get the watercolor look with either a Blender Pen or the Water Painters. Work with what you like best; either will work just fine!

And the final method to color your stamped images…..

Water Coloring

Again, a method that has a million different ways to do it. I show you the “easy way.” I am not an artist, and I am sure many of you are much better colorers than I am, but I like this method.

If I am not coloring with Stampin’ Blends, I choose water coloring. Like everything I do, I keep it simple!


I find the easiest way to pick up the ink to watercolor with is to use a clear block. I simply “stamp it” on the pad to get ink on it, then use my Water Painter to pick that ink up and color with.

You definitely want to use Stazon Ink when watercoloring. You need the permanent ink so that it does not bleed.

Because you are using so much water, you will want to use either the Shimmery White card stock or water color paper. The Basic White does not work well for water coloring.

Finished Card

I can’t do a post without showing you a finished card. This card was made using the ‘Flowers of Friendship’ stamp set and coloring it with Stampin’ Blends. (this stamp set or other products may be retired, however, this post is really all about learning to color any stamped image!)


Card Recipe:

  • Crumb Cake card base: 11″ x 4 1/4″
  • Basic White: 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″
  • Black: 2 5/8″ x 3 3/8″
  • Crumb Cake: 4″ x 5 1/4″

The supply list (button below) includes all of the products I used in the video.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you were inspired and enjoyed the project. If you have any questions about today’s post or project, make sure to leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you.


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10 thoughts on “How to Color Stamped Images”

  1. Thank you for the very clear ways to color stamped images. I have been confused about how to do this. Your video is detailed enough to help me but not difficult to keep track of the 4 methods. I really appreciate the chart I can refer to that will jog my memory. I wish I had this when I started stamping!

  2. Love your honesty. I also do not like those skinny markers – I thought it was just me. I still love to color with pencils. Are regular color pencils the same as what you were calling water color pencils?

    • There is a difference from ‘plain’ colored pencils vs. watercolor pencils. Watercolor pencils you can color with them and leave them ‘as is’ or add water to the color and it changes the appearance. If you add water to regular colored pencils it will do nothing except mess up your paper. Hope that helps!

  3. Jackie, your explanation was great.
    I hadn’t thought of using a blender pen with water colour pencils, must give it a go.
    Thanks so much.

  4. I agree with you. Before blends,I rarely colored anything. Now with the blends, I look like a “real” artist! I color everything now! Thanks for the tutorial.


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