Adding Color to Kraft Cardstock

Hello everyone, Lisa here.  I thought I’d stop by today and share a couple of cards I made using some of The Ton’s new Fall Release Christmas stamps on kraft cardstock.  I love the rustic look of kraft but admit I don’t use it too much because I’m not always sure how to add color.    Any color looks bright and vibrant on white cardstock but kraft is a little trickier.  The more I use it though the more I’m beginning to understand that whatever you do on white cardstock you can also do on kraft.

For my first card today I stamped the beautiful new Holiday Love Poinsettia on the bottom and the cute Christmas Mini Cluster stamp set on top using The Ton’s Copic friendly Caviar ink.   The Christmas Mini Cluster is a free gift with the purchase of $125 or more at The Ton.  This free gift is offered thru September 22nd or while supplies last.  It won’t officially go on sale until October.  I love that the Christmas Cluster Mini coordinates so well with the other poinsettia stamp sets at The Ton.  After stamping the poinsettias I did some partial masking to cover the flowers and then stamped a label outline from the Modern Labels stamps set.

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Using a few different shades of red and green Copic markers I colored in all of the poinsettias.  Copics work great on kraft cardstock and they look almost as vibrant as when you use them on white.  I actually think the coverage is a lot easier on Kraft.   I added some gold splatters by using Ranger Tarnished Brass Distress Stain.

To house the sentiment I used the Basic Banners Stamps and coordinating dies, embossing them with Ranger Gold embossing powder on red cardstock.   The sentiment is from the coordinating Banner Holiday Add-On stamp set.

To add some extra interest to this card,I diecut the finished card front using The Ton’s Double Stitched Rectangle Large dies then attached the outside stitched piece directly to a white card base.  I raised up the center of the card front with Foam Mounting Tape then added the finished banner.  For a little more gold shine I  glued on some sequins from The Ton’s Belle’s Dress Couture Mix.

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For my second card today I stamped directly onto kraft cardstock using The Ton’s new Christmas Wreath Builder stamp set and Everglade Moss ink for the first layer.  I stamped the second layer twigs with Found Topaz ink then embossed the third layer using The Ton’s Hampton White Pigment ink and Ranger Superfine White embossing powder for some snowy pine branches.  I flicked some little snowflakes onto the kraft card front using some Gesso medium and a little water.  I like this look for snow much better than white ink because it’s brighter, adds texture to the card and dries really fast.

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On a separate sheet of kraft I stamped some holly leaves using Bright Fern ink and Basil Mojito ink.   The berries are stamped with Lipstick Red  and  Found Topaz for the branches.   I handcut these images and the center of the wreath because I don’t have the coordinating dies yet but they sure are on my wish list!

I stamped some Lipstick Red Haute Stripes on a piece of white cardstock and glued it directly to a white card base.  Then I positioned the sentiment so it would show through the center of the wreath and stamped it with The Ton’s  Noir black ink.

When the Gesso flecks dried I poked two small holes into the kraft piece and thread some natural twine through for a secure bow.  Then I cut a round edge on the right side my finished kraft card front and popped it up on the card base with Foam Mounting Tape.  For the finishing touches I added the stamped holly and berries along with some red sequins from The Ton’s new Deck the Halls Couture Mix.

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So, what do you think? Are you a fan of kraft cardstock?   Do you know of any other techniques that work great on kraft cardstock?  If you do, drop me a note down below in the comment section and share your experience.   We’d love to hear what tricks you have up your sleeve.

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Just a reminder:  our September Mood Board Challenge is now live! Head over to The Ton Challenge Blog for more details on how you can win a $50 shopping spree to our shop!” *Gift certificates only apply to The Ton stamps, dies, ink, gilding and embossing powder.

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That’s all for today my friends.   Thanks for stopping by!


10 thoughts on “Adding Color to Kraft Cardstock

  1. Trina P. says:

    Love colouring on Kraft, but it’s usually with coloured pencils. I never realized how beautiful and vibrant Copic colouring looks on Kraft… these are STUNNING! Will be giving this a try.


  2. Teresa Doyle says:

    Lisa both of your cards are just stunning! SERIOUSLY STUNNING!
    I have always been a huge fan of kraft card stock, esp. with white ink or EP. So very beautiful! I also love it with colours esp/ with Prismacolor pencils.


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