Kaleidoscope Colouring Card by Sarah May

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Hi all, Sarah here – with a project where colouring is key. Whether you’re a fan of mindful colouring or prefer mindless colouring in front of the TV, if you give it the time it needs then you’ll get beautiful results!




  1. Take a bit of white card suited to what you’re going to be colouring with, ink up your background stamp in black and make your impression. It used to be acrylic blocks all the way for me but I’d definitely recommend a platform/press tool for lovely big backgrounds like this – you can easily go again, perfectly lined up, if it doesn’t all print off right first time.
  2. Colour, colour and colour some more! I picked purple, yellow and green hoping to look vaguely botanical. I’m still a beginner with alcohol pens but I was told 3 tones of a colour is a good rule – start by swishing in your darkest from the edge of the shape you want to look shadowed, then your midtone pulling some colour across from the shadow, then your lightest colour overlapping with the midtone. If it’s looking a bit too stripey, I then go back for more midtone and light til it smooths out the changes between the 3 pens. Trial and error but it’s very pleasing when it works!
  3. Keep on colouring – different shapes in different colours following as strict or as relaxed of a pattern as you like. I did some alternating, thinking of the shapes as flowers with leaves, clovers, and the like but didn’t pay too much attention to it (which helped cover up when I got distracted and coloured a shape or two not with the pen I thought I’d picked up!)
  4. When you’ve coloured the whole stamped image, cut it down to fit your card blank and attach with double-sided tape.


  1. Diecut the sentiment and tag shape from black card. I love the fine dot detail on this! Also diecut the tag from vellum – you’ll only need the centre circle for this project.
  2. Glue down the black tag to the bottom right of your card’s front and the sentiment to the vellum. To fix the vellum in the middle of the tag without the glue showing, carefully trace it over where you can see the sentiment through the back of the vellum so it’s hidden by the letters.


My version was a birthday card but don’t you think it could work just as well for Halloween, or Christmas if you switch out the sentiment, and maybe switch from black card to gold? If you give it a go, I’d love to see 🙂



Catherine Pooler Designs Kaleidoscope Background Stamp

Avery Elle Shaker Tags Elle-ments Die

MementoTuxedo Black Ink Pad

Catherine Pooler Designs Premium Cardstock

Neenah Solar White Cardstock

Vellum printable paper

4×6 inch white card blank

AlteNew Artist Markers

Scor double-sided tape

TombowMono Multi Liquid Glue

Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

Fiskars A4 Paper Trimmer

Tonic Mini Guillotine



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