Here’s a quick tutorial to show you one way of using your Colorista coloring pages, its an explosion card.
First color this page from the Eastern Promise A4 marker pad using pens from sets 1,3, 4, and 6.
I used all the yellows, oranges, reds and purples, as I wanted to have a fiery look to the ‘explosion’.
Don’t color the corner elements as they will be cut off anyway.
Next photocopy your page at 100% and then again at 80%, print onto a nice weight of paper. The book page is too thick to fold, plus you get to keep it and make something else with it.
Now cut around the shape of the larger copy – if your printer gives a border be sure to cut this off too.
I wanted a clean edge and I didn’t have the patience to color or cut round that frill!
Fold the paper in half with the white sides together, making sure the points line up. The fold should be in the center.
I used my sparkly Ultimate Pro to butt the paper against.
Now the next part is slightly tricky! You need to score some diagonal lines… normally making an explosion card you start with square paper.
We don’t have a square, but our shape is parallel. With the left-hand straight edge vertical, place the first pointed leaf (this should be a small one) into one of the grooves on the board, place your tool in the groove to anchor the paper, then swing the whole thing towards the left and line up the small leaf shape that is diagonally across from your starting point.
Repeat on the right-hand edge, making sure your starting point is the first small leaf on the right. Pop the tool in a groove, swing the paper to the right until the small leaf lines up and score.
Next fold the diagonal lines with printed sides together. If you turn the whole thing over you should have a parallel cross with a line through it.
Now fold in half through the middle, printed sides together and push the sides into the folded card.
It should look like the above picture at this stage.
Next find the center of the card, it should be the small point between the two larger points.
I drew a line to help. Fold the outside corners towards the center, forming a triangle, burnish the folds quite well. Flip the whole thing over and repeat.
You should end up with a sort of house shape.
Another tricky bit! You need to fold the triangles back and push them back inside the opposite way!
Repeat on all four triangles. Now lift the top and you should have your explosion.
If you want to give the paper a little bit of a shimmer,spray it with some Pearl Diamond Spray and Sparkle.
Cut a piece of Crafter’s Companion black card to 3 3/4″ x 10 1/2″ score in half at 5 1/4″. Stick a piece of ribbon across the card at this stage as once the center piece is inside you can’t add it.
Now take the smaller of your photocopies and die cut a square from the center.
If you don’t have a die, it’s quite easy to find the corners and line up with a pencil and ruler. If you got the deal from HSN you could use the corresponding topper from the USB, just print color and cut.
Use a black marker along the edges, then mount onto some purple, black then a final layer of white. Mount onto the front.
Die cut the word Celebrate from the Diamond Press range in black, add some white highlights and stick onto the front.
Now you can stick the middle into the card, while folded put Collall all purpose glue onto one side and stick to the back, inside portion of the card, add glue to the top of the folded paper and close the front down onto the glue, this is the easiest way to glue together, now your card is complete.
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Tutorial credit: Nicky Hayden