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Coloring pages can be turned into delightful greeting cards in minutes

Coloring pages can be turned into delightful greeting cards in minutes

Using Your Coloring Pages To Create Greeting Cards

There is no doubt that coloring and coloring books are extremely popular. Coloring books help us bring out our artistic side without spending a fortune on supplies. Coloring books and pages are portable and can be used almost anywhere. Besides the coloring book, all you need is some crayons, colored pencils, or markers.

Now the question is, after you finish with your coloring book, what can do you with those wonderful pages that you have created? Of course, you can keep them in a book stored on a shelf, but we are offering more creative options to share your coloring pages.

How about using those pages to create custom greeting cards?

Getting Started Making Coloring Page Greeting Cards

The ultimate in custom greeting cards are the ones that you actually color yourself. Your choice is to use a page that you have colored from a coloring book, Or you can use a printable greeting card that is often found free on the internet.

Using Coloring Book Pages

If you enjoy coloring in coloring books as I do, you often will wonder what to do with your coloring pages once you finish them. The thought occurred to me why not share some of my art with others instead of leaving my books on a shelf collecting dust.

Most coloring books are not on the best paper for crafting, so there are a few options for you to help you use your coloring pages for greeting cards.

  1. Copy and print the page before you color it. You can store the page on your computer for future use. If you print the page, make sure to print on paper that has a decent weight like 80 lb cardstock. IF you are planning to use markers to color, you will have to take that into consideration. Make sure that the coloring book is very flat when it copies so that you will get a good image.
  2. Copy and print the page after you color it. Once it is colored, you can copy and print the pages on decent card stock 80 lbs or above. Make sure the page is flat on your computer. You can just print one copy or copy and keep the page on your computer. It is up to you.
  3. Take the page from the book and mount it on a piece of cardstock. The simplest way to use your coloring book pages on a greeting card is to remove the page from the book and cut it down to the size that you need for your card. If you are planning to do that make sure that the coloring book page behind the one you are using cannot be seen. Put a page of cardstock behind the page you are planning to use before you take it out from the book. Look to see that you will not be able to see the images behind the page, If the book has perforations that will make things easy. If not, use a scissor or a craft knife to remove the page.
Lots of color makes for an interesting card

Lots of color makes for an interesting card

Some Basics About Making Greeting Cards

There are just a few basics that you need to know if you have never made a greeting card before.

You will hear the term card base. That just refers to the cardstock the is used to create the base of the card. You should have a good strong base to hold the other elements of your card on. Your cardstock should be at least 80 lbs or above. You can find the weight of the paper on the paper's package.

There are many options when it comes to adhering elements to your card base. One of the most popular adhesives is double-sided tape. Unlike glue, you will not see any glue lines or excess glue on the card.

Glue dots are small pieces of double-sided tape that have foam in between the layers. It is used to raise elements off the card base.

You can use glue, but if you do, make sure that you apply an even layer of glue

Supplies You Need To Create Coloring Book Greeting Cards

There are just a few supplies that you will need to create your own custom greeting cards using coloring book pages. Of course, it all starts with coloring pages that you take, copy or print from a coloring book. Or you can print a coloring page from the internet.

Other Supplies To Create Coloring Page Greeting Cards

  • Cardstock (at least 80 lbs or above) Colored and White
  • Pens, Markers or Colored Pencils
  • Glue or Double Sided Tape
  • Scissors
  • Trimmer
  • Bone Folder or Ruler
  • Glue Dots
  • Washi Tape

The Elements Of Your Coloring Book Greeting Card

There are just a few things to understand about creating your coloring book greeting card. Knowing more about creating a greeting card will help you get the best results possible.

Copy Or Use Your Coloring Page

The first thing to think about is if you would like to use the coloring page on your card or do you want to save it for later use? You can make a copy before or after you color it. If you copy it make sure to copy it onto cardstock rather than copy paper. That will give added stability to your card. Place the original or a copy in a page protector for later use. You can keep them in a three-ring binder if you would like.

What Part Of The Coloring Page Will You Use?

The next thing to consider is what part of the page do you want to use on your card. If you are doing small cards, you may easily get two cards from one page. Visualize the card size that you would like to use. Take a ruler and use it as a visual guide to making a decision on how to use the page.

Card Base

The easiest card base in a simple fold-over design. It is just a piece of cardstock that is folded over in a size that is desirable for your design. You want to have a good heavy cardstock ( cardstock is measured in weights). I would recommend a cardstock that is at least 90 lbs. or more. Having quality cardstock as your card base will mean that the card will stand up to mailing. And the person that you are mailing it to will have it for a long time.

You can use white or colored cardstock. Another trick that enhances your card is to layer different colors of cardstock. The next layer of your base would be about 1/4 " less than the base itself. Experiment with different colors of paper against your coloring page to see which colors frame your image best.

Using a scoring tool enables you to get a perfectly even crease every time. A scoring tool is a board with a bone folder. It has lines at intervals much the same as a ruler. You place the paper on the tool. Then you find the place where you want your fold to be. You run the bone folder on the line and you get a perfect crease every time. When I fold my paper, I hardly ever get the crease right, so this tool makes a lot of sense.

There are lots of different card bases. As you grow in your art and ability, you may want to try some of them.

Trimming Your Coloring Page

You will want to trim your coloring page to fit on the card. You can use a paper trimmer which has measurements that will cut perfectly, This tool will save you a lot of time and gets the perfect cut.

You can use a ruler and a pencil to measure and cut the coloring page. Determine the right size for your card base and cut the coloring page to fit the base and any additional paper you have added as a frame. Then flip the page over and measure and mark your cutting lines with a sharp scissor.

Making A Sentiment For The Inside Of Your Card

If you are using white cardstock, you can omit this part of this step. All you need to do is to add a sentiment to the inside of the card. You can handwrite it, stamp it, or print a sentiment on your computer and glue it on or use double-sided tape.

If you are using colored cardstock, you will want to add a sheet of white cardstock about 1/4 " smaller than the inside of your card. You can then add a sentiment as described above.

You can also glue little elements from your coloring page on the sentiment page to make your design even better.

Adding A Message To The Front Of Your Card

You can also add a message to the font of your card on top of the coloring page piece. Things like "Thinking of you", " Happy Birthday" You are special" can all be added to your design. You can use stamps or even a label maker to add to a little something special.

Embellishments

You can add all kinds of embellishments to your designs. Little bows of ribbon, tiny buttons, Flat beads can all be added to enhance your design. For these, you will want to use tacky glue to make sure that they stay on.

Putting It All Together

Now that you have all the elements for your cards, it is time to put them all together. My personal preferred method of adhering these elements is double-sided tape. It is cleaner and you do not get glue lines showing especially with the coloring page paper. You can use glue. But remember not to over glue the paper.

  1. Mount the sentiment insert to the inside of the card and add the sentiment
  2. Mount the added cardstock pieces if you are using them to the outside of the card.
  3. Mount the coloring page piece to the outside of the card base
  4. Add any sentiment to the front of the card base
  5. Add embellishments like bows, half beads, buttons, etc. to the front of the card

My Favorite Double Sided Tape

You can use a variety of media on your coloring page greeting cards

You can use a variety of media on your coloring page greeting cards

What Should I Color My Greeting Cards With?

You can color your greeting cards with just about anything you have or would like to use.

One thing to consider is the type of paper that the coloring book is printed on. Most coloring books are made with relatively thin paper. That would make using markers difficult because the color of the marker would bleed onto the image on the next page. In that case, you will want to use colored pencils or artist crayons.

So if you enjoy markers or alcohol markers, you will want to use a coloring book that has heavier paper. There is a workaround for this situation. You could copy the page onto a heavier cardstock or mixed media paper. That means you would have a single-sided paper image. If you are using an inkjet printer, allow the ink to dry overnight, Then test the ink with a marker to make sure that the printed image ink does not run when the alcohol ink is applied. No problem with a laser printer. The ink should never run. If you want to make the process less stressful, go to an office supply store and have them print the image on a laser printer for you.

If you use mixed media paper to copy images, you can always cut the paper down to fit your printer.

There are some coloring books with images generally on one side of the paper. This type of coloring book would be good to use markers on.

If you enjoy using any type of water-related media like watercolor pencils, watercolors, and watercolor markers, your best bet would be to use a coloring book specified for watercolors. Again, as we said before, you could also copy images onto mixed media or watercolor paper to make it easier to use these types of coloring tools.

Mixed Media Paper

Steps To Create Your Coloring Book Greeting Card

  1. Select the image that you want to use
  2. Color the image with colored pencils, markers, gel pens, etc/
  3. Cut out the images or pages that you want to use.
  4. Cut the colored cardstock to the size of your card base using scissors or a paper trimmer
  5. Fold the cardstock in half
  6. Define the fold with a bone folder or a ruler.
  7. Cut the white cardstock to fit within the card. You can use one piece to cover the entire card or use two pieces on the insides of the card
  8. Glue or tape the white cardstock to the inner parts of the card base. If you use glue, make sure to spread the glue evenly across the paper. I prefer to use double-sided tape as you will get an even smooth application.
  9. Decide how you will arrange your card front. You can arrange individual pieces any way you like
  10. If you are using a single image, you want it to be slightly smaller than the card front. That will leave a little frame around your image.
  11. You can raise your image off the cardstock with glue dots. If you do not have glue dots, you can make your own. Just cut tiny pieces of sponge. Glue one piece to the image and glue the other side to the card.
  12. Add a sentiment to the inside of your card.

Greeting Card Tips

  • You can add embellishments like sequins to add more interest to your cards
  • You can also add some glitter glue, Neuvo drops or Stickles to add more interest to your card fronts.
There are hundreds of free greeting cards to color in almost any browser you chose

There are hundreds of free greeting cards to color in almost any browser you chose

Using Printable Greeting Cards

The internet is alive with printable greeting cards that you can color. Finding them is easy f you know where to look.

  1. Open your favorite browser
  2. Type in free printable greeting cards
  3. Then click the word at the top of the window that says images
  4. Select the card you want to use
  5. Hit the save image as
  6. Download the image
  7. Print it on your printer

Notes

  • Rather than using copy paper, you will want to print it on 80 lb or above the cardstock
  • The card may only print as a card front, so you will have to create a card base
  • Use a laserjet printer if you are planning to use markers.
  • Let the ink dry several hours or overnight

A Gift Idea

Print a few printable greeting cards and include some colored pencils. Makes a great gift for someone who has never tried coloring or wants to expand their coloring hobby.

Printable Coloring Greeting Cards

Deciding which printer is best for your printed coloring pages is easy when you understand the differences

Deciding which printer is best for your printed coloring pages is easy when you understand the differences

Laser Printer Vs Inkjet Printer

If you are planning to print a lot of printable cards, you may want to consider using a laser printer rather than an inkjet printer. The laser printer is actually a more economical choice than the inkjet printer.

Another reason to use the laser printer over the inkjet printer is the use of certain coloring media. Laser printer copies have a tendency to smudge less, which is important when considering printing coloring pages.

While the cost of the laser printer may seem to be more, the laser printer actually uses a powder that is heated on a drum. So unlike inkjet printer, whose cartridges may go dry, especially if not used often, the laser printer will last longer and cost less per page.

An Alternate Technique With Alcohol Markers

The Right Paper Matters

When you are printing and coloring coloring pages for greeting cards, the type of paper that you use does matter. Copy paper is generally too flimsy to color on, much less to make a greeting card on.

The general rule of thumb is that you want to print or copy your coloring page on cardstock. You can use cardstock from 60lb weight up to 80lb weight. The weight of the paper is always printed on the package wrapper. This paper comes in both 8 1/2 " by 11" as well as 12" by 12". I prefer the smaller paper for most use. It is readily available at your local craft store as well as online. My personal preference is a paper called Ninah Solar White.

What you are going to color the image with will also determine the kind of paper that you need.

Watercolors

Watercolors require the watercolor paper to get the best results. When you use other papers, the paper will actually fall apart. The watercolor paper has cotton fabric in it that absorbs the water, leaving the color to shine through. There are actually watercolor coloring books that you can purchase preprinted on watercolor paper. Or, you can print images on watercolor paper.

Colored Pencils

You can use cardstock for colored pencil coloring if you are printing a page. Colored pencils can be used on most coloring pages that are not on super thin paper. If you were going to print images to color, the best paper would be Bristol cardstock, Mixed media cardstock, or colored pencil paper. The nice thing about colored pencils is that you can use them without worrying if the image outline will bleed.

Alcohol Markers

Cardstock is actually the best paper for cardstock because there is very little bleeding of the ink through the paper. There are paper pads that are specifically for alcohol markers. These tend to be a little more expensive.

A smooth textured paper is essential for avoiding excessive wicking or bleeding. Nonetheless, it must be soft enough for the marker ink to penetrate the fibers of the paper; so that it is absorbed into the other colors.


Inking A Coloring Page

Instead of coloring a page as you normally would, get out your distress inks and ink the page in the tones that make you happy

Supplies

  • Part of a coloring page cut to size
  • 3-4 distress inks
  • Blending brush or tool
  • Card base in card stock of 90 lbs or above
  • Sentiment or sentiment die cut
  • Double-sided tape
  • Parchment paper or craft mat
  1. Create a card base in a size about 1/4 inch larger than the piece of scrapbook paper
  2. Place the coloring book page on a craft mat or a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Start at either the top or bottom of the card with the first color.
  4. Smear some color onto the craft mat
  5. Pick up some color with the blending tool
  6. Using the blending tool, swipe the first color across the top or bottom of the card. Blend the color on the card. Start the color off the card and blend into the paper.
  7. Select the next color. Blend the color onto the card and into the color slightly into the first color so they blend together.
  8. Follow with and all other colors that you want to use
  9. Allow the ink to dry on the card
  10. Mount the dry inked piece to the card base.
  11. Add a sentiment to the front of the card as well as the inside of the card.

Complete Downloads

You can find printable coloring greeting cards that come with the base included. All you have to do is to print it on heavy cardstock 80 lb or above.

You can find printable coloring greeting cards that come with the base included. All you have to do is to print it on heavy cardstock 80 lb or above.

Using A Black And White Uncolored Coloring Page

You can also use an uncolored piece of coloring page and make a card with as is a piece. Just cut the piece to the size that you need. You can either mount the piece directly to the base or create a frame on top of the card base by cutting each piece slightly smaller than the other. I usually use the 1/4" or 1/8" less paper for each layer that I use.

Just add a sentiment or a pretty die-cut on top and you will have a custom card that took very little time.

A Gift Idea

This idea would be fun for a child's greeting card. You could send them the card with the idea that they could color it themselves. You might include several cards and some colored pencils or crayons as a gift.

Some coloring books have lovely pages that easily can be converted into custom greeting cards

Some coloring books have lovely pages that easily can be converted into custom greeting cards

Other Sources OF Printable Greeting Cards To Color

Downloads From A Website

Some downloads will direct you to a website where they will allow you to download a file as a PDF. You will see the PDF on your computer. You should be able to print the card from the PDF image.

Downloads From Pinterest

If you see a coloring greeting card on Pinterest, you have two options. You can use the save image as by clicking the right side of your mouse, or you can use the link back to the generating website to download it

Save As A Zip File

I have seen a few printable coloring greeting cards that come as zip files. You will need to understand how to extract a file before you can print it.

Use individual images to create your coloring page greeting cards

Use individual images to create your coloring page greeting cards

Using Images From The Internet

You do not have to use an entire page on your greeting card. You can select individual elements to color and make your cards shine. You can cut out individual images from a page and group them together to make a card. To get some dimension, use foam dots to raise some of the images of the card base.

You can cut a colored image and use it either on a solid color card base or a card base that is layered with printed cardstock.

What Elements Can You Use On A Greeting Card

  • Animals
  • Backgrounds
  • Ballons
  • Birthday Cakes
  • Candles
  • Cupcakes
  • Flowers
  • Kids
  • People
  • Words And Sentiments

Largest Options For Coloring Printable Cards

Sweet Zentangle Valentine Card

Leave it plain or add some color. This zentangle card is sure to please.

Leave it plain or add some color. This zentangle card is sure to please.

Zentangle Greeting Cards

Zentangles are miniature pieces of unplanned black and white designs. They are simple patterns that can be used to create greeting cards. While they are generally black and white, they do lend themselves to color when you want to create greeting cards.

You can create your own zentangle design for your greeting cards or you can use one of the many images available on the internet.

Typically, zentangles are done on paper that is 3.5 inches by 3.5 inches wide The papers are referred to as tiles. The images are created by using fine-tipped prns.


More Zentangle Cards And Ideas

Envelope Punch Board

Envelopes For Your Coloring Page Greeting Card

Of course, you are going to need an envelope for your greeting card. If you have an envelope punch board, that will make your life easier. This simple to use punch board helps you make envelopes of any size you need. Well worth the cost if you are planning to make lots of greeting cards.

Another option is to purchase envelopes for your cards. You can get most standard sizes at your local office supply store or at Amazon. They come in packs of 25 and 50. They are usually very reasonably priced and save you a lot of time.

There are envelope templates that are available at no cost on the internet. However, you will need some heavy cardstock to create these. At least 80lb weight or more. You can create these envelopes as needed. Copy paper would not hold up in the mail, so avoid this type of paper.


Envelope Sizes

EnvelopeEnvelope Size

A1

3 5/8 " by 5 1/8"

#9

3 7/8" by 8 6/8"

# 10

4 1.8" by 9 1/2

A4

4 1/4 " by 6 1/4"

A2

4 3/8" by 5 3/4"

A 6

4 3/4:" by 6 1/2"

A7

5 1/4 " by 7 1/4"

A8

5 1/2" by 8 1/8"

A9

5 3/4" by 8 2/4"

A10

6" by 9 1/2"

Free Envelope Templates

Coloring Greeting Card Tips

Final Thoughts On Coloring Page Greeting Cards

There are so many options when it comes to using coloring pages as greeting cards, The options are really limitless.

I love sharing some of my coloring page greeting cards with family and friends. It gives me great joy to share what I love with the people that I care most about.

I hope that you will give this idea some thought and look through your coloring pages to see what you can create in the days ahead.

© 2022 Linda F Correa

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