How to Color with Paper

This tutorial will teach the general technique for the Color with Paper method.  Each project will have its own post to explain papers used and any special notes for that project.   You can download any of my SVG files for the method by clicking the button below.  It will ask you for the password but it is the same password as my regular downloads and found at the bottom of all my emails so sign up for my newsletter and I will send it to you. Also I will send out an email once a week with any new projects or files posted that week.

Why I do this.

This color with paper method is almost as relaxing as adult coloring books.  I enjoy doing the color with paper projects so much and the projects I create are used in cards and scrapbook pages all around my site.  When I get tired of editing this blog (those of you with a blog understand the feeling) I can make a project and feel ready to go again.

Each project starts the same way.  

        1. First cut the outline out of black cardstock.  
        2. Attach the outline to the sticky sheet.  
        3. Then cut out the colors of the project.  
        4.  With tweezers, attach the paper in the appropriate spot.
        5. Cut out the project, removing the extra backing paper.
        6. You now have a beautiful piece of art to use in the project of your choice.

Now, some details and secrets about each step.

1.  Cut the outline out of black cardstock.

Other colors can be used but black looks best.  The black is easy to see and doesn’t conflict with any other colors. I use Astrobright cardstock.  Follow the link to get it.

2.  Attach the outline to the sticky sheet.

Cut the sticky sheet to be just a little larger than your project.  Which sticky paper to use depends on what you are going to use the project for. 

If you are going to use it as a scrapbook page embellishment or anything that doesn’t move alot, then any contact paper or even Cricut transfer paper will do.

If you are putting the project on a card or something that is going to move around, I recommend Cricut High Grip Transfer paper or Duck Dry Erase Contact Paper. Both worked great for me.  And both kept the parts attached through lots of movement.




The oils on your skin will cause the paper to lose its stickiness.  Always use the tweezers whenever you attach paper and place the protective sheet you removed from the sticky paper over the design that you are not working with.  You can put a drop or two of liquid glue on any paper that doesn’t stick well but you cannot work with the project until that glue drys.  I suggest waiting until you are all done and attach anything that doesn’t stick right with the liquid glue, then set the project aside for at least 30 min.

3.  Cut out the colors of the project.

Each project tutorial lists what paper I use but be creative and use what you want.

Watch my video about cutting multiple colors on one mat.

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  These projects can be made with scraps from your scrap bin.  I know you have one.  We all do.  The butterflies and mandalas used up gobs of my scrap paper bin.

4.  With tweezers, attach the paper in the appropriate spot

A good set of tweezers is a must for these projects.  I reccomend a pair with pointy ends. 


5.  Cut out the project, removing the extra backing paper.

Finally, cut as close to the outside outline as you can.  Make sure to leave a lot of the black line there.  I recommend a fine point pair of scissors to get into the corners.  This is where it is better to use a clear contact paper if you can.

6. You now have a beautiful piece of art to use in the project of your choice.

Use the project in a scrapbook page as an embellishment or on a card.  Your imagination is the only limit.  I would love to see what you did.  Send a picture to  or post it on your favorite social media site.  I may start a gallery with everyone’s project.

One thought on “How to Color with Paper”

  1. I was reading through some of your blog posts on this site and I think this website is really instructive! Keep putting up.

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