Behind-the-Scenes Look At NEW Colorists Plus A Cardmaking Project Idea!

Hello to you all! It’s Friday, and here in Oregon we are having some amazingly beautiful weather! Today I want to show you a new type of product that will give you a whole new reason to color! Color, you ask? Yep. It’s something we do all the time with stamped images, Color Me™ scrapbooking papers and more, and now those wonderful, creative people at Hot Off The Press (yes, my coworkers) have come up with Colorists.

butterflies awesome garden steampunk

Colorists are coloring books for adults with fourteen pages of images designed to be both beautiful and fun to color! You get two each of six full-page designs plus two sheets of tags and labels, making Colorists super versatile. Versatile is a term that gets tossed around a whole lot, but what does it mean in this case? Colorists are a natural choice for card making, but they’re great for scrappers to use as frames, focals, borders and journaling blocks!

The cardstock pages are sturdy enough for “dry” coloring, as well as coloring techniques involving water —think Spectrum AQUA™, watercolors, waterbrushes, spritzes and sprays. (And if you do get a little crazy with the water, just place your sheet between two books to flatten it out again!)

As Ann showed us during this Week of Webisodes (scroll down to watch!), Colorists are also well-suited to image transfers. Ann uses translucent embossing paste to transfer Colorist images to some of her projects, and below is one of her stunners:

Designed by Ann Barba

Designed by Ann Barba

Now, it’s hard to tell from the photo, but this card is super sparkly! I took a quick close-up so you can (hopefully) see the glitteryness of it!


Isn’t it awesome!? Ann used Clear Self-Adhesive Glitter Sheets to add an amazing level of sparkle to her colored-in, transferred image. I swear, that woman! Here are Ann’s instructions to make this card, and if you scroll to the bottom, you can watch the whole webisode.

Designer’s Tip: This card uses an image transfer technique with the Translucent Embossing Paste to transfer the Colorist image to acetate. After the transfer, color with Spectrum pens, then apply glitter adhesive sheet to the back to make a lovely translucent, glittery image. As the embossing paste dries, the acetate will curl. To help flatten it, heat with a heat gun, then gently bend it by pressing part of it onto the table and lifting another part. It will flatten more when the paper is rubbed off.

Supplies: (Find these supplies and more at

  • Butterflies for Colorists (link)
  • Tiny Tags, Little Labels & Greetings Stamp Set (link)
  • Roses & Lace Scrapbooking Papers (link)
  • Heat-Resistant Acetate (link)
  • Glitter Clear Adhesive Sheets (link)
  • Purples Spectrum Noir™ Pen Set (link)
  • Pinks Spectrum Noir™ Pen Set (link)
  • Yellows Spectrum Noir™ Pen Set (link)
  • White Jewel Border Dazzles™ (link)
  • Translucent Embossing Paste (link)
  • Mini Squeegee (link)
  • Jet Black StazOn® ink pad (link)
  • Square acrylic block (link)
  • Medium Zots™ adhesive dots (link)
  • foam tape (link)
  • glue stick (link)
  • white & black cardstock (link)
  • craft knife (link)
  • cutting mat (link)
  • craft sheet (link)
  • pencil


  1. For the front: Place your card with the fold on the left. Take the butterflies Colorist image and place it on top of the front of the card, centered. Tack down lightly with tape. Open the card and place over a light source for tracing. With a pencil, trace the shape around the image onto the inside of the front flap. Remove the Colorist image. Close the card. Cut a piece of black cardstock to fit the front of the card and tack down to the card temporarily with light glue stick or tape. Open the card and place over a cutting mat. Use a craft knife to cut around the drawn pencil line to create your window, cutting through both the flap of the card and the black cardstock. Remove the black cardstock and set aside.
  2. Take a sheet of acetate and spread a thin layer of translucent embossing paste onto it (use the mini squeegee), covering about a 5 1/2″x6″ area. Spread the embossing paste as smoothly as possible in a thin, even layer. Carefully place the butterfly image face down onto the embossing paste and gently rub over it to adhere the entire surface. Let dry overnight. Once dry, run the piece under water to saturate the paper with water. Start peeling off the paper in large pieces as much as you can, then start rubbing the surface with your fingers to rub off the paper fibers. Add more water if necessary. Once the paper is all rubbed off, let dry. The surface will be matte, not shiny. Color this surface with Spectrum Noir™ pens (BP6, BP2, PL1, GB5, CT4, CT2, LV3 & LV2). Cut a piece of clear glitter adhesive sheet to fit over the image. Peel off the backing and apply to the image on the surface you just colored. Rub down to adhere evenly. Position the piece in the center of the window on the front of your card, with the acetate on the front and the glitter sheet on the back. Trim off any excess going past the card edges. Use Zips™ to Glue down to the card surface. Take the black cardstock window piece and glue over the image. Decorate the black cardstock with White Jewel Border Dazzles™ as shown, trimming to fit. Stamp a small label and “Hello” on pink lace paper. Mat on white cardstock with a 1/16″ border. Foam tape to the card 1/4″ from the right and 1″ from the top.
  3. For the inside: Cover the inside with black cardstock. Cut 4 1/2″x6″ of pink lace paper. Place White Jewel Border Dazzles™ on the corners as shown. Glue centered to the card.



Thanks for visiting, and have a lovely weekend!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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2 Responses to “Behind-the-Scenes Look At NEW Colorists Plus A Cardmaking Project Idea!”

  1. Diane Lynne C. says:

    I saw the webisode on these very nice. I also saw an ad for something ve4ry similar to these just yesterday on TV. I think it was 100 pages for $19.99. and I’m sure that they were nit as nice as Hit off the Press.

  2. Michelle Gustafson says:

    Hi Diane! I’m so glad you like them! Coloring definitely seems to be a bit of a trend lately, doesn’t it?! Colorists are great because as another “Paper Wisher” mentioned, after you do your coloring, the cardstock sheets are the perfect size for a card, so it’s easy to actually use your coloring—I love it! 🙂

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