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Two-for-One Backgrounds

Colored Backgrounds

Hi All!

Today I’m coloring one background, then splitting it to make two cards. I created 2 backgrounds with the Kaleidoscope Leaves Background (thank you Joyce!)… one with warm colors and one with cool colors.

Colored Backgrounds

Colored Backgrounds

Colored Backgrounds

Colored Backgrounds

I colored them with my Zig markers, which are perfect for detailed designs. They have a very fine brush tip. You can use them on regular cardstock… in fact, for this technique I recommend it because the colors may spread a bit on watercolor cardstock.

I also recommend embossing your image – it really helps to stay in the lines. Here are a couple of close-ups:

Colored Backgrounds

Colored Backgrounds

I think I slightly prefer the cool colors. Which do you like better?

This is my last post until after Christmas. I wish everyone a VERY MERRY and BLESSED CHRISTMAS! πŸ™‚


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Kaleidoscope panel split at 3 3/8 inches 8.6 cm
Card bases 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


Zig markers used: Cool – Cobalt, Lilac, Pale Green, and Black; Warm – Pink, Orange, Lilac, and Black

Kaleidoscope Leaves
Kaleidoscope Leaves
Handlettered Greetings
Handlettered Greetings
Mirror, Mirror
Mirror, Mirror
Kuretake Zig Markers
Kuretake Zig Markers
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Silver Embossing Powder
Silver Embossing Powder
Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder
Gold Embossing Powder
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Teresa S

    gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous
    I’ve been eyeing the Kaleidoscope Leaves since this past fall. Can see so many possibilities with this, watercolor, bright zig as you just shown, copics, easy masculine cards. I imagine it would be very relaxing to just color. Thanks for the tips on two for one cards. You have a knack for making most things look very easy, yet elegant.

    • wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 1:32 pm


      Thank you Teresa! Merry Christmas!! πŸ™‚

      • wrote on December 23rd, 2017 at 11:12 am

        Teresa S

        Merry Christmas Darlene and to your family! Enjoy the new puppy!!

  2. wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 5:55 am


    As sometimes happens with your videos, this one has came at just the right time. I have a whole lot of different background techniques that I’ve done over the year which I plan to make into cards during the holidays. But because the backgrounds are where I want the focus to be, I’ve been wondering how best to design the cards. You’ve presented the perfect solution. So, thanks a million. And since there are only 3 more sleeps before Christmas (smile), I just want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a blessed Christmas, filled to the brim with happy memories.

    • wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 1:33 pm


      Same to you, Connie! I think you’re down to 2 sleeps now – I still have 3. πŸ™‚

  3. wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 8:50 am


    Both cards are awesome. As usual.

    I think I like the ‘warm’ version better though. It has a vintage look to it that I really like..

    Thanks for sharing!

    And Merry Christmas to you and your family! : )

    • wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 1:34 pm


      Same to you Michael! πŸ™‚

  4. wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 11:51 am


    Hello Darlene! These cards are just so pretty. I can’t wait to try this. I especially like the cool colors since I am a fan of the color blue. I want to welcome Michael. It will be fun to have a male perspective on our crafting. I always share my designs with my husband and he says they are all nice. I am sure he doesn’t want to offend me lol!
    Darlene, thanks for another wonderful year of sharing your talent with us! I wish you and your family and this entire community a healthy, happy safe holiday!

    • wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 1:39 pm


      Merry Christmas and happy new year to you too, Anita!

    • wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 2:17 pm


      Hi anitac –

      Thanks for the shout-out!

      I look forward to interacting with you and the other creative-types here on LLC.

      Merry Christmas to you!

      • wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 6:52 pm


        A male take on things will be great. I often get my husband’s ideas on colour and design. He is very creative and his ideas are often much better than mine. He’s got to the point now where he says if he likes or dislikes a card and tells me why. This is very helpful. And I think he enjoys getting involved too. But, I don’t think he’d want to take up my hobby even though I have suggested it. Ha! Ha!

        • wrote on December 23rd, 2017 at 12:54 pm


          Connie – It’s great that your husband shares honest feedback with you about your cards. He gets a gold star for that!

      • wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 7:17 pm


        Postscript: My husband said prefers the cool colours and you liked the warm ones. So that only goes to show you that men are just as different in their likes and dislikes as women.

        • wrote on December 23rd, 2017 at 1:06 pm


          Yes, there’s just something about the warm one that say’s ‘vintage’ to me. And I really love vintage items. And you’re right: men ARE just as different about their likes and dislikes. I totally agree. : )

  5. wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 1:25 pm


    I’m having trouble deciding if I like one more than the other with this card sampling. Both appeal to my tastes and those colours are fabulous. I do like that you get two cards out of one background, it’s a busy stamp but pulling “parts” into the front really shows how versatile it is.

  6. wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 2:47 pm


    I agree about adding the black–it adds such a nice bit of contrast, since the other 3 colors all seem to be pretty much the same value (light/dark) on the panel. Can’t say which I like better, though, since both backgrounds came out so well! Your video comes at a good time today, since my depression is kicking butt again right now. I’m trying to work on card sets for a couple of friends to give as gifts. I know I won’t make it by Christmas, but I’m thinking Epiphany gifts. But today at least is a struggle. 😿 Anyway, thank you for the video, Darlene! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a most blessed New Year! 🐱 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 6:37 pm


      I’m so sorry to hear that Andrea! I hope things improve so you can enjoy your Christmas. I will pray for you. πŸ™‚

  7. wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 4:14 pm


    WOW…they are BEAUTIFUL!!!! And the addition of the black is genius!!!!!!! Totally takes it from pretty to FABULOUS. How do you do it? (Rhetorical question!)
    Merry Christmas!!!

    • wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 6:34 pm


      Merry Christmas to you too Amy… hope you’re settled into your new craft room!

      • wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 10:56 pm


        The craft room is done. But it seems like I have precious little time in there. This cross-country move has been way more challenging then we anticipated. Crazy old house had no insulation! Or to be more precise it had thick cardboard as insulation. Who does that in Pennsylvania???!!! Well a year later we are 90% done construction…it’s all downhill from here! Now I need to start stealing away to find time to craft!! I tried alcohol inks a few days ago. OMG my hands are STILL blue!! I should have used red and green for Christmas! HA!!

      • wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 10:57 pm


        PS JEEZ you have a good memory!!!!

  8. wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 4:30 pm


    Hello Darlene: I’ll be honest, I don’t really like background stamps, I think I have like 3?? A musical notes one, a snowflake one and a handwritten one, I think it’s that one from SU called En Francais?, but this one is amazing so I’m thinking very seriously to buy it.
    I love, love how you colored this intricate and delicate design, the touch of black just elevates this image to a whole new level, adds a very elegant and stunning look.
    Beautifully done, I can’t pick a favorite so don’t ask me, LOL!! Love them both.
    Big hugs,

  9. wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 4:39 pm


    I tend to like the cool colors better. I guess it’s because I am a winter (remember Color Me Beautiful?). Thanks for showing me how to use a busy background stamp to its fullest. I guess the same ten could be used for busy paper, as well. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Looking forward to what is in store for 2018!!😊

  10. wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 6:46 pm


    I’m going to use this technique with the Concord & 9th Turnabout stamps that I’ve done in various colours. I think it would work well with busy designer paper too for a quick card that you needed at the 11th hour!

  11. wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Carol Mac

    Yup, I like the cool one too! Darlene, do you heat set your zigs or let them dry over night? I find mine smudge even after 1/2 hour or so, I have ruined a few using them to just color. If you used copics,
    and it the silver embossed lines, you could not dab it off could you? They are permanent…??? I will have to drag out my background stamps to see if I have one to duplicate this technique! Merry Christmas to you and yours! πŸ˜ŽπŸŽπŸŒ²β˜ƒοΈ

    • wrote on December 26th, 2017 at 4:40 pm


      Hi Carol. I haven’t noticed that the Zigs stay wet for very long, so I don’t do anything to set them. You don’t want to use Copics on embossed areas – the embossing rubs off on the tip of the marker. Hope you had a good Christmas!

  12. wrote on December 23rd, 2017 at 3:58 pm


    Hi Darlene,
    Great cards! Love them both. Good idea in getting two cards out of one. Will have to try this since I have this stamp. Your new dog is so cute. Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. Thanks for the video. Your welcome. Joyce

  13. wrote on December 23rd, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Jenny Chilton

    This is a great idea and I love the stamp. Thanks again Darlene for sharing. I love watching your videos. You always seem to have a little tip no matter how difficult or simple the project may be.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family. πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

  14. wrote on December 26th, 2017 at 3:05 pm


    I have to say this is fantastic!! I adore the look of these cards and am now going to try this with other background stamps!! You always inspire me. I also hope your Holidays were happy, holy and filled with love. Thank you for sharing once again your talent with us. I’ve been kind of busy so I just got to watch this video and fell in love with it.

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