Make Mass Production of Handmade Cards Made Easy

Kaleidacolor Does the Trick

by Katharina Frei


Mass producing cards is always a challenge. On the one hand you want the cards to look valuable, on the other they need to be done in an acceptable amount of time. Using the Kaleidacolor multi-color inkpads saves a lot of time and makes your cards a true eye-catcher.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1.5 hours for 10 cards



Step 1

Emboss white cardstock with a embossing folder using your die cut machine. Repeat for number of cards you are making.


Step 2

Die cut your frame shape into each embossed cardstock piece.


Step 3

Sew around the cardstock borders with black thread.

Step 4

Gather enough watercolor paper scraps to fill the frames of each card and spray them with Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Press the Kaleidacolor inkpad, with colors slid together, directly onto the wet watercolor paper and wipe it over the paper, pressing slightly. Use a wet brush to blend the colors.


Step 5

Adhere the watercolor paper to the BACK of your embossed cardstock, so the color shows on the front.


Step 6

Hand-write or stamp the title of your cards on the watercolored background. In my case, I was working on a commission for gift cards (Gutschein is the German word for gift card).


Step 7

To add some highlights to the embossed background, sprinkle over it with the black Fireworks! spray.


Step 8

I chose the simple kind of bow-making for these cards.  🙂 Adhere a piece of ribbon to the front of the white cardstock using Tear-it! Tape on the edges back. Then tie a neat knot at the front, using another piece of the same ribbon. It will give the appearance of being one piece wrapped around.


Step 9

The final step is to adhere the finished front to the black card base. I used foam tape to add additional dimension and embellished with a couple of small hearts and stars.



  • Cardstock – white, black
  • Watercolor paper
  • Ribbon
  • Sewing machine – threaded with black thread
  • Spellbinders – Seth Apter Lazer Beams em-bossing fold’er, frame die cut
  • Die cut machine
  • Small wooden embellishments
  • Foam tape or Dimensional adhesive

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