Owls on Kaleidacolor

What a Hoot!

by Alison Heikkila

An ombre card in browns featuring several die cut and stamped owls handmade by Alison Heikkila.

Hello! Alison here, and today I have a tutorial featuring Imagine’s Kaleidacolor inks. I love the range of colors in these sets. Did you know that you can actually purchase empty pads and create your own rainbow? How cool is that? Today, my project features the Cappuccino Delight set, and since it’s October, my project is Halloween themed.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes + dry time



Step 1

Push together the pads of the Kalediacolor and roll out the ink on to a brayer. Spray the brayer several times (spinning it as you go) with Ink Potion No. 9 to help the ink stay wet and to encourage the migration of color. Roll out on your cardstock.


Step 2

While the ink is drying on the watercolor paper (you don’t have a very long wait), stamp the owls (or other fun Halloween stamp) on smooth cream colored cardstock using Rich Cocoa Memento. Die cut.

Step 3

Take the background and lay the owls randomly on top of it. Allow some to overhang. Be sure to have their directions vary slightly for a little more whimsy. You can see this in the left photo below.


Step 4

Glue down the owls, remembering to leave them hanging off the edge. Once the owls are glued, you can trim off the excess, as seen in the middle photo above. Now you can take those pieces and add them to empty spots on the background as I did in the photo on the right.


Step 5

Spray the background with Gold irRESISTable Spray and let dry.


Step 6

Stamp the sentiment using the same Kaleidacolor ink as before. Be sure to push the pads together. I wanted a vertical ombre effect, so I inked my stamp as in the photo above. Then I stamped it on to the same cardstock I used for the owls.


Step 7

Die cut the sentiment. I used the Large “L” Fitted frame from Stampendous. Using Desert Sand Memento, I tapped the pad lightly on to my sentiment. The ink pad creates a really nice texture on the paper. Then I added Rich Cocoa Memento to the edges.


Step 8

Ink the card base with Desert Sand Memento and attach the layers together.





  • Sizzix – Retro Halloween Stamp and Die set
  • Hero Arts – Dreams are Made stamp set
  • Stampendous – Fitted Frames Set A
  • Watercolor paper
  • Smooth cream cardstock
  • Brayer
  • Adhesieve





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