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Adding a Touch of Color for a Male Birthday Card!

Did you ever have a old photo or a black and white collage image that you felt would look better if it had just a touch of color?  It may be that you think a touch of rose was needed in your great great grandmothers cheeks, or you want a particular detail to stand out more than the others.  Whatever the reason if you want to add a touch of color then you should try this.

This month Altered Pages is cross promoting the Niji Waterbrush Pen from Yatsumoto and it features in the technique I am about to share for adding a touch of color.

Taking a Niji Waterbrush and any water soluble color medium you have on hand, for instance Gelatos, Water Color Pencils or my favorite (because of the wonderful shimmer) the Niji Pearlescent Water Color Paints.  Pick up a small amount of color on the wet brush and add to your photo/image.

There are so many wonderful collage images available at Altered Pages.  For my project today (a male birthday card) and another project I was working on I chose to use the Lighthouse Collage Sheet.  This black and white image took my fancy as it was a wide landscape view but I did think it needed a touch of color.

I added some color to the sky, the water and the cliffs using my Niji Pearlscent Water Colors.

Once dry I started to compile my card.

I took a white card base, a black card piece to mount my now colored image and another piece of white cardstock to create a coordinating background for my image.

I started by mounting my image onto the black card.

Then I sized up my white cardstock piece.

With it now cut to size I took a couple of my blue Gelatos and scribbled over my cardstock piece.  Then I took my wider brush tip Niji Water Brush and blended this color.

Graphic Designs such as this Chevron stencil from The Crafter's Workshop are perfect for a Male Card, so once my Gelato Washed Background was dry I took my Chunky Chevron Stencil and sprayed it with my Black Dylusions Spray Ink.

Coordinating with the stenciled design I added a touch of Glitz Washi Tape, inked all the edges and layered my image and a stamped sentiment before adding to my card base.  I now have a male card ready for the next birthday on the calendar.

I have also created a quick stamped collage Male Birthday Card this week using all the wonderful new Art Stamps from Altered Pages.  If you head over to my blog you will see my card and a video on how I made it.

Thanks for stopping by today!



  1. Fantastic transformation... LOVE your card!!!

  2. That's Portland Head Light here in Maine, the most photographed lighthouse in the United States. I have a collection of vintage hand-tinted photographs of this lighthouse in my studio. Now I'm thinking I need to find a black and white one that I can tint myself to add to the collection. Thanks for the inspiration! Anne, yourmainestamper

  3. Thank you for another great tutorial! Lighthouses are my husband's favorite !

  4. Totally awesome color transformation on that collage image, and I love how you put it all together to make a male style card. So very clever.


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