Turning Adult Coloring Pages into Handmade Greeting Cards

butterfly handmade card

dream big handmade card

Last night, I decided to spend some time in my craft room replenishing my stash of handmade cards. I used to rubber stamp all my cards, but lately I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate my favorite adult coloring pages into the designs. I’m sharing the two I made last night in the hopes that they’ll inspire you to get creative with your finished pages!

For my first card, I used a butterfly image cut from a page with two butterflies. (It’s from a discontinued magazine my son got me at Walmart last Christmas.) The butterfly was colored with Koh-I-Noor Tri Tone pencils.  Once I cut around the image, I added it to a sheet of patterned paper from a Faber Castell card making kit I’d purchased a few months ago, then attached it to one of the 6 inch square cards from the kit. For a finishing touch, I added some washi tape from my local Dollar Tree and used a few of the epoxy dots from the card making kit’s embellishments to give parts of the butterfly a subtle 3D effect.

For my second card, I used an image from MiniMENTALS by Sue Chastain that was colored with a basic set of Prismacolor colored pencils. I trimmed around the graphic, added a few gold brads to the ends, and covered the center with a chipboard embellishment I’d had in my stash for years. Then, I mounted the entire thing on a sheet of purple origami paper before attaching it to the 6 inch square card.

As you can see, my cards are very simple. You don’t need to spend a lot of time on your project to make something that the recipient will enjoy. In fact, I have a basic formula for all my cards that pretty much guarantees you can get the project done in about 15 minutes.

  1. Choose a finished adult coloring book page or part of a page to feature on your card.
  2. Choose a patterned paper design that coordinates with the page.
  3. Trim the coloring book image and patterned paper as needed.
  4. Mount the design on the front of a pre-made card base. If desired, use foam adhesive squares for a 3D look.
  5. Embellish your card with washi tape, epoxy stickers, chipboard, self-adhesive rhinestones, or other items from your craft stash. Look for places to fit these accents into the colored page so they look like they were always a natural part of the design. This gives your card added visual interest and enhances the “handmade” feel.