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Dollar Tree’s “Color Your Own Greeting Cards” Are a Surprisingly Good Value

I love Dollar Tree, but haven’t been a fan of their adult coloring books due to the substandard paper quality. However, during my last few trips, I’ve noticed they are starting to stock “Color Your Own Greeting Cards” that are a surprisingly good deal. For $1, you can pick up a package of two cards with foil printed designs. The cards are blank on the inside, which makes them perfect for personalizing however you see fit. The included envelopes are plain white, but could be embellished with color your own stickers, washi tape, or hand drawn doodles if you wanted.

The “You’re the Best” card in this post was one I colored for Mother’s Day. The “Thinking of You” card was sent as a sympathy card for a friend who has been going through a tough time. Both were colored using glitter gel pens. (You’d want to avoid markers on these due to the bleed through, but colored pencils should be fine if that’s what you prefer.)

I found my “Color Your Own Greeting Cards” packs in a display by the cash register, but all Dollar Tree stores are a little different. Ask a salesclerk for help if you can’t find them locally.

If you’d rather make your own cards, check out the following ideas:

OrnaMENTALS Origami: Turn Your Coloring Page in a Star for a Handmade Greeting Card

Since I love all forms of paper crafting, it’s not surprising that I enjoy turning my coloring pages into handmade cards. Although I’ve made several adult coloring greeting cards by simply cutting my pages to fit a cardstock base, I wanted to try a different approach for this project. To mix things up a bit, I turned my coloring page into a folded origami star.

This particular star design is often labeled as a Christmas model, but I think it’s one that works well any time of year. By changing your paper patterns and colors, you can give it a wide range of looks.

I’ve included photos and written instructions below to show how I went about making my card. However, if you’re having trouble with the folds, JM’s Origami Tutorials has a video you might find helpful.

 Step 1

Print your page. I’m using OrnaMENTALS Design # 168 – Mayan Tapestry from the digital version of Lights Out by Sue Chastain. It works best to print your page on lightweight copy paper, since cardstock is thicker and harder to fold.

Step 2

Color and cut. I used Prismacolor pencils from the 72 count set: Light Cerulean Blue PC904 and Lilac PC956. It doesn’t matter what you use, but you’ll want to color in a way that takes advantage of the circular nature of the design. It’s OK if there are mistakes in your coloring, because you won’t notice them once the paper is folded.

When you’re done coloring, cut the top and bottom borders off so you have a perfect square. Use a ruler and paper trimmer to cut, if needed.

Step 3

Fold your paper into an origami bird base. A bird base is a square base plus two petal folds. This is a common starting point for many origami projects, including the famous crane. If you need help, Activity Village has good instructions for making a bird base.  (The site is written for children, but the simple explanations are perfect for adult beginners as well!)

Step 4

Fold the top of your bird base straight down. Flip the paper over and repeat. When you’re done, your project should look like the photo above. Notice how it resembles a kite.

Step 5

Next, you’ll need to make a sink fold in the top part of your kite shape. To do this, you first need to unfold the paper. Notice how you have four creases in the center that form a square shape. They are valley folds and need to be mountain folds. The diagonal creases that are an “X” shape are mountain folds, but need to be valley folds. Once you refold the creases, your paper will easily “sink” into the right shape.

Step 6

The photo above is what it looks like from the top after you’re done with your sink fold. Essentially, a sink fold is a method of blunting a point that has no open edges. However, it is one of the more complicated origami concepts to master.  If you’re stuck, Origami Instructions explains it with several photos.

Step 7

After the sink fold, the rest of the project is a snap! Fold the bottom of your paper straight up so it looks like the photo above. Flip the paper over, then repeat. Open the two remaining flaps one by one and flip up each point as well. This creates the four outer points of the finished star.

Step 8

On each of the four sides of the paper, you’ll need to fold the left and right corners up, as shown in the photo above. Try to make these folds nice and crisp, even though the paper becomes more difficult to fold as you’re working with multiple layers.

Step 9

Grab the paper by the top points and unfold. The photo above shows what your paper looks like when it’s about halfway unfolded. To complete the model, you’ll need to press down in the center. Add a brass fastener to the middle and fold the inner flaps created in Step 8 up slightly to give your star a bit of a 3D effect.

The Finished Card 

To create the card, I used a 6″ square card base and paper from the Die Cuts with a View Handmade Stack. Since this paper is too delicate to cut with a paper trimmer, I hand tore the purple strip before using a glue stick to attach it to the page.

Another Use for Your Origami Stars

This origami model also makes a fun gift topper. The above photo is one of the packages I wrapped for Christmas. Since I didn’t have time to color multiple pages, I folded stars from red copy paper.

Making Gatefold Greeting Cards with Your Adult Coloring Pages

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If you have several smaller adult coloring pages waiting to be put to good use, consider turning them into gatefold greeting cards. The unique design of this style of card makes it easy to showcase your colored artwork with the embellishments of your choice. See two examples I created for SuziQ Creations at Turn Your MiniMENTALS Pages into Gatefold Greeting Cards.

Turning Adult Coloring Pages into Handmade Greeting Cards

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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.

A Practical Way to Indulge Your Love of Coloring

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Don’t Quit Your Day Dream is a collection of 20 hand drawn cards you can color and send to your friends and family. If you’ve been busy trying to think of ways to keep your finished works of art from cluttering up your home, this book is a must-have addition to your collection. It’s also the perfect size to slip inside your purse for on-the-go coloring.

Robertson’s work is very intricate, with lots of florals and beautiful typography. Don’t Quit Your Day Dream includes cards for almost any occasion, meaning you’ll never be caught unprepared again when you need to send someone a note. Some of the different sayings on the cards include:
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  • Stay Wild and Free
  • Happy Birthday Beautiful
  • Pining for You
  • Hello
  • Hooray
  • Merci
  • Celebrate

The cards are printed on white matte cardstock, making them suitable for colored pencils, watercolors, gel pens, or the media of your choice. The front of each card has a whimsical design, while the back has a border with small flowers in the corner and space for you to write a message to the recipient.

The pages in Don’t Quit Your Day Dream aren’t perforated, but the glue in the binding makes them very easy to remove when you’re finished coloring. The cards measure 5 inches by 8 inches.

Robertson is a professional illustrator and typographer based in Brooklyn. Her interests include drawing, pizza, ice cream, flowers, and the beach. More examples of her lovely artwork can be found at bethanyrobertson.com.

Don’t Quit Your Day Dream: 20 Hand-drawn Cards to Tear, Color and Share is currently available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Disclaimer: A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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