ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen on Different Cardstocks


Hey there! Today I’ve got two glittery cards that show a difference between coloring on white bristol cardstock and coated colored cardstock with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens.

A few months ago, I was making a card for the summer Hero Arts catalog, using the new Mum Stem Stamp & Cut. However, I was assigned to use Mum Stamp & Cut (tomayto, tomahto). This ended up being a fun experiments, as for the first card, I had colored the mum on coated cardstock, and so decided to color the second card on regular bristol cardstock and see what the difference was.

Card Deets – ZIG Coloring on Coated Colored Cardstock

For the first card, I stamped and heat embossed Mum Stem Stamp & Cut in white on the lightest paper from the Pool layering pack. Then I went in with Dark Pink, Pink, Light Pink and a tad of Yellow for the flower, and Green Shadow and Emerald Green for the stem. Because this cardstock is coated, the ZIGs actually blended pretty well.

After trimming it out (I didn’t have the handy-dandy coordinating die included in the Stamp & Cut yet), I set it aside. I then used a die-cut scrap I had, a circle die-cut with the Bold Graphic Confetti die leftover. I adhered that to the card, and then adhered the flower, along with some twine a friend gave me.

Then I got to work with another summer catalog new product – gold sparkle embossing powder. Guys, this stuff is ahmaaaaaazing! I had a hard time not putting strips of gold sparkle on every card for awhile after that. 😉 I stamped the sentiment (from the same stamp set) in Versamark on black cardstock, and then heat embossed the gold sparkle. I trimmed the tails of the sentiment, and adhered it to the base.

Then I covered a strip of cardstock with VersaMark, and covered it with the same magic embossing powder. I adhered it to the card, and that finished it off!

Card Deets – ZIG Coloring on White Bristol Cardstock

For the second card, I used Mum Stamp & Cut and this time, I heat embossed the image in gold, and colored it with the same colors from the previous card.

As you can see, the colors look different on the white than on the colored cardstock, since there’s no color from the cardstock. After trimming the flower, I adhered it to the card base, along with a strip of woodgrain vellum that I had sprayed with some Pink Metallic Mist.

I heat embossed the sentiment with the gold glitter powder, and then hand trimmed it down to a tag shape. I adhered it to the flower with another twine bow.

And of course, I had to add another strip of that deliciousness!


Now, for a side-by-side comparison…

The colored cardstock definitely impacted the colors, not in a negative way, but just changed their tint. The colors are more true red/pink in actuality, but this colored cardstock gave them a more purple-ish hue. I think lighter coated cardstocks work best with this technique.

Which do you like better?

In any case, if you’re looking for a quick flower to color, these mums are it! I definitely like coloring big bold blooms, like the Peonies, but these mums hold their own charm in that you can be super loose and quick with your coloring, and they still look amazing.

Thanks for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Bristol, Hero Arts Pool layering pack and woodgrain vellum
Stamps: Hero Arts Mum Stem Stamp & Cut and Mum Stamp & Cut
Ink: ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Dark Pink, Pink, Light PinkYellowGreen Shadow and Emerald Green; VersaMark
Other: Hero Arts gold and gold sparkle embossing powder and Pink Metallic Mist

Tools: Hero Arts Bold Graphic Confetti die

4 thoughts on “ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen on Different Cardstocks

  1. It’s not the colored cardstock that makes the biggest difference it’s that gorgeous embossing power that makes the second one shine.

  2. Your cards are so different but both so lovely. Can’t pick a favorite but thin I’ll really the new sparkling gold embossing powder. Sounts very elegant!

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