The fading is of the outline of the roses throughout the pattern on the page. It will not affect the color. Your color will be determined by what color paper you use, or if you use white, what color you apply to it (inks, crayons, etc.). First cut your paper or card to the desired size, then put the portion that you want embossed into the folder and run it through your big shot. The impression of the texture from the folder will be left on the portion of the paper that was in the folder.