StampSchool: Colored Pencil Blending & Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today I will share some colored pencil blending techniques with you. I will also be giving away the stamp I used in today’s project. Just leave a comment below for a chance to win. I will contact the winner via email in one week:)

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You can use any colored pencils you have for this but regular colored pencils will work much better than watercolor pencils because regular (wax) colored pencils are more opaque and will blend better in a dry fashion. I like to use colored pencils on colored paper because they show up well. Some people asked me about blending with solvents but I only do that on white paper because it makes my pencils more transparent.

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Supplies:
Stamps: (Dragonfly) (steampunk shown in video)
Kraft card stock
Black ink
Assorted pattered paper
Colored pencils (Spectrum Noir Colourblend)
Dragonfly brad (Eyelet Outlet)
Purple rhinestone

I am planning on a colored pencil drawing tutorial using these Colourblend pencils. I want to try them on several kinds of paper before I do a proper review of them but so far I like them! If you have a suggestion on what I should draw with the pencils let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a comment if you want a chance to win the dragonfly stamp I used today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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163 Responses

  1. Really looks good. Never tried on color paper.

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  2. Love the card, I think I can handle this with the supplies on hand. This card can be used for so many occasions and would be appreciated by male or female. All I need is the stamp! Thanks Lindsay.

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  3. Very pretty project, I have some Derwent coloursoft pencils that I have not used enough, maybe I should get them out and try them on darker paper. I do like that those ones don’t require a lot of effort to lay down so they don’t hurt your hand so much.

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  4. I haven’t used my color pencils in a long time. I think I will bring them out and create a card with them. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  5. Adore the colors you used. A dragonfly at night is so magical. Thanks for the chance to win this stamp. I collect dragonfly stamps.

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  6. Thank you for explaining the process so well.l love the result. I will be getting out my coloured pencils again as l now feel more confident with the lesson you shared with us. I have recycled some kraft card by cutting out large tags. Now l know what to do to some. So pretty!

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  7. Thank you so much for these videos I’ve learned so much from them. You’re a great teacher!

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  8. Thank you for this lesson, water color pencils , and color pencils are new to me. Would love to win.

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  9. I would love to see something done with the steampunk stamp, that looked cool. Dragonfly anything is always lovely and magical feeling.

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  10. I love your videos. I have bought art supplies over the years but didn’t know what to do with them. I just knew I wanted them! Your videos are helping me learn so much. I would like to see you do something in watercolor for a Christmas card. I’m looking for ideas.

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  11. I really love the card.

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  12. Love this!

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  13. I enjoy your videos and all the wisdom you share with us . I’d love to win this stamp 😉

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  14. Thank you for sharing! Your videos really help me! Love this!

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  15. I love the card. I actually think I may be able to recreate something like this with the supplies I have on hand. I don’t have a dragonfly stamp though so it would be neat to add that to my collection. Great card!

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  16. I’ll be trying this…thanks for sharing!

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  17. Beautiful card! I love using colored pencils to color stamped images even better than markers. They blend way easier. Thanks for showing us these techniques. I never would have thought I could do it but I can.

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  18. Love all the techniques you bring to us!!
    Keep ’em coming!!

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  19. I have been curious to know how these pencils are, how they blend. What better way to learn them to win them!!

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  20. I love your card and your videos thank you!

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  21. I love all your videos! My favorite pencils so far are my prisma colors. I like trying different ones on different kinds of paper too. Wouldn’t mind trying these!

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  22. Thank you for such a well explained lesson and the viual instruction. The result is lovely. I had been avoiding my pencils but feel confident enough now to get them out and put them to use. I have a lovely stash of recycled kraft card that l can put to good use. I have learnt so much from watching your videos. I would like to see the pencils used on a simple street scene with a row of cottages, or a hot air ballooon against a landscape.
    Thank you again

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  23. Thank you! I’ve had coloured pencils in my stash for years but was never confident enough to use them-this has inspired me. Also, thanks for the tip re not cutting up the sheet of unmourned stamps-great idea!

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  24. Love the fun n informed information u send to me. Im new fairly to stamping n being retired and limited budget the beautiful pencils will help with my cards. Thanks Joan

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  25. I want them, I need them, and at 72, I probably deserve them!!!
    Love all that you do. Thanks for being such a great fun teacher.

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  26. What a lovely card. I can’t wait to give these pencil’s a try. Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration you give to the crafting community and the the awesome sponsor’s for a chance at a freebie.

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  27. Just found you about a month ago and LOVE your vids! Very informative, thanks.

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  28. Thank you so much for this tutorial, always great!😃

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  29. Thank you for this! I also really loved your watercolor feather tutorial – maybe when you do the Colourblend drawing, it could be a different feather? I’d like to see how that would look… Not necessarily a realistic feather – perhaps something colorful and fun. Or – a butterfly would be pretty!

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  30. I always learn something from your tutorials – great job. The coloring done on the image is wonderful too – thinking it is time to dig out my colored pencils!

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  31. Thanks for another great art lesson. It’s. Like having an instructor right here in my home, I’ve learned so much from you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  32. Love it! Your lessons are great!

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  33. Love your tutorials! I always learn something, you are so inspiring.

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  34. hi lindsay, watched this one this morning as butterflies , moths and dragonflys are my favourite subject apart from my obbession with mushrooms and toadstools, lol lol , jayne xabsolutely fab.

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  35. Thank you for the great tutorial! I love the card and will be trying my prisma colored pencil on the colored paper. I’ve never thought of that.

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  36. I would love to win this dragon fly stamp, so beautiful! What a great project. I don’t have that brand of colored pencils, but thinking i might try my set out to see how well they work. Thanks again for another great video! Maybe a fall tree stamp or fall leaves would be great next time?

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  37. I think that card is beautiful, I am just getting started in making my own cards with stamps I love these tutorials, they are very inspiring

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  38. You are so fun to watch! Like you I enjoy MANY Mediums of arts and crafts!. Thank yu for sharing so much with us. 🙂

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  39. I love your tutorials. Thank you. The dragonfly card is beautiful. I will try my prismcolors on colored paper.

    I tried to leave a comment several minutes ago, but I think I did something wrong. I hope it doesn’t show up twice.
    Margie Dulany

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  40. Love the tutorial-both your coloring and the overall card design! I love dragonflies. Purples and Blues are my favorite colors so a dragonfly is the perfect stamp for me!

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  41. As usual, an inspiring video. And since it is raining outside, off to the craft room I go!

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  42. You always use such lovely stamps.

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  43. Love the dragonfly, would love to win giveaway. Thanks, Lindsay.

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  44. i love the dragonfly and the coloring is great to

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  45. Love the card and not because it is a dragonfly. But I do love the dragonfly motif. Love your daily blog. Have just been working with watercolors for a year and you have taught me so much!

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  46. Another great tutorial. Thanks, Lindsay!

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  47. Loved the card and love dragonflies. The paper you used was also so pretty.

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  48. I’ve been looking at dragonfly stamps because you always do great tutorials with them!

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  49. Thank you, Lindsay, for creating lovely things that we can do.

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  50. I absolutely LOVE dragonflies!!
    Great tutorial, thanks!

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  51. You definitely have an eye for colors and how they go together. The layering and embellishments added to the entire piece.

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  52. Another great tutorial Lindsay. So how about a colourful geisha girl or patterned Kimonos for your colour pencil tutorial. Would compliment the dragonfly!!

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  53. Thank you for the tutorial, I have just started using my colored pencils more and I appreciate you sharing your experience.

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  54. Omg omg omg I LOVE this! Thank you lindsay for all you’re inspiration! I always hated water coloring until I saw your videos and learned your techniques! Thank you so much!

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  55. Lindsay, I love this card layout. And I really enjoyed the coloring tips. I feel my colored pencil coloring will have more depth. Thanks again for all you do!

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  56. I always learn something new when I watch your videos. I love how you hi-lited the wings.

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  57. You chose such pretty colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  58. Love the colors you chose for the dragon fly.

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  59. This is beautiful.

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  60. A dragonfly is always nice. I really like the color pencils on the darker paper.

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  61. Loved the tutorial. I only have watercolor colored pencils. Will have to try the regular ones, borrowed from my Granddaughters. The blending was great. Thanks for all the tips.

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  62. Love your art work. You are awesome.

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  63. What a pretty card! LOVE this image and would love to use it on my creations! Thanks for the chance to!

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  64. Great video on the colored pencils Lindsay…I will have to get mine out and give them a go (been on the shelf wayyyyy to longgggg)!
    Thanks for all your expertise and inspiration!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  65. I love watching your videos! I have learned so much by going to the first one’s you did. Thanks for everything you do!

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  66. beautiful! Great stamp set!

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  67. Always great advice and entertaing too. Thx

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  68. Love dragonflies, and adore the paper & dragonfly brads, soooooo cute. The optional gift card insertion is brilliant. 🖌🎨 So far I don’t have any ATC size stamps and winning this would start my collection.

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  69. Lindsay,
    What kind of white glue do you use? I am looking for something that doesn’t rumple the paper.
    Thanks

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  70. Love the dragonfly, purple is my favorite color. Thank you for the chance to win the stamps.

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  71. Love all your videos!! I have learned so much from watching you. Thanks so much! Keep ’em coming.

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  72. I love you video’s. I like the way you explain what you are doing and that you don’t speed up the video. Thanks for another great video!! 🙂

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  73. Love the spectrum noir colorblend pencils. The original ones are oil based. I have 2 sets of those. The new brand is not. Love watching and learning from you. TFS.

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  74. I have not tried colored pencils on kraft paper, but now I just might! Got a great deal on some “coloring stamps” at Michaels, and have been having so much fun with them. (I saw them when they first came out and wondered…aren’t most stamps meant to be colored????) I might have to find a movie to “watch” tonight while I try colored pencils on kraft! Thanks for this idea. Love those background papers, too!

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  75. Very pretty result! I really like dragonflies.

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  76. Great card, one of my favoritezj

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  77. I learned more about applying underlayers of color. It really makes a difference and the coloring comes alive! I plan on using that technique more often. Thanks again Lindsay sharing what you know and what works. You have a giving soul which I admire – Truly I do! I love dragonflies, so I’m hopeful I do win the dragonfly stamp 🙂

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  78. I love this card! I was just thinking of painting the Dragonfly mixed media card you have on another post. You are so creative! Keep em coming!

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  79. I love the torn edge look of your cards. The colors and blending you did are fantastic. Will definitely need to try this technique with colored pencils instead of pastel pencils.

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  80. Lindsay, Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Your step by step approach really helps me to improve my skills. I really enjoy your site and look forward to visiting every day to see what fun project you have planned for us. Loved the dragonfly card.

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  81. What a great tutorial, and a great way to use a lot of varied supplies. I appreciate you, Lindsay!

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  82. Fantastic! Thank you so much for this video tutorial. Very inspiring and a lovely card!

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  83. Hi Lindsay! Thank you so much for the chance to win! I love dragonflys!

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  84. Thank you for helping me feel confident enough to try new mediums. I’ve learned so much from you.

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  85. I love this card! Purples and dragonflies are my favorite. Thanks for sharing. I love watching your youtube channel.

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  86. I just finished watching all your ask a crafter videos and am so sad that you’re not doing them anymore. I love stamps also and would love to win the dragonfly.

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  87. Thank you for all your sharing. Wish you had a reference book for all your great information. Thanks again

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  88. Beautiful and love the colors!

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  89. I would love to win the dragonfly stamp. Thank you for all your tutorials.

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  90. Great video! I have been thinking of doing my own cards and I love the idea for using a stamp and colored pencils. I have few stamps but am looking forward to getting some to try them for the holidays. I would love to try the dragonfly. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  91. Your cards are always so beautiful! I just started your stamping school videos and I cannot wait to dive back into stamping. Thank you for all the wonderful advice and helpful tips.

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  92. cool card I always like your reviews on items

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  93. This came at a great time. Thanks.

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  94. TY! Love working with color pencils atm

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  95. this really inspired me to dust off my watercolor pencils and create right along with you. thank you..

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  96. I think I can do this!!!!! I like to use my colored pencils but never like the results. I haven’t given up though. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  97. Another great tutorial for us beginners….Beautiful colors, hope to add this technique down the road, really am enjoying all of your watercolor techniques and your teaching tutorials gives us inspiration…Thanks for all your great tutorials.

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  98. LOVE LOVE the stamps and colored pencil technique. I have Prismacolors and I’m loving them. I’ve been using them in my coloring books but will definitely try using them on stamped images. Thanks for another great tutorial.

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  99. Hi Lindsay,
    Beautiful card! Thanks for all the helpful times. I really enjoy watching. Rosie. B.

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  100. Really lovely. Thanks so much for this and all your videos.

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  101. Love this idea and like other posters hasn’t thought about colored paper. I would love to see a fall themed tutorial, eg changing leaves. Of course I love landscape stuff. Maybe an urban sketch like design with the pencils instead of stamping???

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  102. Love this!
    So vibrant!

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  103. Thank you very much for sharing your talents. I have learned so much from your tutorials, but still have a lot to learn. So please keep them coming.

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  104. Love watching your videos. You would think after all of them I’ve watched I’d know how to draw. Haha. I am just starting to color stamps and would really love to try these color pencils.

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  105. Thank you for sharing and what beautiful colors. Love the dragonfly.

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  106. Beautiful card Lindsay. Always love to watch your videos.

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  107. Love both of the stamps you show but am very happy to learn the layering of color w color pencils. Thanks for great demo l

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  108. Love the dragonflies and your choice of colors!

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  109. You are so talented. Thanks

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  110. Lovely color combination on the centerpiece. I photographed the stages so I can try it on a butterfly stamp I mangle every time I attempt to color it. Thanks

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  111. Thanks for this video. I will try this one for sure.

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  112. New to card making and have a couple of big stamps. Now I know how to color them! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent!

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  113. I think this was a great video on color pencil technique. I wonder if anyone out there has these newer Spectrum Noir Blendable pencils with the names of the colors as well as the number. I would love a chart of them. I am hoping someone has a site where they could post it. Could you do that Lindsay?
    Just hoping. Thanks Cecilia

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  114. Absolutely love that butterfly stamp. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  115. Very nice card and the uses of colored pencils! I would love some god colored pencils, not the cheap ones I have. Please keep creating beautiful art!

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  116. I remember the other dragonfly you did not long ago. You also added the brads to that. Both really cute! Thanks for sharing

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  117. Excellent tutorial! Thank you!

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  118. I think I am guilty of stalking your videos. I am hooked. I started with stamp school ones and just kept watching everything. I bought a blender pen today for working with pencils and my first set of Windsor Newton watercolor paints. I love the dragonfly but the Steampunk one is amazing too. Pretty much anything you create is great!!!

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  119. Beautiful card, I really love the dragonfly

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  120. love the card!

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  121. Really loved your tutorial on colored pencil blending. Lovely card by the way. Thank you for sharing !

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  122. I absolutely love the stamp…. I collect dragonflies….my mom got me started. Thank you so much for the inspiration…I found your YouTube channel some months ago…..watching your tutorials brings me great joy and confidence….I have actually done several pieces that I’m proud of. Thank you so much.
    Leslie Foringer

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  123. Hi from Down Under Lindsay,
    Love your vids. I always look forward to new ones and have been known to watch old ones when you don’t post. Love too that your not totally seasonal with your work as I’m always in the opposite season to you. Spring has just ‘sprung’ here and it is riot of colour and flowers out my window. Thanks, Derryn

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  124. This is such a beautiful card! I was interested in how these pencils were and I think they look great. Thanks for yet another great video. 😁

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  125. So pretty!

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  126. Hi Lindsay, loved the video and would love a list of the color names of the Blendable pencils by Spectrum Noir.

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  127. I loved this tutorial! In fact, I love all of your videos and tell my friends to watch as well. I had lots of crafting stuff, but was getting discouraged because I have never had a lesson. Your cheerful personality, your concern for our planet, your talents, have encouraged me to drag out all of my arts and craft supplies and started actually making things! It is so easy to get depressed when you are ill( I have cancer) thank you for doing what you do and God bless you for being my angel( the one that pulled me out of the depths of despair) please don’t let negative comment trolls bother you. Oh, and BTW, I’d love a new stamp!

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  128. Gorgeous Dragon fly!! Love the pencils-thanks for the giveaway Lindsey! “)

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  129. I often forget the white pencil for highlighting. Thanks for the reminder. Nice concise video.

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  130. I love your tutorials! I really like the dragonfly stamp and the coloring lesson. What a great way to make a selection of cards. I have also made a few origami boxes…thank you for that tutorial. They are fun to make and will make fun gift boxes.

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  131. Great video!

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  132. Thank you for the tutorials! You are the one I turn to when I’m searching for something new or to understand my choices and options. Super cute dragonfly! Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway!

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  133. As always, love learning from you! I make it a point to check out your site daily. Today, it is time to clean and rearrange the crafty area so it better fits my needs. I will be listening to some old “ask a crafter” videos while rearranging. My inspiration to stay on task is that I can later pull out my colored pencils and try this!

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  134. Love it! Thank you for sharing your art. I am a new-ish subscriber and would love to see more steampunk art. Also, how often do you go live. I would like to join in 🙂

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  135. So pretty. I appreciate all the great projects you share.I am fairly new to all this and sometimes struggle for ideas.

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  136. As a former biology teacher I love all things that have to do with nature, but dragonflies are one of my favorites. I also find coloring pencils on dark backgrounds to be very striking. Thanks for sharing your gifts.

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  137. Hope I win cause I sure do love dragon flies. 😉 Thanks Lindsay for all the wonderful tutorials.

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  138. Dragonflies are my favorite! Thanks for your informative and fun tutorials.

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  139. I love your dragonflies and love using colored pencils.

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  140. I just love your eclectic style of cardmaking!

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  141. Thanks for the toutorial I just ordered some colored pencils off of Amazon can’t wait to try them out! I watch almost all of your toutorials you are a great inspiration for me So I just want to say THANKS! Awesome techniques all the time.
    Lori Lopez

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  142. Hi Lindsey.I’ve never used Aqua blends before but I love the opaque in them.This is a lovely stamp set.Lots of unique ideas for it. I love how this came together.Thank you.PS I love coloring on colored papers.

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  143. Love the dragonfly! Thanks for the tips.

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  144. Thanks again, for a great tutorial. I love the look of colored pencil on the brown or craft paper. The colors really pop. I will have to try this.

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  145. Lindsay, all of a sudden I can’t make a post or ask a question about this project without being thrown into a page requiring me to sign up for a Google account, which I don’t want. I just wanted to know if I buy the whole 120 color set of Spectrum Noir pencils you are using, will there be duplicate colors? Also, what is the name of the tool you used to attach the little dragonfly to the card, and where could I get both the tool and the little dragonfly embellishments? Thanks, Dee

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    • hi Dee, there are no color duplications in the line of pencils:) The eyelet setterand punch is a crop a dile and the eyelts are from Eyelet outlet and the package says you don’t need a setter, just a hole punch

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  146. Hi, LIndsay! I was so happy to see a dragonfly on your video as the dragonfly is my personal symbol (transformation and renewal). Beautiful work as always. 🙂

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  147. Love the card and the stamp set! Thanks for sharing

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  148. I love your YouTube videos! You’re so happy, positive and encouraging during your demos. I really appreciate all the time you put into each lesson.

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  149. Hi Lindsay, thanks for the video, the stamp set is very nice, I got a few stamps to try out and just want to see what comes of it on my mixed media page. Thanks again, always a pleasure to watch your videos. I posted on facebook a question with one of the videos if you get a chance to look too Thanks

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  150. Lindsay, I love how your dragonfly card turned out! As always, I love your tutorials and learn so much and am inspired to try something old or something new! Thank you!

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  151. You had me at dragonfly! loved the tutorial, I had been coloring and appreciate the blending tips. The Spectrum Noir Colourblends look like a dream to colour with.

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  152. Would love to learn how to altered stamped images (e.g., how to maybe mask or eliminate the dragonfly body and replace it with a doodle of a clock arm or gears to make it Steampunk) and then use color pencils on them.

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  153. Love the card. I have been so scatter brained lately, I watched the video and forgot to comment.

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  154. I have not been brave enough to try coloring on kraft paper or any colored paper. I am going to try that soon!

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  155. Thank you for the info on colored pencils. Have been using them for a long time but never had any instructions before!!

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  156. Hi Lindsey, you are amazing, talented, and down to earth. I love your work. I love your personality and I really appreciate you sharing your talent! Amber

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