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:)


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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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!

Yes, I did stick it on backwards…{my latest art journaling adventure}

Howdy friends! After Kathy and I filmed Ask a Crafter Tuesday night we decided to hang out and craft for a bit. I have a hard time concentrating when chit-chatting so I grabbed my art journal and started doodling while we gabbed. I sketched a flower and then checked my Pintrest quote board for a fitting sentiment. I liked it so much that I thought it would be a nice card design:

DCF 1.0

Don’t be afraid to try art journaling. I used to think that I did not have time for it. It seemed time consuming and then what would I do with all of the pages? What I have found is that an art journal is like a creative playground where you can make art without worry. It is like high quality scratch paper that ends up looking really wonderful but if not you gesso it and try again (not that it has happened to me…ahem, er that Bombay white India ink is really something though, it will cover a lot, ha ha!) My journal is the Canson XL Mixed Media pad 9″x12″ size and I am using Coloursoft Pencils by Derwent, these were provided by Oriental Trading Company where if you find a product they sell cheaper somewhere else they will beat the price by 10%, now that’s frugal! I also used letter stamps and inkpads from my stash. The large shrubbery stamp if from Lost Coast Designs. Watch the video to see how I made the card using the exact same techniques that I used on the journal page.

What do you think? Can an art journal be used as a testing ground for cards? How about paintings or scrapbook pages. I think it can! Here are close up shots of the card and page:

DCF 1.0

In the video you might have noticed that I stuck the panel on the card backwards, luckily I was able to pull it off and flip it around before the adhesive set.  Nice save huh? 😀

DCF 1.0

As for the quote, it really speaks to me. We spend so much of our time fretting and worrying about what we cannot change. It is so much better to focus on the good stuff. I think we attract what we put out, if we emit positive vibes and a good attitude it is returned to us. Just think about it, if you are in the grocery store and someone smiles at you for no reason you smile back, you reap what you sow. You might not be able to change a situation but you can change the way to look at it. Wow, that was deep…and all I wanted to show you today was how to make a card. Have a wonderful night, look for the joy, and til next time happy crafting!

A Wildly Creative Day!

Howdy friends! I spent the day in my studio, it was lovely and not once did I think of my van with the dead battery sitting in my driveway LOL! I was a creative machine today, I played with colored pencils, filmed 3 new videos (you can see them on my Youtube channel) and finished knitting a pair of very ugly mittens. Well, maybe they are not that ugly, the yarn was beautiful, the pattern was lovely so the wild card in that equation was me. I’m hoping they look better in the morning, if not there will be a rigorous session of steam blocking and embellishing, either way there is a new thick and toasty pair for the mitten drawer regardless of their looks LOL! Tonight I am going to share one of the videos I filmed today, freehand sketching on a book page with colored pencils, have a look and follow along!

As I mentioned in the video I used Prismacolor pencils (my favorite) but you can really use whatever kind you (or your kids) have on hand. If you are looking for an inexpensive brand of pencils I recommend Prang and they are widely available. Have a great night folks and til next time happy crafting!

A colored pencil tutorial so easy a 7-year-old can do it!

It’s true, I filmed this video yesterday and my daughter saw it when she came home from school and had to try it! I think one of the most fun techniques you can try with colored pencils is to use them on colored cardstock and patterned paper. Today I’ll show you how to color thickly and blend your colors so they pop out from the background.

This video is a long one (14 minutes) but there are extra tips and tricks so I hope you like it:

Here are some closer shots of the cards. I used the sketch at Oriental Stamp Art for this card:

I can not tell you how happy I am with this grossly expensive stamp set I bought last month (Stampin’ Up’s Occasion Alphabet, $31.95 on cling foam) I am using it all the time, I love the quirky, yet useful, sentiments and how it fits perfectly in the oval frame stamp I’ve had for years!

So, remember at the beginning of the post when I told you that my 7-year-old tried this technique? Well, take a look at her beautiful coloring job:

What are you waiting for? You can do this! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!