Tips for Coloring on Black Cardstock & More!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun project to share using many interesting techniques.

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One technique in particular is coloring on black cardstock with colored pencil. I like this technique for beginners because when you color on black you don’t have to worry about tone as much as value. Here’s what I mean, you can use several shades of blue, some can be warmer, some cooler and they will all blend together fine. Just make sure you have a dark, medium and light color that are reasobly close. I think the translucency of pencils with the back cardstock diminishes the ability to discern between subtle tones so you coloring looks natural! I used several shades of yellow in the parasol and they all looked the same on black so you can definitely get by with a smaller collection of colored pencils using this technique. Intrigued? Watch the video to see this technique and more!

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Supplies:

  • 5″x7″ white card and envelope
  • Black cardstock
  • Embossing folder
  • Geisha Stamp
  • Happy Birthday stamp
  • Silver pigment ink
  • Silver embossing powder
  • metallic thread
  • Stick-on gemstones
  • Foam tape
  • Gelato crayons
  • Colored pencils (Derwent Coloursoft)
  • Versamark embossing pen
  • Pearl and glitter acrylic paint (Turner Acryl Gouache in Lavender Pearl and Pink Lame’)

 

I am a big fan of investing in tools, coloring media and basic cardstock especially if you are starting out. A stamp and embossing folder can be used over and over and plain solid cardstock never goes out of style. Today I didn’t have a pattern paper in the lavender and aqua shades that I wanted so I used gelatos and paint to get what I needed instead of making a trip to the store. Always see if you have some coloring media or tools on-hand to DIY the perfect supply. The best thing about it is no one will make exactly the same cards as you! I hope you enjoyed this project and til next time happy crafting!

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Stamp Giveaway & Fall Card Coloring Tutorial!

Hi friends! I am so excited to offer another giveaway this week and it’s only Tuesday! I will be giving away the stamps I used to make this card and all you have to do to be entered in the drawing is to leave a comment. This is open worldwide! I will pick a winner and notify them via email in one week!

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I used 6 stamps to create this image and I will teach you how to use masking to make your stamps more versatile. The wagon and pumpkins are separate stamps. Knowing this technique will allow you to fill this wagon with many other items so you can use it for more occasions. I bet you have stamps at home that would be more versatile if you tried masking. I will also show you how to color this scene.

Video!

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Supplies:
Stamps (art neko) Fall Images
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
White Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest
Kraft card base
Patterned paper (My Minds Eye)
Printed Ribbon (Offray)
Buttons
Alcohol Markers (Blick)
Colored Pencils: Spectrum Noir Color Blend
Glue: Beacon 3-in-1

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win. Also I’d love to know if you have a stamp you are going to try the masking technique with, let me know that in the comments too. You guys have really great ideas!

In case you missed it I am giving away a spot in Angela Fehr’s Creative Watercolor Course and offering a 51% discount on it, please check out yesterday’s post for more info:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Stamp School: Color Blocking with Colored Pencils!

Hi friends! I want to assure everyone that I have not changed my blog over to a painting only one. In fact today I have a new episode of Stamp School!

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This card uses limited supplies but is so fun to make! No kraft cardstock? No problem, you can use a brown paper grocery bag! Watch the video for a full tutorial!

Video!

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Supplies:

  • Nautical stamps from Art Neko, most of the stamps came from this set except for the sand dollar, it is from the mermaid set.
  • Colored pencils (derwent coloursoft) c570, c530, c330, c720, c640, c340, c080, c300, c590, c130, c550, c050
  • Kraft cardstock (or a brown bag) and blue pearl card (The Paper Cut) for a base

You can use any combination of rectangles to make a color blocked card, you could even cut them out and mat them with contrasting color cardstock. Take the idea and run with it! Size of the boxes on the card: 3 squares were 2″x 2″ and the rectangle on the bottom was 2″x7″ with a 1/4″ border all round:) I hope you enjoyed this weeks stamp school and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Cat! A long tutorial by request!

Hi friends! It feels like it has been a long time since we had a chatty tutorial…the last one being the snowy winter scene I think. I kept this tutorial narrated live in real-time for the first 40 minutes (watercolor portion) and I thought the painting was done at that point but I was not totally happy with it so I grabbed some colored pencils to enhance it. You will have to let me know if you liked it better before or after I added the pencil at the end. I did voice over the end of the video because there was a lot of noise and commotion here with everyone around and the colored pencil was an afterthought.

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I used 4 colors of paint: Ultramarine blue, burnt umber, light red (a rusty color) and yellow ochre. I used an assortment of earth toned colored pencils at the end. You can download the pattern here if you do not wish to draw it but I will show you how to draw it in the tutorial. You can find the photo by Lisa Martin I worked from at Paint my Photo. I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

This was fun to paint. I do not often paint animals and I think this is the first time I have ever painted a cat…maybe I did as a child, it is hard to remember. Let me know if you think it was better with or without the colored pencil, I might have been a bit hasty adding it. I think you should probably let a painting sit overnight to decide. All in all it looks quite a bit like the new addition to my house. Maybe I’ll donate it to the humane society if they have an auction. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Are Spectrum Noir Pencils Worth the Money?

Howdy friends! If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me if I would do a tutorial on Spectrum Noir Pencils I’d a millionaire, well, maybe not but at least a hundredaire!  It was enough to make me spring for these pencils when they went on sale for $16 a set of 24 at Consumer Crafts two weeks ago. And because I am a sucker for free shipping I got all 5 sets and a new WeRMemory Keepers album because the Project Life one I previously ordered in a moment of temporary insanity was not cutting the mustard. Anyway, here is a card I colored with the new Spectrum Noirs, it took all of 15 minutes to color.

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I have a bit of a colored pencil addiction, I love trying out new pencils! Since I have a few of the most popular brands I thought I’d compare them to the new Spectrum Noir pencils and see how they preformed, see my findings in today’s video:

Now, here is where I retract things I said that are wrong. Please refer to the below chart. Koh-i-Noor pencils are available open stock. I have only seen the woodless sets of 12 and 24 so maybe they have another grade of pencils that I am not aware of and maybe there are more colors. Leave a comment if you know.  There was a bit of controversy over the Spectrum Noir pencils being oil based. They preformed most like the Polychromos (the lead in the SNs was thinner and they were a bit less creamy and opaque) but I’d wager they were oil based if I had to guess but there may in fact be an oil/wax blend going on…oh heavens, does anyone care? I do not because they do what they were interned to do extremely well. They layer and blend well. They are translucent enough so I can clearly see my black stamped lines when coloring yet they are opaque enough to stand up on kraft cardstock, a very hip trend might I add. I would not use them on darker cardstocks but on mid-light they preformed very well. Here you can see some swatches and also the retail price for a set of 24 pencils across the brands reviewed (but you can always find them online for much less.)

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That said, the Spectrum Noir pencils would not be my first choice to create a painting with. I prefer the creamier properties of Prismacolor or Polychromos pencils. The Derwent Coloursoft pencils are nothing to sneeze at either but I have been using Prismacolor pencils since I was 5 and loyalties like that are hard to break. Now that brings me to another bit of controversy, Prismacolor pencils are now made in Mexico and their quality has declined (you can check out the Prismacolor vs. Polychromos review by Lachri Fine Art if you want to know more) and it is really too bad because Prismacolor was my favorite. All but 3 white pencils in my Prismacolor box are stamped USA and the ones stamped Mexico had off-center lead. I have not sharpened them yet so hopefully they are adequate, I find the white Prismas to me the most achy-breaky ones in the bunch. I had an imperfect stamped image on my table (the one I demonstrated in the video) and decided to color 4 of the flowers with 4 brands of pencils so you could see a side by side comparison. I think the Spectrum Noir pencils do what they are intended for. Coloring stamped images, I find I can color quickly with them and layer easily without losing the definition of my stamping. If you do not want to see your stamped lines then you can use lighter ink.

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Bottom Line, these are fun. If your goal is to easily color stamped images on white to mid value colored paper these pencils are ideal and a bargain. If you are a colored pencil artist I think you would prefer a pencil with more opaque and creamy lead But since they layer really well and cost less than half of Polychromos pencils you might want to give them a whirl and maybe pick up a few light-colored prismas. Honestly the Polychromos are not terribly opaque either so you might want a wax-based white with those as well. I would be impossible for me to test all of the great pencils on the market (I’m a hundredaire remember…) but these are the most accessible to me and hopefully you. If you have any questions please leave a comment and I’d love to know what your favorite brand of colored pencils are. I have had several requests to compare watercolor pencils too so you can let me know if you are interested in that as well. Thanks for taking the time to read through this long post and til next time happy crafting!

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PS Quick tip! When making a card make the envelope first then use the scrap of leftover paper to embellish your card. Another tip, dig out the old-school deco-scissors and circle punches to cut a cool wavy border on the card. Using a two-tone cardstock like Doublemates makes the look really pop! Happy crafting!

Mixed Media Fun: Gelli Prints, Gesso & Colored Pencils

It’s Saturday, art journal day, yay!  Here is what we will work on today:

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I have 3 separate videos for these techniques, you can watch what you want. The first video will be making the page:

This video is on Gelatin printmaking, I collaged gelli  prints on the above page so here is how I made them:

This last quick video is a quick tip for keeping your painted and ‘podged journal pages from sticking together:

I want to thank Oriental Trading Company for supplying the Canson XL Mixed Media Pad, Micron Pens and Coloursoft Pencils I used in today’s tutorial. I hope you give mixed media art journaling a go and if you have any questions leave ‘um below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Find the freebie and a new way to color!

Hello Folks, well it is Thursday again and time to find the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Hidden Freebie, which DT member will have it today I wonder? If you like free stamp be sure to play along with Tuesday Morning Sketches this week and you could 10 Lindsay Stamp Stuff Stamps! You can see a list of all DT members at the end of this post! Today I wanted to share a fun technique with you using supplies you likely already have on hand, and it is an easy one too: Colored Pencil on colored paper.

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, PP: MME, Cardstock: SU!, The Paper Co., Font: Lettering Delights

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, PP: MME, Cardstock: SU!, The Paper Co., Font: Lettering Delights, Tool: Scor-Pal/Scor/bug (for faux stitching)

On this example I used the Cherry Preserve Digital stamp printed on creamy yellow (so saffron: Stampin Up!) and I printed my digital stamps right on the colored paper, before printing I went under layer in pant shop pro and chose properties and reduced the opacity to 60% because I did not want the design to show much after I colored it. Then I put down my white highlights and deep red (black grape) shadows very thickly with colored pencil. Then I added a bit of the black grape lightly to the jar and cherries, I burnished (colored firmly) over the light layer if black grape with crimson red mixing the tow colors together. Then I used light blue to color the gingham fabric with a layer of white on top of that to blend. I used cream, gold, bronze and dark brown pencils to “paint” the gold band on the jar and apple green and dark brown to color the stems. A grey shadow under the objects finishes the design.

This is the way we blend the pencil early in the morning! See how opaque and bright the color is when applied thickly to cardstock! If the color get a dull waxy film ontop (bloom) simple rub it with a tissue or soft cloth to remove it and your colors will be bright and shiny!

This is the way we blend the pencil early in the morning! See how opaque and bright the color is when applied thickly to cardstock! If the color get a dull waxy film ontop (bloom) simple rub it with a tissue or soft cloth to remove it and your colors will be bright and shiny!

Remember I said that I would show you what I was going to do with the crocheted cherries yesterday? Well here they are on a button box.

I used Tacky Glue to adhere the crochet cherries to the box, I place an acrylic stamp mount ontop to hold it flat as it dried.

I used Tacky Glue to adhere the crochet cherries to the box, I place an acrylic stamp mount ontop to hold it flat as it dried.

If you missed the pattern you can snag it here.

Here is the set, I may give it to my MIL for her birthday Sunday, I figure everyone could use a little box to hold stray buttons, paper clips or safety pins ;)

Here is the set, I may give it to my MIL for her birthday Sunday, I figure everyone could use a little box to hold stray buttons, paper clips or safety pins 😉

Be sure to visit all of the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Design Team Members Blogs to see their fabulous work and find the freebie (it’s a sweet one!)

Tamara

Margie

Melissa Craig

Lisa

Row

Katt

Melissa Bove

Janet

Olena

Kim

Tracey

Erin Bailey July Guest DT

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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