Tips for Coloring on Black Cardstock & More!

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


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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  • 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!


Madame Butterfly (and a freebie!)

This week over ar Oriental Stamp art they challenged us to make a geisha themed card, as soon as I read the challenge I wanted to make this:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cardstock: SU!, GP, Tissue paper: Dollar Tree, Watercolors: M Graham, Ink: Versafine

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cardstock: SU!, GP, Tissue paper: Dollar Tree, Watercolors: M Graham, Ink: Versafine

I spotted some pretty holographic tissue paper at the dollar tree and it reminded me that I bout some a year ago(and never used it, oh the shame!) and it could be perfect for iris folding. So I stamped the pretty geisha from About Art Accents with onyx black versa fine ink, heat set it and watercolored it with my M Graham watercolors. The Versafine ink is so cool, it gives great detail, it’s waterproof and your colors won’t run into each other because the oil in the ink resists the water so you get a clean professional look! After the paint dried I used an X-Acto knife to cut out the fan portion of the design. I cut 1″ squares of pink, green and clear holographic tissue paper (you get 3 20″x20″ sheets in a pack at the good old Dollar Tree) and folded them in half and taped then to the back, covering the hole, of the stamped image. I placed a scrap of white cardstock behind the iris folding because the tissue paper (which is actually a thin plastic mylar) is transparent and I wanted the colors to shine brightly. When you hold the card she appears to be fluttering her fan due to the light interference on the tissue paper, how cool is that!

The tissue papers are folded behind the fan cutout

The tissue papers are folded behind the fan cutout

I mounted the stamped panel on fuchsia a 1/2″ larger and used a butterfly corner punch on it, then I wrapped some metallic pink embroidery floss around the card.

For the base I used So Saffron cardstock and stamped the Painting is Poetry stamp and the small black butterfly using my mixed berry kalidacolor inkpad. To cut the base I used my Cricut and SCAL software. I welded a 5″x10″ rectangle from the basic shapes menu to the scalloped fan border I designed because I wanted it to look like an oriental fan.

Download my scalloped fan border svg file here.

I had such fun making this card! Thanks for stopping by and til next time Happy Crafting!

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